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From the Eiger to the Matterhorn, discover classic Alpine landscapes on a fantastic rail journey - including a chance to ride the Glacier Express - through the snow-capped peaks of Switzerland, enjoying genuine Swiss hospitality along the way.

Price:

From £2170pp (from £2495pp inc rail) based on 2 people sharing

Duration: 13 days, 14 nights
Departures: Various departures from June-October
Start point: Meiringen
End point: Zermatt
 

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Details of a Grand Tour of Switzerland

In Switzerland, the extraordinary becomes commonplace. Sapphire mountain lakes, glinting in emerald-green valleys and surrounded by glacier-encrusted, white-tipped mountains that twinkle like diamonds in the sun, are thick on the ground. Incredible feats of engineering that take trains through some of the planet's most unforgiving terrain with precise punctuality hardly warrant a raised eyebrow.

And mountains whose names conjure up images of heroic men with frozen beards and sunburned faces, and whose scale reboots our definition of size, arrive like buses – in quick succession. In this land, famed for its silky-smooth chocolate, its efficient, cuckoo-clock timekeeping, its jangling cowbells and its crater-filled cheese, the clichés are but a small part of the story. Switzerland is a postcard brought vividly to life, and although the extraordinary is commonplace, it is absolutely priceless.

Accommodation: As this is a holiday of outstanding scenery, we have found hotels to match:

Hotel Victoria (3*), Meiringen
You can expect a warm welcome from Franzika and Simon Anderegg (an accomplished chef) to their modern-style hotel situated in the centre of this picturesque village which nestles in a broad valley at the head of Lake Brienz.

Hotel Alpenrose (3*), Wengen
This hotel has been run by the same family since 1881 and enjoys a tranquil position on the edge of the village overlooking the Lauterbrunnen valley.

Belle Epoque Hotel Victoria (3*), Kandersteg
Occupying a commanding position in the centre of the pretty village of Kandersteg, there has been a hotel on the site since 1789. The hotel has two distinct parts; the original Ritter wing with its traditional wood-clad bedrooms and the larger Victorian ‘extension’.
 
Hotel Arkanum (3*), Salgesch
Sigi Moreillon's hotel, in the centre of this old wine-producing village, is perfectly placed for an evening stroll after a dinner served under the vines of the hotel’s terrace.

Hotel la Ginabelle (4*), Zermatt
As befits its romantic location in the atmospheric, traffic-free village of Zermatt at the foot of the impressive Matterhorn, La Ginabelle is elegant and full of charm, with carved wood-panelled ceiling and delicate hand-painted motifs, all in true Swiss style.
 
Hotel Privata (3*), Sils (optional add-on)
Away from the hustle and bustle of nearby St Mortiz, Sils is a peaceful village, beautifully situated between two lakes – and right in the centre of the village is the Giovanoli family’s hotel.The cuisine here combines the best of Italy with fresh produce from the valley.

This itinerary is new for 2017.

What price includes

 
  • 14 nights half-board accommodation
  • return rail from any Swiss airport
  • travel between Meiringen-Wengen-Kandersteg-Salgesch-Zermatt
  • detailed documentation, including route notes and maps
  • ticket for Jungfraujoch & Gornergrat
  • option to ride on the Glacier Express
 

Location

 

Plan your journey by train

Meeting point:
Hotel Victoria, Meiringen

Nearest train station to meeting point:
Meiringen Railway Station

Transfer to meeting point:
Operator collects guests from station

How to get there:
Eurostar UK–Paris, TGV/regional rail Paris–Meiringen

 
Plan your journey by train to Zuoz
 

Plan your journey by train

Finish point:
Hotel la Ginabelle, Zermatt

Nearest train station to finish point:
Zermatt Railway Station

Transfer to finish point:
Guests make their own way to station
5-minute walk to railway station

How to get back:
Zermatt–Paris (TGV & local rail); Paris-London (Eurostar)

 
Plan your return train journey from Zermatt