This 9 night rail holiday allows you to discover the stunning Alpine scenery of Switzerland and Austria, visiting some key destinations in both countries. Travel firstly to Lausanne, a city with stunning mountain views which is located on the shores of Lake Geneva, then on to Chur, a city in the Rhine Valley which is known as the oldest in Switzerland. From here, continue to Innsbruck, the Austrian capital of the Tyrol region, then finally to the cultural city of Vienna. Spend two nights in each of these destinations, before taking a night train back to London.We include a Swiss Pass with your rail holiday, which entitles you to unlimited travel by train, bus and boat within Switzerland, and even allows you to travel into neighbouring Lichtenstein. This means that during your free time in Lausanne and Chur you can explore the local area and see even more of the stunning Alpine scenery.PRICES 3 & 4 star hotels From £2,330 per person for first class rail travel.From £1,940 per person for second class rail travel. Prices based on two sharing a double or twin room.4 & 5 star hotels From £2,440 per person for first class rail travel.From £2,050 per person for second class rail travel.All Prices based on two sharing a double or twin room.What’s included? 3 day Swiss PassFirst or second class travel on all trains (as above) including EurostarAt the hotels: 3 & 4 STAR HOTEL OPTION2 nights’ bed and breakfast in a Standard Room at Angleterre et Residence in Lausanne2 nights’ bed and breakfast in a Standard Room at Romantik Hotel Stern in Chur2 nights’ bed and breakfast at Hotel Schwarzer Adler in Innsbruck2 nights’ bed and breakfast at Hotel Bristol in Vienna4 & 5 STAR HOTEL OPTION2 nights’ bed and breakfast in a Standard Room at Le Beau Rivage Palace in Lausanne2 nights’ bed and breakfast in a Standard Room at ABC Chur in Chur2 nights’ bed and breakfast at Hotel Schwarzer Adler in Innsbruck2 nights’ bed and breakfast at Hotel Bristol in ViennaWhat’s not included? Early check-in or late check-out at any hotels (though we can arrange this on request at additional cost)Meals other than breakfast at the hotelsAny services not mentioned aboveA luggage transfer service is available within Switzerland – please contact us for further details. Dates This rail holiday can be arranged throughout the year. Timings can vary depending on the month and day of the week.For more information regarding rail services to and within Switzerland, view our train guide.
Day-by-Day ItineraryDAY ONE:Leave London mid-morning on the Eurostar to Paris, before changing to a TGV to Lausanne. On arrival here at about 7.30pm transfer to your hotel where you spend two nights.DAY TWO: Spend the day at leisure in Lausanne, making the most of the Swiss Pass which entitles you to unlimited rail travel as well as boat trips. Perhaps travel across Lake Geneva by boat to Evian or Montreux, enjoy a scenic journey on the Golden Pass Line, take a day trip on the Chocolate Train or visit nearby Geneva for the day.DAY THREE: Leave Lausanne just after 9am to travel to Visp, where you board the Glacier Express for the beautiful journey through the mountains on the way to Chur, travelling past alpine meadows, dramatic glaciers and jagged mountainsides. Check in to your hotel in Chur for two nights.DAY FOUR:Take a day trip on the Bernina Express, allowing you to enjoy one of the world’s most spectacular rail journeys whilst travelling to Tirano and back. The journey takes you around and through sheer rock faces, alongside crystal-clear lakes and through switchbacks as you negotiate the stunning terrain.DAY FIVE:Leave Chur mid-morning on a train to Innsbruck, changing in Sargans on the Swiss side of the border. On arrival in Austria, transfer to your hotel where you stay for two nights.DAY SIX:Spend the day at leisure in and around Innsbruck, perhaps making the most of the excellent hiking and skiing possibilities near Innsbruck. Another option is to take in one of the most spectacular train journeys in Europe, travelling via Garmisch-Partenkirchen to the Bavarian Capital, Munich.DAY SEVEN:Leave Innsbruck at midday, travelling to Vienna via Leoben. Arrive at about 7.30 pm then transfer to your hotel where you spend two nights.DAY EIGHT:Spend the day at leisure in Vienna. Take a tour or watch a performance at the world-famous opera house, visit St Stephen’s Cathedral which dates back to the 12th century, or take a day trip to the Hungarian capital, Budapest which is only 3 hours away by train. DAY NINE:Spend the day at leisure in Vienna, before boarding a night train to Cologne at about 8pm.DAY TEN:Arrive in Cologne just before 9am, then end your rail holiday by travelling back to London following a change in Brussels. Arrive in the UK at about 4pm.
Below is some information regarding each of the hotels featured in this touring itinerary. Alternative hotels are available in some destinations - please contact us for full details.Angleterre et Residence – 4 star – Lausanne On the shores of Lake Geneva with great views to the Alps, just five minutes from the centre of Lausanne. The hotel offers contemporary style in a historic setting, with parts of the hotel dating back to the 18th century. Le Beau-Rivage Palace – 5 star – Lausanne Sumptuous elegance on the shores of Lake Geneva, with panoramic views across to Evian and the snow-capped French Alps.Romantik Hotel Stern – 3 star superior – ChurA historic and charming hotel in the centre of Chur, offering home comforts and traditional style with a restaurant serves typical Swiss cuisine. ABC Chur – 4 star – Chur A centrally-located hotel which is less than 500 metres away from the railway station. This homely yet modern hotel has an intimate atmosphere, and is the perfect base for excursions.Hotel Schwarzer Adler – 4 star – Innsbruck A unique hotel with a long history, located in the centre of Innsbruck only 100 metres from the old town. Rooms are individually designed, and the rooftop terrace has lovely views of the city and the surrounding mountains. Hotel Bristol – 5 star – Vienna The Bristol occupies a privileged position in front of the opera in the centre of Vienna. There are 140 rooms and suites decorated with sumptuous fabrics. Its Korso Restaurant is renowned internationally and recognised as one of Austria’s best.You may wish to also stay at the following hotels:The Grossarler Hof - 4 star - Grossarl ValleyA four-star member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group, this is a picturesque chalet in the Austrian Alps. Rustic wooden-panelled rooms meet luxury comforts, fine-dining, and an indulgent spa.Hotel Tennerhof Gourmet & Spa de Charme - 5 star - KitzbuhelElegantly designed to capture the authentic Austrian lifestyle, the Hotel Tennerhof offers a unique and charming luxury. Crafted woods, colourful rooms, and fireplaces come together to establish undeniable character, while beautiful gardens stretch out all around.
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