The spectacular mountain landscapes and lush meadows of the
majestic Alps await on this unforgettable vacation in Switzerland's
famous Bernese Oberland. Travel to the summit of the Schilthorn and
experience the tremendous Trümmelbach waterfalls, all on some of
the best heritage railroads in Europe.
Excursion on the Wengen-Männlichen Aerial Cableway to Männlichen and Grindelwald
We meet in St Pancras International at our dedicated departure
office before boarding the Eurostar to Paris. Here we transfer to
the high-speed TGV service for Strasbourg where we spend one
Please Note: For departures WGJ2001, WGJ2002,
WGJ2003 & WGJ2006 you will overnight in
Please Note: For departures WGJ2004, &
WGJ2007 you will overnight in Colmar
Day 2 - Wengen
We have a relaxed morning on Day 2, 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 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 railroad station and connect with our
train into Switzerland.
We travel first to Basel then onwards to Interlaken where we
briefly join the Bernese Oberland Railroad 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. Here we enjoy dinner later in
Day 3 - At leisure in Wengen
Today is free for you to explore Wengen and the surrounding
areas at your own pace. A paradise for hikers, skiers and
snowboarders as well as those seeking out the tranquil beauty of
this region, Wengen is the perfect base from which to discover the
Swiss Alps. The early 19th century saw an influx of wealthy
tourists flocking to the timber chalets and Belle Epoque charm of
this peaceful village, and ever since, visitors have come to enjoy
Wengen's unique location amongst the ancient mountains.
Wengen is situated in the stunning Bernese Oberland, an area
known for its outstanding natural beauty. Perhaps enjoy a stroll in
the picturesque village, soaking in the Alpine tranquillity.
Day 4 - The Wengen-Männlichen Aerial Cableway
Our excursion today takes us on this innovative cableway,
originally built in 1954 to connect Wengen resort with the
mountains for the safety of skiers and walkers. Within five
minutes, the difference in altitude reaches 2,970m and we are in
Männlichen for more sensational views that can be enjoyed from the
After some time to look around, we continue our journey to
Grindelwald on Europe's longest gondola cableway. This pretty
Alpine village is nestled at the foot of the imposing north face of
the Eiger and as a popular tourist destination, there is plenty to
Surrounded by lush meadows and grazing cattle, there are many
popular walking paths in the area or you may just like to explore
the town, visit some of its souvenir shops and relax in one of the
numerous cafés or bars. We later return to Wengen by train where we
enjoy dinner tonight at the hotel.
Day 5 - The Jungfrau Express to the ‘Top of Europe’
Today is unquestionably the highlight of our visit to the
Bernese Oberland region as we travel on the Jungfrau Railroad to the
Jungfraujoch - the highest railroad station in Europe. The famous
narrow-gauge line was completed in 1912 and is now celebrated as a
major feat of engineering.
As we climb from Kleine Scheidegg the distinctive string of red
and yellow carriages disappear into the tunnel through the Eiger.
During the journey the train pauses at two separate observation
stops; windows hewn out of solid Alpine rock between the tunnel and
the infamous north face of the Eiger, with spectacular views down
to the valley below.
Finally, the train arrives at Jungfraujoch, the 'Top of Europe',
located at 3454m above sea level. With free time at the summit
station, you will 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 Aletsch Glacier, at
22 km the longest ice stream in the Alps. After time to explore and
to enjoy lunch, we descend back down to Wengen passing picturesque
villages and idyllic farming cabins.
Day 6 - The Schilthorn
Today 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, 2970m above sea level. The views are truly
unparalleled and on a clear day we are able to admire a magnificent
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 fi lm, and the roaring sound of white water crashing
against ancient rock is not soon to be forgotten.
Day 7 - At leisure
Today is free to spend at leisure, exploring the Bernese
Oberland using your included Swiss Travel Card for 50% fares.
Perhaps journey up to the Schynige Platte and travel in restored
19th century carriages, hauled by a vintage electric locomotive, as
you ride on this classic cog railroad. Be prepared for more
aweinspiring views of the towering mountain ranges as well as the
lakes of Thun and Brienz, visible to the north. Why not visit the
Alpine Botanical gardens up here, home to around 500 plant species,
or relax and drink in the views from the café terrace?
Alternatively, you could take a ride on the Brienz-Rothorn
railroad, one of the steepest in Switzerland and powered almost
entirely by steam engines. This rackand- pinion line traverses a
number of bridges, crossing the steep, stony mountain trails and
offering glittering views of Lake Brienz as you climb to the
terminus at the summit of Rothorn.
Day 8 - Return to London
After breakfast, we begin our journey home. Departing Wengen, we
travel by rail via Interlaken, Basel (on the high-speed service)
and Paris, where we connect with the Eurostar service back to
London. Here our vacation concludes.
Please note: One of the excursions on this tour
is at high altitude. If you have any medical conditions or concerns
that could impact this part of the tour, we recommend you seek
medical advice and talk to us. We want to make sure that any
vacation you book is right for you.
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
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.
Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be
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approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise
the exact departure and return time for their particular group.
Sweitzerland was so pretty. Their trains were clean and bright and their staff at local level were very pleasant. Our hotel was full of character but was too far up the hill in Wengen.
Submitted Sep 16, 2019
Very well organised, accommodation was good but quality of food let them dow.
Submitted Oct 15, 2018
all very smooth very good
Submitted Sep 24, 2018
excelent vacation, everything ran like on time. A very good hotel and a wonderfull location. T o go up those mountains by train and cable car to see those views is breathtaking.
The only comment I would make is could you arrange the day without the hotel dinner to be on a free day then we do not have to rush back for the meal, just a thought.
Mr R Pike
Submitted Jul 23, 2018
Good travel arrangements and an excellent tour manager.the main disappointment was the food in the hotel in Wengen. Poor selection, poor quality and poorly presented. At both breakfast and dinner it was a case of help yourself at a buffet. Ounce a couple of guests had served themselves the trays became a mess.
Submitted Jul 16, 2018
If the food in the hotel had been better I would have given it 5 stars