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Trip Overview

Embark on this classic eight-night rail vacation from Zurich to Milan, via three of Switzerland’s most popular destinations. Enjoy the breath-taking views from atop of Mount Pilatus and lakeside Lucerne, before heading to Zermatt to see the majesty that is the Matterhorn. Cross Switzerland aboard the Glacier Express to St Moritz before crossing into Italy with the spectacular Bernina Express.

Highlights

  • Zurich's atmospheric Old Town
  • The cobbled streets of Lakeside Lucerne
  • Amazing mountain railways and breath-taking views from atop of Mount Pilatus near Lucerne and the Gornergrat railway from Zermatt
  • Delicious fondue in the shadows of the iconic Matterhorn Mountain
  • Relax and enjoy the views from both the Glacier and Bernina Express trains
  • Wonder at the beauty of Milan's Duomo

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • Rail Travel as per the itinerary
  • 1 nights' hotel accommodation with breakfast in Zurich
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Lucerne
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Zermatt
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in St Moritz
  • 1 nights' hotel accommodation with breakfast in Milan
  • Day trip to Mount Pilatus
  • Day trip on the Gornergrat Cog Railway
  • Seat reservations on the Glacier and Bernina Express trains
  • Flight from Milan to UK
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.

DAY 1 -ZURICH

Welcome to Zurich!? On arrival at the airport use your Swiss Pass for the quick journey to the city where you can check-in at your hotel for a one-night stay. If time allows head to the lake for a scenic cruise, then enjoy an evening stroll around the pretty Old Town where there is a great selection of restaurants for dinner. (Overnight Zurich)?

DAY 2 -LUCERNE

At a time of your choosing hop onto any of the regular trains direct to Lucerne, then head to your hotel for a two-night stay. The Chapel Bridge is unmissable, and the town itself is full of picturesque cobbled streets and small-town squares. Take stroll along the lakeside before dinner. (Overnight Lucerne) B

DAY 3 -MOUT PILATUS 

Today enjoy one of the best day trips in Switzerland. If travelling between mid-May and mid-November take a short lake cruise boat to Alpnachstad where you then take the steepest rack railway in the world to the peak. The views really are something to behold here, and there are plenty of scenic walking paths to explore before heading back to Lucerne via a combination of exciting gondolas and cable cars. During the winter months when the rack railway doesn't run, the gondolas and cable-cars are still in action and provide an equally as rewarding day. (Overnight Lucerne) B

DAY 4 -LUCERNE-ZERMATT

After breakfast take a train to the Swiss capital Bern where spending an hour or two exploring is highly recommended. When you are ready take the train to Zermatt via Visp and check-in at your hotel for a two-night stay. (Overnight Zermatt) B

DAY 5 - GORNERGRAT DAY TRIP?

Another spectacular mountain railway experience today, and the Gornergrat is Europe's highest climbing from 5262ft above sea level to 10138ft in just 33 minutes. From the top the views are amazing, across to Italy and France on a clear day as well as the nearby Matterhorn mountain. Enjoy a stroll and keep an eye out for a Marmot or two before coming back down the mountain. Enjoy your evening in this car-free town. (Overnight Zermatt) B

DAY 6 -THE GLACIER EXPRESS

Travel across Switzerland onboard the Glacier Express today, crossing numerous mountains passes and impressive viaducts. You can't escape the wonderful views from inside the famous panoramic red carriages, and your journey ends today in the glamorous lakeside town of St Moritz. (Overnight St Moritz) B

DAY 7 -ST MORITZ

Enjoy a day at leisure today and discover the history of this famous resort. Wander around the lake and perhapsmake use of your Swiss Pass to enjoy the funicular and cable car ride up to Piz Nair for some spectacular views. (Overnight St Moritz) B

DAY 8-THE BERNINA EXPRESS

This morning, take the Bernina Express south to Tirano in Italy, then change onto a local train to Milan. The Bernina Express is one of the most thrilling train routes in the world and passengers are treated to incredible views of huge glaciers, sheer rock gorges and amazing feats of engineering such as the Brusio spiral viaduct. Enjoy your final night of yourvacation in the capital of Lombardy. (Overnight Milan) B

DAY 9- END OF TOUR

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before heading to the airport for your flight home orspeak to one of our Rail Specialists if you would rather extend your travels elsewhere. B

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Starhotels Anderson Milan

The Starhotels Anderson Milan is a centrally located, chic hotel featuring 106 contemporary rooms and suites. The stylish restaurant, Black serves excellent international cuisine as well as traditional Italian dishes. The sophisticated lounge bar is open every day until midnight perfect for a drink before dinner or after a day's sightseeing. The Starhotels Anderson is located directly opposite the main station, close to major attractions such as the Cathedral and La Scala opera house.

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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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