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A moving display of mountain peaks sets the backdrop for two of Europe's most scenic countries, Austria and Switzerland. The similarities of these two countries are nearly as striking as their contrasts, and independent and escorted tours showcase these idiosyncrasies beautifully. Quaint alpine towns sit alongside cosmopolitan cities, and sparkling lakes complement sprawling meadows. From the Imperial heritage of Vienna to the car-free resort of Zermatt, discovering Austria and Switzerland by train is the easiest way to fall in love with this part of the world.

Travel from Cologne or Bavaria in Germany into the dramatic landscapes of Austria. Look upon scenes straight out of the "Sound of Music" and discover breathtaking mountainscapes and charming locales from one side of the country to the other. Colorful buildings and Medieval city sites collide in the capital of the Alps, Innsbruck. Musical history and baroque architecture give Salzburg a unique flair, and palaces and grand cathedrals fill Vienna's skyline. Of course, Vienna also sits alongside the beautiful Danube River, opening up a whole new world of possibilities for holidays. Crossing the border into Switzerland, even more awe-inspiring sights await aboard some of the world's most famous rail lines. Glacier-fed lakes and twisting mountain passes highlight the courses of the Bernina Express and the GoldenPass Panoramic. The Jungfrau Railroad climbs to the top of Europe. These prestigious rail lines pave the way between beloved destinations, like St. Moritz, Lucerne, and Interlaken. While each of these countries shines in its own right, combining them into thoughtfully orchestrated vacation packages makes Austria and Switzerland tours some of the most memorable in Central Europe.

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Glacier Express in the Goms Valley
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4.6 stars(24 reviews)
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Landwasser Viaduct Glacier Express
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Bernese Oberland
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Glacier Express
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Engadine Valley
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Jungfrau Express
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Glacier Express over Stone Bridge
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Jungfrau Express
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  • DestinationGermany, Switzerland, The Netherlands
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Swiss Alps in Grindelwald, Switzerland
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Highlights of Switzerland & Italy by Rail
26 May 2024
DARIA HELENE SCHMIDT
5 stars
“What a great experience! The travel (rail and boat) went so smoothly and hotels in Zurich, Lucerne, Como, Florence and Rome were certainly what I expected for 4-star (with the exception being tired and worn hallways and staircase areas at our hotel in Rome - but the outdoor terrace there was a delightful bonus!). Ours was a mostly independent itinerary. We did a wine tasting and Academy tour in Florence and a night tour and Vatican City tour in Rome. I would HIGHLY recommend VBR. We will likely do Switzerland again - Lucerne was so delightful.
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Zermatt & St. Moritz featuring Glacier Express
20 May 2024
customer
5 stars
“Breathtaking views! On time, clean, and a very smooth ride through the Alps! I highly recommend!
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Grand Train Tour of Switzerland
20 May 2024
Brian
5 stars
“Train trips great. Hotels with one exception first class. Switzerland is expensive for a couple from Australia. We enjoyed the experience immensely.
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Best of Switzerland by Rail
19/May
RICHARD K PRAHLER
5 stars
“Amazing itinerary and well organized. Easy way to travel and our group had a lot of fun together. Great tour manager handled all the details
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Grand Train Tour of Switzerland in Winter
30 Apr 2024
Chris M
5 stars
“For context, we live in New Zealand and booked to do this trip in March 2020, but Covid got in the way. We thought that was it, we'd never get to go. We were given a credit by Vacations By Rail (VBR) as many other companies did. Then, for global, cost and personal reasons, we could not do this trip until this year. Now I have to say, VBR went above and beyond to keep the dream alive. Their team (Hilary, Charles, Gabrielle and others) were very supportive and got us on tour in March 2024 and it was just fantastic. The itinerary was very well planned, presented and easy to follow. It gave us time and options along the way. The 15-day SwissPass, SBB (Swiss Rail) and their SBB App were the magic that unlocked so many things to do. We used it heaps in Zurich and the surrounding regions where we had 6 days. We used it to visit museums, take Lake Cruises, Trains, Buses and Trams everywhere all included. A free tour of Chillon castle in Montreux (great to do, get the audio guide) etc... The hotels were great. Zurich, Old Town, Hotel Wellenberg great location and staff, Zermatt Alpenhof, brilliant, was the best we stayed in. Great hotel, luxury, location and restaurant (ask them to pick you up from the station, good to know). Same at the Crystal in St Moritz, give them a call. Interlaken Royal St George was pure luxury. Beautiful place. And many more. All an excellent experience. As you can see we really enjoyed this trip and have nothing but praise for how VBR looked after us for four years and then with their excellent tour, meticulous planning and great choices of destinations and hotels. And all by email and a few calls from Chicago 13,000kms away. Thanks again. We couldn't ask for more and will remember this one for quite a long time. Chris & Helen Some things we learnt along the way; - Switzerland shops and supermarkets are shut on Sundays except for small grocery stores, cafes, pubs and restaurants etc - If you are travelling in March/April just think about the impact Easter may have on your travels and day. Otherwise, great time of the year to travel. Not too many tourists and skiers. Not weather extremes either - Ask the hotels about pickups from stations. - Check the local attractions in and around Zurich. Some great places to see - The Zurich Tourism office in Zurich's Hauptbahnhof is very good and well worth a visit for ideas and savings, oh and free WiFi as is SBB - Have some change as they charge for the public bathrooms, 2CHF. Many have PayWave.
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Classic Glacier Express
09 Oct 2023
Ericka Johnson-customer
5 stars
“Best place but do not like dealing with my own bags
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Grand Alpine Explorer
06 Oct 2023
Renae Hinchey
5 stars
“Wonderful trip! Such beauty to see and the view from the trains were exceptional. Our guide made it easy for us to catch the right trains and enjoy the many stops we made. Hotels and food were great.
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Jungfrau Express Five-Star All-Inclusive
03 Oct 2023
X Vacations By Rail GRJ
5 stars
“Great trip, 5 star hotels and rail accommodations. The food at the Hotel Romantik Schweitzer was very good. Our guide Moray was very knowledgeable about the area and helped us to plan trips on our free days.
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Vienna, Salzburg & Munich
14 Nov 2022
MARY CATHERINE JOHNSTON
5 stars
“THE TRIP WAS WONDERFUL! I wish to compliment the Piaristenkeller in Vienna. Owner Erick E. personally gave us historical tour of his restaurant and the mini museum it houses. Wow! Karen, our guide, for Salzburg walking tour was excellent! The private transfers were quality and our even our final trip to airport ended with another detailed historical explanation of passing architecture and the rulers responsible. My journal records our experiences. It is over 45 pages long. I am happy to recommend Agent Hilary! We will travel again on Vacations By Rail for sure!
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