Mountains, valleys, waterways and scenic railways: Switzerland offers stunning vistas and grand adventures at every turn on this 11-day tour.
About the Tour
The very best sites and attractions of Switzerland lie ahead on this incredible wintertime journey. You will enjoy a look at the lands from all angles as you cruise the beautiful waters of Lake Lucerne and ascend some of the region’s most iconic mountains, including Mt. Rigi and Mt. Schilthorn. You will experience historic cities, resort towns, quaint villages and everything in between. Your time here begins in and ends in Zürich and continues to Lucerne, Interlaken, Montreux, Zermatt and St. Moritz. Each destination brings wonderful sightseeing opportunities and full immersion in Swiss culture. You will have time to explore on your own, as well as to embark on well-planned excursions as you move through the country. In addition to everything else this tour provides, your trip is rounded out by scenic rail journeys aboard the Glacier Express and the Bernina Express. A true winter wonderland awaits.
- Glacier Express
- Bernina Express
- GoldenPass Panoramic
- Hotel accommodations for 10 nights
- 11 meals
- 15-day Swiss Travel Pass
- Excursions to Mount Rigi and Mount Schilthorn
Day 1 – Zürich / LucerneArrive in Zürich and travel by train to Lucerne. Check in to your hotel with the remainder of the day at leisure to enjoy this lakeside town. Overnight Lucerne. (B)
Day 2 – Mount Rigi ExcursionStart the day with a boat cruise on Lake Lucerne. Then comes the venerable Mt. Rigi Railway, which has been taking visitors up the "Queen of the Mountains" from Vitznau since 1871. At Rigi Kulm you'll find a majestic 360-degree panorama with views of the Swiss plateau and as far as the Black Forest, the Vosges mountains and the ring of mountains from the Glarus Alps to the Bernese Alps. After the journey back down by cogwheel railway to Arth-Goldau, travel by train back to Lucerne. Overnight Lucerne. (B)
Day 3 – GoldenPass Panoramic to InterlakenStarting in the German speaking Lucerne region, today’s train journey takes you over the Brünig Pass into the Bernese Oberland and past Lake Brienz. Interlaken lies between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. The vacation destination, which is presided over by the three mighty mountains, Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, is the starting point for numerous activities. Overnight Interlaken. (B)
Day 4 – Excursion to SchilthornAt 2970 meters, the Schilthorn attracts visitors with a magnificent 360-degree panoramic view of the Swiss skyline, including Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Since 1967, the aerial cableway makes its way from Stechelberg in the Lauterbrunnen valley up to the summit in four legs. Visitors can follow in James Bond’s footsteps by visiting the interactive adventure exhibition Bond World 007 or on the new 007 Walk of Fame. Overnight Interlaken. (B)
Day 5 – GoldenPass Line to MontreuxYour journey on the GoldenPass Line continues today as you travel along the shores of Lake Thun to the Simmen valley and the world-famous holiday resort of Gstaad. Continue further on through the wild romantic Pays d’Enhaut with the scenic villages of Château d’Oex and Montbovon before reaching Montreux. Overnight Montreux. (B)
Day 6 – Montreux / ZermattEnjoy breakfast at your hotel before traveling by train from Montreux to Zermatt or Brig, where the remainder of the day is at your leisure. Zermatt lies at the foot of the Matterhorn and is quite possibly the world's most famous mountain. Overnight Zermatt. (B)
Day 7 – Gornergrat ExcursionToday you have the chance to take an unguided mountain excursion aboard one of Europe’s highest cogwheel trains up to the Gornergrat and enjoy views of the surrounding mountains and the Matterhorn. Overnight Zermatt. (B)
Day 8 – Glacier Express to St. MoritzThis morning, board the world-famous Glacier Express for a thrilling ride in the panorama carriage to St. Moritz. Take in Switzerland’s dramatic scenery as you travel along the deep Rhone valley, over the Oberalp Pass and through the impressive Rhine Gorge. St. Moritz is more than just a holiday resort. It is also the birthplace of Alpine winter tourism and has twice hosted the Winter Olympics. Overnight St. Moritz. (B, L)
Day 9 – Bernina ExpressBoard the narrow-gauge Bernina Express and enjoy one of the most impressive scenic rail journeys Switzerland offers. Travel over circular viaducts and pass through winding tunnels en route to Tirano, Italy. Have a quick lunch before the return journey to St. Moritz aboard the Bernina Express. Overnight St. Moritz. (B)
Day 10 – St. Moritz / ZürichAfter breakfast, take the train to Zürich. With a magnificent view of the snowcapped Alps on the horizon, Zürich offers a unique mixture of attractions – over 50 museums and more than 100 art galleries, international fashion labels and Zurich designs, and the most flamboyant and lively nightlife in Switzerland. Overnight Zürich. (B)
Day 11 – DepartureEnjoy a final breakfast at your hotel before your trip comes to an end. (B)
Moderate hotels commonly used are the Hotel De la Paix, Lucerne, Hotel Crystal, Interlaken, Tralala Hotel, Montreux, Hotel Gami Sarazena, Zermatt, Unique Hotel Eden, St. Moritz, and Hotel Adler, Zurich. Hotels are subject to availability, substitutes will be of similar quality and amenities.
Superior hotels commonly used are the Ameron Hotel Flora Luzern, Lucerne, Hotel Bellevue, Interlaken, Hotel Eden Palace au Lac, Montreux, Hotel Aristella swissflair, Zermatt, Hotel Reine Victoria, St. Moritz, and Glockenhof Zurich, Zurich. Hotels are subject to availability, substitutes will be of similar quality and amenities.
Ride in modern train cars on the Goldenpass Panoramic that provides panoramic views of cities and scenery. You might want to visit one of its wine cellar coaches to enjoy a drink or snack as you relax. The Goldenpass Panoramic is all about ease of comfort and blending into the surrounding landscape. This smooth ride will make you feel like you are a part of nature
This train winds its way through the Swiss Alps, travelling 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. You'll have views of snow-capped mountains, canyons, narrow valleys, and rushing waters.
Depart Switzerland and cross the border into northern Italy. The route passes through a variety of terrain including orchards, chestnut trees and vineyards on its way to Tirano. Cross the famous Brusio Circular Viaduct on this narrow-gauge train that begins in the mountains and winds down to street level. Pass through the town of Tirano as you reach the city's station. The train includes refreshments and the commentary of a tour guide.
*Additional departures available upon request. Speak with a rail specialist for details.
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