Switzerland – The Grand Tour by Rail – An Independent Journey

Zurich, Switzerland

from $3619 Per Person

Starting: 10/01/2016

Through: 10/31/2017

# of Nights: 7

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Day Destination
1 Arrival Zürich
2 Zürich / Interlaken
3 Interlaken / Montreux
4 Montreux / Zermatt
5 Zermatt / St. Moritz
6 St. Moritz / Lugano
7 Lugano / Lucerne
8 Departure Lucerne or extend your stay

Zurich | Interlaken | Montreux | Zermatt | St. Moritz | Lugano | Lucerne

8 Days | 7 Nights| Daily Arrivals

 

Program includes:

  • 7 nights at 4-star or 5-star hotel accommodation inclusive of buffet breakfast
  • First Class Grand Rail tickets as detailed in the itinerary
  • Seat reservations for Golden Pass Line, Glacier & Bernina Express and Wilhelm Tell Express in First Class.
  •  Swiss Coupon Pass with 2 for 1 Dine & Discover offers for restaurants and sightseeing excursions in 11 cities in Switzerland with a total value of CHF 1800.
  • Hotel taxes & service charges

Discover the diverse regions and cultures of Switzerland on this 8-day Grand Rail Journey of Switzerland. Explore the subtle differences within the country; the variety of languages, the diverse gastronomy, the spectacular countryside and stay at some of the most beautiful Swiss towns by way of an exciting comfortable rail journey.

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Zurich | Interlaken | Montreux | Zermatt | St. Moritz | Lugano | Lucerne

8 Days | 7 Nights| Daily Arrivals

 

Program includes:

  • 7 nights at 4-star or 5-star hotel accommodation inclusive of buffet breakfast
  • First Class Grand Rail tickets as detailed in the itinerary
  • Seat reservations for Golden Pass Line, Glacier & Bernina Express and Wilhelm Tell Express in First Class.
  •  Swiss Coupon Pass with 2 for 1 Dine & Discover offers for restaurants and sightseeing excursions in 11 cities in Switzerland with a total value of CHF 1800.
  • Hotel taxes & service charges

Discover the diverse regions and cultures of Switzerland on this 8-day Grand Rail Journey of Switzerland. Explore the subtle differences within the country; the variety of languages, the diverse gastronomy, the spectacular countryside and stay at some of the most beautiful Swiss towns by way of an exciting comfortable rail journey.

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Day Destination Experience
1 Arrival Zürich

Arrive in Zürich and transfer to your hotel. Situated on the water with a magnificent view of the snowcapped Alps on the horizon, Zürich offers a unique mixture of attractions. With over 50 museums and more than 100 art galleries, an array of international fashion labels and Zürich designs, this city has the most flamboyant and lively nightlife in Switzerland. This afternoon, you will have the opportunity to discover the world famous shopping mile Bahnhofstrasse or stroll along the banks of Lake Zürich. Overnight in Zürich..

2 Zürich / Interlaken

Today you will travel to Lucerne. When boarding the Luzern–Interlaken Express, you will begin an unforgettable jour­ney right into the heart of Switzerland. This two-hour ride will take you along the shores of crystal-clear lakes, past romantic waterfalls and over the magnificent Brünig mountain pass. Arrive in Lucerne, which lies in the Bernese Oberland on an alluvial plain, between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. This lovely city is surrounded by the three mighty mountains, Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Overnight in Interlaken. (B)

3 Interlaken / Montreux

Today you will continue your rail journey from Interlaken to the Kleine Scheidegg at the foot of the famous Eiger. You will change trains to board of the Jungfrau railway und ride via ‘Eiger Gletscher’ to the Jungfraujoch – the highest railway station in Europe at 3454 m with some breathtaking views of the Aletsch glacier at 22 km the longest in the Alps and an UNESCO World Heritage site. In the early evening your journey on the Golden Pass line continues. Along the shores of Lake Thun, you will travel through the Simmen valley and the renowned holiday resort of Gstaad. The journey continues through the wild romantic Pays d’Enhaut with the scenic villages of Château d’Oex and Montbovon, through a  tunnel, finally arriving at the panoramic view of the Lake Geneva and Montreux.  Overnight in Montreux. (B)

4 Montreux / Zermatt

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and continue your rail journey from Montreux to Zermatt, changing trains in Visp. Zermatt, which lies at the foot of the Matterhorn, is a car-free zone preserving its original character. The rest of the day will be at leisure to enjoy all that Zermatt has to offer. After arriving in Zermatt, perhaps enjoy an excursion to the Gornergrat or enjoy your leisure time to go hiking and some souvenir shopping. Overnight in Zermatt. (B)

5 Zermatt / St. Moritz

In the morning, you will take the world famous Glacier Express for a thrilling ride in the panorama carriage to St. Moritz. Here you will see some of the most dramatic scenery Switzerland has to offer. Along the deep Rhone valley, the Glacier Express travels through an incredibly fascinating part of the Alps. The train will take you over the Oberalp pass (2,033m/6,670ft) and through the impressive Rhine gorge. After an exhilarating trip, you will arrive in St. Moritz for your overnight stay. (B)

6 St. Moritz / Lugano

Today you will board the narrow-gauge Bernina Express at St. Moritz station and enjoy one of the most impressive scenic rail jour­neys Switzerland offers. Travel over circular viaducts and pass through winding tunnels before reaching Tirano in Italy, which is the end of the Bernina Express rail line. Here you will change to the Bernina Express Bus which will take you onwards to Ticino and onto Lugano, southern Switzerland’s largest town. Overnight in Lugano. (B)

7 Lugano / Lucerne

Today you will board the famous Wilhelm Tell Express which will take you from the Mediterranean south to the traditional heart of Switzerland. This journey follows the spectacular Gotthard route, an unforgettable trip and a very impressive countryside. You will travel from Lugano to Flüelen via Bellinzona, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your train journey winds its way from 470 to 1100 metres altitude, disappearing into the 15-kilometre Gotthard Tun­nel.  At Flüelen, board the historic Wilhelm Tell paddle steamer for the cruise across Lake Lucerne. Lunch will be served on the cruise and you will arrive to Lucerne for your overnight stay. (B)

8 Departure Lucerne or extend your stay

After breakfast, depart Lucerne by rail to Zurich airport or depending on your departure time perhaps visit Mount Pilatus or take the Pre-Alpine Express excursion. (B)

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