A Swiss New Year Adventure

8 Day Winter Festive Tour from Luzern to Zurich with Albatross

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Albatross 8 Day A Swiss New Year Adventure. Ride on panoramic trains and funiculars up massive mountains, across ravines and snow laden valleys. Visit historic Bern and lakeside Thun, the ski resorts of Grindelwald, Mürren, Wengen and delightful Lauterbrunnen. Take stunning cable...read more

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1 Luzern
Your tour commences this evening in Luzern with a welcome drink and dinner. (D) Stay: Hotel Wilden Mann
2 Panoramic train ride to Interlaken
Your morning is at leisure in Luzern's old town. Early afternoon we will board the Zentralbahn Panoramic train for an unforgettable journey deep into the Bernese Oberland, to Interlaken. Sitting beside large panoramic windows we pass crystal-clear lakes, waterfalls and cross over the magnificent Brünig mountain pass. After checking in to our hotel, we will enjoy an orientation walk through delightful Interlaken. Nestled between two lakes, and surrounded by soaring peaks, Interlaken makes a great base for our adventures over the next six nights. (B/D) Stay: Hotel Interlaken
3 Jungfrau mountain ride and Aletsch Glacier
Let the adventure begin! Boarding a local train we climb high into the mountains to Kleine Scheidegg. Changing on to the Jungfrau Railway we travel into a tunnel which takes us through the inside of the north face of the Eiger, and up to the Jungfrau joch – the highest rail station in Europe. At 3,454 metres (11,332 ft) the views down onto the Aletsch Glacier are magnificent. You will find several restaurants, an Ice Palace and the Lindt Swiss Chocolate Heaven display. You can also take a lift another 100 metres higher to the dramatic Sphinx lookout point. Your evening is at leisure in lively Interlaken. (B) Stay: Hotel Interlaken
4 New Year’s Eve fondue, medieval Bern and Thun
Following the lakeside of Thunersee, we reach Bern, Switzerland's capital city set on a spectacular bend above the River Aare, and a UNESCO World Heritage landmark. Here we have ‘My Time'to explore the medieval cobblestoned streets with their sheltered arcaded shopping ways, and the famous ‘Bärengraben'bear pits. In the afternoon we also stop to visit the pretty town of Thun. This evening join us as we celebrate with a traditional New Year's Eve Chinois Fondue dinner in our hotel. (B/D) Stay: Hotel Interlaken
5 New Year’s Day, snow shoe walk, ice curling and fireworks
A leisurely start. In the picturesque ski village of Wengen we don snow shoes and, splitting into smaller groups, we enjoy aguided snow shoe walk into the snow laden fields. Easy to do, this is a great mountain experience. Later, back in Wengen, we visit the ice-skating rink to try our hand at the fun sport of Ice Curling! This evening Interlaken is in festival mode, especially around the ice-skating rink. Make sure you watchthe impressive New Year's Day fireworks display. What a spectacle as fireworks explode against a backdrop of snowy mountains and the explosions echo through the Alps! (B) Stay: Hotel Interlaken
6 Mürren and the Schilthorn 007 Experience
From Lauterbrunnen we take the cable car to Grütschalp, then on a scenic train we follow the cliff top all the way along to the pretty village of Mürren. Here we take the incredible cable car up to the glass floored observation deck of the Birg restaurant. Around the entire peak is the Skyline Thrill Walk – a metal walkway suspended over a sheer drop below. Thrilling indeed! Then onwards and upwards by cable car to the Piz Gloria, a revolving restaurant set on top of the Schilthorn summit. With astonishing 360 degree views we have included a 007 buffet lunch. This was also the setting for the evil Blofeld's secret mountain hideout in the James Bond film ‘On Her Majesty's Secret Service '. There is a James Bond museum and the 007 toilets are… memorable! Retracing our steps back downhill make sure you stop in the delightful village of Lauterbrunnen, surrounded by 304 metre (1,000 foot) high, sheer cliffs. Your evening is at leisure in Interlaken. (B/L) Stay: Hotel Interlaken
7 Grindelwald, the First Flyer and a horse drawn carriage ride
Another glorious day in the mountains. This time to the worldfamous village of Grindelwald and then by cable car up to the First lookout. Time for an incredible experience as we ‘harness up'for an exhilarating zip line ‘flight'down the mountain side. It is very easy and so much fun! Later, after free time exploring the shops and cafés of this delightful ski resort, we enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride through the picturesque local countryside. Taking a different way ‘home ', we ride on the new Männlichen cable car up and over the Männlichen ridge and down to Wengen. Tonight we celebrate with a farewell glass of schnapps before dinner in a local restaurant. Relax and soak up the atmosphere as you enjoy traditional Swiss fare and a Folklore show. (B/D) Stay: Hotel Interlaken
8 Transfer To Zurich
This morning we will transfer you by coach to Zurich Airport and city centre. We recommend that you book flights or trains that depart Zurich after 2pm today. (B)

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Journey Highlights
  • Celebrate New Year over 6 nights in Interlaken
  • Spend 5 full days exploring the mighty mountains, towns, and villages of the Bernese Oberland
  • Be there for the magnificent New Year's Day fireworks show 
  • Ride on the Zentralbahn Panoramic train from Luzern to Interlaken
  • Enjoy a New Year's Eve Chinois Fondue dinner and Farewell dinner with a Swiss Folklore show
  • Take the incredible funicular train up the Jungfraujoch, explore the ice palace, look down on the massive Aletsch Glacier
  • Explore ancient Bern and lakeside Thun, visit Wengen, experience the fun of a snowshoe walk and try your hand at ice curling
  • Take the cable car to Grütschalp then a scenic train along to the cliff top village of Murren 
  • Ride on a cable car to the exhilarating Schilthorn summit for a buffet lunch in the famous 007 revolving restaurant, enjoy the 007 Experience and follow the Skyline Thrill Walk around Birg Peak 
  • Ride on the new Männlichen Cable Car, visit Grindelwald, enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride and zoom down the mountain on the ‘First Flyer' zip line.
Trip Inclusions
Over $1,000 value of extras already included
  • All excursions, scenic drives, sightseeing and entrances as described
  • Fully escorted by our experienced Tour Manager
  • Travel by coach, scenic trains and cable cars as described
  • 7 nights authentic, specially selected hotel accommodation
  • Hotel porterage (1 suitcase pp)
  • Local guides as described
  • Free WiFi available at most hotels
  • End of tour tips to Tour Manager and Driver, tips for local guides
Included Meals
  • Welcome drink in Luzern
  • 12 Meals – Buffet breakfast daily (B), 1 lunch (L) and 4 evening dinners (D))
  • A complimentary wine, beer or soft drink with all included dinners
  • Tea and coffee with all included dinners
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise and internal flights as specified only. Flights not specified are not included.

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Trip Notes
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