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Wengen and the Jungfrau Express at Christmas


Unforgettable holiday in Switzerland's famous Bernese Oberland this Christmas

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Day 1 - London and Strasbourg

We meet at our Departure Office in London St Pancras before boarding the Eurostar to Paris. We transfer to Strasbourg where we spend the night.

  • Dinner
Days 2-3 – Interlaken and Wengen

We have a relaxed morning, giving you some free time to explore the delights of Strasbourg. You may like to visit the city's Old Town. Dominated by the spectacular Notre Dame Cathedral with its famous astronomical clock, this church has remained unchanged since the Middle Ages. Petite France, located on the Grande Île, is the ancient heart of the city and is well worth a visit. Here you can take a short boat ride through this World Heritage site, taking in the pretty medieval timbered houses and Baroque sandstone buildings that line the river's banks. This afternoon we head back to the railway station and connect with our train into Switzerland. We travel first to Basel then onwards to Interlaken where we briefly join the Bernese Oberland Railway and start to climb up into the majestic Swiss mountains. We arrive into peaceful Wengen this evening, a traffic-free mountain resort with breathtaking views of the Lauterbrunnen Valley.

Day 3 is Christmas Eve and you are free to explore Wengen and the surrounding areas at your own pace this morning. This afternoon you might like to partake in a snowshoe walk, strolling through the marvellous landscape on this specialised footwear before returning to the hotel for Gluhwein and gingerbread.

  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - The Schilthorn on Christmas Day

Today is Christmas Day, and we continue our journey into the dramatic Swiss landscape with an excursion by cable car to the summit of the Schilthorn. We travel firstly by train to Lauterbrunnen, changing for our onwards service to delightful Mürren, before joining the cable car for our ascent to the summit. The views are truly unparalleled and on a clear day we are able to admire a magnificent vista. You have some free time here to appreciate our stunning surroundings. Why not visit the fantastic revolving restaurant and enjoy a 360 degree panorama of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains as you sample a delicious, traditional Swiss menu and maybe a martini, shaken not stirred? The restaurant is named Piz Gloria in honour of the James Bond film, 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' that was filmed here, and there are many 007 references to spot in the building and out on the mountain.

On our descent, there is the opportunity to stop at Stechlberg to visit the mighty Trümmelbach Falls. Nestled deep into the canyon, the falls have carved a path for themselves through the hillside making this a waterfall with a difference. Trümmelbach boasts Europe's largest subterranean waterfalls, and the only glacial waterfalls accessible underground by lift, galleries, tunnels, paths and platforms. A monument to nature itself and its thunderous power, these waterfalls resemble a scene from an adventure film, and the roaring sound of white water crashing against ancient rock is not soon to be forgotten.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 – Free Day in Wengen

Today is free to spend explore your surroundings using your included Swiss Travel Card for 50% fares. Perhaps journey up to the Schynige Platte. Alternatively, you could take a ride on the Brienz-Rothorn railway, one of the steepest in Switzerland and powered almost entirely by steam engines.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Schynige Platte
Day 6 - The Jungfrau Express

Today is unquestionably the highlight of our visit to the Bernese Oberland region as we travel on the Jungfrau Railway to the Jungfraujoch - the highest railway station in Europe. The famous narrow-gauge line was completed in 1912 and is now celebrated as a major feat of engineering. Finally, the train arrives at Jungfraujoch, the 'Top of Europe'. With free time at the summit station, you have plenty of time to explore the Ice Palace and its incredible ice sculptures. You can also spend time on the Sphinx Terrace, enjoying superb views onto the UNESCO-listed Aletsch Glacier. We descend back down to Wengen passing picturesque villages and traditionally swiss cabins.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Jungfrau Express
Days 7-8 – Wengen and London

Day 7 is another free day in Wengen, before a final meal this evening. After breakfast, on Day 8 we depart Wengen, travelling by rail via Interlaken, Basel and Paris, where we connect with the Eurostar service back to London St Pancras.

  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 8 - Dinner