Scenic Switzerland Train Vacation
Independent discovery of Scenic Switzerland
Zurich Interlaken Montreaux
Zermatt St. Moritz, Lugano, Lucerne
Daily departures between Apr 1 and Oct 31, 2017 for 10 nights/ 11 days
From historic Lucerne on the shores of an emerald lake to fashionable St Moritz, this tour gives you an insight to the spectacular Swiss panorama, lifestyle, charm and way of life. Marvel the Alpine village of Zermatt and fashionable St Moritz, the hangout of the rich and famous. Visit the highest peak in Europe, famed ski resort towns and Alpine meadows full of wild flowers Your independent tour is conveniently organized on the excellent rail transportation network Switzerland is so famous for. Your southernmost points is Lugano settling spectacularly on the shores the lake by the same name with its temperate climate and palm trees. The train tour ends at the lovely town of Lucerne from where a convenient train ride take you back to Zurich airport for your outbound flight.
Day 1 ZURICH
Arrival at Zurich airport or train station where our driver will be waiting for you with your train tickets and take you to your hotel for overnight. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Day 2 ZURICH
After brekfast embark on a regular city tour in Zurich. Discover Switzerland economic capital regarded
as “The city with the best quality of life”. Visit the national museum, the world famous business center at the “Bahnhofstraße”, the largest clock in Europe on the tower of St. Peter church; the picturesque
Guild houses, the Opera House and the Zurich lake. Take the Cogwheel train ride for an excelent view of the residencial zone of “Zü-richberg” with its villas and parks. You are going to visit the University
of Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) with its most famous former student and professor of Albert Einstein. At the end of the day we stop at the old town to visit the
Fraumünster church dating back to 885 AD and famouse for its Chagall windows.
Day 3 ZURICH – INTERLAKEN
In the afternoon continue to the town of Interlaken an the shores of two beautiful Alpine lakes offering a charming panorama between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and sheltered by the imposing mountain peaks of Eiger, Mönch and the highest one, Jungfrau.
Day 4 INTERLAKEN – Jungfraujoch – Interlaken
After breakfast you visit one of the top attractions of Switzerland: The ”Jungfraujoch – The Top
of Europe” a declared natural world heritage UNESCO site. Take the cogwheel train up to Europe’s highest train station, at an elevation of 3.444 m. Once you are at the top, immerse yourself in a fascinating world of ice and snow and do not forget to visit the Ice Palace, a unique ice world in the heart of the glacier, an
unforgettable experience of birds, animals, penguins, people, furniture,etc carved in ice.
Day 5 Golden Pass Line: INTERLAKEN – Zweisimmen – MONTREAUX
Walk over to the train station and take the train to Zweisimmen, where the Golden Pass Line starts
its way to Montreaux. Enjoy the ride and the unforgettable views of some of the most beautiful places
in Switzerland while traveling comfortably aboard this scenic train.
Day 6 MONTREAUX – ZAEMARR
In the morning make your way to the train station and take the local train to Täsch. From there the next
train will take you to Zermatt, one of the world’s most famous ski resort town located at the foot of the majestic Mount Matterhorn. In this town cars are banned in order to preserve its original infrastructure.
Day 7 GLACIER EXPRESS: ZERMATT – ST. MORITZ
After breakfast you board the famous Glacier Express. In the comfortable panorama car you can enjoy
spectacular views of the Swiss Alps. St. Moritz is one of the most favourite destinations in Switzerland,
regardless of the season of the year this place dazzles you with its beauty, either with a landscape
full of snow or with different green shades and summer flowers.
Day 8 Bernina Express: ST. MORITZ – TIRANO -LUGANO
In the morning make your way to the train station. The first stop of the day is Tirano. In Tirano you see
the wonderful novel palace of the XVII and XVIII centuries, this city is famous for its baroque Marian
shrine. Then you continue to Lugano on the shores of the lake wearing the same name. Lugano has its own Mediterranean type micro-climate and is well known for its incredible scenery, abundant water, dry and sunny climate as well as its mountains and hills near the Italian border.
Day 9 Gotthard Panorama Express: LUGANO _ BELLINZONA – Flüelen – LUCERNE
After breakfast board the famous Gotthard Panorama Express (formerly known as the Wilhelm Tell Express) to Lucerne. The first part of the trip is a ride in a normal train from Lugano to Bellinzona, the capital of the Itlaian speaking cantoon of Switzerland. The city has three impressive medieval castles designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites that were originally built to control the Ticino mountain pass. After a short break the trip continues with a train ride on the Gotthard Panorama Express to Flüelen, a very small lovely town. Here you board a steamboat and cruise through lake Lucerne through a marvelous landscape to the city of Lucerne.
Day 10 LUCERNE
Lucerne is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Switzerland. This city has the oldest covered
bridge in Europe as well as cobbled streets, baroque churches and historic houses, for example,
the luxurious Concert Hall. This famous brigde called “Kapellbrücke” is considered the oldest of Europe
and is the icon of this beautiful city.
Day 11 LUCERNE – ZURICH
Make your way to the train station in Lucerne at your convenience to board the train to Zurich. The tour
ends at the Train Station or Aiport in Zurich.
Swiss Rail Tour includes: (based on minimum 2 passengers traveling together)
- 10 nights accommodation in 4 star hotels based on double occupancy, including daily buffet breakfast
- 2 hours English guided city walk of Zurich
- Transfer on day one from Zurich airport or train station to Zurich hotel. (Hotels in Lucerne, Interlaken and Montreaux are located near the railways stations, no transfers needed).
- Train transfer Zurich Airport / Lucerne and Lugano/ Zurich Airport (2nd class)
- Train tickets throughout the tour in regualr 2nd class
- Reserved seats 2nd class on the following Express trains: Golden Pass (Lucerne-Interlaken-Zwiesimmen-Monreaux)
- Reserved seat 2nd class on the Glacier Express train between Zermatt and St Moritz
- Bernina Express St Moritz-Tirano
- Bus transfer Tirano to Lugano
- Reserved seats first class on Gotthard Panoramic Express from Bellinzona to Fluellen
- Steamboat from Fuellen to Lucerne
- Cogwheel train ticket to Jungfraujoch peak
Euro 3275 per person based on 2 people traveling together
Euro 3189 per person based on 4 people traveling together
Single supplement: Euro 765
First class trains supplement: Euro 255
Note: These rates d not apply during fair and congress periods!
*$ rate varies depending on daily exchange rates