Enjoy the extraordinary beauty of the Swiss countryside by train on this journey through the breath-taking varieties of landscape, beautiful cities and everything in between.
About the Tour
Exciting rail journeys, enchanting cities, amazing excursions and first-class accommodations: What a way to experience Switzerland! Over the course of eight days, you will make your way from Zurich in northern Switzerland, through Sils-Maria and Zermatt and finally to the capital city of Bern. In-between destinations, you will enjoy first-class rail transfers, transporting you through the country in comfort and style and allowing you to view the scenic countryside, forests, lakes, and small villages and towns. Each locale on this tour brings luxury hotel accommodations, exciting excursions, and delicious, authentic Swiss meals. From a horse-drawn carriage ride through Sils-Maria to a ride aboard the Gornergrat Railway, the adventures on this tour are numerous and diverse.
- First-class rail travel on the Swiss Travel System
- Hotel accommodations for 7 nights
- 10 meals
- Horse-drawn carriage ride in Sils-Maria
- Glacier Express excursion, including a 3-course lunch
- Ride aboard the Gornergrat Railway
- Private tour through Bern’s Old City
- Select airport, hotel and rail station private transfers
Day 1 - Arrive in Zurich
Meet your driver upon arrival at Zurich Airport for your private transfer to Hotel Storchen. This hotel has not only been chosen for its high-end offerings, but also for its close proximity to everything Zurich has to offer. Upon checking in, you will have the remainder of the day to see the city however you wish. Overnight Zurich.
Day 2 - Sils-Maria
Enjoy a delicious breakfast as you wake this morning, then meet your driver to be transferred to Zürich Hauptbahnhof, where you will board a train bound for St. Moritz. This southbound journey is accomplished in approximately 4 hours, leaving plenty of time for you to get acquainted with your new surroundings upon arrival. As your train pulls into the station, you will be transferred to the legendary Hotel Waldhaus in Sils-Maria, at which time you will drop off your luggage and then begin your explorations. In addition to the charming amenities this mountain village provides, there are abundant opportunities for nature walks, hiking, mountain climbing and more. Overnight Sils-Maria. (B)
Day 3 - Sils-Maria
After breakfast today, you are in for a true treat, a horse-drawn carriage ride into one of the most scenic valleys in all of Switzerland, the Fex Valley - locally known as Val Fex. Surrounded by Alpine forests and rugged mountain peaks, this destination is a nature-lover’s dream. Hiking through the valley is ever popular, as are leisurely walks through meadows and beside sparkling mountain streams. The charming villages and unspoiled beauty of the valley make for picturesque vistas at every turn. When you return to the hotel this evening, an authentic Swiss dinner will be served. Overnight Sils-Maria. (B, D)
Day 4 - Glacier Express to Zermatt
Savor breakfast at your grand hotel this morning, then meet your driver for your transfer to the train station in St. Moritz. It is here that you will board the famed rails of the Glacier Express for a trip through the Swiss Alps to yet another mountain resort town, Zermatt. Over the course of the 8-hour journey, you will enjoy spectacular views of mountain towns and the pleasant Swiss countryside. The train crosses the Solis and Landwasser Viaducts, makes its way through the Spiral Tunnels and moves over the Oberalp Pass. Use the train’s picture windows to gaze out upon the stunning sights of the Rhine Gorge and savor the three-course meal to which you will be treated as you ride along. As the Glacier Express pulls into Zermatt this evening, a complimentary transfer takes you to your hotel for the first of two nights. Overnight Zermatt. (B, L)
Day 5 - Zermatt and the Gornergrat Railway
As you wake this morning, have breakfast at your hotel before heading out to explore the sights independently. As you walk through Zermatt, breathe in the fresh mountain air and take in the stunning views. The village itself offers a step back in time with its 30-plus traditional “Walser” houses, yet there are plenty of modern shops, eateries, and amenities as well. Later, make your way to the center of the village to board yet another renowned train, the Gornergrat Railway. Over the course of 33 minutes, you will be lifted over 3,000 meters above sea level to the summit train station. During the ride, you will enjoy beautiful views of the Matterhorn and 29 other mountain peaks, and at the top, the world is your oyster. There are several hiking trails to choose from, as well as mountain biking, climbing, mountaineering and more. Overnight Zermatt. (B)
Day 6 - Zermatt to Bern
A day of travel, this morning your driver will meet you after breakfast to transfer you to the Zermatt train station for your journey back north to Bern, the country’s capital. Your first-class onboard accommodations ensure your time on the train is as comfortable as it is leisurely. If you prefer an alternate form of travel, you may take the train from Zermatt to Interlaken West, and then disembark the train to board a boat for a cruise across Thunersee Lake to Thun, at which time you will reboard the train to continue the journey onto Bern. Upon arrival, a private driver will transfer you to your hotel where you will be met by a local guide, and together, you will set off through Bern for a private 2-hour tour. With so much to see, there is no limit to what you might uncover. Perhaps you will visit Old City, which is filled with ancient buildings dating back to the medieval period, or maybe your guide will take you to local landmarks, such as the clock tower, the Kindlifresserbrunnen statue, and the 19th century bear pit. Once the tour concludes, you will have a chance to explore the city on your own. There is an abundance of museums to peruse, such as the Bern Historical Museum; cathedrals, including the Bern Cathedral; and wonderful sights that connect you with nature, like Gurten, just outside the city center. Overnight Bern. (B)
Day 7 - Cruising Lake Lucerne
After breakfast this morning, enjoy a short rail journey to lovely Lucerne where you are treated to a gourmet lunch cruise on the eponymous lake. Highlights of this picturesque locale include the medieval buildings of the city center and the oldest wooden bridge in all of Europe, the Chapel Bridge. After your cruise, there is plenty of time to explore the town before the train ride back to Bern. Overnight Bern. (B, L)
Day 8 - Bern / Zurich
Reflect upon the natural wonders and spectacular adventures that have filled your time in Switzerland as you enjoy one last breakfast this morning. Afterwards, you will be transferred back to the train station where you will board a train to Zurich. In Zurich, you will move onto the airport where your tour comes to a close. (B)
Hotel accommodations include the Hotel Storchen, Zurich, Hotel Waldhaus Sils, Sils-Maria, Hotel Zermatterhof, Zermatt, and Hotel Bellevue Palace, Bern. Rail between cities is in First Class.
Hotel accommodations are based on availability; substitutes will be of similar quality and amenities.
This train winds its way through the Swiss Alps, traveling through 91 tunnels, and crossing 291 bridges. Relax and enjoy the view through the panoramic windows at your seat or take in a drink at the bar. This express route takes you on the journey from Zermatt to St. Moritz in eight hours and explores distinct types of scenery. You'll have views of snow-capped mountains, canyons, narrow valleys, and rushing waters.
Excellence Class is the Glacier Express’s newest class of service and this luxurious experience is available on the train’s full route between the resort towns of Zermatt and St. Moritz. Guests in Excellence Class enjoy comfortable lounge seating beside large panoramic windows, exclusive access to the Glacier Bar, and a first-class dining experience during the entirety of the journey, including an elegant five-course meal featuring seasonal cuisine paired with wine.
Ask your rail specialist for more details on this spectacular upgrade.
Board the world’s first fully electrified cog railway, which has been upgraded to an energy-efficient train with a regenerative braking system. Take the 33-minute journey from Zermatt on the highest open-air railway in Europe to score the best panoramic views of the Swiss Alps. At 3,089m, you have a stunning view of 29 mountains, including the Matterhorn.