b'Switzerland was beautiful.Must be seen by train.~ James Z., Port Orange, FLDay 1 - London to StrasbourgEngadine Valley, our ascent takes us throughbridges, the gradient of the ascent requiring We meet in St Pancras International Railwaythe Albula Tunnel and over the Bernina Passcogwheels to be engaged. Finally we reach Station at our exclusive departure office,to an altitude of more the 7,000 feet. We the grandiose scenery of Zermatt, nestled then travel by Eurostar to Paris. Here, wethen begin our descent towards colourfulbelow the tilted peak of the instantlychange to the TGV high-speed service toPoschiavo. We have time for lunch beforerecognizable Matterhorn. In Zermatt youStrasbourg. Overnight Strasbourg. (D) our journey in the opposite direction, arrivingare free to spend your time as you choose. back in Chur in time for dinner. OvernightOvernight Kandersteg. (B)Day 2 - Rhine Gorge intoChur. (B, D)Switzerland by RailDay 7 - Oeschinen Lake Enjoy a morning at leisure in the AlsatianDay 5 - The Glacier ExpressWe travel today to the crisp and peaceful town of Strasbourg, before we begin our to Kanderstegwaters of Oeschinen Lake near Kandersteg, onwards journey into Switzerland, to BaselWe leave Chur today aboard the iconic cradled in the Oeschinen Valley. To get here, and onwards to Chur, Switzerlands oldestGlacier Express. We travel along the we board the Oeschinensee cable cartown at over 5,000 years old. Overnight Chur.beautiful Rhine Valley, as we make our waywhich carries us up through the mountains, (B, D) up and over the Oberalp Pass. From here weoffering staggering views below as wedescend past the countless small villagesrise above the peaks. We walk from our Day 3 - Chur at Leisurethat line our route, nestled in the foothills departure point to the lake, where you have Your day is free to explore historic Chur of the surrounding mountains, before free time to soak in the Alpine panorama and the surrounding region, making it thetraveling through the Furka Base Tunnel andwhich surrounds you. Overnight Kandersteg. perfect opportunity to discover the area into the flourishing Rhne Valley. The final(B, D)by mountain railroad. The wild, rugged part of our journey on the Glacier Express and rocky landscape of the glorioustakes us through expansive vineyards thatDay 8 - Tour Conclusion Graubnden region is waiting to be line the surrounding hillsides to the smallWe depart Kandersteg today for Geneva, discovered, with superb railroad journeystown of Brig. Here we take the local railwaywhere our tour concludes. (B)available from Chur that take you over,for a wonderful journey over the imposing around and across the dramatic valleys Kander Viaduct, through the old Ltschberg that make this one of Switzerlands mosttunnel and past soaring mountain peaksattractive cantons. Overnight Chur. (B) to the town of Kandersteg. Overnight Day 4 - The Bernina ExpressKandersteg. (B, D)to PoschiavoDay 6 - Mountain Rail Excursion Todays excursion takes us on the historicto Zermatt Bernina Express - a railway journey on theToday we visit the charming, car-free resortsuperb Bernina Line that passes mighty of Zermatt. We travel to Brig to join aglaciers, rushing mountain streams and narrow-gauge train, heading south throughflower-filled Alpine meadows. From Chur picturesque vineyards and alongside the we head south, traveling through 55 tunnels River Rhne to Visp. From here we join the and over 196 bridges, including the instantly mountain track for the steep ascent torecognizable Landwasser Viaduct, an Zermatt. The spectacular approach to Zermattarchitectural treasure. Looping and spiraling takes us through eight tunnels and across 42 through the rugged landscape of theFor Vacations By Rails complete collection of vacations, visit www.vacationsbyrail.com or call 877-253-9891 31'