Scenic Switzerland by Rail

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Scenic Switzerland by Rail

Enjoy wonderful views of awesome, unspoilt alpine beauty on this unforgettable rail journey around the heart of Switzerland.

9 days from


per person, for 2 people

Based on departing 23/06/2017 from London Luton Airport

View Dates
  • The Bernina Express Train The Bernina Express Train
  • Golden Pass Train Golden Pass Train
  • Gornergrat and the Matterhorn Gornergrat and the Matterhorn
  • Scenic Switzerland by Rail Scenic Switzerland by Rail
  • The Bernina Express Train The Bernina Express Train
  • St Moritz St Moritz
  • Zurich Zurich
  • The Matterhorn The Matterhorn
  • Lake Lucerne, Switzerland Lake Lucerne, Switzerland
  • Zurich Zurich

Itinerary Map

DAY 1 : UK - Zurich.

Fly to Zurich where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for one night. Includes Dinner

DAY 2 : Zurich - Lucerne.

Today, take the train from Zurich to Lucerne. Lucerne is one of Switzerland's most idyllic medieval cities, surrounded by a beautiful lake and nestling amidst snow-capped Alps. The rest of the day is at leisure to discover the delights of this charming city. You can also choose to get to know the area by taking our optional boat excursion. Includes Breakfast

DAY 3 : Lucerne - Interlaken - Golden Pass train to the Lausanne Area.

Leave Lucerne this morning, cross the Brunig Pass en-route to Interlaken then enjoy a stop in Interlaken for time at leisure. Afterwards, join the Golden Pass Panoramic train which ends its scenic journey in Montreux, and then on for a short train ride to the Lausanne area, where you will spend the night. Includes Breakfast

DAY 4 : Lausanne - Montreux - Zermatt.

This morning depart for the delightful Swiss mountain resort of Zermatt. En-route to Zermatt, stop in the town of Montreux on the 'Swiss Riviera' of lake Geneva for time at leisure. Alternatively, an optional excursion to Chillon is available with the opportunity to enjoy its castle, with the aid of a local guide. Spend two nights in Zermatt. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5 : Zermatt. Gornergrat excursion.

Today, enjoy an included visit to the famous Gornergrat, travelling onboard Europe's highest rack-railway. The rest of the day will be spent in Zermatt - there is a variety of interesting shops, cafés, bars and narrow streets for you to explore at your leisure. Includes Breakfast

DAY 6 : Zermatt - Glacier Express to St Moritz.

The train journey today aboard the spectacular Glacier Express is certain to be one of the highlights of the tour. The train will take you on an unforgettable journey as it makes its way through the unspoilt natural beauty of the Alps on its direct route from Zermatt to the world famous mountain resort of St Moritz. Arrive in St Moritz in the early evening where you will stay for two nights. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7 : St Moritz - Bernina Express - St Moritz.

Today, take the Bernina Express train for one of Europe's most spectacular and breath-taking train rides. Travel the short distance by coach from St Moritz to Pontresina where you will board the Bernina Express. Your train journey takes you across the lofty Bernina Pass via the Swiss Poschiavo area to Tirano in the Italian Valtellina, witnessing an array of beautiful mountain streams, glaciers and alpine scenery along the way. Disembark the Bernina Express back in Pontresina and return to St Moritz. Includes Breakfast

DAY 8 : St Moritz - Zurich.

Today, journey from St Moritz to Zurich. During this journey, there is a possibility that the 45 minute stretch from Samedan to Sagliains may be in a 2nd class carriage. Includes Breakfast

DAY 9 : Zurich - UK.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. Includes Breakfast

Maximum elevation on this tour is 10,272 ft.

Note: Tours featuring travel by rail are not suitable for people with walking difficulties or pre-existing health problems such as heart or blood pressure conditions.

Note: 1st Class train travel may not always be available in which case we will use Standard Class.

Hotels on Tour

  • St Moritz:Hotel Baren (3*)
  • Zurich:NH Glattbrugg (4*)
  • NOTE:Tour hotels will be as specified or of a similar standard
  • Zurich:Novotel City West (4*)
  • Lucerne:Ibis Styles (3*)
  • Lausanne:Alpha Palmiers (4*)
  • Zermatt:Perren (3*)

Your Trains

Golden Pass

This attractive rail route connects the Bernese Oberland with Lake Geneva. Departing from the typically alpine resort of Interlaken, the train takes you past idyllic mountain landscapes, flower-bedecked age-old chalets and picturesque villages, through Gstaad, a favourite playground for the rich and famous, and other well-known Swiss towns, before finally descending to the shimmering Lake Geneva.


The highest open-air rack railway in the world, the Gornergrat Bahn electric railway first opened in 1898 and, with its innovative electric, cog-wheeled system, was the first of its kind in Switzerland. Still winding its way 9.4km (5.9 miles) through beautiful Alpine scenery from Zermatt to the Gornergrat mountain summit at 2098 metres, it offers spectacular views of the summits, glaciers and peaks of the Swiss Alps and of the mighty Matterhorn nearby.

Bernina Express

For a description, see page 93.

Glacier Express

For a description, see page 95.

What's Included

  • Flights
  • Accommodation on tour
  • Meals on tour - 8 breakfasts and 3 dinners
  • Daytime train journeys in a First Class carriage (except where specified)
  • Services of a tour director
  • Porterage (for one suitcase per person)
  • Individual Audio System You will be given headphones and a receiver so you can clearly hear the tour director/local guide during your visits.
  • Transfers
  • All local and airport taxes/service charges
  • Single share option

All this included

  • Zermatt
  • St Mortiz
  • Golden Pass Train
  • Glacier Express
  • Gornergrat Train
  • Bernina Express

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