Swiss Alps Rail - from Zurich to Geneva- SAR17
Number of Days: 6
Swiss Alps Rail
Travelling through the snow-capped Alps, while enjoying spectacular views of beautiful mountain lakes and rolling lush green hills, this tour offers those with the love of travelling by rail the chance to experience spectacular scenery and the charm of Swiss hospitality , staying in the traditional Alpine village of Wengen.
6 DAY ITINERARY
Commences Geneva Sunday 18 June 2017
Day 1: Arrive Geneva.
All aboard for our first rail journey of this tour to Wengen located at the foot of the magnificent Jungrau Mountain in the Bernese Oberland, at an elevation over 4,000 feet above sea level. For convenience and ease your luggage will be transported ahead to your hotel and will await you on arrival, along with a welcome drink! Wengen is a traffic free village, and will be your base for your five nights' stay at the 4* Hotel Sunstar - offering traditional accommodation with indoor pool and steam bath, breakfast and dinner are provided throughout your stay.
DAY 2 - Explore the Jungfrau Region – Cable car and railway travel
Your first day in the Alps will start with a cable car gondola transporting you from the valley to the summit of the Männlichen Mountain, famous for its views of the Lauterbrunnen Valley and Grindelwald. In the afternoon you will take the train to Kleine Scheidegg, the highest railway station in Europe and the starting point of the Jungfrau Railway which takes you to the ‘Top of Europe’.
DAY 3 - Lake Thun and Interlaken – Rail journey and river cruise
The following day, after breakfast at your hotel you will enjoy a scenic train journey to Thun. This charming lake side city, with a picturesque castle that towers high above the late-medieval Old Town, offers a fascinating history to soak up that dates back to Neolithic times. You will have a guided tour of the city and castle and be able to relax in one of the many idyllic lake side cafés and restaurants for lunch. Following lunch, you will take a river boat cruise across Lake Thun to Interlaken for free time to shop and sightsee before travelling back by rail to Wengen.
DAY 4 - Schilthorn, Allmendhubel and Mürren – train travel and cable car
Today, you travel by train to Stechelberg, a village surrounded by steep mountains, cliffs, waterfalls and traditional wooden alpine dwellings. Here you will take a cable car to Birg for a stop at the ‘Skyline Walk’ viewing platform; you can take the further cable car up to Schilthorne and have lunch in the famous revolving restaurant at the Piz Gloria. A cable car will return you down the mountain to the village of Mürren where you will take a short train ride to Allmendhubel for a guided walk. Allmendhubel offers the best view on the north faces of the Bernese Alps. There is a restaurant with a large sun terrace inviting you to bask in sunshine and linger with a cold beer; those with a botanic interest may enjoy a stroll to see beautiful Alpine Flora and rare botanics. Return to Wengen by rail for dinner at the hotel.
DAY 5 - Schynige Platte and Interlakken – Alpine Gardens – luxury shopping and gastronomy
The train journey from Wengen to Schynige Platte is known as the ‘Romantic Rail’ for its nostalgic cog railway and open carriages. This is an exhilarating journey that takes you along the edge of mountain ranges where stunning views and impressive wilderness opens up all around you. A visit to the Botanical Alpine Gardens awaits you at the top - you will be amazed at the summer display of over 650 plant species that are native to the Swiss Alps. Hunt to see the national flower, Edelweiss, with its fine woolly hairs that give these delicate flowers strong protection from UV light. From here you will have stunning views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Your afternoon will be spent at Interlaken, a magnificent city nestled between two lakes – it has long made visitors swoon for its picturesque beauty. With time to explore you can also do extensive shopping in Interlaken; there is something for everyone, from luxury retail to traditional craft, gastronomy and art.
DAY 6 - The Golden Pass Rail Journey to Geneva with Panoramic or Romantic rail journey
The last of your rail journeys from Wengen will leave you with a long lasting memory of Switzerland. Travelling on the famous Golden Pass trainline, you will either enjoy the modern streamline and comfort of the Panoramic line, surrounding you with the natural setting outside through panoramic windows, or the Golden Pass Classic line that lets you experience the glamour of the Belle Époque from classic carriages that offer a romantic setting of comfort and charm from a magical era of glamour and opulence in rail travel. Your train journey will take you to Geneva airport for your onward travel.
Swiss Alps Rail - from Zurich to Geneva- SAR17
Zurich to Geneva
- 5 nights' Half Board accommodation at 4* Hotel Sunstar, Wengen
- Breakfast and three course evening meals during your stay. - Cable car to Männlichen Mountain
- A cruise across Lake Thun to Interlaken
- Two hour guided tour of the city of Thun on foot
- Excursion by train to Stechlberg and cable car to Birg
- Train ride to Allmendhubel for a guided walk along the ‘flower trail’.
- Excursion by train to Stechlberg and cable car to visit the Botanical Alpine Gardens
- Rail transfer to Geneva Airport for onward travel.
- 18th June 2017- 24th June 2017. Price on application