Jungfrau Express MEJ20

Resort: Jungfrau Express MEJ20
Operator: Great Rail Journeys
Destination: Switzerland
Price From: £2145.00

Overview

From our base in the quintessentially Swiss town of Meiringen,
we enjoy journeys by mountain railway and lake steamer, crowned
with an excursion on the Jungfrau Railway to the ‘Top of
Europe.’

Highlights

  • Meiringen
  • Reichenbach Falls
  • Lucerne
  • Lake Brienz Cruise
  • Brienz Rothorn Steam Railway
  • Jungfrau Railway
  • Swiss Travel Card
  • Stunning 4-Star Accommodation

whats Included

  • Eurostar Standard Premier
  • Eurostar Meals
  • Heritage Rail Excursions
  • All rail and coach travel throughout your tour
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
  • NEW Inclusive Luggage Transfer
  • 7 nights’ hotel accommodation including 1 outbound overnight stay in Strasbourg and 6 nights at the 4-Star Hotel Alpbach in Meiringen
  • Throughout 1x bag up to 25kg per hotel room
  • First Class rail travel to and from Switzerland, Standard Class rail travel in Switzerland (Standard Premier Class on Eurostar journeys with light meal and drinks)
  • Swiss Travel Card, permitting 50% discounted fares on free days for rail, boat and most mountain railway journeys
  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish

Itinerary

Day 1 – By train to Strasbourg

After meeting at our St Pancras Departure Office, we take the
Eurostar to Paris, continuing to Strasbourg for the night.

Please Note: For departures MEJ2001, MEJ2002, MEJ2004
& MEJ2006
 you will overnight in Colmar

Please Note: For departure MEJ2003 you
will overnight in Basel

Day 2 – Onwards to Meiringen

We enjoy a morning at leisure in Strasbourg, giving us the
opportunity to explore the historic Old Town, dominated by the
spectacular Notre Dame Cathedral with its famous astronomical
clock. Later, we continue to Meiringen, travelling by rail, via
Basel. A small town dating back to the early Middle Ages, Meiringen
became famous thanks to Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes novels
in which a climactic battle was set at the nearby Reichenbach
Falls.

Enjoying a glorious location nestled along the Haslital Valley,
the town of Meiringen benefits from mountain vistas in all
directions. The nearby Aare Gorge is a spectacular sight and is
well worth exploring. This thin and deep chasm, splitting a
limestone ridge, channels the river through this rocky terrain,
with the gorge itself bored through by millions of years of
relentless water crashing against the limestone.

Day 3 – Reichenbach Falls and the Alpen Tower

This morning, we travel by funicular mountain railway to the
Reichenbach Falls and the platform where the dramatic final duel
between Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty took place. From the falls, we
have the option of exploring the area on a signposted walk. Later,
we head up to the Alpen tower* by cable car, where spectacular
views greet us. Located high in the mountains, surrounded by the
Bernese and Central Alps, there are few better places in the world
to enjoy a bite to eat or a drink than from the Alpen Tower
restaurant with its 360-degree panorama. This attractive building
is designed to make the most of its magnificent surroundings, and
from here, away from the crowds, we enjoy a stretch of mountain
peaks for which Switzerland is so famous. Breathe in the crisp
mountain air and enjoy the views of the valleys, towns and lakes
below before we return to Meiringen where you have free time before
dinner.

*Please note: on our 28th May departure you visit Interlaken
and enjoy a journey on the Harder Kulm funicular instead.

Day 4 – At leisure in Meiringen

Your day is free, perhaps to explore with your Swiss Travel Card
which gives a 50% discount on most trains, buses and lake steamers
in the area. You could travel to Brienz and visit the Ballenberg
Open-Air Museum, or walk along the picturesque promenade, complete
with its vivid flower beds and trees. Alternatively, you could take
the Giessbachbahn funicular railway, the oldest of its kind in
Europe, and travel up to the impressive Giessbach Falls. The city
of Thun is nearby, located at the point where the River Aare flows
into the shimmering waters of Lake Thun.

Day 5 – Brienz Rothorn Line and Lake Brienz

We head west by train along the Brnig line to Brienz, located
in the middle of charming mountains at the eastern end of the
turquoise-coloured Lake Brienz. The cosy village is our starting
point for excursions to the Bernese Oberland, and it is here that
we begin an excursion by steam mountain railway, climbing to over
5,000 feet (1,524m), to the summit of Rothorn.* The summit offers
fabulous views of the deep-blue lakes below and the snow-capped
mountains in the distance, including one of the highest mountains
in Europe, the Jungfrau.

On our return to Brienz, we enjoy a cruise on Lake Brienz to
Interlaken. This is an excellent opportunity to simply sit back and
take in the marvellous surroundings. The remarkable colour of the
pure Alpine waters are the perfect contrast to the green slopes of
the mountains which border this enormous lake. From the boat, we
can enjoy the towns and village which dot the shores of the lake,
many of which reside under the shadow of a church steeple. Later,
we return to Meiringen.

*Please note: On our May departure, we will ascend halfway
up the mountain to the station of Planalp.

Day 6 – Lucerne

Today we take a train to the town of Lucerne, known for its
cobbled streets and ornate churches. Your time in Lucerne is free
to explore. Enjoy a stroll through the town to see the famous
Kapellbrcke, a 14th-century wooden bridge that separates Lucerne’s
Old and New Town. Alternatively, travel on the Pilatus or the Rigi
mountain railways or enjoy a paddle steamer cruise across beautiful
Lake Lucerne using your Swiss Travel card for 50% fare
reductions.

Day 7 – The’Top of Europe’

Today we enjoy what is undoubtedly one of the highlights of our
stay in the Bernese Oberland, as we travel on the Jungfrau Railway
to the Jungfraujoch – Europe’s highest railway station. We begin on
the Bernese Oberland Railway, trundling through the foothills of
the Alps from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen, through flower-filled
pastures and past pretty villages. Over the course of the route,
the line climbs 1,532 feet above sea level, passing isolated
chalets and small farming cabins.

In Lauterbrunnen we join the Wengeralp Railway, continuing our
ascent through ever-changing scenery to Kleine Scheidegg, where we
join the Jungfrau Railway for the final six miles of our journey.
Climbing further from Kleine Scheidegg, the distinctive string of
red and yellow carriages of the Jungfrau Railway disappear into the
tunnel through the Eiger Mountain. During the journey the train
pauses at two separate observation stops; windows hewn out of solid
Alpine rock between the tunnel and the infamous north face of the
Eiger, with spectacular views down to the valley below. Finally,
the train arrives at Jungfraujoch, the ‘Top of Europe’, located at
11,332 feet above sea level.

With free time at the summit station, you will have plenty of
time to explore the Ice Palace and its many ice sculptures. You can
spend time on the Sphinx Terrace, enjoying superb views onto the
Aletsch Glacier, which, at 14 miles is the longest ice stream in
the Alps, and provides a sharp contrast to the lush meadows and
Alpine pastures of the lower lying hillsides near the valley floor.
You can also enjoy the walking plateau, which is eternally covered
in snow. After time to explore and to enjoy lunch, we descend via
the charming mountain resort of Grindelwald.

Day 8 – To London

We leave Meringen for Lausanne, joining the high-speed service
to Paris and there continuing on to London St Pancras via the
Eurostar.

Please Note

Please note: One of the excursions on this tour
is at high altitude. If you have any medical conditions or concerns
that could impact this part of the tour, we recommend you seek
medical advice and talk to us. We want to make sure that any
holiday you book is right for you.

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