This holiday suggestion gives offers you the contrast of a true Swiss holiday exploring beautiful lake region and dramatic splendour of the mountains.
On this 7 night holiday, you'll be able to enjoy a combination of a beautiful lakeside resort of Spiez on Lake Thun for 4 nights and then travel 1st class via Brig to St. Moritz on the iconic Glacier Express including lunch. You travel to the neighbouring village of Pontresina for 3 nights where you have the added benefit of the Engadin Inclusive Card giving you FREE and unlimited travel on mountain railways and cable cars as well as local buses.
Day 1. Arrive and get to know Spiez
Flight from the UK to Zurich followed by 1st class rail travel to Spiez. The resort is beautifully situated overlooking Lake Thun and you will be transferred to your hotel for check in to your hotel for your 4 night stay.
Days 2-4. Explore the lakes and mountains of the Bernese Oberland
Staying in Spiez, you are well situated for exploring the region. The local Niesen mountain (the 'Swiss Pyramid') is well worth visiting for the funicular trip and fantastic views. Take the Beatenburg funicular and the Niederhorn gondola to experience a panorama sweeping from the Jura to the Bernese Alps, or try the cable car up to Stockhorn for more fabulous views. You could take a leisurely lake cruise along Lake Thun to Interlaken then hop over to Lake Brienz to visit its pretty villages such as Bönigen and Iseltwald.
From Interlaken, ever popular Harder Kulm and the Schynige Platte with its Alpine Garden are also easily accessible.
Day 5. Travel 1st class to Pontresina, including the Glacier Express (Brig-St. Moritz) with lunch
We start the journey over the Lӧtschberg Pass to Brig where we join the Glacier Express for an unforgettable 6 hour journey over Oberalp Pass to St. Moritz. Drinks are available throughout and your specially prepared lunch is served at your seat as you watch the incredible landscape pass you by at a leisurely pace. A short transfer is arranged to take you to your chosen hotel in Pontresina.
Days 6-7. The mountains of the Upper Engadin
Your visit to Pontresina and the Upper Engadin valley is greatly enhanced by FREE transport including mountain railways, buses and cable cars, giving 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. You could add a day trip on the Bernina Express to Tirano in Italy – with time to enjoy an Italian lunch! Not included in the price.
Day 8. Last day
Time for a last stroll around the village before you take the beautiful 1st class rail journey from Pontresina down to Chur and back to Zurich airport for your flight home.
Your holiday includes a Half Fare Card, which entitles you to 50% reduction on all the excursions mentioned above while staying in Spiez. We can also advise you on a selection of great value travel passes. In Pontresina, you'll have FREE local mountain travel with the Engadin Card.