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Stunning Switzerland

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Embark on an unforgettable rail journey across Switzerland during this 7 day journey exploring Lucerne, St Gallen, Chur and Zermatt. Travel aboard the Voralpen Express and the picturesque Glacier Express.
Switzerland
Rail
Independent Holiday Packages

Highlights

Explore Switzerland's oldest city and one of the most authentic, Chur. The city was first established in the 13th century and with its exceptional location, takes history to a while new level.

Excursion to Mount Rigi, known as the "Queen of the Mountains". 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.

Take the world‐famous Glacier Express to Zermatt. 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.

Take the Voralpen Express and journey to Eastern Switzerland and to St. Gallen, whose Abbey district is a UNESCO world heritage site. The train traverses the 99 metre high Sitter Viaduct and the rolling landscapes of the "Toggenburg".

Start your journey in the lovely city of Lucerne. See the iconic Chapel Bridge, one of the oldest wooden footbridges in Europe, and enjoy a relaxing stroll along the sparkling Lake Lucerne. Join an exciting trip to Mount Rigi, known as the “Queen of the Mountains”. The Voralpen Express will then take you to St. Gallen, with a medieval charm, a compact metropolis set between Lake Constance and Appenzellerland. Discover its traffic-free old town, the monastery district and the Abbey Library, a UNESCO world heritage site. Continue onto Chur, the pretty alpine town which have many relaxing views of mountains, streams and forests. Then take the Glacier Express to the car-free village of Zermatt which offers a rich variety of mountain romance 365 days a year. From the icy blue winter, to fresh turquoise in spring, to glistening summer and the glowing palette of autumn - Zermatt remains exceptional no matter the season.

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Included

2 nights in Lucerne in a 4* Hotel
1 night in St.Gallen in a 4* Hotel
1 night in Chur in a 4* Hotel
2 nights in Zermatt in a 4* Hotel
Daily Breakfast
Seat Reservation in 2nd class for rail travel per itinerary:
Voralpen Express from Lucerne to St.Gallen
Glacier Express from Chur to Zermatt
Excursion to Mount Rigi
Excursion Option: St.Gallen City Walking Tour or Appenzeller Show Dairy
Excursion Option: Gornergrat or Matterhorn Glacier Paradise
Guest Cards in Lucerne and St.Gallen
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 on the Voralpen Express and Glacier Express. 

* 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 3
  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 6

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
Lucerne

Individual travel to Lucerne.

Known as the gateway to central Switzerland. Lucerne is situated on the famous lake with its namesake and is embedded within an impressive mountainous panorama. Thanks to its attractions, its souvenirs and
watch shops, the beautiful lakeside setting and the nearby mountains Lucerne remains one of the most popular places to visit in Switzerland.

Highlights of the city include the fully restored Chapel Bridge – one of Europe’s oldest wooden bridges and landmark of Lucerne.

Overnight stay in Lucerne in a 4* Hotel.

Lucerne
Chapel Bridge, Lucerne
Day 2
Lucerne → Mount Rigi → Lucerne

Breakfast at the hotel.

Excursion to Mount Rigi, known as the "Queen of the Mountains". 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 you will board the cogwheel train that climbs to the summit. Return via cogwheel on the other side to Arth Goldau and onwards to Lucerne.

Overnight stay in Lucerne in a 4* Hotel.

Breakfast
Lucerne → Mount Rigi → Lucerne
Mount Rigi overlooking Lake Lucerne
Day 3
Lucerne → St. Gallen

Breakfast at the hotel.

Board the Voralpen Express and journey to Eastern Switzerland and to St. Gallen, whose Abbey district is a UNESCO world heritage site. The train traverses the 99 metre high Sitter Viaduct and the rolling landscapes of the "Toggenburg".

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

Breakfast


Freedom of Choice Options

  • St Gallen City Walking Tour:

    Discover the historic old town of St. Gallen on a guided walking tour to learn about the city and its great history.

OR

  • Appenzeller Dairy Show :

    Visit a traditional Appenzell cheese dairy. Travel by bus to the heart of the unspoiled hilly landscape of the pre‐Alps, where the famous Appenzeller cheese is made: in the demonstration area of the dairy show, you will find out why Appenzeller cheese is the most full‐flavoured cheese.

Lucerne → St. Gallen
Appenzeller Dairy Show, St. Gallen
Day 4
St. Gallen → Chur

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer by train to the capital of Graubunden and the oldest town in Switzerland. Chur has a history dating back 5,000 years. The historic Old Town is very much worth visiting and is completely car‐free. Enjoy the
cultural and culinary amenities of this Alpine town!

Overnight stay in Chur in a 4* Hotel.

Breakfast
St. Gallen → Chur
Chur
Day 5
Chur → Zermatt

Breakfast at the hotel.

Take the world‐famous Glacier Express to Zermatt. 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 Zermatt in a 4* Hotel.

Breakfast
Chur → Zermatt
Glacier Express
Day 6
Zermatt

Breakfast at the hotel.

Overnight stay 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 are several stops on the way which are starting points for various hiking and walking trails.

OR

  • Matterhorn Glacier Paradise:

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

Zermatt
Gornergrat Railway, Matterhorn
Day 7
Zermatt

Breakfast at your hotel.

Today your journey ends.

Breakfast

Additional information

Official language
French, Swiss - German, Italian, Romansh
Local currency
SWISS FRANC
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Under our Peace of Mind Booking Plan, the deposit is refundable up to 7 days from payment.

Stunning Switzerland

7 days
from AUD3,071
per person, twin share
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The date you have selected is less than 60 days. Full payment is required at time of booking*

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Lucerne
Zermatt
Rail
Independent Holiday Packages
01 April 2022 - 31 October 2022

Important notes

We work with a selection of hotels in each location. All bookings are subject to availability, which means our team will confirm your specific hotels upon confirmation and payment of deposit. The package price is based on 4-star accommodation. Itinerary bookable in reverse.

Blackout dates may apply.

FAQs

Who are Entire Travel Group?

Entire Travel Group is celebrating 50 years of passionately delivering unique and memorable travel experiences. We are an Australian, family owned, award winning business, with a friendly team ready to match your expectations to the perfect holiday package.

Entire Travel Group used to be known by the individual brands shown in the footer of the website. The company has not changed, but we have amalgamated under one brand - Entire Travel Group.

For more details please visit - About Us | Entire Travel Group

What are Entire Travel Group famous for?

Well, put simply - we’re famous for building things. We offer an exclusive range of pre-designed, purpose-built, independent holiday packages full of unique and memorable experiences. The packages are delivered by our global network of handpicked suppliers, who also provide on ground travel support to our clients.

Is Entire Travel Group Australian owned and operated?

Entire Travel Group is proudly Australian family owned and operated and as it stands today represents 50 years of experience, progress, and evolution. We proudly support the community with our long-term commitment to many important charity organisations. We were awarded the best operator in our class at the most recent National Travel Industry Awards.

Is Entire Travel Group industry accredited?

Entire Travel Group is ATAS Accredited. ATAS, which stands for AFTA Travel Accreditation Scheme is administered by the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA). AFTA is the industry body for the Australian retail travel industry. We are also a registered member of the Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO).

Does Entire Travel Group have industry awards?

Entire Travel Group was awarded “Best Specialty Wholesaler” at the 2019 National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA), which are held annually by the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA).

The awards recognise quality and excellence in the Australian travel industry. We were extremely honoured to receive this recognition and we will continue to deliver the best service and value to our customers.

Are the Entire Travel Group holiday packages exclusive?

In some cases, we are the sole representative in Australia for the overseas travel operator. In other circumstances the product developed has been exclusively built for Entire Travel Group and can’t be found elsewhere.

What’s unique about Entire Travel Group Holiday Packages?
  • They are not group tours with set departures - they are pre-designed, purpose built, independent holiday packages full of unique and memorable experiences.
  • Our holiday packages have been exclusively built for us in collaboration with our handpicked suppliers, who also offer full on-ground support for the clients.
  • We are offering unique travel experiences which cannot be found elsewhere.
  • Many packages include our “Freedom of Choice” options which allow you to tailor the holiday experience. Like a sommelier matching wine to a meal, we have used our experience to carefully select and offer the right experiences in each location.
  • They include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan.
  • A wide selection of our packages are compliant with the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Covid Safe Travels.
What is an independent holiday package?

Our motto for Independent Holiday Packages is start your holiday when and with who you want!

Our Independent Holiday Packages are NOT group tours with set departure dates. Group Tours have specific set departure dates, and of course, you are travelling with unknown passengers in a coach. These tours are great for certain travellers and there are many reputable tour operators providing a wide range of options around the world.

At Entire Travel Group, our focus is Independent Holiday Packages. Available daily, they are pre-designed, purpose built, packaged itineraries full of memorable experiences delivered by our hand-picked local partners.

Our holidays suit every demographic, from couples to singles, to retirees to families and everyone else in between.

Why travel with Entire Travel Group?

Of all the attributes Entire Travel Group offer - we have settled on “Experience” as the one quality we believe adds the most value to our customers. That’s how our tagline “When Experience Matters” came to life and encapsulates our business in three words, as experience does matter!

We have been operating for many years and have the experience to determine what sightseeing, duration and accommodation style makes a great itinerary. Our technology is continually enhanced, giving our team the ability to provide a great customer service experience. Our relationship with our operators is extremely strong, which ensures we are confident of the travel experience and on ground support for our clients.

For more details please visit - About Us | Entire Travel Group

How does the Peace of Mind Booking Plan work?

Our Peace of Mind Booking Plan allows you to book with confidence in the new international travel environment. With low deposits, a cooling off period and a flexibility period where you can cancel and rebook later, we really do have you covered.

For more details please visit - Peace of Mind Booking Plan | Entire Travel Group

Is there a cooling-off period?

Look for packages with our Peace of Mind Booking Plan logo on the website.

  • We understand that occasionally plans may change, so we give you the confidence to proceed with a cooling off period.
  • You may cancel for any reason within 7 days, where you will receive a 100% refund of your $100 per person deposit.

For more details please visit - Peace of Mind Booking Plan | Entire Travel Group

What is Entire Flex?

Looking for more flexibility? Entire Flex is an optional extra on certain packages. It allows you to change your mind right up to 35 days before departure with no change fees. Receive a 100% travel credit with up to 18 months to depart on another Peace of Mind package to any destination on our website.

What is Freedom of Choice?

At Entire Travel Group we understand that our customers have their own personal tastes and interests - so throughout our packages look for “Freedom of Choice” which gives you the ability to tailor your holiday from the various experiences offered on selected days. Like a sommelier matching wine to a meal, we have used our experience to carefully select and offer the right experiences in each location.

The Freedom of Choice options are included in the package price, and the price remains the same regardless of the choice you make on each day.

For more details please visit - Freedom of Choice | Entire Travel Group

Do Freedom of Choice options cost extra?

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

  • Our per person price includes one tour on each Freedom of Choice day in the itinerary.
  • The price of the package remains the same regardless of the choice you make on each day.
What is the Safe Travels program?

This specially designed program allows travellers to recognise governments and companies around the world who have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols, so consumers can experience “Safe Travels”.

For more details please visit - Safe Travels Stamp | Entire Travel Group

What is Book Now?

Book Now offers you the ability to make a reservation on our website for Holiday Packages that include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan. But it’s not just a static offer – you have complete flexibility from travel dates, passenger numbers, single supplements, room upgrades, optional extras, flexible booking terms and more.

What happens after Book Now?
  • Our team will contact our overseas suppliers and confirm all arrangements.
  • A Confirmation from our reservation system will be sent in the coming days.
  • The Booking Number on this confirmation supersedes the website reference.
How secure is the Entire Travel Group's on-line payment portal?
  • Entire Travel Group have partnered with TravelPay to ensure secure on-line credit card payments.
  • TravelPay is a level 1 PCI DSS compliant, which gives you peace of mind that your payment card data is in safe hands.
  • Entire Travel Group does not store any credit card information.

For more details please visit - Security and Compliance - TravelPay

What forms of payment can be used at Entire Travel Group?
  • To confirm a booking using our on-line Book Now process, a credit card must be used to pay the refundable deposit.
  • For additional payments on the booking, Entire Travel Group supports bank transfer, credit card, TravelPay B2B, PaymentGate.
  • For further details please visit our Payments page.
Why do some packages not offer the ability to Book Now on the website?

If a package on our website does not include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan, it will not be available to Book Now.

Due to the boutique nature and limited capacity of some travel experiences offered, they have strict payment and cancellation policies. (e.g., a remote bear lodge in Canada with only a few cabins).

Although technically possible, we have decided that it is impractical for us to try and sell these type of travel services on-line. We believe it is important that such product is discussed, so that we can ensure these strict payment and cancellation policies are understood before we proceed with a booking.

For such product we may act as an agent only for the principal suppliers. Where we act as agent, your contract for the delivery of travel arrangements will be with the principal supplier and will be subject to their Booking Conditions.

We will advise you prior to confirming your booking if we are acting as agent and we will confirm the details of the principal supplier. Our responsibility to you where we sell travel arrangements as agent for the supplier is specified in the ‘Responsibility’ section of our Booking Conditions.

Can you book my international airfares?

Following customer feedback, we do not include international flights in our holiday packages.

We found that many customers may prefer:

  • To travel on specific airlines
  • Have the flexibility to book flights with Frequent Flyer points
  • Select flight dates that may be different to the package start/end dates
  • Use their travel agent for this service

However, we are able to assist, so please just notify us during the Book Now process or contact our team.

Should I take travel insurance?

Travel insurance is strongly recommended. During the Book Now process please confirm you require assistance, and our team will be in contact with you.

What should I do before travelling?

Before you travel it is your responsibility to ensure you have the appropriate documentation including visas. If you are travelling on a passport other than Australian or New Zealand, you will require a permit to re-enter Australia. It is your responsibility as the traveller and/or travel booker to meet all government entry requirements.

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How do I start a Booking?

  • On any page that has Book Now simply follow the booking process.
  • You must select the Travel Agent tick box and provide correct details.
  • To confirm a booking only the refundable deposit is required.
  • An agency credit card must be used for this initial payment.
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