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Prestige Continental Express Switzerland

 

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Prestige Continental Express

The Prestige Continental Express is a privately-owned train operating in Switzerland and beyond, consisting of a short formation of two dining cars, bar car and kitchen.

The Prestige Continental Express is a luxurious train with the comfort and safety of modern times, in the style of the Orient Express.

Recent renovation (2013) included upholstery from the same Scottish mill that supplied the fabric for the original Orient Express. Lamps and fixtures are modelled on the authentic Orient Express trains.

Brass luggage racks and wooden inlays create a rich atmosphere. The Prestige Continental Express is built on modern Deutsche Bahn dining cars, including air conditioning.

The Salon Bleu and the Rubis Noir dining cars of the Prestige Continental Express have 48 places. Complimenting these restaurant cars in the stylish Piano Bar with live music. Chef-prepared dining from local ingredients is prepared in the modern kitchen.

Prestige Continental Express Luxury Train Club

Swiss Spectacular II

(London – Paris) – Basel – Landquart – Zermatt – Andermatt – Chur – St. Moritz - Tirano – Lucerne – Reichenbach Falls – Interlaken – Jungfraujoch – Schnynige-Platte – Brienz – Bern – Basel

July 14 - 26, 2021. Experience the unparalleled beauty of Switzerland’s mountainous landscapes in luxury and style, travelling on the country’s magnificent historic trains and alpine railways, during a twelve night/thirteen day tour. Operated by Golden Eagle Luxury Trains.

Optional pre-tour extension from London to Basel (via Paris) by Eurostar and TGV (July 12-14, 2021). Please ask for details

Itinerary, Swiss Spectacular II

July 14,. Transfers from Basel Airport to central Basel, close to Basel SBB station. Welcome dinner. Overnight at the GAIA Hotel.

Swiss Rail Spectacular Prestige Continental Express Luxury Train Club

July 15. Zurich / Basel - Prestige Continental Express. This morning we join the Prestige Continental Express private train in Basel’s SBB main station. After a stop in Zurich, lunch is served as we are steam-hauled from Winterthur through the Swiss countryside to Chur for the night. Overnight at the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz.

July 16. Zermatt – Glacier Express. Following a visit to the Rhätisher Bahn’s (RhB) railway workshop in Landquart, we join a train of traditional RhB carriages hauled by one of their steam locomotives and head to Disentis to board the Glacier Express (travelling in the 1st class panorama cars). Travel over the spectacular Oberalp Pass and arrive early evening into Zermatt. Overnight at the Grand Hotel Zermatterhof.

July 17. Zermatt. Morning at leisure in this beautiful alpine town that is dominated by the majestic Matterhorn. This afternoon, as part of the 90th anniversary celebrations of the Glacier Express, we take an exciting journey on the Gornergrat Rack Railway with one of the Glacier Pullman Express carriages and a rack-railcar. Guests will travel one way in the Pullman car and the other in the railcar. We travel to a height of 3,089 metres (10,135 feet) for an incredible close-up view of the Matterhorn. The Gornergrat is located between the Gornergletscher and Findelgletscher (glaciers) and offers a view of more than twenty peaks over 4,000 metres (13,123 feet). Descending the mountain, a raclette dinner will be taken at the Riffelalp Resort, Al Bosco Restaurant at 2,222m (7,290 ft) before returning to Zermatt on our private train. Overnight at the Grand Hotel Zermatterhof.

July 18. Furka Pass & Andermatt. After breakfast, we join the Glacier Pullman Express (two Pullman cars and a piano-bar car) as we descend from Zermatt to Oberwald, where a post bus will take us for lunch at the Hotel Glacier du Rhône. After lunch we cross one of the most beautiful mountain passes in the world, the Furka Pass. On arrival in Realp we have a tour of the railway workshops before re-joining the Pullman train for the short journey down to Andermatt. Overnight at Hotel Chedi, Andermatt.

July 19. St Moritz. Following breakfast we re-join the Pullman train for a second crossing of the Oberalp pass before stopping mid-morning in Disentis to visit the Benedictine Abbey, founded in 720 AD, escorted by one of the monks. Luncheon on board in a Gourmino dining car, as we run down the Rhein Gorge to Chur, the oldest city in Switzerland. There is a walking tour of the completely car-free centre. Late afternoon we re-join our Pullman train for the journey up to St. Moritz. Our travels will take us through the Albula Pass between Filisur and St. Moritz. Overnight at Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, St Moritz

July 20. Tirano, Italy. Today we travel Switzerland’s famous Bernina Line to Tirano, Italy. From St. Moritz we take the Glacier Pullman Express, hauled by a unique and historic Bernina ‘Crocodil’ electric locomotive built 1928. Our private train will allow us the freedom to make some photo stops along the way. This section of the Bernina Line is home to the incredible spiral stone viaduct at Brusio. Once in Tirano, Italy we spend time enjoying the Valtellina Valley and visit the Triacco La Gatta Winery for lunch, before retracing our steps past St Moritz and then through Davos and Klosters to Landquart via the 19-km Vereina Tunnel. Overnight at Grand Resort Bad Ragaz

July 21. Vitznau & Lucerne. This morning we depart Landquart on the Prestige Continental Express for Arth Goldau. Here we take a steam special up Mount Rigi; also known as Queen of the Mountains 1,752 metres (5,748 feet) to Rigi Kulm. From Kulm station we descend to Vitznau on Lake Lucerne for a cruise on a classic paddle steamer, crossing the lake to Lucerne. Here we visit the Swiss Rail Museum or have some free time before travelling onto Interlaken, for a four-night stay at the Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa. Overnight at Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa, Interlaken

July 22. Reichenbach Falls. Visit the magical Jungfrau alpine region of Switzerland, taking a private steam train on the Ballenberg Dampfbahn to Meiringen and Innertkirchen. There is the choice to walk 2 km through the spectacular Aareschlucht Gorge, followed by the Funicular to Reichenbach Falls, made famous by Arthur Conan Doyle as the spot where he killed off both Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty, before a visit to the Sherlock Holmes Museum in Meiringen, then re-join the steam train to return to Interlaken.

A second group has a more leisurely day by going straight from Innertkirchen to Reichenbach Falls, visiting the Sherlock Holmes Museum and some free time in Meiringen before returning to Interlaken. Overnight at Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa, Interlaken

July 23. Jungfraujoch and the ‘Top of Europe’. Taking regular trains to Grindelwald and Kleine Scheidegg, we have the choice of a leisurely morning with stunning Alpine views or transfer to the Jungfraubahn and the final leg of the trip up to a height of 3,454 metres (11,332 feet) above sea level, making this the highest railway station in Europe. Weather permitting you may be able to venture out onto the glaciers. There will be time at the top of the mountain before descending back to Kleine Scheidegg for lunch before continuing down the mountain to Wilderswil where we have a special steam charter train on the Schynige-Platte Bahn Rack Railway. At the summit we will visit the Alpine Garden before returning to Wilderswil and then back to the hotel. Overnight at Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa, Interlaken.

July 24. Brienz, Brienzer-Rothorn. Today we leave Interlaken for the Brienz-Rothorn Steam Rack Railway. The town of Brienz is famous for its wood carving, as well as the stepping-stone for the Brienz-Rothorn Bahn, the fourth highest railway in Switzerland that reaches a height of 2,244 metres (7,360 feet). Following lunch on the mountain at the Berghaus Planalp, we return to Brienz and cruise to Interlaken on the 1914 paddle steamer SS Lötschberg. Overnight at Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa, Interlaken

July 25. Bern. Departing Interlaken on board the Prestige Continental Express, we travel to Bern for a short city tour by historic steam tram. Returning to the train for lunch we travel down to Lake Geneva and then transfer to the Blonay-Chamby Railway perched high above Vevey, where we spend the afternoon. Returning to the Pullman train, we follow Lake Geneva to the end of the lake. As our final dinner on the train is served, we return along Lake Geneva and Lake Neuchatel back to our final stop in Basle and the end of our tour. Overnight at GAIA Hotel, Basel

July 26. Basel After breakfast, free time until airport transfers or train departures.

Journey Highlights

Prestige Continental Express - Standard gauge.

Glacier Pullman Express - Narrow gauge. Historic electric and steam locomotives will haul our trains across the Alpine Mountain Scenery of Switzerland.

Brusio spiral stone viaduct.

Oberalp Pass.

Furka Pass Steam Rack Railway.

Gornergrat Rack Railway, Zermatt.

Aareschlucht Gorge & Reichenbach Falls.

Schynige Platte Rack Railway & Alpine Gardens.

Jungfraujoch, Top of Europe & Jungfraubahn Rack Railway.

Brienz-Rothorn Steam Rack Railway.

100-year-old Paddle Steamer Lötschberg.

Rigibahn Rack Railways.

Historic Paddle steamer on Lake Lucerne.

Farewell gala dinner in the opulent Prestige Continental Express dining cars

Dates and Prices 2021, Swiss Spectacular II

2021: 14-26 July

Twin Cabin: £17,295/€19,095/$20,995 per person

Single: £21,250/€23,695/$25,995

Prices quoted are ex Club Discount

Contact

Please contact the Club for further details of the Prestige Continental Express and the Swiss Spectacular II.

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