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Bern and the Bears by Train

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5 day tour
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The UNESCO World Heritage city of Bern has retained its medieval magic and remained virtually unchanged for centuries, from its fountains to its cobbled streets and cellars. Combined with the Neuchâtel lake shore this is one of the Watch Valley gems and an ideal introduction to travelling around Switzerland by train.

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Bern, the capital city of Switzerland

Built around a crook in the Aare River, the city’s origins date back to the 12th century, of which can be seen with the medieval architecture preserved in the Altstadt (Old Town). The medieval air of this city with its many fountains, sandstone facades, narrow streets and historic towers is unique. The elevated Rose Garden above the Bear Park and the platform of the 101-metre-high cathedral tower offer the best views of the old town. Bern is the seat of Switzerland’s government. The Houses of Parliament (Bundeshaus) rise above the city just a stone’s throw away from the railway station.

The Swiss Pass Experience; See the beauty of Switzerland by train

From Bern, it is possible to reach some of the remotest corners of Switzerland by train within the space of a day. These could include the cities of Zurich, Geneva, Lausanne, Lucern or Basel and the resorts of Interlaken, Gstaad or Zermatt amongst others. Discover at your leisure and be sure to make the most this incredible opportunity.

Neuchâtel; the  junction of the Three Lakes and Jura Region

Neuchâtel, called Neuenburg in German, has a rich cultural and architectural past. The Castle and the Collegiate Church (built in the Gothic style in the Middle Ages, a Reformed Church), which can both be seen from afar, are the city’s landmarks. The medieval core of the town and the castle date back to the 12th century lend Neuenburg its characteristic charm.

Explore the fascinating capital of Switzerland and as a base you can see more of Switzerland with the Swiss Pass Experience. To see more why not check out our Highlights of Switzerland tour.


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Suggested itinerary

Day 1

Travel to Bern

Morning departure by Eurostar to Paris Nord. Transfer to Paris Est for the onward train to Basel and then to Bern, arriving early evening, for 4 nights. Welcome drink on arrival.

Day 2

Bern and Bears

In the morning, enjoy a guided walking tour through the cobbled streets of the old town stopping to see the famous Bear Pits and the Bundeshaus. Afternoon at leisure to explore. Bern boasts the longest weather-sheltered shopping promenade in Europe!

Day 3

Swiss Pass Experience

A perfect opportunity to use your pass to its full potential. From Bern, it is possible to reach some of the remotest corners of Switzerland by train within the space of a day. These could include the cities of Zurich, Geneva, Lausanne, Lucern or Basle and the resorts of Interlaken, Gstaad or Zermatt amongst others.

Day 4

Neuchâtel and Lake Cruise

Make the short journey by train to Neuchâtel and take the funicular to the old town to explore and have some lunch before taking a cruise across the lake to Estavayerle- Lac, a small picturesque village. From here return to Bern by train via Fribourg.

Day 5

Return to the UK

Early morning train back to Paris, transferring to Gare du Nord for the Eurostar to London, arriving late afternoon/early evening.


We have a selection of 3/4* hotels available to suit your budget.


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