15 Day Winter Grand Tour Of Switzerland

Experience the famous scenic rail journeys through snowy landscapes

Lucerne in winter
Winter journey on the Centovalli Line
Glacier Express near Andermatt in winter

This is a Swiss Travel Pass holiday which offers unlimited free travel for scenic day trips. It can be adapted in various ways to suit you, including adding rail journeys. The Swiss Travel Pass also gives you up to 50% reductions on cable cars and mountain railways.

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


"Unforgettable Swiss winter lakes and mountains scenery, with journeys including the Glacier, Bernina and Luzern-Interlaken Express trains and stays in no less than 5 scenic resorts."

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Day 1 - Arrive and explore Locarno for 2 nights

Flight from the UK to Zurich airport with rail travel to Locarno for 2 nights. Check in to your hotel and enjoy your first views of Locarno and Lake Maggiore.

Day 2 - Locarno and the Centovalli Line

Explore this lakeside town at your leisure. The whole region has a strong Italian influence; you can even take a trip into Italy on the scenic Centovalli Line. This journey is covered by your Swiss Travel Pass and makes for a delightful day out, with charming views of the countryside and the chance to find a trattoria for lunch in the town of Domodossola.

Day 3 - Travel to Lucerne for 4 nights

Travel on the route of the Gotthard Panorama Express, with a scenic rail journey via Bellinzona to Flüelen. Here you join the comfortable lake motor boat and take a leisurely cruise along the full length of the lake to Lucerne.

Day 4-6 - Lucerne and Central Switzerland

Historic Lucerne is a pleasure to stroll around and we recommend a day in the town, visiting the museums, the famous Chapel Bridge, enjoying the atmosphere and doing some shopping. On your other days you can use the Swiss Travel Pass to explore Mount Rigi - highly recommended for views and winter walks – and on the train to the charming town and ski resort of Engelberg. You may want to travel upwards for lunch on Mount Titlis (journey at 50% discount with your Pass).

Day 7 - Luzern-Interlaken Express to Interlaken for 3 nights

A popular 2 hour journey along a very scenic route. Take in the views through your panoramic windows – including the fabulous Brünig Pass, the resort of Meiringen and a final run alongside Lake Brienz and into Interlaken.

Day 8-9 - Bernese Oberland

Interlaken is a lively town and with its excellent transport connections offers plenty of opportunities for sightseeing. With your Swiss Travel Pass you can travel to Bern and its wonderful Old Town. We have also included a trip to the Jungfraujoch-Top of Europe at 3,571m – a breathtaking experience in the high Alps and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 10 - Lötschberg Regio Express to Brig for 2 nights

A lovely journey today. Take a scenic cruise on the lake to the town of Thun, where you change to rail and the Lötschberg Line. This historic route loops through the mountains

Day 11 - Brig and Zermatt

Brig is an important historical trading town, as you can see from the merchant buildings and the impressive Stockalper Castle. You can relax here, or why not take a trip to Zermatt with your Swiss Travel Pass. It is just a 90 minute journey and you will be able to enjoy unforgettable views of the Matterhorn from the village.

Day 12 - Glacier Express to Chur for 3 nights

A fabulously slow and scenic journey across the Alps, where you can enjoy unbeatable views through your panoramic windows. On this shorter section to Chur (4 hours) you still have lunched served at your seat and can enjoy views of the Oberalp Pass and the Rhine Gorge before arrival into Chur.

Day 13-14 - Chur and the Rhaetian Railway

From Chur, we have included more famous journeys on the Rhaetian Rail network, much of which forms part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Arosa Line is an amazing journey, where the train climbs up to 1,800m in an hour and offers wonderful views en route. Enjoy pretty Arosa or take the cable car to visit the Weisshorn mountain (payable locally). The second journey is the Bernina Express – a full day travelling through the high Alps via fantastic bridges, viaducts and tunnels with equally dramatic winter scenery to enjoy.

Day 15 - Last day

A last look around historic Chur before you board the train to Zurich for your flight to the UK.


2022 Guide Prices

2 nights in Locarno, 4 nights in Lucerne, 3 nights in Interlaken, 2 nights in Brig and 3 nights in Chur

Available: all year except 24 October-10 December but particularly suitable for winter

Prices from £1,921 per person staying in 3 star hotels

Prices from £2,100 per person staying in 4 star hotels

1st class rail supplement £175. Half board prices: add £557 per person in 3 star hotels; £608 in 4 star hotels.


Your holiday price includes

Booking Conditions
  • Scheduled return flights from London to Zurich (flights available from around the UK)
  • 2nd class 15 day Swiss Travel Pass covering all rail journeys described and many more
  • 14 nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation as described based on two people sharing
  • 2nd class reserved seats on the Luzern-Interlaken Express, Glacier Express including lunch and Bernina Express
  • 2nd class return rail tickets on the Centovalli Line, Lötschberg Line, Arosa Line as described
  • 2nd class return rail tickets to Jungfraujoch-Top of Europe
  • Fully detailed itinerary sent with all tickets
  • Financial protection ATOL 3148
The Swiss Travel Pass is valid on trains, PostBuses, boats and scenic trains. Travel on mountain railways and cable cars is up to 50% reduction. Suggested excursions operate year round. 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

Jungfraujoch-Top of Europe

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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 2022
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