This historic Swiss tour on the tracks of Thomas Cook leads you along the most beautiful areas of central Switzerland and the Bernese Oberland. Partly on the GoldenPass Line route and along several lakes the tour leads to Kandersteg, home of the famous Lake Oeschinen.
The highlight of historic Swiss tour is Kandersteg on the edge of the UNESCO World Heritage Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch. This authentic Swiss alpine village is a true hikers paradise! The included excursion to Lake Oeschinen offers you views of one of the most impressive alpine lakes.
Whether from any of the 3 Swiss international airports (Zurich/Zürich, Basle/Basel or Geneva/Geneve) or by train from Germany, France, Austria or Italy, the package includes the train trip from Swiss international airports or the border station to Lucerne/Luzern and at the end back to the airport or border station, so no need to buy any additional train ticket. All travel within Switzerland is included! And as an extra benefit, with this package tour all further excursions by train, mountain train, cable car, boat or bus can be obtained for half the price.
Upon arrival at Lucerne you can explore the beautiful city. Of course you can visit the historic district with the famous Chapel Bridge. Also you can stroll through the narrow streets. If you want to visit the famous Lion Monument, just continue your walk, because the city is relatively small. Next to the Lion Monument, you can visit the Glacier Garden and the huge Bourbaki panorama. Lucerne was covered by a glacier 10,000 years ago and the traces are still visible. The city is beautifully located on the Lake Lucerne and therefore a stroll over the boulevard is recommended. In summer you can enjoy an evening cruise and indulge the sunset.
Overnight in Lucerne
After the Swiss breakfast buffet (included with all overnight) a short walk or taxi ride will bring you to the station. There, the Luzern Interlaken Express, the red train which is part of the GoldenPass Line, will be waiting for you, but don’t be late as the Swiss are famous for their punctuality. The train will leave on time!
Enjoy the first part of the GoldenPass Line in the fully air conditioned panoramic train. A restaurant car is located in the middle of the train for hot and cold meals, beverages and snacks. 5 lakes „pass by“ on your train trip to Interlaken. Especially the last one, Lake Brienz, is extremely beautiful.
After the 2 hours ride, the train arrives at its final destination, Interlaken Ost (Ost means east in english, Interlaken has 2 stations, East and West). After check-in at your hotel you can explore Interlaken with its famous “Hoeheweg” (promenade) facing the Jungfrau mountain. Another possibility is a ride with the Harder funicular to the viewpoint above Interlaken. You get a good overview of Interlaken and see why it is called this way, Interlaken is Latin for „between the lakes“.
Overnight in Interlaken
Before continuing to Kandersteg, an excursion to the Schynige Platte by the more than a century old cog railway will offer you a fantastic panoramic view of the famous Eiger, Moench and Jungfrau. Near the summit station a botanic garden with alpine flowers is a true gem. Learn about the biodiversity and get to see the famous Edelweiss, but also many other stunning gifts of mother nature!
Overnight in Kandersteg
This often photographed lake at an altitude of nearly 1,600 m is well known as the perfect alpine setting. Lake Oeschinen is surrounded by the well over 3,000 m peaks of the Bluemlisalp, Fruendenhorn and Doldenhorn. Their impressive rock walls rise almost vertically from the lake. One reaches the lake after a short ride with a gondola followed by a 25 minutes walk leading to the shore.
A naturally created dam
Ancient landslides from the slopes of the Doldenhorn caused the creation of the lake. Recently smaller landslides have lead to a partial closure of the southern shore, but the remainder is accessible and safe to visit. Several hikes are possible. A loop up to the Heuberg and on to the Alp Oberbaergli offers spectacular views of the lake, however one needs to be free of vertigo. Alternatively, one can hike down to Kandersteg.
Overnight in Kandersteg
It is time to say goodbye. However, even the journey back to the airport or border station follows through the beautiful Swiss landscapes. Depending your destination, a stopover in the city of Geneva, Bern or Zurich is a good choice. Because all train stations in Switzerland are conveniently located in the centre of each Swiss city, a quick tour of the city can be done easily. At every station luggage lockers are available so your luggage can safely stay at the station.
Alternatively, another tour can be added or you may want to stay a few extra days in Switzerland.
You can start or end the tour at any Swiss airport or border station.
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