Where to Go When Switzerland Opens for Travel
Jun 24, 2021 · By Vacations By Rail
If you’re planning a trip to Switzerland when it reopens and want to know where the best places to visit are, you’ve come to the right place.Read more
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2024 Tour code: WE-CRMR-24
About the tour
Some of the world's most impressive panoramas beckon on this expedition through Switzerland. Lucerne, Lugano, Zermatt and the Bernese Oberland are highlighted as you travel through the country aboard fantastic scenic rail lines, such as the Gotthard Panorama Express, which travels to Lugano, and the Centovalli Railway for a journey through the Hundred Valleys to Domodossola, Italy. In each destination, sightsee at your own pace, taking in the rich history and Swiss traditions as you meander through historical cities and visit wonderful museums. Equipped with your Swiss Travel Flex Pass, you may also ride aboard Switzerland's famed railways or embark on mountain excursions. From medieval city squares to the "Top of Europe" and everything in between, leave no mountain pass undiscovered on this exceptional independent adventure.
Arrive in Zürich and make your way to the train station for your journey to Lucerne. The train ride is just over 1 hour in length and includes views of Zürich, Zug and beautiful blue lakes along the way. On arrival in Lucerne, soak in the amazing views of snow-capped mountains against Lake Lucerne as you make your way to your hotel. The evening is yours to begin your explorations of this medieval city. Overnight Lucerne.
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4.0 / 5 · 2 reviews
Submitted 10 Jun 2023
The places we visited were varied, interesting and enjoyable. The hotels were of good standard and well located. The train journeys themselves were a bit mixed. We enjoyed the Gotthard Panorama Express. The routes on the Centovalli Railway journey and from Zermatt to Grindelwald were rather complex, each involving four trains and so multiple changes, which proved tricky when travelling with a lot of luggage. We would have appreciated more detailed information in advance about these sections of the Itinerary. Mostly, we did not regret taking a First Class Rail Upgrade although it is important to note that the Gottard Express Railway is already First Class only. We did have a major problem with our Digital Swiss Travel Passes. For some reason they were declared Invalid on our first day of usage, and we had to abort our excursion to Mount Rigi midway, which was very disappointing. We spent a good deal of time working to resolve this issue with the Swiss Rail Company, who advised us there had been a problem with the issuing, and we effectively lost a day’s use of our Travel Pass and our trip to Rigi. Overall, this Tour was a pleasant part of a bigger European Trip for us, offering many interesting experiences across Switzerland, but complexity of routes and sparsity of information did detract somewhat from our enjoyment.
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Submitted 06 Oct 2022
Fantastic trip through varied parts of Switzerland all with beautiful scenery. I went with my 83 yr old mom and we both had a great time. We booked 2nd class but think we would have been better to pay the extra for first class as some of the trains were crowded and we would have appreciated more if a couple of the hotels were a bit nicer. Highlight was definitely Wengen!! Amazing town and region!!
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