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This is truly a different way to discover Switzerland! Marvel at spectacular scenery from the first-class carriages of the Swiss train network, with rides on the GoldenPass Panoramic train, Glacier Express, Bernina Express, and the Gornergrat open-air cogwheel train. Your vacation begins with an overnight in Zürich, then on to the Lucerne, the delightful medieval town with its famous wooden bridge. Travel through breathtaking mountain pastures and quaint villages before reaching Lausanne on Lake Geneva. Visit elegant Montreux and Zermatt at the foot of the imposing Matterhorn. Spend two nights in this beautiful car-free village, then take 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 finale of your grand Swiss rail journey.
Destinations & Sightseeing
Individual headsetsInside visits and special features:Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.Sightseeing: Visits to Lucerne, Interlaken, Lausanne, Montreux, Zermatt, Gornergrat train, St. Moritz, Zürich
Scenic Highlights: Swiss Alps
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
- Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes
Transportation: First-class train travel (in the rare event that first-class train travel is not available, standard class will be provided)
Meals & Itinerary
Buffet breakfasts daily; 3 dinners
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.
Day 1 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.
Day 2 Zürich–Lucerne Area
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.
Day 3 Lucerne Area–Interlaken–Goldenpass Train to Montreux–Lausanne
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 GoldenPass Panoramic for your unforgettable journey to Montreux, then continue to the Lausanne area for an overnight.
Day 4 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 with an opportunity to enjoy the guided visit of its castle before continuing by train to Zermatt for two overnights.
Day 5 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.
Day 6 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 an unforgettable journey as it makes its way through the unspoiled natural beauty of the Alps on its direct route from Zermatt to the world-famous mountain resort of St. Moritz.
Day 7 St. Moritz. Bernina Express to Tirano, Italy
Today, take the BERNINA EXPRESS train (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) to Tirano 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.
Day 8 St. Moritz–Zürich
Leave St. Moritz this morning for the journey back to Zürich (standard class between Samaden and Sagliains). Overnight in Zürich.
Day 9 Zürich
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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“Switzerland-where better to take a break than in this naturally stunning and peaceful country? On a tour of this remarkable place, I won't just show you the Switzerland that you will find in the guidebooks (chocolate, fondue, and clocks that go "cuckoo"), I will share with you the genuine "Swiss" experience. There's more to this unique country than meets the eye!”
ZÜRICH Novotel City West (F)LUCERNE AREA Ibis Styles (ST) or Ibis (ST) at KriensLAUSANNE Alpha Palmiers (F)ZERMATT Tschugge (F)ST. MORITZ Hotel Bären (ST)ZÜRICH NH (F) at Zürich Airport
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