Enjoy a wonderful winter holiday to the most picturesque locations in the Swiss and Austrian Alps. Framed by tall peaks and simmering lakes, this all new tour offers the chance to travel on some of the most exclusive and comfortable historic trains in Continental Europe. Follow in the footsteps of Winston Churchill and travel on the same semi-streamlined VIP train that was rolled out for his state visit to Switzerland in 1946! Indeed the iconic "Red Arrow" railcar allows you to not only recline in deep-cushioned red-velvet seats with picture-framed windows, but also sit next to the driver in the front vestibule for the unique pilot perspective. Built in 1939, this unique vehicle is a true treasure and will take you on a private charter ride over some of Eastern Switzerland most scenic mountain railway lines.
Equally impressive are the original 1930s Pullman coaches of Rhaetian Railways, which will take convey you in fine style and impeccable comfort on a private journey to the Engadin Valley. SBB dome cars, OBB Schlieren coaches and tower-top excursions round out an exciting programme that always emphasizes refinement, relaxation, leisure and of course luxury! This is underlined by stylish, top-notch resort hotels and the world famous hospitality culture of both of these landlocked countries.
Just as important is the inclusion of private charter boats and wonderfully scenic cruises on breathtaking lakes like the Walensee in Switzerland and the Traunsee and Attersee in Austria. See why these tranquil waters inspired generations of artists and composers and stay in some of the same historic towns as they did, like lakeside Gmunden in the heart of the Salzkammergut Region.
Best of all, and as the most important attraction of this holiday, we can offer this unique 9-day package starting at just £2125, including First Class rail trips on service trains and luggage forwarding by coach. By comparison, just a one night journey on the Orient Express can cost £3500 or more. So combine refinement and value, all in one trip. For a measure of inspiration and to see the attractions of this tour, please view the following videos. For more the full tour program, please click here.