12 Days Scenic Highlights - A Defined Scenic Rail Itinerary

Glorious rail journeys and lakes & mountains highlights at a great value price

Luzern-Interlaken Express
Chillon on Lake Geneva
Gornergrat with the Matterhorn

This is a 'defined scenic rail itinerary' holiday which offers great value for money. It can be adapted in various ways to suit you, however, we cannot change the resorts shown in the itinerary. The holiday includes a Half Fare Card which gives you up to 50% reductions on excursions.

Please call 0800 619 1200 for help with planning. 

 

"This special tour takes you to some of Switzerland's best lakes and mountains locations. The holiday includes 3 wonderful scenic rail journeys and stays in Lucerne, Interlaken, Montreux, Zermatt and Chur."

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Day 1 - Arrive and explore charming Lucerne for 3 nights

Flight from the UK to Zurich airport with one hour rail travel to LucerneCheck in to your hotel and enjoy your first look around the beautiful Old Town of Lucerne.

Day 2-3 - Lucerne and Central Switzerland

Lucerne, with its historic buildings, charming boutiques and lake is the perfect spot from which to explore the dramatic scenery of Central Switzerland. You should make time for a lake cruise and the famous old cog railway to the stunning peak of Mount Rigi. Other recommendations include Mount Pilatus and Stanserhorn

Day 4 - Luzern-Interlaken Express to Interlaken for 3 nights

The Luzern-Interlaken Express travels over the amazing Brünig Pass and alongside scenic Lake Brienz. This memorable journey takes two hours, so you will have plenty of time to start exploring Interlaken upon arrival.

Day 5-6 - In and around the Bernese Oberland

Enjoy the fabulous scenery with a cruise around either of the lakes Thun and Brienz. Travel on the stunning new cable cars from Grindelwald to the Eiger station for spectacular walks or experience a different way to connect with the train to Jungfraujoch-Top of Europe. You may also like to consider scenic trips to the Schynige Platte and the Schilthorn mountain. Interlaken is a great base to explore the region but don’t miss a visit to the Harder Kulm - Interlaken’s own special mountain.

Day 7 - GoldenPass Line to Montreux for 2 nights

Enjoy views from the GoldenPass Line of Lake Thun as you depart Interlaken and head into the mountains and the Simmen Valley. After a change in Zweisimmen, it’s on to the alpine resort of Gstaad, before the famous descent to Montreux with fabulous views of Lake Geneva. Spend an afternoon enjoying the delights of this impressive lakeside resort. 

Day 8 - Montreux and Lake Geneva

Montreux is one of the oldest resorts in Switzerland, with cafés and a wonderful promenade which you can follow to romantic Chillon Castle. The mountain railway to Les Rochers-de-Naye is one of the highlights with spectacular views or as an alternative visit the vineyards at Lavaux - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 9 - Travel to Zermatt for 2 nights

Today you travel from the Lake to the high Alps where you will get your first glimpse of the Matterhorn mountain which dominates this alpine village.

Day 10 - Zermatt and the Valais region

Mountain railways and cable cars are waiting to transport you to the famous sightseeing spots such as Gornergrat, the idyllic lake of Schwarzsee or Klein Matterhorn at 3,883m. The holiday atmosphere in car-free Zermatt is a joy in itself.

Day 11 - Glacier Express to Chur for 1 night

Join the start of the Glacier Express to Chur which takes around 5½ hours. You will be served lunch while travelling through the picturesque Goms Valley en route to the highest point of the journey, the Oberalp Pass at 2,044m. Before arriving in Chur you travel along the Rhine and through the Grand Canyon of Switzerland which makes a spectacular finale to your journey.

Day 12 - Last day

Time for a look around Chur, Switzerland’s oldest town, before you take the train back to Zurich airport for your flight to the UK.

 

Prices

3 nights each in Lucerne & Interlaken, 2 nights each in Montreux & Zermatt and 1 night in Chur

Available April-October

Prices from £1,618 per person staying in 3 star hotels

Prices from £2,042 per person staying in 4 star hotels

1st class rail supplement £136. Half board prices: add £358 per person in 3 star hotels; £372 in 4 star hotels (except Montreux)

 

Your holiday price includes

Booking Conditions
  • Scheduled return flights from London to Zurich (flights available from around the UK)
  • 2nd class rail travel Zurich airport to Lucerne and Chur to Zurich airport
  • 11 nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation as described based on two people sharing
  • 2nd class rail travel between your resorts as described with reserved seats on the Luzern-Interlaken Express, GoldenPass Line and Glacier Express including lunch
  • Half Fare Card which entitles you to half or reduced price travel on all the excursions mentioned
  • Fully detailed itinerary sent with all tickets
  • Financial protection ATOL 3148
The Half Fare Card is valid on trains, scenic trains, PostBuses and most boats, mountain railways and cable cars. Optional excursions may not operate year round, please check before booking
 

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Glacier Express in the Rhine Gorge

Your scenic train journeys

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Build your own scenic itinerary

Landwasser Viaduct
Not quite the perfect holiday? We can tailor make it to suit you:
  • Change the direction of travel
  • Add extra nights along the way 
  • Add on lakes & mountains excursions
  • Include dinner on a half board basis
  • Upgrade to superior hotel rooms
  • Upgrade to 1st class rail for extra comfort
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