10 Day Holiday With The Furka Line & Brienzer Rothorn

Includes steam railway journeys and some fabulously dramatic scenery

Stadtplaz, Brig
Brienzer Rothorn steam train
Great views from the Rigi train

This is a Half Fare Card holiday which offers the ultimate flexibility. It can be adapted in various ways to suit you, including adding more resorts and rail journeys and changing the duration. The Half Fare Card gives you up to 50% reductions on excursions.

Please call 0800 619 1200 for help with planning or email us at info@swissholidayco.com


"Three special mountain railways around Switzerland with dramatic scenery of the high Alps and stunning views above the lakes."

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Day 1 - Arrive and explore the interesting town of Brig

Flight from the UK to Zurich airport with train to Brig. Check in to your hotel for your 3 night stay and enjoy your first taste of this interesting old trading town.

Day 2 - A journey on the Furka Cogwheel Steam Railway

Limited departures from mid-June to early October. Travel by train long the Goms Valley to Oberwald, the start of your 2 hour nostalgic journey on the Furka steam railway. The Furka railway rescued this 17.8km section of track from Realp to Oberwald, which offers magnificent views of the Rhone Glacier. One way travel on the Furka Line is included, with return by mainline rail. Supplement of £45 2nd class or £75 1st class for the return steam journey.

Day 3 - A free day to enjoy one of many trips from Brig

Brig is a great centre from which to explore this region and beyond. Our suggestions include taking the train to Zermatt with its Gornergrat railway, or a day trip on the Centovalli Line scenic train to Locarno for a pasta lunch. Another alternative would be a visit to the awesome Aletsch Glacier, which can be easily reached from Brig by local train and cable car.

Day 4 - Travel to Interlaken with a choice of routes

We suggest a leisurely journey (around 4 hours) on the Lötschberg Regio Express to Thun, followed by the Lake Thun steamer to Interlaken; this could be timed to enjoy lunch on board. Alternatively, catch the fast train to Interlaken via Spiez. Check in to your Interlaken hotel for 3 nights.

Day 5 - A memorable steam railway journey on the Brienzer Rothorn
A leisurely cruise from Interlaken to Brienz then change to the Brienzer Rothorn nostalgic cog railway. Chugging away since 1892, the three generations of steam locomotives provide a daily service through the summer with that special joy you only get from steam trains! Time to enjoy refreshments and the view from the 2,350m summit before your return journey.
Day 6 - A free day to visit the beautiful Bernese Oberland
There is so much on offer here, but keeping with the train theme, we suggest two exceptional visits: the cogwheel journey from Wilderswil to Schynige Platte, or the lesser known Niesen funicular railway which climbs 3,499m in two sections to Niesen Kulm and boasts views over Lake Thun.
Day 7 - Travel on the Luzern-Interlaken Express

The panoramic coaches of the Luzern-Interlaken Express offer wonderful views on this two hour journey from Interlaken. Travel alongside Lake Brienz before climbing over the Brünig Pass and on to the beautiful lakeside resort of Lucerne for your 3 night stay.

Day 8 - A day to Mount Rigi ‘Queen of the Mountains’ celebrating 150 years in 2021
We include a day ticket to Mount Rigi. The famous cog wheel train runs from Vitznau to Rigi Kulm; for a limited number of Sundays in the summer is run by steam train. The railway links with cable cars and the cog railway from Rigi Kulm to Arth Goldau offering a different journey home. A day on Mount Rigi has wonderful walks, restaurants and amazing views from so many vantage points. From Rigi Kulm you can see 13 lakes and a sea of mountain peaks.
Day 9 - A free day to explore the Old Town or venture into the mountains
Explore Lucerne Old Town at leisure, or head to Mount Pilatus which can be visited by the world’s steepest cog railway or cable car. The village of Stoos boasts the steepest funicular in the world; travel via Schwyz, one of the original 3 cantons and where the name Switzerland comes from.
Day 10 - Last day
As Zurich airport is only an hour away, you have time for a last look around the fascinating town before you take the train to the airport for your flight to the UK.

2021 and 2022 Guide Prices

3 nights in Brig, Interlaken and Lucerne

Available June to October

Prices from £1,480 per person staying in 3 star hotels

Prices from £1,665 per person staying in 4 star hotels

1st class rail supplement £159. Half board prices: add £341 per person in 3 star hotels; £419 in 4 star hotels

Switch to a 15 day Swiss Travel Pass to include excursions by rail, boat and bus, with up to 50% discount on cable cars for £177 2nd class or £343 1st class.


Your holiday price includes

Booking Conditions
  • Scheduled return flights from London to Zurich (flights available from around the UK)
  • 2nd class rail travel from Zurich airport to Brig and Lucerne to Zurich airport
  • 9 nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation as described based on two people sharing
  • 2nd class rail travel between your resorts as described with reserved seats on the Luzern – Interlaken Express
  • 2nd class rail travel Brig to Oberwald with one way travel on the Furka Line Oberwald to Realp and return Realp to Brig
  • 2nd class return travel to Brienz and return tickets on the Brienzer Rothorn mountain railway.
  • Rigi round trip day ticket from Lucerne
  • Half Fare Card which entitles you to half or reduced price travel on all the excursions mentioned
  • Fully detailed itinerary sent with all tickets
  • Financial protection ATOL 3148
The Half Fare Card is valid on trains, scenic trains, PostBuses and most boats, mountain railways and cable cars. Optional excursions may not operate year round, please check before booking. Call us on 0800 619 1200 or email us at info@swissholidayco.com

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Glacier Express on the Landwasser Viaduct
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  • Change the direction of travel
  • Add extra nights along the way
  • Add on lakes & mountains excursions
  • Include dinner on a half board basis
  • Upgrade to superior hotel rooms
  • Upgrade to 1st class rail for extra comfort
  • Bespoke prices available 2021 & 2022
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