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Scenic Switzerland: Rail Journey through the Mountains tour

Scenic Switzerland: Rail Journey through the Mountains

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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
12 days
From: $ 4,464 $ 372 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Enjoy a tour through Zurich, the capital, and take in its sights and maze of city streets.
  • Sit back and relax as you take a comfortable train from destination to destination.
  • Explore the beauty of Switzerland, from Lake Lucerne to the Top of Europe: Jungfraujoch.
  • Snap photos of medieval castles in Bellinzona, palaces in Tirano, and stunning natural scenery encompassing almost every stop.
  • Indulge in the cuisine of Switzerland, from cheese fondue to Basel-style roasted flour soup.

Short Description

Take 11 amazing nights to see some of the best sights Switzerland has to offer. Embark on a whirlwind journey through picturesque cities and towns, exploring the rich traditional life preserved in its streets or the fantastic modern life of the Swiss. Snap photos of mountains stretching out for miles, snowy wonderlands, fields of summer flowers, and glittering blue lakes.

Trip Type N/A
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport
Start City Zurich
End City Zurich

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Switzerland!

Land in beautiful Switzerland and start off in the country's capital, Zurich! Check into your hotel to drop off your bags, and spend the rest of the day exploring as you like!

Transfer to hotel

Day 2: Zurich

Embark on a tour through the extraordinary city of Zurich. From fascinating museums and amazing clocks to lovely parks and villas, Zurich is a stunning city.

When in Switzerland, be sure not to leave without trying the fondue, and what better place to go for it than the country's capital?

Zurich City Tour

Explore the beautiful city of Zurich, which was awarded "The City with the Best Quality of Life." Visit its national museum, the Guild Houses, the Clock of St. Peter, the world-famous business center at the Bahnhofstraße, Zurich Lake, and more! Hop aboard the Cogwheel (Dolderbahn) train and ride to the residential area where villas and parks dot the land. Stop in at the University of Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, where Einstein once taught, seek out opera festivals in June, and finish up your tour with a visit to the Fraumunster church.

Day 3: Zurich- Interlaken

Catch your train to the city of Interlaken, tucked away into the mountains. This small city offers breathtaking views of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, both of which rest at the foot of Jungfrau, Monch, and Eiger Mountains.

Train to Interlaken!

Day 4: Interlaken- Jungfraujoch- Interlaken

Today, you'll get to explore the Top of Europe: the Jungfraujoch. As one of the must-see destinations of Switzerland and a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, Jungfraujoch is a magical sight encased in ice and snow. Be sure to seek out the Ice Palace carved into the heart of a glacier as well.

Round-trip Train to Jungfraujoch

Day Trip to Jungfraujoch

Take your ticket and board the train to the very top of Europe, the Jungfraujoch. At an elevation of 11,371 feet, this train station is the highest in Europe, and is surrounded by ice and snow. Explore the stunning land capped in white surrounding you, and be sure to visit the unforgettable Ice Palace, carved into the frozen heart of a glacier.

Day 5: Golden Pass Line:Interlaken- Zweisimmen- Montreux

Make way for Montreux, with a stop in at Zweisimmen to board the Golden Pass Line. Watch as some of the most beautiful scenery in Switzerland drifts by your window on this comfortable train ride.

Train to Montreux!

Day 6: Montreux- Zermatt

Catch your train out of Montreaux, waving goodbye to beautiful Lake Geneva, to Tasch, where you'll change trains and board one set for Zermatt. This town rests at the foot of the massive Mount Matterhorn. Here, you'll be unable to find a single car, since the city has banned them to preserve the original infrastructure.

Train to Zermatt!

Day 7: Glacier Express: Zermatt- St. Moritz

Enjoy breakfast in the shadow of the Matterhorn, then board the anything but chilly Glacier Express. Enjoy magnificent views of the Swiss Alps on your way to St. Moritz. This city dazzles during any time of year, either blanketed with snow and stocked with cozy activities, or offering beautiful views over the water with patches of green and summer flowers.

Train to St. Moritz!

Day 8: Bernina Express: St. Moritz- Tirano- Lugano

Begin your travels in the morning and make way for Tirano, Italy. Stop in to see the charming 17th and 18th century palaces, as well as the Marian Shrine.

Then, continue on to Lugano, where amazing scenery unfolds beneath the city. Look out over stunning mountains and hills, and glittering waters.

Train to Lugano!

Day 9: Gotthard Panorama Express: Lugano- Bellinzona- Flüelen- Lucerne

Head towards Lucerne in the morning, with stops in Bellinzona and Fluelen. Be sure to have your camera ready to capture the stoic medieval castles adorning Bellinzona, before lightening the mood with a visit in the lovely Fluelen on the banks of Lucerne Lake. Once you've had the chance to explore a bit, board a steamboat to Lucerne and enjoy the incredible scenery that drifts by.

Train to Fluelen!

Gotthard Panorama Express operates from July 1 - October 22. At the other times of year, this route will be taken by regular train.

Steamboat to Lucerne!

Day 10: Lucerne

Walk the charming cobbled streets where thousands of visitors have before you. Find the oldest covered bridge in Europe, visit stunning baroque churches, stop in at historic houses, and more as you take the day to explore all you can of this popular and beautiful city.

While here, you might want to pick up some Swiss chocolate to bring home with you! Lucerne has some of the best places to find delectable chocolate.

Day 11: Lucerne- Zurich

After breakfast, board the train from Lucerne to return to Zurich. Its your last night in Switzerland, so be sure to try anything you didn't find the time to!

Train to Zurich!

Day 12: Depart Switzerland

Pack away your watches, chocolate, and cheese, its time to head to the airport and catch your flight home.

Fly home!

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Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport

Group Size

Intimate Group - 12 max

Accomodations

  • Hotel Sternen Oerlikon
  • City Oberland Hotel
  • Hotel Splendid
  • Hotel Bristol
  • Hotel Europa St. Moritz
  • Hotel International au Lac
  • Altstadt Hotel Krone Luzern

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