Swiss St Nicholas Snow Train Adventure

Swiss St Nicholas Snow Train Adventure

Here's something a little bit different - an 8 day tour to our popular hotel on Lake Lucerne, but with a festive twist! Compare Hergiswil's village Christmas Market with Lucerne's, which is actually inside the station, and the stunning market in Einsiedeln's abbey square. Marvel at the Golden Pass route, the revolving cable car at Mount Titlis and Mount Pilatus. Cruise on Lake Lucerne, take the Rigi Railway up the 'Queen of the Mountains' and relax at two St Nicholas Parades.

8 Days From Only £1,375.00

 

DEPARTS

Friday 1 December 2017

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Your choice of First or Standard Class rail travel to Switzerland and return

  • 4* hotel beside Lake Lucerne with leisure facilities and fabulous views

  • Excursion on the Rigi Railway, Europe’s first mountain railway

  • Experience the traditional St Nicholas hunt parade in Küssnacht

  • Breathtaking ride on the Titlis Rotair Cable Car, the world’s first revolving gondola

  • Take the Voralpen Express to the pilgrimage site of Einsiedeln

  • Spend time at Einsiedeln’s Christmas Market beneath the abbey

  • Visit Hergiswil’s own village Christmas Market

  • Witness Hergiswil’s St Nicholas Parade

  • Wonderfully scenic Goldenpass Line rail journey over the Brünig Pass to Interlaken

  • Relax on Lake Lucerne’s steamers

  • Explore Lucerne Christmas Market, fittingly located inside the station

  • Local Transport Pass – offering freedom to explore Lucerne on your free day

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

7 nights’ bed, breakfast & evening meal

Local Transport Pass

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

Hotel Porterage

 

DAY 1

Relax as we let the European train system transport us from the bustle of early morning London to Lucerne, then by local train to lakeside Hergiswil by Lake Lucerne and the Seehotel Pilatus, where a welcome evening meal awaits at our hotel.

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DAY 2

The first of our spectacular excursions features one of Switzerland's most scenic railways, the route of the Golden Pass Line from Lucerne through classic alpine scenery high over the Brünig Pass to Interlaken, which is now operated by the modern and spacious Zentralbahn trains. Enjoy some free time here before we retrace our tracks to Hergiswil, where we spend the evening at the village's very own Christmas Market, which takes place over two days this weekend.

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DAY 3

A day of relaxation. On one of our recent winter stays at the Seehotel customers went for a refreshing dip in the lake! Hats off to those hardy souls, but we'd recommend the warmer climes of the hotel's pool and relaxation area. Today the Hergiswil Village Christmas Market is in full swing with approximately 100 exhibitors, mostly from the locality, with food and drink galore, brass bands and the opportunity to experience the village's tradition of glass-blowing. The market climaxes with a St Nicholas Parade through the village.

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DAY 4

The Snow Express train leaves the shores of Lake Lucerne, heading into the Engelberg Valley through delightful villages nestling at the foot of increasingly steep and lofty mountains. From Engelberg we ascend Mount Titlis on the world's first revolving gondola - the 'Titlis Rotair'. The gondola rotates a full 360 degrees during its ascent, providing breathtakingly beautiful panoramas of as you soar to the mountain station at an altitude of over 3,000 metres above sea level.

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DAY 5

Today we sail across lovely Lake Lucerne on a winter cruise to Europe's first mountain railway! The Rigi Railway, has been transporting visitors from all over the world to the top of the 'Queen of the Mountains' since 1871. Descending to Arth-Goldau, we head for Küssnacht, where today the 'Klausjagen' St Nicholas Hunt Parade sees around 250 paper bishops' mitres carried through the village, followed by St Nicholas himself and 1,400 'Claus Chasers', many carrying cow bells and horns. It's quite a spectacle!

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DAY 6

Our excursion today on the Voralpen Express departs Lake Lucerne, passing Lake Zug, before beginning its ascent through snowbound Rothenthurm High Moor en route to Einsiedeln, whose monastery is Switzerland's most significant baroque building and most visited pilgrimage site. Einsiedeln is even more stunning to visit in December, as its abbey square plays host to one of Switzerland's biggest and best Christmas Markets.

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DAY 7

One last exhilarating excursion of contrasts begins with an exciting ride by cable car up Mount Pilatus, before our final evening at Lucerne's Christkindlimarkt Christmas Market, which is very appropriately located in the city's main station. Trains and Christmas cheer pretty much sums up this tour, we hope!

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DAY 8

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

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B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

HOTEL

Seehotel Pilatus, Hergiswil

This 4-star hotel stands directly at the lakeshore on lovely Lake Lucerne in the village of Hergiswil, just a short train journey from Lucerne itself, surrounded by majestic mountain views. The hotel was bought as a humble guest house in 1911 by ancestors of the Fuchs family, who still own and run the Seehotel. There have been many changes since 1911 and, whilst providing a relaxing base in a great location for all our excursions, the hotel also features a host of leisure facilities, including a large indoor pool, jacuzzi, saunas, sun deck and lakeside terrace.

 

FARES

From London St Pancras International:

 

Standard Class rail travel

to / from Switzerland, including Standard Eurostar

£1375

First Class rail travel

to / from Switzerland, including Standard Premier Eurostar

£1675

Single Traveller Supplement

£160



7 nights' bed, breakfast & evening meal

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

Local Transport Ticket

All excursions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

Hotel Porterage

 

GUARANTEED FARE

 

 

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

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