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Swiss Winter Snow Train Adventure on Lake Lucerne

Swiss Winter Snow Train Adventure on Lake Lucerne

An exciting Alpine holiday for the late winter where we travel across snowy central Switzerland. We use mountain rail and cableways to get up into the snow to see the magnificent scenery of the area. Our base will be at Kergiswil on the shore of Lake Lucern

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SWISS WINTER SNOW TRAIN ADVENTURE   |   LAKE LUCERNE

 

12 – 19 MARCH 2019

TUESDAY - TUESDAY

8 Days

£1,195 £115 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

 

An exciting Alpine holiday for the late winter where we travel across snowy Central Switzerland. We use mountain rail and cableways to get up into the snow to see the magnicent scenery of the area. Our base will be at Hergiswil on the shore of Lake Lucerne.

 

Highlights

Lake Lucerne   |   Mountain Railway   |    Golden Pass Rail Route   |   Interlaken   |   Grindelwald   |   Gotthard Line   |   Goschenen   |   Andermatt   |   Glacier Express   |   Stoos   |   Engelberg  

 

Day One

We depart from your home pick-up and transfer to the airport for a lunchtime flight. From here we shall travel by coach to our base for the next 7 nights, the Seehotel Pilatus in the village of Hergiswil.

 

Day Two

We take a short train ride into Lucerne and then travel by boat along the lake to Vitznau. Here we transfer onto Europe’s oldest mountain rack railway to reach the top of the Rigi mountain at 5,750ft. From here we can look down onto Lake Lucerne, including Hergiswil, and across to Mount Pilatus. We then return down the other side of the mountain to Arth Goldau and return to Hergiswil by train.

 

Day Three

Today we travel on part of the Golden Pass rail route across the Brunig Pass into the Bernese Oberland where we skirt Lake Brienz before arriving at the international resort of Interlaken. Here we change onto another train to head into the Jungfrau region to visit the winter resort of Grindelwald sitting beneath the mighty Eiger Mountain. After enjoying the views and having time for lunch we return to Interlaken for some free time and then back over the Brunig Pass to Hergiswil.

 

Day Four

Another day of mountain climbing with plenty of snow. We head south from Lucerne by train to climb the historic main Gotthard line to reach Goschenen. Here we change onto a steep rack railway to climb through the Schollenen Gorge to Andermatt – a winter sports resort surrounded by mountains. The village is also on the route of the famous Glacier Express and so we will take a short ride on this line to get to the top of the Oberalp Pass at 6,700ft. This is a very popular skiing area. We return to Hergiswil by the same route.

 

Day Five

We travel by train and bus to reach the foot of the newly opened world’s steepest funicular with a maximum gradient of 110%. This will take us up to the traffic free winter sports resort of Stoos. If the weather is suitable we can go even higher by gondola to Fronalpstock from where there is a splendid view down over Lake Lucerne.

 

Day Six

By train to the resort of Engelberg at the base of Mount Titlis. From here we climb the mountain firstly by gondola and then by a rotating cable car to reach the summit at almost 10,000ft. At the top there are some as the best views in the Alps as well as a cliff walk across Europe’s highest suspension bridge and the Ice Flyer chairlift which provides access to the Glacier Park.

 

Day Seven

A free day but your local travel pass (TellPass) will be valid on trains, buses and mountain railways. Some may want to spend the day in Lucerne but there are plenty of other areas to explore including an ascent of Mount Pilatus by cable car.

 

Day Eight

We travel by coach to the airport for our flight home to the UK. On arrival, we meet your door to door service to home.

 

Price Includes:

· Door to Door service

· Return flights

· Private coach from the destination airport to the hotel and return

· 7 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Seehotel Pilatus, Hergiswil

· Porterage

· Excursions as detailed in the itinerary

· TellPass public transport ticket

· Services of a Tour Manager throughout.

 

Note: Apart from the charter coach from and back to the airport, all our travelling in Switzerland will be by scheduled public transport. Hergiswil station is around a ten minute walk from our hotel. We will need to walk through snow in many places.

 

THIS HOLIDAY IS NOT SUITABLE FOR ANYONE WITH LIMITED MOBILITY.

 

SEEHOTEL PILATUS   |   HERGISWIL

With the lake in front and towering Mount Pilatus behind, this family owned hotel is an ideal base from which to explore the Lake Lucerne area.

 

DAY ONE

Your Door to Door service will transfer you to the airport for a lunchtime flight. On arrival we shall travel by local private coach to our base for the next 7 nights, the Seehotel Pilatus in the village of Hergiswill

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DAY TWO-SEVEN

During our stay, the following excursions will be included:

1. We take a short train ride into Lucerne and then travel by boat along the lake to Vitznau, here we transfer onto Europe's oldest mountain rack railway to reach the rop of the Rigi mountain at 5,750ft, from here we can look down onto Lake Lucern, including Hergiswil and across to Mount Pilatus. We then return down the other side of the mountain to ARth Goldau and return to Hergiswil by train.

2. Travel on part of the Golden Pass rail route across the Brunig Pass into the Bernese Oberland where we skirt Lake Brienz before arriving at the internation resort of Interlaken, here we change onto another train to head into the Jungfrau region to visit the winter resort of Grindelwald sitting beneath the might Eiger Mountain. After enjoying the views and having time for lunch we return to interlaken for free time.

3. Another day of mountain climbing with plenty of snow, we head south from Lucern by train to climb the historic main Gotthard line to reach Goschenen, here we change onto a steep rack railway to climb through the Schollenen Gorge to Andermatt - a winter sports resort surrounded by mountains. The village is also on the route of the famous Glacier Express and so we will take a short ride on this line to get to the top of the Oberalp Pass at 6,500ft.

4. We travel today by train and bus to reach the foot of the newly opened worlds steepest funicular with a maximum gradient of 110%, this will take us upto the traffic free winter sports resort of Stoos. If the waeather is suitable we can go even higher by gondola to Fronalpstock from where there is a splendid view down over Lake Lucern.

5. By train today to the resort of Engelberg at the base of Mount Titlis, from here we climb the mountain firstly by gondola and then by a rotating cable car to reach the summit of almost 10,000ft. At the top there are some of the best views in the Alps as well as a cliff walk across Europe's highest suspension bridge and the Ice Flyer chairlift which provides access to the Glacier Park.

5. A free day but your local travel pass (TellPass) will be valid on trains, buses and mountain railways. Some may want to spend the day in Lucerne but there are plent of other areas to explore including an ascent of Mount Pilatus by cable car.

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DAY EIGHT

Today we depart Hegiswil and return to the airport for our return flight back to the UK, on our arrival you will be met by your Door to Door service home.

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B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Seehotel Pilatus, Hergiswil 4 star

With the lake in front and towering Mount Pilatus behind, this family owned hotel is an ideal base from which to explore the Lake Lucerne area.  All rooms have full facilities, TV, telephone and safe.  There is a lakeside terrace and an indoor pool, free Wi-Fi.

 

PRICE INCLUDES:

Door to door pick-up service

REturn flights

Return private coach from destination airport to hotel

7 nights accommodation, dinner & breakfast

Porterage

Excursions as detailed in the itinerary

TellPass public transport tickets

Services of a Tour Manager throughout.

 

NOTE:  Apart from the chartered coach to and from the airport all the travelling in Switzerland will be by schedule public transport.  Hergiswil station is around a 10 minute walk from the hotel.  We will need to walk through snow in many places.  THIS HOLIDAY IS NOT SUITABLE FOR ANYONE WITH LIMITED MOBILITY.

 

SUPPLEMENTS:

£115 single supplement

£115 Lake view room

 

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

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

Name Address Contact Details
Bodelwyddan Marble Church
Broughton Layby Broughton Layby on A5104
Chester - Holiday Inn Chester, Holiday Inn South
Layby Outside
Chirk Chirk, Moreton Park Garden Centre
Colwyn Bay Colwyn Bay, Railway Station
Holywell Holywell Bus Station
Llandudno Junction Train Station Car Park
Wrexham - Plas Coch Pub Wrexham, Plas Coch Pub
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