1 hour 30 mins from London
£2895 per adult / £1445 per child
BEST TIME TO VISIT
May – October
Get a bird’s-eye view of the Swiss Alps on a via ferrata adventure
Indulge in a rich and velvety journey of Swiss chocolate tasting
Jump aboard the world’s highest train and have a ‘cool’ experience at the Ice Palace
Bike (or hike) your way through the majestic Swiss Alps
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Reflecting dramatic snowy-peaked Alps off of serene lakes, embellished by charming cities that overflow with luxury is no easy feat, but someone’s gotta do it and WOW…does Switzerland do a stellar job! It’s no secret that the finer things in life hail from Switzerland; where else but the chocolate-box scenery of ancient castles and evergreen forests should produce the rich and velvety confectionary that is Swiss chocolate? The captivating panoramas will leave you so awe-struck, that a well-crafted timepiece is imperative and melted cheese because… melted cheese! This European adventure will lavish you in all that and more with all the wide-open spaces, crisp fresh air, frescoed facades and medieval architecture that you can handle. Take advantage of Switzerland’s famously efficient trains and reduce your carbon footprint by travelling on public transport.
Chapter 1: THE BEGINNING – LUCERNE
Arrive by train in the German-speaking city of Lucerne in Central Switzerland where you will be spending the next three days. Named after the picturesque Lake Lucerne, it is the perfect introduction to your Swiss adventure. Enjoy fire-roasted sausages on an outdoor BBQ for your first experience of Swiss cuisine. Once you’re settled in and had a good night’s sleep, take a day to relax with the family, or take the train to Engelberg Titlis to reach new heights in an adrenalin-filled experience of Via Ferrata climbing with difficulty levels to suit all, whilst the younger ones will be kept busy treasure hunting at ground level.
Family activities whilst here include visiting a cheese farm and the real crowd-pleaser of a Swiss Chocolate Adventure. Taking you on a rich and velvety journey of origin, technique and (our favourite bit) taste of Switzerland’s quintessential relationship with the power bean loved the world over. Nowhere else in the world do you get to have such an insightful experience guided by Lindt’s master chocolatiers. Stretch-out and breathe deeply in a session of family yoga for an afternoon of unpacking the first part of your holiday together.
Chapter 2: THE MIDDLE – GRINDELWALD
Pack up and board a train to Grindelwald for a panoramic journey worth every minute of the 2.5 hours it takes to reach your destination. Change trains in the pretty resort town of Interlaken, where you may have time for lunch and a stroll, before boarding a cogwheel train that will continue the mountainous ascent. Pass postcard-perfect Alpine lakes before arriving in Grindelwald, where a once-in-a-lifetime experience awaits. Check in to a log cabin style lodging for the remainder of your trip and spend the afternoon at your leisure. Get to know your surroundings and take a cable car ride from Pfingstegg overlooking the valley, or enjoy a much-deserved spa day with a luxurious sauna, herbal bath, ice fountain and outdoor heated whirlpool looking out to the slopes.
Now for the pièce de résistance – a day at the top of the world! Well, ‘The Top of Europe’ to be precise, but ‘world’ has a more fitting ring to it because it is an epic experience of global proportions. Either way, the journey to Jungfraujoch is an unforgettable one that requires the highest railway in the world to get you there. The penultimate stop will dazzle you with windows into the interior of the Aletsch Glacier and views of the 4,000-metre peaks around it like Mönch and Jungfrau, if you make it as high as the Sphinx Observatory you’ll be rewarded with 360° views stretching as far as the Vosges in France on a clear day. Reach this lofty height via an ultrafast lift which climbs 108 metres in 25 seconds. Kids will especially delight in the Ice Palace (who are we kidding, so will you!) enjoy finding frosty figures in corners of the mirror-smooth ice – an eagle, penguin and even a bear amongst others. Take part in some afternoon cycling of the area with plenty of hiking opportunities.
Chapter 3: THE END – TRUMMELBACH FALLS AND LAUTERBRUNNEN
Gurgle, roar, bubble and churn, the Trümmelbach Falls provide a fantastical sound-track to the family hike. Europe’s largest subterranean waterfalls and the world’s only glacier falls accessible to the public make for an awesome trail to be enjoyed by all. Adults can carry on deeper into the ravines whilst the kids are taken on a scavenger hunt incorporating the abundant nature at their fingertips. If it’s time for your farewell dinner then make the most of the country’s delicious raclette and chocolate offerings before bidding adieu to Switzerland. But if you’re not quite done then we suggest stopping in Bern, the capital city of Switzerland (flight/train time permitting). Shop along the weather sheltered arcades or stroll along the River Aare that cuts through the façades of Old Town, for a family huddle over rösti and hot chocolate at a riverside café.
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