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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.


  • 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


  • 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
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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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!

Ameron Hotel Flora Lucerne

The majestic Ameron Hotel Flora is set in a prime location, minutes from the train station and Lake Lucerne. Guests can enjoy a rich buffet breakfast at the hotel’s French-style brassiere and indulge in freshly baked croissants and locally sourced produce. All rooms come with free Wi-Fi, are fully air-conditioned and feature a minibar. Hotel guests will also have access to satellite TV. Other nearby attractions include the Old Town.

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.

Hotel Schweizerhof Lucerne

The five-star-hotel Schweizerhof Luzern is situated right on the shores of Lake Lucerne and only a stone’s throw from the city centre of Lucerne. It has been managed by your hosts, the Hauser family, for more than 150 years. The festival hotel boasts 101 spacious rooms and suites, outstanding service, three speciality restaurants, and beautiful wellness area. Spend a night here and follow in the footsteps of kings, emperors, writers, politicians, musicians and actors.

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.

Beau Rivage Palace Lausanne

The Beau-Rivage Palace is a historic hotel which was built in 1861, and is surrounded by private gardens. The hotel has 169 luxurious bedrooms and a choice of dining experiences. After a busy day exploring, relax in the hotel's Cinq Mondes Spa, including an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, and fitness centre. The hotel is on the shore of Lake Geneva, a short walk from the city centre.

Chateau d'Ouchy

The majestic Château d’Ouchy, surrounded by Lake Geneva, the Alps and the city of Lausanne, epitomises the classic, cosy picture postcard image of Ouchy.

Château d’Ouchy – a four-star hotel in an authentic 12th-century building – is located directly on Lake Geneva, in the middle of a lush and charming park. In the heart of the warm and vibrant tourist district of Ouchy, the castle is a veritable oasis, extraordinary yet familiar.

Emblem of the Lausanne landscape, Château d’Ouchy attracts both holidaymakers and locals. People are readily seduced by its romantic history, yet the atmosphere is always lively, highlighted by cultural events and pleasant interaction with the guests. Lausanne – Olympic capital – is home to the IOC headquarters, which are just a stone’s throw away from the hotel. The Olympic Committee generates a fair amount of business tourism, as does the nearby IMD International School of Management.

Lausanne Palace

Located at the centre of Lausanne – one of the most inspiring cities in Switzerland – Lausanne Palace concentrates the essence of the city within its walls while watching over the Olympic capital with a mysterious and attractive air. Escaping the swarming Flon district, a young and trendy clientele likes to come to relax at the bars, restaurants and spa area of the “LP”.

The cultural and economic dynamic of Lausanne fills the hotel with a stimulating vibe. With its attention to detail and exclusive atmosphere, Lausanne Palace mirrors the confidence and boldness of its guests. Once you climb the stairs to your room and your eyes fall on the soothing panorama of Lake Geneva and the Alps, you will feel a sense of serenity flooding every fibre of your being.

Hotel Butterfly Zermatt

Hotel Butterfly Zermatt

Hotel Butterfly enjoys a quiet location in the centre of car-free Zermatt, only 250 yards from the Gornergratbahn train station. The hotel is in a quiet sunny location, featuring great ambiance and outstanding food and service. Wellness with steam bath, Finnish and Infrared sauna. All rooms with balcony, work desk, wireless LAN, television with CNN.

Parkhotel Beau Site

Parkhotel Beau Site

Hotel Beau Site is located in a quiet, yet central location in Zermatt, with beautiful views of the Matterhorn and within walking distance to the village centre for shopping and dining.

Riffelalp Resort

Riffelalp Resort

Feel relaxed in the beneficial mountain climate in the middle of fragrant pine and larch forests and with a spectacular view of the Matterhorn. Since the 19th century, guests have considered the Riffelalp as an exclusive place for peace and relaxation and they appreciate the diversity between sports activities, pleasant relaxation and the luxurious delights that the Riffelalp Resort 2222m offers. "A day well spent in the Alps is like some great symphony", said Mount Everest pionneer George Mallory. The British mountaineer enjoyed the high alpine freshness in the summer and was a five-star guest at Riffelalp high above Zermatt.

Arriving is an experience in itself. As the rack railway climbs and the commotion of the village is left behind, sit back, relax and enjoy the majestic view of the Matterhorn. In the summer, the highest tram in Europe waits at Riffelalp station to take you on what is probably the shortest tram ride in the world to the Riffelalp Resort. In the winter, our porter will be happy to pick you up on the skidoo. Or you can make use of the short walk through the picturesque forest to listen to the silence of Riffelalp for the first time.

Schweizerhof Hotel Zermatt

Schweizerhof Hotel Zermatt

An appealing Alpine chic boutique hotel, Schweizerhof Hotel and Spa, offers a Luxury 4* with 3 restaurants, Wellness area and Spa. Situated in the Bahnhofstrasse in the car-free Zermatt, the Hotel Schweizerhof offers you comfort, a concierge service and free WiFi. Close to the gornergrat railway station.

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".

Hotel St Gotthard Zurich

The Hotel St. Gotthard Zurich City Center welcomes you in a unique location in the world-famous Bahnhofstrasse, directly at Zurich main station. Zurich Kloten Airport is only 10 minutes away from the HB Zurich train station by S-Bahn.

Both business and leisure travelers enjoy a pleasant stay in a central city location and a cozy atmosphere. Zurich city center and the top sights are on the doorstep of this 4 star city hotel. Discover:

The beautiful old town of Zurich with the «Niederdörfli»
The landmarks of Zurich Grossmünster and Fraumünster
The vibrant Bürkliplatz with a view of Lake Zurich
As well as theaters, museums and the ETH Zurich , which can be easily reached on foot in a few minutes.

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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.