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A festive tour on iconic railways

8 days From £1,599 per person

2021 Tour code: 22TFX

About the tour

Discover the delights of Switzerland at Christmas on this all inclusive festive break. Travel through winter wonderlands on some of Switzerland's most iconic railways, explore elegant resorts, and soak up incredible snowy vistas.

Highlights

What’s included

Itinerary

Days 1-2 - London & Tiefencastel

Travel from London St Pancras on the Eurostar to Paris, where you change trains and continue to Strasbourg. You spend the night in the city, which sits in the heart of France's Alsace region and offers a captivating blend of French and German influences.

Day 2 is Christmas Eve, and you enjoy a morning to explore Strasbourg. The city boasts a wealth of fascinating medieval architecture, and as you walk along streets lined with half-timbered buildings and head down enticing, twisting lanes, you'll feel a little like you've stepped back in time. At Christmastime, in particular, the city is a delight to discover. A visit to the Christmas market here comes highly recommended; one of the oldest and most iconic in Europe, the 'Christkindelsmärik' is famous for its authentic Alsatian mulled wine.

This afternoon, you take the train to Tiefencastel in Switzerland, your home for the next five nights. With only a couple of hundred inhabitants, the small village retains its traditional Swiss charms, and is a unique place to spend the festive season.

Includes
  • Day 1 - Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Tiefencastel
Day 3 - Christmas on the Bernina Express

Enjoy a Christmas Day to remember today, as you celebrate onboard the famous Bernina Express, travelling across the border to Tirano in Italy. This remarkable railway line is over 100 years old and has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. It's widely recognised as one of the finest rail journeys the world, and as you tunnel through snow-capped mountain ranges, cross spectacular canyons and valleys, and glide alongside frozen lakes, you'll soon realise why.

You enjoy a little free time in the Italian town of Tirano; a fantastic opportunity to discover a whole new country at the most wonderful time of year. Tonight, back in Tiefencastel, you sit down to a delicious Christmas Day gala dinner - a perfect end to the day.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The Bernina Express
Days 4-5 - St Moritz

Today is Boxing Day, and you spend it discovering the luxurious resort town of St Moritz. Synonymous with glitz and glamour, St Moritz is famous for its winter sports and attracts wealthy holidaymakers from across the globe.

You journey through stunning Alpine scenery on the UNESCO-listed Albula Line on your way to St Moritz, where upon arrival you have some free time to explore the charming winter wonderland at your own pace. Bedecked in its festive finery, charming Christmas light displays and Christmas decorations line the streets, making strolling through the town an experience in itself. Spend time window shopping at the incredible designer boutiques and jewellers, or perhaps pause for a hot chocolate and a spot of lunch at one of the many chic cafés here.

On Day 5, you're free to relax at your hotel or explore Tiefencastel, or indeed the rest of the region, further.

Includes
  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
St Moritz
Day 6 - Chur and the Arosa Line

You enjoy a journey on the pretty Arosa Line today, climbing to the charming lakeside town of Arosa. Take in the rocky, wintry scenery of the Graubünden canton en-route, winding through wild and dramatic landscapes before arriving in Arosa, where you're met with stunning vistas across the icy waters of Lake Obersee. After some free time, continue by train to Chur, Switzerland's oldest settlement with a history dating back over 5,000 years.

You have some time to explore this quintessentially Swiss town. You could head to the quaint Old Town, which boasts fantastically-preserved medieval town walls and buildings and is entirely traffic-free, making it the ideal place to explore on foot. At this time of year, Christmas decorations adorn the buildings, adding an extra touch of magic.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Chur
Day 7 - The Glacier Express

A highlight of your holiday awaits you today, as you bid farewell to Tiefencastel and enjoy a journey on the world-renowned Glacier Express, travelling to Brig.

Known affectionately as the 'world's slowest express train', the Glacier Express gently makes its way through the glorious scenery, affording you a front-row view of some of the best of Switzerland's natural beauty. During the winter months, the striking vistas are transformed into a picture-postcard landscape of snowy meadows, frozen waterfalls and white mountaintops. On board, a handy audio guide narrates your journey, letting you know when a particularly scenic or interesting spot is coming up, and lunch is served at your seat during the journey, so you don't miss a moment of the views.

On arrival in Brig, you change trains and head to Basel, a medieval Swiss city on the banks on the Rhine River. Your luggage will be waiting for you here, and you spend the night at a local hotel.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The Glacier Express
Day 8 - Homeward bound

Your festive adventure comes to an end today. Leaving Basel, you join the TGV train to Paris this morning. Here, you connect with the Eurostar to London St Pancras.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Eurostar

Additional information

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

Departure times

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.

Mobility information

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.

Hotel

Hotel Albula & Julier, Tiefencastel

Hotel Albula & Julier, Tiefencastel

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Trains

Arosa Line
Bernina Express
Eurostar
Glacier Express
The TGV

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Mr G Radford-Snell

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Submitted 16 Jan 2018

As a holiday this trip was great, as a Christmas eexperience it fell a little short.

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