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EXPERIENCE SWITZERLAND SCENIC RAIL JOURNEYS 2017

NO ONE ELSE GIVES YOU SO MUCH SWITZERLAND

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Visit Snowdon Mountain Railway and travel on a nineteenth-century steam locomotive visiting all the way from the Brienz Rothorn Railway in Switzerland! Journey on the Swiss train part way up Snowdon to Waterfall Station, 182m above sea level. Get a flavour for Switzerland and all things Swiss with an exciting programme of events yet to be unveiled. The Brienz Rothorn and Snowdon coal-fired steam locomotives use the same engineering system and were made in the same factory in Switzerland. This event will be the first and only time they will be back together again, working side by side 125 years later.

Further details to follow in the coming months.

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SCENIC RAIL JOURNEYS

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GRÜEZI – Welcome

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ICONIC TRAINS – PANORAMIC ROUTES

Stay longer and immerse yourself in all things Swiss. Discover the highlights of Switzerland with comprehensive itineraries.

Find out why Switzerland is so famous for its railways. Quirky facts and figures, highlights and tips - iconic routes across the country in depth. 8 9 10 11

Glacier Express Bernina Express Jungfraujoch Golden Pass & Gotthard Panorama Express

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The journey is the experience. Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery at a leisurely pace. For those with less time to spare, try one of our taster packages. 13 14 16 18 20 22 24 25

Best of Switzerland with a hike Classic Glacier Express Classic Bernina Express Gotthard Panorama Express Classic Golden Pass Panoramic Glacier & Bernina Express The Famous Three Best of Switzerland

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Golden Journey Scenic Rail Adventure Panoramic Round Trip Swiss Mountain Railways Grand Train Tour Rail & Hike - Track The Glacier Express Rail & Hike - Track The Bernina Express

MOUNTAIN EXCURSIONS

Go beyond the clouds with these add-on excursions. Reach the peaks of Switzerland for spectacular views and feel on top of the world. 39 40 41 42 43

Famous Mountain Peaks Bernese Oberland Central Switzerland Alpes Vaudoises & Ticino Valais - Zermatt

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MAKE IT SPECIAL

Peace and tranquillity amidst natural beauty, unwind in these breath-taking unique destinations which make for a truly memorable experience.

SWITZERLAND TRAVEL CENTRE

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Gourmet Tickets Special Places - Bettmeralp or Riffelberg Special Places - Sils-Maria or Schatzalp Special Places - Giessbach or Mount Rigi Special Places - Mount Pilatus or Stoos

GENERAL INFORMATION Switzerland’s rail tickets and travel passes explained.

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Swiss Travel System Regional Passes

Front Cover: Brienz Rothorn Railway Locomotive

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GRÜEZI! The beauty of the Swiss Alps, snow-capped mountain peaks, majestic glaciers, gushing waterfalls and breathtaking views over picturesque valleys and deep blue lakes…. SCENIC RAIL JOURNEYS TO SOOTHE YOUR SOUL GLACIER EXPRESS, BERNINA EXPRESS, GOLDEN PASS OR GOTTHARD PANORAMA EXPRESS Iconic routes we include in our itineraries. Rail travel in Switzerland is more than just transport, it is an experience. We have a variety of packages for you to choose from. GORNERGRAT OR JUNGFRAUJOCH Switzerland is famous for spectacular mountain excursions. The trains and cable cars are a real adventure, transporting you from the bottom of the valley to the top of a mountain into a world of eternal ice and snow offering breath-taking views. Often included in our programmes, additional excursions can be arranged individually as an extension to your holiday.

SWITZERLAND TRAVEL CENTRE STC Switzerland Travel Centre is a company of the Swiss Federal Railways SBB, Switzerland Tourism, The Swiss Hotel Association and a number of private regional railways.

GROUP TRAVEL Any of our programmes can be planned and arranged to suit your requirements if you like to travel with a group of people. And we can also provide tour directors and local guides. Nothing is impossible.

WELCOME TO SWITZERLAND

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INDIVIDUAL AND FLEXIBLE Stay as long as you choose, change the routing of your itinerary, add a city break or visit a special place. The flexibility of our packages allows you to combine offers from across our entire product range to create your own personal programme.

ABOUT US We are a small dedicated team with years of experience in arranging holidays to Switzerland, from a simple train ticket to a complex itinerary. We take pride in our high quality service and truly care about creating the best experience – exclusively and tailor-made for you.

VARIABLE PRICES - Guidelines Prices for flights and international trains constantly fluctuate and change. Airlines change prices almost hourly but also hotels now apply flexible pricing models. This makes fixed price grids increasingly complex and not always accurate. This is the reason we show “from” prices in our brochure, which will provide you with a good guideline for the selected package. Our specialists will work out the best available travel options for you. Prices will be confirmed and guaranteed at the time of booking.

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SWITZERLAND WITH THE SPECIALISTS We are the destinations experts, passionate about bringing Switzerland closer to you. We know the best places to visit and the best ways to get there. And we are proud to share this expertise with you. Our personal service and extra special touches make all the difference.

NOBODY KNOWS SWITZERLAND LIKE WE DO...

PLAN YOUR HOLIDAYS We have selected the most attractive itineraries and packages to travel across Switzerland, providing you with an idea about the various possibilities and options available. The packages can be booked as described or rearranged by our experts in a tailor made programme.

ACTIVITIES - EXCURSIONS We have a wide range of excursions and sightseeing tours to combine with your holiday package.

You can extend your stay in a resort en route, add a mountain excursion or sightseeing tour or even modify the routing to visit a special place. Most of our scenic rail journeys are also available in reverse direction or they can be combined with a package or special experience out of our Lakes & Mountains programme or a city break.

Whether it’s a fascinating city tour or a spectacular mountain excursion, we can pre-book these activities and include them in your itinerary. Some excursions are completely flexible, allowing you to choose the most suitable day for you.

Our experts will advise you and arrange the most suitable combination for you.

FLIGHTS – Average Flight Prices We offer flights from all major airports in the UK to Switzerland with a wide range of airlines. Prices for air travel fluctuate depending on airline, availability and departure airport. Flight prices are lower the earlier you book. All our package prices are based on an average flight price and are return from the UK in economy class with 1 piece of luggage included. We also book hand-luggage only fares on request. Your package price may be lower than the ‘from prices’ advised in the brochure. Our consultants will help you with the most attractive flight options from your nearest departure airport.

LUGGAGE TRANSPORT Transfer your luggage to Switzerland and back or even within Switzerland itself. The “Flight Luggage Express” service will transport your bags from any airport directly to your destination in Switzerland.

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“Luggage Express” will transfer the bags from hotel to hotel. More details and prices in the section “Swiss Travel System”.

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INTERNATIONAL RAIL All of our packages can also be combined with train travel to Switzerland. We are experts in international rail, dedicated to finding you the best possible fares, routes and ticket combinations. We offer Eurostar services via Paris or Brussels together with DB, TGV and Lyria connections throughout Europe or combinations of one way by air and one way by rail. Our experts will advise you on the best rail options for your journey. All our packages are ATOL and ABTA protected.

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ICONIC TRAINS

THE BEST WAY TO TRAVEL IN SWITZERLAND Switzerland is a country of railways. Over 26,000km of railways, waterways, bus routes and mountain railways connect all corners of the country. Railways join up cities, towns and villages, climb up steep mountains and cross the Alps in deep tunnels. You can get everywhere by train, bus or boat in Switzerland. Everything is linked and time tables are coordinated. It is the most comfortable and practical way to travel and explore the country. The iconic trains and panoramic routes of Switzerland rank amongst the most spectacular in the world. Rail travel is not just transport, it’s an experience.

Golden Pass Line Montreux – Interlaken - Lucerne

Rigi Railways Vitznau / Arth-Goldau – Rigi Kulm

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Jungfraubahn Interlaken – Wengen/ Grindelwald - Jungfraujoch

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Zermatt – Andermatt – St.Moritz

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Bernina Express

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Chur/Davos – St.Moritz – Tirano – Lugano

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Centovalli Express

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Gotthard Panorama Express Bellinzona – Flüelen – (boat) Lucerne

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The Glacier Express

ICONIC TRAINS

GLACIER EXPRESS

The slowest express train in the world – an amazing rail journey across the Swiss Alps linking the two famous resorts of St Moritz and Zermatt. Crossing 291 bridges and passing through 91 tunnels, the route winds through spectacular alpine scenery. Sit back and enjoy the view.

THE ESSENTIALS The full Glacier Express journey (7.5 hours) departs from St Moritz to Zermatt or vice versa. However from 2017, passengers can reserve seats on the train in shorter sections between St. Moritz-Chur-Andermatt-Brig-Zermatt, starting or stopping at any of these locations. Reservations are required in 1st and 2nd class carriages which offer brilliant views from the large panoramic windows. Choose from a lunch menu served at your seat (optional extra) or visit the panorama bar for snacks and drinks. Quirky souvenirs are available to buy as the trolley passes through the train – one of the famous tilting wine glasses is a favourite. The train even has its own post box on board! Highlights en route are explained via the on board commentary.

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THE GLACIER EXPRESS FEATURES IN OUR FOLLOWING PACKAGES: • A Taste of Glacier Express (p.15) 3 days / 2 nights Chur – Brig • Glacier & Bernina Express (p.22-23) 5 days / 4 nights Chur – (Tirano) – Brig – (Zermatt) - Brig

• The Famous Three (p.24) 5 days / 4 nights

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• Scenic Rail Adventure (p.28-29) 8 days / 7 nights

• Depart from St Moritz, the world famous alpine resort

• The Landwasser viaduct - with its 65m high pillars

• The Albula railway line – this feat of engineering has UNESCO World Heritage status

• The highest part of your journey is the Oberalp Pass at 2,033 metres above sea level

• The Rhine Gorge - enjoy spectacular views as the train weaves through the bizarre geological formations

• Arrive in Zermatt, the charming Matterhorn village And many more..!

Lucerne – Lugano – St. Moritz – Zermatt

• Panoramic Round Trip (p.30-31) 8 days / 7 nights

Montreux – Interlaken – St. Moritz

• Grand Train Tour (p.34-35) 8 or 14 days

Interlaken – Montreux – Zermatt – St. Moritz – Lugano – Lucerne

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5 days / 4 nights St. Moritz – Zermatt

THE HIGHLIGHTS

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• Classic Glacier Express (p.14-15)

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BERNINA EXPRESS

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ICONIC TRAINS

Travel in spectacular fashion from Switzerland to Italy on the highest railway in the alps. You can choose to continue your journey by Bernina Express bus through Italy and past Lake Como to Lugano in Switzerland - from glaciers to palm trees!

Take this trip as far as Tirano (Italy) as a return day excursion. Lunch is available in Poschiavo or Tirano. Don’t forget your Euros and passport or identity card to cross the border. Choose to extend your journey by panoramic bus from Tirano, along the banks of Lake Como, to Lugano, for an overnight stay there.

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Board the Bernina Express from Chur, Davos or St Moritz. Reservations are required in 1st and 2nd class carriages which offer great views from the panoramic carriages. A minibar service offers tasty snacks and refreshing drinks during your journey.

Montebello Curve

THE ESSENTIALS

THE HIGHLIGHTS • Depart from Chur, the oldest town in Switzerland, or Davos/ St Moritz – the famous alpine resorts • The Albula line – this feat of engineering has UNESCO world heritage status • Travel through Europe’s most densely populated area of castles

THE BERNINA EXPRESS FEATURES IN OUR FOLLOWING PACKAGES: • A Taste of Bernina Express (p.17) 3 days / 2 nights Chur – Tirano • Glacier & Bernina Express (p.22-23) 5 days / 4 nights Chur – (Tirano) – Brig – (Zermatt) - Brig

• The Famous Three (p.24) 5 days / 4 nights

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• On the Montebello Curve, travellers will get a glimpse of Morteratsch glacier, Piz Palue and Piz Bernina as the train makes a 180 degrees turn. Picture perfect! • The extended track of the Brusio Circular Viaduct makes it possible for the train to negotiate the change in altitude – this is the most spectacular construction on the line • Arrive in Tirano and enjoy some delicious Italian cuisine

Lucerne – Lugano – St. Moritz – Zermatt

• Panoramic Round Trip (p.30-31) 8 days / 7 nights

Montreux – Interlaken – St. Moritz

• Grand Train Tour (p.34-35) 8 or 14 days

Interlaken – Montreux – Zermatt – St. Moritz – Lugano – Lucerne

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5 days / 4 nights Lugano – St Moritz

• Scenic Rail Adventure (p.28-29) 8 days / 7 nights

• The highest point of your journey is at Ospizio Bernina, 2,253 metres above sea level

Panoramic carriages

• Classic Bernina Express (p.16-17)

• The Landwasser viaduct – with its 65m high pillars

• Views of the glaciers and mountains from Alp Gruem

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Aletsch Glacier

ICONIC TRAINS

JUNGFRAUJOCH

The Jungfrau Railway, a pioneering masterpiece among mountain railways, went into service in 1912. The cogwheel railway takes passengers from Kleine Scheidegg to the Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe, which at 3,454 metres is Europe’s highestaltitude railway station in a world of rock, ice and snow.

THE ESSENTIALS The Jungfraujoch is a full day excursion, taking 2hrs 30mins from Interlaken. This operates daily every 30/60 minutes. We recommend planning a round trip (Interlaken Ost - Lauterbrunnen - Wengen - Jungfraujoch. Jungfraujoch - Grindelwald - Interlaken Ost). Excursions are also available starting from Zürich or Lucerne.

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THE HIGHLIGHTS • Sphinx terrace – the peak is home to an observatory and viewing platform. Marvel at the Aletsch Glacier and see as far as the Black Forest in Germany

• Alpine Sensation – A moving walkway adventure tour telling visitors about the extreme efforts required to construct the Jungfrau Railway

• Snow Fun Park – Winter sports in the summer from sledging to skiing

• Lindt Swiss Chocolate Heaven Dive into the fascinating world of chocolate at the Lindt exhibition and shop

• Ice Palace – Huge hall carved into the glacier ice with intricate ice sculptures

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The train climbs a height difference of 1400 metres in around 50 minutes! Seven of the nine kilometres of railway are in a tunnel hewn in the rock of the Eiger and Mönch mountains. Yet at the Eismeer and Eigerwand intermediate stations, visitors can enjoy wonderful views.

THE JUNGFRAUJOCH FEATURES IN OUR FOLLOWING PACKAGES: • Best of Switzerland (p.25) 5 days / 4 nights Interlaken – Lucerne

• Panoramic Round Trip (p.30-31) 8 days / 7 nights Montreux – Interlaken – St. Moritz

• Swiss Mountain Railways (p.32-33) 8 days / 7 nights Lucerne – Interlaken – Zermatt

• Grand Train Tour (p.34-35) 8 or 14 days Interlaken – Montreux – Zermatt – St. Moritz – Lugano – Lucerne

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GOLDEN PASS

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ICONIC TRAINS

The Golden Pass Line runs along six lakes and links timeless tradition in German-speaking Central Switzerland with French-style flair on Lake Geneva. All in one day. The Golden Pass train travels from Zweisimmen to Montreux or vice versa. Choose to journey on Golden Pass Panoramic (with panoramic carriages) or Golden Pass Classic (a replica of the elegant Belle Epoque trains). For a VIP experience sit at the front of the train underneath the driver and enjoy exceptional views (supplement - Panoramic train only). The train passes by rolling countryside and meadows dotted with traditional chalets. Passengers’ first glimpse of Lake Geneva comes as the train winds its way through vineyards to Montreux.

GOTTHARD PANORAMA EXPRESS

THE GOLDEN PASS FEATURES IN OUR FOLLOWING PACKAGES: • Classic Golden Pass Panoramic (p.20) 6 days / 5 nights Lucerne - Interlaken - Montreux

• A Taste of Golden Pass Panoramic (p.21) 3 days / 2 nights Lucerne - Montreux

• Panoramic Round Trip (p.30-31) 8 days / 7 nights Montreux – Interlaken – St. Moritz

• Grand Train Tour (p.34-35) 8 or 14 days Interlaken – Montreux – Zermatt – St. Moritz – Lugano – Lucerne

What it lacks in speed, this “express” makes up for with the most varied travel experience imaginable. The journey begins in Lugano, the sun-kissed southern side of the Alps. From there a panoramic train winds its way from 470 to 1100 metres above sea level, passing through the 15-kilometre nineteenth-century Gotthard Tunnel. Upon arrival at Flüelen the mode of transport changes – glide along Lake Lucerne, passing picturesque countryside and shores on board an historic steamer. Lunch can be purchased on board. As Lucerne’s quayside approaches in the distance, spot the famous mountains of Rigi, Titlis, and Pilatus. This journey can also be booked in reverse.

THE GOTTHARD PANORAMA EXPRESS FEATURES IN OUR FOLLOWING PACKAGES: • Classic Gotthard Panorama Express (p.18) Paddle steamer on Lake Lucerne

5 days / 4 nights Lugano - Lucerne

• A Taste of Gotthard Panorama Express 3 days / 2 nights Bellinzona - Lucerne

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• Scenic Rail Adventure (p.28-29) 8 days / 7 nights Lucerne – Lugano – St. Moritz – Zermatt

• Grand Train Tour (p.34-35) 8 or 14 days Interlaken – Montreux – Zermatt – St. Moritz – Lugano – Lucerne

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WE RECOMMEND

GOOD TO KNOW

Prebook a local excursion or sightseeing tour on your free days.

Stay 2 nights or more in selected resorts and get a free local travel card.

Take a leisurely walk around the lake in St.Moritz.

Your rail ticket allows additional stopovers en route. Plan a quick shopping stopover on the way to the airport or visit a special place. Itineraries are available in reverse.

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THE CLASSIC EXPERIENCE OF SWITZERLAND A visit to Switzerland would not be complete without travelling on one of the iconic trains across the Alps. On these routes travelling is not about speed but about enjoying the landscape and the transport - the art of travelling. From St. Moritz to Zermatt, from Montreux to Lucerne, on the Bernina route over the Albula pass or on a paddle steamer across Lake Lucerne - whichever you choose, experience a truly inspiring holiday. THE CLASSIC SWITZERLAND

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8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS BRUNNEN - LUCERNE - INTERLAKEN

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DAY 1 - ARRIVAL IN SWITZERLAND Rail transfer from Zürich to Brunnen in Central Switzerland. Overnight in Brunnen.

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DAY 2 – BRUNNEN – RIGI The Urmiberg cable car brings you the start of your hike. The trail via Scheidegg to Rigi-Kaltbad is an easy section offering unmatched views at times over 4 lakes. Hiking time 4h30. Overnight Rigi-Kaltbad. DAY 3 RIGI – KÜSSNACHT The path to Rigi-Kulm is a very popular ascent to the peak. Continue down via the Seebodenalp towards Lake Lucerne. Hiking time 4h30. Overnight in Küssnacht. DAY 4 KÜSSNACHT – LUCERNE The finishing stretch across the Dietschiberg to Lucerne. After a short descent the path leads along the lake side promenade directly into the heart of Lucerne. Overnight in Lucerne. DAY 5 - MOUNT PILATUS or STANSERHORN A spectacular excursion on Mount Pilatus or the Stanserhorn awaits – which will you choose? Cruise from Lucerne to Alpnachstad to take the steepest cogwheel train in the world up to Mount Pilatus. The Stanserhorn features the world’s only open top cable car. Overnight in Lucerne.

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• Rail travel in 2nd or 1st class as per programme, incl. half-fare card • 7 nights’ accommodation in standard 3* category • Daily breakfast • Local taxes • Hiking documentation & maps • Luggage transfer hotel to hotel on hiking days • Excursion to Mount Pilatus or the Stanserhorn • Excursion to Jungfraujoch • Souvenir gift • Travel documentation N.B. Flights – we offer flights from most UK airports with various airlines. Prices may vary according to availability and departure airport. For more information see page 5.

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CONDITIONS From prices are guidelines only and may vary subject to availability and seasonal supplements. Child and triple room rates are available on request. Prices will be confirmed and guaranteed at time of booking. For more details see full terms and conditions.

DAY 6 - OVER THE BRÜNIG PASS With the Luzern-Interlaken Express you continue over the Brünig Pass to Interlaken. Through picturesque villages and along the banks of Lake Brienz. Overnight in Interlaken. DAY 7 - EXCURSION TO JUNGFRAUJOCH Excursion to the Jungfraujoch - the highest train station in Europe. Impressive views of snow-capped peaks and the Aletsch glacier. Overnight in Interlaken. DAY 8 - DEPARTURE The journey on the GoldenPass line to Montreux and then along the shores of Lake Geneva is a last highlight.

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Discover Switzerland on the spectacular Glacier Express classic rail journey, the slowest express train in the world. The Glacier Express route, arguably the most popular in Switzerland, transports you through magnificent scenery connecting the world renowned glamorous resorts of St. Moritz and Zermatt. With a journey time of 7.5hrs, the amazing views from the panoramic carriages both relax and inspire as the route crosses 291 bridges, passes through 91 tunnels and climbs to an altitude of 2,033m as it crosses the outstanding Oberalp Pass.

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DAY 1 - ARRIVAL IN ST. MORITZ Rail transfer from Zürich to St. Moritz. Chic, elegant and exclusive, St. Moritz is located at an altitude of 1856 metres above sea level and surrounded by the beautiful lake landscape of the Upper Engadine. With a pleasant climate - 322 days a year of sunshine! – and glamorous cosmopolitan air, St. Moritz attracts top athletes, stars, statesmen and royals to international event, exclusive hotels and revitalising spa and health resorts. Indulge in some of the best cuisine Switzerland has to offer in one of the many outstanding restaurants before relaxing in the beautiful old town. Overnight in St.Moritz.

DAY 2 – ST. MORITZ – DAY AT LEISURE The Upper Engadine is yours to explore today; take advantage of the included Swiss Card and enjoy one of the many top excursions in the region. The Swiss National Park, a particularly impressive piece of Alpine landscape, is a stunning slice of pure nature. Walk along the marked hiking paths and take in the amazing scenery over the Engadine region. Alternatively, take one of the many cable cars from St. Moritz itself to the mountain stations and enjoy a typical Swiss meal at 3,000m looking over the famous resort. Overnight in St. Moritz.

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DAY 3 – GLACIER EXPRESS Today you take the world famous Glacier Express for a thrilling ride in the panorama carriage to Zermatt. Take in some of the most dramatic scenery Switzerland has to offer. The journey is narrated explaining the amazing engineering feat in overcoming extreme altitude variations by train. For refreshment pre book the one course dish of the day or the freshly cooked 3-course menu – all served at your seat. After an exhilarating trip, you will arrive late afternoon in Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn. Overnight in Zermatt.

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DELUXE PACKAGE (DEL) 5* hotels, 1st class rail, 3-course Glacier lunch

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PRICES & INCLUSIONS

INCLUSIONS • Return flights from UK to Switzerland in economy class including 1 piece of hold luggage and all taxes • Rail travel in 2nd or 1st class as per programme, incl. half-fare card • 4 nights’ accommodation in selected category • Daily breakfast • Local taxes • Seat reservation on Glacier Express • Souvenir gift • Travel documentation

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N.B. Flights – we offer flights from most UK airports with various airlines. Prices may vary according to availability and departure airport. For more information see page 5.

The Gornergrat railway takes you from Zermatt to the top at 3,089m (10.134ft) for stunning views of the Matterhorn and a panorama of 29 four-thousand meter peaks. Discover the top-class natural paradise on the Gornergrat mountain itself at half price with your included Half Fare Card. Overnight in Zermatt. DAY 5 - DEPARTURE Rail transfer to Zürich or Geneva and return journey home.

A TASTE OF GLACIER EXPRESS Short break to journey on the Glacier Express between Chur and Brig over the Oberalp Pass. DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN CHUR Explore the historic city centre. DAY 2 – GLACIER EXPRESS Board the world’s slowest express train and witness spectacular scenery from your panoramic carriage. Overnight in Brig. DAY 3 - DEPARTURE Morning at leisure. In the afternoon depart for Zürich.

Daily Departures (except 22 Oct – 09 Dec). Accommodation: Standard (STD), Superior (SUP) Chur / STD: Hotel Chur, Ambiente Freieck / SUP: Romantik Hotel Stern, Brig / STD: Europe Garni / SUP: Hotel Ambassador

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CONDITIONS From prices are guidelines only and may vary subject to availability and seasonal supplements. Child and triple room rates are available on request. Prices will be confirmed and guaranteed at time of booking. For more details see full terms and conditions.

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Superior Package Upgrade to 3-course lunch on Glacier Express

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465

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580

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village at the foot of the most photographed mountain in the world. For unparalleled views of the Matterhorn peaks, an excursion up the local mountain comes highly recommended.

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TOUR INFO Daily Departures (except 21 Oct - 09 Dec). This holiday can be booked in reverse, starting in Zermatt instead of St. Moritz. Accommodation: Standard (STD), Superior (SUP) or Deluxe (DEL)

Zermatt / STD: Testa Grigia / SUP: Schweizerhof, Best Western Alpenresort / DEL: Grand Hotel Zermatterhof

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Schweizerhof, San Gian, Steffani / DEL: Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains

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St. Moritz / STD: Unique Hotel Eden, Hotel Hauser, Reine Victoria / SUP:

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CLASSIC BERNINA EXPRESS 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS LUGANO – ST. MORITZ

From Palm Trees to Glaciers. The Bernina Express runs through the ancient landscape of Graubünden making short work of the 55 tunnels, 196 bridges and steep inclines along the way. Special observation cars will let you admire the route as well as the mighty glaciers and viaducts from the comfort of your seat. Add some southern charm by starting your journey in Ticino on the Bernina Express Bus to Tirano.

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN LUGANO Rail transfer from Zürich to Lugano. Set in a bay on the northern side of Lake Lugano, surrounded by numerous mountains, the traffic-free historic town centre of Lugano is a joy to discover. The numerous Lombardy style buildings, the exclusive museums, the mountains, lake and a packed calendar of events all invite visitors to see the sights and soak up the relaxed atmosphere. By the lakeside promenade are the Belvedere Gardens, where the parkland boasts not only camellias and magnolias but also countless sub-tropical plants and modern works of art. Overnight in Lugano. DAY 2 – LUGANO – DAY AT LEISURE Spread along the crescent shaped

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bay of Lake Lugano the town offers Mediterranean flair and ambience. Explore Lugano’s historic town centre, modern architecture and beautiful parks. Enjoy a stroll along the lakeside or take an excursion by boat to the picturesque fishing village of Gandria and be enchanted by the winding, cobbled streets and its location directly on the lake. Overnight in Lugano. DAY 3 – BERNINA EXPRESS Board the red Bernina Express coach at Lugano main station for a journey through Italy to the Graubünden region of Switzerland. Travel along the banks of Lake Como and through the vineyards of Velting before reaching the border town of Tirano. Here you change onto the narrow-gauge

Bernina Express and enjoy one of the most impressive scenic rail journeys Switzerland has to offer. Travel over circular viaducts and through winding tunnels passing through Brusio and Poschiavo. Ascend the spectacular Bernina Pass to more than 2,253m (7,391ft) passing snow covered mountain peaks and glaciers before descending towards St. Moritz. Overnight in St. Moritz. DAY 4 – ST. MORITZ – DAY AT LEISURE St. Moritz, world famous chic holiday resort, is located at 1856 metres above sea level and surrounded by the beautiful lake landscape of the Upper Engadine. The day is yours to explore to

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STANDARD PACKAGE (STD) 3* hotels, 2nd class rail

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849

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INCLUSIONS • Return flights from UK to Switzerland in economy class including 1 piece of hold luggage and all taxes • Rail travel in 2nd or 1st class as per programme, incl. half-fare card • Ticino Ticket including transport on local buses and trains • St. Moritz Card incl. transport on local buses and mountain railways • 4 nights’ accommodation in selected category • Daily breakfast • Local taxes • Seat reservation on Bernina Express • Souvenir gift • Travel documentation

Circular viaduct at Brusio

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DAY 5 - DEPARTURE Rail transfer to Zürich and return journey home.

A TASTE OF BERNINA EXPRESS Experience the full length of the Bernina Express with this short break:

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DAY 3 - DEPARTURE After breakfast departure towards Zürich.

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS 1 Night Gourmet Package Graubünden

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Daily Departures all year round. Accommodation: Standard (STD), Superior (SUP) Chur / STD: Hotel Chur, Ambiente Freieck / SUP: Romantik Hotel Stern, Hotel ABC

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN CHUR Explore the historic city centre. DAY 2 – BERNINA EXPRESS Board the narrow-gauge red train at Chur for a breath-taking journey over viaducts and snow covered passes, past glaciers and palm trees. From Tirano return by train to Chur.

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465

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599

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your heart’s content. St.Moritz has reportedly around 322 days of sunshine per year - ideal weather to discover the resort and its surroundings. Take advantage of the included Half Fare Card to use the local mountain railways. Do you want to explore further afield? Why not visit the picturesque mountain villages of the Lower Engadine such as Scuol, Samnaun or Zernez? Overnight in St. Moritz.

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TOUR INFO Daily Departures 14 Apr - 27 Oct. This holiday can be booked in reverse,

Lugano / STD: Delfino, Continental Park / SUP: Novotel Lugano, de la Paix, Lugano Dante Centre / DEL: Splendide Royale – Lake View St. Moritz / STD: Unique Hotel Eden, Reine Victoria / SUP: Schweizerhof, Steffani, San Gian / DEL: Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains

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Accommodation: Standard (STD), Superior (SUP) or Deluxe (DEL)

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5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS LUGANO - LUCERNE

The Gotthard Panorama Express links two of Switzerland’s most attractive regions: Central Switzerland and Ticino. It starts in Italian-speaking Lugano with its Mediterranean climate, palm trees and glittering blue lakes. After journeying by train to Flüelen, enjoy an unforgettable cruise aboard a vintage paddle steamer as you glide into Lucerne.

DAY 1 - ARRIVE IN LUGANO Arrive in Switzerland; onward rail transfer to Lugano. This charming city lies in the bay of a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains. The town piazzas, and blooming flowers in the lakeside Belvedere Gardens invite you to relax and unwind. Overnight in Lugano.

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DAY 2 - LUGANO DAY AT LEISURE Lugano is all about its Mediterranean climate and food. Why not take the boat (supplement payable locally) across the lake to one of the beautiful rustic grottos along the lake shore. Situated above the lake surrounded by lush forests, serving rustic Swiss-Italian food they make for a perfect lunch time break. Take a leisurely stroll to the Customs Museum and place one foot on Italian soil before taking the next boat across to the picturesque fishing village of Gandria. Explore the winding, cobbled streets before returning by boat to Lugano. Overnight in Lugano.

DAY 3 - LUGANO - LUCERNE (GOTTHARD PANORAMA EXPRESS) Breakfast at your hotel. Travel along the old Gotthard Route from the Mediterranean south to the traditional heart of Switzerland, finishing with a lake cruise across Lake Lucerne. From Lugano by train via Bellinzona and on through the 15km long ‘old’ Gotthard tunnel and then down to Flüelen. End your journey with a leisurely cruise on board one of Lake Lucerne’s vintage paddle steamers for a panoramic 2½h cruise. Take in the amazing scenery all around you, from the imposing mountain peaks to the forest covered shores, all reflected in the crystal clear water. Overnight in Lucerne. DAY 4 - LUCERNE DAY AT LEISURE Lucerne is one of the top destinations in Switzerland offering a picturesque old town with painted facades, a beautiful lakeside setting for leisurely strolls and plenty of mountain excursions to choose from. Take advantage

of your included half fare card offering 50% of Mount Pilatus, Mount Rigi, Stanserhorn or Mount Titlis. Alternatively stay in the city and explore with a guided city tour or visit some of the outstanding art collections. Overnight in Lucerne. DAY 5 - DEPARTURE Before you depart Lucerne, be sure to take a final walk around its attractions including its fully restored Chapel Bridge, its souvenirs and watch shops, all the while soaking up the beautiful lakeside setting. Departure by rail transfer to airport or Swiss/Italian border.

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STANDARD PACKAGE (STD) 3* hotels, 2nd class rail

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775

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DELUXE PACKAGE (DEL) 5* hotels, 1st class rail

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PRICES & INCLUSIONS

INCLUSIONS • Return flights from UK to Switzerland in economy class including 1 piece of hold luggage and all taxes • Rail travel in 2nd or 1st class as per programme, incl. half-fare card • 4 nights’ accommodation in selected category • Daily breakfast • Local taxes • Seat reservation (if applicable) on Gotthard Panorama Express • Souvenir gift • Travel documentation N.B. Flights – we offer flights from most UK airports with various airlines. Prices may vary according to availability and departure airport. For more information see page 5.

Paddle steamer on Lake Lucerne

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Travel the historical Gotthard Panorama route before gliding across Lake Lucerne in this short break:

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS Folklore Evening, Lucerne

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TOUR INFO Daily Departures Gotthard Panorama Express runs 03 Jul – 15 Sep and at weekends 14 Apr – 23 Oct. Outside of these dates, enjoy a journey on the same route but on one of the regional trains. Accommodation: Standard (STD) Bellinzona / Std: Hotel Internazionale Lucerne / Std: Hotel des Alpes

DAY 3 - DEPARTURE Morning at leisure. In the afternoon depart for Zürich.

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Shopping in Lucerne

DAY 2 – GOTTHARD PANORAMA EXPRESS ROUTE Board the train to Flüelen. Enter Lucerne cruising on a lake steamer. Overnight in Lucerne.

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A TASTE OF GOTTHARD PANORAMA EXPRESS DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN BELLINZONA Explore this picturesque town with its charming piazzas and UNESCO protected castles.

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Daily Departures Gotthard Panorama Express runs 03 Jul – 15 Sep and at weekends 14 Apr – 23 Oct. Outside of these dates, enjoy a journey on the same route but on one of the regional trains Accommodation: Standard (Std), Superior (Sup) Deluxe (DEL)

Lucerne / Std: Hotel des Alpes, Hotel de la Paix / Sup: Wilden Mann, Continental Park / Del: Hotel Schweizerhof – Lake View

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Lugano / STD: Delfino, Continental Park / SUP: Lugano Dante Centre / DEL: Splendide Royale – Lake View

Chapel Bridge, Lucerne

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6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS LUCERNE - INTERLAKEN - MONTREUX

This is the ideal holiday for a first time visit to Switzerland. Combine three of the most picturesque regions in one exciting rail holiday. The individual journeys are short, so you have plenty of time to explore the resorts and their surrounding mountains and attractions. What’s more, the included Half Fare Card will offer 50% discount on lake cruises or mountain excursions.

DAY 1 - ARRIVAL IN LUCERNE Rail transfer from Zürich to Lucerne. Pre-book a Folklore Evening at Lucerne’s Stadtkeller for an evening of typical Swiss Food and music. Overnight in Lucerne. DAY 2 - LUCERNE - FREE DAY Explore the historic centre of Lucerne with its beautiful painted facades or take advantage of the included Half Fare Card and opt for a visit to the top of Mount Pilatus or Mount Rigi for wonderful views of Lake Lucerne. DAY 3 - OVER THE BRÜNIG PASS Panoramic journey over the Brünig Pass to Interlaken. From Lucerne the train passes picturesque

villages and lakes before climbing over the Brünig Pass and descending to Lake Brienz. Maybe you feel like stopping at the wood carving village of Brienz and travel on the steam train up to Brienz Rothorn summit or visit the Sherlock Holmes museum in the village of Meiringen before continuing your journey on the train? Overnight in Interlaken. DAY 4 - INTERLAKEN - FREE DAY Make use of your Half Fare Card and book a trip to one of the famous mountain peaks of the Jungfrau Region: the Schilthorn or the Jungfraujoch. Free Interlaken Walking Tours are run throughout the summer (ask at

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time of booking) or why not enjoy a dinner in a local’s own home. DAY 5 - GOLDEN PASS PANORAMIC TO MONTREUX Enjoy the journey from Interlaken via Zweisimmen and Gstaad to Montreux on the Golden Pass, following the banks of Lake Thun before heading into the green alpine pastures of the Simmental. Change at Zweisimmen to a different gauge train and continue your journey to the beautiful shores of Lake Geneva. Overnight in Montreux. DAY 6 - DEPARTURE Rail transfer to Geneva and return journey home.

Paddle steamer on Lake Lucerne

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In £ per person from

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STANDARD PACKAGE (STD) 3* hotels, 2nd class rail

609

769

SUPERIOR PACKAGE (SUP) 4* hotels, 1st class rail

765

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1592

DELUXE PACKAGE (DEL) 5* hotels, 1st class rail, Belle Epoque lunch

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PRICES & INCLUSIONS

INCLUSIONS

Views from Mount Pilatus

• Return flights from UK to Switzerland in economy class including 1 piece of hold luggage and all taxes • Rail travel in 2nd or 1st class as per programme, incl. half-fare card • 5 nights’ accommodation in selected category • Daily breakfast • Local taxes • Seat reservation on Golden Pass (Zweisimmen-Montreux) • Souvenir gift • Travel documentation N.B. Flights – we offer flights from most UK airports with various airlines. Prices may vary according to availability and departure airport. For more information see page 5.

The Golden Pass

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A TASTE OF GOLDEN PASS PANORAMIC

A classic scenic journeys with beautiful lakes & mountain panorama in a nutshell.

DAY 2 – GOLDEN PASS Pass picturesque villages and lakes before heading into the green pastures of the Simmental on board the Golden Pass. Overnight in Montreux.

TOUR INFO Daily Departures all year round. Accommodation: Standard (STD), Superior (SUP), Deluxe (DEL) Lucerne / Std: Hotel de la Paix, Hotel des Alpes / Sup: Hotel Wilden Mann Del : Hotel Schweizerhof – Lake View Montreux / Std: Hotel Helvetie Sup: Golf Hotel Réné Capt, Villa Toscane / Del: Fairmont Le Montreux Palace - Lake View

DAY 3 - DEPARTURE Morning at leisure. In the afternoon depart for Geneva.

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Belle Epoque Res & Lunch

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Superior Package VIP Seats

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Belle Epoque Res & Lunch

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OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS Folklore Evening, Lucerne

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Dine with a Local, Interlaken

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Jungfraujoch Excursion, Interlaken

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PRICES In £ per person from STANDARD PACKAGE (STD)

425

SUPERIOR PACKAGE (SUP)

450

DELUXE PACKAGE (DEL)

825

Pilatus

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN LUCERNE Explore the historic centre of Lucerne with its beautifully painted buildings.

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Daily Departures - all year round Upgrades: VIP seats - train drivers view (01 Jul - 09 Dec)/ Belle Epoque service with meal at your seat. Accommodation: Standard (Std), Superior (Sup), Deluxe (Del) Lucerne / STD: Hotel des Alpes, De la Paix / SUP: Hotel Wilden Mann DEL: Hotel Schweizerhof - Lake View Interlaken / STD: City Oberland / SUP: Hotel Metropole, Hotel du Nord DEL: Grand Hotel Beau Rivage - Jungfrau View Montreux / STD: Hotel Helvetie / SUP: Golf Hotel Réné Capt, Villa Toscane DEL: Fairmont Le Montreux Palace – Lake View

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Brunngasse, Brienz

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GLACIER & BERNINA EXPRESS 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS CHUR – (TIRANO) – BRIG – (ZERMATT) - BRIG

The combination of the two most popular express journeys in Switzerland, spiced up with a spectacular excursion to Zermatt and the Gornergrat. A blend of awe inspiring glaciers and dramatic Alpine peaks, the ultimate taster package combination. The journey starts in the historic market town of Chur, popular due to its beautiful city centre and its pivotal role as a gateway to many train excursions in the Graubünden region. Both the Bernina as well as the Glacier Express have their starting point here.

DAY 1 - ARRIVAL IN CHUR Transfer by train to Chur. If time allows a guided tour of the historic city centre comes highly recommended. Discover 5000 years of history in 2 hours with the free audio guide which can be downloaded in advance from the Chur Tourism website. Overnight in Chur. DAY 2 - BERNINA EXPRESS EXCURSION Return journey on the Bernina Express to Tirano. The legendary railway line has been declared a

UNESCO world heritage site. The spectacular track with the worldrenowned viaducts combines seamlessly with the pristine mountain landscape, creating the perfect balance between beautiful nature and ingenious engineering. Once you arrive in Tirano there is about an hour leisure time to explore or for a quick lunch. Your return journey can be on the Bernina Express or via St. Moritz and on by postbus over the Julier pass back to Chur (Jun-Oct). Overnight in Chur.

DAY 3 - GLACIER EXPRESS FROM CHUR TO BRIG A fascinating rail journey on the slowest express train in the world, with unrivalled views on the 4 ½ hour journey from Chur to Brig. Through the impressive Rhine gorge, over the Oberalp pass (2,033m/6,670ft) and along the deep valley of the Rhône, the Glacier Express travels through an incredibly fascinating and impressive part of the Alps. Headphone commentary will tell you about your surroundings or

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PRICES & INCLUSIONS

INCLUSIONS • Return flights from UK to Switzerland in economy class including 1 piece of hold luggage and all taxes • Rail travel in 2nd or 1st class as per programme, incl. half-fare card • 4 nights’ accommodation in selected category • Daily breakfast • Local taxes • Seat reservation on Glacier Express • Mountain excursion Gornergrat • Travel documentation N.B. Flights – we offer flights from most UK airports with various airlines. Prices may vary according to availability and departure airport. For more information see page 5.

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DAY 4 – ZERMATT & GORNERGRAT The world famous resort is located at the foot of the Matterhorn and can only be reached by train. The excursion to the Gornergrat is one of the most popular and truly spectacular experiences in

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Switzerland. The platform on the Gornergrat offers the best view towards the Matterhorn and the surrounding Alpine peaks. You have the opportunity to do a short hike following one of the well signalled trails between the stations on the route or take a stroll through the car free resort of Zermatt. Overnight in Brig. DAY 5 - DEPARTURE Rail transfer to Zürich or Geneva and return journey home.

Rhine Gorge

– if you prefer, enjoy Swiss folk music. Arrive in Brig in the afternoon which leaves time to explore the lovely old town with stately houses and cosy inns or visit the baroque Stockalper palace. Overnight in Brig.

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Accommodation: Standard (STD), Superior (SUP) Chur / Std: Hotel Chur, Ambiente Freieck / Sup: Romantik Hotel Stern, Hotel ABC Brig / Std: Hotel Europe Garni / Sup: Ambassador

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Glacier Express Meal

This holiday can be booked in reverse, starting in Brig instead of Chur.

Audio Guide Tour, Chur

Daily Departures (except 21 Oct - 09 Dec).

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5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS CHUR - ANDERMATT - LUCERNE

The holiday combines three famous scenic rail and boat journeys in one short holiday - the Bernina & Glacier Express trains as well as the lake steamer across the length of Lake Lucerne. Short it may be but there is still plenty of time to relax and explore the resorts you are visiting along the way.

Rhine Gorge

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THE FAMOUS THREE

DAY 2 - BERNINA EXPRESS Board the narrow-gauge Bernina Express at Chur station and enjoy one of the most impressive scenic rail journeys of Switzerland. Climbing over the spectacular Bernina Pass to more than 2,253m (7,391 ft), you pass snow-covered mountain peaks and glaciers to descend towards Poschiavo. The journey takes 3h 30 min each way. Upon arrival in southern Tirano, explore the town – why not dine at a local Italian influenced restaurant before you make your return journey back to Chur.

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DAY 3 - GLACIER EXPRESS Today you take the world famous Glacier Express for a thrilling ride in the panorama carriage to Andermatt. Take in some of the most dramatic scenery Switzerland has to offer. The journey is narrated explaining the amazing engineering feat in overcoming extreme altitude variations by train. After a 2h 30 min ride, you will arrive in Andermatt. Overnight in Andermatt. DAY 4 - LAKE LUCERNE CRUISE By train from Andermatt to Flüelen on Lake Lucerne, following in part the old ‘Wilhelm Tell Route’. At Flüelen board one of the historic lake steamers for a delightful 2h 30 min cruise to Lucerne. In the afternoon explore Lucerne with its Chapel Bridige - one of Europe’s oldest wooden bridges and landmark of Lucerne. Overnight in Lucerne.

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INCLUSIONS • Return flights from UK to Switzerland in economy class including 1 piece of hold luggage and all taxes • Rail travel in 2nd or 1st class as per programme, incl. half-fare card • 4 nights’ accommodation in selected category • Daily breakfast • Local taxes • Seat reservation on Bernina Express, Glacier Express • Lake Cruise • Souvenir gift • Travel documentation

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DAY 1 - ARRIVAL IN CHUR 2nd class rail transfer from Zürich to Chur. Chur is considered as the oldest city in Switzerland. Overnight in Chur.

DAY 5 - DEPARTURE In Lucerne use the opportunity to visit one of the surrounding mountains for some fantastic views over Lake Lucerne. Rail transfer to Zürich and return journey home.

N.B. Flights – we offer flights from most UK airports with various airlines. Prices may vary according to availability and departure airport. For more information see page 5.

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Daily Departures (except 21 Oct - 09 Dec). G Accommodation: Standard (Std) Chur / Std: Hotel Chur, Ambiente Freieck Andermatt / Std: Hotel Metropol-Monopol Lucerne / Std: Hotel des Alpes, Hotel de la Paix CONDITIONS From prices are guidelines only and may vary subject to availability and seasonal supplements. Child and triple room rates are available on request. Prices will be confirmed and guaranteed at time of booking. For more details see full terms and conditions.

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DAY 3 - OVER THE BRÜNIG PASS Today you travel on the route of the Golden Pass over the Brünig Pass. First the train follows along the banks of Lake Brienz and its turquoise water before climbing over the Brünig Pass. From here you pass picturesque villages

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DAY 5 - DEPARTURE Rail transfer to Zürich and return journey home.

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685

815

SUPERIOR PACKAGE (SUP) 4* hotels, 1st class rail

820

1010

DELUXE PACKAGE (DEL) 5* hotels, 1st class rail

1215

1445

INCLUSIONS • Return flights from UK to Switzerland in economy class including 1 piece of hold luggage and all taxes • Rail travel in 2nd or 1st class as per programme, incl. half-fare card • 4 nights’ accommodation in selected category • Daily breakfast • Local taxes • Jungfraujoch Excursion • Mount Pilatus Excursion • Souvenir gift • Travel documentation N.B. Flights – we offer flights from most UK airports with various airlines. Prices may vary according to availability and departure airport. For more information see page 5.

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OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS Dine with a Local, Interlaken Guided Walking Tour of Lucerne Folklore Show & Dinner, Lucerne

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Mountain Excursions – Day 4: Choose between Pilatus, Stanserhorn and Titlis (For Titlis a £ 18 pp supplement applies) Accommodation: Standard (Std), Superior (Sup), Deluxe (Del)

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Lucerne / STD: Hotel des Alpes, De la Paix / SUP: Hotel Wilden Mann, Hotel Continental Park, Ameron Flora / DEL: Hotel Schweizerhof - Lake View

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Daily Departures: all year round. This holiday can also be booked in reverse, starting in Lucerne.

Interlaken-Unterseen

DAY 4 - MOUNT PILATUS THE DRAGON MOUNTAIN A spectacular excursion on Mount Pilatus, Mount Titlis or the Stanserhorn awaits – which will you choose? Cruise from Lucerne to Alpnachstad to take the steepest cogwheel train in the world for a thrilling day out at Mount Pilatus, visit the Stanserhorn and experience the world’s only open top cable car, or travel to Mount Titlis for beautiful peaks and eternal snow. Overnight in Lucerne.

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Boat on Lake Lucerne

DAY 2 - EXCURSION TO JUNGFRAUJOCH Excursion to the Jungfraujoch the highest train station in Europe. Impressive views of snow-capped peaks and the Aletsch glacier, the longest in Europe at 22km (13.6miles). Overnight in Interlaken.

and small lakes before reaching Lucerne. Trains run every hour, so there is no problem stopping in one of the villages along the way before continuing your journey. Overnight in Lucerne.

Harder Kulm

DAY 1 - ARRIVAL IN INTERLAKEN Rail transfer from Zürich to Interlaken. Depending on your arrival time you might want to take a short excursion to the Harder Kulm - Interlaken’s ‘little’ house mountain for an early evening drink or even a sunset dinner. Overnight in Interlaken.

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If you only have a few days to discover the beauty of the Swiss mountains then this tour is ideal for you. Two nights in the charming town of Interlaken followed by two nights in Lucerne with trips to the summits of the Jungfraujoch and Mount Pilatus.

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Interlaken / STD: City Oberland, Hotel Carlton Europe / SUP: Hotel Krebs, Metropole / DEL: Grand Hotel Beau Rivage - Jungfrau View

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Upgrade to 1st class rail travel.

You can add extra nights along the route. Your rail ticket entitles you to 50% discount on local transport, incl. lake cruises and most cable cars.

Prebook local excursions or guided sightseeing tours. Try ‘Dine with a Local’ in Interlaken.

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Some resorts offer local transport cards free of charge during longer stays (min. 2 nights).

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THE SCENIC WAY OF EXPERIENCING SWITZERLAND Stay a little longer to really learn what Switzerland is about. Our Scenic Railway Journeys are longer, offering comprehensive itineraries exploring all corners of the country. They might be called railway journeys, but they combine all modes of transport. There are buses - “Postautos”, cable cars, narrow gauge mountain railways and even paddle steamers. The large windows of the panoramic carriages allow you a complete view of the most magnificent scenery in the world a truly relaxing and luxurious way to travel. THE ULTIMATE SWITZERLAND

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PRICES & INCLUSIONS

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS LUCERNE – INTERLAKEN – MONTREUX

In £ per person from

DAY 1 - ARRIVAL IN LUCERNE Rail transfer in 2nd class from Zürich to Lucerne. 2 nights in Lucerne.

STANDARD PACKAGE (STD) 3* hotels, 2nd class rail

1165

1356

SUPERIOR PACKAGE (SUP) 4* hotels, 1st class rail

1328

1559

DAY 2 – MOUNTAIN EXCURSION STANSERHORN A spectacular excursion to the Stanserhorn awaits! Experience the world’s only open top cable car. DAY 3 - GOLDEN PASS TO INTERLAKEN Depart from historic Lucerne and enjoy the first part of the Golden Pass route over the Brünig Pass to Interlaken, passing blue lakes, green meadows and age-old chalets along the way. 3 nights in Interlaken. DAY 4 - SNOW & ICE ON THE JUNGFRAUJOCH Take the train from Interlaken Ost via Lauterbrunnen and Wengen to the Kleine Scheidegg at the foot of the famous Eiger. You then take the Jungfrau railway via “Eiger Gletscher” to the Jungfraujoch - the highest railway station in Europe at 3,454m (11,300ft) with some breathtaking views of the Aletsch glacier, the longest in the Alps at 22km (13.6 miles).Once on top you can visit the Ice Palace, enjoy some sledging or simply admire the spectacular view from the Sphinx observation terrace. DAY 5 - EXPLORE THE JUNGFRAU REGION The included Half Fare Card will give you half price on most mountain railways in the area - and there are many to choose from! DAY 6 - GOLDEN PASS TO MONTREUX All aboard the Golden Pass train for the journey from Interlaken through the rural Simmental region to Zweisimmen and on to Montreux. Do not miss the great views of Lake Geneva and its terraced vineyards. 2 nights in Montreux.

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INCLUSIONS • Return flights from UK to Switzerland in economy class including 1 piece of hold luggage and all taxes • Rail travel in 2nd or 1st class as per programme, incl. half-fare card • 7 nights’ accommodation in selected category • Daily breakfast • Local taxes • Seat reservation on Golden Pass & Chocolate Train • Mountain Excursions to Stanserhorn & Jungfraujoch • Souvenir gift • Travel documentation N.B. Flights – we offer flights from most UK airports with various airlines. Prices may vary according to availability and departure airport. For more information see page 5.

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CONDITIONS From prices are guidelines only and may vary subject to availability and seasonal supplements. Child and triple room rates are available on request. Prices will be confirmed and guaranteed at time of booking. For more details see full terms and conditions.

DAY 7 - CHOCOLATE TRAIN Chocolate and cheese is the theme of the day. In the morning board the ‘Chocolate Train’ and enjoy a coffee and croissant en route to Gruyères. Once there you will visit one of the famous cheese factories in the area. Afterwards, take the train to Broc and visit the Nestlé/Cailler chocolate factory, and a chocolate tasting session. DAY 8 - DEPARTURE Return travel to Geneva or Swiss border.

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DAY 3 - EXPLORE LUGANO Free day in Lugano. Enjoy the Mediterranean atmosphere, stroll along the lakeside promenade or take a trip to Monte Bré or San Salvatore - make sure you take advantage of your included Ticino Ticket which offers free use of local buses and trains. Lugano Tourism organises free guided tours of varying themes throughout the summer. Check at the local office

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DAY 2 - GOTTHARD PANORAMA EXPRESS Leisurely walk to the boat landing quay. Board the lake steamer for the 2½h cruise across Lake Lucerne to Flüelen. Walk the short distance to the train station and take your seat on the Gotthard Panorama Express or the regional train following the world famous Gotthard line which swiftly climbs

from 470 to about 1100 meters above sea level to finally enter the 15 kilometer long ‘old’ Gotthard tunnel – Europe’s North/South gateway. After 10 minutes tunnel passage you will arrive in the Mediterranean climate of Ticino. Change trains in Bellinzona to continue your journey to Lugano. Overnight in Lugano.

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what is on offer on your free day. Overnight in Lugano. DAY 4 - BERNINA EXPRESS Last chance to buy souvenirs from sunny Ticino before departing by the Bernina Express coach to Tirano (Italy). At Tirano join the Bernina Express train. Enjoy the narrated journey and the incredible climb over the Bernina Pass 2,253m (7,391ft). The area along the train line has recently been appointed a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Overnight in St. Moritz. DAY 5 - EXPLORE ST. MORITZ Free day in St. Moritz. Exploring the stunning Engadine countryside is a must. There are hundreds of walking and hiking trails for all abilities. Overnight in St. Moritz. 1st class Salon on Lake Lucerne Steamer

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DAY 1 - ARRIVAL IN LUCERNE 2nd class rail transfer from Zürich to Lucerne. Depending on your arrival time, take the time to explore this pretty and popular town with its narrow cobbled streets and medieval frescoed buildings. An absolute ‘must’ is to walk across the ‘Chapel Bridge’ - Lucerne’s famous landmark. Overnight in Lucerne.

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Discover the diverse regions and cultures of Switzerland on this 8-day tour. You will travel on the three most famous express trains from Central Switzerland to the Italian-speaking Ticino, taking in some spectacular countryside and staying in some beautiful Swiss towns on the way. You first join the Gotthard Panorama Express with its historic paddle steamer and connecting train to the Ticino. After a relaxing day you continue your journey on the Bernina Express to the Engadine with its beautiful countryside. You will also have time to explore more of the area before boarding the world famous Glacier Express train to Zermatt. It’s a great opportunity to visit the best of Switzerland on some of the most exciting rail routes in Europe.

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Double Single 1010

1158

SUPERIOR PACKAGE (SUP) 4* hotels, 1st class rail 1-course Glacier Lunch

1376

1605

DELUXE PACKAGE (DEL) 5* hotels, 1st class rail, 3-course Glacier lunch

2035

2779

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PRICES & INCLUSIONS

INCLUSIONS

View of Lake Silvaplana, Lake Sils.

• Return flights from UK to Switzerland in economy class including 1 piece of hold luggage and all taxes • Rail travel in 2nd or 1st class as per programme, incl. half-fare card • 7 nights’ accommodation in selected category • Daily breakfast • Local taxes • Seat reservation on Gotthard Panorama Express (where applicable), Bernina Express & Glacier Express seat reservations • Souvenir gifts in selected locations • Travel documentation

discount on the Gornergrat excursion. The highest cogwheel train in Switzerland will take you to an altitude of 3,089m (10,134ft) above sea level. During the ride to the summit, you will experience excellent vantage points for some 29 four-thousand-metre peaks including the mighty Matterhorn and the impressive glaciers of the Monte Rosa massif. Overnight in Zermatt.

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Add 1-course lunch on Glacier Express

25

Add 3-course lunch on Glacier Express

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Gourmet Ticket, Zermatt

97

Waterfall near Silvaplana, Engadine

Regional platter, Valais

Gornergrat Excursion

CONDITIONS From prices are guidelines only and may vary subject to availability and seasonal supplements. Child and triple room rates are available on request. Prices will be confirmed and guaranteed at time of booking. For more details see full terms and conditions.

TOUR INFO Daily Departures 01 May - 17 Oct Gotthard Express: Runs Sat & Sun only 14 Apr- 22 Oct, Daily 03 Jul -21 Oct. Accommodation: Standard (Std), Superior (Sup) or Deluxe (Del) Lucerne / Std: des Alpes, De la Paix / Sup: Continental Parkhotel, Wilden MannDel: Hotel Schweizerhof - Lake view Lugano / Std: Continental Parkhotel / Sup: Novotel Lugano, Lugano Dante Centre Del: Splendide Royal – Lake view St. Moritz / Std: Unique Hotel Eden, Reine Victoria / Sup: Schweizerhof, Steffani / Del: Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains Zermatt / Std: Testa Grigia, Excelsior / Sup: Schweizerhof, Hotel Alpenresort, Del: Grand Hotel Zermatterhof – Matterhorn View

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OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS

DAY 8 - DEPARTURE Rail transfer to Geneva or Swiss border for your onward journey.

DAY 7 - EXPLORE ZERMATT Free day in Zermatt. Take advantage of your included Half Fare Card in order to get 50%

UPGRADE OPTIONS

Superior Package Upgrade to 3-course lunch on Glacier Express

Lake Lugano

DAY 6 - GLACIER EXPRESS Today you take the world famous Glacier Express from St. Moritz to Zermatt which crosses no less than 291 bridges and travels through 91 tunnels. The journey is narrated throughout and panoramic windows offer you the optimum view of the dramatic and ever changing landscape. A nice break to the seven and a half hours long journey is offered in form of refreshments. Why not pre book a freshly prepared dish of the day or even a 3-course meal served at your seat? After an exhilarating trip, you will arrive in Zermatt. Overnight in Zermatt.

N.B. Flights – we offer flights from most UK airports with various airlines. Prices may vary according to availability and departure airport. For more information see page 5.

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This sensational panoramic trip takes you along some of Switzerland’s most scenic routes, the Golden Pass, the Glacier Express and the Bernina Express. On arrival in Geneva the train glides swiftly along the shores of Lake Geneva to your first destination, Montreux. From here you board and take your seat in the carriage of the Golden Pass train to Interlaken, passing through vineyards and country estates. From Interlaken you will travel to Brig to change for the world famous Glacier Express. Your final trip on the Bernina Express through to Tirano in Italy and back is the icing on the cake.

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DAY 1 - ARRIVAL IN MONTREUX 2nd class rail transfer from Geneva to Montreux. Overnight in Montreux. DAY 2 - FREE DAY ON LAKE GENEVA A day at leisure in Montreux, the heart of the Swiss Riviera. Visit the famous Château de Chillon, one of the best-preserved medieval castles in Europe, take a cruise on Switzerland’s largest lake, Lake Geneva or enjoy a mountain excursion to the Rochers-de-Naye peaks for fantastic views of the lake and the surrounding French and Swiss Alps. Overnight in Montreux. DAY 3 - GOLDEN PASS Board the Golden Pass train from Montreux and relax as the train sweeps through the many vineyards and country estates on

DAY 4 - FREE DAY IN THE JUNGFRAU REGION Interlaken nestles between the two beautiful lakes of Thun and Brienz inviting you to a lazy cruise accompanied by stunning views. A favourite is to combine a cruise on lake Brienz with a visit to the picturesque wood carving village of Brienz and a trip by the steam railway to the top of Brienzer Rothorn. Your included Half Fare Card will give you 50% discount on this excursion. Overnight in Interlaken.

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DAY 6 - GLACIER EXPRESS Depart Interlaken by train to Brig where you will join the Glacier Express for a thrilling ride to St. Moritz,

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DAY 5 - EXCURSION TO JUNGFRAUJOCH No visit to the Jungfrau Region is complete without a visit to the Jungfraujoch which is included in your rail ticket. First take the train from Interlaken Ost via Lauterbrunnen and Wengen to the Kleine Scheidegg at the foot of the famous Eiger. You then take the Jungfrau railway via “Eiger Gletscher” to the Jungfraujoch - the highest railway station in Europe at 3,454m (11,300ft) with some breathtaking views of the Aletsch glacier at 22km (13.6 miles), the longest in the Alps and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Overnight in Interlaken.

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its way to Interlaken. For a special experience pre book a VIP seat (supplement) affording you the train driver’s view on the stretch from Montreux to Zweisimmen. Overnight in Interlaken.

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Double Single 1018

1205

SUPERIOR PACKAGE (SUP) 4* hotels, 1st class rail 1-course Glacier Lunch

1322

1539

DELUXE PACKAGE (DEL) 5* hotels, 1st class rail, 3-course Glacier lunch

1922

2767

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PRICES & INCLUSIONS

INCLUSIONS

Chateau de Chillon, Lake Geneva

• Return flights from UK to Switzerland in economy class including 1 piece of hold luggage and all taxes • Rail travel in 2nd or 1st class as per programme, incl. half-fare card • 7 nights’ accommodation in selected category • Daily breakfast • Local taxes • Seat reservations on Golden Pass, Glacier Express & Bernina Express • Jungfraujoch Excursion • Souvenir gifts • Travel documentation

You have around 2 hours to visit the cathedral or to experience some of the exceptional local cuisine on offer in the many cafés and restaurants before starting your return journey. Overnight in St. Moritz.

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DAY 8 - DEPARTURE Rail transfer back to Zürich for your onward journey.

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CONDITIONS From prices are guidelines only and may vary subject to availability and seasonal supplements. Child and triple room rates are available on request. Prices will be confirmed and guaranteed at time of booking. For more details see full terms and conditions.

Brienz Rothorn

DAY 7 - BERNINA EXPRESS Today you will join the Bernina Express over the Bernina Pass. The area along the train line has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Past mighty glaciers and over the highest point at 2,253m (7,391ft) down to the palm trees and Oleander of the mountain village of Tirano (Italy).

UPGRADE OPTIONS

Superior Package Upgrade to 3-course lunch on Glacier Express

Lauterbrunnen Valley

taking in some of the most dramatic scenery Switzerland has to offer. The journey is narrated explaining the amazing engineering feat in overcoming extreme altitude variations by train. The dish of the day or a 3 course lunch on the Glacier Express can be added at the time of booking. Overnight in St. Moritz.

N.B. Flights – we offer flights from most UK airports with various airlines. Prices may vary according to availability and departure airport. For more information see page 5.

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Lake Geneva.

Daily Departures except 18 Oct - 05 Dec (Deluxe Package Jun-Oct only) Upgrades: Golden Pass VIP seats – train drivers view OR Belle Époque service with meal at your seat. Available in 1st class only. Accommodation: Standard (Std), Superior (Sup) or Deluxe (Del) Montreux / Std: Hotel Helvetie / Sup: Golf Hotel Réné Capt, Villa Toscana / Del: Fairmont Le Montreux Palace – Lake view Interlaken / Std: City Oberland, Carlton-Europe Hotel / Sup: Hotel Du Nord, Metropole / Del: Grand Hotel Beau Rivage - Jungfrau View St. Moritz / Std: Unique Hotel Eden, Reine Victoria / Sup: Schweizerhof, Steffani Del: Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains

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SWISS MOUNTAIN RAILWAYS 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS LUCERNE - INTERLAKEN - ZERMATT

Explore a world of glaciers, passes and peaks on the incredible Swiss mountain rail network. This unique journey combines the most attractive regions of Switzerland with some of the most spectacular mountain railways of Europe, including the Jungfrau and Gornergrat. The journey takes you from Central Switzerland to the Bernese Oberland and the Valais, staying in some of Switzerland’s most popular resorts.

DAY 1 - ARRIVAL IN LUCERNE 2nd class rail transfer from Zürich to Lucerne. Overnight in Lucerne. DAY 2 - GONDOLA RIDE TO MOUNT TITLIS Today’s excursion takes you to Mount Titlis for some spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. First board the train to Engelberg from where the first of a set of three gondolas will slowly take you to a height of 10,000ft (3,048m). The last stage of your ascent is in the world’s first rotating gondola ‘TITLIS ROTAIR’. Overnight in Lucerne.

forward your luggage to Interlaken (supp.) and use the day for some excursions along the way. Board the Golden Pass train and stop in the woodcarving village of Brienz. From here take the Rothorn railway (supp.) that takes you up the Brienzer Rothorn with its excellent hiking trails and superb views of Lake Brienz. On this journey several steam engines are in service every summer from June to October. In the afternoon you descend to Brienz and take the boat or train to Interlaken Ost. Overnight in Interlaken.

DAY 3 - LUCERNE TO INTERLAKEN A scenic trip on the Golden Pass route from Lucerne to Interlaken over the Brünig Pass. Afternoon at leisure in Interlaken. Alternatively

DAY 4 - EXCURSION TO THE JUNGFRAUJOCH Enjoy the best of the beautiful Bernese Oberland. First take the train from Interlaken Ost via

Lauterbrunnen and Wengen to the Kleine Scheidegg at the foot of the famous Eiger. You then take the Jungfrau railway via “Eiger Gletscher” to the Jungfraujoch - the highest railway station in Europe at 11,300ft (3,454m) with some breathtaking views of the Aletsch glacier, the longest in the Alps and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Overnight in Interlaken. DAY 5 - COGWHEEL TRAIN TO ALPINE GARDEN Take the train to Wilderswil, then the cog-train up to Schynige Platte with its unique Alpine Garden and views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. The Alpine Garden displays some 500 different flowering plants and

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STANDARD PACKAGE (STD) 3* hotels, 2nd class rail

1055

1240

SUPERIOR PACKAGE (SUP) 4* hotels, 1st class rail

1280

1520

DELUXE PACKAGE (DEL) 5* hotels, 1st class rail

1535

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PRICES & INCLUSIONS

INCLUSIONS • Return flights from UK to Switzerland in economy class including 1 piece of hold luggage and all taxes • Rail travel in 2nd or 1st class as per programme, incl. half-fare card • 7 nights’ accommodation in selected category • Daily breakfast • Local taxes • Mountain excursions to Titlis, Jungfraujoch, Schynigge Platte & Gornergrat • Souvenir gift • Travel documentation N.B. Flights – we offer flights from most UK airports with various airlines. Prices may vary according to availability and departure airport. For more information see page 5.

UPGRADE OPTIONS

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Guided Walking Tour of Lucerne

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Folklore Show & Dinner, Lucerne

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CONDITIONS From prices are guidelines only and may vary subject to availability and seasonal supplements. Child and triple room rates are available on request. Prices will be confirmed and guaranteed at time of booking. For more details see full terms and conditions.

TOUR INFO Daily Departures all year round (Deluxe Package Jun – Sep). Lucerne / Std: des Alpes, De la Paix / Sup: Continental Park, Wilden Mann / Del: Hotel Schweizerhof – Lake View Interlaken / Std: City Oberland, Beausite / Sup: Metropole, Du Nord, Stella / Del: Lindner Grand Hotel Beau Rivage - Jungfrau View Zermatt / Std: Excelsior, Testa Grigia / Sup: Schweizerhof Del: Grand Hotel Zermatterhof - Matterhorn View

Sunset, Lake Lucerne

Accommodation: Standard (Std), Superior (Sup), Deluxe (Del)

Jungfraujoch

DAY 8 - DEPARTURE Rail transfer to Geneva or the Swiss border for your onward journey.

DAY 7 - EXCURSION TO GORNERGRAT The highest cogwheel train in Switzerland will take you from Zermatt to an altitude of 3,089m (10,134ft) above sea level.

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OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS

Alphorn blowing, Jungfrau Region

DAY 6 - INTERLAKEN TO ZERMATT Another spectacular train journey! From Interlaken you travel via Spiez and Visp (change in both villages) to the famous car-free alpine resort of Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn. Overnight in Zermatt.

During the ride to the summit, you will experience excellent vantage points for some 29 fourthousand metre peaks including the mighty Matterhorn and the impressive glaciers of the Monte Rosa massif. Overnight in Zermatt.

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ferns with the main flower time being mid-June until late September. Return to Interlaken. During the winter months an excursion to the Schilthorn will be offered. Overnight in Interlaken.

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Discover the diverse regions and cultures of Switzerland on our Ultimate Grand Train Tour of Switzerland. Stop off at some of the most famous resorts and cities in the country, with time to explore your surroundings and organised excursions to ensure you don’t miss anything! This tour is a great way to visit the very best of Switzerland on some of the most exciting scenic train journeys in Europe. We also offer this holiday as an 8 day option without additional nights in the resorts.

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DAY 4 - GOLDEN PASS TO MONTREUX After breakfast board the Golden Pass train from Interlaken in the

DAY 6 - MONTREUX - ZERMATT Rail transfer from Montreux to Zermatt. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Zermatt.

DAY 8 - GLACIER EXPRESS Enjoy the legendary Glacier Express experience in full from Zermatt to St. Moritz, a thrilling journey in a panoramic carriage taking in some of the most dramatic scenery Switzerland has to offer. Overnight in St. Moritz. DAY 9 – EXPLORE ST. MORITZ Why not treat yourself to a spa day with a trip to Scuol, relaxing in the hot springs of the Roman-Irish

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DAY 3 – LAKE CRUISE Enjoy a relaxing cruise on board a paddle steamer around Lake Thun and/or Lake Brienz. Overnight in Interlaken.

DAY 5 – LAVAUX WINE TASTING Visit the UNESCO vineyards of Lavaux and sample some of the delicacies of the region. After a short train journey from Montreux to Rivaz and a short walk up to the ‘Vinorama’, your Swiss wine experience begins with a short film about the region followed by a wine tasting. Overnight in Montreux.

DAY 7 – GORNERGRAT EXCURSION Travel on Europe’s highest openair cog railway and get closer to the striking Matterhorn. From the viewing platform, admire the Gorner Glacier and 29 mountain peaks above 4,000 m. Overnight in Zermatt.

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panoramic carriage as it sweeps through the many vineyards and country estates on its way to Montreux. Enjoy the romantic scenery of the Simmen Valley and the sweeping views over Lake Geneva. Overnight in Montreux.

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GRAND TRAIN TOUR - DESIGNED FOR YOU

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PRICES & INCLUSIONS STANDARD PACKAGE (STD) 3* hotels, 2nd class rail 8 Days

1209

1365

14 Days

1825

2118

SUPERIOR PACKAGE (SUP) 4* hotels, 1st class rail, 1-course Glacier Lunch 8 Days

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1845

14 Days

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DAY 10 - BERNINA EXPRESS Today board the Bernina Express and journey to the Mediterranean climes of Lugano. Travel over circular viaducts and through winding tunnels passing through Brusio and Poschiavo. At Tirano, continue your journey by coach, travelling along the banks of Lake Como. Overnight in Lugano.

DAY 12 - LUGANO TO LUCERNE Travel along the old Gotthard Route from the Mediterranean south to the tradtional heart of Switzerland with a lake cruise... Lucerne. Overnight in Lucerne.

DAY 11 – EXPLORE LUGANO Why not visit Lugano’s house mountain, Monte San Salvatore today? A funicular railway takes you from Lugano-Paradiso to the top of this famous peak for magnificent 360° panoramic

DAY 13 – EXPLORE LUCERNE Why not explore the Old Town and walk across the iconic Chapel Bridge or enjoy the views from Mount Rigi – Queen of the Mountains via boat and rail. Overnight in Lucerne.

N.B. Flights – we offer flights from most UK airports with various airlines. Prices may vary according to availability and departure airport. For more information see page 5.

UPGRADE OPTIONS Standard Package: Upgrade to 1st class rail

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DAY 14 - DEPART LUCERNE After breakfast depart Lucerne and continue your onward journey.

Wine tasting in the Lavaux region

views over the beautiful blue lake. Or join one of the free guided sightseeing tours of this charming city. Overnight in Lugano.

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baths? Or stay close by and take a leisurely stroll along the beautiful lake of this glitzy resort. Overnight in St. Moritz.

• Return flights from UK to Switzerland in economy class including 1 piece of hold luggage and all taxes • Rail travel in 2nd or 1st class as per programme, incl. half-fare card • 7 or 13 nights’ accommodation in selected category • Daily breakfast • Local taxes • Jungfraujoch & Gornergrat Excursion • Lake Cruise Ticket • Seat reservation on Golden Pass, Glacier Express, Bernina Express & Gotthard Panorama Route when applicable • Wine Tasting Excursion • Souvenir gift • Travel documentation (8 days package without excursions on Day 3 & 5)

TOUR INFO Daily Departures 01 May - 15 Oct Accommodation: Standard (Std), Superior (Sup) Montreux / Std: Hotel Helvetie / Sup: Golf Hotel Réné Cpt / Villa Toscana Zermatt / Std: Testa Grigia / Excelsior / Sup: Alpenresort / Schweizerhof Lugano / Std: Continental Parkhotel / Sup: Novotel Lugano, Lugano Dante Centre Lucerne / Std: Hotel des Alpes, De la Paix / Sup: Wilden Mann / Parkhotel Continental

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St. Moritz / Std: Unique Hotel Eden, Reine Victoria / Sup: Hotel Steffani, Schweizerhof

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Interlaken / Std: City Hotel Oberland / Beausite / Sup: Hotel Du Nord / Metropole

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10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS FOLLOW THE ROUTE BY RAIL AND ON FOOT

Explore the world famous Glacier Express route at your own pace on a combined rail and hiking holiday, ideal for discovering the best scenery in Switzerland whichever way you choose. With complete flexibility, enjoy your holiday your way. A truly unique way to experience the trail of the Glacier Express through Switzerland.

DAY 2 – EXPLORE ZERMATT Briefing and transfer to Zermatt. Free time to explore – a trip up Gornergrat is highly recommended for outstanding views of the imposing Matterhorn. Overnight in Zermatt. DAY 3 – ZERMATT - BRIG Depart Zermatt to Brig. Spend extra time in Zermatt and take a regional train or hike the Valais Sun Trail hiking path through the rolling countryside. Overnight in Brig.

Hikers near Glacier Express Line

DAY 4 – BRIG - OBERWALD The beautiful villages of the Goms await along the Glacier Express line on the Rhône from Brig to Oberwald. Overnight in Oberwald.

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DAY 5 – OBERWALD - DISENTIS Departing Oberwald, the Senda Sursilvana is a breathtaking route through lush green scenery and mountain peaks. Hike or hop on a regional train with your included rail pass, and relax as you take in the surrounding panoramas. Overnight in Disentis. DAY 6 – DISENTIS - THUSIS Hiking along the rail line through the Rhine Gorge. The bridge through the Versamer Tobel offers unmissable views rivalled only by the Glacier Express itself. Overnight in Thusis.

DAY 8 – BERGÜN – ST. MORITZ Hike the popular Bergün – Preda route, along the banks of the Albula combining stunning scenery, exploration and engineering marvels of this historic rail line. Overnight in famous St. Moritz. DAY 9 – EXPLORE ST. MORITZ Day at leisure in St. Moritz. Relax by the lakeside or explore this well known resort and its surround. DAY 10 – DEPARTURE Return journey home.

DAY 7 – THUSIS - BERGÜN Join the Albula/Bernina hiking or rail trail from Filisur before arriving in Bergün, with its charming Engadine architecture. Overnight in Bergün.

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PACKAGE – 10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS 3* hotels, 2nd class rail 1355

1685

INCLUSIONS • Return flights from UK to Switzerland in economy class including 1 piece of hold luggage and all taxes • Rail travel in 2nd class as per programme, • 9 nights’ accommodation in selected category • Daily breakfast • Local taxes • ALLROUND Service inc: Meet & Greet at airport, tour briefing, transfers at start & end of tour, luggage transfer from hotel to hotel, tour documentation, helpline and support throughout • Travel documentation N.B. Flights – we offer flights from most UK airports with various airlines. Prices may vary according to availability and departure airport. For more information see page 5.

CONDITIONS From prices are guidelines only and may vary subject to availability and seasonal supplements. Child and triple room rates are available on request. Prices will be confirmed and guaranteed at time of booking. For more details see full terms and conditions.

TOUR INFO Daily Departures: 20 Jun - 15 Oct Hiking Grade: A – C – easy – challenging depending on use of rail. Average Walking Time: depending on use of rail ticket Accommodation: Standard category (3-star) Luggage Transfer: From hotel to hotel Terrain: Varying from high alpine to forest trails and along streams

Valaisan plate

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN ZÜRICH Arrive in Zürich. Meet & greet at the airport and overnight stay in Zürich-Regensdorf.

Hiking Signs

RAIL AND HIKE

TRACK THE GLACIER EXPRESS

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RAIL AND HIKE

TRACK THE BERNINA EXPRESS 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS RAIL & HIKE THE UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE LINE

DAY 2 – ALBULA ROUTE – THUSIS-PREDA Transfer to Bergün via Thusis. Crossing the railway multiple times, this hiking route is one of the most impressive in Switzerland, contrasting engineering masterpieces with natural wonders. Overnight in Preda. DAY 3 – ALBULA ROUTE – PREDA-ST. MORITZ Depart Preda on a picturesque journey over the Albulapass to Spinas; jump on a regional train from here to make the most of the surrounding landscapes. Overnight in St. Moritz. DAY 4 – BERNINA ROUTE – ST. MORITZ-ALP GRÜM Your train journey gives you a taste

of the Bernina line by rail, before you hike the Bernina Pass to Alp Grüm. Spend the night above the famous circular routes of the Bernina Express.

DAY 7 – ALBULA-BERNINA ROUTE – POSCHIAVO-THUSIS Depart Poschiavo on regional trains and relax along the Bernina and Albula train lines to Thusis. Overnight in Thusis.

DAY 5 – ALBULA-BERNINA ROUTE – ALP GRÜM-POSCHIAVO A leisurely walk takes you to the lovely Italian influenced Poschiavo/ Le Prese, which you can explore in the afternoon. Overnight in Poschiavo/Le Prese/Li Curt.

DAY 8 – DEPARTURE Depart Thusis.

DAY 6 – BERNINA ROUTE – POSCHIAVO-TIRANO A Mediterranean influenced rail journey takes you to Miralago, where you walk to the Italian town of Tirano (passport required). After exploring Tirano relax on your return journey by train to Le Prese/Poschiavo. Overnight in Poschiavo/Le Prese/Li Curt.

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PACKAGE – 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS 3* hotels, 2nd class rail 975

1199

PACKAGE – 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS 3* hotels, 2nd class rail 645

772

INCLUSIONS • Return flights from UK to Switzerland in economy class including 1 piece of hold luggage and all taxes • Rail travel in 2nd class as per programme • 4 or 7 nights’ accommodation in standard hotels • Daily breakfast • Local taxes • ALLROUND Service inc: Meet & Greet at airport, tour briefing, transfers at start & end of tour, luggage transfer from hotel to hotel, tour documentation, helpline and support throughout • Travel documentation N.B. Flights – we offer flights from most UK airports with various airlines. Prices may vary according to availability and departure airport. For more information see page 5.

Fuorcla Surlej

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN ZÜRICH Arrive in Zürich. Meet & greet at the airport and overnight stay in Zürich-Regensdorf.

Hiking in the valley of Albulatal

The Via Albula/Bernina hiking route hugs the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Rhaetian Railway line from Thusis to Poschiavo, with views of the magnificent architecture and breathtaking landscapes. The contrast between manmade structures and the beauty of nature can be enjoyed on foot or by rail with your included rail card, with holidays available for 4 or 7 nights including Allround Service.

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Daily Departures: 01 Jun - 15 Oct Grade: A – C – easy – challenging depending on use of rail. Average Walking Time: depending on use of rail ticket Accommodation: Standard category (3-star) Luggage Transfer: From hotel to hotel Terrain: Varying from high alpine to forest trails and along streams Alp Grüm

Historic Rail Path Bernina

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Take the roundtrip option via Stechelberg – Mßrren on your excursion to the Schilthorn.

On Wednesdays the Brienzer Rothorn offers sausages cooked directly on the engine.

On the Jungfraujoch excursion, alight at Eigergletscher station and walk back down to Kleine Scheidegg.

There are well signposted hiking trails along the route of the Gornergrat railway allowing a leisurely walk between stations on the way back to Zermatt.

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The revolving restaurant on the Stanserhorn

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Gornergrat

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ONS SPELLBINDING SCENERY Switzerland is world famous for its imposing mountain peaks. Railways and cable cars ascending thousands of metres to the summit, pioneering masterpieces of their time, are still considered to be outstanding achievements today. Discover the best of the Alps: take in the panorama from the Jungfrau or Schilthorn, the unrivalled views to the Matterhorn from Gornergrat, the steep climb up to the Pilatus or the eternal snow on Mt. Titlis, to name just a few... SWITZERLAND BEYOND THE CLOUDS

FAMOUS MOUNTAIN PEAKS

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DAY 2 – JUNGFRAUJOCH Day excursion to the Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe - which is the highest train station in Europe at 3,454m (11,332ft). Impressive views of snow-capped peaks and the Aletsch glacier, the longest glacier in Europe at 22km (13.6miles) and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Take the time to stop at Kleine Scheidegg or Grindelwald for more impressions of this popular holiday region. Overnight in Interlaken. DAY 3 – JOURNEY TO THE MATTERHORN Travel by rail through the Bernese Oberland and Lötschberg to Visp. Enjoy the picturesque scenery or stop at some of the traditional resorts along the way. Overnight in Zermatt. DAY 4 – GORNERGRAT Excursion by cogwheel train to the Gornergrat where you will have superb views of the Matterhorn, Mont Blanc and other snow-capped mountain peaks rising above 4,000m (13,123ft). The train leaves Zermatt to climb in approximately 32 minutes over impressive bridges, through galleries and tunnels, idyllic forests and alpine meadows, passing rocky gorges and mountain lakes to reach the top with some of the best views of the famous Matterhorn. Overnight in Zermatt . DAY 5 – DEPARTURE Rail transfer to Zürich or Geneva.

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STANDARD PACKAGE (STD) 4* hotels, 1st class rail

INCLUSIONS • Return flights from UK to Switzerland in economy class including 1 piece of hold luggage and all taxes • Rail travel in 2nd or 1st class as per programme, incl. half-fare card • 4 nights’ accommodation in selected category • Daily breakfast • Local taxes • Excursion to Gornergrat • Exursion to Jungfraujoch •Souvenir gift • Travel documentation N.B. Flights – we offer flights from most UK airports with various airlines. Prices may vary according to availability and departure airport. For more information see page 5.

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Sphinx Jungfraujoch

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN INTERLAKEN Rail transfer from Zürich to Interlaken. In the afternoon enjoy a short stroll through this famous resort - also called the gateway to the Jungfrau Region. Overnight in Interlaken.

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Gornergrat Bahn

A fantastic journey to two of the most popular mountain tops in Switzerland: Jungfraujoch and Gornergrat. Both offer incredible views of fascinating mountains and glaciers

STANDARD PACKAGE (STD) 3* hotels, 2nd class rail

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JAMES BOND MOUNTAIN There is no better place to fully appreciate the breathtaking beauty of the Swiss Alps than from the summit of 2,970m high Schilthorn. The aerial cable car takes about 30 minutes to the top where the world’s first revolving restaurant offers fine dining. Combine the excursion with a funicular ride to the Allmendhubel from Mürren. Journey from Interlaken via Mürren or Stechelberg takes around 1h30 each way. Prices per person From Stechelberg: £44 pp half fare / £88 pp full fare From Interlaken: From £50 pp half fare / £99 pp full fare (roundtrip) Allmendhubel: From £6 pp half fare / £12 pp full fare

JUNGFRAUJOCH - TOP OF EUROPE

BRIENZER ROTHORN

The journey to the Jungfraujoch at 3,454 meters - Europe’s highest altitude railway station - is a highlight of every visit to Switzerland. The Jungfrau Railways is a masterpiece of engineering. The last section right inside the mountain and the view through the panorama windows at the stations “Eigerwand” and “Eismeer” in the middle of the North Wall are a thrilling experience. The platform of the observatory is located right above the Aletsch Glacier. The new “Alpine Sensation” a subway inside the rock marks the centenary of the Jungfrau Railway and connects the Ice Paradise with the Sphinx Hall. Approx. 2h30 travel time from Interlaken - Ost

The Brienzer Rothorn railway is the only steam-powered cogwheel railway system with three generations of steam locomotives. On Wednesdays the “Steam-Sausage Express” is a fun day out for all enjoy local sausages steamed directly from the locomotive!” directly from the locomotive. From the summit 2,350m the views are breathtaking and sweep over 1000 mountain peaks. Daily from Brienz: 03 June - 22 October, travel time 1h each way. From Brienz £37 pp half fare / £73 pp full fare From Interlaken £44 pp half fare / £87 pp full fare

From £88 pp half fare / £176 pp full fare Prices from Grindelwald, Wengen or Lauterbrunnen available on request.

SCHYNIGE PLATTE

HARDER KULM

GRINDELWALD FIRST

LAKE CRUISE

The cogwheel railway takes you back to the days of the Belle Époque. Fantastic views of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau and a beautiful Alpine Garden. The journey takes about 1h from Wilderswil.

Interlaken’s “house mountain”. It takes just 8 minutes to travel by funicular to reach the restaurant. The panorama terrace offers wonderful views of the surrounding mountains and the lakes.

Centerpiece of the Firstbahn is the six - seat gondola from Grindelwald to First Mountain. During the 17 minute 5,226-meter ride the train climbs 1100 meters.

A ‘must’ when staying in Interlaken is a lake cruise on the glittering blue lakes of either Lake Brienz or Lake Thun. 1 Day unlimited cruising.

Operates 27 May - 22 October

Operates April - November

From £27 pp half fare / £53 pp full fare

From £13 pp half fare / £27 pp full fare

FIRST FLYER: Speed through the air from First to Schreckfeld with on an 800 metre - long zip ride line.

From £29pp 2nd class / £43pp 1st class, half fare

MOUNTAIN CART: Steer down from Schreckfeld to Bort. TROTTI BIKE: Whizz down the mountain from Bort station to Grindelwald. half fare full fare From Grindelwald 66 76 (Adventure Card, incl. Gondola, First-Flyer, Mountain Cart & Trotti Bike)

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STANSERHORN The panoramic mountain is just a short 20m train ride away from Lucerne. For the first section you take a vintage railway dating from 1830 and then - an extreme contrast - the world’s first open top cable car “CabriO”. The open upper deck and large glass front are truly breathtaking and spectacular. Up on the summit you can do the circular hiking trail (approx. 30 min.). The Stanserhorn Rangers will explain everything about the mountain and they know a lot of stories to tell. Operates daily 08 April - 12 Nov, journey time 1h30 per way.

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MOUNTAIN EXCURSIONS CENTRAL SWITZERLAND

From Lucerne: from £38pp half fare / £76pp full fare From Stans: From £31 pp half fare / £61 pp full fare

PILATUS The excursion to Mt. Pilatus is simply an exceptional experience. Travel by train or boat to Alpnachstad and with the world’s steepest cogwheel railway to Pilatus Kulm (2,132m). Journey time approx. 2h30 each way. Return by gondola and bus via Kriens. Daily departures by boat, cogwheel train, gondola and bus. From £34 pp half fare / £67 pp full fare - by train from Lucerne From £43 pp half fare / £86 pp full fare - by boat from Lucerne

ZENTRALBAHN LUZERN – INTERLAKEN EXPRESS This 2 hour journey will take you along the shores of crystal-clear lakes, past romantic waterfalls and over the magnificent Brünig mountain pass, all of which can be admired from the comfort of your seat in panoramic carriages. Children are entertained with the ‘Brünig-Safari ‘! Lifelike animals carved out of local wood are positioned along the track for the little ones to spot and to mark off on their competition form.

TITLIS On the first revolving aerial cable car in the world you can enjoy a fantastic 360° panoramic view on the way up to the top. The new “Titlis Cliff Walk” - Europe’s highest altitude suspension bridge - offers a thrilling walk around the summit. At 3,020m eternal ice and snow form the Glacier Park and the Ice Flyer carries directly above the Titlis Glacier.

From Lucerne – Interlaken or vice versa £14 pp half fare / £ 28 pp full fare

RIGI “The Queen of the Mountains” is a very popular day trip. A short cruise takes you from Lucerne over the lake to Vitznau and a cogwheel train up to the 1,800m Rigi Kulm. (Steam trains operate on weekends in Jul/Aug/Sep). Return via Rigi Kulm. Daily departures. Journey time approx. 4 - 5h roundtrip.

ICE FLYER ON TITLIS: The comfortable glacier chair lift offers you a view over the Alps and into the glacier crevasses. The Ice Flyer leads you directly to the Glacier Park where you can enjoy rides with various snow toys and you will be surrounded by sparkling walls of ice in the Glacier Cave. Journey up to Titlis from Engelberg takes 40min each way. TROTTI BIKE: Get off at the Gerschnialp Station at 1,300m on your return journey from Titlis and whizz down to Engelberg’s valley station by scooter! More adventure: Glacier hike to the peak of Mount Titlis (3239m) accompanied by a professional guide or try abseiling into a crevasse. (Reservation and prices on request.)

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From Vitznau/Weggis to Arth Goldau from £32 pp half fare / £64 pp full fare. From Lucerne (roundtrip via Arth Goldau) from £42 pp half fare / £85 pp full fare

Prices per person in £ from: Excursion from Engelberg: from £48 pp half fare / £87 pp full fare (incl. Ice Flyer) Daily departures, weather permitting (closed 06 - 17 Nov) Trotti Bike: from £7 pp (only in conjunction with an excursion ticket) Available: May - October. EXPERIENCE SWITZERLAND

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MOUNTAIN EXCURSIONS ALPES VAUDOISES & TICINO CHOCOLATE TRAIN Spend a delightful day travelling in the vintage 1915 cars or the modern panoramic carriages with the Swiss Chocolate Train. From Montreux pass through the vineyards along Lake Geneva to reach the picturesque villages of Gruyères and Broc, home of the famous Gruyères cheese. You’ll get the chance to sample two of Switzerland’s most famous exports: chocolate and cheese! Train runs every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from May to October. Daily operations in July and August. Depart Montreux at 08.57am, return 05.34pm. From £58 pp half fare / £83 pp full fare (Incl. compulsory seat reservation, coffee and croissants on the train).

GLACIER 3000

ROCHERS DE NAYE

Experience stunning views over the famous mountains of the Bernese Oberland as well as the Matterhorn from the Glacier 3000. The glacier restaurant constructed by leading Swiss architect Mario Botta offers a unique panorama of the Lake Geneva Region. Accessible from Les Diablerets and Gstaad.

Montreux’s local mountain at 2,042m offers not only spectacular views over Lake Geneva and the Alps, but also has a species - rich alpine garden and a marmot park. Summit can be reached in 1h by rack railway from Montreux.

ALPINE COASTER: Experience the ultimate ride on the world’s highest bobsleigh track.

From £29 pp half fare / £58 pp full fare

Brusino Arsizio at Lake Lugano

Col du Pillon - Glacier 3000 return from £33 pp half fare / £66 pp full fare Alpine Coaster: from £7 pp

LAGO MAGGIORE EXPRESS

departures from Locarno to Brig.

An unforgettable day excursion around the Lago Maggiore, a combination of train and boat journeys across the wild and romantic region of southern Switzerland and Italy. Board the train in Locarno traversing the wild and unspoilt Centovalli (one hundred valleys) into Italy. In Stresa, a 3h boat cruise on Lake Maggiore lies ahead with the Borromeo Island, Cannero castles and Brissago Islands as major highlights en route.

From £23 pp half fare / £46 pp full fare per way, 2nd Class from Locarno or Brig

19 Mar - 08 Oct. Roundtrip from Locarno from £31 pp

CENTOVALLI EXPRESS MONTE BRÈ Admire the stunning view of the Alps, Lugano and the Italian region from Montre Brè, the sunniest mountain in Switzerland. A funicular railway leads up to the 933 metre high peak. Take an hour into account from Lugano each way. From £10 pp half fare / £21 pp full fare 42

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MONTE SAN SALVATORE Visit the landmark of Lugano, the Monte San Salvatore by funicular railway from Lugano - Paradiso for magnificent 360° panoramic views. Daily: mid-March - mid-November, journey time 10 min each way. From £10 pp half fare / £19 pp full fare

A beautiful 2h journey through the Centovalli into the Valais. The landscape is diverse - ranging from dreamy villages, chestnut forests and vineyards to wild canyons and crashing waterfalls. Daily

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GORNERGRAT The excursion to the Gornergrat is one of the most famous and truly spectacular experiences in Switzerland, and is a highlight of every visit. The cogwheel railway, first opened to the public in 1898, transports passengers from the station in Zermatt across amazing bridges, through tunnels and idyllic forests, past spectacular gorges and mountain lakes to an altitude of 3,089m. The view from the Gornergrat platform is dominated by the Matterhorn, but altogether there are 29 fourthousand-metre peaks forming an impressive mountain panorama completed by the magnificent Gorner glacier, the third largest glacier in the Alps.

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MOUNTAIN EXCURSIONS VALAIS - ZERMATT

From £39 pp half fare / £78 pp full fare

MATTERHORN PARADISE The Matterhorn Paradise is the highest vantage point in Europe standing at 3,883m above sea level, right next to the Matterhorn. A series of gondolas and cable cars take you up to the summit and the fantastic panorama - a breathtaking view of Italian, French and Swiss alpine giants. A tunnel through the rocks and ice of the Klein Matterhorn takes you to the Glacier Paradise. From a panorama window cut into the rock in the middle of the mountain you can watch mountaineers climbing the 4,164m high Breithorn, the circling jackdaws, and the precipices of the Theodul glacier. The Glacier Palace is a mystical world of ice and snow almost 15m under the surface. You will learn about glaciology and the creation of glaciers, you will see impressive sculptures made of ice and if you dare you can walk through a real glacier crevasse. The air is thin, so don’t try to do anything too quickly and take to time to relax in the highest restaurant in Europe. From £42 pp half fare / £83 pp full fare Daily excursions from Zermatt by cable car, travel time 45min each way. Private VIP-Gondola for special occasions on request.

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When staying at one of the mountain peak hotels, it is a ‘must’ to enjoy the sunrise whilst on the peak at least once.

Most of our featured special places have seasonable opening dates and some require a minimum stay.

A visit to view the Aletsch Glacier up close, whilst staying at Bettmeralp.

Our gourmet tickets involve the use of cable cars and mountain railways so it is best to start in good time and with an eye on the timetables.

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View from Hotel Riffelhaus, Zermatt

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Dinner on Mount Rigi

Mount Rigi

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FOR A TRULY REMARKABLE EXPERIENCE Our rail holidays are all about the scenery and the best loved places in Switzerland. But there is so much more that we would love to bring closer to you; from our favourite special places far from the madding crowd over high altitude gourmet experiences to simply enjoying a room with a view. These options can be added to most of our holidays for those truly special moments.

MOUNTAIN RESTAURANTS & PEAKS Switzerland is proud of its diverse cuisine – not only influenced by its surrounding neighbours - but also by its alpine landscape. Each region celebrates its own individual dishes and whilst most people think of Chocolate, Cheese and wine as typical for Switzerland – the food lover will discover plenty more specialities to enjoy. The famous resort of Zermatt is nowadays known as a Mecca for gourmet friends – here some easy excursions to discover why. GORNERGRAT GOURMET TICKET, ZERMATT Zermatt – Gornergrat – Riffelberg – Riffelalp – Zermatt

Prices: From £ 97 per adult with a Half Fare Card

GOURMET PASS FINDELN, ZERMATT Zermatt – Sunegga - Zermatt Set off on a culinary hike with 40 Gault Millau points with the Zermatt Bergbahnen Gourmet Pass. Start with a short ride on the Sunnegga funicular for a welcoming aperitif with Valais specialities. A leisurely 10 – 15 minute walk will bring you to the mountain restaurant Paradies, which serves your first course. A short hike will take you to the wellknown restaurant Chez Vrony to enjoy your main course in a delightfully rustic restaurant with beautiful views from its terrace. The crowning touch is a fine dessert at Restaurant Findlerhof which will delight the gourmet in you. Dates: Daily from 01 July – 01 October Prices: From £ 97 per adult with a Half Fare Card

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Dates: Daily from 17 Jun – 17 Sep

Mountain restaurant Chez Vrony Photo: Michael Portmann

Travel by Gornergrat railway to the 3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat where an Apéro riche, a cocktail and appetisers of the Valais, await you. Nibble your way through the delicacies whilst admiring some of the best views of the Matterhorn from your 3100m high vantage point. After a short hike and train ride to Riffelberg a 3-course gourmet meal is served at the Hotel Riffelhaus 1853. Board the train to Riffelalp for coffee and dessert at the ‘Alphitta’ mountain restaurant before returning to Zermatt.

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CHALET HOTEL BETTMERHOF ***+ 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS BETTMERALP

whilst superior rooms are larger and offer a view across the valley towards the Matterhorn. Family rooms or connecting rooms are on request.

Aletsch Glacier

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SPECIAL PLACE BETTMERALP

PRICES & INCLUSIONS In £ per person from

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4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS Standard Room, Half board

340

340

Superior Room, Half board

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372

Junior Suite, Half board

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INCLUSIONS • Rail travel in 2nd or 1st class from Brig to Bettmeralp return based on half-fare card • 3 nights’ accommodation in selected category • Daily breakfast & 4-course dinner • Local taxes • Aletsch Arena Card

LOCATION: The car-free village of Bettmeralp is located at an altitude of 1,950m and in the immediate vicinity of the impressive Aletsch Glacier, the first Unesco World Heritage Site of the Alps. FACILITIES: The superior chaletstyle Hotel Bettmerhof prides itself on the cosy and welcoming atmosphere throughout the property which is decorated in local wood and stone. Half board

guests enjoy an excellent 4-course meal at the Bettmerhof restaurant whilst the sun terrace invites to an idle pause enjoying the panoramic views. The new wellness oasis features: sauna, steam bath, Kneipp facility and relaxation room. ACCOMMODATION: All rooms are in Alpine style and offer ensuite facilities, hairdryer, safe, telephone, TV and balcony. Standard rooms are slightly smaller and face the village,

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WE LIKE The welcoming atmosphere of this Chalet hotel as well as the close proximity to the natural spectacle of the Aletsch Glacier.

SPECIAL PLACE RIFFELBERG

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GOOD TO KNOW Open: 22 Jun – 09 Oct Combine with any of our rail holidays to Zermatt or Brig.

HOTEL RIFFELHAUS 1853**** 2 DAYS / 1 NIGHT ZERMATT

PRICES & INCLUSIONS Matterhorn view

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LOCATION: The Riffelhaus is a rustic-style hotel, originally built in 1853. Many of the world’s most famous mountaineers stayed here before ascending the highest peaks. Situated at an altitude of 2,600m in the middle of a beautiful hiking area, the hotel can be reached from Zermatt by Gornergrat railway in 25 minutes. This service runs frequently. Pick-up on arrival is available 46

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upon request free of charge from Riffelberg station. FACILITIES: Facilities include a spa (sauna, steam bath, outdoor whirlpool with Matterhorn view and relaxation room), small library, lounge, bar and panoramic restaurant. Enjoy a four-course dinner each night and indulge in Swiss & Valais specialities. The hotel is also proud of its own fresh water source.

• Return rail travel from Zermatt station to Riffelberg • 1 night accommodation in selected room category • Breakfast & Dinner • Local taxes • Travel documentation

ACCOMMODATION: The rooms are lovingly furnished in wood and natural materials and offer all modern amenities including a hairdryer and safe plus free WI-FI.

WE LIKE The particularly quiet location. Surrounded by pretty alpine flowers in summer, the hotel has spectacular views of the iconic Matterhorn.

CONDITIONS From prices are guidelines only and may vary subject to availability and seasonal supplements. Child and triple room rates are available on request. Prices will be confirmed and guaranteed at time of booking. For more details see full terms and conditions.

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SPECIAL PLACE SILS-MARIA

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3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS SILS-MARIA

PRICES & INCLUSIONS In £ per person from 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS Economy Room, Half board Superior Room, Half board

Double Single 372

448

538

588

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Open: 02 Jun – 21 Oct Combine with any of our rail holidays to St. Moritz.

HOTEL WALDHAUS*****

INCLUSIONS • Pick-up service from and to St. Moritz station • 2 nights’ accommodation in selected room category • Daily breakfast • 5-course dinner • free entry to Spa & Wellness area •Local taxes • Travel documentation

LOCATION: With stunning views over crystal clear lakes and mountain peaks, the hotel sits above peaceful Sils-Maria like a fairy-tale castle. FACILITIES: The family run grand hotel is family friendly with a playground and free child care services for those aged 3-12. There is plenty of activities to enjoy: tennis courts, miniature golf in the park, table tennis, a gym, indoor

pool and sauna to name a few. Meals include Enjoy a drink before dinner in the hotel bar whilst listening to live music before dining in the gourmet restaurant and savouring delectable cuisine with your 5-course dinner. ROOMS: No two rooms are the same – some are contemporary whilst others feature restored furnishings from 1908! Many rooms have a view and every room has free WiFi.

WE LIKE The history behind this hotel – it has been owned and managed by the same family for five generations!

SPECIAL PLACE DAVOS-SCHATZALP

CONDITIONS From prices are guidelines only and may vary subject to availability and seasonal supplements. Child and triple room rates are available on request. Prices will be confirmed and guaranteed at time of booking. For more details see full terms and conditions.

GOOD TO KNOW Open: 09 Jun - 21 Oct. Combine with any of our rail holidays to Chur or St. Moritz. Local mountain railways included.

MOUNTAIN HOTEL SCHATZALP *** 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS SCHATZALP

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Hotel room

3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS Mountain View, Breakfast

Double Single 196

212

Valley View with balcony, Breakfast

228

260

Superior Valley View with balcony, Breakfast

260

498

INCLUSIONS • Rail travel in 2nd or 1st class from Chur to Davos Platz based on half fare card • 2 nights’ accommodation in selected category • Daily breakfast • Local taxes • Free use of Mountain Railways in the Davos/ Klosters region • Travel documentation

FACILITIES: Charming lounge and bar with open fireplace, panoramic restaurants, piano bar, large garden area, summer toboggan run, small sauna, hotel lift, dining room, restaurant Schatzalp next

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to the hotel with a popular sun terrace for lunches. Guests have free use of the Schatzalp funicular. ACCOMMODATION: Nostalgic atmosphere, rooms with mountain or spectacular valley view over Davos. All rooms have modern facilities with bath or shower, hairdryer and WC. Free WiFi but no TV. Other amenities available to guests include free bottled water, hair dryers, bathrobes and free toiletries.

Hotel terrace

LOCATION: The sunny plateau of Schatzalp is located directly above Davos. It is a car-free resort accessible with the original funicular railway, built at the same time as the hotel.

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WE LIKE The location in the mountains right above Davos and the nostalgic Art Nouveau style building with its Belle Époque atmosphere.

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SPECIAL PLACES

SPECIAL PLACE GIESSBACH

GOOD TO KNOW Open: 24 Mar - 20 Oct Combine with any of our rail holidays to Interlaken.

GRANDHOTEL GIESSBACH **** 2 DAYS / 1 NIGHT GIESSBACH

PRICES & INCLUSIONS In £ per person from

Double Single

Lounge

2 DAYS / 1 NIGHT Forest View, Breakfast

95

109

Waterfall View, Breakfast

140

230

Lake View, Breakfast

182

315

INCLUSIONS •Return travel by boat in 2nd class across Lake Brienz from Interlaken to Giessbach • 1 night accommodation in selected category • Daily breakfast • Local taxes • Travel documentation

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FACILITIES: An elegant hotel with private boat landing stage and funicular railway, the Grandhotel Giessbach is renowned for its tremendous views! Dine overlooking the waters rushing down to deep blue Lake Brienz, and rejuvenate in the soothing

Alpine bathing pools. The Giessbach Falls drop from a height of 400 meters, tumbling past the fairy-tale hotel in mighty white cascades. Facilities include ourdoor pool and two restaurants, one with summer terrace. ACCOMMODATION: All rooms are individually decorated with carefully restored period furniture. All spacious with TV and free Wi-Fi.

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Hotel terrace

LOCATION: A truly unique Grand Hotel in a wonderful, secluded location by the dramatic Giessbach Falls, with private funicular up from Lake Brienz.

WE LIKE

CONDITIONS From prices are guidelines only and may vary subject to availability and seasonal supplements. Child and triple room rates are available on request. Prices will be confirmed and guaranteed at time of booking. For more details see full terms and conditions.

Exploring the enchanting forest leading to the waterfall.

SPECIAL PLACE – MOUNT RIGI

GOOD TO KNOW Open: All year round Combine with any of our rail holidays to Lucerne.

HOTEL RIGI KALTBAD***+ 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS MOUNT RIGI

PRICES & INCLUSIONS In £ per person from

Double Single

Aletsch Glacier

3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS Standard Room, Half board Superior Room, Half board

309

399

345

500

INCLUSIONS • Rail travel in 2nd class based on half-fare card from Lucerne by boat to Vitznau and to Rigi Kaltbad • 2 nights’ accommodation in selected category • Daily breakfast & dinner • Local taxes • Travel documentation

LOCATION: The modern hotel is situated in the small car-free hamlet of Kaltbad on Mount Rigi overlooking Lake Lucerne. The local cable-car and train station are a few steps away. FACILITIES: There are 3 restaurants to choose from offering a variety of traditional and international cuisine followed by a relaxing drink in the cosy bar. The extensive Bath & Spa facilities include a fabulous open48

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air swimming pool with a fantastic view over Lake Lucerne, indoor pool with different relaxation zones, hot tub, sauna, sun bed, steam bath and fitness centre. ACCOMMODATION: All rooms are bright and modern and include a bathroom with shower and WC, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TV. Both standard and superior rooms have mountain views.

Aletsch Glacier

UPGRADE OPTIONS Upgrade to 1st class rail

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WE LIKE The absolutely stunning view over Lake Lucerne – especially from the outdoor swimming pool as well as the quiet Alpine setting which makes for a truly relaxing break.

CONDITIONS From prices are guidelines only and may vary subject to availability and seasonal supplements. Child and triple room rates are available on request. Prices will be confirmed and guaranteed at time of booking. For more details see full terms and conditions.

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SPECIAL PLACE MOUNT PILATUS

GOOD TO KNOW

2 DAYS / 1 NIGHT MOUNT PILATUS

PRICES & INCLUSIONS Queen Victoria dining room

In £ per person from 2 DAYS / 1 NIGHT Standard Room, Half board

Double Single 129

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Open: All year round Combine with any of our rail holidays to Lucerne..

HOTEL BELLEVUE PILATUS***

145

INCLUSIONS

LOCATION: Located at the summit of Mount Pilatus at 2,132 metres above sea level, the 3* Hotel Bellevue is accessible by cable car from Kriens or by the world’s steepest cog railway from Alpnachstad in summer. Surrounded by beautiful hiking trails, be sure to bring some walking shoes for exploring.

FACILITIES: Enjoy a welcome drink on arrival and a 3-course dinner in the Queen Victoria dining room of the neighbouring hotel. Menus feature typical Swiss specialities. The terrace boasts panoramic views over the Swiss Alps and the bay of Lucerne. ACCOMMODATION: The 20 recently renovated double rooms are comfortably furnished and come with a shower, WC, hairdryer,

Bar

Mount Pilatus

• Return rail travel from Lucerne to Mount Pilatus • 1 night accommodation • Welcome Drink • Breakfast & 3-course dinner • Local taxes • Travel documentation

TV, telephone and WI-FI; most have views of the Alps and Lucerne Bay.

WE LIKE The exclusivity its location provides. At night, when day visitors have gone home, step out of the hotel and gaze up at the starry sky. No matter the weather or time of year, this mountain stay will be truly memorable.

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CONDITIONS From prices are guidelines only and may vary subject to availability and seasonal supplements. Child and triple room rates are available on request. Prices will be confirmed and guaranteed at time of booking. For more details see full terms and conditions.

GOOD TO KNOW Open: 25 May - 28 Oct Combine with any of our rail holidays to Lucerne.

SEMINAR & WELLNESSHOTEL STOOS **** 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS STOOS ACCOMMODATION: The modern yet cosy rooms offer a fabulous view of the beautiful mountains and alpine design furniture. All rooms have free WiFi, bathrobe, hairdryer and free toiletries.

PRICES & INCLUSIONS In £ per person from 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS Wellness Hotel Stoos, Half board

Double Single 299

299

Outdoor Whirlpool

INCLUSIONS • Rail travel in 2nd or 1st class Lucerne to Schwyz based on half fare card and by funicular to Stoos • Stoos Peak Experience Card for free travel in the local area • 2 nights’ accommodation in a classic double or single room • Daily breakfast & dinner • free entry to Spa & Wellness area • Local taxes • Travel documentation

LOCATION: Situated in the heart of Switzerland, the car-free village of Stoos offers guests a beautiful view of the region around Lake Lucerne and an authentic local feeling. The unique leisure area high above Lake Lucerne has plenty of nature and space in and around the small mountain village for unforgettable days and excursions!

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FACILITIES: The alpine scenery, design rooms and outstanding spa area invite to relaxing days after journeying through Switzerland. The vast spa area measures 1100 m2 and includes various saunas, steam baths, special showers, an indoor pool and an outdoor whirlpool/ Jacuzzi. Set in its own grounds the hotel offers a garden and park area, restaurants, bar, terrace, tennis courts and fitness room.

Classic Double room

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WE LIKE The fabulous setting on an elevated plateau high above Lake Lucerne.

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SWISS TRAVEL SYSTEM

SWITZERLAND BY TRAIN, BUS AND BOAT The Swiss Travel System offers visitors a variety of tickets for the entire Swiss public transport system. This includes the whole network of over 20’000 km of train, bus and boat routes and even some mountain railways. A wide range of products ensures there is the right solution for everyone and every destination. Ask our experts for the best option for your trip.

SWISS TRAVEL PASS

SWISS TRAVEL PASS FLEX

The pass is available for consecutive days, granting unlimited travel on the entire public network of railways, boats and most bus routes. This includes classic scenic routes, some mountain railways including Pilatus, Rigi & Schynige Platte and trams and buses in 90 urban areas – including Zermatt, Davos & St. Moritz. A 50% discount is offered on many mountain rail- and cable ways plus free admission to more than 500 museums.

Available for 3, 4, 8 or 15 days within a 30 day period. The flexible option if you are not always on the move. You select the number of travel days and you only validate the ticket on the days you want to travel within one month. Validity and inclusion are identical to the Swiss Travel Pass.

SWISS TRAVEL PASS

Prices in £ per person

Validity

2nd class

1st Class

3 Days

180

287

4 Days

215

8 Days 15 Days

SWISS TRAVEL PASS FLEX

Prices in £ per person

Validity (days within 1 month)

2nd class

1st Class

3 Days

206

330

343

4 Days

248

395

313

497

8 Days

350

556

382

602

15 Days

418

660

SWISS HALF FARE CARD

SWISS TRANSFER TICKET This is a return ticket which allows travel from any Swiss airport or border station to your destination in Switzerland and back again. The inbound and outbound journeys do not have to be on the same route. SWISS TRANSFER TICKET

Prices in £ per person

Validity

2nd class

1st Class

1 Month

122

195

This card allows unlimited purchase of train, bus, boat and cable car tickets at half price (50% discount). Valid for 1 month. The Half Fare Card Combi is an identical card at a reduced price and can only be purchased in conjunction with a Swiss Transfer Ticket or Swiss Travel Pass Flex. SWISS HALF FARE CARD

Prices in £ per person

Half Fare Card

99

FAMILY CARD Children aged 6 - 15 years incl. travelling with at least one parent are free of charge if parent holds a valid STS ticket.

LUGGAGE TRANSFER SERVICE

Travel light and transfer your luggage directly to your destination and even within Switzerland. There are various options to chose from:

FLIGHT LUGGAGE SERVICES

LUGGAGE TRANSPORT SERVICES (within Switzerland)

FLIGHT LUGGAGE Check-in your luggage with any airline, from any airport via Zürich or Geneva airports and it will be automatically forwarded to the railway station of 30 participating destinations, arriving the next day. For the return journey the luggage must be checked in the previous evening and direct connection is only available for flights with Swiss and Edelweiss Air – you also receive your boarding pass in advance. For all other airlines luggage needs to be collected at the airport station counter before proceeding with the check-in.

EXPRESS LUGGAGE Transfers your luggage from one destination to the other within Switzerland. This service is available between 30+ selected railway stations. Delivery the same day.

FLIGHT LUGGAGE EXPRESS The Express Service ensures that your luggage is transported faster to your destination and can be collected the same day at the 30 participating railway stations. FLIGHT LUGGAGE – Door-to-Door This service transfers your luggage directly from the airport to your hotel. (Only hotels located at the 30 participating destinations). Luggage delivery the next day. Service also available for the return journey.

LUGGAGE Door-to-Door With this option, luggage is collected directly from your hotel and delivered the following day to the hotel at your next destination. EXPRESS LUGGAGE Door-to-Door With this option, luggage is collected directly from your hotel and delivered the same day to the hotel at your next destination. LUGGAGE TRANSPORT SERVICES (WITHIN SWITZERLAND)

Per piece

Consignment fee (per booking per direction)

Express Luggage

£10

£25

Door-to-Door Luggage

£10

£33

Express Luggage Door-to-Door

£10

£58

FLIGHT LUGGAGE SERVICES

Per piece

View from Mt. Pilatus

FLIGHT LUGGAGE - Express Door-to-Door Same service as above but luggage is transported and delivered to the hotel the same day. For the return journey your luggage will be collected and directly loaded onto the aircraft for flights with SWISS or forwarded to the airport train station if flying with any other airline the same day. Consignment fee (per booking per direction)

Flight Luggage

£18

n/a

Express Flight Luggage

£18

£25

Door to Door Flight Luggage

£18

£33

Express Door to Door Flight Luggage

£18

£58

Prices are calculated per piece of luggage and a consignment fee applies (per booking). All transport services must be pre-booked and time/delivery conditions apply.

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Every region of Switzerland has its own special charm, an abundance of attractions and delightful destinations to discover. And the best way to enjoy them is with a Regional Pass. BERNESE OBERLAND PASS 22 Apr - 31 Oct 17

Prices in £ per person

Full Fare

STS-Half Fare Combi

TELL PASS The ideal pass for Central Switzerland and the Lake Lucerne Region. Covering rail journeys until Einsiedeln, Andermatt and even Interlaken, as well as local transport in Lucerne and the mountain railways and cable cars in the region. The Tell Pass Plus also includes return airport transfers from Zürich airport.

22 Apr - 31 Oct 17

2nd Class

1st Class

2nd Class

1st Class

2nd Class

1st Class

2+3 Days

275

343

4 Days

208

250

157

188

2+4 Days

291

363

6 Days

258

310

196

235

2+5 Days

307

383

8 Days

292

350

221

265

10 Days

325

390

246

295

2+6 Days

324

403

Children - £25 when travelling with 1 adult holding a BO-Pass for any class/duration

JUNGFRAU TRAVEL PASS This great value pass offered for consecutive days covers many excursions in the Jungfrau Region such as Kleine Scheidegg, Schynige Platte, Harder Kulm, First, and Männlichen. It is ideal for walkers and hikers as well as travellers wanting to explore the beauty of the Alps. The 5 and 6 day passes are also valid for cruises on Lake Thun & Lake Brienz. A supplement applies for Jungfraujoch & Schilthorn.

BERNESE OBERLAND PASS – PLUS Prices in £ per person (includes two 1-day airport transfers and a half fare card)

JUNGFRAU TRAVEL PASS

Prices in £ per person

07 May - 23 Oct 16

Full Fare

Half Fare or Swiss Pass Holder

2nd Class

2nd Class

3 Days

150

112

4 Days

170

129

5 Days

192

146

6 Days

212

158

Children - £25 when travelling with 1 adult holding a BO-Pass and a family card for any class/duration

Bernina Express

BERNESE OBERLAND PASS Covering most of the mountain railways and cable cars in the Jungfrau region and reaching as far as the capital Bern and Lucerne. (Jungfraujoch 50% discount). The BO-Pass-Plus includes return airport transfers from Geneva or Zürich and a half fare card.

Children - £25 when travelling with 1 adult holding a Jungfrau Travel Pass for any class/duration TELL PASS

Prices in £ per person

Available in 2nd class only

Summer 01 Apr 31 Oct 2016

Winter 01 Nov 31 Mar 2017

2 Days

150

92

3 Days

175

117

4 Days

192

133

5 Days

200

142

10 Days

250

183

ZERMATT PEAK PASS Ideal for walkers, hikers and sightseers alike, the Peak Pass offers unlimited travel on consecutive days on Zermatt’s mountain railways , cable cars and gondolas.

LAKE GENEVA – ALPS 01 Apr - 31 Oct 17

Prices in £ per person

Full Fare

STS-Half Fare

2nd Class

1st Class

2nd Class

1st Class

5 Days

88

129

71

104

7 Days

108

158

88

125

ZERMATT PEAK PASS All Year

Pre-Alpine Express

Children - £25 when travelling with 1 adult holding a Tell Pass for any class/duration

LAKE GENEVA – ALPS Covering the area around Lake Geneva, reaching from Geneva into the Bernese Oberland and the Valais, including boat cruise.

Prices in £ per person

Full Fare

SWISS TRAVEL SYSTEM

REGIONAL PASSES

Half Fare / Swiss Pass Holder

Low Season

High Season

All Year

3 Days

165

183

138

4 Days

184

204

153

5 Days

202

225

169

6 Days

222

246

184

3 in 5 Days

173

192

147

4 in 6 Days

195

217

162

Children under 6 years free. Children 6 – 15 years – 50% discount on full fare. Low Season: 24 Apr – 23 Jun & 09 Oct – 24 Nov

Detailed route maps and further information available on request. We also have the following passes and travel cards: Graubünden Pass, Adventure Card Upper Valais-Uri-Grisons, the Basel Card and the Zürich Card. Prices for children available on request. Prices and information are subject to modifications and may fluctuate according to exchange rates.

GENERAL TERMS & CONDITIONS Switzerland Travel Centre Ltd is a company registered in England under the number 03649940. Our VAT number is 726 0037 65. Our registered office is 30 Bedford Street, London, WC2E 9ED, UK. All bookings are subject to our General Terms & Conditions, a copy of which is available on www.stc.co.uk or by post. The information and details in this brochure were accurate to the best of our knowledge at time of printing; however, they may vary or change at any time without prior notice. “From prices” are guidelines only and may vary according to availability and season. Prices will be confirmed and guaranteed at time of booking. WWW.STC.CO.UK

Book with Confidence. Switzerland Travel Centre Ltd is a Member of ABTA with membership number W1432, which means you have the benefit of ABTA’s assistance and Code of Conduct. All the package and FlightPlus holidays we sell are covered by a scheme protecting your money if the supplier fails. Other services such as hotels or flights on their own may not be protected and you should ask us what protection is available. For further information about ABTA, the Code of Conduct and for the resolution of dispute scheme available to you if you have a complaint, contact ABTA, 30 Park Street, London SE1 9EQ or visit www.abta.com.

Our ATOL number is 4013. Many of the flights and flight-inclusive holidays in this brochure are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. But ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services listed. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. Please see our full booking conditions for information, or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate

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