Discover the delights of Switzerland at New Year on this all inclusive festive break. Travel through winter wonderlands on some of Switzerland's most iconic railways, explore elegant resorts, and soak up incredible snowy vistas.
Travel from London St Pancras on the Eurostar to Paris. Change trains and continue to Strasbourg for the night. On Day 2, enjoy a relaxed morning to discover Strasbourg before continuing to Tiefencastel for dinner.
Celebrate New Year's Eve on board the famous Bernina Express, travelling to Tirano in Italy. This incredible rail journey is recognised as one of the finest in the world, as you tunnel through snowcapped mountains, cross spectacular canyons and valleys, and glide alongside frozen lakes. Back in Tiefencastel, you enjoy a New Year's Eve gala dinner tonight.
On the morning of New Year's Day travel to the glamorous resort of St Moritz on the Albula line, which passes through stunning Alpine scenery. You are free to explore the town on arrival. Still, bedecked in its festive finery, charming Christmas light displays and Christmas decorations line the streets. Day 5 is free for you to explore Tiefencastel.
Take the train to Chur, which is Switzerland's oldest settlement. Chur is a quintessential Swiss town, with superbly well-preserved medieval town walls. Here you have time to explore before you take a journey on the pretty Arosa Line, climbing to the charming lakeside town of Arosa.
Leaving Tiefencastel, travel on the iconic Glacier Express to Brig. The 'slowest express train in the world' gently makes its way through glorious Alpine scenery. This striking natural beauty is revealed on your journey which, with it being winter, is transformed into a picture-postcard landscape of snowy meadows, frozen streams and white mountaintops. Lunch is served to your seat during the journey. On arrival, change trains and head to Basel, where your luggage will be waiting for you and stay overnight.
Join the TGV to Paris this morning, then connect with the Eurostar to London St Pancras.
Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.
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