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Lake Lucerne and the Bernese Oberland

Lake Lucerne and the Bernese Oberland

Built in 1896 the Hotel Paxmontana is an architectural masterpiece that sits on a plateau with magnificent views onto like Sarnen and the surrounding mountains

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Built in 1896 the Hotel Paxmontana is an architectural masterpiece that sits on a plateau with magnificent views onto like Sarnen and the surrounding mountains and is a wonderful base to visit nearby Lake Lucerne with an included lunch cruise on the lake, the wonderful Brunig Pass and the Bernese Oberland. You will also be taken back in time at the Swiss Open-Air Museum in Ballenberg and enjoy a visit to Meiringen, home to the famous meringues and where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle spent his holidays. We feel you will take home back some wonderful photographs and memories of this fantastic holiday.


At a Glance

1 x Swiss evening BBQ with Alpine Horn player

Lunch cruise on Lake Lucerne

Entrance into Ballenberg Swiss Open Air Museum


G&K Shared Tour

We have been working behind the scenes with Galloway to be able to offer you an even wider range of UK and Continental Holidays, this enables us to offer you more choice and some exciting NEW destinations. As these Holidays will be offered by both companies, we encourage you to book early to avoid disappointment.

Day 1

We depart home area and travel to Folkestone for our Eurotunnel crossing. We continue travelling through France making suitable refreshment stops via Saint Quentin, Reims and Champagne country of France. Arrive at our overnight hotel in Forbach with time to freshen up before your evening meal.


Day 2

After breakfast we travel via Strasbourg to the pretty town on the Alsace Wine route to Riquewihr situated between the peaks of the Vosges mountains and the Plain of Alsace. Its cobbled streets are dotted with half-timbered winemaker's shops and tasting rooms, and cafes where you can sit outside and eat and take in the wonderful ambience of this delightful place. Browse the individual unique shops offering ceramic and gifts from the region. Re-join the coach and we continue through France and cross the borders into Switzerland and arrive at our hotel where a warm welcome will be waiting for us from the hotel staff.

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Day 3

Enjoy a morning at leisure to relax at the hotel and enjoy the views. In the afternoon we take a short excursion down to the village of Sarnen and its nearby lake which is nestled in the pre-Alpine landscape of Central Switzerland. In the town square there is a group of beautifully preserved historic buildings including the Rathaus (Town Hall), parts of which date back to 1418 and the Maria Chapel originally built in 1556 and rebuilt in 1662 after earthquake damage. Opportunity to purchase lunch in one of the cafes/ coffee houses with time at leisure before returning to our hotel.

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Day 4

After breakfast we travel a short distance to the shores of Lake Lucerne and visit the beautiful ancient City of Lucerne. Walk over one of Europe's oldest covered bridges, the Chapel Bridge, which serves as a centre piece, see the fresco-adorned historic houses line the streets. Browse the many shops and visit Bucherer, the best place to buy a Swiss watch or maybe shop in nearby C & A's. There are so many shops to choose from you will be spoilt for choice. Our highlight today is a lunch cruise on the spectacular Lake Lucerne where you will enjoy a light meal in wonderful surroundings. The cruise lasts just under two hours where you will be privileged to outstanding scenery. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure before retuning to your hotel.

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Day 5

We spend a full day today travelling via the Brunig Pass, at an altitude of 3307 feet which connects the Bernese Oberland and central Switzerland, to our first stop, the Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air museum where you stroll through the past. See more than one hundred century old buildings from all over Switzerland, traditional old-time gardens and demonstrations of local crafts which create a vivid impression of rural life in days gone. Afterwards we visit Meiringen with opportunity to take a ride on the nostalgic funicular (extra cost) which transports you to the Reichenbach waterfalls, affording picturesque views of smaller waterfalls en route. The viewing platform at the mountain terminus allows a view over the torrent of the 120-metre-high Reichenbach waterfall where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fictitious detective Sherlock Holmes plunged to his death in 'The Final Problem'. Conan Doyle spent many holidays in Meiringen and there is a museum dedicated to him and his famous detective. Readers reacted to the news of Holmes' death with displeasure, which led the novelist to resurrect him three years later. Meringues are said to hail from Meiringen and can be enjoyed in one of the many cafes and restaurants. where the fictitious detective Sherlock Holmes plunged to his death here, only to be resurrected three years later.

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Day 6

Today we travel along the Lake Lucerne to the small idyllic holiday resort of Weggis, which is located at the foot of the renowned Rigi and offers tranquillity and relaxation in front of beautiful lake Lucerne with a mountainous panorama. Time to purchase lunch here before retuning to our hotel for an afternoon at leisure.

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Day 7

We say farewell to Switzerland and start our return journey homeward stopping in Strasbourg, the European capital and capital of Alsace and boasts an exceptional architectural heritage, for time at leisure and to purchase lunch before continuing to our overnight hotel in Forbach.

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Day 8

After breakfast we retrace our outward journey and return to home area approx. 9pm.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Evening Meal Included, L=Lunch Included


This fabulous 3-star superior hotel has period charm and offers stylish modern comforts. All bedrooms are charmingly decorated in Art Nouveau furniture, all with a balcony. There is a lift, terrace, and gardens with panoramic views.


En-suite, Lift, Restaurant, Bar, Wi-Fi, Hairdryer, Telephone

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Ardleigh Crown Ardleigh Crown Public House
Bramford, Angel PH Bramford, Angel Public House
Brentwood George & Dragon George & Dragon PH, Roman Road, Mountnessing
(B1002) CM15 0TZ
Bury St Edmunds Bus Stn Bury St Edmunds, Bus Station, Stand 9
Capel St Mary (South) Capel St Mary National Express Stop Southbound
Setdown Point: Capel St Mary White Horse Pub
Chelmsford Services Chelmsford Springfield Services
Lorry Park (Off A12)
Claydon Crown Claydon Crown Public House Lay By
Colchester North Rail Stn Colchester North Rail Station
Combs Bus Shelter Combs Bus Shelter, Ipswich Road (Opp. Esso Garage)
Copdock - Tescos Copdock Mill, Tesco Superstore Front Exit Bus Stop
Debenham Angel Debenham Angel Public House
Diss Bus Station Diss Bus Station
Eye Town Hall Eye Town Hall
Felixstowe Coach Park Felixstowe Coach Park, Garrison Lane, Felixstowe,
IP11 7SJ
Felixstowe Gt Eastern Sq Felixstowe Great Eastern Square
Ipswich, West End Rd Ipswich,West End Road Car Park
Kelvedon - The Tavern Kelvedon The Tavern, High Street/Station Road
Long Stratton Long Stratton Police Station
Mendlesham Kings Head Mendlesham, Kings Head Public House,
Mendlesham, Denters Hill Mendlesham, Denters Hill
Needham Market - Swan Needham Market, Swan Public House,
Norwich - Castle Meadow Norwich, Castle Meadow,(Outside Galloway Office)
Redenhall/Station Road Junction of Redenhall Road/Station Road Harleston
(Old Duke William PH) IP20 0LB
Scole - Scole Engineering Outside Scole Engineering Garage, Scole
Sproughton Sproughton, Wild Man Public House
Stowmarket Railway Stn. Stowmarket Railway Station.
Stowupland Dents Corner Stowupland, Dents Corner,
Tollgate McDonalds Stanway, Mc Donalds Bus Stop, Tollgate, CO3 8RG
Witham Old Post Office Witham Old Post Bus Stop - Sorting Office
(NOT McColls Store)
Woolpit Church Woolpit Church

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