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Trip Overview

Switzerland may very well be the most beautiful country in all of Europe—if not the world. There’s just something about the way this country draws you in with its majestic beauty, charming cities and villages, and untouched wilderness. On this five-day rail holiday, you’ll surely be enchanted by what you both see and experience. Your trip begins with one night in Zurich before travelling to the peaceful lakeside retreat of St Moritz. The following day, board the Glacier Express to St Moritz. Along the way, the train will cross over 291 bridges, go through 91 tunnels, wind through the Swiss Alps, and traverse the countryside. Spend a final night in Geneva before continuing with your travels.

Highlights

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Explore the streetscapes of Old Town Zurich and the lakeside promenades
  • Travel to historic, chic town of St Moritz
  • Discover the Alpine gem of Zermatt
  • Experience Geneva’s top attractions and hidden treasures
  • Incredible views riding First Class on the Glacier Express (no meals included)

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • 1 night hotel accommodation with breakfast in Zurich
  • 1 night hotel accommodation with breakfast in St Moritz
  • 1 night hotel accommodation with breakfast in Zermatt
  • 1 night hotel accommodation with breakfast in Geneva
  • 3-day Swiss Pass in standard class
  • First Class reservation on The Glacier Express
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 – 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 architectures, 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 ST MORITZ
Enjoy breakfast and then take a scenic open rail ride from Zurich to St Moritz. When you arrive, take a relaxing stroll around lake and enjoy the chic town itself. St Moritz is said to enjoy some of the freshest air in Europe and is the 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 centre ice skating ring in the summer. At night you could enjoy some of the classic glitz and glamour of the St Moritz Casino. (Overnight in St Moritz) B

DAY 3 – GLACIER EXPRESS FROM ST MORITZ TO ZERMATT
Following breakfast, you’ll get to travel in first class to enjoy the full splendour of one 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 by-gone era. This train is otherwise known as one of 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 – ZERMATT TO GENEVA
After breakfast, travel from Zermatt to Geneva with a change in Visp. Discover the cosmopolitan city of Geneva’s top attractions and hidden treasures throughout charming alleys and passageways on your own. Beside the Jetée des Eaux-Vives, the breakwater enclosing Geneva's harbor, watch the Jet d'Eau shoot a stream of water more than 450 feet into the air. In old town, visit the Cathedral of Saint-Pierre before making your way to Place du Bourg-de-Four (possibly the oldest square in Geneva) and enjoy a delicious dinner and an aperitif. (Overnight in Geneva) B

DAY 5 – END OF TOUR
Enjoy breakfast then check out of your hotel and continue with your onward travels. If you wish to extend your vacation, please contact a Rail Expert for details. B

 

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

Hotel Cornavin Geneva

The superior Cornavin Hotel in Saint-Gervais / des Grottes district offers cozy rooms with views over Lake Geneva. Built in 1932, the hotel is a combination of traditional architecture and contemporary facilities. The hotel is nestled in the heart of Geneva, steps away from Gare de Cornavin train station. The property is set within 2 km distance from the city center.

Hôtel Cristal Geneva

Hotel Cristal welcomes guests in the heart of Geneva meters away from a cathedral and a museum. The hotel occupies 7 floors and was renovated in 2001.The property is located in Saint-Gervais / des Grottes district, 3.5 km from PalExpo. Hotel Cristal is within about 20 minutes' walk of the center of Geneva. Offering climate control, high-speed internet, a laptop-size safe, TV and a refrigerator, modern guestrooms boast an English interior. Hotel Cristal offers rooms with the lake view. The bathrooms come with a bathtub, a shower and a hairdryer for more comfort.

Hotel Les Nations Geneva

Les Nations Hotel is a 3-star property in Petit-Saconnex / Servette district of Geneva close to restaurants and pubs. Featuring original architecture, the hotel occupies a 7-story building opened in 1975. This comfortable hotel is situated 1.7 km from Lake Geneva. Set within a 30-minute walking distance from Geneva city center.

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.

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.

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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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