Alpine beauty, village charm and mountain railways
No Solo Supplement subject to availability on selected departures.
Spend a relaxing week in the outstanding Bernese Oberland, enjoying all inclusive hospitality and fantastic excursions to Interlaken and the surrounding mountains, including Jungfraujoch and the summit of Harder Kulm.
You start your tour from London St Pancras International, where you are met by your Tour Manager at Rail Discoveries' dedicated Departure Office. You travel to Paris, before continuing on by TGV to Strasbourg, where you spend the night. Tonight you enjoy dinner in a local restaurant. On Day 2, make the most of a free morning in Strasbourg before continuing your journey by rail into the heart of the Swiss Alps to charming Wilderswil today.
This beautiful village is just minutes from Interlaken, and enjoys staggering views over the valley and of the mountains beyond. Wilderswil is ideally located as a base to explore the Lauterbrunnen Valley and the towering peaks that enclose it. On arrival, you check in for a six night stay at the 3* Hotel Alpenblick. Located in the centre of this quaint village, this delightful family-run hotel has a charming, rustic feel, whilst providing modern amenities and comforts for a pleasant stay.
Today's excursion is to nearby Interlaken, an attractive town and arguably the hub of the region. Set between Lake Brienz and Lake Thun, and surrounded by the crisp peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains, this scenic town is one of the highlights of your tour. Here you are free to explore. Perhaps take a cruise across scenic Lake Brienz, marvelling at the spectacular glacial waters of this breathtaking lake, and take in the delightful scenery surrounding the town.
Today you take the Schynige Platte Railway to the summit of Schynige Platte. We travel in restored 19th century carriages, hauled by a vintage electric locomotive, to the peak at 6,463 feet (1,970m). The railway is noted for using many of its original electric locomotives and restored period carriages, creating a nostalgic 'Belle Epoque' feel for the experience. Enjoy an amazing panorama from the train; along this stretch of the line there is a clear view of Lake Thun and the towns and villages clustered around it, as well as the other mountains rising away from the water's edge.
Eventually, the train reaches the peak of the Schynige Platte, which is characterised by its superb vistas. During your free time here you may wish to explore the Botanical Alpine Garden, where brightly coloured plants fill the air with their sweet scents. Otherwise, you may prefer to simply relax on the panoramic terrace and drink in the view of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau Mountains.
Spend a leisurely Day 5 relaxing in Wilderswil, where you have free time to explore this pretty Alpine village, whose traditional half-timbered buildings are unmistakably Swiss. Enjoy the surrounding verdant scenery and snow dusted mountains, perhaps have a drink in a local café while watching the locals busy themselves with their daily lives. You can also use your Swiss Card for 50% fares to explore the surrounding towns and villages and for easier access to the stunning scenery that is on offer. Perhaps make the journey to the traffic-free town of Mürren, where there are a number of signposted walks to suit different abilities. Or make the scenic journey over the Brünig Pass to Lucerne whose 13th Century Chapel Bridge and fresco-adorned Old Town are a pleasure to explore.
Please note: the Schynige Platte Railway does not start operating until late May. Customers booked on departures before this date will instead travel to Lucerne.
You embark on the Bernese Oberland Railway today, travelling via Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg. Here you join the Jungfrau Railway for the sensational journey to Europe's highest railway station.
Tunnelling through the north face of the Eiger, the tracks emerge on the slopes of the Mönch, below dramatic glaciers, before climbing to just below the summit of the Jungfrau mountain at 11,333 feet. Whilst here you can admire the dramatic sight of the surrounding snow-covered mountain peaks, and take in the superb carvings and ice sculptures put on display inside the glacier's caves.
On today's excursion you travel to Interlaken, where you join the Harder funicular railway for the journey to the top of Harder Kulm, 4,337 feet (1,322m) above sea level. Crowned by its restaurant - an impressive building which resembles a castle - here you enjoy free time to admire the magnificent landscape of the beautiful Bernese Oberland. The views from here are tremendous. There is even a glazed bridge to maximise the view of the lakes below for those that dare.
Travel by train via Interlaken to Geneva, where you board the high-speed TGV service directly to Paris. After crossing the city by coach, you continue to London St Pancras International, where your tour concludes.
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from meeting our rep Deborah at St Pancreas at the beginning of our holiday to saying goodby at St Pancreas we had an amazing holiday. Never been on this kind of holiday and it exceeded our expectations in all respects. Everything was so smooth, reserved railway carriages we did not have to worry about anything. We loved it so much going in December on the christmas markets journey.
An excellent holiday, well organised and led with an interesting programme of excursions and the right balance of free time.
organisation was good , hotel was good and food was excellent. Everything was as promised.
Well planned no more to say
Extremely well organised. Interesting itinerary and great hotel
Once in a lifetime experience
Whilst the holiday itself was extremely enjoyable, the travelling to and from the final destination was very tiring, particularly in view of the large number of changes with heavy luggage in tow. I think in hindsight it would have been preferable to have flown to Basel and start the journey from there rather than use the Eurostar.
Everything was well planned. Arrangements ensured all journeys were hassle free. Hotels were good, meals good and with good variety. Comfortable rooms and picnic lunches adequate for each day. The baggage man service was excellent and removed the issue of suitcase handling an showing on various trains during travel.
All the trips we went on the accomadation was 2nd to 0. Switzerland was beautifull and made all the better for the details you and the tour manager did to make it an unforgettable holiday for all the right reasons.
It would have been five stars except for being one of several in the group who went down with a tummy bug which did slightly reduce the enjoyment.
Alpine beauty, village charm and mountain railways