8 Day | Mini Grand Tour

A special highlights of Switzerland itinerary for lovers of travel

Glacier Express on the Solis Viaduct
View over Zermatt
Lugano lakeside

This is one of our 'Scenic Touring' holidays, offering you the chance to experience the full diversity of the Swiss landscape and enjoy a good number of scenic rail journeys. You'll stay in a variety of lakes and mountains resorts across the country. There are plenty of day trips to enjoy - free or heavily discounted with your Swiss Travel Pass - or you could simply relax amidst the beautiful scenery. The holiday can be adapted in various ways to suit you, including upgrading your hotel room, adding more resorts and rail journeys or extending the duration. 

Please call 0800 619 1200 for help with planning or email us at info@swissholidayco.com

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"Fabulous scenic rail journeys included in this holiday are the Glacier Express, Bernina Express, GoldenPass Express and Gotthard Panorama Express. Enjoy the full diversity of Switzerland with overnight stays in 6 delightful lakes and mountains resorts, all with beautiful views"

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Call us on 0800 619 1200 or email us at info@swissholidayco.com

Day 1 - Arrive and explore Interlaken for 1 night

Fly from the UK to Zurich airport in under 2 hours. Welcome to your hotel and enjoy your first look around Interlaken.

Day 2 - GoldenPass Express to Montreux for 1 night

A day to savour on the GoldenPass Express all the way to Montreux. Enjoy views of Lake Thun as you head into the mountains and through the Simmen Valley to Zweisimmen. Here the train switches track and travels on to the alpine resort of Gstaad, before the descent into Montreux with fabulous views of Lake Geneva

Day 3 - Montreux, then travel to Zermatt for 1 night

The leisurely journey to Zermatt takes under 3 hours. You can therefore decide to linger in elegant Montreux, or head straight for the high Alps of Zermatt and take advantage of one of the many mountain railways or cable cars available at a 50% reduction.

Day 4 - Glacier Express including lunch on board to St. Moritz for 1 night

Sit back and relax in your reserved seat for the full Glacier Express experience on a wonderfully 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.

Day 5 - Bernina Express to Lugano for 1 night

The Bernina Express offers magnificent views of alpine forests and mountain peaks as you travel over the Bernina Pass to the Italian town of 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 6 - Gotthard Panorama Express - a 1st class rail and boat journey to Lucerne for 2 nights

Take another look around the elegant town of Lugano before starting your enjoyable journey to Lucerne on the Gotthard Panorama Express. The 1st class panoramic carriages take you slowly upwards via the old Gotthard tunnel on looping mountain tracks, with some beautiful scenery to enjoy. On arrival in Flüelen 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 7 - Free time in the Old Town of Lucerne and Central Switzerland

With your Swiss Travel Pass, Lucerne is perfect to enjoy free travel around the dramatic scenery of Central Switzerland. A lake cruise is a great way to relax. Also included free with your Swiss Travel Pass are the famous old cog railway to the stunning peak of Mount Rigi and the Stanserhorn open top deck cable car.

Day 8 - Last day

The one hour train journey to Zurich airport allows you time for a last look around and perhaps lunch.


2024 Guide Prices

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

Available April-October

Prices from £1,671 per person staying in 3 star hotels
Prices from £1,905 per person staying in 4 star hotels

Upgrade to 1st class Swiss Travel Pass from just £157 per person

Half board prices: add from £253 per person (3 star, except Montreux) or from £316 per person (4 star, except Montreux and Interlaken)


Your holiday price includes

Booking Conditions
  • Scheduled return flights from London to Zurich including taxes and hold baggage (flights are available from around the UK)
  • 8 day Swiss Travel Pass covering all rail journeys described and many more (2nd class)
  • 7 nights’ hotel accommodation bed and breakfast as described based on two people sharing
  • Reserved seats on the GoldenPass Express Interlaken-Montreux (2nd class)
  • Regional rail travel Montreux-Zermatt (2nd class)
  • Lunch and reserved seats on the Glacier Express Zermatt-St. Moritz (2nd class)
  • Reserved seats on the Bernina Express St. Moritz-Lugano (2nd class)
  • 1st class travel on the Gotthard Panorama Express Lugano-Lucerne with reserved seats on the rail section
  • Personalised full detailed itinerary sent with all tickets
  • Financial protection ATOL 3148
The Swiss Travel Pass offers free travel on trains, scenic trains, PostBuses and most boats, with up to 50% discount for mountain railways and cable cars. Optional excursions may not operate year round, please check before booking. Call us on 0800 619 1200 or email us at info@swissholidayco.com

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Call us on 0800 619 1200 or email us at info@swissholidayco.com

Swiss Trail Pass

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

Bernina Express at Brusio Viaduct near Tirano

Your scenic train journeys

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Build your own scenic itinerary

Glacier Express on the 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
  • Bespoke prices available throughout 2024
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