Summertime Alpine Highlights & Swiss Mountain Railways

9 days from £995pp.


Lucerne

Visit: Lucerne, Switzerland

Brienz

Visit: Brienz, Switzerland

Swiss Glacier Express

Visit: Swiss Glacier Express, Switzerland

Jungfrau Railway

Visit: Jungfrau Railway, Switzerland

Grindelwald

Visit: Grindelwald, Switzerland

Stunning lakes, picturesque mountains and spectacular rail rides await on the Swiss holiday of a lifetime. Enjoy stunning scenery along the shores of Lake Brienz, and the spectacular mountain backdrop in Lucerne. Alongside this, you’ll enjoy some amazing trips by train, including the cogwheel Jungfrau Railway, offering superb views of the legendary north face of the Eiger, the Mönch and Jungfrau mountains, and the Reichenbach Falls Funicular Railway up to see the dramatic falls. You’ll also have the option to ride the famous Swiss Glacier Express on this impressive holiday in Switzerland.

    Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to northern France for an overnight stay.

    Continue to Seelisburg in Switzerland for a six-night stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Lucerne

    Lucerne

    This morning, after breakfast, we travel to the charming city of Lucerne on our included excursion. Nestling amongst the foothills of the Alps, Lucerne is home to the Hofkirche Cathedral, Rittersche Palace and one of the finest baroque churches in Switzerland, the Jesuit church. Known as the ‘city of lights’, Lucerne has plenty to offer its visitor, from strolling around an art gallery, exploring the shops, or simply relaxing in one of the cafes. Be sure to visit the ‘Zytturm’, which boasts the oldest public clock in Lucerne. Dating from 1535 the clock always strikes the hour one minute ahead of all the other clocks in the city. During the day there will the chance to join an optional cruise on the lake. Then, this afternoon, why not join our optional excursion on the Pilatusbahn, the world’s steepest cog railway, to the summit of Mount Pilatus? The Pilatusbahn has been in operation since 1889 and climbs Mount Pilatus at a 48% gradient, rising 6,791 feet above sea level. The original passenger steam cars had an average speed of 2-3mph and took more than 1 hour to reach the summit. Today the electric cars run at 6mph and take just 30 minutes to reach the top. We descend the mountain by cable car, which offers some spectacular views of the area.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Lake Brienz

    Lake Brienz

    Today our included excursion takes us over the scenic Brunig pass to the thousand-year-old town of Brienz. We have free time to explore the souvenir shops, perhaps visiting a wood carver’s workshop or catch a glimpse of the old steam engines at the Rothorn Railway. In the afternoon we continue along the shores of Lake Breinz, with its crystal clear greeny-blue water to the famous holiday resort of Interlaken. Situated between the lakes of Thun and Breinz and at the foot of the famous trio of peaks, the Eiger, Monch and the Jungfrau, the resort is rich in tradition.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Swiss Glacier Express

    Swiss Glacier Express

    Today’s optional excursion is a wonderful ride on the famous Swiss Glacier Express. We drive to Andermatt to join the train from Andermatt to Chur. Riding the ‘slowest express train in the world’ we climb through unforgettable scenery to the summit of the Oberalp Massif. Return by coach from Chur to our hotel. A ride on the Swiss Glacier Express is highly recommended and must be booked in advance at an additional cost of £70. Please ask for details when booking this holiday.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Meiringen

    Meiringen

    Set at the heart of the Hasliberg hiking region, the town of Meiringen is the destination of today’s included excursion. The creation of meringue and the death of Sherlock Holmes are the two claims to fame of the town. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stayed in Meiringen many times and the town is now home to the fascinating Sherlock Holmes Museum (entrance extra). During the day we take the Reichenbach Falls Funicular Railway up to see the dramatic falls and scene of the deadly battle between Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Grindelwald

    Grindelwald

    Enjoy an unforgettable mountain experience as we enjoy a ride aboard the Jungfrau Region Railway, Switzerland’s most popular mountain railway system. We board the railway in the village of Lauterbrunnen and travel up through the spectacular scenery to the Klein Scheidegg Mountain pass, at the foot of the notorious Eiger North Wall. From Klein Scheidegg we continue to the picturesque traditional mountain village of Grindelwald where you will have time at leisure to explore, and weather permitting, enjoy the magnificent views of the famous Eiger Mountain.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Paris

    Paris

    We leave Switzerland behind and make our way north through the French countryside to our overnight hotel on the outskirts of Paris. This evening join our optional excursion to the Paris Latin Quarter and enjoy the atmosphere of Paris by night. The “Quartier Latin” or Latin Quarter is a bustling area of restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops to the south of the Ile de la Cité and Notre Dame. Since the 13th century this area has been dominated by the Sorbonne, the University of Paris, and the name comes from the early students there who used to speak in Latin. Here you can join in the atmosphere, explore the famous streets, perhaps purchase a meal (at own cost) in one of the numerous establishments from the chic and expensive to the cheap and definitely cheerful, and browse the souvenir shops.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    At a Glance

    Tour Includes

    • 8 nights hotel with continental breakfast
    • 6 evening meals
    • Convenient local joining points
    • Travel by Silver Service or upgrade to Luxuria

    Included Excursions & Visits

    • Lucerne - Picturesque lakeside town
    • Brienz and Interlaken - Historic town and famous resort
    • Reichenbach Falls and Meiringen - Forever associated with Sherlock Holmes
    • Jungfrau Region Railway - Spectacular views of the Eiger

    Optional Excursions & Visits

    • Pilatusbahn Railway and Cable Car - The world's steepest cog railway
    • Swiss Glacier Express - Breathtaking rail ride
    • Cruise on Lake Lucerne - The best way to see the lake
    • Paris Latin Quarter - Vibrant and cultural

    Notes


    Single Room Supplement from £149.00 (9 days).

    Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
    Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
    We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Accommodation

    You will stay for six nights at the 3-star Hotel Bellevue situated in Seelisburg, on Lake Lucerne in Switzerland.

    Overnight stays in northern France and Paris area will be in city-style hotels.

     

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    Bellevue Seelisberg

    Bellevue Seelisberg

    Bellevue Seelisberg


    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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    Travel Information

    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £25pp (9 days duration and over) on all European tours. In addition to this seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £15pp (9 days duration and over). This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on feeder journeys to/from the U.K. port. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law.

    Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on the main tour coaches. Prices are approximately £1 or 1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by the driver. Drinks may also be served on the transfer coaches but this is not guaranteed.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure and will depend on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air or TGV holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
    We operate a passenger interchange at the Channel port. Transfer coaches, including taxis, minibuses, Megabus and National Express operate to and from the U.K. port. You will join your main tour coach at the port.
    One medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage can be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach.
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