Scenic Switzerland by Train
This is truly a different way to discover Switzerland! Marvel at spectacular scenery from the first-class carriages of the Swiss train network.
This is truly a different way to discover Switzerland. Marvel at the spectacular scenery from the first-class carriages of the Swiss train network, with rides on the GoldenPass Panoramic Train, the Glacier Express, the Bernina Express, and the Gornergrat open-air cogwheel train. Your vacation begins with an overnight in Zürich, then on to Lucerne, the delightful medieval town with the famous wooden bridge. Travel through breathtaking mountain pastures and quaint villages like Interlaken and Zweisimmen before reaching Lausanne on Lake Geneva. Visit elegant Montreux and Zermatt at the foot of the legendary Matterhorn. Spend two nights in this beautiful car-free village, then enjoy an exciting ride on the Glacier Express from Zermatt to glitzy St. Moritz. Travel through the pristine natural wonders of the Alps, the perfect prelude to your train ride on the Bernina Express. From St. Moritz, return to Zürich for the conclusion of your grand Swiss rail journey.
Highlights and Inclusions
- First-class train travel except for the stretch Samedan-Sagliains (in the rare event that first-class train travel is not available, standard class will be provided)
- Hotel accommodations for 8 nights
- Buffet breakfast daily and 3 dinners
- Sightseeing and scenic highlights per itinerary
- First-class rail travel (except where specified) on the Swiss Rail System including scenic trains including the Glacier Express, Bernina Express, Montreux-Oberland Bernois Panoramic train and the Gornergrat cogwheel railway
- Services of a professional tour manager
Day 1 - Depart USA
Overnight flight to Zurich. (International flight not included)
Day 2 - Arrive in Zürich, Switzerland
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this exciting city. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers. (D)
Day 3 - Zürich-Lucerne
Today, journey by train from Zürich to Lucerne. Lucerne is one of Switzerland's most idyllic medieval cities, surrounded by a beautiful lake and nestled amidst snowcapped Alps. The rest of the day is at leisure to discover the delights of this charming city or to join one of the optional excursions. (B)
Day 4 - Golden Pass Line: Lucerne-Interlaken-Montreux
Leave Lucerne this morning on the Lucerne-Interlaken Express. Cross Brunig Pass en route to Interlaken where you stop for a visit. From Interlaken take the BLS RegioExpress train to Zweisimmen. Continue on the Montreux-Oberland Bernois Panoramic Train for your unforgettable journey to Montreux and then continue to Lausanne for an overnight. (B)
Day 5 - Lausanne-Montreux-Täsch-Zermatt
This morning, depart for the delightful Swiss mountain resort of Zermatt. En route, stop in the town of Montreux, situated on the shores of Lake Geneva and known as the “Swiss Riviera.” Time for leisure or maybe join the optional excursion to Chillon Castle before continuing by train to Zermatt. (B,D)
Day 6 - Zermatt. Gornergrat Excursion
Today, enjoy the included excursion to the famous Gornergrat, traveling on board Europe's highest rack railway. The views from its summit are spectacular. The rest of the day is at leisure in Zermatt—with a variety of interesting shops, cafés, bars, and narrow streets to explore. (B)
Day 7 - Zermatt-Glacier Express-St. Moritz
The train journey today aboard the spectacular Glacier Express is without a doubt one of the main highlights of the tour. Enjoy unforgettable views as you make your way through the unspoiled natural beauty of the Alps on its direct route from Zermatt to the world-famous mountain resort of St. Moritz. (B,D)
Day 8 - St. Moritz. Bernina Express to Tirano, Italy
Today, take the Bernina Express train (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) to Tirano and back for one of Europe's most spectacular and breathtaking train rides. Travel across lofty Bernina Pass via the Swiss Poschiavo area to Tirano in the Italian Valtellina, witnessing an array of beautiful mountain streams, glaciers, and alpine scenery along the way. Overnight in St. Moritz. (B)
Day 9 - St. Moritz-Zürich
Leave St. Moritz this morning for the journey back to Zürich. Overnight in Zürich. (B)
Day 10 - Zürich
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotel include the Novotel City West, Zurich, the Ibis Styles, Lucerne Area, the Alpha Palmiers, Lausanne, the Perren OR Best Western Butterfly, Zermatt, the Hotel Baeren, St. Moritz, and the NH Zurich Airport, Zurich.
Board another new addition to the European train lines, and ride the sleek Lucerne-Interlaken Express to Interlaken, situated between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. The highlight of this route is crossing the Brünig mountain pass at an altitude of 1,000m. Enjoy the panoramic views on this two-hour trek that passes by glistening lakes and crashing waterfalls. The air-conditioned cars are designed with the highest level of comfort in mind.
Depart Interlaken and travel along the shores of Lake Thun before you head west to Zweisimmen. You'll spot a mixture of chalets and castles that dot these small villages of the Bernese Oberland before you cross through Simmental. Comfort is a top-notch priority on this train filled with panoramic windows for the best views of the scenery.
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.
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. This express route takes you on the journey from Zermatt to St. Moritz in eight hours, but explores distinct types of scenery. You'll have views of snow-capped mountains, canyons, narrow valleys, and rushing waters.
Depart St. Moritz and cross the border into northern Italy on this two and half hour journey. 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.
Passport & Visa Requirements
It is your responsibility to check and fulfill the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.
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The itinerary allowed us to see so many parts of Switzerland. I don't think I could have planned a trip like this on my own.
This was my first vacation via rail and I will definitely do another one we had such a wonderful time .... met so many wonderful people.... our guide Marco Noci was fantastic such a wonderful human being ......The scenery was breathtaking this trip far exceeded my expectations and II can't wait to do another trip thank you so much
The Swiss scenery was amazing and fulfilled our dream of experiencing this country
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A valid passport is required for this tour.
Tour members must be able to walk reasonable distances and use stairs to access trains.
No triple room reduction.
Meals - B = Breakfast, L = Lunch D = Dinner