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Height of fun in Alps.. Clare Johnston reports on a Swiss summer adventure.

IT Is a magnet during the ski season for celebrities and royals drawn to its authentic charm and plush chalets.

But when the snow melts and the crisp chill turns to warm, endlessly sunny days, Klosters becomes an idyllic summer escape offering some of the world's most stunning scenery.

The resort is nestled in Switzerland's Prattigau Valley in Graubunden, along with neighbouring Davos in the Landwasser Valley, which regularly plays hosts to the World Economic Forum.

Together, they offer a brilliant summer destination where you'll find Alpine outdoor adventure paired with plenty of entertainment, including a great choice of boutique shops, cafes, restaurants, bars and even a casino.

Travel operator Omega offer a seven-night package break to the region, with departures available this summer from Edinburgh and Glasgow in June and July, which balances free time to explore all the area has to offer with two unforgettable excursions.

The first is an exhilarating trip on the Glacier Express that takes you on a rollercoaster ride up and down the mountainsides, weaving through corkscrew tunnels then rising and falling on steep inclines.

But don't worry, these are no ordinary trains. The mountain railway uses a rack and pinion system to control the ascents and descents and keep the wheels fixed to the tracks.

Setting out from Switzerland's oldest city, Chur, the Glacier Express makes a dramatic climb to peak at 6670ft at the Oberalp Pass.

During the thrilling journey, the train makes its way along the valley and on through snowy pastures and woodland, before passing a Benedictine Abbey at Disentis and travelling on to Andermatt, where Omega passengers leave the train.

A coach then takes travellers north to Lake Lucerne for a 60-minute boat cruise across the waters to the city that looks as though it's from a storybook, with its 14th-century walls, and spired, turreted buildings.

It's back to Klosters or Davos in time for dinner, with the following day free to explore the surrounding area. Hillwalkers and climbers will find endless possibilities.

But, for those looking to do more sightseeing, the Davos Klosters card for summer guests staying more than one night allows you to travel free during the day on all public cable cars within the local area, with additional free or discounted leisure options, too.

Then it's all aboard the Bernina Express for the second excursion on Switzerland's other famous mountain railway.

Passengers join the train at Pontresina in the Val Bernina before climbing to the Bernina Pass and Morteratsch station at 6220ft.

There you can see the glacier and the highest peak of the Eastern Alps, the Piz Bernina, at 13,283ft. The train then stops at the Swiss-Italian town of Poschiavo, where there's time for lunch before heading on by coach to the exclusive holiday resort of St Moritz.

With a further two free days, you'll be spoiled for choice for things to do.

But the neighbouring country of Liechtenstein, with its Medieval castle at Vaduz and interesting way of life - it's virtually crime free, with no military and only one TV station,is well worth a visit.

To find out more or to book, visit www.omega-holidays.com/sdr01.

Switzerland's& tHe Glacier EXPRESS - 8 days / 7 nights from PS1199 per person Price includes return flights from Glasgow to Friedrichshafen, 7 nights with half board at the 4* Hotel meierhof, Davos or 3* Sport Hotel klosters, excursions on bernina express, Glacier express and boat cruise onlake lucerne, summer discount card for local attractions, return airport transfers and pre-payable airport taxes.valid for departures Sunday 17 Jul 2016.also available from edinburgh (19 Jun 2016) & aberdeen (07 aug 2016).

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EXCURSION the bernina express affords views of a glacier and high peaks

TRANQUIL relax by the lakeside after your outdoor adventures
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Date:May 14, 2016
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