Lake Constance and Four Countries

Sunday 12th July to Saturday 18th July 2020
7 - Days


Prices from: £1795


Discover the region around one of Europe’s most beautiful lakes as you travel on privately chartered boats and trains in four different European countries, framed by historic resort towns and towering Alpine pinnacles.


Departure Date: 12-Jul-2020
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  • Based at an elegant 4-star hotel in the Swiss cathedral city St. Gallen, you’ll visit Switzerland, Austria and Germany and travel over the entire railway network of Liechtenstein.
  • An all-inclusive dinner cruise aboard the elegant Belle Epoque paddle steamer Hohentwiel on Lake Constance is a tour highlight, as well as fantastic steamboat cruises on Lake Zurich and Lake Greif, on the oldest Swiss steamer in active service.
  • Narrow-gauge highlights include steam charters on the idyllic Bregenzerwald railway, running through rural scenery in Western Austria, and on the picturesque Appenzell narrow-gauge network, as well as the Montafon branch line in Austria.
  • Thrilling mountain top adventures in store include scenic summits in the Swiss Alps at Ebenalp and in the Austrian Alps at Schruns, as well as First Class travel on the Voralpen Express panoramic train in Eastern Switzerland.
  • Vintage vessels, iconic steam trains, romantic locations and stunning scenery and cuisine all combine to make this a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Sunday 12th July
Arrive in St. Gallen, evening dinner cruise on luxury motor yacht
After a direct morning flight from London to Zurich and a short Intercity connection to St. Gallen, you arrive in this UNESCO-designated cathedral city by early afternoon. You will stay for the full duration of your holiday at the 4-star Einstein hotel in the heart of the Old Town. After check in, you’ll have free time to explore St. Gallen or watch the trains and trams at the railway station. In the evening you transfer by SBB service train to Rorschach on the Swiss side of Lake Constance, where you enjoy a dinner cruise on the luxurious motor yacht ‘Emily’. As you wine and dine on this 1930s yacht, the sun sets over the Swiss Alps and majestic Mount Säntis. (D)

Monday 13th July
Scenic cruise and steam by land and water along the River Rhine
After breakfast you take an SBB service train along Lake Constance to the namesake town of Konstanz. Here you board a vintage vessel for a cruise on the Lower Part of Lake Constance (Untersee) and the Upper Rhine River to the medieval town of Stein am Rhein. Enjoy a light lunch before taking a private charter trip on the local narrow-gauge steam railway and embarking on a private steamboat cruise on the Rhine aboard an historic steam launch. In late afternoon you again board a vintage vessel and complete the rest of the cruise from Stein am Rhein to Schaffhausen, passing under the wooden covered bridge at Diessenhofen. In Schaffhausen you can photograph the trains passing over the landmark 1895 river viaduct before taking an SBB service train over the iconic Rhine Falls viaduct and witness Europe’s largest and widest waterfall. You arrive back to St. Gallen in the early evening, having completed an epic circular journey for the day. (B L)

Tuesday 14th July
Steam in Vorarlberg at Bezau; Visit to Lindau; Paddle steamer cruise on the ‘Hohentwiel’
This morning you explore Vorarlberg, Austria’s westernmost state, close to Lindau and bordering Germany, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. You’ll first visit the mountainous Bregenzerwald narrow-gauge railway, running from Bezau to Schwarzenberg and passing over two impressive viaducts. After lunch at the railway station in Schwarzenberg, a U.25 type steam locomotive runs you back to Bezau, for a scenic drive to the Bavarian lake-side resort Lindau, famous for its Old Town located on an island on the lake, with harbour framed by a 19th century lighthouse and impressive lion statue. After sightseeing in Lindau, you have a dinner cruise scheduled in the Bay of Bregenz on the stately 1913 paddle steamer ‘Hohentwiel’, still powered by the original Escher Wyss compound steam engine and featuring polished brass, mahogany wood panelling, a tall smokestack and opulent dining salons. (B L D)

Wednesday 15th July
Mountain railways in the Swiss Appenzell and Ebenalp summit
Mountain top adventures in Switzerland await today, on the country’s famed narrow-gauge railways and aerial cableways. After a quick transfer from St. Gallen to Herisau, you travel First Class on a private heritage train with half-open summer coaches to the terminus of Wasserauen, at the foot of Mount Säntis. After lunch-time refreshments at the local railway museum, you take an aerial cableway to the nearby summit Ebenalp, for views of the nearby mountains and Lake Constance. You descend to Wasserauen and travel via Gais back to St. Gallen, covering most of the narrow-gauge network. Back in St. Gallen, you continue on the narrow-gauge line to Trogen, rising high above Lake Constance with stunning views of the lake and quaint towns nestled in the hills. On your return there’s still time to experience the Mühlegg funicular, located practically on the doorstep of your hotel. After your special day out in the Swiss Alps, you spend the late afternoon and evening relaxing in St. Gallen. (B L)

Thursday 16th July
Main line charter train in Austria; Mountain magnificence in the Montafon region; Railways of Liechtenstein
A tour highlight awaits today travelling on an iconic, semi-streamlined Austrian railcar over the scenic Vorarlberg main line from Feldkirch via Bludenz and then through rare track on the mountainous branch line to the Alpine resort of Schruns. You arrive in time for lunch at a typical Austrian inn, before making a mountain-top excursion to the local summit. Back in the valley you continue by railcar to Feldkirch, change onto a service train for a trip to neighbouring Lichtenstein, clearing its entire railway network in the process. At the Swiss border station of Buchs SG you change onto an SBB double-deck Regional Express for a direct ride back to St. Gallen, with views of the Rhine Valley and Appenzell peaks during the journey. (B L)

Friday 17th July
Steamboat ‘Greif’ on Lake Greif and Lake Zürich paddle steamers; Voralpen Express panoramic train
This morning, after taking an SBB Intercity train from St. Gallen to Zurich, you sail the full length of Lake Zurich aboard the genuine 1909 paddle steamer Stadt Zurich. With the Glarus Alps in full view, you reach the mediaeval city of Rapperswil. In early afternoon you continue by SBB service train to Uster, for a unique private charter cruise on Switzerland oldest steamboat, the venerable Greif from 1895. This coal-powered screw steamer with wooden superstructures sails on its namesake lake just southeast of Zurich. In late afternoon you return to St. Gallen, travelling First Class on the Voralpen Express panoramic train through the scenic Toggenburg Region. (B D)

Saturday 18th July
Scenic cruise on Lake Walensee, Return to London
After breakfast you transfer from St. Gallen to the boat pier at Unterterzen on Lake Walensee, for a fabulous charter cruise on one of the most spectacular mountain lakes in the world.Many people travel by rail along the banks of Lake Walensee between Chur and Zürich, but few experience the trip on one of the elegantly-appointed salon ships that sail on the lake. The Walensee is framed by wonderfully rugged scenery and has steep, fjord-like cliffs on all sides. To cap your memorable holiday in fine fashion, you enjoy lunch and complimentary wine on the boat while taking in the views. After the cruise, you have a direct transfer to Zurich Airport, where your luggage will await you after transfer. You then board a late afternoon flight back to London, arriving in the UK by evening. (B L)


Details

Price

  • Tour price £1895
  • Single supplement £295
  • Ground only St. (Gallen – St. Gallen) £1795

All prices shown are per person based on two persons sharing.

Price Includes

  • Flights from London to Zurich and return
  • Intercity rail connection from Zurich to St Gallen
  • 6 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • 5 lunches
  • 2 dinners
  • SBB service train connections
  • Dinner cruise
  • All private charters, boat rides and excursion as detailed in the itinerary
  • All seat reservations and transfers
  • The services of a tour manager

Meals included each day are shown as:
B = Breakfast - L = Lunch - D = Dinner

 

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