Scenic Switzerland by Rail

Price per person
from £1,818

Price based on
London Luton
18th Sep 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 8 days

  • Central and Eastern Europe

  • Steady pace

  • Classic escorted tours

Enjoy wonderful views of alpine splendour on this unforgettable rail journey around the heart of Switzerland. Explore idyllic mountain towns, discover UNESCO-listed rail routes and relax on the shores of Lake Geneva in the 'Swiss Riviera'.

At a glance


  • Lucerne After a day at leisure in this idyllic medieval city, board the express train to Interlaken, taking in glorious alpine panoramas.
  • Montreux Enjoy free time in this town in the 'Swiss Riviera', or join the optional excursion to Chillon Castle 
  • Zermatt Included excursion to the famous Gornergrat, travelling on board Europe’s highest rack railway for spectucular views. Time at leisure in Zermatt.
  • Glacier Express Train Enjoy unforgettable views as you make your way through the unspoiled natural beauty of the Alps travelling from Zermatt to St Moritz.
  • Bernina Express Train Take this UNESCO-listed Bernina train to Tirano and back for a breathtaking trip across lofty Bernina Pass via the Swiss Poschiavo area to Tirano in the Italian Valtellina.

 

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • Individual audio system
  • All airport taxes
  • Single share option
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Single Share available

Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

Overview

Enjoy wonderful views of alpine splendour on this unforgettable rail journey around the heart of Switzerland. Explore idyllic mountain towns, discover UNESCO-listed rail routes and relax on the shores of Lake Geneva in the 'Swiss Riviera'.

Total meals included:

  • 8 breakfasts, 3 dinners

UK - Zurich

Day
1

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

Your tour starts today.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Zurich - Lucerne area

Day
2

Board the train for your journey from Zurich to Lucerne. Lucerne is one of Switzerland’s most idyllic medieval cities, surrounded by a beautiful lake and nestled amidst snow capped Alps. The rest of the day is at leisure to discover the delights of this charming city or to join one of the optional excursions.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lucerne - Interlaken - Golden Pass Train to Montreux - Lausanne

Day
3

Leave Lucerne on the Lucerne-Interlaken Express. Cross Brunig Pass en route to Interlaken, where you spend some time strolling through the quaint streets. From Interlaken, take the BLS RegioExpress train to Zweisimmen. Continue on the Montreux-Oberland Bernois Panoramic train for your unforgettable journey to Montreux, then continue to Lausanne.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lausanne - Montreux - Täsch - Zermatt

Day
4

Depart for the delightful Swiss mountain resort of Zermatt. En route, stop to visit the town of Montreux, situated on the shores of Lake Geneva and known as the “Swiss Riviera.” Enjoy some free time or maybe join the optional guided excursion to Chillon Castle before continuing by train to Zermatt.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Zermatt. Gornergrat Excursion

Day
5

An included excursion takes you to the famous Gornergrat, travelling on board Europe’s highest rack railway. The views from its summit are spectacular. The rest of the day is at leisure in Zermatt—with a variety of interesting shops, cafés, bars, and narrow streets to explore.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Zermatt - Glacier Express to St Moritz

Day
6

The train journey today aboard the spectacular Glacier express is without a doubt one of the main highlights of the tour. Enjoy unforgettable views as you make your way through the unspoiled natural beauty of the Alps on the direct route from Zermatt to the world-famous mountain resort of St. Moritz.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

St Moritz - Bernina Express - Tirano

Day
7

Take the Bernina express train (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) to Tirano and back for one of Europe’s most spectacular and breath taking train rides. Travel across 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

St Moritz - Zürich

Day
8

Leave St. Moritz for the journey back to Zurich. Enjoy some time at leisure in Zurich.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Zürich - UK

Day
9

Your tour ends today.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

  • Maximum elevation on this tour is 11,332 ft.
  • 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. 
  • 1st Class train travel may not always be available in which case we will use Standard Class.
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Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


  • Zurich: Novotel City West 
  • Lucerne: Ibis Styles
  • Lausanne: Alpha Palmiers 
  • Zermatt: Perren or Derby
  • St Moritz: Hotel Baren 
  • Zurich: NH Glattbrugg

Why book with Archers Holidays?