Swiss Classic Train Europe, Switzerland
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Fay says, "The Swiss Classic Train is unique in the Luxury Train Club; of keen interest to rail fans, it could be the unusual and unexpected gift to train enthusiasts of all ages, perhaps as part of a wider visit to Switzerland's superb rail network."
In 1912 the Bern-Lötschberg-Simplon railway was opened between Spiez and Brig. Electrified from the outset, its completion marked the culmination of a railway link from Northern France to Italy, avoiding the German occupied territories of Alsace-Lorraine.
With its horseshoe loops on the northern ramp, the 16km Lötschberg tunnel and magnificent panoramic southern ramp descending to the floor of the Rhone valley, it was not only a wondrous engineering achievement but also a rail route of unparalleled scenic beauty.
The Swiss Classic Train aims to recreate the ambience of express train travel over the old Lötschberg line.
Catering for all classes, the train comprises Pullman, First and Second Class carriages, a Restaurant Car and a Bar Car. If it is on the Lötschberg or elsewhere (for the train has a number of special routes elsewhere), a trip on the Swiss Classic Train is a truly memorable experience.
The First Class carriages offer at-seat dining in compartments and open saloons.
Whether in the open saloons or the private compartments, travelling First Class in the Swiss Classic Train is everything the first class traveller expects - convivial, private and comfortable.
This is a splendid carriage with enormous armchairs manufactured to the same designs as the chairs in pre-war "Trains de Luxe" like the Etoile du Nord and the Cote d'Azure Pullman, now seen in the Venice-Simplon-Orient Express.
Whilst enjoying a meal with uninterrupted views from the large picture windows, the Swiss Classic Train Pullman Car recaptures the lost ambience of a more genteel travel era. The Pullman Car is suitable for wheelchair passengers, being fully accessible throughout.
Anyone can use the Restaurant Car on the Swiss Classic Train. Bright and open, it is one of the two meeting points for socialising and fun; the other is the Bar Car.
This is the social hub of the train, whether for drinking, dancing, listening to the live piano music or all three!
The Augsburg Journey
Switzerland to Augsburg (Bavaria), with two nights in an hotel in Augsburg. 4 days/3 nights
Day 1 Basel. Join the train at Basel SBB for a 6:20hrs departure and travel via Aarau and Zürich towards the Bodensee. While enjoying coffee and croissants, the journey continues towards Germany, crossing the Rhine at Konstanz. Over Radolfzell and along the Bodensee you travel towards Friedrichshafen and further on to Ravensburg and into the Allgäu. En route, luncheon is served at seat. Past lush meadows and dreamy Bavarian villages and churches with their distinctive onion-shaped towers, through Buchloe until reaching Augsburg at 16:00hrs. After checking in at your hotel, you may visit the engine shed for an interesting TEE exhibition “A Legend of Rails". In the locomotive hall a fine “steam locomotive dinner" is served. Overnight stay in Augsburg.
Day 2 Augsburg. There is an interesting guided walk in the morning of this third largest city in Bavaria. The title “most northerly Italian city" is shared with Műnich, while the influence of the many beautiful renaissance buildings is especially distinctive. The birthplace of Leopold Mozart (father of the musical genius Wolfgang) and Berthold Brecht, it is also the home of the influential Fugger family and many other people such as Martin Luther. The remainder of the day is free time.
Day 3: Augsburg – Ulm – Switzerland. After breakfast there is a walk to the station and departure at around 09:00 for a short journey in the special train to Ulm. Arrival is at 10:30, so there is free time for a visit to the city centre with the famous Minster. Especially famous for the imposing tower which equals the highest in the world at 161.53m, this Minster is also the largest evangelical church in Germany. You can climb the tower to a height of 142m up 768 steps (4 Euros). At 13:30 the special train continues over beautiful branch lines past Riedlingen and Sigmaringen to Singen. During the journey through the picturesque countryside of the Schwäbische Alb – formerly also called the Schwäbische Jura - lunch will be served at your seat. The line follows the Danube and you will cross it several times before Tuttlingen. Return into Switzerland via Konstanz –Kreuzlingen to your joining station and the end of the journey at 19:30hrs.
Dates and Prices 2015
Date: 22 May
Price per person. To be advised
Hotel InterCity***. Sharing a room: CHF 940; Single room: CHF 1,030
Hotel Steigenberger Drei Mohren ****. Sharing a room: CHF 1,040; Single room: CHF 1,175
Included: Travel in the special Swiss Classic Train from Switzerland to Augsburg and back; reserved seat; coffee or tea and croissant on the outward journey; 2 lunches (3 courses) on the special train; 2 overnight stays in the chosen hotel; extensive breakfast buffet; visit to the engine shed with steam locomotive dinner; ZRT Journey manager; detailed travel information
Not included in the price: Gratuities; drinks with meals; insurance
Optional extra: Cancellation and emergency protection insurance - CHF 39
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