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Grand Train Tour of Switzerland

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Discover Switzerland’s most celebrated tourist destinations from Interlaken to Lucerne during this panoramic 14-day rail journey. Explore cities and towns of Interlaken, Montreux, Zermatt, St. Moritz, Lugano and Lucerne.
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Highlights

Board the Bernina Express, travel over circular viaducts and pass through winding tunnels before reaching Tirano in Italy where you change to the Bernina Express bus which will take you onwards to Ticino.

Take the world‐famous Glacier Express to St. Moritz. Enjoy some of the spectacular scenery Switzerland has to offer. Along the deep Rhone valley, the Glacier Express travels through an incredibly fascinating part of the Alps.

An extraordinary journey with the GoldenPass Line through the wild and romantic Pays d'Enhaut through scenic villages along the shore of Lake Geneva.

One of 2x Mountain Excursions with our Freedom of Choice at either Gornegrat, one of the most famous and truly spectacular experiences OR visit the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, one of the highest vantage point in Europe.

The Gotthard Panorama Express travels from the Mediterranean south to the traditional heart of Switzerland. From Flüelen you will take a boat ride over beautiful Lake Lucerne.

Interlaken lies in the Bernese Oberland on an alluvial plain, between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. The holiday destination, which is presided over by the three mighty mountains, Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, is the starting point for numerous activities.

The journey to the Jungfraujoch at 3,454 meters ‐ Europe’s highest altitude railway station ‐ is a highlight of every visit to Switzerland. The Jungfrau Railways is an engineering masterpiece. The last section has been built inside the mountain itself, and the view through the panorama windows at the "Eigerwand" and "Eismeer" stations in the middle of the North Wall are a thrilling experience.

Montreux, ideally nestled between the lake and the alps, is a land of contrasts. It’s a kind of miniature Switzerland where visitors and locals have been living together for three centuries.

Stay in the famous holiday resort of St. Moritz, in the heart of the Engadine Valley on the southern side of the Alps.

Travel through Switzerland’s spectacular scenery during this exciting, 14-day rail adventure. This rail journey combines four of the most scenic routes in Switzerland – Golden Pass, Glacier Express, Bernina Express and Gotthard Panorama Express.

Explore Interlaken, the gateway to the renowned Jungfraujoch, Europe’s highest railway station. You are literally on top of Europe! From Interlaken, board the Golden Pass train. Enjoy a scenic rail ride until you reach Montreux. Montreux is a beautiful town that sits on the shores of Lake Geneva. From Montreux, take a train to Zermatt, a renowned resort town located below the majestic Matterhorn.

From Zermatt, board the fabled Glacier Express, the world’s slowest express train. This scenic route will take you to the glitzy resort town of St. Moritz. From St. Moritz, board the Bernina Express which will take you to the sunny side of Switzerland, the Tirano region. From Lugano, travel to Lucerne aboard the Gotthard Panorama Express.

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Included

3 nights in Interlaken in a 4* Hotel
2 nights in Montreux in a 4* Hotel
2 nights in Zermatt in a 4* Hotel
2 nights in St. Moritz in a 4* Hotel
2 nights in Lugano in a 4* Hotel
2 nights in Lucerne in a 4* Hotel
Seat Reservation in 2nd class for rail travel per itinerary:
GoldenPass Line from Zweisimmen to Montreux
Glacier Express from Zermatt to St. Moritz
Bernina Express train from St. Moritz to Tirano
Bernina Express bus from Tirano to Lugano
Upgrade to 1st Class on the Gotthard Panorama Express:
Gotthard Panorama Express from Lugano to Lucerne
Daily Breakfast
Jungfraujoch mountain excursion
Interlaken Walking Tour
Ballenberg Open Air Museum
Wine tasting experience in the Lavaux
Excursion: Chillon Castle or Oulympic Museum
Excursion: Gornergrat or Matterhorn Glacier Paradise mountain excursion
Excursion: Rigi or Pilatus mountain excursion
50% discount on additional local rail tickets
50% discount on some mountain excursions
Swiss Coupon Pass
Guest Cards in Interlaken, Montreux, St.Moritz, Lugano, and Lucerne
Freedom of Choice Days

Excluded

  • International airfares and taxes
  • Domestic airfares and taxes, unless otherwise specified in our holiday package
  • Visa expenses, processing and issuance fees
  • Meals other than as specified in our holiday package
  • Travel Insurance or expenses of a personal nature (mini-bar, phone call, laundry, etc.),
  • Tips or gratuities to guides, drivers, porters, hotel, restaurant or boat staff, etc.
  • Or any other travel expense that has not been included in our holiday package
Optional Extras
Upgrade to 1st Class Rail

Upgrade to 1st Class Rail

Upgrade to 1st Class Rail throughout this itinerary.

3-Course Menu Glacier Express

3-Course Menu Glacier Express

Gastronomic treats on the Glacier Express: add a 3-Course-Meal during your journey (salad, dish of the day, dessert). 

 

Dish of the Day Glacier Express

Dish of the Day Glacier Express

Gastronomic treats on the Glacier Express: add the "Dish of the Day" to your journey.

* Prices are dynamic based on travel dates. Please proceed to Book Now or contact us for details.
Freedom of Choice

Our Freedom of Choice program offers flexibility, by allowing you to choose from different options on pre-selected days.

Our per person price includes one tour on each Freedom of Choice day, as follows:

  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 5
  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 7
  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 13

Expand the itinerary below for more details.

Please note, if more than one room is selected during the booking process, our team will contact you afterwards to discuss options.

Day 1
Interlaken

Make your own way to Interlaken where this itinerary starts. 

In the evening meet your guide for a walking tour of Interlaken. Along the way you will learn about the history of the town and its surroundings, enjoy wild stories and local legends, explore some of the secret hideaways and discover Interlaken from a real insider’s perspective.

Overnight stay in Interlaken in a 4* Hotel.

Interlaken
Interlaken | Credit Ivo Scholz
Day 2
Interlaken

Breakfast at the hotel.

The journey to the Jungfraujoch at 3,454 meters ‐ Europe’s highest altitude railway station ‐ is a highlight of every visit to Switzerland. The Jungfrau Railway is an engineering masterpiece. The last section has been built inside the mountain itself, and the view through the panorama windows at the "Eigerwand" and "Eismeer" stations in the middle of the North Wall are a thrilling experience. The platform of the observatory is located right above the Aletsch Glacier. The "Alpine Sensation" a subway inside the rock connects the Ice Paradise with the Sphinx Hall.

Overnight stay in Interlaken in a 4* Hotel.

Breakfast
Interlaken
Famous Jungfraujoch Excursion
Day 3
Interlaken

Breakfast at the hotel.

Discover Swiss heritage in a day! Since the 1970s traditional farmhouses, stables, bakehouses and barns, under threat from demolition, have been dismantled piece by piece and rebuilt in the Ballenberg Open Air Museum.

This living history museum has expanded to include approximately 100 residential and agricultural buildings from all over Switzerland. The museum really comes to life thanks to the authentic cultivation of useful plants, over 250 domestic farm animals and the demonstrations by craftsmen and farmers who work with traditional tools. Try your hand at rural crafts, and discover Swiss heritage and culture.

Overnight stay in Interlaken in a 4* Hotel.

Breakfast
Interlaken
Ballenberg Open Air Museum
Day 4
Interlaken → Montreux

Breakfast at the hotel.

Your journey continues with the GoldenPass Line through the wild and romantic Pays d'Enhaut and through scenic villages along the shore of Lake Geneva.

Overnight stay in Montreux in a 4* Hotel.

Breakfast
Interlaken → Montreux
Pays d'Enhaut | Credit: Marcus Gyger
Day 5
Montreux and Surrounding Area

Breakfast at the hotel.

In the late afternoon a Swiss wine experience is included at Vinorama, located in the UNESCO world heritage protected Lavaux wine growing region; 3 wine tastings included.

Overnight stay in Montreux in a 4* Hotel.

Breakfast


Freedom of Choice Options

  • Chillon Castle:

    One of the best preserved castles in Europe, located outside Montreux on an island located on Lake Geneva. Castle Chillon is amongst the most visited medieval castles in Switzerland and Europe. Successively occupied by the house of Savoy then by the Bernese from 1536 until 1798, it now belongs to the State of Vaud and is classified as a Swiss Cultural Property of National Significance. 

OR

  • Olympic Museum:

    Experience the home of the Olympics in Lausanne at the Olympic Museum, which houses permanent and temporary exhibits relating to sport and the Olympic movement. With more than 10,000 artifacts, the museum is the largest archive of Olympic Games in the world and one of Lausanne's prime tourist site draws attracting more than 250,000 visitors each year.

Montreux and Surrounding Area
Chillon Castle, Lake Geneva
Day 6
Montreux → Zermatt

Breakfast at the hotel.

Travel from Montreux to Zermatt. Zermatt lies at the foot of the Matterhorn and offers plenty of things to explore. Enjoy a leisure day.

Overnight stay in Zermatt in a 4* Hotel.

Breakfast
Montreux → Zermatt
Zermatt: Credit: Lorenzo Riva
Day 7
Zermatt

Breakfast at the hotel.

Overnight in Zermatt in a 4* Hotel.

Breakfast


Freedom of Choice Options

  • Gornergrat:

    Gornergrat, one of the most famous and truly spectacular experiences combining a cogwheel train ride from Zermatt to an altitude of 3089m. An iconic view of the Matterhorn awaits, along with 29 other 4,000m peaks. There is several stops on the way which are starting points for arious hiking and walking trails.

OR

  • Matterhorn:

    Visit the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. One of the highest vantage point in Europe at 3,883m ‐ right next to the Matterhorn. A series of gondolas and cable cars are taken to the summit where breath‐taking views await. The Glacier Palace is a highlight where a mystical world of ice and snow showcase impressive sculputures made of ice.

Zermatt
Gornergrat Railway, Matterhorn
Day 8
Zermatt → St. Moritz

Breakfast at the hotel.

Take the world‐famous Glacier Express to St. Moritz. Enjoy some of the spectacular scenery Switzerland has to offer. Along the deep Rhône valley, the Glacier Express travels through an incredibly fascinating part of the Alps.

Overnight stay in St. Moritz in a 4* Hotel.

Breakfast
Zermatt → St. Moritz
Glacier Express
Day 9
St. Moritz

Breakfast at the hotel.

The world famous holiday resort of St. Moritz lies in the heart of the Engadine Valley on the southern side of the Alps and very close to the Italian border. The stunning lake side setting makes this one of the best holiday destinations in Switzerland.

Use the Engadine Guest Card for unlimited travel on a number of cable cars, funiculars and chairlifts, as well as public transport. A recommendation is to take the funicular to Muottas Muragl.

Other options include Corvatsch and Diavolezza.

Overnight stay in St. Moritz in a 4* Hotel.

Breakfast
St. Moritz
St Moritz | Credit: Jan Geerk
Day 10
St. Moritz → Lugano

Breakfast at the hotel.

Board the Bernina Express, travel over circular viaducts and pass through winding tunnels before reaching Tirano in Italy.

Change to the Bernina Express bus which will take you onwards to Ticino.

Lugano, the largest town in Ticino, is a town with a Mediterranean flair, with parks and flowers, villas and sacred buildings. Set on the lakeside Lugano is surrounded by numerous mountains offering splendid viewpoints, and boasts a traffic‐free historic town centre with exclusive museums and a packed calendar of events.

Overnight stay in Lugano in a 4* Hotel.

Breakfast
St. Moritz → Lugano
Bernina Express
Day 11
Lugano

Breakfast at the hotel.

The Ticino Ticket provides access to unlimited travel throughout the Ticino transport network.
Additional discounts on funicular railway, cable car and boats are also possible.

A suggestion is to visit the landmark of Lugano, Monte San Salvatore, by funicular railway for magnificent 360° panoramic views over Lugano and the lake. A popular walk leads down through the beautifully situated Carona to Lake Lugano at Morcote. Taking a boat trip back to Lugano is a splendid way to round off the day.

Overnight stay in Lugano in a 4* Hotel.

Breakfast
Lugano
Panoramic views over Lugano
Day 12
Lugano → Lucerne

Breakfast at the hotel.

The Gotthard Panorama Express travels from the Mediterranean south to the traditional heart of Switzerland. From Flüelen you will have a boat ride over Lake Lucerne.

A few highlights of note in Lucerne include the 14th century covered wooden footbridge spanning the river Reuss and the Lion Monument which is a giant lion carved out the wall of sandstone rock.

Overnight stay in Lucerne in a 4* Hotel.

Breakfast
Lugano → Lucerne
Gotthard Panorama Express
Day 13
Lucerne

Breakfast at the hotel.

Overnight stay in Lucerne in a 4* Hotel.

Breakfast


Freedom of Choice Options

  • Pilatus:

    "Dragon Mountain" Mt Pilatus; an exceptional experience. The golden round trip starts with a relaxing cruise to Alpnachstad, from where the world's steepest cogwheel railway ascends to Pilatus Kulm 2,123m. Decend on the otherside by cable car and gondola to Kriens and return to Lucerne.

OR

  • Rigi:

    Mt Rigi, known as the "Queen of the Mountains" is one of the most popular alpine excursions in Switzerland. The summit offers breath‐taking 360‐degree views over 13 lakes. A short cruise on Lake Lucerne will connect at Vitznau where the cogwheel train climbs to the summit. Return via cogwheel on the other side to Arth Goldau onwards to Lucerne.

Lucerne
Cogwheel railway, Mount Rigi
Day 14
Lucerne

Breakfast at the hotel.

Your tour finishes in Lucerne.

Breakfast

Additional information

Official language
French, Swiss - German, Italian, Romansh
Local currency
SWISS FRANC
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Grand Train Tour of Switzerland

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Interlaken
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01 May 2022 - 30 September 2022

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