Switzerland: GoldenPass Line and UNESCO highlights

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Combining contrasting regions of Lake Geneva in south-western Switzerland, and the Bernese Oberland.

You will discover some of the most beautiful landscapes in Switzerland.

December 2022 was an important month in the history of this train line, with the launch of the GoldenPass Express. This train will connect two equally popular regions. Both offering trips around the lakes or hikes into surrounding mountains. You can enjoy new carriages with panoramic windows and comfortable seating between Montreux and  Interlaken  without changing train at Zweisimmen. Two tracks meet here and an ingenious and innovative technical development will modify the gauge of the bogies and the height of the carriages in relation to the platform as they pass through Zweisimmen station. This means you stay on board and travel directly between your two destinations. A modern train with three classes Prestige, 1st and 2nd. A selection of drinks and snacks are available on board. Why not travel in style for 3 hours 15 minutes.

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  • Scenic train transfers including 'GoldenPass' train from Montreux to Interlaken
  • Opportunity to visit some UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Explore the stunning Lake Geneva region
  • Taste the delicious Swiss chocolate and cheese
  • Enjoy hiking on the mountain trails in the Jungfrau region

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UK to Montreux

Arrive in Switzerland and take the scenic rail transfer to Montreux (approx. 1¼ hours from Geneva, 3¼ hours from Zurich). Montreux is well placed for exploring the Lake Geneva region. Perhaps take a morning stroll along the flower-lined promenade and stop at one of the many lakeside cafés for lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy an optional visit to the historic Château de Chillon castle.

You can head into the mountains and explore the UNESCO Lavaux vineyard terraces or take an optional trip on the Chocolate Train to La Maison du Gruyère, see the production of this famous Swiss cheese before continuing to Cailler’s chocolate world . Alternatively, visit Charlie Chaplin’s World in Vevey dedicated to Chaplin's on-screen work (optional).

GoldenPass Line to Interlaken

Travel to Interlaken via the scenic GoldenPass Line (approx. 3 hours 15min) – the crowning highlight of your holiday. 


Interlaken is the gateway to the Jungfrau region, and there's so much to explore. A ‘must do’ trip is an optional journey to see Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch UNESCO-World Heritage Site via railway from Kleine Scheidegg to the highest railway station in Europe - Jungfraujoch at 3,454m (11,332ft). 

Perhaps take a full day trip to Trümmelbach Falls - Europe's largest subterranean waterfalls but watch out for the spray or hike from Grindelwald to Bussalp for spectacular views of the Jungfrau Mountain range. Visit Wengen for views over the Lauterbrunnen valley, and perhaps take the open-top cablecar up to Männlichen.

You can cruise on Lakes Thun and Brienz, enjoy the view over both the lakes from the Harder Kulm viewing platform, visit the alpine garden at the Schynige Platte or explore the Brienzer Rothorn. For the adventurous, Interlaken ticks all the boxes, from canyon swings to paraglides, there's something here for everyone. You can also try your hand at chocolate making at the Funky Chocolate Club and take home a delicious souvenir.

Don’t miss these UNESCO highlights:

  • Aletsch glacier UNESCO-World Heritage Site
  • Lavaux vineyards on the shores of Lake Geneva

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Your holiday includes:

  • Return flights from the UK
  • Chosen hotel and meals advertised
  • Swiss Half Fare Card - worth £100
  • 2nd class rail transfers within Switzerland 
  • Seat reservation on the ‘Golden Pass’ scenic train from Montreux to Interlaken
  • Time to relax in Montreux with optional day trips
  • Hiking opportunities
  • Unlimited use of local buses in the Montreux region

Your holiday excludes:

  • All optional excursions
  • Any extras, drinks, gratuities and personal expenses

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Suggested Hotels

Choice of Standard or Superior hotel options

★★★ Hotel Masson, Montreux OR ★★★★ Hotel Rene Capt, Montreux

★★★ Seehotel Bönigen, Bönigen OR ★★★★ Hotel Stella, Interlaken


Departure dates

  • Any Wednesday or Saturday throughout the summer from approx 22 May

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