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This Grand Tour of Switzerland is the perfect way to discover the country’s vibrant cities, charming villages, sapphire lakes, stunning mountain views, ancient glaciers, and some of the most scenic train routes. In 15 days, you’ll experience a combination of everything that attracts visitors to this small corner of the world. Whether you’re interested in the great outdoors, rest and relaxation, arts and culture, cuisine, or unrivalled panoramic views, you’ll find that this rail vacation is packed full of highlights. Aside from visiting the cities and small towns of Zurich, Interlaken, Lausanne, Zermatt, St Moritz, Lugano, and Lucerne, you’ll have plenty of time for mountain and railway excursions. Travel to the top of Jungfrau, take the iconic Golden and Gotthard Pass Lines, see the Matterhorn from the summit of Gornergrat, and ride the famous Glacier and Bernina Express. There are many unforgettable moments to see and experience on this Grand Tour of Switzerland—the trip of a lifetime.

Highlights

  • All in one blockbuster tour of Switzerland including all the scenic lines and key mountain excursions
  • Experience Jungfrau Railway, Europe’s highest-altitude railway station
  • Traverse the Swiss Alps onboard the Golden Pass Line
  • Take in a mountain panorama from the top of Gornergrat
  • Board the Glacier Express from Zermatt to St. Moritz
  • Experience breath-taking, panoramic views on the world-famous Bernina Express and Bernina Express Bus
  • Enjoy the Gotthard Pass Line and accompanying lake cruise
  • Travel to the top of Mount Pilatus for views over Lucerne and Central Switzerland

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • 15-day Swiss Pass
  • 1 night hotel accommodation with breakfast in Zurich
  • 3 night hotel accommodation with breakfast in Interlaken
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Lausanne
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Zermatt
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in St Moritz
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Lugano
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Lucerne
  • All necessary reservation fees and supplements in Switzerland
Trip Map

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.

DAY 1 – ZURICH         
Welcome to the heart of Europe! Once you arrive in Zurich, check into your hotel for an overnight stay. The remainder of the day is yours to see the sights at your leisure. Spend time strolling through Zurich’s Altstadt—or Old Town. The district is framed by alpine mountains and stretches along both banks of the Limmat River. You’ll find cobblestone-paved streets lined with Renaissance-era architecture, charming cafes, world-class restaurants and entertainment, as well as boutique shops to buy authentic Swiss crafts from. (Overnight in Zurich) B

DAY 2 – ZURICH TO INTERLAKEN
The day is free to enjoy at your leisure. Travel to Interlaken via Bern when you please. Departures are very regular and the trip takes about two hours total. Situated between two lakes, Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, Interlaken is a charming village in the Alps. When you arrive, check into your hotel and spend the evening exploring Hoheweg, the main street of Interlaken. (Overnight in Interlaken) B

DAY 3 – INTERLAKEN
Today, spend your time using your included Swiss Pass and take advantage of all the gorgeous sights and experiences surrounding Interlaken. More than simply a thrill seekers paradise, this town offers a variety of options for relaxation and sightseeing. Go for a cruise on either Lake Thun or Lake Brienz, two of the finest lakes in Switzerland, or embark on a day trip to Meringen. If you’re interested in enjoying some unforgettable views, take the funicular line to the top of Harder Kulm or cross the impressive Panoramabrucke Sigriswil, a suspension footbridge. (Overnight Interlaken) B

DAY 4 – JUNGFRAU/INTERLAKEN
After breakfast this morning, you will climb to Europe's highest altitude railway station on Jungfrau Mountain. The journey takes you to Kleine Scheidegg, before reaching the station at Eigergletscher, which is well known for its mountain restaurant and huskies. At Jungfraujoch, take in the breath-taking views of the Black Forest in Germany and the Vosges Mountains in France. Also enjoy the fascinating glacier and ice gallery at the top. After a spectacular day sightseeing, return to town and spend the evening at your leisure. (Overnight in Interlaken) B

DAY 5 – GOLDEN PASS/LAUSANNE
Take the iconic Golden Pass Line from Interlaken to lakeside Lausanne. Along the way, immerse yourself in the picturesque views of the Alps and picture-perfect landscapes of the Romandie region. When you arrive in Lausanne, check into your hotel and start getting to know this vibrant and lively city. Visit Riponne place, Palais de Rumine, Gothic Old Town, and the streets of la Cité. (Overnight in Lausanne) B

DAY 6 – LAUSANNE
Use your Swiss Pass and enjoy a cruise over Lake Geneva to Evian, famous for its healing waters and spa resorts. A cruise is the best way to combine the city, lake and mountains. In Lausanne, take some time to explore the city’s most popular attractions, including Palud Place, pedestrian-friendly Bourg Street, and the stunning Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame. And what would a visit to Lausanne be without enjoying Swiss flavors like a local? Cheese fondue, Cordon Bleu, smoked féra (fish caught in Lake Geneva), or dried meats and gherkins. (Overnight in Lausanne) B

DAY 7 – ZERMATT
Take a scenic train ride to Zermatt today via Visp and check in at your hotel for a two-night stay. Spend the rest of the day exploring this pedestrianized village famed for being nestled in a deep valley shadowed by the Matterhorn. If you’re the adventurous type, you could hike to the top of The Breithorn mountain, otherwise known as the 'Little Matterhorn.' In the evening, enjoy the hours as you wish. (Overnight in Zermatt). B

DAY 8 – ZERMATT/GORNERGRAT
Today, use your Swiss Pass to take a ride on a marvel of 19th century engineering - the Gornergrat Cog Railway - which climbs from 5,262 feet above sea level. From the top, you get to take in one of the most spectacular panoramas in all of Switzerland, encompassing the iconic outline of The Matterhorn as well as the surrounding peaks and glaciers. You might be lucky enough to spot a Chamois or Marmot whilst you visit here, and you have the opportunity to enjoy a stroll through the nature reserve and maybe even sample a fondue. Take the same route back down to Zermatt where you can enjoy the numerous small bars and restaurants on the car free roads of this beautiful village. (Overnight Zermatt) B

DAY 9 –  GLACIER EXPRESS/ST MORITZ
Take the Glacier Express from Zermatt to St Moritz, located on the southern side of the Alps. Along the way, enjoy the full-length of this famed rail journey. Spectacular views of the alps, breathtaking valleys, dense forests, and mountain streams make for not only treasured memories but a luxurious experience. (Overnight in St Moritz) B

DAY 10 – ST MORITZ
Beyond the slopes, St Moritz offers visitors plenty of attractions. With more than 300 days of sunshine a year, it is a fabulous destination for cultural tourism and sightseeing regardless of the season. Take a scenic day trip in the Graubenden region using your Swiss Pass or ride the local funicular to Piz Nair, which is not included with your Swiss Pass. (Overnight in St Moritz) B

DAY 11 – BERNINA EXPRESS/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. 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. When you arrive, check into your hotel and start exploring this sunny destination. (Overnight in Lugano) B

DAY 12 – 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. Try an authentic, local dish at one of the many grotto lakeside restaurants, do some shopping in a posh boutique, or stroll along the flower-lined promenade. (Overnight Lugano) B

DAY 13 – GOTTHARD PANORAMA EXPRESS/LUCERNE
Experience a wonderful, scenic train ride on the historic Gotthard Panorama Express to Fluelen and then a historic 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 best attractions. Art lovers should stop by 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. In the evening, dine lakeside, with incredible mountain views all around you. (Overnight in Lucerne) B

DAY 14 – MOUNT PILATUS/LUCERNE
Visit one of the most legendary places in central Switzerland, and one of the most breathtaking: Mount Pilatus. Ascend the mountain by cog railway and once at the top, take in the panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. On a clear day, you can see 73 alpine peaks and stunning blue lakes! Go for a short hike to the summit, relax on the terrace, or enjoy world-class cuisine at one of the restaurants. On your way back down, take an air gondola or cable car. (Overnight in Lucerne) B

DAY 15 – END OF TOUR
Take a direct train to the airport in Zurich, or anywhere else in Switzerland covered by your included Swiss Pass, and continue with your onward travels. B

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

Lugano Dante Center 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!

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.

The customers staying in the Summer 2018 for minimum 3 nights will get free one hour cruise on Panorama-Yacht Saphir on Lake Lucerne

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.

Alpha Palmiers Lausanne

The Alpha Palmiers Hotel is a modern hotel set around an internal courtyard. The hotel has 210 spacious and stylish air-conditioned bedrooms with modern ensuite bathrooms. The hotel has a Thai restaurant, French restaurant and a bar. The hotel is well located in a quiet area between the railway station and the main shopping district of the city.

Swiss Wine Hotel And Bar Lausanne

The Swiss Wine Hotel and Bar is a contemporary hotel located in the heart of the city. All 62 comfortable bedrooms are well-equipped and guests can benefit from access to a fitness centre with Sauna. Guests can enjoy breakfast in a room offering panoramic views over the Old Town and Cathedral. The hotel’s Wine bar offers wine tastings and exclusively serves wines from Switzerland.

Agora Swiss Night Lausanne

The Agora Swiss Night Lausanne is a modern hotel with 147 air-conditioned bedrooms, all of which have large windows which overlook the hotel garden. The hotel breakfast room offers panoramic views of the lake, the Alps, and the Jura Mountains, whilst the hotel offers guests a public transport card for use in Lausanne. The hotel is ideally located a short walk from the train station and Lake Geneva.

Hauser Swiss Quality Hotel St.Moritz

The Hauser Hotel in St Moritz is a family-run hotel with 52 bedrooms. The hotel has a restaurant and terrace bar, and is famous for its "Engadine Nusstorte" (nut and caramel pie) which is available from the hotel confectionary and chocolate shop. The hotel is located in the centre of St Moritz.

Krebs Interlaken

The Krebs Interlaken is a charming hotel located in the heart of Interlaken. The 44 rooms are beautifully decorated in bright colours with comfortable furnishings and feature Wi-Fi internet access. The hotel's popular bistro serves traditional Swiss cuisine whilst the impressive restaurant serves seasonal dishes and fine wines. The hotel staff are happy to help with any excursions and activities available in Interlaken and beyond. The Krebs Interlaken is located 2 minutes walk from Interlaken station and close to all the main attractions.

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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