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No-Fly Swiss Alps & Glacier Express Ride
You'll arrive in Interlaken by train, first by Eurostar to Paris
then boarding an onward connection to Interlaken via Strasbourg.
The comfortable, vintage-style Carlton-Europe hotel is your base
for the next four nights.
On your first full day in Switzerland, you'll board the GoldenPass Line to Lucerne with time to explore the town before continuing by train Arth Goldau to ride the cogwheel railway up Mount Rigi to enjoy the panoramas.
The following day, you'll board the Glacier Express, enjoying a three-course lunch as the train makes it way from Chur to Brig along a section of this iconic journey that includes the Oberalp Pass - the highest point of the route.
A final full day takes you to Bern for a wonderful cruise on the blue waters of Lake Thun in the shadow of three of Switzerland's imposing peaks - Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau.
This trip departs in 2023 - click here for 2024 departures.
Reasons to book
Ride the Glacier Express
Stay in Interlaken
- Take the Eurostar and a high-speed train from London to Interlaken (return)
- Spend four nights at the historic Hotel Carlton-Europe in Interlaken, including breakfast and porterage
- Join the Glacier Express from Chur to Brig
- Enjoy a three-course lunch on board the Glacier Express
- Travel by second class rail within Switzerland
- Visit Bern and explore Lake Thun by rail and boat
- Discover Lucerne and Mount Rigi by rail and boat
Day1London – InterlakenInterlaken, Switzerland
Journey from London to Paris by Eurostar, followed by an onward connection to join the high-speed train to Strasbourg and onward train to Interlaken, Switzerland. Check in at the Carlton-Europe Hotel for a relaxing evening.
Day2Lucerne via GoldenPass Line – Mount RigiLucerne, Switzerland
Today you'll travel along a section of the GoldenPass Line to Lucerne, where colourful pitched roof buildings perch on the edge of a blue lake, framed by a magnificent mountain range. After some free time you'll take the train to nearby Arth Goldau and then join the cogwheel railway up Mount Rigi for breathtaking panoramic views across the Alps and of Lake Lucerne below.
Day3Glacier ExpressChur, Switzerland
This morning you'll travel by rail to Chur and join the Glacier Express for a memorable journey along the broad valley before climbing through pasture and woodland. Enjoy a delicious three-course lunch on board as the train spirals its way towards the Oberalp Pass, the highest point of the route at 2,033 metres, before descending to the Rhône valley and stopping at Brig. You'll then continue by rail, returning to Interlaken in the early evening.
Day4Bern – Lake Thun CruiseBern, Switzerland
The capital of Switzerland, Bern, is your destination this morning. This charming city is perfectly preserved, with many fountains, facades, narrow streets and ancient towers. Traffic is kept out of the old town, so it's a delight to explore with the added beauty of the Aare river and surrounding mountains. In the afternoon you can enjoy dramatic scenery with a cruise on Lake Thun, whose deep blue waters are framed by quaint villages and historic castles, right up to the peaks of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.
Day5Interlaken – LondonInterlaken, Switzerland
Depart this morning, retracing your route to Paris where your Eurostar connection returns us to London.
Close to the emerald waters of Lake Thun lies the Hotel Carlton-Europe, an 120-year-old adult's only vintage hotel
With an on-site spa, vintage décor and a restaurant serving a menu of traditional Swiss dishes, the Hotel Carlton-Europe will give you a real sense of life up in the Alps. Some of the rooms and the legendary Johnny's dancing bar were recently renovated to enhance its alpine-chic look. All rooms are individually designed using unique furniture and are equipped with a flat screen TV, a telephone, a safe, Wi-Fi, hairdryer, an electric kettle and either a shower or a bathtub.