Grand Train Tour of Switzerland
Travel through Switzerland via train and take in its spectacular countryside while staying in beautiful Swiss towns along the way.
Discover the diverse regions of Switzerland on this 11-day vacation featuring first-class train travel and 4-star hotel accommodations. This trip, which takes you on a variety of Swiss rail lines, is a train lover's dream. Filled with twists and turns along rivers and mountainsides, you can relax and enjoy stunning views only available via rail.
You'll view stunning landscapes such as the Bernese Oberland, Simmen Valley, Lake Geneva, the Rhine Gorge and, of course, the Matterhorn. As you travel from city to city, there is plenty of free time to explore each area and immerse yourself in Swiss culture.
+Additional departures are available on request, please speak with your Rail Travel Specialist for more details.
Highlights and Inclusions
- GoldenPass Panoramic
- Glacier Express
- Bernina Express
- Gotthard Panorama Express
- Hotel accommodations for 10 nights
- 11 meals
- Excursion to Mount Jungfraujoch
- Lake Lucerne cruise
- Swiss Coupon Pass
Day 1 – Arrive in Zurich
Arrive in Zurich and settle into your hotel. Your day is free to discover the world-famous shopping mile Bahnhofstrasse or stroll along the banks of Lake Zurich. Overnight Zurich.
Day 2 – GoldenPass Panoramic Train
Today board the GoldenPass Panoramic for a beautiful trip to Lucerne, which is filled with medieval architecture. The train takes you over the Brunig pass into the Bernese Oberland, where it winds along the lovely Lake Brienz. After a short journey, you arrive in Grindelwald or Wengen.
Grindelwald: The Eiger village of Grindelwald is embedded in a welcoming and green hollow, surrounded by a commanding mountainscape with the majestic view of Eiger north face and the Wetterhorn.
Wengen: This holiday resort area lies on a wind-protected sun terrace at the foot of the Jungfrau, 400 meters above the Lauterbrunnen Valley at an altitude of 1274m. The tradition-imbued, car-free holiday resort offers family-friendly activities and plenty of hiking and biking opportunities.
Overnight Grindelwald or Wengen*. (B)
Day 3 – Excursion to Jungfraujoch
Take the train to the mountain pass of Kleine Scheidegg at the foot of the famous Eiger. Here you will board the Jungfrau Railway and ride via Eiger Gletscher to the Jungfraujoch – the highest railway station in Europe at 3454m. Take in the breathtaking views of the largest glacier in the Alps, Aletsch Glacier, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Overnight Grindelwald or Wengen*. (B)
Day 4 – Train travel to Montreux
Your journey on the Golden Pass Panoramic continues today. Along the shores of Lake Thun you reach the Simmen Valley with the quaint village of Zweisimmen and the world-renowned holiday resort of Gstaad. You'll continue to travel through the wild romantic Pays d'Enhaut Highlands with the scenic villages of Chateau d'Oex and Montbovon. Pass through a tunnel before the panoramic view of Lake Geneva and Montreux opens in front of you. Overnight Montreux. (B)
Day 5—Train travel to Zermatt
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and then travel to Zermatt, which lies at the foot of the amazing Matterhorn. Zermatt is a car-free zone and has preserved its original character. You have free time here to take in the local shops and restaurants with a magnificent backdrop. Overnight Zermatt. (B)
Day 6 – Optional Excursion to Gornergrat
Today you have the opportunity to take a non-guided excursion to the Gornergrat. You will ride Europe's highest open-air cogwheel train to the summit and enjoy views of the surrounding mountains and the Matterhorn. Overnight Zermatt. (B)
Day 7 – Glacier Express
In the morning, board the Glacier Express for a thrilling ride in the panoramic carriage, where you can take in some of Switzerland’s most dramatic scenery. Along the deep Rhone Valley, the Glacier Express travels through an incredibly fascinating part of the Alps as it drives over the Oberalp Pass and through the impressive Rhine Gorge. After an exhilarating trip, you will arrive in Chur, Switzerland's oldest city, which will charm you with its fine mountain setting, twisting alleys and historic buildings. Numerous boutiques, restaurants, bars, museums and galleries in the largely traffic-free Old Town create a Mediterranean-style atmosphere. Overnight Chur. (B, L)
Day 8 – Bernina Express
Board the narrow-gauge Bernina Express and enjoy one of the most impressive scenic rail journeys Switzerland offers. Travel over the impressive Brusio Circular Viaduct and pass through 55 winding tunnels before reaching Tirano, Italy. Change to the Bernina Express Bus, which takes you onwards to Ticino. The journey ends in Lugano, Southern Switzerland's largest town. Overnight Lugano. (B)
Day 9 – Optional excursion to Monte Generoso
Today you have a chance to board a rack railway that has been in operation for 125 years. This train travels along a picturesque 9km-stretch of mountain scenery in the Monte Generoso nature park, and reaches a summit of 1,704- meter altitude. Enjoy the view of Lake Lugano and the unique architecture of the “Fiore di pietra” (Stone Flower) complex. Should you not wish to purchase this optional excursion, you will have a day at leisure in Lugano to explore this southern city at your own pace. Overnight Lugano. (B)
Day 10 – Gotthard Panorama Express
Travel by first class panorama carriage from Lugano to Fluelen via Bellinzona, the lowest point in the route the train reaches via amazing spiral loops. The train journey takes you from the Mediterranean south right into the heart of Switzerland via the Gotthard tunnel which was built in 1882. In Fluelen, board a historic paddle steamer and enjoy a relaxing cruise across Lake Lucerne. Overnight Lucerne. (B)
Day 11 – Departure
Enjoy a final breakfast at your hotel before your trip comes to an end. (B)
Train and Hotel Accommodations
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.
Gotthard Panorama Express
Previously named the Wilhelm Tell Express, the Gotthard Panorama Express is a wonderful piece of railway engineering with many spiral loops, bridges and tunnels. The journey includes travel by train and boat offering very diverse scenery with snowcapped mountains and palm trees along the way.
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