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Winter Discovery

Winter Discovery

7 nights from
AU$1,596 Per person twin share
 
  • Package Type
    Self-Guided
  • STC Main Accommodation
    Accommodation in Switzerland
  • Travel From
    08 Dec 2018
  • Travel Until
    26 Mar 2019
7 nights from
AU$1,596 Per person twin share
 
  • Package Type
    Self-Guided
  • STC Main Accommodation
    Accommodation in Switzerland
  • Travel From
    08 Dec 2018
  • Travel Until
    26 Mar 2019
Description 
  • Package Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation 7-night accommodationInclusionInclusion Glacier Express seat reservationInclusionInclusion Horse-drawn sleigh rideInclusionInclusion Rail tickets in 2nd or 1st class as per itinerary (Swiss Card included - half fare discount)MealMeal Daily breakfastTourTour Excursions to Gstaad and La Brévine valley (Siberia of Switzerland)

Summary

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.

Departure dates: 08 Dec 2018 – 26 Mar 2019

Highlights

  • 7-night accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Excursions to Gstaad and the 'Siberia of Switzerland'
  • Horse-drawn sleigh ride
  • Rail journey on the Glacier Express & Golden Pass

Inclusions

  • 7-night accommodation in selected hotel category, standard rooms
  • Rail transfers in 2nd or 1st class as per itinerary
  • Daily breakfast
  • Gstaad excursion
  • Horse-drawn sleigh ride
  • Excursion to the valley of La Brévine or 'Siberia of Switzerland'
  • Seat reservation on Glacier Express
  • All tickets as per itinerary
  • Local taxes
  • Detailed itinerary and travel documentation

Exclusions

  • Meals other than those specified in the itinerary or list of inclusions
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

Itinerary

Day 1, Arrival in Switzerland – Davos Platz
From Zürich airport to Davos Platz. Afternoon at leisure.

Ride the funicular to the top of Schatzalp Mountain where your hotel is located at an altitude of 1,861m. Afternoon to explore via the winter walking trails all around.

Overnight at your hotel in Hotel Schatzalp.

Day 2, Horse-drawn carriage ride
Breakfast at your hotel.

Descent 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.

Overnight at your hotel in Hotel Schatzalp.

Day 3, Scenic route to Lake Geneva
Breakfast at your hotel.

The Glacier Express may not be the quickest route but certainly the most scenic with breath-taking views along the way.

Overnight at your hotel in Montreux.

Day 4, Winter fun in Gstaad
Breakfast at your hotel.

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.

Overnight at your hotel in Montreux.

Day 5, Montreux & Neuchâtel
Breakfast at your hotel.

In the morning, take time to explore Montreux with its serene lakeside promenade. In the afternoon, board a train for the short transfer to Neuchâtel.

Overnight at your hotel in Neuchâtel.

Day 6, The Siberia of Switzerland
Breakfast at your hotel.

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.

Overnight at your hotel in Neuchâtel.

Day 7, Medieval Bern
Breakfast at your hotel.

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.

Overnight at your hotel in Bern.

Day 8, Departure
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.

Accommodation

Standard Package (3-star)
Davos: Hotel Schatzalp
Montreux: Hotel Helvétie
Neuchâtel: Hotel Touring au Lac
Bern: Hotel Kreuz

All prices are subject to availability. If the above hotels are not available, alternative accommodation will be offered. Supplements or reductions may apply. Prices for families are available on request.

Important Notes

  • Extension nights or room upgrades available on request
  • Combinable with other arrangements (pre-/post extensions)
  • Close out between Dec 21 & Jan 6 and from Jan 18 to 26, 2019
  • Extra night, child rate and triple room on request. Children under 6 years travel free when sharing room with their parents (no extra bedding).
  • Rail travel may be upgraded to 1st class, supplement applies. Contact us for more details.

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