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Centovalli Express crossing a viaduct near Intragna.

Zermatt and Locarno on the Centovalli

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Centovalli Express crossing a viaduct near Intragna.
Visit Zermatt & discover the 'hundred valleys' with a scenic Centovalli train ride from Domodossola to Locarno.
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Highlights

Centovalli Railway ride from Domodossola (Italy) to the resort town of Locarno

Day Excursion to the beautiful Mediterranean town of Ascona and Brissago Islands

Excursion to the Gornergrat, Europe's highest open-air cogwheel railway

Ticino Ticket including free transport in the Canton of Ticino

Enjoy our 5-day package loaded with sweet alpine flair and lakeside dolce vita! Begin your quest in the quintessential town of Zermatt, soaking in the sight of old timber houses, fairytale atmosphere, and the traffic-free centre filled with horse-drawn carriages. Treat your senses to a scenic cogwheel ride to Gornergrat and see magnificent mountain panorama framed by the Matterhorn and the Gorner glacier. Transfer from Gotthard Railway to SBB service travelling through the Simplon Tunnel to the medieval Italian town of Domodossola.  Hop aboard the Centovalli Railway for a journey across the "hundred valleys" taking you through dizzying heights of viaducts, deep ravines, waterfalls, chestnut forests and fertile vineyards. Spend a day exploring the Mediterranean vibe of Locarno and use your included Ticino ticket to visit the gorgeous lakeside resort of Ascona. Complete your Locarno adventure with a visit to the subtropical paradise of Brissago Island.

2020 DEPARTURES
Departs daily from 07 April - 17 October.

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Included

2nd class rail travel as per itinerary (Swiss Combi Card with half fare discount). Upgrade available.
4-night accommodation in a 3-star hotel
Centovalli Railway from Domodossola (Italy) to Locarno in Ticino
Daily breakfast at hotel
Day Excursion to Ascona and Brissago Islands
Excursion to the Gornergrat
Ticino Ticket including free transport in Canton of Ticino

Itinerary

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Day 1
Zürich - Zermatt

Upon arrival, transfer via rail from Zürich Airport to Zermatt and make your way to the hotel.

Day 2
Zermatt – The Gornergrat

Breakfast at hotel. Leisurely walk to the Gornergrat Railway terminal in central Zermatt. A cogwheel train will transport you to an altitude of 3089m travelling across stunning bridges, through galleries and tunnels, idyllic forests, past gorges and mountain lakes. The iconic view from the Gornergrat platform is dominated by the Matterhorn.

Breakfast
Day 3
Zermatt – Locarno (Centovalli Railway)

This morning, you'll board a regional train service and travel to Brig. Here you will change trains and travel through the Simplon Tunnel to Domodossola in Italy. The next part of the journey takes in the wild and impressive Centovalli (“hundred valleys”) landscape, from Domodossola to Locarno by Lake Maggiore.

Breakfast
Day 4
Locarno – Ascona – Brissago Island

Today, using the included Ticino ticket, you can venture into nearby Ascona, a pretty lakeside resort with a quaint old town and picturesque promenade which is dotted with street cafes and boasts a Latin ambience. Later in the afternoon, continue along the shores of Lake Maggiore to the small town of Brissago. A connection by boat takes you to the unique Brissago Island, where the Botanical Gardens of the Canon of Ticino house around 1700 plant species.

Breakfast
Day 5
Locarno

Tour ends after breakfast at the hotel.

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Additional information

Official language
French, Swiss - German, Italian, Romansh
Currency
SWISS FRANC
4 nights
from AUD1,751
per person, twin share
Zurich
07 April - 17 October 2020
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