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Winter Steam Spectacular in Snowy Swiss Alps

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 35 - 80 people
Destination(s): Switzerland  
Specialty Categories: Railway Trips  
Season: January
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1295 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1295 Pound Sterling (GBP)

Highlights include: luxury trip on the Classic Alpine Pullman, the narrow-gauge "Orient-Express of the Alps" hauled by vintage electric locomotive; full-day circular steam charter in the mountains of Graubunden via Klosters and Davos; steam over amazing Albula Pass and Brunig Pass; steam from Interlaken on the Bernese Oberland Railway; witness Rhb’s famous Steam Snow Blower, The Xrot9213, in action. Enjoy first class at seat dining on the classic Alpine Pullman. Travel over the Brunig Pass from Interlaken to Luzern.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Farewell to Waterloo. We depart London Waterloo by Eurostar at 10.10 to Paris Gare du Nord followed by coach transfer to the Gare de L’Est. We join the 15.15 train to Basel where we check into our hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation. Meals included: (L), (D).

Day 2: Steam on the Bernese Oberland Railway. We depart Basel at 07.30 in first class seats on the train and pass through spectacular mountain scenery to arrive Interlaken at 09.40. Here we join our special steam hauled train departing at 10.00 through the mountains to Grindelwald on the meter gauge Bernese Oberland Railway arriving back at Interlaken at 13.00 and to have lunch. After lunch we again depart Interlaken at 15.00 on our special charter train to Lauterbrunnen, arriving back at Interlaken at 17.00. Dinner and overnight accommodation at the Lindner Grand Hotel, Interlaken. Meals included: (B), (L), (D).

Day 3: Steam over the Brunig Pass. After breakfast we join our special train at Interlaken East. Today we will enjoy an early journey by steam over the Brunig Pass to Giswil where we will have lunch. Following lunch we continue steam hauled on our privately chartered metre gauge train to Luzern. On arrival we join a service train for the short journey to Thalwil where we check into the four star Hotel Sedartis for dinner and overnight accommodation. Meals included: (B), (L), (D).

Day 4: Steam to St Morritz. After breakfast we travel by train to Landquart. Here we walk across to the Rhaetian Railway depot to view the collection of electric and steam locomotives. After lunch we join our special panoramic train at Landquart station and take the superb scenic route through Vereina and Ardez to St Moritz. On arrival we transfer to our Hotel Laudinella with three stars with a choice of restaurants. Meals included: (B), (D).

Day 5: Steam to Albula, Filisur, Davos and Landquart. After breakfast we join our special steam hauled train at St Moritz station and take the Albula route through fantastic snow covered scenery. A classic RBH 2-8-0 locomotive will haul our train through Albula, Filisur, Davos to Landquart. This is a very unusual route for steam with very steep gradients. A vintage electric locomotive will return our train back to St Moritz. Dinner and overnight accommodation will be back at the Hotel Laudinella. Meals included: (B), (D).

Day 6: Tour to Alp Grum. After breakfast we join our special train of vintage rolling stock hauled by an old electric locomotive. On route takes us through Pontrasina to Alp Grum. At Alp Grum we join with our steam snow plough locomotive, XROT 9213 and begin to clear the tracks. Lunch will be taken in Alp Grum. We return to St Moritz aboard our vintage train. Dinner and overnight accommodation back at the Hotel Laudinella. Meals included: (B), (L), (D).

Day 7: Steam to Chur. This morning we join the classic Alpine Pullman hauled by a vintage electric locomotive to Zernez. We return on a mixed passenger train to Samedan. At Samedan we rejoin the classic Alpine Pullman and enjoy lunch as we travel through magnificent scenery to Chur. Dinner and overnight accommodation will be at the ABC Hotel Chur. Meals included: (B), (L), (D).

Day 8: By Train to London. Morning departure from Chur by train direct to Zurich Airport for a direct flight to London Heathrow. Arriving by 16:30. Meals included: (B).

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices:
- Double occupancy: £1,295 (per person)
- Single supplement: £250
- Deposit required: $200 per person.

Price Includes:
- 8 nights accommodation:
* Breakfast
* 7 dinners in 3 and 4-star hotels
- One lunch and one dinner with wine on Eurostar
- Glacier Express with lunch
- All rail travel including all steam trains mentioned in the itinerary
- Luggage transfer between most hotels in Switzerland
- The services of a Tour Manager Meals.

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