Country
Switzerland
Duration
8 Days/7 Nights
Travel Type
Rail
 

Highlights

  • 44 attraction highlights along the route
    11 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
    22 Lakes
    4 language regions
    2 Biosphere Reserves
  • Explore the cultural differences within the country and its 4 languages, all the while taking in some spectacular countryside and staying in beautiful Swiss towns. It’s a great opportunity to visit the very best of Switzerland on some of the most exciting scenic trains in Europe.

    Inclusions

    7-night accommodation with daily breakfast
    Rail ticket in 2nd class for rail travel per itinerary
    50% discount on additional rail tickets (local transport) and some mountain excursions
    Seat reservations on: GoldenPass Express from Zweisimmen to Montreux; Glacier Express from Zermatt to St. Moritz; Bernina Express train from St. Moritz to Tirano; Bernina Express bus from Tirano to Lugano; Gotthard Panorama Express from Lugano to Lucerne in 1st class

    Non guided Jungfraujoch excurison

    Exclusions

    Flights – Lunch, dinner and beverages – Optional excursions – City tax to be paid locally in Interlaken, Montreux, Zermatt, St Moritz, Lugano, Lucerne and St Gallen – Optional train passes – Any other items not mentioned in the Inclusions.

    Additional Information

    Note

    All other activity mentioned on this tour that are not listed in the Inclusions section, are suggestion only
    Seats with fixed times are reserved for you on the panorama trains.
    The times for all other trains are freely selectable.

    Important Information

    – This is in individual program therefore we suggest you pack light. The hotels are never far from the train stations but you might have to walk a few minutes (or take taxi at your own charge). A light luggage on wheels is recommended. If ever you need information at destination, our supplier located in Switzerland is open 7 days a week, from 9AM to 5PM. Feel free to call them to ask for information during your trip.
    – Daily departures, except Tuesdays, from April 9th to October 11th, 2023

    Optional Excursions

    Mount Pilatus
    Fantastic excursion to enjoy beautiful views of the Lake Lucerne region. At 2132 meters altitude it is the ideal adventure mountain for the whole family. Among its many cool and exciting highlights are the world’s steepest cog railway, two aerial cableways and central Switzerland’s biggest rope park. Take a short cruise across the lake to Alpnachstad. Change here to the steepest cogwheel train in the world. For the return journey chose between cog wheel train or gondola to Kriens. Back to Lucerne by bus.

    Gornergrat
    Over 20 gigantic 4000 and more meter-high peaks surround the rocky ridge between the Findelen and Gornerglet­scher, at 1500 meters above Zermatt. Since over a century a cog railway has made its way here and still does today, every 24 minutes. From the 3135 meter-high viewing platform accessible year-round, views extend over the Gorner Glacier to Monte Rosa with its ten snow-capped summits and notorious Matterhorn.

    1

    DAY 1 ARRIVAL SWITZERLAND – ZURICH

    Arrival in Zürich. If you are not familiar with the train system, once you arrive at the train station, you can go to the information counter and someone will explain how it works (connection, classes, when to show your ticket, how to find the direction and so forth.
    Individual travel to Zurich. As a lakeside “Metropolis of Experiences”, with a magnificent view of the snow-capped Alps on the horizon, Zurich offers a unique mixture of attractions.

    Accommodation : 1 night in Zurich

    2

    DAY 2 ZURICH - LUCERNE – INTERLAKEN EXPRESS & JUNGFRAUJOCH EXCURSION

    Breakfast at the hotel. Take a train ride via Lucerne to Interlaken along the shores of crystal-clear lakes, past romantic waterfalls and over the magnificent Brünig mountain pass. It is now time for your Jungfraujoch Excursion (included). It is undeniably one of the highlights to any trip to Switzerland! For more than 100 years now, the Jungfraujoch railway has been making its journey up to the highest-altitude railway station in Europe. At 3454 meters altitude, it is right at the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage site Jungfrau-Aletsch. From the viewing terraces, Sphinx and Plateau, or from the Aletsch glacier itself, an amazing, high alpine wonder world of eternal snow and ice reveals itself. The Ice Palace with its sculptures and its enchanted flair is also well worth a visit.

    Meals : Breakfast

    Accommodation : Interlaken for 1 night

    3

    DAY 3 INTERLAKEN – GOLDENPASS LINE – MONTREUX

    Breakfast at the hotel and your journey continues with the GoldenPass line through the wild romantic Pays d’Enhaut with the scenic villages of Château d’Oex and Montbovon, continues the journey through a tunnel before the panoramic view of the Lake Geneva and Montreux is in front of you.

    Meals : Breakfast

    Accommodation : Montreux for 1 night

    4

    DAY 4 MONTREUX – ZERMATT

    There is plenty to see in the Lac Leman area, visit the Chillon Castle, go for wine tastings in beautiful vineyards, take a city tour of Lausanne or visit Charlie Chaplin interactive museum (optional – payment on spot). Then travel from Montreux to Zermatt. Zermatt lies at the foot of the Matterhorn and offers plenty of things to explore. The vacation destination is a car-free zone and has preserved its original character. After arriving in Zermatt you have the possibility to do a non-guided excursion to the Gornergrat ($) . A trip up the exhilarating open air Gornergrat railway is not to be missed, for unrivalled views over the 4000m peaks surrounding Zermatt. Enjoy free time to go hiking and do some souvenir shopping.

    Meals : Breakfast

    Accommodation : Zermatt for 1 night

    5

    DAY 5 ZERMATT – GLACIER EXPRESS – ST. MORITZ

    In the morning you take the world famous Glacier Express for a thrilling ride in the panorama carriage to St. Moritz. Take in some of the dramatic scenery Switzerland has to offer. Along the deep Rhone valley, the Glacier Express travels through an incredibly fascinating part of the Alps.
    The train drives on over the Oberalp pass (2,033m/6,670ft) and through the impressive Rhine gorge. Pre-book a 3 course lunch menu onboard the Glacier express ($) for a complete experience.
    After an exhilarating trip, you will arrive in St. Moritz.
    * From June through august 1st class ticket on Glacier Express cannot be guaranteed

    Meals : Breakfast

    Accommodation : St. Moritz for 1 night

    6

    DAY 6 ST. MORITZ – LUGANO – BERNINA EXPRESS

    Board the narrow-gauge Bernina Express in St. Moritz station and enjoy one of the most impressive scenic rail journeys Switzerland has to offer. Climbing over the spectacular Bernina pass to more than 2253 m, you pass snow-covered mountain peaks and glaciers then descend towards Poschiavo and Brusio. After travelling over spiral viaducts and through winding tunnels, you reach Tirano in Italy, which is the end of the Bernina line. Change to the Bernina Express Bus which will take you onwards to Lugano.

    Meals : Breakfast

    Accommodation : Lugano for 1 night

    7

    DAY 7 LUGANO – LUCERNE / GOTTHARD PANORAMA EXPRESS (DOES NOT OPERATE ON MONDAYS)

    With the Gotthard Panorama Express you will travel from the Mediterranean south to the traditional heart of Switzerland. The journey takes you along the spectacular Gotthard route, an unforgettable trip through an impressive countryside. You will travel by 1st class panorama carriage from Bellinzona to Flüelen. Passengers will be accompanied in the panorama railcar by a travel guide. Passengers will also be entertained with special effects and additional information on the region such as its sights, mythology and mystique. From Flüelen you will have a boat ride over Lake Lucerne.

    Meals : Breakfast

    Accommodation : Lucerne for 1 night

    8

    DAY 8 LUCERNE- ZURICH AIRPORT

    After breakfast, journey from Lucerne to Zurich airport on your own to catch your international flight or add an extension to you trip.

    Meals : Breakfast

    Prices per person, in $CA, starting from, in double occupancy

    3* Hotels 4* Hotels  5* Hotels

    Daily Departures (except Tuesdays) – 2023

    Land Package

    09 April – 11 October
    15 June – 15 September

     2650

     3165

    on request

    June 15 – September 15

     2650

     2650

     4410

    Supplements and Optional Extras

    Single supplement

    +465

    +745

    +1625

    First class train upgrade

    +280

    3 course lunch menu on the Glacier Express

     +90 per person

    Dish of the Day on the Glacier Express

    +65 per person

    Pre or Post nights in Zurich, Interlaken, Lucerne or any other city

    on request 

    **Prices in this document are for information only; they were issued at press time, for the current year. Please note that due to exchange rates and temporary promotions, they can increase or decrease at any time. Contact your travel agent for the price and promotion of the moment The prices indicated exclude the contribution to the Customer Compensation Fund of $3.50 per $1,000 of tourism product or service purchased from a travel agent in Quebec