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Grand Train Tour of Switzerland: Zurich to Lucerne

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,757

Ride the rails of Switzerland to take in its alpine splendour. Travelling across the entire country, you’ll journey along some of the world’s most famous train routes and enjoy alpine views of the Matterhorn and Lake Geneva as you travel between Zurich and Lake Lucerne.


This 8-day Swiss vacation takes you across the country on a series of famous train journeys. It includes moderate, first-class, or deluxe accommodations depending on preference, shared tours, and is perfect for first-time travellers to Switzerland and anyone who loves train travel.

Your trip to Switzerland begins in Zurich, where you’ll board the Luzern-Interlaken Express and journey through the Brunig Mountain Pass to Interlaken. Located in a narrow valley alongside two cobalt lakes and in the shadow of towering peaks, Interlaken is one of Switzerland’s most gorgeous towns. Admire the town and consider riding the funicular up to Harder Kulm Viewpoint to enjoy the spectacular views over the city before riding the Golden Pass to Montreux, the chic resort town located on the banks of Lake Geneva. Stroll along the lakeside boulevard, enjoy the famous weather, and take an excursion to Jungfraujoch, the highest train station in Europe.

Continue your train journey to Zermatt, a resort town in the shadow of the famous Matterhorn, Europe’s most distinctive mountain. Stroll along the main street, Bahnhofstrasse, to shop for souvenirs, take a hike in the hills, and enjoy the unforgettable views of the Matterhorn. Board the Glacier Express and head for your next stop: St. Moritz. Along the way, you’ll cross over the Oberalp Pass and head through the Rhine Gorge. After a night in St. Moritz, ride the Bernina Express into Italy and cross the border back into Lugano, located in Switzerland’s Italian-speaking region. After experiencing its Italian atmosphere, ride the Gotthard Panorama Express along the Gotthard Route, known for its stunning Mediterranean landscape, and reach Lake Lucerne, your final stop on your train journey. After an evening appreciating Lucerne’s pretty old town and famous covered bridge, Chapel Bridge, connect to your next destination to continue your onward journey or return home.

 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,757

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Day 1

Arrival Switzerland - Interlaken

Upon arrival to Switzerland, travel to Interlaken via Lucerne (or "Luzern", locally) using the GoldenPass Line. When boarding the Luzern-Interlaken Express, you are about to embark on an unforgettable journey right into the heart of Switzerland. This 2-hour ride will take you along the shores of crystal-clear lakes, past romantic waterfalls and over the magnificent Brunig mountain pass. After a short journey, you will arrive in Interlaken. The city lies in the Bernese Oberland on an alluvial plain, between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. The vacation destination is overlooked by the three mighty mountains, Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau. Tonight, you'll overnight here. Please note, your tour can begin in Lucerne, Zurich or Geneva (additional costs may apply).

Day 2

Interlaken - Montreux

In the morning, consider arranging a tour (not included) to take in the exhilarating viewings from the Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe at 3,454 meters (11, 332 feet) above sea level. Here, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Aletsch Glacier. Approximately 23 kilometers (or roughly 14.5 miles) in length, it is the longest glacier in the Alps and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As the sun begins to set in the early evening, your journey on the GoldenPass Line will continue. Along the shores of Lake Thun you will reach the Simmen Valley, known for the towns of Zweisimmen and Gstaad. This meandering journey takes you through the wild and romantic Pays d'Enhaut with the scenic villages of Chateau d'Oex and Montbovon, and through a tunnel before affording panoramic views of Lake Geneva and Montreux. After pulling into Montreux, you'll disembark and check-in to your hotel for the evening.

Day 3

Montreux - Zermatt

Following breakfast in Montreux, hop aboard your scheduled train en route to the mountain resort town Zermatt. The mountainous route carves through the Swiss Alps, typically arriving in Zermatt in just under three hours. The rest of the day is at leisure. Settled you can admire the famous Matterhorn, there is much to see and do in and around town. Be sure to visit the Bahnhofstrasse, Zermatt's main promenade, which is lined with all sorts of excellent shops. Alternatively, consider an excursion to the Gornergrat (not included). After another day of Alpine splendor, you'll overnight in Zermatt.

Day 4

Zermatt - St. Moritz

In the morning, settle in for a relaxed-pace breakfast, then check-out and board the world-famous Glacier Express for a ride in the panorama carriage to yet another Swiss pearl, St. Moritz. The train takes you over the Oberalp Pass, a winding circuit that zig-zags though the Alps some 2,033 meters (6,670 feet) above seas level and through then impressive Rhine Gorge. Once you arrive in the glamorous town of St. Moritz, which has hosted the Winter Olympics twice, the day is yours to enjoy at leisure.

Day 5

St. Moritz - Lugano

Today you'll board the renowned Bernina Express, embarking at St. Moritz station and set out on one of the most impressive scenic rail journeys Switzerland has to offer. Climbing over the spectacular Bernina Pass some 2,253 meters (7,392 feet) above sea level, you'll pass snow-covered mountain peaks and glaciers, then descend towards Poschiavo and Brusio. After travelling over spiral viaducts and through winding tunnels, you'll reach Tirano in Italy, which is the end of the Bernina line. Here you'll disembark the train and board the Bernina Express Bus which will take you onwards to Lugano, your destination for the evening.

Day 6

Lugano - Lucerne

On journey from Lugano to Lucerne, you’ll ride aboard the Gotthard Panorama Express, travelling from the Mediterranean south to the traditional heart of Switzerland. The journey takes you along the spectacular Gotthard Route, an unforgettable trip through an impressive countryside. It is highly recommended to travel in the 1st class panorama carriage from Lugano to Fluelen (upgrade available; please speak to your Destination Specialist). Upon arrival to Fluelen, a boat will take you over scenic Lake Lucerne, after which you'll disembark and then check into your overnight accommodation in Lucerne.

Day 7

Lucerne - St. Gallen

Enjoy your breakfast this morning, then get set to board the Voralpen Express train which will transport you from lovely Lucerne to St. Gallen, a city found in Northeast Switzerland. Here, you'll enjoy your final evening of the adventure, so be sure to spend your time well. Lake Constance is nearby, so consider taking the time to make a day trip (not included).

Day 8

St. Gallen - Departure

All good things must come to an end; after a weeklong adventure in Switzerland, today you'll board the train in St. Gallen to travel to meet your outward, homebound flight. Zurich is the nearest international airport, however, many others are accessible.

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

2020: Daily from Apr 1 to Oct 15

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 7 nights Moderate* accommodation with breakfast and city tax
  • 1 Grand Train Tour Ticket including 8 transfers in 2nd class including up to 50% reductions on selected transport services (mountain railways, trains, buses and boats)
  • 1 Seat reservation for GoldenPass Line, Glacier & Bernina Express in 2nd class and Gotthard Panorama Express in 1st class
  • 1 Excursion to Jungfraujoch (non-guided)
  • 1 Swiss Coupon Pass
  • 1 myTravel Stamp Booklet

* This trip is also offered with First Class and Deluxe accommodation options. Please inquire. 

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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