Swiss Maximum Steam

Swiss Maximum Steam

This unique steam-packed ten days includes more highlights than we could have ever envisaged when we started to plan it! Six steam train excursions, 5 paddle steamers, a steam tram, Lucerne's excellent Transport Museum, Swiss Vapeur Park, and a historic electric train with accompanying absinthe Schnapps! Our visit to Blonay Chamby also coincides with the 2019 Swiss Steam Festival! Oh, and there's also the Brünig Pass, Voralpen Express and Golden Pass Line to top off our ultimate Swiss tour

10 Days From £2,795

 

Departs

Saturday 1 June 2019

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Bauma to Hinwil Steam train

  • Schinznacher Baumschulbahn steam excursion

  • Voralpen Express train to Lucerne

  • Visit to the Swiss Transport Museum

  • Paddle Steam boat trip on Lake Lucerne

  • Paddle Steam boat trip on Lake Brienz

  • Brienz Rothornbahn steam

  • Paddle Steam boat trip on Lake Thun

  • Tour of Bern by Bern Steam Tram

  • Golden Pass Line train to Montreux

  • Paddle Steam boat trip on Lake Geneva

  • Visit to Swiss Vapeur Park

  • Private Steam Charter on the Vallee de Joux Steam Railway

  • Paddle boat trip on Lake Neuchatel

  • Historic electric train from Neuchatel to Travers with ‘Green Fairy’ schnapps

  • Steam excursion from St Suplice to Travers

  • Swiss Steam Festival at Blonay Chamby

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • 9 nights’ bed, breakfast & evening meal

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

DAY 1

Relax as we let the European train system transport us through France to Winterthur for two nights at the 4* Hotel Banana City (crazy name, nice hotel!)

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DAY 2

Our first steam excursion is on the Bauma to Hinwil line. Formerly part of the Uerikon-Bauma Railway, 11 km of track is preserved, operating steam trains hauling vintage heritage carriages dating from the 1900s. Our day continues with a visit to the Schinznacher Baumschulbahn, whose steam locos operate on Switzerland's only 600mm gauge track on a 3km round trip through the tree nursery.

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DAY 3

The scenic Voralpen Express heads south to Lucerne, where we visit the excellent Swiss Transport Museum. A short paddle steam trip transports us to Lucerne, continuing by train over the beautiful mainline Brünig Pass for three nights in Interlaken at the 3* Hotel City Oberland.

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DAY 4

Another paddle steamer transports us to Brienz, joining the wonderful Brienzer Rothorn Railway, Switzerland's oldest steam cog railway. The railway steams and smokes its way up the mountain now as it did when it opened in 1892, climbing from Lake Brienz for 7.6km to Brienzer Rothorn Alp summit station at a height of 2,244m.

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DAY 5

Today's paddle steamer heads across Lake Thun to Thun. In Bern, Switzerland's handsome capital and a UNESCO World Heritage site, we enjoy a city tour Railtrail style on the Bern Steam Tram, dating from 1894.

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DAY 6

The scenic Golden Pass Line transports us across the mountains, descending through the vineyards to Montreux. Transferring to paddle steamer on Lake Geneva, we enjoy time at Swiss Vapeur Park, one of Europe's most prestigious miniature railways. We continue for four nights at the 4* Moevenpick Hotel in Lausanne.

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DAY 7

Today we enjoy a privately chartered ride on the Vallée de Joux Steam Railway, a 14-kilometre-long railway line from Le Brassus to Le Pont dating from 1899. In Le Pont you have the chance to visit the small local steam train depot before we board a public train further to Vallorbe. In Vallorbe, the 'City of Iron', visit the Iron and Railway Museum before we return by train to Lausanne.

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DAY 8

Travelling by train and boat, we arrive in Travers to ride the historic electric train from Travers to St Suplice, with an aperitif on board. Why not try the 'Green Fairy' absinthe schnapps! After a visit to St Suplice steam depot, we return to Travers on the Val de Travers steam train.

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DAY 9

A day full of steam at the Swiss Steam Festival at the Blonay Chamby Railway with five different participating steam engines. Ride with steam from Vevey to Blonay and return as well as the visit of the Blonay-Chamby-Chaulin Museum and the rest of the day's festivities.

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DAY 10

We return by train across Switzerland to Paris, changing stations for our Eurostar journey to London.

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B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

HOTELS

In Winterthur we stay at the modern 4* Hotel Banana City. The 3* City Oberland Hotel is at the very centre of Interlaken. Our final hotel is the 4* Moevenpick in Lausanne, nestled close to the lakefront with the French Alps in the distance.

 

FARE

From London St Pancras International:

 

Standard Class rail travel

to / from Switzerland, including Standard Eurostar

£2795

First Class rail travel

to Winterthur / from Lausanne, including Standard Premier Eurostar

£3095

Single Traveller Supplement

£495


 

9 nights’ bed, breakfast & evening meal

 

Eurostar and rail travel to and from Switzerland in the class of your choice

 

All excursions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

 

GUARANTEED FARE

 

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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