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Snow, Ice and Steam in Switzerland and Italy

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 35 - 80 people
Destination(s): Switzerland   Italy  
Specialty Categories: Railway Trips  
Season: February
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1245 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1295 Pound Sterling (GBP)

We include the Rhatische Bahn’s unique "Steam Powered Snow Blower". Witnessing the Xrot9213 is a truly fantastic sight! We enjoy a sensational steam-hauled journey through Davos and Klosters on a circular tour. Our final steam charter is in Northern Italy from Tirano to Como – a spectacular ride.

Tour Itinerary:

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

Day 2: Steam on the Bernese Oberland Railway. We depart Basel at 07.30 in reserved first class seats, 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 to have lunch (included). We then depart Interlaken at 15.00 on our special charter 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 Station. 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 meter 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 charter to Davos. After breakfast we take the morning train to Landquart. Here we join the Rhatische Bahn vintage train hauled by a meter gauge 2-8-0. After leaving Lanquart we climb all the way up to Klosters, the ski resort made famous by its royal and celebrity patrons. We then go on to Davos where lunch will be provided at Hotel Terminus. From Davos we continue our circular route through Thusis to Chur where we are due to arrive at around 16.00. We enjoy dinner and overnight accommodation at Hotel ABC in Chur. Meals included: (B), (L), (D).

Day 5: Steam Snow Blower in action. We depart Chur on the morning train to Samedan. On arrival at Samedan we join our special charter of the steam "Snow Blower" and three passenger coaches for the journey to Alp Grum and back. We enjoy lunch in a restaurant in Alp Grum. We return to Samedan on the snow train. Dinner and overnight accommodation at a hotel in Samedan. Meals included: (B), (L), (D).

Day 6: Travel to Tirano. We travel by train from Samedan to St Moritz in around fifteen minutes where we transfer to our special train hauled by a classic 2-8-0 steam locomotive. On leaving St Moritz we travel through Pontresina. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant close to the station before we continue to Scuol. After returning on our special steam charter to Potresina we will continue to Tirano by regular train in first class seats. Dinner, bed and breakfast will be in Tirano. Meals included: (B), (D).

Day 7: Lake Como / Gotthard route to Luzern. After breakfast we join our special chartered vintage train at Tirano Station, hauled by an Italian 625 class 2-6-0 or a 740 class 2-8-0. We travel west through the Italian Alps to Colico and then head south with magnificent views over Lake Como, past Bellano, Lirena and Lecco, where we enjoy typical Italian food in a local restaurant. We depart Lecco still steam hauled by our Italian steam locomotive on the scenic and steeply graded line to Como. On arrival, after a short break, we transfer to a EuroCity train for a journey over the spectacular Gotthard route to Luzern on the shore of Lake Luzern. Dinner and overnight accommodation in Luzern. Meals included: (B), (L), (D).

Day 8: By Train to London. After a morning departure from Luzern we travel via Olten to Basel where we change trains. We board the midday train to Paris Gare de L’Est, which takes the attractive route via Mulhouse and Belford. On arrival it is only a short transfer to the Gare du Nord station. We board an early evening Eurostar service to London and enjoy champagne on departure and a four-course dinner arriving back in London around 20.00. Meals included: (B), (D).

Return flight alternative: Zurich-London Heathrow direct flight departing Zurich at 13:15 and arriving London by 16:30 (cost reduction applies, see pricing).

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

- Double occupancy: £1,295 (per person)
- Double occupancy: £1,245 (taking return flight instead of Eurostar, per person)
- Single supplement: £250.

Rates provided in British pounds. U.S. dollar amount will dependent on current rate of exchange when payment is made. As of October 2006, £1 is equal to about $1.97 U.S. (Multiply British pound amount by 1.97 to get estimated US$ price).

Price Excludes:
- Passport/visa fees
- Laundry
- Phone calls
- Meals and alcoholic beverages not specifically listed
- Optional excursions
- Services other than those specifically listed
- Accident
- Sickness
- Trip cancellation/interruption and/or baggage insurance
- Excess baggage charges
- It does not cover gratuities for your tour leader or for overnight train/cruise staff, which are optional and at your discretion.

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