Enjoy the snow-peaked Swiss Alps this winter
From the heart of the Swiss Alps, you are treated to spectacular winter scenery and stunning railway journeys, including the Jungfrau Railway.
Meeting at St Pancras at the Rail Discoveries dedicated Departure Office, depart for Paris, continuing on the TGV to Strasbourg. Spend the night here, enjoying dinner at a local restaurant.
Make the most of a free morning to explore beautiful Strasbourg. La Petite France is a wonderful location for a stroll with all its halftimbered buildings. This historic quarter of Strasbourg is divided by the River Ill, through the area that was, in the Middle Ages the home to Strasbourg's artisans, its tanners, millers and fishermen. This interesting area has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1988 largely due to its abundance of beautiful half timbered buildings.
Another must see site is Strasbourg's magnificent cathedral, the Cathedral of our Lady of Strasbourg. This remarkable building is commonly considered to be one of the best examples of high- Gothic architecture in Europe. This afternoon we continue by rail to Switzerland. You will arrive into the heart of the Swiss Alps, via Basel, for five nights at the 3* Hotel Alpenblick.
Interlaken is the destination for your excursion today. The capital of the beautiful Bernese Oberland is one of the most popular regions in the Swiss Alps, and it's easy to see why. Its scenery showcases all the hallmarks of a picture-postcard Swiss location, with its snow-capped peaks, rolling hillsides, rugged rocky outcrops and pristine glaciers.
The region provides a year-round playground for climbers, walkers and skiers. Interlaken resides in the very heart of this captivating landscape, wedged between Lake Brienz and Lake Thun and surrounded by three peaks; the Jungfrau, the Eiger and the Monch Mountains. Because of its location Interlaken is a great starting point for any adventure in the Bernese Oberland.
You are free to explore at your own pace using your included Rail Discoveries Tailormade card for a 50% reduction on fares. Perhaps take a cruise across Lake Thun and experience the spectacular winter scenes by boat.
Travel by train to Grindelwald this morning, a pretty Alpine village tucked away at the foot of the north face of the Eiger. Grindelwald is one of Europe's oldest mountain resorts and its name comes from the old German 'grindel', which means a piece of wood that serves as a barrier, and 'wald' a closed off forest. In the 1920s, as the popularity of skiing rose, so in turn did Gindelwald's. The village itself has an abundance of Swiss charm and is surrounded by open skiing fields in winter. You can explore the area at leisure before returning to Wilderswil ahead of dinner.
On Day 5 you are free. Perhaps you'd like to cross the Brunig Pass to Lucerne, and discover this pretty lakeside city. Lucerne exudes class, culture and history, made up by the beautifully-preserved medieval architecture which dots the centre of town. Well worth a visit here is the 14th century Chapel Bridge with the impressive Water Tower which rises up from the lake. Both of these are regarded as the most photographed sights in all of Switzerland.
Travel on the Bernese Oberland Railway to Kleine Scheidegg today and meet up with the Jungfrau Express for a sensational journey to Europe's highest railway station, Jungfraujoch, known as the 'Top of Europe' and located 3454 metres above sea level. The train burrows through the North Face of the Eiger and the tracks emerge on the slopes of the Mönch before climbing to just below the summit of the Jungfrau. The views are awe-inspiring, and you have the opportunity to visit the ice caves and palace, seeing all of the ice sculptures. Also be sure to spend some time on the Sphinx terrace with its amazing views of the Aletsch Glacier.
A magnificent landscape of mountains stretching out against the horizon makes this destination a must see for nature enthusiasts from all corners of the globe.
Your time in Switzerland comes to an end today as you return to London by train from Interlaken to Lausane. From here you will travel by high-speed TGV to Paris, connecting with the Eurostar to St Pancras.
Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.
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.
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Had to drop a star because of the train seating en route to Paris.
Because I could not fault it!!
I did find a little difference against GT Rail and discovery, especially the free drinks when the selection was not so good. I think I shall keep with the GT Train's which I know is part of the same company, but will also read the details with discovery a little closer.
The whole experience was faultless.
Superb hotel, great tour manager, good group and a most enjoyable itinerary.
Amazing scenery. Enjoyed the various train journeys. Friendly people.
Excellent throughout. Lucky with the weather. Everything went to plan excellent hotel, food superb. We thoroughly enjoyed it.
Everything went well. Hotel and food was excellent. Scenery outstanding.
We had a wonderful time. The glorious scenery was a joy to behold from every train that we went on. Good organisation from Rail Discoveries, with good choices of hotels. We've booked to go with them again in September.
Very good outward journey. Excellent hotels in Strasbourg and Wilderswil. The direct return journey was discontinuous with delays at the major stations. It would be better to have another overnight stop in Bern
Enjoy the snow-peaked Swiss Alps this winter