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Swiss Mountain Steam

Switzerland and steam trains - a delightful combination as Railtrail Tours take you to the heart of this beautiful country to experience some amazing mountain rail journeys and glorious lake steamer cruises. Plus, for 2024, we have enhanced the tour by adding an outbound overnight in the beautiful city of Basel for a more leisurely travel experience.

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9 days from £2939

 

DEPARTS

Monday 22 July 2024

Monday 19 August 2024

Monday 23 September 2024

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the historic city of Basel

  • Shimmering blue lakes, past alpine meadows, up to heavenly skies, by steam train

  • Ride the extended Furka Steam Railway – original route of the Glacier Express

  • The amazing Brienz Rothorn steam mountain railway

  • Return rail journey up the spectacular Schynige Platte

  • Steam along the turquoise waters of Lake Brienz on the Brünig Steam Railway

  • Visit the Schilthorn summit – James Bond 007 mountain

  • Discover impressive glacier waterfalls at Trummelbach Falls

  • Lake Thun cruise & funicular up Harder Kulm

  • Coffee & cake at the Panorama Restaurant at Harder Kulm

  • Bernese Oberland Pass – offering freedom of the region on your free day

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • 8 nights’ bed & breakfast plus 7 evening meals and 1 coffee & cake

  • Standard Class Bernese Oberland Pass

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

  • Hotel Porterage

Watch Railtrail's 'Swiss Moutain Steam' video here

DAY 1

Travelling by Eurostar from London, we change stations in Paris, continuing our journey to Basel, just across the Swiss border. We check into our hotel for the evening located next to the train station and enjoy our first evening meal together at a local restaurant.

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DAY 2

This morning we travel by train to Thun and we set sail on Lake Thun towards Interlaken. On arrival we catch the funicular up the Harder Kulm, whose peak boasts magnificent views of lakes and mountains, and a lovely Panorama Restaurant, where we enjoy a welcome coffee and cake. Following our visit, we continue by local train to idyllic Grindelwald for a welcome evening meal at our hotel, where our luggage is waiting for us.

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DAY 3

A day of steam in wonderful mountain scenery on the Brienz Rothorn Railway, Switzerland's oldest steam cog railway. It has climbed Rothorn Kulm (2,244m) since 1892 at incredible gradients; the thrilling ride leads to spectacular mountain panoramas. We then leisurely cruise along Lake Brienz.

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DAY 4

Another highlight awaits today as we head for Wilderswil, where we join our train up to Schynige Platte through alpine pastures, with great views of the Mönch, Eiger, and Jungfrau.

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DAY 5

Travelling high into the spectacular mountains to Oberwald where we take a vintage train on the Furka Steam Cog Railway* along the original 'Glacier Express' route - crossing viaducts, through tunnels, and past alpine meadows full of flowers. Marvel at the Rhone glacier viewed between snow-covered mountain peaks en route to the line's terminus at Realp. Returning to Grindelwald by train via the Glacier Express route.

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DAY 6

A day at leisure allows you to relax in Grindelwald or maybe use your Bernese Oberland Pass to explore the public transport system of this beautiful region. Most railways are covered in the pass, including the lines to Lucerne and Bern, Switzerland's handsome capital city. Or maybe visit Gstaad on the Golden Pass Line or use your pass to gain a discount on the Jungfrau Railway to the top of Europe. Tonight is free to dine at leisure in a local restaurant.

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DAY 7

Today we transfer by rail to Interlaken and enjoy our third nostalgic steam excursion of the tour as we travel to Meiringen on the superb Brünig Steam Railway. During the return journey on the 100-year-old rolling stock, we enjoy incredible views of the turquoise waters of Lake Brienz and the surrounding mountains.

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DAY 8

One of the most amazing rail journeys in Switzerland as we travel by train and cable car to the summit of the 'James Bond' mountain - the Schilthorn. We have free time to visit the Piz Gloria revolving restaurant, Bond World, 007 Walk of Fame, and the Piz Gloria View from where 200 mountain tops can be viewed including the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau. Following our visit, we continue to the glacier fed Trummelbach Falls, Europe's largest subterranean waterfalls.

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DAY 9

We return by high speed trains to London

*Please note a short section of this famous steam train journey may be undertaken by diesel train.

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B=Breakfast, LR=Light Refreshments, D=Dinner

HOTEL

GAIA Hotel, Basel

A 4-star hotel ideally located next to the train station and within walking distance of Basel’s attractions. The elegant bedrooms are equipped with TV, kettle and/or coffee machine, minibar with organic drinks, safe, and free Wi-Fi. The hotel serves an organic buffet breakfast in the listed historic hall. Bars and restaurants are located within walking distance of the hotel.

 

Hotel Derby, Grindelwald

The Hotel Derby is a 3-star superior hotel situated right next to the rail station in the very centre of Grindelwald and offers a friendly atmosphere in stunning surroundings. The hotel is over 130 years old with comfortable furnishings and is close to the shops. The sauna invites you to unwind after a day out in the fresh mountain air. The rooms are bright and simply decorated with all facilities needed for a memorable holiday - a satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, hairdryer, minibar, safe, and tea/coffee making facilities.

 

FARES

From London St Pancras International:

Standard Class rail travel to/from Switzerland, including Standard Eurostar

£2,939

Supplement for Standard Premier Eurostar upgrade return

£200

First Class rail travel to/from Switzerland, including Standard Premier Eurostar

£3,254

Join at Basel & Leave at Grindelwald

£2,685

Single Traveller Supplement

£350


8 nights’ bed & breakfast plus 7 evening meals and 1 coffee & cake

Eurostar and rail travel to and from Switzerland in the class of your choice (internal journeys in Standard Class)

Standard Class Bernese Oberland Pass

All excursions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

Hotel Porterage

 

GUARANTEED FARE

 

 

 

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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