Discover the upscale resort town of Gstaad
Enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride in Davos
Visit the Siberia of Switzerland, the La Brévine Valley
Rail journey on the Glacier Express and Golden Pass trains
Revel in the winter magic of Switzerland’s mountain hideaways and lakeside resorts through this 8-day self-guided rail journey. Travel to Davos, Europe’s highest town, by funicular for a 1-hour horse-drawn sleigh ride through a frozen valley. Continue on to Montreux via the Glacier Express train, admiring stunning landscapes of snow-covered mountain ranges and forests from your comfortable seat. Hop on board the Golden Pass train to the chalet town of Gstaad, home to many winter walking trails and excellent restaurants. Brave the cold in the mystic valley of La Brévine, tagged as the Siberia of Switzerland, where temperatures have been known to drop to -40°C. Explore the historic capital of Bern and enjoy a wonderful wealth of culture and entertainment.
This tour departs daily from Zürich.
On your arrival to Zürich airport, make your way via rail transfer to Davos Platz. Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.
Following breakfast at your hotel, descend by funicular or toboggan (small supplement) to the highest-town in Europe, Davos. Browse the many art galleries, cafés, and shops or head for the winter sports areas surrounding Davos. In the early afternoon, enjoy a 1-hour horse-drawn sleigh ride in one of the magical valleys nearby. (In the unlikely event of insufficient snow down in the valley, the sleigh will be replaced with a horse-drawn carriage ride).
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before making your way to the station for your train journey to Montreux. The Glacier Express may not be the quickest route but certainly the most scenic with breath-taking views along the way.
After breakfast at your hotel, you will travel by Golden Pass train to the chalet town of Gstaad. Well known for its vast ski area, the picture postcard winter sports resort is equally attractive to non-skiers, with its beautiful panoramic setting amidst the pristine alpine winter scenery. Soak up the atmosphere, go on one of the many winter walking trails or simply enjoy lunch in one of the excellent restaurants long established here. In the evening, return to Montreux.
This morning, you will have some time to explore Montreux at leisure. In the afternoon, board a train for the short transfer to Neuchâtel.
Not far from Neuchâtel, you will find the mystical valley of La Brévine where temperatures in winter have been known to drop to -40°C! Warm up with a short winter walking trail (approx. 3km) which passes many typical farmhouses and the lake, Lac des Tailleres. After braving the cold, pick-up your ‘ice diploma’ at one of the restaurants in the valley and indulge in some local specialties.
After breakfast, take a short rail transfer to Bern, Switzerland’s capital. Easily explored on foot, the city centre feels like a step back in time with its cobbled streets, water fountains and 15th century buildings. Be sure to visit one of the cellar restaurants for an atmospheric dining experience.
Breakfast at your hotel. If your flight time allows, do some last-minute souvenir shopping in the quirky shops located in the ‘Lauben’ – Bern’s covered walkways. Depart Bern - rail transfer to the Zürich airport or continue your holiday in Switzerland.
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