ANOTHER EXCLUSIVE, FULLY ESCORTED, SOLENT EVENTS TOUR!
Solent Events will show you the very best of Switzerland in true Swiss style – by train! Enjoy breath-taking views from heavenly heights on our spectacular exclusive Swiss Mountain Railway Tour with a small group of like-minded local people. You will travel First Class during this very special eight-day fully-escorted tour.
Beautiful hotels, stunning lakes and waterfalls, glaciers, romantic villages and picturesque towns will enthrall you throughout this wonderful holiday. Mountainside cableways take you to scenic mountain summits by the fastest routes for some of the most stunningly spectacular scenery in the world. Apart from the first day, from Zurich airport to Bern, you will not even have to carry your hold luggage on the trains, as it will be sent separately and arrive at our hotel in time for us to join it!
From Zurich to Bern to Zermatt to Lausanne, by rail, water or road, you will marvel at the spectacular landscapes and amazing icons such as Zermatt’s breathtaking Matterhorn Mountain (think Toblerone!), Glacier 3000 with its Peak Walk suspension bridge and Alpine Coaster – the world’s highest bobsleigh track, where guests are invited to “take a seat please” to experience a ride they will never forget and an island castle located on Lake Geneva!
Fine cuisine also awaits you on this wonderful tour of Switzerland, with delicious hot & cold buffet breakfasts each morning and six lunches or dinners in the hotels or local restaurants.
From the time you book until the time you arrive home, you will be looked after from start to finish by Lin of Solent Events on Tour and to help you prepare, your comprehensive Travel Pack will even include a handy packing list to save you any stress before we go!
Please join us on this magical train adventure on your own, with your spouse or partner or with friends! If you live out of the Solent Events area, no problem – just meet us at the airport check-in desk and join our friendly group from there on.
Interested? For full details of this exciting Swiss Rail tour, please have a browse through the itinerary and hotel list below.
NB. Although this is one of our most popular European tours, for the comfort of all our clients, a maximum of 16 passengers will apply to this exclusive Solent Events tour, so book your place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!
For your peace of mind and financial protection, our holiday has been arranged
in conjunction with Switzerland Travel Centre, who are fully bonded.
Non-refundable Deposit: £250pp
An exclusive, Solent Events on Tour dream holiday with a MAXIMUM of 16 guests.
DAILY MEALS INCLUDED ARE STATED AS:
B = breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner
Please note that due to changes during the Covid-19 pandemic, flight times may change.
Day 1 Monday 21 June 2021 ZURICH/BERN
4* Hotel Bristol , Bern 2n B in airport lounge
TBC Early morning local pick ups by Luxury Executive coach
Enjoy the comfort of an airport lounge for breakfast and relaxation
0840 Direct flight from UK to Zurich with Swiss Air (TBC)
Upon arrival in Zurich, we will travel by 1st class Swiss Rail to our hotel in Bern.
After check-in we will discover more about Bern with a guided walking tour of Bern including Zytglogge (The landmark medieval tower built in the early 13th century serving the city as a guard tower, prison, clock tower and the centre of urban life – a civic memorial). Dinner with Lin or taken at leisure.
Day 2 Tuesday 22 June EMMENTAL
4* Hotel Bristol , Bern B, L, D
This morning we enjoy a trip to the Emmental region to learn about the famous local cheese. A cheese fondue lunch will be served after the visit and our coach will drive us back to Bern for an afternoon at leisure. We will travel by train from Bern to Hasle-Rüegsau, then take a local bus to Affoltern, Dorf. After the visit and lunch we make our way back by bus and train to Bern. Dinner tonight is at the Kornhauskeller, a local restaurant. Next morning, our luggage will be taken from hotel to our next destination (Zermatt) separately -1 piece per person.
Day 3 Wednesday 23 June THUN/ZERMATT
3+* Butterfly Hotel, Zermatt 2n B, D
After breakfast we make our way to the station and a train to Thun, where we enjoy a guided walking tour of the city. The historic Old Town is situated about one kilometre from the shore of the lake, on the river Aare. There is a castle in the centre of the Old Town that dates back to the 12th century and boasts an interesting museum. We will have time at leisure for lunch in Thun before taking the scenic route by train to Zermatt. Dinner in the hotel tonight.
Day 4 Thursday 24 June ZERMATT/GORNERGRAT
Butterfly Hotel, Zermatt B, D
This morning we will take the open-air cogwheel train from Zermatt to the Gornergrat for time to enjoy and admire the wonderful views of the valley and of the Mighty Matterhorn, probably the most famous mountain in Switzerland. The £85(!) return train ticket up to The Matterhorn is included. After returning to Zermatt, the rest of the day is at leisure for you to explore this lovely car-free town at your own pace. Dinner tonight will be in the hotel.
Next morning our luggage will be taken from hotel to our next destination (Lausanne) separately -1 piece per person.
Day 5 Friday 25 June LAUSANNE
4* Hotel Angleterre 3n B, D
This morning we take a train to Lausanne where we have time at leisure for lunch and in the afternoon, a visit the Olympic Museum. The idea of a museum dedicated to appreciating the Olympic idea goes back to Pierre de Coubertin, who revived the Olympic Games and founded the International Olympic Committee. This must-see Olympic Museum, which was opened in 1993 in Ouchy, Lausanne, reflects the spirit of the sports games which bring nations together. Relive great Olympic moments. Feel the pulse of the champions. This fantastic Museum has 3000 m2 of exhibition space, with over 1500 exhibits, 150 screens combining to create the ultimate experience and some great stories! Dinner tonight will be in the hotel.
Day 6 Saturday 26 June LAUSANNE/MONTREUX
4* Hotel Angleterre B
After breakfast we take a train to Montreux where we have time to visit at our own pace and have lunch. You will probably want to visit the Queen studio located in the famous casino by the lake. The studio was dedicated to the British rock group Queen as they made recordings in the studio from 1978 to 1995. The museum was opened December 2, 2013 by band member Brian May.
During our time in Montreux we will also visit Chillon castle by boat or train with a guided tour and wine tasting. The castle, surrounded by water, is the most visited historic building in Switzerland. For nearly four centuries Chillon was the residence and profitable toll station of the Counts of Savoy. Our wonderful day ends when we return to Lausanne by boat. Dinner at leisure.
Day 7 Sunday 27 June LAUSANNE/GLACIER 3000/GSTAAD
4* Hotel Angelterre B, D
After breakfast a coach will take us to Col-du-Pillon – the valley station of the aerial cableway which will take us to the summit station Glacier 3000. After some time at leisure, our coach will drive us to Gstaad for some free time before we board the Golden Pass Panoramic train to Montreux and back by coach to Lausanne. Our last dinner in Switzerland will be taken in the hotel. Next morning our luggage will be taken from the hotel to Geneva airport separately -1 piece per person.
Day 8 Monday 28 June GENEVA/UK B
Today we will travel back to the UK via train to Geneva and flight to the UK
1550 Swiss Air flight to London Heathrow
1635 Arrive LHR
This holiday will include some walking in areas of rough ground, gradients & steps, plus several different modes of transport.
Exact times of departure and air travel will be confirmed at a later date.
Monday 21 & Tuesday 22 June
Day 1 & 2 BERN 2n
4* Hotel Bristol, Bern
Located in the heart of Bern’s Old Town, this modern 4-star hotel is just a 2-minute walk from the Swiss Parliament. It features a fitness centre, a daily breakfast buffet, a bar and lounge area and free WiFi. Guests of the The Bristol can hire bicycles free of charge to explore Bern’s World Heritage-listed Old Town. The Bärenplatz bus stop is just 50 yards away, and Bern Main Train Station can be reached in a 5-minute walk. Upper floors accessible by lift.
The elegant rooms at The Bristol offer cable TV, tea and coffee-making facilities, and a bathroom with hairdryer. Rooms also include: • Minibar • Bath or Shower • Safety Deposit Box • TV • Telephone • Air conditioning • Hairdryer • Radio • Refrigerator • Desk • Seating Area • Free toiletries • Electric kettle
Wednesday 23 & Thursday 24 June
Day 3 & 4 ZERMATT 2n
3* Deluxe Butterfly Hotel, Zermatt
A hearty welcome await us at the cosy Butterfly Hotel, included in Best Western’s Signature Hotel Collection. This 3 star deluxe hotel is right in the centre of car-free Zermatt and just a 2-minute walk from the central railway and Gornergrat stations. The hotel boasts a quiet, sunny location with stunning views, a great ambiance, outstanding food and impeccable service. There The spa area features a Finnish sauna, an infrared cabin, a steam bath and a tanning bed. During the summer, the spa area is available upon request. A lounge, a garden and a terrace, as well as free wifi are also available.
Our Classic Room facilities include: Balcony • Allergy-free rooms • Blackout curtains • Air • Work Desk • Electric kettle • Cable / satellite TV • Bath/shower • Hairdryer • room service • Safe • Flatscreen TV • Complimentary toiletries.
Friday 25, Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 June
Day 5, 6 & 7 LAUSANNE 3n
4* Hotel Angleterre, Lausanne
Located on the shores of Lake Geneva facing the Alps, Hotel Angleterre is just 5 minutes by car or metro from the centre of Lausanne. Spread over 6 pavilions dating from the 18th, 19th and 21st centuries, this unique hotel features contemporary décor within walls steeped in history. The hotel also boasts a spa and fitness centre spa centre and free WiFi access Apart from fine dining in the hotel’s L’Accademia Italian restaurant, guests of the Angleterre & Residence enjoy preferential access to the gourmet restaurant at the nearby Beau-Rivage Palace. Rooms have been reserved with lake views enjoying the picturesque harbour of Ouchy. All rooms have a flat-screen TV, king size beds and are fully soundproofed.
Room facilities include: Minibar • Shower • Bath • Safety Deposit Box • Telephone • Air conditioning • Bathrobe • Radio • Desk • Free toiletries • Heating • Slippers • Satellite Channels. Irons and ironing boards are available at the reception free of charge.Deluxe