What is there to see and do?
With the beautiful lakes and mountains linked by a superb transport
system, the possibilities are endless! Please click here for a summary, or use the resort drop down menu at
the top of this page to see an overview of things to do in each destination. The resort pages also have links to
excursion information for the wider regions. Please do call us for our
recommendations as well. If there is a particular excursion you would like to
do, please double check operating dates and bear in mind that local weather
conditions can affect availability.
What is scenic rail?
There are several journeys which cross the country and offer stunning views en route. The carrriages on trains such as the Glacier Express and GoldenPass Express have huge panoramic windows so you can really make the most of the passing scenery. Since many of the routes traverse the Alps, you can also enjoy a series of amazing viaducts, bridges and tunnels. A popular choice is to book a two or multi centre holiday, with scenic rail journeys connecting your resorts.
What is the Half Fare Card?
This is included in all our standard holidays (except self drive arrangements). It entitles you to half or reduced fare travel on most mainline trains, mountain railways and cable cars, boats on the lakes, long distance PostBuses, and local bus travel in the bigger towns. More information...
What is the Swiss Travel Pass?
The Swiss Travel Pass is an upgrade of the Half Fare Card and is recommended for visitors who intend
to travel around Switzerland as it gives you unlimited travel on most mainline
trains, lake boats and PostBuses. It also offers free or discounted entry to
hundreds of museums and attractions, and a 50% discount for most mountain
transport. You can pre-book a 3, 4, 8 or 15 day pass. It is included in our scenic rail itineraries.
Can children travel free on the Swiss transport network?
Yes, they can travel absolutely free! We will issue families with a free 'Swiss Family Card' which covers children aged 6-15. Under 6's are free anyway.
How can I make the most of my spending money?
There are many ways to make your money go further. Book half board for excellent value evening meals. Pick a summer mountain resort which offers a free mountain travel pass such as Saas-Fee, St. Moritz, Villars or Appenzell. Choose a hotel which offers a free night's stay. Book early to ensure the cheapest flight prices and to take advantage of early bird accommodation offers.
What will the weather be like?
There are no guarantees of course, but the climate is generally moderate with no excessive heat, cold or humidity.
Spring and Autumn: 8-15°C (46-59°F)
Summer: 18-28°C (65-82°F)
Winter: -2-7°C (28-45°F)
Temperatures do vary considerably at altitude, so we recommend taking something warm if you are planning to explore the mountains.
Do I need proper boots for walking?
That depends. The most challenging alpine trails (red & white or blue signs) do require proper equipment. The yellow signposts show routes which are more suitable for all and can be enjoyed with everyday sensible footwear.
Do they speak English in Switzerland?
English is widely spoken in hotels, restaurants and at tourist
locations. Depending on which part of Switzerland you visit, you may like to
practice your French, German or Italian, or even try a few words in the local
Swiss dialect, Schwitzerdütsch.