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 Golden Pass 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.
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.(Dinner)
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. (Breakfast)
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 Lausanne for an overnight. (Breakfast)
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. (Breakfast,Dinner)
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. (Breakfast)
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. (Breakfast,Dinner)
Today, take the BERNINIA 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. (Breakfast)
Leave St. Moritz this morning for the journey back to Zürich (standard class between Samaden and Sagliains). Overnight in Zürich. (Breakfast)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)
Dates and Prices do not include international air travel.
Prices per Person based on double room occupancy.
Visits to Lucerne, Interlaken, Lausanne, Montreux, Zermatt, Gornergrat train, St. Moritz, Zürich
Buffet breakfasts; 3 dinners
First-class train travel (in the rare event that first-class train travel is not available standard class will be provided)
The following list of optional excursions is examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be available. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.
Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation.
Boat Trip An hour's guided cruise on the most beautiful lake in Switzerland gives you an introduction to this lovely city from a completely different aspect. With its many bays, it offers superb panoramas of the surrounding landscape. The cruise is operated on a comfortable private covered boat and a commentary will be given by one of the crew who will explain the history of all the enchanting villages and you will learn some interesting stories of the Swiss History.
Approximate value: €25 EUR per person
Swiss Folklore Evening & Dinner Contrary to belief, not all Swiss can yodel or blow the alp horn, but those you will see are real experts. At the Stadtkeller Restaurant, located in the old town of Lucerne, they will entertain you with merry melodies on the accordion and traditional dances whilst you enjoy a delicious meal and sample the Swiss Cheese Fondue.
Approximate value: €75 EUR per person
Train & Lunch on Harder Kulm Leaving Interlaken which is a famous resort, you can reach, by funicular, the Harder Kulm from where you can view the Bernese Oberland, The Eiger, the Monch, the Junfrau and the lakes of Brienz and Thun. A nice lunch will be served to you before your descent back to Interlaken.
Approximate value: €40 EUR per person
Boat Ride To Chillon & Visit Enjoy a short cruise on Lake Geneva. Stop for a visit to Chillon Castle, built on a rocky islet. The picturesque site lies on the lakeside, within sight of Montreux, the French shore and the Alps. The first fortress was built in the 9th century to guard the road from Avenches to Italy.
Approximate value: €20 EUR per person
Single room supplement:
No triples room reduction.
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Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available at our low prices.
Departure/arrival taxes and fares from other cities will be advised at the time of booking.
All vacation prices are based on rates (including foreign exchange rates) expected to be in effect at the time of departure. Prices are subject to increase without notice if such rates change prior to departure. The current price will be confirmed at the time of reservation. However, once we have received your deposit for any vacation departing during the current year, that land price is guaranteed, and any subsequent land cost increases are at our expense, not including any government tax increases. Vacation prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Single room supplements and triple room reductions may be applicable.
Not included in the tour price: International and Domestic airfares are not included; Federal Inspection Fees for the U.S. Customs and immigration; International Air Transportation Tax; agricultural tax; any other taxes; security fee; airport taxes and fees; passports; visas and vaccinations; tips to your tour director; tour host; tour driver; local city guides; gratuities on ferries, trains and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; mini bar; alcohol; beverages and food not on the regular table d'hôte menu (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel or restaurant); optional excursions; porter age at airports; travel protection; excess baggage fees; all other items of a personal nature.