Contrasts of Switzerland
Express trains whisk you to each enchanting destination, allowing you to admire Switzerland's awe-inspiring alpine scenery in comfort.
Express trains whisk you to each enchanting destination, allowing you to admire Switzerland's awe-inspiring alpine scenery in comfort. You'll spend extra time exploring Zurich, St. Moritz, car-free Zermatt and medieval Lucerne, as well as cosmopolitan Geneva with its intricate Flower Clock and stunning Jet D'Eau.
Highlights and Inclusions
- 7 nights First Class hotel accommodation
- 11 meals
- Orientation tours of Zurich, St. Moritz, Zermatt, Geneva and Lucerne
- Visit Interlaken
- Glacier Express train from St. Moritz to Zermatt
- High-speed train from Zermatt to Geneva.
- Golden Pass route train journey from Geneva to Lucerne.
- Sightseeing tours and transfers
- All rail service is reserved in standard class.
- Services of a professional multi-lingual Tour Directors.
- All hotel service charges and tips, hotel baggage handling fees and local taxes included
- Porterage at train stations
Day 1 - Depart USA
Overnight flight to Zurich. (International flight not included)
Day 2 - Arrive Zurich
Welcome to Zurich in the heart of Switzerland! Admire Switzerland's financial capital during your orientation of the city. Join your Tour Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception. Overnight Zurich.
Day 3 - Zurich - Chur - St. Moritz
Your journey by train via Chur to St. Moritz takes you past snow-capped mountains and sparkling lakes. The scenery is incredible. Dine tonight at your hotel. Overnight St. Moritz. (BB, D)
Day 4 - St Moritz - Glacier Express - Zermatt
All aboard one of the most spectacular train journeys in the world - the immensely comfortable air-cushioned and air-conditioned Glacier Express! This 8-hour railway journey travels over 291 bridges passes through 91 tunnels and crosses the Oberalp Pass at 2,033 meters above sea level. Enjoy an included lunch on board as you marvel at magnificent alpine lakes and pristine glaciers en route to the unique resort of Zermatt, dominated by the Matterhorn. Walk a short distance to your charming hotel. Afterwards explore the nightlife in this lively year-round resort. Overnight Zermatt. (BB, L)
Day 5 - Zermatt at Leisure
Your Travel Director takes you for an orientation walk of this charming car-free resort. Thereafter time to relax in the clean mountain air, window shop or perhaps take a cable-car ride to have further stunning views of the Alpine landscapes. Overnight Zermatt. (BB)
Day 6 - Zermatt - Geneva
Your high-speed train journey takes you to Geneva, the capital of the Suisse Romande (French-speaking Switzerland) where many organisations including the International Red Cross are based. Admire the sights during your orientation including the Old Town, the Flower Clock and the Jet d'Eau. Later you may wish to join a dinner cruise on Lake Geneva - enjoy Swiss cuisine and views of the charming villages along the shoreline. Overnight Geneva. (BB)
Day 7 - Geneva - Interlaken - Lucerne
Enjoy another stunning day of scenery as you leave Geneva on the Golden Pass route. Disembark in Interlaken situated in the heart of the Swiss Alps between the glassy lakes of Thun and Brienz, and at the foot of the famous peaks - the Eiger and the Jungfrau. Spend time relaxing and enjoy superb views of the peaks of the Bernese Oberland, so beloved of Queen Victoria who often stayed in Interlaken. Reboard the train through the Brünig Pass to lakeside Lucerne in central Switzerland for your leisurely two-night stay. This evening, why not learn to yodel at a fun-packed Swiss folklore show. Overnight Lucerne. (BB)
Day 8 - Lucerne Orientation & at Leisure
Your orientation walk through the medieval city of Lucerne is fascinating. Visit the poignant Lion Monument built in memory of Louis XVI's Swiss Guard. View the covered wooden Chapel Bridge spanning the River Reuss and the decorated wooden panels, which chronicle the history of Lucerne. Later consider an Optional Experience to a nearby mountain peak, or explore the old city and shop for Swiss watches and delicious Swiss chocolates. Tonight celebrate with your companions and your Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner with wine in a local restaurant. (BB, FD)
Day 9 - Lucerne - Zurich - USA
Say goodbye to Switzerland and your newfound friends at the end of your remarkable Swiss holiday. Your Travel Director will give you tickets for the short train journey from Lucerne to Zurich Airport, which can be used at your convenience for the onward journey. (BB)
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Hotel Class Key (D=Deluxe, SF=Superior First Class, F= irst Class)< Meals (BB = Buffet Breakfast, L = Lunch, HL=Highlight Lunch, D=Dinner, FD = Farewell Dinner)