Alpine beauty, village charm and mountain railways
Spend a relaxing week in the outstanding Bernese Oberland, enjoying all inclusive hospitality and fantastic excursions to Interlaken and the surrounding mountains, including the Jungfraujoch.
You start your tour from London St Pancras International, where you are met by your Tour Manager at Rail Discoveries' dedicated Departure Office. You travel to Paris, before continuing on by TGV to Strasbourg, where you spend the night. Tonight you enjoy dinner in a local restaurant. On Day 2, make the most of a free morning in Strasbourg before continuing your journey by rail into the heart of the Swiss Alps to charming Wilderswil today.
This beautiful village is just minutes from Interlaken, and enjoys staggering views over the valley and of the mountains beyond. Wilderswil is ideally located as a base to explore the Lauterbrunnen Valley and the towering peaks that enclose it. On arrival, you check in for a six night stay at the 3* Hotel Alpenblick. Located in the centre of this quaint village, this delightful family-run hotel has a charming, rustic feel, whilst providing modern amenities and comforts for a pleasant stay.
Please Note: For departure 18SIS16 you will overnight in Mullhouse.
Today's excursion is to nearby Interlaken, an attractive town and arguably the hub of the region. Set between Lake Brienz and Lake Thun, and surrounded by the crisp peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains, this scenic town is one of the highlights of your tour. Here you are free to explore. Perhaps take a cruise across scenic Lake Brienz, marvelling at the spectacular glacial waters of this breathtaking lake, and take in the delightful scenery surrounding the town.
Today you take the Schynige Platte Railway to the summit of Schynige Platte. We travel in restored 19th century carriages, hauled by a vintage electric locomotive, to the peak at 6,463 feet (1,970m). The railway is noted for using many of its original electric locomotives and restored period carriages, creating a nostalgic 'Belle Epoque' feel for the experience. Enjoy an amazing panorama from the train; along this stretch of the line there is a clear view of Lake Thun and the towns and villages clustered around it, as well as the other mountains rising away from the waters.
Eventually, the train reaches the peak of the Schynige Platte, which is characterised by its superb vistas. During your free time here you may wish to explore the Botanical Alpine Garden, where brightly coloured plants fill the air with their sweet scents. Otherwise, you may prefer to simply relax on the panoramic terrace and drink in the view of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau Mountains.
Spend a leisurely Day 5 relaxing in Wilderswil, where you have free time to explore this pretty Alpine village, whose traditional half-timbered buildings are unmistakably Swiss. Enjoy the surrounding verdant scenery and snow dusted mountains, perhaps have a drink in a local café while watching the locals busy themselves with their daily lives. You can also use your Swiss Card for 50% fares to explore the surrounding towns and villages and for easier access to the stunning scenery that is on offer. Perhaps make the journey to the traffic-free town of Mürren, where there are a number of signposted walks to suit different abilities. Or make the scenic journey over the Brünig Pass to Lucerne whose 13th Century Chapel Bridge and fresco-adorned Old Town are a pleasure to explore.
Please note: the Schynige Platte Railway does not start operating until late May. Customers booked on departures before this date will instead travel over the magnificent Brünig mountain pass to Lucerne. Set on the lake of the same name, Lucerne ranks amongst the world's prettiest cities, and on arrival you are free to explore.
Please Note: For departure 18SIS01 on Day 4 you will now have a free day in Bern.
You embark on the Bernese Oberland Railway via Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg today. Here you join the Jungfrau Railway for the sensational journey to Europe's highest railway station. Tunnelling through the North Face of the Eiger, the tracks emerge on the slopes of the Mönch, below dramatic glaciers, before climbing to just below the summit of the Jungfrau mountain at 11,333 feet (3,454 metres). Whilst here you can admire the dramatic sight of the surrounding snow-covered mountain peaks, and take in the superb carvings and ice sculptures inside the glacier. There are several fascinating attractions to explore at the summit before making the descent.
On today's excursion you travel to Interlaken, where you join the Harder funicular railway for the journey to the top of Harder Kulm, 4,337 feet (1,322m) above sea level. Crowned by its restaurant - an impressive building which resembles a castle - here you enjoy free time to admire the magnificent landscape of the beautiful Bernese Oberland. The views from here are tremendous. There is even a glazed bridge to maximise the view of the lakes below for those that dare.
Travel by train via Interlaken to Geneva, where you board the high-speed TGV service directly to Paris. After crossing the city by coach, you continue to London St Pancras International, where your tour concludes.
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.
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Very enjoyable - good value for money - for walkers, Barcelona hotel is well positioned for visiting sites ; for non-walkers rather harder - Tarragona hotel also pretty central.
Went as expected and to time
A wonderful holiday with all arrangements run very smoothly.
Well organised holiday,everything went to plan with the right amount of time tp dp own exploring.
Excellent planning location and tour manager. Hotel accommodation was superb but food disappointing
Trips and excursions very good but food at hotel was poor and not at all what we were led to expect from hotel web site and no mention was made in the advert for the hotel that we would be servers inferior quality food packed lunches were inedible
Wonderful holiday, superb scenery, excellent travel and hotel arrangements, superbly led by the Tour manager, Angela Bradley.
Generally an excellent holiday but it was marred by the fact that when we got home our Baggageman case was charged duty of a total of £112 due to two souvenir used mugs being put in our case that had not come out with us worth 10 Swiss Francs (about £8 total). After many, many, emails of complaint the charge was eventually waived but if this is normal we suggest you advise your Tour managers to point this out on the last night when we are packing.We could have accepted a reasonable charge but the excessive penalties should be pointed out by rail discoveries. This not the Tour Managers fault if you don't instruct them. Dining room too cramped and buffet food not enjoyed during the first few days but it was improved for the last few days after complaints were made by all of us.
excellent holiday. Could have been better with tour of Paris instead of waiting 3 1/2 hours for train to Strasbourg
Overall experience was even better than expected.
Alpine beauty, village charm and mountain railways