8 days Mini Grand Tour - a defined scenic rail itinerary

Featuring the GoldenPass Line and the Glacier, Bernina and Gotthard Panorama Express trains

Idyllic Zermatt
Montreux lakeside
Funicular above St. Moritz

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 planning.  

"A special highlights of Switzerland itinerary for lovers of rail travel, with 4 fabulous scenic rail journeys including the Glacier Express, Bernina Express, GoldenPass Line and Gotthard Panorama Express. You'll stay overnight in 5 delightful lakes and mountains resorts, all with beautiful views"

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Day 1 - Arrive and explore Interlaken for 2 nights

Flight from the UK to Zurich airport with rail travel to Interlaken. Check in to your hotel and enjoy your first look around Interlaken.

Day 2 - Free day in and around Interlaken

Enjoy the fabulous scenery with a cruise on the lakes or take a trip to Schynige Platte or the Schilthorn-Piz Gloria mountain.

We have a special price on this tour of £85 if you decide to take the incomparable rail journey to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Jungfraujoch-Top of Europe at 3,454m with amazing views over the glacier.

Day 3 - GoldenPass Line to Montreux for 1 night

The GoldenPass Line journey gives you views 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 with fabulous views of Lake Geneva on your way down to Montreux. Spend an afternoon enjoying the delights of this impressive lakeside resort.

Day 4 - Montreux, then travel to Zermatt for 1 night

The leisurely journey to Zermatt takes under 3 hours. You can therefore decide to linger in Montreux for lunch or head straight for the high Alps of Zermatt. From here, you could take a sunset journey to Gornergrat.

Day 5 - Glacier Express to St. Moritz for 1 night

The full Glacier Express experience for a fabulously slow and scenic journey across the Alps, where you can enjoy unbeatable views through your panoramic windows. The Oberalp Pass, Rhine Gorge and Landwasser Viaduct are all highlights of the route, as is the 3 course lunch served at your seat. Enjoy an evening stroll around St. Moritz.

Day 6 - Bernina Express to Lugano for 1 night

The Bernina Express offers magnificent views of alpine forests and mountain peaks as you travel along the Worls Heritage railway towards the Italian border and Tirano. After time for a quick lunch, board the Bernina Bus for a journey through Italian countryside. You’ll cross back into Switzerland and catch your first glimpse of lakeside Lugano. There will be time for an evening stroll along the stunning lake shore.

Day 7 - Gotthard Panorama Express - a 1st class rail and boat journey to Lucerne for 1 night

Take another look around the elegant town of Lugano before starting your most enjoyable Gotthard Panorama Express journey to Lucerne. The 1st class panoramic carriages take you slowly upwards via the old Gotthard tunnel on looping mountain tracks, with some fabulous scenery to enjoy. On arrival in Flüelen in Central Switzerland you leave the train and join the paddle steamer or motor boat on the 1st class upper deck, or a scenic cruise along the whole length of the lake to Lucerne.

Day 8 - Last day

The one hour train journey to Zurich airport allows you time for a last look around and perhaps lunch in Lucerne before your flight to the UK.

 

Prices

2 nights in Interlaken and 1 night each in Montreux, Zermatt, St. Moritz, Lugano and Lucerne

Available May-October

Prices from £1,231 per person staying in 3 star hotels

Prices from £1,460 per person staying in 4 star hotels

1st class rail supplement £102. Half board prices on request.
Switch to a Swiss Travel Pass with full flexibility to add resorts or change the routing for £123 (2nd class).

 

Your holiday price includes

Booking Conditions
  • Scheduled return flights from London to Zurich (flights are available from around the UK)
  • 2nd class rail travel covering the rail journeys described. 1st class on the Gotthard Panorama Express
  • 7 nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation as described based on two people sharing
  • 2nd class reserved seats on the GoldenPass Line, Glacier Express including lunch, Bernina Express and 1st class on Gotthard Panoramic Express
  • 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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Call us on 0800 619 1200 or email us at info@swissholidayco.com

GoldenPass Line between Zweisimmen and Montreux

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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