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Trip Overview

This 11-day rail adventure really encapsulates the very best Switzerland has to offer. From the mountainous heart of the Bernese Oberland to the glitz and glamour of Montreux and the beautiful shores of Lake Lugano. All via 2 of the most popular mountain top excursions and 4 of the greatest rail (and boat) journeys on earth!

Highlights

  • Spectacular mountain views from Grindelwald and a trip on the Jungfrau Railway
  • A ride onboard the renowned Golden Pass line to Montreux, in the heart of the Swiss Riviera
  • Amazing Matterhorn views from the Gornergrat cog railway
  • Crossing Switzerland onboard the infamous Glacier Express
  • Ride from glacier peaks to palm tree lined valleys aboard the Bernina Express
  • Relax on the sparkling shores of Lake Lugano
  • Take the historic Gotthard pass train route in first class aboard the Gotthard Express train and scenic boat to Lucerne

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • 8 day Swiss Pass
  • 1 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Zurich
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Grindelwald
  • 1 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Montreux
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Zermatt
  • 1 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Chur
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Lugano
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Lucerne
  • Reservations for The Golden Pass, The Glacier Express, The Bernina Express train and Bus
  • First Class reservations on The Gotthard Panoramic Express
  • Day trips on the Jungfrau and Gornergrat railways
Trip Map

Why Not...

Extend your trip or try this package in reverse. Call a Rail Expert for details.

Disclaimer:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

Daily Itinerary:

DAY 1 – WELCOME TO SWITZERLAND
On arrival at Zurich airport take the short train journey to Zurich main station and make your way to your hotel. In the evening enjoy Zurich old town and the lakeside. (Overnight Zurich)

DAY 2 - GRINDELWALD
At a time of your choosing, take train to Bern where a change of trains is needed onto Interlaken, then Grindelwald. You can travel at any time of your choosing, and spending a few hours exploring the Swiss capital city Bern is highly recommended. Check in to your hotel on arrival in Grindelwald, then take some time to explore this beautiful Swiss village in the shadows of the Eiger. (Overnight Grindelwald)B

DAY 3 – JUNGFRAU DAY TRIP
Today you’ll take the journey of a lifetime, to the highest railway station in Europe atop the Jungfrau Mountain. There’s a change of trains in Kleine Scheidegg: a mountain pass 2,000m above sea level, and from there the Jungfrau narrow gauge railway runs the steep 9km to the mountains peak some 3,454m above sea level. On a clear day, visitors can enjoy views across the alps as far as France and Germany, as well as the Aletsch Glacier, Europe’s largest. Take your time to explore the facilities before heading back down the mountain either the same route, or perhaps via a visit to Lauterbrunnen and Interlaken. (Overnight Grindelwald) B

DAY 4 – THE GOLDEN PASS TO MONTREUX
Head down the mountain this morning and from Interlaken to Zweisimmen where you board the classic Golden Pass train to Montreux. Enjoy a lunch onboard the evocative Belle Epoque carriages of local meats and cheese before arriving into the capital of the Swiss Riviera. Montreux enjoys a warm micro climate which has historically made it home to the jet-set and has a rich musical heritage evident everywhere. In the evening perhaps enjoy a flutter in the infamous casino, or dinner and dancing in the Montreux Jazz café. (Overnight Montreux)B

DAY 5 – ZERMATT
When you are ready to leave, make use of your Swiss Pass travelling to Zermatt via Visp. On arrival check into your hotel for a two-night stay. (Overnight Zermatt)B

DAY 6 – GORNERGRAT DAY TRIP
Today take the 32min historic Gornergrat Cog Railway for the best views of the imposing Matterhorn Mountain and surrounding peaks. Enjoy any of the easy walking paths through the nature reserve or some lunch, prior to returning down to Zermatt for the evening where you can enjoy the numerous small bars and restaurants on the car free roads of this beautiful village. (Overnight Zermatt)B

DAY 7 – THE GLACIER EXPRESS
Take the Glacier Express from Zermatt to the capital of the historic canton of Graubünden Chur. Along the way, enjoy the full-length of this famed rail journey. Spectacular views of the alps, breath-taking valleys, dense forests, and mountain streams make for not only treasured memories but a luxurious experience. (Overnight Chur)B

DAY 8 –THE BERNINA EXPRESS
Board the Bernina Express for an exciting train ride through the gorgeous mountain scenery of Switzerland. Onboard you’ll pass glaciers, the Bernina Pass, and travel along Lago Bianco down toward Poschiavo. In Tirano, Italy, you’ll board the Bernina Express Bus and traverse through Valtellina to Lugano. If there’s one thing you’ll discover while in Lugano, it’s that this southern Switzerland town is one of country’s most charming. Check into your hotel and start exploring this sunny destination. (Overnight in Lugano)B

DAY 9 – LUGANO
Today, take advantage of your Swiss Pass and enjoy a cruise on gorgeous Lake Lugano (also called Lake Ceresio) in the afternoon sunshine. During the cruise, you’ll get to see quaint towns that sit along the bank and take in the serene views. The rest of the day and evening free to do as you wish. Practice your Italian which is the local language here, try an authentic, local dish at one of the many grotto lakeside restaurants, or stroll along the flower-lined promenade. (Overnight Lugano) B 

DAY 10 – GOTTHARD PANORAMA EXPRESS
Experience a wonderful, scenic train ride through the historic Gotthard Pass to Fluelen and then a paddle steamer cruise to Lucerne all in first class. You’ll enjoy unparalleled views of central Switzerland, mountain peaks, and world-class railway construction. In Lucerne, spend time experiencing all of Lucerne's such as the Rosengart Collection, which is home to many classic works by Picasso. The Glacier Garden, which exhibits glacier potholes from the last Ice Age, is also a must-see site within the city and don’t forget the magnificent Chapel Bridge. In the evening, dine lakeside, with incredible mountain views all around you. (Overnight in Lucerne)B

DAY 11 –END OF TOUR
Take a direct train to Zurich airport for your flight home, or speak to any of our Sales Consultants to discuss perhaps continuing your travels elsewhere.B

MEAL GUIDE: B - BREAKFAST, BR - BRUNCH, L - LUNCH, AT - AFTERNOON TEA, D -DINNER

 

DISCLAIMER:

Prices are subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Railbookers UK Trading Ltd is a member of ABTA (Y6401) and holidays including flights are ATOL protected, number 7579.

ABC Hotel Chur

The ABC Chur is a modern boutique hotel with 40 comfortable and contemporary bedrooms. There is a cosy lobby bar where you can enjoy a night-cap in the evening, as well as a spa-lounge with a fitness centre, sauna and steam bath. The hotel is close to the main railway station, in the centre of Chur.

Romantik Hotel Stern Chur

The Romantik Hotel Stern is a historic hotel with 64 comfortable and modern bedrooms. The hotel has a traditional Swiss restaurant called the Buendner Stube which offers a menu of seasonal dishes from locally sourced produce. The hotel is situated in the centre of Chur, close to the Old Town.

LUGANODANTE Swiss Quality Hotel

No stress: everything you need is within easy reach, since we are located in the very heart of downtown Lugano. Reaching Hotel Lugano Dante is easy and convenient by any means of transport.

Hotel International Au Lac Hotel Lugano

Nestled in a prime location between the lakeside promenade and the lively restaurants, cafés and boutiques of Via Nassa, the International au Lac is a family-run property in a sensational location. The hotel was given the honorary distinction of “Historical hotel worthy of special mention” by UNESCO. The hotel’s rooms are individually decorated, all with a classic elegant style. Relax after sightseeing with a stroll through the garden or a dip in the outdoor pool. The hotel even boasts an exhibition about its 100 year history!

The Grand Hotel Europe

The Grand Hotel Europe

The Grand Hotel Europe, built in 1872, combines a grand past with a contemporary outlook and is distinguished by its subtle elegance, attentive service and warm hospitality.

Romantik Wilden Mann Luzern

The Romantik Hotel Wilden Mann is a traditional hotel with 51 bedrooms and suites set over seven historic Lucerne townhouses. The hotel has two restaurants, fine dining in the Wilden Mann Stube, and the Burgerstube, serving regional Swiss cuisine. The hotel is located in the centre of Lucerne's old town, 200 metres from the famous Chapel Bridge and a few minutes walk to the train station.

Waldstaetterhof Lucerne

The Waldstaetterhof is a modern hotel located in the centre of Lucerne. The hotel offers 78 comfortable ensuite bedrooms all with Wi-Fi internet access and tea & coffee making facilities. There is also a restaurant serving Swiss regional and national specialities as well as a comfortable lounge area. The hotel is situated opposite the railway station in the centre of Lucerne, offering easy access to all of the city's main sights, attractions, bars and restaurants.

Villa Toscane

Villa Toscane 3*
Housed in an Art Nouveau building, the 3-star Villa Toscane in Montreux features 45 guest rooms. Decorated in a modern style, all rooms provide free Wi-Fi access. Facing the Royal Plaza Montreux & Spa, the hotel offers the whole range of 5-star amenities including a restaurant, 2 bars, spa, underground parking for 135 cars and a conference centre featuring 11 conference rooms, able to accommodate up to 250 people.

Swiss Night Am Kunsthaus Zurich

The Swiss Night am Kunsthaus is located within a quiet residential district and is close to the Kunthaus Museum and the Opera of Zurich. Lake Zurich is just a short walk away and all 46 bedroms are light, airy and spacious. The hotel also benefits from a fitness centre.

Du Theatre Zurich

The Hotel du Théâtre in Zurich is a historic hotel which was a theatre during the 1950s. The hotel has 50 individually designed, contemporary bedrooms as well as a cinema and audio book library in honour of the hotel's theatrical past. The contemporary lounge restaurant, la suite serves local specialities along with great city views. The hotel is in the centre of old Zurich, a short walk from the train station.

Helmhaus Zurich

The Helmhaus Hotel in Zurich is a modern boutique hotel and is centrally located in Zurich's old town. The hotel has 24 stylish bedrooms, each has been renovated and some offer views over the lake of Zurich. Located in the historic city centre and close to all of Zurich's major sights, the Helmhaus Hotel is the perfect hotel for exploring this charming city!

Schweizerhof Hotel Zurich

The Schweizerhof Hotel in Zurich is a traditional family-run hotel, with 115 comfortable and elegant bedrooms. Guests are provided with a butler service on arrival (Monday to Friday), a welcome cocktail at the bar and fresh fruit in their bedroom. The hotel has a French restaurant, a bustling café, and guests enjoy a champagne American style buffet breakfast. The hotel is opposite the main railway station, on the famous "Bahnhofstrasse".

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Disclaimer:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

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