12 days to Interlaken, Lugano, Pontresina & Zermatt

A holiday including the Lötschberg & Centovalli Lines and the Bernina & Glacier Express

Glacier Express in the Goms Valley
Pontresina
Lake Lugano
This is just one example of a multi centre holiday featuring the train journeys and resorts described. All holidays can be adapted to your own requirements - call 0800 619 1200 for help with your planning and for prices.

 

"A scenic tour of some of the most beautiful lakes and mountains in Switzerland. All enjoyed from a selection of our favourite resorts and scenic rail journeys. "
Day 1 - Arrive and explore Interlaken

Flight from the UK to Zurich airport with rail travel to Interlaken. Check in to your hotel for your 3 night stay and enjoy your first look around Interlaken.

Day 2-3 - Interlaken and the Bernese Oberland

With your Swiss Travel Pass, Interlaken is the perfect spot from which to enjoy FREE travel around the classic Swiss scenery of the Bernese Oberland. The lakes of Brienz and Thun both have wonderful cruises to idyllic lakeside villages or you may like to visit the heights of Schilthorn-Piz Gloria. On most other scenic mountain railwaysyou get a 50% reduction including the Brienzer Rothorn steam train, a real treat for any train enthusiast. Some of the other wonderful excursions in this beautiful region include Harder Kulm with its stunning views over Interlaken and the scenic Schynige Platte

Day 4 - Travel on the Lötschberg Regio Express and Centovalli Line

A lovely journey today with a wide variety of landscapes. Take a cruise on the lake to Thun where you join the Lötschberg train on its scenic, looping mountain route via Kandersteg to Brig. Change here for the train through the Simplon Tunnel and on to the town of Domodossola in Italy. This is where you meet the train for the Centovalli Line, a scenic route through idyllic countryside and lush vineyards which eventually crosses back into Switzerland. On arrival in Locarno take the local train to Lugano. There are a lot of changes but a very interesting day!

Day 5-6 - Lugano and the Ticino region

With 3 nights in Lugano you’ll have plenty of time to soak up the Italian style atmosphere of this attractive lakeside resort. Your Swiss Travel Pass gives you free travel to explore the Ticino region – take a relaxing lake cruise or visit the town of Bellinzona which boasts three medieval castles. Your pass also gives you discounts for travel to the nearby mountains such as Monte San Salvatore so you can enjoy beautiful views over the lake.

Day 7 - Bernina Express to Pontresina

Join the distinctive red Bernina Express Bus that makes its way around the northern part of Lake Como en route for Tirano. Here you’ll pick up the panoramic train to Pontresina and enjoy spectacular views as you cross the Alps. Highlights of the journey include mountain streams, gorges and viaducts - and the stunningly dramatic Bernina Pass at over 2,223m. After two memorable hours on the train, you’ll arrive in Pontresina for a 3 night stay.

Day 8-9 - Pontresina and the Upper Engadin region

During the summer, your visit to Pontresina is greatly enhanced by the Engadin Card with FREE transport including mountain railways, buses and cable cars. This gives you unlimited access to wonderful walks and excursions, including the excellent panoramic walk at Alp Languard with views over the Bernina massif. Other recommendations include the funicular to Corviglia, connecting to the cable car to Piz Nair at 3,057m and the glacier station of Diavolezza, where you can enjoy lunch while admiring the unforgettable mountain scenery.

Day 10 - Glacier Express to Zermatt

Experience the full length of the famous Glacier Express route from St. Moritz to Zermatt. This remarkable rail journey takes you across the Alps and offers amazing views from your panoramic window. Sit back and relax as you travel over amazing bridges and viaducts, through the Rhine Gorge and across the Oberalp Pass. A three course lunch is served at your seat. The iconic Matterhorn comes into view as you near Zermatt, your resort for the next 2 nights.

Day 11 - Zermatt and the Valais region

The picture perfect, car-free village of Zermatt is a wonderful resort in which to relax and is a fabulous base for mountain visits. Use your Swiss Travel Pass for 50% discounts on the network of cable cars and mountain railways to explore beauty spots such as Gornergrat, Schwarzsee and Klein Matterhorn at 3,883m. You are sure to enjoy the alpine walking trails and choice of restaurants with panoramic views.

Day 12 - Last day

Time for a last stroll around Zermatt before you take the train to Zurich for your flight to the UK.

 

Prices

3 nights each in Interlaken Lugano and Pontresina and 2 nights in Zermatt

Available February-October

Prices from £1,694 per person staying in 3 star hotels

Prices from £1,976 per person staying in 4 star hotels

1st class rail supplement £207. 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 15 day Swiss Travel Pass covering all rail journeys described and many more
  • 11 nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation as described based on two people sharing
  • 2nd class return reserved seats on the Bernina Express from Lugano to Pontresina
  • 2nd class return reserved seats on the Glacier Express from St. Moritz to Zermatt including lunch
  • Engadin Card during the summer months offering FREE transport including mountain railways and cable cars around Pontresina
  • Ticino Ticket offering free bus and train travel around Lugano
  • Fully detailed itinerary sent with all tickets
  • Financial protection ATOL 3148
The Swiss Travel Pass is valid on trains, scenic trains, PostBuses and most boats. Travel on mountain railways and cable cars is up to 50% reduction. Optional excursions may not operate year round, please check before booking
Swiss Trail Pass
 

Your holiday includes a Swiss Travel Pass, covering the rail journeys below as well as many scenic excursions

Albula river

Your scenic train journeys

You can discover more about these scenic routes by clicking below

 
 
 
 

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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