Switzerland for New Year

31st December - 10th January 2019(10 nights)pdfdownload

 





New Year Festive Fun, Alpine Adventure & Fondue

Join us on this tour to the Stunning Winter Swiss Alps.  Located in the Bernese Oberland our well-appointed campsite is in the pretty village of Lauterbrunnen, situated between gigantic rock faces and mountain peaks in one of the most impressive valleys in the Alps. The very name ‘Lauter Brunnen’ (‘many fountains’) suggests the magnificence of this landscape with its 72 waterfalls the most famous being the Staubbach Falls, plunging almost 300 metres from an overhanging rock face, and located directly behind our campsite. The winter resorts of Wengen-Kleine Scheidegg and Mürren-Schilthorn can be quickly reached by mountain railway and cable car from our base, where there are 213 km of piste, fun parks, 100 km of winter hiking trails and 50 km of toboggan runs.

Upon our arrival in Lauterbrunnen we celebrate New Year’s Eve – Swiss Style with dinner and wine. We then have a relaxed program of events over the next 10 days with something to suit everyone. We will have excursions, group meals and of course participate in the Après Ski Events. In order to gain maximum benefit from your time and to see as many of the stunning locations as possible you will be issued with an 8 Day Travel Pass enabling you to use the many nearby cable-car, train, boat and post-bus travel options free of charge. You will be able to enjoy stunning views of the famous Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau mountains. You will have the opportunity to visit the “Schilthorn” famous for its James Bond connection and perhaps enjoy a “Martini 007” cocktail in the revolving restaurant. You will also be able to visit the Highest Railway Station in Europe (3454m) at the Jungfraujoch.  After ten days of events our time in Lauterbrunnen comes to an end with a Farewell Dinner on the 9th January.

Day One – Monday 31st December 2018 (New Year’s Eve)
We arrive at Lauterbrunnen in the Swiss Alps, our campsite is well appointed with excellent well heated sanitary facilities making our stay here a pleasant experience. This evening we will have an early dinner in the restaurant before joining in the New Year Celebrations with the other guests.  Don’t expect an early night as celebrations can continue into the early hours of the morning.

Day Two – Tuesday 1st January 2019 (New Year’s Day)
New Year’s Day and a late start has been scheduled to allow us to recover a little from the festivities at last night’s celebrations, then we will make our way into Interlaken by train (using your travel pass) for the traditional Festive Parade, Fireworks and Concert.

Day Three – Wednesday 2nd January 2019
Today we will take the cable car to Grütschalp and continue our journey on foot to Winteregg (1.9km) where we will have a group lunch whilst enjoying some of the most stunning views towards the famous “Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau” mountains. After lunch, we will continue towards Murren (3km) where you will have free time before making the return journey by train, foot and cable car to Lauterbrunnen.  For those of us who do not need the exercise, all or part of the journey between Grütschalp, Winteregg and Murren can be taken by train!

Day Four – Thursday 3rd January 2019
Free day or join the Tour Directors on an Optional trip to Grindelwald by train (using your travel pass) or for any Skiers in the group the option to go skiing. In the evening, we will meet at the campsite bar and enjoy the “Apres Ski”.

Day Five – Friday 4th January 2019
Today we can walk from the campsite to Stechelberg (4.5km) where there will be time to have a coffee (payable locally) before taking the Cable Car up to Murren where we will have lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch you can make your way back to the campsite in your own time by a combination of walking, train, cable car or postbus or you could take the cable car (additional cost applies) up to the famous Schilthorn.  The opportunities for a warming afternoon drink en-route are endless!!

Day Six – Saturday 5th January 2019
For the more adventurous and energetic members of the group we suggest a combined train, cable car and walking excursion today.  We will take the train from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen followed by the cable car to Manlichen and from here it is possible to walk to Kleine Scheidegg (5km mostly downhill) or combine walking with a cable car. From Kleine Scheidegg you can take the train back to Wengen and onwards to Lauterbrunnen.  The less adventurous/energetic group members could visit Europe’s highest station (additional cost applies) at the Jungfgraujoch where the most amazing views abound, before making the return journey via Kleine Scheidegg and Wengen. This evening we will all enjoy the “Apres Ski” in the campsite bar whilst recounting the events of the day followed by a traditional “Cheese Fondue”.

Day Seven – Sunday 6th January 2019
In order to recover from the events of the past few days we suggest an easier day.  We will take the train from Lauterbrunnen to Thun where we will have some free time before boarding our boat for a cruise to Interlaken whilst enjoying a light lunch. After the cruise there will be free time in Interlaken before returning to Lauterbrunnen by train in your own time.

Day Eight – Monday 7th January 2019
Weather conditions permitting we can organise a “Snow Shoe Walking” session for those who are interested, hire cost paid locally. This evening we walk into town for a Group Dinner in a local Hotel/Restaurant.

Day Nine – Tuesday 8th January 2019
If you have not already done so why not visit the famous Schilthorn with its revolving restaurant – enjoy a “Martini 007” cocktail (shaken not stirred) and watch the world go around.  This evening we will meet in the Apres Ski Bar.

Day Ten – Wednesday 9th January 2019
A Free Day today, the last day of our stay here in Lauterbrunnen, giving you time for that final bit of sightseeing, skiing or walking.  Tonight, we will have a special farewell dinner accompanied by music.

Day Eleven – Thursday 10th January 2019
The Tour ends this morning. You may return to Calais with the Tour Directors (at your own cost) or remain on the continent to extend your stay.

PRICE                                   TOUR DEPOSIT       £300

Motorhome with 2 people = £1429 per person
Motorhome with 1 person = £1779

INCLUDED IN PRICE

  • 10 Campsite nights in Lauterbrunnen with full facilities including hook up
  • Excursions/Events as per the itinerary
  • Comprehensive 8 Day Travel Pass for Trains, Cable Cars, Busses & Boats
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Tour information pack with suggested routes & GPS co-ordinates
  • Services of Tour Directors travelling in their own motorhome

Excursions, Events & Meals

  • New Year’s Eve Celebrations, including Dinner and Wine
  • New Year’s Day visit to Interlaken for the Parade, Concert and Fireworks
  • 3 X Apres Ski events
  • Fondue Meal in the campsite restaurant
  • Combined Cable Car, Walking and Train trip to Grütschalp, Winteregg & Murren including Lunch
  • Boat Cruise on Lake Thun with Lunch
  • Optional trip to Grindelwald with the Tour Directors
  • Combined Walking/Bus Excursion to Stechelberg & Murren including Lunch
  • Combined Walking, Cable Car and Train excursion to Wengen, Manlichen and Kleine Scheidegg
  • Dinner in Lauterbrunnen Hotel/Restaurant
  • Optional “Snow Shoe” Walking excursion (equipment hire payable locally)
  • Farewell Group Dinner accompanied by music.

This tour starts in Lauterbrunnen Switzerland, but if you would like to travel at the same time as the Tour Directors, please book the optional tour package so that everything can be arranged on your behalf

OPTIONAL PACKAGE

Pre-Tour Itinerary

Friday 28th December 2018
We meet at Dover for our mid-morning crossing to Calais.  From Calais we will continue our journey to Bruges and our first campsite on our outward journey. 75 miles

 Saturday 29th December 2018
From Bruges, we continue our journey south to our next overnight stop some 15 miles north of the city of Luxembourg. Tonight, we will have a get-together with food in the campsite restaurant. 180 miles

Sunday 30th December 2018
We continue south to our final en-route campsite near Mulhouse. 210 miles

Monday 31st December 2018
Today we have a short drive to Lauterbrunnen where we should arrive in the morning for the start of the main tour. 110 miles

Included in the OPTIONAL PACKAGE

  • Return Dover/Calais Ferry with a 60-day Flexible Ticket + Club Class lounge
  • Three campsite nights with full facilities including hook up, in Belgium, Luxembourg & Germany
  • Meal in Luxembourg Campsite
  • Tour information pack with suggested routes & GPS co-ordinates
  • Services of Tour Directors travelling in their own motorhome

OPTIONAL PACKAGE PRICE

Motorhome with 2 people @ £219 per person
Motorhome with 1 person @ £379