Switzerland Winter Wonderland
Updated: Dec 5, 2019
From December to March
From 1174 CHF / person in double room
The dramatic mountain landscapes await on this remarkable tour of discovery across Switzerland. Journey from mountain hideaways high above a sophisticated lakeside resort to the coldest corner of Switzerland, this tour is a wintry combination of very different excursions and destinations. Explore the mystic valley also called ‘The Siberia of Switzerland’, follow in the footsteps of famous author Thomas Mann in Davos-Schatzalp and travel on Switzerland's most popular train – the Glacier Express.
• Return rail transfers in 2nd class as per programme incl. half-fare card
• 7 nights’ accommodation in selected category
• Daily breakfast
• Horse-drawn sleigh ride
• Day trip to Gstaad
• Day Trip ‘The Siberian Switzerland’
• Glacier Express Seat Reservation
• Local taxes
DAY 1 – ARRIVAL
From Zürich by train to Davos Platz. Ride the funicular to the top of Schatzalp mountain where your hotel is located at 1,861m. Afternoon to explore via the winter walking trails all around. Overnight Hotel Schatzalp.
DAY 2 – HORSE-DRAWN SLEIGH RIDE
Descent by funicular or toboggan (small suppl.) 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 Hotel Schatzalp.
DAY 3 – SCENIC ROUTE TO LAKE GENEVA
The Glacier Express may not be the quickest route but certainly the most scenic with breath-taking views along the way. Overnight in Montreux.
DAY 4 – WINTER FUN IN GSTAAD
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 it 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.
DAY 5 – MONTREUX & NEUCHÂTEL
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 in Neuchâtel.
DAY 6 – THE SIBERIA OF SWITZERLAND
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 specialities. Return and overnight in Neuchâtel.
DAY 7 – MEDIEVAL BERN
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 in Bern.
DAY 8 – DEPARTURE
If your flight time allows do some last minute souvenir shopping in the quirky shops located in the ‘Lauben’ – Bern’s covered walkways. Rail transfer to Zürich and return home or continue onward journey.