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Interlaken & the Jungfrau Express at Christmas

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(Tour code: LNX20)

Experience Europe's highest railroad

Celebrate an unforgettable Christmas with a breathtaking ride on the Jungfrau Railroad to the highest train station in Europe, a spectacular ascent of the Schilthorn, a winter wonderland carriage ride from Grindelwald amongst the snowy Alpine peaks and a visit to charming Mürren.

  • Interlaken
  • Christmas Eve in Mürren
  • Special Christmas Eve dinner
  • Christmas Day in Grindelwald
  • Carriage ride followed by gingerbread and glühwein
  • Gala Christmas dinner
  • Boxing Day on the Jungfrau Railroad
  • Glacier, ice caves and sculptures below the summit of Jungfrau
  • GRJ Swiss Travel Card
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
    Heritage Rail Excursion
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Selected Departures Guaranteed

Interlaken & the Jungfrau Express at Christmas 2019Tour Details

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Day 1 Cologne

To Cologne

We meet our group and Tour Manager in St Pancras at our dedicated Departure Office, before boarding the Eurostar to Brussels, continuing to Cologne, where we overnight.

  • Dinner
Day 2 Interlaken

To Interlaken

Our journey to Switzerland continues today as we travel by train to Interlaken, our base for the next five nights. We stay at the centrally located Hotel Metropole. Interlaken is situated between Lakes Thun and Brienz in the Bernese Oberland, and is an ideal base from which to explore this scenic region of Switzerland.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Murren Fairway
Murren Fairway

Mürren and the Schilthorn

We travel by train to the picturesque mountain village of Mürren today. Situated high above the Lauterbrunnen Valley at 5,413 ft (1,650 m) above sea level, the village is a popular tourist destination all year round, thanks to the incredible mountain views it offers - and in winter in particular, it is alive with activity. After arriving in the traffic-free village, we continue further into the mountains by cable car, ascending through the spectacular scenery to the peak of the mighty Schilthorn. Once at the summit, you can take in the superb views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains; on a clear day, there is a wonderful panorama of a further two hundred peaks. Here you can also visit the Piz Gloria, which was the world's first revolving restaurant and was made famous in the James Bond film, "On Her Majesty's Secret Service". Back in Mürren, you are free to perhaps take a walk on one of the well-prepared scenic footpaths, or even have a go at skating on the open-air ice rink if you're feeling adventurous. We return to Interlaken in time for our special Christmas Eve dinner.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 Grindelwald
Christmas Baulbles

Christmas Day in Grindelwald

After a relaxed start to Christmas Day, we travel to the pretty Alpine village of Grindelwald, a delightful winter resort nestled at the foot of the imposing north face of the Eiger. At this time of year, the idyllic village is covered in snow, making it a haven for skiers. From Grindelwald we enjoy a carriage ride through the snowy scenery, followed by tasty gingerbread and glühwein. You have time to explore Grindelwald at your own pace before we return to Interlaken together to enjoy a gala Christmas dinner together in the hotel.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 Jungfrau Railroad
Jungfrau Railroad

The Jungfrau Railroad

We enjoy what is undoubtedly the highlight of our stay in the Bernese Oberland, with our excursion to the summit of the Jungfrau. We begin on the Bernese Oberland Railroad trundling through the foothills of the Alps from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen, through snowy pastures and past pretty villages. In Lauterbrunnen, we change trains to continue our ascent through ever changing scenery, to reach Kleine Scheidegg, where we join the Jungfrau Railroad itself. Rising higher still, from Kleine Scheidegg the distinctive string of red and yellow carriages disappear into the tunnel through the Eiger mountain, making stops at the observation windows hewn out of solid Alpine rock, before emerging at Jungfraujoch, the 'Top of Europe', located at 3545m above sea level. With free time at the summit station, you will have plenty of time to explore the Ice Palace and its many ice sculptures, the Sphinx Terrace with superb views onto the Aletsch Glacier, at 22 km the longest ice stream in the Alps, and the walking plateau, eternally covered in snow. After time to explore and to enjoy lunch, we descend via the charming mountain resort of Grindelwald.

  • Dinner
Day 6 Interlaken

A day at leisure

Your day is free, giving you the opportunity to use your GRJ Swiss Travel Card for 50% fares to explore further afield.

Day 7 Eurostar Winter
Eurostar Winter

Return home

On Day 7 we travel to Basel before continuing to Paris, where we connect with the Eurostar to London.

  • Breakfast

Please note

Please note that departure LNX1902 runs in a different order:

  • Day 1-2 will stay the same
  • Day 3 - Murren & Schilthorn
  • Day 4 - Christmas Day in Grindlewald
  • Day 5 - The Jungfrau Express
  • Day 6 - Day at leisure
  • Day 7 - Return home
Airport waiting room

Recommended airports

For this tour, we recommend arriving to, and departing from, London Gatwick or London Heathrow airport (LGW or LHR). London Gatwick is approximately 30 miles from your start and end point, and London Heathrow is approximately 19 miles from your start and end point.

Visa Requirements

It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
  • Standard Class rail travel as described

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 6 nights' hotel accommodation

Delicious meals included

  • 11 meals including 6 breakfasts and 5 dinners including Christmas Eve dinner and traditional Christmas Gala dinner on our Christmas departure

GRJ Swiss Travel Card

  • Our Swiss Travel Card covers all included rail journeys and permits 50% discounted fares on free days for rail, boat and most mountain railroad journeys.

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Excursion on the iconic Jungfrau Railroad
  • Excursion to Grindelwald including a carriage ride
  • Excursion to Mürren and ascent of the Schilthorn
  • Free time in Interlaken
  • Free time at the Jungfrau summit caves
  • GRJ Swiss Travel Card for reduced fares

Not Included

  • Flights and Airport transfers
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Interlaken & the Jungfrau Express at Christmas

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