Summer in Switzerland – Wengen and Ticino by Rail

This 8 day, 7 night half board holiday includes two magnificent popular destinations, excellent hotels and 1st class rail travel where possible. Our holiday starts in the car-free resort of Wengen – situated on a wind-protected sun terrace at the foot of the Jungfrau. From here you will visit the Alpine garden and panoramic view from the Schynige Platte, travel on the Brienzer Rothorn Steam Railway which has been huffing and puffing since 1892, Schilthorn – the James Bond mountain with panoramic views of the Swiss skyline including Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. On to Lucerne where you can enjoy the Mediterranean flair of Lugano with its parks, flowers, villas and sacred buildings, a 180-degree panoramic view of Lake Maggiore, the Centovalli and the Maggia Valley on mount Cardada. Have fun with a risotto making workshop at a typical Ticino grotto restaurant.

Date

22/06/2019 - 29/06/2019

Summer in Switzerland - Wengen and Ticino by Rail

About this excursion

£1645 per person (sharing a twin/double room) £1595 per person Early Bird price if booked before 30th June 2018
Single Supplement – £150 per person/per stay

Your Itinerary:

Saturday, 22nd June – Arrival in Switzerland Hotel -Wengen

Our journey starts in Milton Keynes where we take our luxury coach to London Heathrow Airport to check in for our Swiss flight to Geneva. Upon arrival at Geneva Airport and after immigration and customs, we take our luggage to the rail station luggage counter where it will be taken from here to your hotel for your convenience. Our rail journey will take us to Wengen via Bern and Interlaken.
Dinner and overnight at Hotel Sunstar, Wengen

Sunday, 23rd June – Schynige Platte

Breakfast at the hotel

In the morning we will take the train from Wengen to Wilderswil and froCog Railway to Schynige Plattem Wilderswil by cog railway up to the Schynige Platte. At the top, we can visit the Alpine garden and enjoy magnificent views of the Jungfrau mountains.

There is time here to enjoy the views as well as to have lunch and we return again down the mountain and travel back to Wengen.

In the afternoon, you can continue to explore the region at leisure with your tailor-made Swiss Card and receive 50% reduction on any boat, train, bus or mountain excursion.

Dinner and overnight at Hotel Sunstar, Wengen

Monday, 24th June – Brienzer Rothorn

Breakfast at the hotelSteam Train

We travel by train from Wengen to Brienz on the shores of Lake Brienz. Here we board the steam hauled Brienzer Rothornbahn to the summit of the Rothorn.

There is time here to enjoy the views as well as to have lunch and we return again down the mountain.

We travel by boat (some departures are steam boat) to Interlaken where we re-join the train and travel back to Wengen.

Dinner and overnight at Hotel Sunstar, Wengen

Tuesday, 25th June – Schilthorn

Breakfast at the hotel

We travel to Mürren this morning from where we take the cable car andPiz Gloria mountain railway to the top of Schilthorn and Piz Gloria – the revolving restaurant.

There is time for lunch and to enjoy the 007 Bond World exhibition.

We take the cable car down to Stechelberg and catch a bus through the Lauterbrunnen Valley.

We return to the hotel in the afternoon.

Dinner and overnight at Hotel Sunstar, Wengen

Wednesday, 26th June – Wengen via Lucerne to Lugano

Breakfast at the hotel

For your convenience, you luggage will be taken directly to your hotel in Lugano.Swiss Train

We travel from Wengen to Lucerne by train via the Brünig Pass, where a local English speaking guide will meet us for a walking tour of the historical town centre.

There will be some time for lunch before boarding the train to Lugano.

When you arrive in Lugano in the afternoon, take the funicular down to the city centre and walk to the hotel where you will enjoy a welcome drink.

Dinner and overnight at Hotel International Au Lac, Lugano

Thurday, 27th June – Lugano at leisure

Breakfast at the hotelLucerne

Enjoy a morning walking guided tour of Lugano. You can explore the area with your Ticino Ticket for the rest of the day as this entitles you to use the public transport in the region free of charge.

You can also get up to 50% discount on the mountain railways like Monte San Salvatore or Monte Brè with your tailor-made Swiss Card.

Dinner is at leisure tonight.

Overnight at Hotel International Au Lac, Lugano

Friday, 28th June – Locarno

Breakfast at the hotel

Today we will take the train to Locarno, the beautiful Swiss town on the shores of Lake Maggiore. From there, a short funicular ride followed by a cable car will Restauranttake us to Cardada, where you can enjoy magnificent views of the Alps and the lake.

There will be time for lunch either at Cardada or back down in Locarno before returning to Lugano by train.

In the evening, a private boat ride will take us to the other side of Lake Lugano for a very special evening where we will cook our own risotto in a typical grotto. There will also be plenty of local wine and other delicious specialities for dinner.

Overnight at Hotel International Au Lac, Lugano

Saturday, 29th June Return to the UK

After breakfast at the hotel , for your convenience, you luggage will be taken directly to Zurich Airport.

Enjoy your last hours in Lugano before heading by train to Zurich Airport. Here you can pick up your luggage at the luggage counter at Zurich Airport station and check in for your flight.

Swiss flight from Zurich to London Heathrow

End of the tour

Services & Inclusions

Flights

Return flights in economy class with SWISS including 1 piece of luggage of up to 23 kg (exact times to be advised)

Accommodation

  • 4 nights at the Hotel Sunstar Alpine Hotel (Wengen) in standard room including porterage
  • 3 nights at the Hotel International au Lac (Lugano) in standard room including porterage

Meals

  • Breakfast daily (x7)
  • Half-board dinner on days 1 to 5
  • Special risotto-cooking dinner on day 7

Transport

  • 1st class rail within Switzerland (where possible, some services like the mountain railways are standard class only)
  • Seat reservations throughout (where possible)
  • Luggage transfer (1 piece per person) from Geneva Airport to Wengen, Wengen to Lugano and Lugano to Zurich Airport

Excursions

  • Walking city tour of Lucerne with a local English speaking guide on day 5
  • Walking city tour of Lugano with a local English speaking guide on day 6

A non-refundable deposit of £125 per person will secure your place.

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Book on this excursion

Ticket Type Price Spaces
Standard Ticket £1,645.00
Early booking price - if booked before 30th June 2018 £1,595.00