Spend seven nights in the idyllic Saanenland, in a cosy mountainside lodge. Explore chic Gstaad on foot, hike or cycle along mountain paths, paddle in Lake Lauenen, raft on the River Saane, or ascend the summit of the Wispile and the Rinderberg by cable car.We recommend travelling to Switzerland by train from London to Geneva, and then on to Montreux to join the GoldenPass Line for the remainder of the journey to the Saanenland. Return flights from the UK with rail travel in Switzerland can also be arranged. Your destination is Schoenried, just outside Gstaad; a peaceful, mountainside village with stunning views across the five converging valleys. Less than 2 miles away is Gstaad, the popular winter and summer sports destination, known for its authentic main street lined with chalet houses and boutique shops. Rustic restaurants populate the surrounding villages and the undulating green slopes; trickling streams navigate their way between the rocky mountains; and, chairlifts, cable cars, and extensive hiking paths guide you across this fantastic landscape. Use your Swiss rail pass to travel around the villages and towns, stopping in Gstaad, Lauenen, and Zweisimmen. Click here to download a full PDF itinerary.Day-by-day summaryDAY ONETravel from London to Gstaad and Schoenried by rail on your first day; or fly into Geneva and travel the rest by rail. The Eurostar leaves in the early morning for Paris, where you change to a TGV train, arriving into Geneva in the mid-afternoon. Here, change for Montreux, and then change again for the GoldenPass Line to Gstaad, arriving in the evening. Check into your resort hotel.DAYS TWO TO SEVENSpend seven nights enjoying the highlights of the Saanenland, first making the most of your three day rail pass to explore the surrounding villages and valleys.DAY EIGHTOn your eighth day, board a morning train from Gstaad back to Montreux, Geneva, and Paris. Spend up to two hours in Paris before catching your connection back to London, arriving in the early evening. Choice of hotelsHotel Alpenrose, Schoenried – 4 starPricesBy rail from the UK, from £1,860 per person with standard class rail travel for the duration of your holiday. Upgrade to first class from £390 per personBy air from the UK to Geneva, from £1,780 per person with standard class rail travel within Switzerland. Upgrade to first class from £230 per personWhat’s included:Rail travel London to Switzerland via Paris in standard/ second class (first class can be booked at a supplement) return, or scheduled return flights from the UK to Geneva3 days Swiss rail pass for travel on 3 consecutive days7 nights’ bed and breakfast in your resort hotelWhat’s not included:Transfers in ParisTransfers in Switzerland station to hotel unless offered by your hotelOptional extensions:Combine this holiday with one of our Iconic Swiss Rail Journeys or another long stay in a different part of the country.
Schoenried sits on the so-called ‘sun terrace’ above Gstaad. This collection of beautifully traditional chalet houses offers a peaceful, quaint alternative to accommodation within Gstaad, and remains popular with those looking to primarily appreciate the natural landscape of the Saanenland. Nature walks, hiking trails, cable cars, and mountain railways provide a relaxing and insightful range of activity for a seven night stay, topped off each night with a gourmet dinner and an aperitif in your cosy hotel. Places of interest in the Saanenland:• Schoenried central square – named after the world champion, Olympic medallist, and World Cup winner in Giant Slalom, Mike von Grunigen• Hauptstrasse – the main street in Gstaad, lined with boutique shops, chic bars, and stunning chalets• Outdoor fondue – at one of the authentic restaurants serving alpine dairy products• Cable cars in the area take you from Zweisimmen to Rinderberg, Schoenried to Rellerli, Gstaad to Wispile, Rougemont to La Videmanette, Chateau-d’Oex to La Braye, Gsteig to Sanetsch, Reusch to Oldenegg, and Col du Pillon to Glacier 3000• Glacier 3000 – the only glacier area in the Bernese Oberland• Guided tours of Saanen, Zweisimmen, and Rougemont• Museums of local history at Saanen and Zweisimmen• Cheese-tasting and cellar tours at La Maison de l’Etivaz (+41 (0)26 924 70 60)• Fondation de l’Espace Ballon at Chateaux-d’Oex• Swiss Open – this tennis tournament is held in Gstaad at the end of July each year• Yehudi Menuhin Festival of Classical Music – hosted each year in the 15th century Mauritius Church in Saanen and a dedicated marquee in GstaadLocal sports suggestions:• Tobogganing at Rellerli• High-altitude hiking from the Rinderberg to the Horneggli• Flower trail on the Horneggli• Hiking from Rellerli to Sparenmoos• Hiking from Mount Wispile to Lake Lauenen• Climbing at La Videmanette, the Gstaad Dolomites• Walking along the shores of the reservoir at Sanetsch• Flora and fauna hike at Oldenegg• Glacier 3000 walking trail• Rafting on the River Saane• Horse-riding in Gstaad• Cycling through Gstaad• Swimming• Tennis• Curling on Gstaad’s own curling rinkThe abundance of available activities, from cultural and historic tours to scenic walks and hiking, will ensure that each of your days in the Saanenland area is unique and memorable. This seven night rail holiday allows you to make the most of this variety and get to know the region in-depth.Click here to download a full PDF itinerary.
As part of this single centre rail touring holiday, we include a seven night stay at the Hotel Alpenrose in Schoenried, outside Gstaad. Other options in the Saanenland area are available on request, and additional nights can be added here or in other destinations.Hotel AlpenroseThe four star boutique Hotel Alpenrose is situated just outside Gstaad, and has a traditional warm chalet feel and appearance. Wooden panelled exterior walls emerge from behind evergreen trees and support the peaked chalet roof. Inside, this style, synonymous with Switzerland, is continued into rooms with wooden floors, walls, and ceilings. The gourmet Azalée Restaurant serves traditional Swiss delicacies in an effortlessly elegant setting. Windows look out onto the iconic glacier-capped slopes of the Alps, while white table cloths and pink and red flowers preserve a more summery feel. On Thursday nights, dinner is accompanied by live piano music. Alternatively, guests can dine in Sammy’s Grill Restaurant on grilled meats, fondue, or Italian dishes. The lively Sammy’s Bar offers a relaxed place to unwind in the evenings. Perhaps begin your day at the boutique Hotel Alpenrose with a hew hours in the rustic spa; enjoy a massage from a Swiss expert, a dip in the Jacuzzi, or twenty minutes in the sauna. The guestrooms hold an abundance of authentic Swiss charm. Soft sheets and mattresses are accompanied by floral, intricate patterns and large windows, some of which have views on the nearby glaciers. Hotel Alpenrose welcomes families, offering cosy family apartments with mezzanine floors for the children. A self-contained chalet, sleeping groups of up to eight people, is situated just 200m from the main hotel building, tempting larger groups with the ultimate feeling of secluded privacy. All rooms, however, are identified by their comfortable ‘country’ atmosphere and design. The attractive Hotel Alpenrose is in an ideal location for a stopover near Gstaad as part of a Swiss rail holiday.Click here to find out more about the Hotel Alpenrose. Click here to download a full PDF itinerary.
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