Swiss Christmas Holiday
Wander through the town of Murren Image taken by Albatross traveller M.Thackray
8 Wonderful Days Bernese Oberland – Independent Tour Imagine waking up this Christmas in a delightful chalet style hotel in the stunning Swiss Alps. Enjoy scenic train journeys through the magnificent mountains and lakes to Montreux, Luzern and medieval Bern. Savour Swiss hospitality, bubbling cheese fondues, snow-covered peaks and more. The concept of this tour Unlike all the other programmes in this brochure this is not an escorted tour. It doesn’t need to be. It has been specifically designed with individual flexibility in mind and includes 8 days unlimited travel on the incredibly reliable and comprehensive Swiss Rail system. This unique style of holiday allows you the freedom to independently explore picture postcard villages & towns, experience breath-taking panoramic views frommountain tops and enjoy dining in scenic restaurants. The choices are endless… Or for those wanting the chance to enjoy snow sports, you are in the perfect location. Access to some of Switzerland’s premier ski areas is easy from the location of either of our hotels. You have the choice of two superb hotels – the Hotel Alpenblick in the village of Wilderswil or the Hotel Oberland in the village of Lauterbrunnen. Both hotels are located in the heart of the Bernese Oberland – home to the mighty peaks of the Jungfrau, Mönch, Eiger (of ‘The Eiger Sanction’ fame), the Breithorn and the Schilthorn, as well as internationally known winter resorts like Interlaken, Wengen, Grindelwald and Mürren. See page 41 for detailed hotel descriptions. Your Swiss Travel Pass allows you 8 days unlimited 2 nd class train travel throughout Switzerland on the incredibly efficient and user friendly Swiss Rail network, and discounts on most mountain railways and cable cars. Your Swiss Travel Pass also provides you free entrance to many museums and exhibitions.
Ride in the Golden Pass Panoramic train soaking up the Swiss landscape
DAY 1 ~ 21 DECEMBER To Your Swiss Christmas Hotel Using your Swiss Travel Pass, make your way from any arrival point in Switzerland to your selected hotel where you will stay the next seven nights. A buffet breakfast and four-course evening dinner are included each day. Meals: D DAYS 2-7 ~ 22-27 DECEMBER At Your Swiss Christmas Hotel The alpine peaks of Switzerland are world famous and you will be staying in the heart of this incredibly dramatic scenery. There are numerous world class ski fields nearby and the area is littered with excellent walking and cross country skiing trails. Your included 8 day Swiss Travel Pass gives you daily unlimited access to enjoy so many exhilarating alpine rail excursions – to Luzern, medieval Bern, Interlaken, Brienz (noted for its wood-carvings), Thun, and Meiringen (of Sherlock Holmes fame and where ‘meringues’ originated) plus the chic mountain ski resorts of Grindelwald and Wengen. We have also included pre-booked seats on the Golden Pass Panoramic train from Zweisimmen, past Gstaad and Château- d’Oex, to Montreux on Lake Geneva! You will be surrounded by stupendous mountains accessed by cable car rides and lifts such as to the Schilthorn (James Bond fame) and the Jungfraujoch – at 11,000 feet high the views are magnificent. Meals: B,D daily DAY 8 ~ 28 DECEMBER Tour Ends Today your Swiss Christmas Holiday ends. Your Swiss Travel Pass allows you to transfer to any departure point in Switzerland. Meals: B
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