“Well organised, very good tour manager and a great crowd of people - the Swiss scenery was breathtaking”
Mrs G Smith - Traveller
Alpine beauty, village charm and mountain railways
8 daysFrom £1,599 per person
No Solo Supplement*
No Solo Supplement subject to availability on selected
2020 Tour code: 20SIS
About the tour
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.
Enjoy a journey on the famous Jungfrau Express to mighty Jungfraujoch, the highest station in Europe
Travel by funicular railway to reach the summit of Harder Kulm
Winding its way up Schynige Platte, the Schynige Platte Railway reveals the innate beauty presented by the Swiss Alps
The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
Food & Drinks
7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
Beer, wine, soft drinks, tea and coffee from 7pm-9pm each evening in Wilderswil
What’s not included
Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged
Days 1-2 - London to Wilderswill
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.
Day 1 - Dinner
Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Interlaken
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.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 4-5 - Schynige Platte
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
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
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
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.
Day 4 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 - The Jungfrau Express
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
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
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 - Harder Kulm
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.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 - Return home
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.
Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be
found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices
& Availability' button. We will write to you around 10
weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for
your tour group.
Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.
we found the hotel, tour manager, fellow tourists, trips, etc all excellent ( also the weather). We like staying in one centre and going on trips from that location.
Wonderful scenery, very well organised, great tours and a brilliant holiday.
Mrs J McIntosh
The only reason it is 4 not 5 is the journey. Quite stressful with all the changes, and coming back would have been worse as there was no break. I in fact paid and flew home on the Sat. as iI had been slightly unwell mid week, and the thought of the journey filled me with horror. In fact I was fine. Would have been nice to know journey details before we booked.
Mr E Aldridge
Tim White was our Tour Manager and was brilliant especially managing 38 peopie. The trip was well organised and we were fortunate with the weather. The biggest disappointment was the vegetarian food at the. alpenblick Hotel, a Michelin star restaurant.
Well planned and very well organized
We enjoyed every moment of the whole holiday
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.