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It’s first class all the way as you’re wined and dined and take in Switzerland’s most stunning scenery on thrilling railway journeys. You’ll board the historic Bernina Express, visit the ‘007 mountain’ and receive a golden pass to Montreux on this luxury holiday.

Tours by Rail

8 Days from £1,899

Was from £2,099

Sep 2017 - Sep 2018 Departures

Overview

What's included

  • Return flights from Heathrow with Swiss International or British Airways
  • 7 nights half board in 4-star hotels
  • 16 meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 
7 dinners
  • First-class rail travel throughout
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Porterage
  • Audio Guide
  • Luggage delivery from Davos to Wengen and Wengen to Montreux

Included holiday highlights

  • 
 Davos Klosters Inclusive visitors’ card, allowing free cable car travel
  • Enjoy a glass of wine with the maitre d’hotel in Davos
  • First-class travel on the Bernina Express to Tirano, with 3-course lunch
  • First-class rail travel on the Glacier Express to Brig, with 3-course lunch
  • Culinary village walk in Wengen in the company of a Local Guide
  • See Trummelbach Falls, ascend the ‘007 mountain’ and explore Mürren
  • Buddha-themed wellness experience evening in Wengen
  • Scenic cruise on Lake Thun and entrance to Spiez Castle
  • First-class rail travel on the Golden Pass train to Montreux
  • Welcome drink at your Montreux hotel
  • Music-themed tour of Montreux including Queen Studio Experience visit
  • Montreux Riviera Card giving free public transport

Itinerary

Depart on your flight to Zurich today. On arrival, you’ll take the train to Davos Platz where you’ll be given a Davos Klosters Inclusive visitors’ card that allows you to travel for free on all cable cars in the Alpine resorts of Davos and Klosters.

Today you’ll board the Bernina Express for an included first-class return journey on the Bernina Line – a UNESCO World Heritage railway line that’s more than 100 years old. From Davos, the train travels through St Moritz and then crosses the border to Tirano in Italy. The route passes through no fewer than 55 tunnels and crosses 196 bridges as well as the famous circular viaduct of Brusio. It also climbs the 2,253-metre Bernina Pass and passes through the Valtellina Valley in Italy. On arrival in Tirano, you’ll be served a typical Valtellina three-course lunch with wine.


Back in Davos, the maître d’hôtel will share a glass of wine with you in the hotel’s wine cellar and tell you about Swiss wine production.

We include a panoramic journey on the world’s slowest express train, the Glacier Express, today. Again you’ll be travelling first class, and will enjoy a three-course lunch with wine as you pass by mountain landscapes to Brig. You’ll continue to the car-free mountain resort of Wengen in the heart of the Alps.

Join your Local Guide for an included culinary walk through Wengen.


There’s also the opportunity to visit Jungfraujoch – the ‘Top of Europe’ – on our optional excursion, for views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau summits, together with the longest glacial flow. You will board the Jungfrau Railway, celebrated as a major feat of engineering. The cogwheel railway travels through a mountain tunnel and over the steep climb up to Jungfraujoch, located at 3,454-metres above sea level and the highest railway station in Europe. Marvel at this incredible world of rock, ice and snow during two stops and from the viewing platforms.


Enjoy a Swiss-themed buffet dinner this evening.

Today’s included excursion starts with a train ride to Lauterbrunnen. You will then join a Postbus – an iconic yellow Swiss bus – to the Trümmelbach Falls.


You will then take a cable car to Birg and admire the stunning vistas from its viewing platform before taking another cable car to Schilthorn, known as the ’007 mountain’. Situated on its 2,970-metre summit is a revolving restaurant, Piz Gloria, which was used as the location for Blofeld’s headquarters in the 1969 James Bond film ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’. Enjoy a martini, shaken not stirred of course, in this fabulous restaurant, which offers 360-degree views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains.


From here, you will take another cable car to Mürren, a picturesque car-free village with amazing views of the Lauterbrunnen Valley. The cliff-top village is filled with Alpine houses and, with its well-prepared footpaths, it is a delight to explore on foot. You’ll have free time to do just that before returning to Wengen, where a Buddha-themed wellness experience evening in the pool area awaits.

You’ll leave Wengen behind today for the journey by train to Montreux. En route we include a scenic cruise on Lake Thun, along with a visit to romantic Spiez Castle, located on a rocky outcrop on the shores of the lake, before boarding the luxurious Golden Pass Classic train. Another first-class journey awaits as you are taken on an enchanting ride through some of Switzerland’s most spectacular scenery, which you can enjoy from the comfort of your carriage.


On arrival at your hotel in the elegant town of Montreux you’ll be served a welcome drink on the terrace, which offers fantastic views over Lake Geneva, and you can also enjoy fabulous lake vistas from your deluxe room.

Join us for a music-themed tour of Montreux, which is famous throughout the world for its annual jazz festival. You’ll also visit the Queen Studio Experience, a museum dedicated to the legendary band and located in the original Mountain Studios where they recorded seven albums.


We’ve left the rest of the day free for you to explore Montreux at your own pace. Don’t forget your Montreux Riviera Card, which entitles you to free public transport as well as discounted entry to many museums and attractions.


Alternatively, why not join our optional excursion to the Rochers-de-Naye region and Chillon Castle. You’ll board the cog railway at Montreux station and enjoy panoramic vistas on the one-hour ride to the summit of Rochers-de-Naye. At the viewing platform you’ll be rewarded with vistas over Lake Geneva as far as Jura and, to your left, the Savoy Alps. Your journey continues to Chillon Castle, an architectural jewel beautifully located on a rock on the banks of Lake Geneva. For nearly four centuries it was the residence and profitable toll station of the Counts of Savoy and today it is one of Switzerland’s most visited historic buildings.

Your holiday comes to an end today as you transfer by train to Geneva airport for your return flight to the UK.

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Jungfraujoch - The Top of Europe

Jungfraujoch - The Top of Europe

from £66

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View the majestic Eiger, Munch and Jungfrau summits, together with the longest glacial flow. You will board the Jungfrau Railway, the famous narrow- gauge line completed in 1912 and celebrated as a major feat of engineering. The cogwheel railway takes you from Kleine Scheidegg to the Jungfraujoch - the Top of Europe at 3,454 metres it is Europe’s highest altitude railway station. Marvel at this incredible world of rock, ice and snow during stops in the tunnel from viewing platforms the Eigerwand (Eiger wall) and Eismeer (Sea of Ice).

Full day – moderate walking – Breath taking scenery

Rochers-de-Naye and Chillon Castle

Rochers-de-Naye and Chillon Castle

from £35

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You’ll board the cog railway at Montreux station and enjoy panoramic vistas on the one-hour ride to the summit Rochers-de- Naye. Towering 1,650m above the town, these rocks (“les rochers”) are as much a part of Montreux as the Chillon Castle, the flower promenade and the jazz festival. Chillon Castle is located on a rock on the banks of Lake Geneva. The water castle is the most visited historic building in Switzerland. Chilon was the residence and profitable toll station on the Counts of Savoy for nearly four centuries. It was the passage of ships on Lake Geneva and the important land route to the St. Bernhard Pass as controlled from this island for hundreds of years.

Half day – moderate walking – Must see!

Accommodation

Hotel Grischa is a 4-star hotel located in the centre of Davos-Platz. Hotel amenities include five restaurants and a sun terrace. Guest rooms feature private facilities, mini bar, TV safe and hairdryer.
4-star hotel in the village centre of Wengen. Facilities include a restaurant, bar and indoor pool. Guest rooms have private facilities, TV, mini bar, safe and hairdyer.
Bedrooms feature en suite facilities, TV, mini-bar, air-conditioning and hairdryer. Located in the heart of the resort, built in a Belle Époque style, your hotel has amenities including a bar and restaurant.

Grischa Hotel Davos

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Dates and Prices

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Duration

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Now

Status

 

London (Heathrow)

Sunday 01 October 2017

8 Days

£1,899

Available

Outbound
Swiss International

Sunday 01 October 2017

Departs

12:05 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

14:45 Zurich (Kloten)

Operated by

Swiss International

Inbound
Swiss International - LX

Sunday 08 October 2017

Departs

12:55 Geneva (Geneve-Cointrin)

Arrives

13:40 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

Swiss International

London (Heathrow)

Sunday 27 May 2018

8 Days

£1,999

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Sunday 27 May 2018

Departs

09:25 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

12:20 Zurich (Kloten)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Sunday 03 June 2018

Departs

15:05 Geneva (Geneve-Cointrin)

Arrives

15:50 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

London (Heathrow)

Sunday 10 June 2018

8 Days

£2,019

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Sunday 10 June 2018

Departs

09:25 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

12:20 Zurich (Kloten)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Sunday 17 June 2018

Departs

15:05 Geneva (Geneve-Cointrin)

Arrives

15:50 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

London (Heathrow)

Sunday 22 July 2018

8 Days

£2,099

£2,049

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Sunday 22 July 2018

Departs

09:25 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

12:20 Zurich (Kloten)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Sunday 29 July 2018

Departs

15:05 Geneva (Geneve-Cointrin)

Arrives

15:50 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

London (Heathrow)

Sunday 12 August 2018

8 Days

£2,099

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Sunday 12 August 2018

Departs

09:25 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

12:20 Zurich (Kloten)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Sunday 19 August 2018

Departs

15:05 Geneva (Geneve-Cointrin)

Arrives

15:50 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

London (Heathrow)

Sunday 02 September 2018

8 Days

£2,099

£2,049

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Sunday 02 September 2018

Departs

09:25 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

12:20 Zurich (Kloten)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Sunday 09 September 2018

Departs

15:05 Geneva (Geneve-Cointrin)

Arrives

15:50 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

London (Heathrow)

Sunday 10 September 2017

8 Days

£2,059

SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT

Outbound
British Airways

Sunday 10 September 2017

Departs

09:25 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

12:20 Zurich (Kloten)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Sunday 17 September 2017

Departs

13:10 Geneva (Geneve-Cointrin)

Arrives

13:55 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

Your Trains: Bernina Express, Glacier Express and Golden Pass

Bernina Express

One of the most spectacular ways to cross the Alps is on the Bernina Express, travelling from Davos through St Moritz and across the border to Tirano, linking up regions with different languages and cultures. The train winds its way gently through splendid scenery along the UNESCO World Heritage railway line which is more than 100 years old. On the highest railway across the Alps, the Bernina Express climbs up to the glistening glaciers before descending to the palms of Italy far below. This rail links between northern and southern Europe, it is unique, blending ideally with the alpine landscape. The train negotiates the 55 tunnels, 196 bridges and climbs 2,253 metres to the Bernina Pass and passes through the Valtellina Valley in Italy.

Bernina Express
Bernina Express
Bernina Express

Glacier Express

The panoramic journey on the Glacier Express through the Swiss Alps is one to remember, with wide panoramic windows and skylights in every carriage so guests can fully appreciate the views. Originally it first ran in 1930 and was operated by three different railway companies. The train is not an 'express' in the sense of being a high-speed train, it is in the sense that it provides a one seat ride for long duration travel. It is in fact the world's slowest express train.

This feast for the eyes is followed by a feast for the palate: starter, main course and dessert are freshly prepared in the on-board kitchen and served directly at your seat and accompanied by delicious wine. In the modern Panorama Bar in the middle of the train, you can enjoy a refreshing drink or snack. Alternatively, orders are taken from passengers seats for snacks, drinks and lunch items throughout the journey, including a wide selection of wines.

Glacier Express
Glacier Express
Glacier Express

Golden Pass

One of the brightest stars in Switzerland's rail network, the Golden Pass invites you to rediscover the glamour of the Belle Époque. Incomparable comfort and charm awaits you on this timeless journey.

Taking a day trip on the GoldenPass Line is in itself like taking a short holiday. The Golden Pass line stretches over almost 150 miles and has three different train types operating on the route. There is the Zentralbahn between Lucerne and Interlaken, the Bern-Lötschberg-Simplon railways between Interlaken and Zweisimmen and the Chemin de fer Montreux-Oberland Bernois between Zweisimmen and Montreux.

Enjoy the view and the railway nostalgia as you make your way to Montreux. Taking you through the high bridges, rivers, lake views and the beautiful snowy mountains, the GoldenPass Line is the most comfortable and beautiful way to experience it. These trains include unique 'wine cellar' coaches that serve an assortment of wines and also regional specialities.

Golden Pass
Golden Pass
Golden Pass

Tour Blog by Amy

Travelsphere holiday creator, Amy, recently went on an educational trip to Switzerland to experience first hand the places that feature on our Deluxe Swiss Railways tour. Read Amy's blog below to find out more...

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Switzerland

From the moment I arrived in Switzerland I was enchanted by its ever changing scenery - from beautiful Alpine Valleys to towering snow-capped mountains. There is no better way to experience Switzerland than by being wined and dined on Switzerland’s most scenic and thrilling railway journeys. Needless to say I was excited before my journey, and I am just as excited to return.

Glacier Express

We boarded an early train on the world famous Glacier Express, the slowest express train in the world, allowing you to embrace the glorious mountain valleys and gorges. The Glacier Express uses modern panoramic coaches that are very comfortable. After we had settled in our seats we enjoyed our three-course lunch and wine - beautifully done, utter indulgence!

Wengen

Today, was again a change of scenery as we headed to the ‘car free’ town of Wengen which is located in the beautiful Jungfrau mountain range. It was very peaceful and exciting to not see any cars driving around - not a car horn to be heard for miles!

When we arrived in Wengen, we walked through the Alpine Village to the Hotel Sunstar, this hotel just oozes Alpine charm and is nestled perfectly within the hillside. Wengen is blanketed with over 30km of hiking paths and 100km of ski pistes, a beautiful and unique village. We enjoyed a walking tour of the village, snapped many photographs and finally retired back to the hotel for a relaxing drink in the lounge area.

Golden Pass

Today we experienced the fantastic Golden Pass Classic train, in a wonderful first class carriage. We boarded the 09.44 train in Wengen for our journey towards Montreux. As I sat back in my comfortable and spacious seat, I was taken on a truly scenic rail journey. The scenery continued to change; on my left, a steep mountain and to the right rolling hills with petite Swiss villages nestled in the hill side. Today I quickly learnt why this was one of Switzerland’s most scenic rail journeys!

Montreux

As the train pulled into Montreux I knew I was going to love it here. When we came out of the station we walked to our hotel for the evening, the simply beautiful Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic. This hotel is located near the railway station in the heart of Montreux on Lake Geneva, offering panoramic and breathtaking views.

Montreux itself was a real highlight of the tour for me, such an enchanting town full of jazz elegance. There is a great statue of Freddie Mercury overlooking the Lake, so make sure to have your camera at the ready. Although Montreux has many museums and attractions to fill the afternoon, taking a long relaxing walk along the edge of the lake, lined with flowers and Belle Époque buildings was wonderful.

Breakfast with a view

After an exciting day, it was great to head back to the hotel and enjoy a drink on the hotel terrace, providing wonderful views. In the morning, we had a fantastic breakfast overlooking the lake - coffee and croissants overlooking Lake Geneva - what more could I ask for!

Rochers-de-Naye and Chillon Castle

This afternoon, after a relaxing day in Montreux, we headed to the train station to board the 15.47 train to Rochers-de-Naye. This was no ordinary train, it was a fantastic little cogwheel train that offers spectacular views as the train climbs the mountain over Montreux. This fun and exciting journey took only an hour, which seemed to fly by! When we made it to the summit, it is clear to see that you are towering above the town, with views stretching as far as the Savoy Alps!

Later in the afternoon we headed to Chillon Castle, which I was greatly looking forward to. When I first explored the area when we got to Montreux, I had immediately noticed a stunning medieval fortress perched on the banks of the lake, I was then informed it was Chillon Castle - the most visited historic building in Switzerland! Many artists and writers in past years have been inspired by the castle, such as Victor Hugo and Lord Byron, the author of the poem ‘The Prisoner of Chillon’. After an informative guided tour and wandering the grounds, it is clear to see how these writers found inspiration here.

Returning Home

Finally, the time had come to return home. We transferred to Geneva airport and as I expected, it was very efficient! Whilst I waited for my flight home, I had time to reflect on what a fantastic time I had in Switzerland - having not even left the country yet, I knew I wanted to return! Switzerland really does have so much to offer and experiencing this wonderful country via scenic railway was simply perfect. From medieval castles in the French jazz town of Montreux to soaking up the scenery on the world’s slowest express train, this tour really did offer it all. Switzerland has always been on my travel bucket list and believe me it did not disappoint.

Please note: images shown below are courtesy of a Travelsphere holiday creator and are representative of this tour but we cannot guarantee that all destinations or activities shown will feature on a particular departure.

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