11 days to Interlaken, Brig, Locarno and Pontresina

Scenic lakes and mountains tour with the Lötschberg Regio Express, Centovalli Line and Bernina Express

This is just one example of a multi centre holiday featuring the train journeys and resorts described. All holidays can be adapted to your own requirements - call 0800 619 1200 for help with your planning and for prices. 

 

"Experience no less than four contrasting regions of Switzerland on this comprehensive tour with plenty of lakes and mountains sightseeing opportunities."
Day 1 - Arrive and explore

Flight from the UK to Zurich airport with rail travel to Interlaken.

Check in to your hotel for your 3 night stay and enjoy your first look around Interlaken.

Day 2-3 - Interlaken and the Bernese Oberland

With your Swiss Travel Pass, Interlaken is the perfect spot from which to enjoy FREE travel around the classic Swiss scenery of the Bernese Oberland. The lakes of Brienz and Thun both have wonderful cruises to idyllic lakeside villages. Take a trip to Harder Kulm with its stunning views over Interlaken or the scenic Schilthorn-Piz Gloria. Other trips further afield: Bern, Lucerne or Zermatt! On most scenic mountain railways you get a 50% reduction including Schynige Platte & Alpine Garden and the Brienzer Rothorn steam train, a real treat for any train enthusiast, as well as many other wonderful excursions in this beautiful region. 3 nights is not enough!

Day 4 - Travel to Brig on the Lötschberg Regio Express

A lovely journey today – take a cruise on the lake to Thun, with lunch served on board (payable locally). From Thun you can travel by rail through the tunnel or take the slower Lötschberg Regio Express: the older, looping route through Kandersteg with fantastic views over the countryside. Arrive into Brig, your base for the next 2 nights.

Day 5 - Brig and the Valais region

Brig is closely linked to the Simplon Pass and thus is full of history relating to this traditional trading route. The Old Town has charming alleyways, historic merchants’ houses and the impressive baroque Stockalper’s Castle. Use your Swiss Travel Pass to visit the region - recommendations include Belalp for views of the UNESCO protected Aletsch Glacier and travelling to Rosswald for the stunning sunsets (50% discount on the cable cars). Further afield, you can visit Zermatt and its Matterhorn views.

Day 6 - Travel to Locarno on the Centovalli Line

Travel through the Simplon Tunnel into Italy and change at Domodossola onto the Centovalli Line. This delightful route meanders alongside wild canyons, dreamy villages and lush vineyards. Crossing back into Switzerland, Locarno awaits you on the shore of Lake Maggiore for a 2 night stay.

Day 7 - Locarno and the Ticino region

Gorgeous scenery is never far away from Locarno and with your Swiss Travel Pass or Ticino Ticket you can explore the whole Ticino region and receive a reduction on cable cars and funiculars. The interesting town of Bellinzona is well worth a visit, with three medieval castles demonstrating the historical importance of the town.

Day 8 - Bernina Express to Pontresina

Time to travel on the Bernina Express. Start with an hour’s journey to Lugano, where you join the distinctive red Bernina Express Bus that makes its way around the northern part of Lake Como en route for Tirano. Here you’ll pick up the panoramic train to Pontresina and enjoy spectacular views as you cross the Alps. Highlights of the journey include mountain streams, gorges and viaducts - and the stunningly dramatic Bernina Pass at over 2,223m. After two memorable hours on the train, you’ll arrive in Pontresina for a 3 night stay.

Day 9-10 - Pontresina and the Upper Engadin

Your visit to Pontresina is greatly enhanced by the Engadin Card with FREE transport during the summer months including mountain railways, buses and cable cars. This gives you unlimited access to wonderful walks and excursions, including the excellent panoramic walk at Alp Languard with views over the Bernina massif. Other recommendations include the funicular to Corviglia, connecting to the cable car to Piz Nair at 3,057m and the glacier station of Diavolezza, where you can enjoy lunch while admiring the unforgettable mountain scenery.

Day 11 - Last day

Time for a last look around Pontresina before you take the train to Zurich airport for youf flight to the UK.

 
Prices

3 nights in Interlaken, 2 nights each in Brig and Locarno and 3 nights in Pontresina

Prices from £1,417 per person staying in 3 star hotels

Prices from £1,686 per person staying in 4 star hotels

1st class rail supplement £199. Half board prices on request.
Price shown is for an example itinerary. We can tailor make your holiday to your individual requirements.

 
Your holiday price includes
Booking Conditions
  • Scheduled return flights from Heathrow to Zurich inclusive of all airport taxes and security charges
  • 2nd class 15 day Swiss Travel Pass covering all rail journeys described and many more
  • 10 nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation as described based on two people sharing
  • 2nd class return reserved seats on the Bernina Express from Lugano to Pontresina
  • Engadin Card (during the summer months) offering free transport including mountain railways, cable cars and buses around Pontresina
  • Ticino Ticket offering free bus and train travel
  • Fully detailed itinerary sent with all tickets
  • Financial protection ATOL 3148
The Swiss Travel Pass is valid on trains, scenic trains, PostBuses and most boats (not Lake Maggiore). Travel on mountain railways and cable cars is up to 50% reduction. Optional excursions may not operate year round, please check before booking
 

Your holiday includes a Swiss Travel Pass, covering the rail journeys below as well as many scenic excursions

Your scenic train journeys

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Build your own scenic itinerary

Not quite the perfect holiday? We can tailor make it to suit you:
  • Change the direction of travel
  • Add extra nights in any of the resorts  
  • Add on lakes & mountains excursions
  • Include dinner on a half board basis
  • Upgrade to superior hotel rooms
  • Upgrade to 1st class rail for extra comfort
  • Add more resorts - create a Grand Tour
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