Scenic Switzerland by Rail

  • 9 Days

  • Central and Eastern Europe

  • Steady pace

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

Your journey starts here

Highlights

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
VIP private home pick-up
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

of 9 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 15th September 2017

Meals included: 8 breakfasts, 3 dinners

Overview

At a glance

  • Zermatt
  • Lucerne
  • Interlaken
  • Montreux
  • St. Moritz
  • GoldenPass Train
  • Glacier Express Gornergrat Train
  • Bernina Express Train

Day 1

UK - Zurich

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

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Zurich - Lucerne area

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Lucerne - Interlaken - Golden Pass Train to Montreux - Lausanne

Leave Lucerne this morning, cross the Brunig Pass en-route to Interlaken then enjoy some time at leisure in Interlaken. In Zermatt, 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Lausanne - Montreux - Täsch - 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 visit its castle, with the aid of a local guide. Spend two nights in Zermatt.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Zermatt. Gornergrat Excursion

Today, take in the fabulous alpine landscapes with views of the Matterhorn, travelling on board Europe's highest rack-railway, the Gornergrat train. Spend the rest of the day in Zermatt - there is a variety of interesting shops, cafés, bars and narrow streets for you to explore at your leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

St Moritz - Bernina Express - Tirano

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

St Moritz - Zürich

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Zürich - UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

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

Notes

  • Maximum elevation on this tour is 10,272 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.
  • Accommodation will be as stated or similar.

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