Lakes & Mountains of Switzerland by Train, Mountain Railway & Lake Steamers

This tailor-made package includes from eight nights’ accommodation on a half board basis at a 3* or 4* hotel in the Faulensee area to suit your group’s requirements. The content of your preferred itinerary and preferred mode of transport will be discussed with you at the time of enquiry.

  • Our suggested itinerary includes:
    • Cruise on a paddlesteamer from Thun to Interlaken
    • A visit to the city of Berne
    • A visit to Lucerne & a narrow gauge scenic train over the Brunig Pass
    • Journey to the Jungfraujoch (Europe’s highest railway station) & Grindelwald
    • Funicular railway to the Niessen Mountain and a visit to Kandersteg
    • Visit to Brienz & a journey on the rack railway + a boat trip
    • Rail journey to the Schynige Platte + cable car to Murren
    • A free day to explore at your leisure
  • Group Organiser benefits
  • Low single room supplements (selected dates subject to availability)


To tailor-make your tour or for a personalised quotation call 01943 605999.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival at your hotel in Switzerland where you will be based for 8 nights at a 3* / 4* hotel in the Faulensee area.
 
Days 2 to 8 -  On excursion days you will be using the local public transport system. It could be that we start each day on a local bus to reach the railway station from where we continue by train, mountain railway and lake steamer.

 

  • By bus and train to the historic town of Thun set astride the River Aare. Free time before boarding a paddle steamer for a cruise, the full length of Lake Thun to Interlaken. Free time in Interlaken to explore the town and enjoy the view towards the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau mountains before returning to the hotel by train and bus.
  • A longer round trip by train (plus the local bus link). We travel to the Swiss capital of Berne. We have free time to explore the historic arcaded central streets before continuing by train through the tranquil Emmental to the lakeside city of Lucerne. After several hours here we join a narrow gauge train for a scenic journey over the Brunig Pass and along the shore of Lake Brienz to Interlaken. Then back to our hotel by train and bus.
  • Today takes us to the highest railway station in Europe at Jungfraujoch. We start by travelling through Spiez and Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen where the climbing really starts. Our narrow gauge train heads up the side of the valley to reach the mountain resort of Wengen and then continues to Kleine Scheidegg where we change to the Jungfrau Railway. Most of the journey from here to the top is in a tunnel up through the Eiger. At last we reach Jungfraujoch,the Top of Europe' at 11,330ft. On a clear day the views over the Alps are stunning. We have time to enjoy the attractions and purchase lunch before descending via Kleine Scheidegg to the mountain resort of Grindelwald where we have some free time before returning to the hotel.
  • This morning we travel by funicular railway at a gradient of up to 1 in 1.4 to the top of the Niesen mountain. From the top (7,750ft) there are spectacular views down onto Lake Thun and across the mountain slopes to Aeschi. After our time at the top we descend to the valley and join a conventional train which climbs and loops up the Kander Valley to the resort of Kandersteg. There will be time here to explore the town or travel by cable car (payable locally) to the beautiful Lake Oeschinen before returning to the hotel.
  • By bus and train to the village of Brienz set on the lake of the same name. Here we change to the rack railway for an ascent up the Brienzer Rothorn mountain (7,700ft). Wonderful views from the top across to the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau mountains and down onto the whole expanse of Lake Brienz. Later we return to Brienz and then join a boat for a trip across the lake to Interlaken from where we return to our hotel.
  • By bus and train via Interlaken to Wilderswil where we change onto the rack railway to the top of Schynige Platte at the edge of a mountain ridge. The view across the mountains and down to the lakes is stunning. After time at the top we descend to the valley floor and continue by train to Lauterbrunnen and then by cable car and small railway to the village of Murren which sits on a mountain ledge with magnificent views. We have free time here before retracing our route via Lauterbrunnen, Interlaken and Spiez to our hotel.

There will be a free day in addition to the above excursion days but with your Regional Pass still valid, you can choose to either, have a restful day in and around the hotel or travel further afield using your ticket. 
 
Day 9 - Returning to the UK by way of your preferred mode of transport.

NOTE - All travel in Switzerland is by scheduled public transport. It will be important to arrive at departure points in good time and to move swiftly between connections at stations, where many do not have lifts or escalators.
 
With all packages we supply a tailor-made flyer to assist in the promotion of your group holiday, along with a booking form which provides us with all the details we require from each participant.

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