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Switzerland in the Winter

Suffield...
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Switzerland in the Winter

While our fellow retirees are heading to Florida for the winter, we are considering a Great Railway Tour of Switzerland in January. Quite the opposite strategy than most New Englanders but we wanted to see the Alps with snow and in its grandeur. But I want to avoid a big mistake if it is just too cold or the weather is too aggressive. The train seems like a somewhat risk-free form of travel and the Glacier Express Tour looks like just what we are looking for. Any experiences out there with these tours or The Alps in winter? Thank you.

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Wengen, Switzerland
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for Switzerland
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1. Re: Switzerland in the Winter

Don’t miss out on doing the Bernina Express. That’s amazing in winter.

Don’t worry to much about the weather. It’s not going to be colder than New England. So if you know how to dress for that you’ll be fine.

Chester,England
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2. Re: Switzerland in the Winter

The Swiss know how to cope with winter weather. Trains will run, many footpaths will be cleared with mini snoblowers.

Wrap up warm, and enjoy.

Warwickshire...
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3. Re: Switzerland in the Winter

No need to take the Glacier or Bernina Expresses, just take the normal trains that ply the same routes

Chester,England
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4. Re: Switzerland in the Winter

I agree with that Roger, we have done it several times. The scenery is the same,as is the route. But some may enjoy the commentary on the BEX, and GEX.

Suffield...
9 posts
5. Re: Switzerland in the Winter

Thank you. I saw where the avg hi temp in Jan in Switzerland is 7 degrees warmer than here in CT. But we do not have 13K foot mountains to take a fernicular up to here in New England. The Bernina Express is part of the Rail Tour we are going to do. Thanks again.

Suffield...
9 posts
6. Re: Switzerland in the Winter

Thank you. The Tour we are taking includes these as well as the hotels, trains, and dinners. Looking forward to getting out of our comfort zone this winter (Beaches).

Suffield...
9 posts
7. Re: Switzerland in the Winter

Thanks you. We will be flying into either Gatwick of Heathrow - any suggestions which I should strive for. Thank you.

Nijmegen, The...
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8. Re: Switzerland in the Winter

Rail tour... Oh dear...

In general train travel and organized tours don't go together well. Most non European travel agents have no clue about how train travel works in Europe, tickets tend to be over priced etc. For instance in your case: in December there is a big timetable change. No tour operator can guarantee any trains will run as they do now after the 9th of December. Changes could significantly impact the itinerary or timings.

What tour are you taking? Have you booked it yet? Again an impossibility as tickets in Switzerland for January can't be purchased yet...

Suffield...
9 posts
9. Re: Switzerland in the Winter

Yes, we are looking at The Great Glacier Express from Great Rail Tours.

Thanks

Mannheim, Germany
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10. Re: Switzerland in the Winter

Just estimate your plans in terms of how many days and when you can fly in and out (I guess Zürich, Geneva or Milan - no idea why you would fly to UK to get to Switzerland), get the flights now (if the prices are right), book your hotels and then get your train tickets either in October (for the dedicated Glacier and Bernina Expresses) or at the station, as you go (for the rest of the trains in Switzerland).

This way you can travel on your own time.

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