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 economy class for rail travel as per itinerary (first class with supplement)
    50% discount ticket for most trains, buses, boats and mountain railways
    Seat reservation in 2nd class on GoldenPass Line, Glacier and Bernina Express
    Seat reservation in 1st class on Gotthard Panorama Express and Voralpen-Express

    Exclusions

    International flights – Lunch and dinner – Optional excursions – City tax to be paid locally in Interlaken, Montreux, Zermatt, St Moritz, Lugano, Lucerne and St Gallen – Optional train passes – Anything not mentioned in the above Inclusions

    Additional Information

    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.

    Jungfraujoch
    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.

    Note

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

    IMPORTANT

    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 office located in Switzerland is opened 7 days a week from 9AM to 5PM.Feel free to call them to ask for information during your trip.

    Travel Accommodation

    1st class train upgrade, 3 course menu Glacier Express, Dish on the Glacier Express, Excursion Rochers-de-Naye, Excursion Gornergrat, Excursion Pilatus, Excursion Titlis, excursion Stanserhorn.

    1

    DAY 1 ARRIVAL SWITZERLAND – INTERLAKEN

    After arrival in Zürich, follow the indication in your document to receive your envelope with your train passes, excursions, hotel vouchers, etc. 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, what to write on your ticket, how to find the direction, etc .
    Train via Lucerne to Interlaken along the shores of crystal-clear lakes, past romantic waterfalls and over the magnificent Brünig Mountain pass. After a short journey you arrive in Interlaken. The city lies in the Bernese Oberland on an alluvial plain, between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. The vacation destination is presided over by the three mighty mountains, Eiger, Mönch
    and Jungfrau.

    Accommodation : Interlaken

    2

    DAY 2 INTERLAKEN – GOLDENPASS LINE INTERLAKEN – MONTREUX AND GOLDENPASS LINE

    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*
    * From July to mid-August all bookings for Montreux have to be relocated to Lausanne (also nice) due to the festival season

    3

    DAY 3 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

    4

    DAY 4 ZERMATT – ST. MORITZ / GLACIER EXPRESS

    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

    5

    DAY 5 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

    6

    DAY 6 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

    7

    DAY 7 LUCERNE- (MOUNT PILATUS OPTIONAL) – ST. GALLEN / VORALPEN-EXPRESS

    Optional unguided excursion to Mount Pilatus ($): This is a fantastic excursion to enjoy beautiful views of the Lake Lucerne region. 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.
    Then onward with the Voralpen Express to St. Gallen. Enjoy the beautiful 2.5h journey which connects Central and Eastern Switzerland. After a last lingering glance into the picturesque scene of Lucerne and its beautiful lakes, you will move on to the impressive Rothenthurmer upland moor and charming Rapperswil. The journey continues over the gently undulation Toggenburg hills and the sitter viaduct regarded as Switzerland’s highest railway viaduct (99 meters high), finally arriving at St. Gallen, one of eastern Switzerland’s urban centers. The beautiful Abbey district is part of the UNESCO World Heritage.

    Meals : Breakfast

    Accommodation : St. Gallen

    8

    DAY 8 ST. GALLEN

    After breakfast, journey from St. Gallen to Zurich airport to catch your international flight or add an extension to you trip.

    Meals : Breakfast

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

    3* Hotels 4* Hotels  5* Hotels

    Daily Departures except Wednesdays – 2022

    Land Package

    April 10 – October 11

     2165

     2599

    Upon Request 

    June 15 – September 15

     2165

     2599

     3485

    Supplements

    Single supplement

    +430

    +655

    +1270

    First class train upgrade

    +240

    Excursion Rochers de Nayes

     60

    Excursion Gornergrat or Mont Pilatus (non-guided) 

     70

    Excursion Mount Tilis

     115

    3 course lunch menu on the Glacier Express

     80

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

    upon 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