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Scenic Switzerland from Basel

Basel St Moritz Zermatt Montreux Lucerne Jungfraujoch

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Trip Overview

This all-encompassing eight-night rail odyssey of Switzerland takes in the best this wonderful country has to offer. Start with a two-night stay in grand St Moritz from where you take a ride onboard the stunning Bernina Express train. Take the spectacular Glacier Express train to historical Zermatt for two nights, and enjoy the iconic Matterhorn Mountain via the Gornergrat Cog Railway. Travel to lakeside Montreux for a relaxing night before continuing your journey along the Golden Pass line to the traditional Swiss town of Lucerne. Enjoy three nights here with day trips on the world’s steepest cogwheel train line on Mount Pilatus, and also to the highest railway station in Europe on the Jungfrau Railway.

Highlights

  • One of the world's most scenic rail journeys onboard the Bernina Express
  • Enjoy the spectacular Glacier Express through the mountainous heart of Switzerland
  • Amazing Matterhorn views from the Gornergrat Cog Railway
  • Beautiful Scenery of The Golden Pass railway
  • Alpine Adventure via boat and cable car or the worlds steepest cog railway to the top of Mount Pilatus
  • Highest railway station Europe atop the world-famous Jungfrau Railway

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • Travel to St Moritz from Basel (or from any starting point in Switzerland)
  • 2 nights' hotel stay with breakfast in St Moritz
  • 2 nights' hotel stay with breakfast in Zermatt
  • 1 night hotel stay with breakfast in Montreux
  • 3 nights' hotel stay with breakfast in Lucerne
  • 8-day standard class Swiss Pass
  • Standard class seat reservations on the Bernina Express, Glacier Express and Golden Pass trains
  • Day trip on the Gornergrat Cog Railway from Zermatt
  • Day trip to the top of Mount Pilatus from Lucerne
  • Daytrip to Jungfraujoch from Lucerne
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 - BASEL TO ST MORITZ
Welcome to Switzerland! On arrival in Basel, make use of your 8-Day Swiss Pass for the scenic rail journey to historic St Moritz and check in at your hotel for a two-night stay. Take a relaxing stroll around the lake and enjoy the chic town itself, the first real alpine holiday destination for the international jet set. St Moritz is said to enjoy some of the freshest air in Europe and is the official home of Alpine sports. Your visit might even coincide with a tobogganing race down the historical 'Cresta Run' which dates back to 1885, or the city center ice skating ring in the summer. At night, enjoy some of the classic glitz and glamour of the St Moritz Casino. (Overnight in St Moritz)

DAY 2 - BERNINA EXPRESS DAY TRIP
After breakfast embark on one of the world's most scenic train lines south into Italy. The Bernina Express is a spectacular journey from the snowcapped heights of the Alps and The Bernina Pass itself, down into the lush Poschiavo Valley and vineyards surrounding Tirano. A stop is made for a traditional pizza in Tirano, before returning north again on the Bernina Express to melt away into the awe-inspiring scenery which changes drastically in the afternoon light. Make sure your camera batteries are fully charged because you are guaranteed to capture some amazing shots from the comfort of the panoramic carriages of the train. (Overnight in St Moritz) B

DAY 3 - THE GLACIER EXPRESS FROM ST MORITZ TO ZERMATT
Today you enjoy the full splendor of Switzerland's most famous journeys, The Glacier Express. Early in the journey the train cruises over the impressive Landwasser Viaduct, which is a marvel of Swiss engineering from a bygone era. This train is otherwise known as the slowest express train in the world, and winds its way over numerous high passes and meanders past many small Swiss lakes and villages until pulling into Zermatt nearly 8 hours after departure. (Overnight Zermatt) B

DAY 4 - GORNERGRAT DAY TRIP
Today, take an exciting ride on the Gornergrat cog railway, which climbs from 1,604 meters above sea level to 3,090 meters in just 33 minutes, and is a marvel of 19th Century engineering. From the top, take in one of the most spectacular panoramas in all of Switzerland with the iconic outline of the Matterhorn as well as the surrounding peaks and glaciers all around you. You might be lucky enough to spot an Chamois or Marmot during your visit, and enjoy a stroll through the nature reserve and maybe even enjoy 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 5 - MONTREUX
Make the most of your Swiss Pass by travelling to Montreux via a quick change of trains in Visp at a time of your choosing, then check in at your hotel and head out the city.  Perhaps a stroll along the lake to the picturesque Chillon Castle, or try your hand in the historic casino.  In the evening enjoy a drink in the history Jazz Café.  (Overnight Montreux) B

DAY 6 - THE GOLDEN PASS LINE - MONTREUX TO LUCERNE
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before taking the short hop to Montreux, from where you board the Golden Pass train. This line rises steeply at first, passing sloping back gardens to one side and amazing views of Lake Geneva and the Swiss Riviera on the other. The train passes through a mountain tunnel at Jaman before continuing onto Chateaux d'Oex and Gstaad before peaking at its highest point of 4,179 feet before pulling into Zweisimmen where the lines changes and so do the trains. From here the train follows the Simme Valley down into Interlaken between Lakes Thun and Brienz, and from here, makes one final change onto a train to Lucerne. On arrival in Lucerne, check in at your hotel for a three-night stay. (Overnight Lucerne) B

DAY 7 - PILATUS DAY TRIP
Today, enjoy a trip to the top of the steepest cogwheel railway in the world. First enjoy a scenic hours' steam cruise on Lake Lucerne to Alpnachstad where you then take the 30-minute ride which has an average gradient of 35%. The Cogwheel Railway operates between May and November, whilst at other times you can reach the top via a spectacular aerial gondola and cableway. At the top you'll find the historic Pilatus Kulm Hotel and restaurant where you can enjoy refreshments or you can enjoy one of the numerous walking trails, but beware of the legendary dragon who has magical healing powers and lives in the mountain. After soaking up the wonderful views, make your way back down the mountain massif via the jaw dropping gondola and cable car to Kriens and a short bus ride to Lucerne. (Overnight Lucerne) B

DAY 8 - JUNGFRAU DAY TRIP
After breakfast, take the short hop to Interlaken where you will board the historic railway line to Europe's highest railway station, at 3,454 meters above sea level. The Jungfrau Mountain is sandwiched between the huge peaks of the Monch and Eiger Mountains, and the Jungfrau railway line runs the final 9km in a tunnel through these two mountains from where you can still enjoy the spectacular views through windows built into the mountainside. It's hard to comprehend how such a railway was built in such harsh conditions as there are here in winter, particularly back in the early 1900s when this line was opened. Once you reach the top, however, you can only marvel in awe at the amazing view which on a clear day can be as far as the Black Forest of Germany and France. There is an ice sculpture gallery and the opportunity to take a walk on a glacier, as well as a restaurant and what is believed to be the world's highest chocolate shop. On your way back down the mountain, the route takes you through the village of Lauterbrunnen from where you get a good view of a gorgeous waterfall. Enjoy your final evening in medieval lakeside Lucerne. (Overnight Lucerne) B

DAY 9 - LUCERNE TO ZURICH
Once you have enjoyed your breakfast and checked out of your hotel, take the short rail trip to Zurich to continue with your onward travels. If you wish to extend your vacation, or take this journey in reverse, one of our Rail Specialists would be happy help you with all the details. B

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

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.

Royal Plaza Montreux & Spa

Located directly on the lakesides of Montreux, the Royal Plaza Montreux & Spa enjoys a unique surrounding offering panoramic view of Lake Geneva & the Alps.
You will love the comfort & atmosphere of our 154 rooms & suites, decorated in a classic or contemporary style. The majority of the rooms & all of the suites have a private balcony or terrace & a breathtaking view of the lake, providing unforgettable moments right on the lakeside terrace. Each room type has its own distinctive features but all offer similar amenities such as air conditioning, WiFi, an assortment of hot drinks, bathrobes, slippers, toiletries, etc…

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.

Art Boutique Monopol St Moritz

The Monopol Art Boutique is a traditional hotel located in the centre of St Moritz, just 300 metres from the funicular to the Corviglia Mountain. The 73 rooms feature flat-screen televisions, Wi-Fi internet access and bathrobes. Guests can make use of the spa area and hot tub, dine on authentic Italian cuisine in the Mono Restaurant or enjoy a drink on the rooftop terrace overlooking the lake and mountains.

Art Boutique Monopol St Moritz

The Monopol Art Boutique is a traditional hotel located in the centre of St Moritz, just 300 metres from the funicular to the Corviglia Mountain. The 73 rooms feature flat-screen televisions, Wi-Fi internet access and bathrobes. Guests can make use of the spa area and hot tub, dine on authentic Italian cuisine in the Mono Restaurant or enjoy a drink on the rooftop terrace overlooking the lake and mountains.

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.

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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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