2012 PILGRIMAGE TO SWITZERLAND
THE IMMORTAL SHERLOCK HOLMES
"To me it is always 1891, the year in which the news of my fateful encounter in Switzerland with Professor Moriarty stunned the world. In September 2012 I shall interrupt my retirement in Sussex, assume again the mantle of the World’s foremost consulting detective and return to Switzerland. My object is to retrace once more, in the company of my friends in the Sherlock Holmes Society of London, the steps that led to that momentous struggle at the Reichenbach Falls."
The Society is delighted to make a preliminary announcement of its 2012 Pilgrimage to
Switzerland. The Pilgrimage will take place from Sunday 9th September to Sunday
16th September. Participants may fly together by Swiss International Air Lines, in
costume, from London Heathrow to Zurich on 9th September, or may join the
Pilgrimage at Zurich Airport.
From Zurich, all participants will go by train to Interlaken. During the four night stay
in Interlaken, there will be a boat trip on Lake Brienz to the Giessbach Hotel and Falls,
where lunch will be taken. On another day, there will be an excursion on the Jungfrau
Railway to join in the 100th Anniversary celebrations at the highest station in Europe,
where an ice sculpture of Sherlock Holmes by John Doubleday will be displayed.
The Pilgrimage will then continue to Meiringen for three nights. The transfer from
Interlaken will be by Postal Coach across the Grosse Scheidegg with lunch at Rosenlaui
before continuing to Meiringen. Participants may choose to leave the Postal Coach at
the Reichenbach Falls and walk down to Meiringen, via the ledge where the fatal
struggle took place and follow the path taken by Holmes and Watson on their route up
to the Falls. During the stay in Meiringen, there will be a steam railway special to
Innertkirchen, and on by Postal Coach toward the Grimsel Pass. On the last day we will
make the traditional journey to the Falls, witness the re-enactment of the famous death
struggle between Holmes and Moriarty and return for the Lamentation Meal. A full –
provisional – programme for the Pilgrimage can be requested from Bob Ellis at
It is expected that the cost, per person, (round-trip London Heathrow-Zurich-London
Heathrow, transfers and Swiss Pass in Switzerland and 7 nights half-board) will be
about £1,250 (and less for those joining in Zurich). Single rooms are available at an
additional cost of about £110.
There will be the usual entertainments and diversions along the way, with appropriate
wines, bands and processions. Interlaken Tourism, Haslital (Meiringen) Tourism,
Switzerland Tourism (Zurich and London), Swiss International Air Lines, and Swiss
Federal Railways are assisting the Society in creating this unique Pilgrimage.
The number of participants will be limited to 70 persons and it is therefore advisable to
register early for the Pilgrimage.
The financial arrangements are slightly different on this occasion but are structured to
offer the best deal for our members. Three separate payments will be required—
- The first payment requested is a non-refundable £160 payable to the Society by
the 29th February 2012. This amount includes the (significantly discounted) Swiss
Pass which gives all participants 8 days unlimited travel in Switzerland by rail,
boat and Postal Coach, plus the Society’s administrative expenses.
- Payment for the accommodation in Interlaken and Meiringen will need to be made
(in a single payment) direct to Haslital Tourism in Swiss Francs. This amount
will be 1,230 Swiss Francs per person sharing a room and 1,385 Swiss Francs for
single occupancy. Payment must be paid to Haslital Tourism by 30th June 2012
and can be made by credit or debit card. Again full details will be provided.
- For those flying with Swiss International Air Lines from Heathrow an invoice in
sterling will be provided by Swiss Travel Centre (STC) London. Full details will
be supplied to all those who register for the trip. Swiss International Air Lines
have relaxed the luggage restrictions and each person will be able to take two
cases (max. 23 kilos each) on the flight.
You are encouraged to register your interest now even if you will not be making your
first payment until the end of February. Please complete the form and send by post or
by email to the Pilgrimage Co-ordinators, Bob and Judi Ellis.
We are asking which character you intend to adopt. First refusal will be given to
anyone who adopted their character on a previous trip – Please indicate if this was the
Please note that the following roles have already been assigned:
Dr John Watson
The King of Bohemia
Rev. Dr Shlessinger (Holy Peters)
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View photos from the 1968 Pilgrimage
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