17 days Grand Train Tour - a defined scenic rail itinerary

A great value way to experience 5 scenic rail journeys including the Glacier and Bernina Express

Walking near Zermatt
Traditional buildings in Appenzell
Rütli Meadow, Lake Lucerne

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 which gives you up to 50% reductions on excursions.

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"The ultimate scenic rail holiday! Experience five famous journeys across Switzerland, with the opportunity to stay in and explore the sights of seven of our favourite lakes and mountains resorts."

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Day 1 - Arrive and explore Interlaken for 3 nights

Flight from the UK to Zurich airport with rail travel to Interlaken. Check in to your hotel and start to get to know the town.

Day 2-3 - In and around the Bernese Oberland

Enjoy the fabulous scenery with a cruise around the two lakes of Thun and Brienz or travel into the stunning Jungfrau mountains where you can experience the incomparable rail journey to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Jungfraujoch-Top of Europe.

Day 4 - GoldenPass Line to Montreux for 2 nights

On the GoldenPass Line  journey you can enjoy views of Lake Thun as you depart Interlaken and head into the mountains. After a change in Zweisimmen, it’s on to the alpine resort of Gstaad, before the famous descent with fabulous views of Lake Geneva on your way down to Montreux.

Day 5 - Montreux and Lake Geneva

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

Day 6 - 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 charming car-free, alpine village.

Day 7 - 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.

Day 8 - Glacier Express to St. Moritz for 2 nights

Join the leisurely Glacier Express train on its journey to St. Moritz. This wonderful journey takes 7½ hours in the comfort of panoramic coaches where a 3 course lunch is served at your table. Highlights of this classic route through the mountains include the Oberalp Pass, Rhine Gorge and the Landwasser Viaduct.

Day 9 - St. Moritz and the Upper Engadin

Lively St. Moritz is famous for its chic restaurants and shops. During the summer months, your visit is greatly enhanced by the Engadin Card with FREE transport including mountain railways and cable cars. This gives you unlimited access to wonderful walks and excursions.

Day 10 - Bernina Express to Lugano for 2 nights

Magnificent views of alpine forests and mountain peaks as you travel along the World Heritage Line to the Italian border on the Bernina Express. Change in Tirano to the Bernina Bus for a journey through the countryside before crossing back into Switzerland and lakeside Lugano. There will be time for an evening ‘passegiata’ along the stunning lake shore.

Day 11 - Lugano and the Ticino region

Soak up the Italian style atmosphere of the attractive lakeside resort of Lugano. Take a relaxing lake cruise to the picturesque village of Gandria for lunch or enjoy the local mountains of Monte Brè and Monte San Salvatore for stunning views over the lake and the wider region.

Day 12 - 1st class Gotthard Panorama Express to Lucerne for 3 nights

A most enjoyable rail and boat journey on the Gotthard Panorama Express. The comfortable train with 1st class panoramic carriages takes you slowly upwards on looping mountain tracks, with some fabulous scenery to enjoy. On arrival in Flüelen you’ll join the paddle steamer or motor boat on the 1st class upper deck for a scenic cruise along the whole length of the lake to Lucerne.

Day 13-14 - Lucerne and Central Switzerland

Lucerne, with its beautiful Old Town and lake is the perfect spot from which to explore the dramatic scenery of Central Switzerland. You should make time for the famous old cog railways to the stunning peak of Mount Rigi. Other recommendations include Mount Pilatus and the Stanserhorn.

Day 15 - Pre-Alpine Express via St. Gallen to Appenzell for 2 nights

A charming journey on board the Pre-Alpine (Voralpen) Express, crossing Lake Zurich to Rapperswil. Enjoy the rolling hills and the Sitter Viaduct en route to St. Gallen where you change to the local line to Appenzell.

Day 16 - Delightful Appenzell

This delightful small town has a beautiful old centre with many buildings which are ornately decorated with frescoes and date back to the 16th century. Around Appenzell is a walkers’ paradise with a number of local cable cars taking you to stunning alpine beauty spots. Extend your stay to 3 nights and you’ll benefit from the Appenzeller Card, allowing you to explore the nearby mountains for free.

Day 17 - Last day

A choice of routes are available back to Zurich for your flight to the UK. There is a simple journey in 1hr 40 mins or if you have the time return via local trains along Lake Konstanz to Schaffhausen in 3hrs 40mins.

 

Prices

3 nights in Interlaken, 2 nights Montreux, Zermatt, St. Moritz and Lugano, 3 nights in Lucerne and 2 nights in Appenzell

Available April-October

Prices from £1,885 per person staying in 3 star hotels

Prices from £2,455 per person staying in 4 star hotels

1st class rail supplement £110. Half board prices on request.

Prices shown are guides for 2020 travel and will be similar for 2021

 

Your holiday price includes

Booking Conditions
  • Scheduled return flights from Heathrow to Zurich (flights are available from around the UK)
  • 2nd class rail travel covering all rail journeys described. 1st class on the Gotthard Panorama Express
  • 16 nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation as described based on two people sharing
  • 2nd class reserved seats on the GoldenPass Line, Glacier Express, Bernina Express and 1st class on the Gotthard Panorama Express
  • Half Fare Card which entitles you to half or reduced price travel on all the excursions mentioned
  • Engadin Card during the summer months offering FREE transport including mountain railways and cable cars around St. Moritz
  • 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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Spring journey on the Glacier Express

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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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