16 days scenic grand train tour of Switzerland

A great value way to experience 4 scenic rail journeys and 6 stunning resorts

Panoramic carriages of the GoldenPass Line
St. Moritz
Lugano lakeside
This is just one example of a multi centre holiday featuring the train journeys and resorts described. For this particular tour we can add extra nights for you, however we cannot amend the route. The holiday includes a Half Fare Card which gives you 50% reduction on trains, PostBuses, lake steamers and mountain travel.

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"A comprehensive tour of the major lakes and mountains highlights of this beautiful country, all linked by famous journeys such as the Glacier Express and Bernina Express"
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, travel into the stunning Jungfrau mountains where you can experience the incomparable rail journey to the Jungfraujoch-Top of Europe, also look at trips to the Schynige Platte and the Schilthorn mountain

Interlaken is a great base to exlore the region and don't miss a visit to the Harder Kulm - Interlaken's own special mountain. 

Day 4 - GoldenPass Line to Montreux for 2 nights

Enjoy 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.

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 the romantic Chillon Castle. The mountain railway to Les Rochers-de-Naye is one of the highlights with spectacular views or as an alternative visit to the vineyards at Lavaux.

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 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. The holiday atmosphere in car-free Zermatt is a joy in itself.

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

Join the leisurely Glacier Express train on its journey to St. Moritz in the scenic Upper Engadin region. This wonderful journey takes 7½ hours in the comfort of special panoramic coaches where a 3 course lunch is served at your table and refreshments are available throughout your trip. 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 region

Lively St. Moritz is famous for its chic restaurants, shops and of course its fabulous scenery. During the summer months, your visit is greatly enhanced by the Engadin Inclusive 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 3 nights

The Bernina Express offers magnificent views of alpine forests and mountain peaks as you travel towards the Italian border. Change in Tirano to the Bernina Bus for a journey through the Italian countryside before crossing back into Switzerland and lakeside Lugano. There will be time for an evening 'passegiata' along the stunning lake shore. 

Day 11-12 - Lugano and the Ticino region

Soak up the Italian style atmosphere of the attractive lakeside resort of Lugano in the Ticino region. Take a relaxing lake cruise to the picturesque village of Gandria for lunch or visit the town of Bellinzona which boasts three medieval castles. Enjoy the local mountains of Monte Brè and Monte San Salvatore for the stunning views over the lake and the wider region. 

Day 13 - 1st class Gotthard Panorama Express to Lucerne for 3 nights

Take another look around the elegant town of Lugano before starting your most enjoyable rail and boat journey to Lucerne. 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 in Central Switzerland you leave the train and join the paddle steamer on the 1st class upper deck for a scenic cruise along the whole length of the lake to Lucerne.  

Day 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 16 - Last day

Time for a last look around before you board the train to Zurich for your flight to the UK. 

 

Prices

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

Available April-October

Prices from £1,891 per person staying in 3 star hotels or £2,463 staying in 4 star hotels

1st class rail supplement £98. Half board prices on request.
Price shown is for an example itinerary. We can tailor make your holiday to your individual requirements.

 

Your holiday price includes

Booking Conditions
  • Scheduled return flights from Heathrow to Zurich inclusive of all airport taxes and security charges
  • 2nd class rail travel covering all rail journeys described
  • 15 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
  • Free 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
Wattinger Curve on the Gotthard Panorama Express

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 in any of the resorts  
  • 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
  • Add more resorts - create a Grand Tour
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