NEW: The Swiss Alps
Featuring the Bernina Express
Saturday 4th - Saturday 11th August 2018
8 daysDeposit: £75pp
Travel Insurance: £41.50pp
Single supplement: £129
An exciting tour to Switzerland, staying in the mountain resort of Davos. Davos and nearby Klosters are surrounded by a breathtaking backdrop of mountains in idyllic countryside, offering the perfect setting for a summer holiday in the Alps.
THE BERNINA EXPRESS
One of Europe’s great train journeys, and a truly spectacular way to cross the Alps, the Bernina Express climbs up to the glistening glaciers before descending to the palms and vineyards of Italy far below. For most of its journey the train runs along the World Heritage Site known as the Rhaetian Railway. You will pass through 55 tunnels and across 196 bridges during the three and a half hour journey from Davos to Tirano. The amazing Brusio Circular Viaduct is a masterpiece of engineering, built to limit the gradient of the line to just 7 per cent. The views are at their most magnificent at the mountain-ringed Lake Bianco, and the highest point is reached at Ospizio Bernina, at 2,253 metres above sea level. The carriages have large, panoramic windows, giving unrestricted views of the unspoilt Alpine scenery.
Your Holiday Hotel
THE CENTRAL SPORTHOTEL
Davos is one of Europe’s highest towns, and is often home to members of the royal family during the ski season. The Central Sporthotel is a 4 star hotel with a lift, located in the town centre. There is a bar, indoor pool, sauna and steambath. The bedrooms have a balcony and “Austrian style” twin beds. A cold buffet breakfast is served and dinner is three courses. A set menu is served on the evening of arrival, with a choice on subsequent days. A Swiss Farmers Buffet is served on one evening of your stay.
(DAY 1) Saturday 4th August
Taxi pick up from your home to the coach. Dover to Calais ferry crossing, and drive to Forbach on the French/German border for an overnight stay with dinner (set menu) and breakfast at the Mercure Hotel.
(DAY 2) Sunday 5th August
Continue into Switzerland to the high Alpine resort of Davos for a 5 night stay.
(DAY 3) Monday 6th August
A mid-morning departure for our excursion to the world famous resort of St. Moritz. Elegant and chic, it lies in the middle of a lake-dotted landscape and offers one of the sunniest climates in Switzerland. The pretty town is famous as the birthplace of Alpine winter tourism and has hosted two Winter Olympic Games.
(DAY 4) Tuesday 7th August
We travel via Klosters to the charming and historic town of Chur. Time to explore the cobbled streets, secret courtyards and Cathedral. We return through the mountains via Filisur and the verdant Albula Pass.
(DAY 5) Wednesday 8th August
A short stroll from our Hotel to the station to board the Bernina Express for an unforgettable journey through the mountains to Italy. Experience lakes, gorges and glaciers, as well as a series of amazing loops and tunnels. The train heads up through the Swiss Engadin Alps before descending into the remote Poschiavo Valley, with its pretty flowers and Mediterranean atmosphere. Finally we reach Tirano, for a little time at leisure before boarding the coach to drive back to Davos, with a fresh perspective on the awesome scenery en route.
(DAY 6) Thursday 9th August
A day at leisure. We include a “Davos Card” allowing free use of local public transport and cable cars. We suggest a trip on the Schatzalp funicular railway to the top of the Magic Mountain for lunch in the panoramic restaurant, followed by a visit to the Alpine Garden.
(DAY 7) Friday 10th August
Depart Davos after breakfast and return to the Mercure at Forbach for dinner and overnight stay.
(DAY 8) Saturday 11th August
We make our way back to Calais and take a ferry home, reaching the local area and meeting taxis mid-evening.