European Rail Holiday

8 Day France, Italy & Swiss Alps by Rail

Make your European escape to France, Italy and the Swiss Alps on our specially crafted rail package including flights from South Africa. Enter the dreamworld or European heritage, sampling some of the best western cultures and some of the most amazing cuisines on earth!

Your first stop on the France, Italy and Swiss Alps Rail Adventure is Paris, known as the city of romance and art. See the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe, some of the countries most iconic monuments. Follow french heritage and explore the history of Napoleon Bonaparte or glance at some of the worlds most renowned art pieces including the Van Gogh's self portrait, Winged Victory, the Venus de Milo and of-course, the Mona Lisa.

Your second stop on the France, Italy and the Swiss Alps package is Zurich, one of Switzerland's largest cities and one of Europe's most fashionable destinations. Visit the Lindt chocolate shop or ride the cogwheel railway for a stunning view of the city. See some of the best museums, art galleries, opera, ballet and musicals in Zurich. Your package includes a guided tour to the Eiger Mountain, climbing the Swiss Alps by cogwheel railway and passing the serene villages of Lauterbrunnen, Wengen, Grindewald as you ascend to the 'Top of Europe', known as Jungfraujoch.

The final stop is the island city of Venice, where the only mode of transport is gondola or boat. Explore this historic little city by yourself as you walk through the narrow waterways and bridges connecting piazza's and hidden alleys filled with cafe's, art galleries and quaint little souvenir shops selling anything from Venetian masks to glass art. Make your way down the Grand Canal and discover the Rialto Bridge, Saint Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace to name only a few.

IDEAL FOR: Families, Couples and Friends

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The Eiffel Tower
  • The Mona Lisa and other world-known art pieces
  • Lindt Chocolate Shop in Zurich
  • Climb the Swiss Alps to the 'Top of Europe'
  • Gondola ride down the canals of Venice
  • Saint Mark's Square

Package is inclusive of flights from South Africa (Johannesburg). Flights from Cape Town, Durban and other airports are available on request.

See also our 7 Day London and Paris by Rail Journey

Summary

Bed & Breakfast

8 Days / 7 Nights
Train and Bus

France, Switzerland & Italy

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Paris
Upon arrival in Paris you will be met by your driver who will take you to your hotel where you will spend the next 2 nights. The rest of the day is at your own leisure in Paris.

Day 2 - Free day in Paris
You have a full day at your own leisure to explore the city of Paris.

See the Cathedrale Notre Dame and take a guided tour of the Louvre to admire the Venus de Milo, the Winged Victory of Samothrace and the famed Mona Lisa. Take a full day tour of the Palace of Versailles or experience a night to remember with a spectacular dinner and show at the Moulin Rouge. Take a picnis in the shadow of the Eiffel tower and walk down the Champs-Elysees and climb up the Arc de Triomphe for a 360 view of the city.

Day 3 - Train to Zurich
Make your own way to the Gare Du Lyon train station, where you will board the train to Zurich. Upon arrival in Zurich you will need to make your own way to the hotel. The rest of the day is at your own leisure in Zurich

Day 4 - Interlaken & Grindelwald
From Zurich we embark on a scenic coach journey through splendid countryside to one of Switzerland's most attractive Alpine regions, the idyllic Bernese Oberland. Spend two days in the heart of the magnificent Jungfrau region mountain world topped by a visit to Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe, listed by UNESCO as "World Heritage of the Swiss Alps".

Grindelwald, also named Eiger or Glacier Village, is nestled in an impressive Alpine landscape. A paradise not only for nature lovers! Hike one of the well prepared trails and enjoy stunning views of the surrounding impressive mountainscape including the world famous triple peaks Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau from one of the numerous lookout points. Experience a cable car ride to the sunny terrace of “Mt. First” or undertake a fun trottibike ride (optional activities, operating approx. mid May – mid October). With cuisine that ranges from trendy to authentic local food, folk music as well as ski lodges and bars that turn night into day, there is a broad variety of activities in  Grindelwald just waiting to be discovered.

Day 5 - Jungfraujoch & Lauterbrunnen
After enjoying the buffet breakfast at your hotel, you meet our tour guide at Grindelwald-Grund train station for the guided excursion to the Jungfraujoch - TOP OF EUROPE. Your luggage will be stored in the bus before we board the cogwheel train for a spectacular ride via Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch. Stunning views of the Jungfrau region mountain panorama accompany you all the way to the top and the imposing Eiger North Face seems to be within one’s grasp. Once at the top of Jungfraujoch, immerse yourself in the fascinating high-Alpine wonderland of ice, snow and rock. Experience the adventure tour “Alpine Sensation” marking the 100-year anniversary of the Jungfrau Railway and visit the Sphinx Observation Terrace and Plateau with the most breathtaking panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, neighboring countries and Europe’s longest glacier, the Aletsch Glacier. Don’t forget to stroll through the tunnels of the Ice Palace located in the heart of the glacier – a once in a lifetime experience you don’t want to miss. After this unforgettable winter experience the descent passes car-free holiday destination Wengen taking you to Lauterbrunnen, where the coach awaits you for the return trip to Zurich. Spend the night in Zurich.

Day 6 - Train to Venice
Today you will depart Zurich, boarding the train to Venice. The rest of the day is at your own leisure in Venice.

Day 7 - Free Day in Venice
You have a full day at your own leisure to explore the island of Venice.

Take a stroll along the Grand Canal and explore the winding streets in Venice. Visit the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark’s Square where you will find Doges Palace and the Basilica di San Marco. For the real Venetian experience try a ride on a gondola on the waterways of Venice or visit the island or Murano for a Glass Blowing tour.

Day 8 - Depart Venice
Your driver will be waiting for you at the Venice Island Parking lot where from which you will be taken to the airport for your flight back home.

Foot Notes:

  1. Transport to and from train stations are not included in this package. Hotels are selected to be close to the train station, however should you prefer transport included, this can be added.
  2. The scheduled tour to the Swiss Alps departs from a parking lot close to the Zurich train station. Passengers will need to make their own way to the starting point to join the tour.
  3. There are no roads in Venice. The driver will be waiting for guests at the parking lot, which is less than 800m from the hotel. Alternatively pick up can be arranged at extra cost by private boat.
Rates quoted per person sharing

8 Day France, Italy and Swiss Alps by Rail

Fly-in holiday package including flights from South Africa
3* Centrally located hotels
IN ZAR Cost Per Person
(2 Adults sharing Twin/Double)
October 2019
from R 26,325 pp
November 2019 from R 23,810 pp
December 2019
*Excluding 20 Dec - 31 Dec
from R 25,720 pp
January 2020
*Excluding 01 Jan - 15 Jan
from R24,020 pp
February 2020
from R 26,370 pp
March 2020
from R 24,403 pp

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Package rates includes:

  • Return economy class airfares from South Africa to  Paris / Venice
  • Airport taxes
  • 7 Nights Accommodation in 3 Star Hotels
  • Daily Breakfast
  • 2nd Class train ticket from Paris - Zurich - Venice
  • Airport transfers from Paris Airport to Paris hotel // Venice hotel to Venice Airport
  • 2 Day Tour from Zurich to the Top of Europe & Grindewald

Package rates excludes:

  • Meals not specified
  • Hotel to / from rail station transfers
  • Excursions not specified
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Items of Personal Nature

Prices are subject to change due to airfare increases, currency exchange, fluctuations and any unforeseen circumstances, without prior notice.

 

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