The Swiss Holiday Company

11 days to Interlaken, Brig, Locarno and Pontresina including journeys on the Lötschberg Regio Express, Centovalli Line and Bernina Express A scenic tour of some of the most beautiful lakes and mountains in Switzerland

Exprience no less than four contrasting regions of Switzerland on this comprehensive tour with plenty of lakes and mountains sightseeing opportunities

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

 

This is just one example of a scenic rail holiday with Interlaken, Brig, Locarno and Pontresina. All holidays can be adapted to your own requirements - call 0800 619 1200 for help with your planning and prices.

Day 1. Arrive and explore Interlaken  

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.

Days 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. Other trips further afield: Bern, Lucerne or Zermatt! On most scenic mountain railways you get a 50% reduction including Schynige Platte or 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.

Days 7. Experience Italian Switzerland: culture, language and an abundance of restaurants

Gorgeous scenery is never far away from Locarno and with your Swiss Travel Pass 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.

Days 9-10. Pontresina and the Upper Engadin region

Your visit to Pontresina is greatly enhanced by the Engadin Card with FREE transport 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.

 

Interlaken-Brig on the Lötschberg Regio Express, Brig-Locarno on the Centovalli Line, Lugano-Pontresina on the Bernina Express


 

 

3 nights in Interlaken, 2 nights 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 and 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:

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  • Scheduled return flights from London to Zurich (flights are available from around the UK)
  • 15 day 2nd class 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 reserved seats on the Bernina Express from Lugano to Pontresina
  • Engadin Card offering FREE summer travel including mountain railways, buses and cable cars around Pontresina
  • Full detailed itinerary sent with all tickets
  • Financial protection ATOL 3148. Booking conditions apply
    The Swiss Travel Pass is valid on trains, PostBuses, boats and scenic trains.  Travel on mountain railways and cable cars are up to 50% reduction.

Build your own scenic rail itinerary

Request a quote here or call us to build your perfect holiday

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 excursions to explore the lakes and mountains
  • Include dinner on a half board basis
  • Upgrade your hotel room for even more beautiful views
  • Upgrade to 1st class rail for extra comfort
  • Add additional resorts - create your own Grand Tour

 

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