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This Scenic Switzerland by Train tour is the perfect way to see Switzerland’s breathtaking mountains, charming mountain resorts, fascinating old towns, and beautiful lakes—all while you relax in first-class aboard Switzerland’s famous trains. You’ll overnight in Zurich, the Lucerne area, Lausanne, Zermatt, and St. Moritz.
One of the highlights of this Switzerland train tour is the train journey aboard the Glacier Express from Zermatt, a picturesque cluster of rustic chalets beneath the majestic Matterhorn, to glitzy St. Moritz, one of the world’s most famous resorts. From your carriage windows, marvel at the thundering waterfalls, impressive snow-capped peaks, glacial ice fields, lush meadows, and picture-perfect villages. Another highlight of this Switzerland train tour is the journey aboard the Bernina Express from St Moritz to Tirano, Italy. Traveling on the highest railway across the Alps, you’ll witness glistening glaciers, stunning mountain streams, and alpine scenery, and you’ll travel through tunnels and over bridges that are engineering masterpieces!
But that’s not all…in Zermatt you’ll also experience the Gornergrat open-air cog railway, Europe’s highest. You’ll journey over remarkable bridges, through tunnels, and past rocky ravines and beautiful lakes. The views of the Matterhorn from the top are nothing short of spectacular! Other train journeys you’ll experience on this tour through Switzerland are the Golden Pass Panoramic train to Montreux, situated on the shores of Lake Geneva and known as the “Swiss Riviera.” You’ll feel like you are immersed in the landscapes passing you by.
Stunning scenery and thrilling train rides…there’s no better way to see scenic Switzerland! So grab your camera and get ready for an amazing, value-minded vacation!
Please note: 2021 itinerary is based on 2020 and is subject to change, but by booking today you will lock in your price. Full details will be confirmed in September 2020.
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
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Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Zurich with the help of the CosmosGO app. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
Board the train for your journey from Zurich to Lucerne. Lucerne is one of Switzerland’s most idyllic medieval cities, surrounded by a beautiful lake and nestled amidst snowcapped Alps. The rest of the day is at leisure to discover the delights of this charming city such as the famous wooden bridge or the picturesque town centre. Alternatively, sign up for an optional excursion.
Today’s Distance: 37 mi/ 60 km
Depart Lucerne on the Lucerne-Interlaken Express. Cross Brunig Pass en route to Interlaken, and spend some time strolling through the quaint streets. From Interlaken, take the BLS RegioExpress train to Zweisimmen. Continue on the GOLDENPASS PANORAMIC TRAIN for your unforgettable journey to Montreux, then continue to Lausanne.
Today’s Distance: 155 mi/ 250 km
Depart for the delightful Swiss mountain resort of Zermatt. En route, stop to visit the town of Montreux, situated on the shores of Lake Geneva and surrounded by vineyards and against the breathtaking backdrop of snow-covered Alps. Enjoy some free time or maybe join an optional guided excursion to Chillon Castle before continuing by train to Zermatt.
Today’s Distance: 109 mi/ 175 km
An included excursion takes you to the famous GORNERGRAT, traveling on board Europe’s highest rack railway. The views of the Matterhorn from its summit are spectacular. The rest of the day is at leisure in Zermatt—with a variety of interesting shops, cafés, bars, and picturesque streets to explore.
The train journey today aboard the spectacular GLACIER EXPRESS is without a doubt one of the main highlights of the tour. Enjoy unforgettable views as you make your way through the unspoiled natural beauty of the Alps on the direct route from Zermatt to the world-famous mountain resort of St. Moritz. This picture-perfect town is more than just a holiday resort. It was also the birthplace of Alpine winter tourism (in 1864) and has twice hosted the Winter Olympics. Stretch your legs this evening, and admire the beautiful chalets decorated with colorful geraniums.
Today’s Distance: 174 mi/ 280 km
Take the BERNINA EXPRESS train (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) to Tirano and back for one of Europe’s most spectacular and breathtaking train rides. Travel across lofty Bernina Pass via the Swiss Poschiavo area to Tirano in the Italian Valtellina, witnessing an array of beautiful mountain streams, glaciers, and alpine scenery along the way.
Today’s Distance: 75 mi/ 120 km
Leave St. Moritz for the journey back to Zurich. Enjoy some time at leisure in Zurich. Take a stroll around the city center and indulge in some chocolate tasting, or follow the course of the river Limmat until it reaches the banks of Lake Zurich.
Today’s Distance: 137 mi/ 220 km
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.
Hotel Züri was completely reconstructed in 2017 by the famous architects Gigon & Guyer who shaped the skyline of the new Züri West district. All 167 rooms offer a modern design with a unique "Zurich touch" and there is a restaurant, a bar and fitness centre with a sauna. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the hotel and a business corner with a printer is featured in the lobby.
The 4-star Hotel Novotel Zürich City-West has 144 air-conditioned rooms, free WIFI, novotelcafé restaurant-lounge-bar, pool & fitness area.
The chic and modern hotel with 140 guest rooms offers myriad amenities to ensure a pleasant stay for all our guests.
The Garni Hotel Drei Koenige is situated in the heart of Lucerne and offers comfortable and spacious rooms with all the amenities of a three star hotel. The quiet location as well as the uniqueness of the art nouveau building makes your stay to a special experience. Many sightseeing places, the train station and the old town are close by. Besides, for the best start into the day a rich breakfast buffet is expecting you.
The hotel is located in the historic center of the city of Lucerne, The Rigi, Pliatus and Titlis mountains are perfect for day trips. The hotel boasts a restaurant as well as seminar rooms.
Hotel Alpha Palmiers is located in the city center of Lausanne at 5 minutess walking from the train station and at 15 minutes from the lake.
This hotel is located in the center of Lausanne with the Old Town, Lake Geneva, and the Olympic Museum just 3 km away. All 127 modern guestrooms are soundproofed and air-conditioned with contemporary decor, parquet floors, and free Wi-Fi access. There is also a 24-hour bar.
Hotel Holiday enjoys a quiet location just an 8-minute walk from Zermatt's centre and only 200 metres from the Sunnegga Express, which takes you to the Sunnegga, Blauherd and Rothorn mountains.
Hotel Perren is very central located in Zermatt, you reach the main street and every valley station in about 7 minutes walk, you will find the bus stop 50 meters from the hotel. The friendly team at Hotel Perren in Zermatt is looking forward to your visit.
The Bären Hotel is a 3-star hotel in St. Moritz with 60 rooms.
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