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Switzerland Family Discovery by Rail

Private Travel | Family adventures | Rail journeys 7 Days & 6 Nights Lead-in price: £1295 Current prices from: £1295
Soaring mountains and crashing waterfalls, picture-perfect alpine villages and historic lakeside towns, delicious cheeses and celebrated Swiss chocolate - experience it all with your family as you travel through Switzerland. Cross lakes on paddle steamers, and travel up mountains on cogwheel railways and cable cars.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Lake cruise from Montreux to Lausanne
  • First Class rail travel on days 1 to 4 and day 7
  • Entrance included to Chaplin World in Vevey and the Olympic Museum in Lausanne
  • Reserved seats on the Chocolate Train and on the GoldenPass
  • Round-trip excursion to the summit of the Schilthorn on cogwheel railways and cable cars
  • Swiss Card and Bernese Oberland Pass included offering an array of discounts
  • Zip line ride on the First Flyer and Trotti bike scooter ride from Grindelwald village

Bern

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 236 439 846 1254 1661 2068 2272 2170 1864 1355 745 337
Min temp (C)(F) -425 -327 -130 337 745 1050 1254 1152 948 541 134 -327
Sunshine hours 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 7 6 4 3 2
Daylight hours 9 10 12 14 15 16 15 14 13 11 9 9
Rainfall (mm)(in) 693 663 612 693 813 1064 954 1215 803 572 853 693
Rainy Days 15 14 15 16 18 17 15 16 13 13 14 14
Humidity L L M M H VH VH H M M L L
UV 1/L 2/L 3/M 5/M 7/H 8/VH 8/VH 7/H 5/M 3/M 1/L 1/L
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Lausanne

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 236 541 846 1355 1763 2170 2475 2272 2068 1457 846 337
Min temp (C)(F) -327 -228 32 337 745 1050 1254 1152 948 541 134 -228
Sunshine hours 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 7 6 4 2 2
Daylight hours 9 10 12 14 15 16 15 14 13 11 9 9
Rainfall (mm)(in) 773 733 703 703 813 964 773 1004 863 693 944 813
Rainy Days 15 14 15 15 17 16 13 14 12 12 14 14
Humidity L L M M M VH VH H M M L L
UV 1/L 2/L 3/M 5/M 7/H 8/VH 8/VH 7/H 5/M 3/M 1/L 1/L
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Wengen

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) -327 -228 32 439 846 1152 1457 1355 1152 745 236 -130
Min temp (C)(F) -818 -818 -621 -327 134 439 745 643 541 134 -425 -719
Sunshine hours 3 4 5 5 5 6 7 6 6 5 4 3
Daylight hours 9 10 12 14 15 16 15 14 13 11 9 9
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1074 984 1034 1195 1385 1606 1476 1697 1285 1084 1215 1104
Rainy Days 15 14 16 17 19 18 16 16 13 13 15 15
Humidity L L M M H VH VH H M M L L
UV 1/L 2/L 4/M 5/M 7/H 8/VH 8/VH 7/H 5/M 3/M 1/L 1/L
Sea temp (C)(F) 1355 1355 1355 1457 1763 2068 2373 2577 2272 1966 1661 1457

Zermatt

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) -621 -523 -425 -130 337 745 948 948 745 337 -228 -425
Min temp (C)(F) -1112 -1112 -1014 -719 -327 134 337 337 134 -228 -719 -1014
Sunshine hours 4 5 5 6 6 7 7 7 6 5 4 4
Daylight hours 9 10 12 14 15 16 15 14 13 11 9 9
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1315 1175 1255 1355 1506 1687 1516 1737 1406 1295 1436 1335
Rainy Days 17 16 18 20 21 20 18 19 15 14 16 16
Humidity L L M H VH VH VH VH M M L L
UV 1/L 2/L 4/M 6/H 8/VH 9/VH 8/VH 8/VH 5/M 3/M 2/L 1/L
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Geneva • Vevey • Montreux

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Geneva airport. Transfer by rail (1 hour) from the airport to Montreux, then on to Vevey to discover the interactive museum, Chaplin World, set in the family home of the celebrated actor and director. Take a walk in the beautiful park that surrounds the museum before boarding the train back to Montreux in the afternoon. Stay 3 nights at the Hotel Eden Palace au Lac (Double rooms). (B)

Day 2: Lausanne

Head to Montreux pier and board the paddle steamer across Lake Geneva to Lausanne, a historic lakeside town and home to the International Olympic Committee as well as a host of sporting associations. On arrival in Lausanne, visit the Olympic Museum to find out about the history of the Olympic Games. Afternoon at leisure to explore Lausanne before taking the 20-minute train journey back to Montreux. (B)

Day 3: Gruyères

After breakfast, take the Chocolate Train to the picturesque villages of Gruyères and Broc, where the renowned Gruyère cheese is produced. Travel in a vintage 1959 Belle Époque carriage with coffee and croissants served as you enjoy the passing scenery. In Gruyères, join a tour of the picturesque dairy where the renowned cheese is produced before heading to the Cailler chocolate factory. Enjoy a short tour and video demonstration about the chocolate manufacturing process before sampling this celebrated Swiss product. Return by rail to Montreux in the evening (2 hours). (B)

Day 4: Wengen

After breakfast, board the GoldenPass train for a scenic rail journey to Wengen, passing vineyards and country estates (2 hours 20 minutes). To enhance your experience, upgrade to front-view panoramic seats. Change trains at Interlaken Ost for your onward journey to Wengen (20 minutes). Stay at the Sunstar Alpine Hotel (Wengen) (double rooms) for 3 nights. (B)

Day 5: Jungfrau region

This morning, take the 35-minute cable car ride to the top of Männlichen mountain. From here, enjoy an easy high Alpine walk with stunning views all the way down to the mountain pass of Kleine Scheidegg, followed by a 30-minute train ride down to the typical alpine village of Grindelwald. For an adrenalin rush, travel by gondola up to First cable car station then take an exhilarating zip line ride on the First Flyer and a scooter ride on Trottibikes back down to Grindelwald. Overnight in Wengen. (B)

Day 6: Schilthorn

Half-day excursion by cogwheel railway and cable car to the summit of the Schilthorn, affording arguably the best view of the peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. The round-trip from Wengen takes in the idyllic resort of Mürren, passing stunning Alpine scenery and waterfalls. The excursion can easily be combined with a visit to Trümmelbachfalls, a series of thundering underground glacier waterfalls (entrance fee payable locally). (B)

Day 7: Fly to London

Morning at leisure. Take advantage of your Bernese Oberland Pass to explore the surrounding area. Board the train to Geneva (3 hours 15 minutes) for your return flight back to London. (B)

Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

Important information Superior tour

Superior tours are based in 4- and 5-star accommodation. All hotels are located within walking distance of train stations.

Seat reservations:

Please note that seat reservations on the Chocolate Train and GoldenPass can only be confirmed about 90 days prior to the travel date. For earlier bookings all other services will be confirmed and then the seat reservations will be advised at a later stage.

Room types:

Where indicated, the tour accommodation is in two-bedroom, shared accommodation for four people. Where two-bedroom accommodation is indicated, alternative, separate one-bedroom accommodation is also available.

Tailor-made travel:

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • Sunstar Alpine Hotel
    Sunstar Alpine Hotel

    The Sunstar Alpine Hotel is located in the centre of the car-free resort of Wengen, conveniently close to the train station and opposite the Männlichen-Bahn cable-car. Guestrooms are comfortable and decorated with warm wood furniture. The restaurant serves regional produce and there is a cosy fireside bar with musical entertainment. Features: 76 rooms, restaurant, lounge bar with fireplace, steam bath, sun bed, indoor swimming pool, sauna, garden, airport shuttle. Room amenities: Television, phone, minibar, safe, hairdryer, bathtub, separate sitting area, Wi-Fi.

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  • Eden Palace Au Lac
    Eden Palace Au Lac

    Opened in 1896, the Belle-Époque Hotel Eden Palace au Lac has a wonderful location on the East Bank of Lake Geneva in central Montreux and is very convenient for the train station. The hotels' restaurant serves refined cuisine and enjoys a lakeside terrace, ideal for enjoying meals with fabulous views; the hotel also has a perfectly manicured garden with a swimming pool and sun loungers also with lake views. Most standard rooms have a balcony offering views of the town of Montreux. Features: 105 rooms & suites, restaurant, sun terrace, terrace, garden, seasonal outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, sauna, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: satellite television, minibar, hairdryer, safe, Wi-Fi.

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Dates & prices

FSW2021

Guideline Prices

Low season from £1295 per person

High season from £1295 per person

 

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

 
  • • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
    • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
    • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

Destinations on this tour

  • Montreux

    Situated on the eastern shores of Lake Geneva, Montreux is seen as one of the most...

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