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Grand Train Tour of Switzerland: Zurich to Lucerne

8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,139

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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8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,139

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Day 1

Arival Switzerland

Individual travel to Zurich. As a lakeside "metropolis of experiences", with a magnificent view of the snow-capped Alps on the horizon, Zurich offers a unique mixture of attractions. Overnight in Zurich.

Day 2

Zurich- Interlaken

(GoldenPass Line Lucerne- Interlaken)
Train ride to Lucerne. When boarding the Luzern-Interlaken Express, you are about to go 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 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 over by the three mighty mountains, Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau. Overnight in Interlaken.

Day 3

Interlaken- Montreux

(Jungfraujoch and GoldenPass Line Interlaken- Montreux)
Excursion to the Jungfraujoch, which is the highest railway station in Europe at 3454 m. Enjoy some breath-taking views of the Aletsch Glacier at 22 km it is the longest glacier in the Alps and UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the early evening your journey on the GoldenPass Line continues. Along the shores of Lake Thun you will reach the Simmen valley with Zweisimmen and Gstaad. Your 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 a panoramic view of Lake Geneva and Montreux opens in front of you. Overnight in Montreux.

Day 4

Montreux- Zermatt

Journey from Montreux to Zermatt. For the rest of the day you can admire the famous Matterhorn from Zermatt village or take the opportunity to do a non-guided excursion to the Gornergrat. Overnight in Zermatt.

Day 5

Zermatt- St. Moritz

In the morning, take the world-famous Glacier Express for a ride in the panorama carriage to St. Moritz. The train takes you on over the Oberalp pass (2033 m) and through the impressive Rhine gorge. Overnight in St. Moritz.

Day 6

St. Moritz- Lugano

(Bernina Express)
Board the Bernina Express at St. Moritz station and enjoy one of the most impressive scenic rail journeys Switzerland has to offer. Climbing over the spectacular Bernina pass to more than 2253 m, you pass snow-covered mountain peaks and glaciers then descend towards Poschiavo and Brusio. After travelling over spiral viaducts and through winding tunnels, you reach Tirano in Italy, which is the end of the Bernina line. Change to the Bernina Express Bus which will take you onwards to Lugano. Overnight in Lugano.

Day 7

Lugano- Lucerne

(Gotthard Panorama Express)
With the Gotthard Panorama Express you will travel 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. You will travel by 1st class panorama carriage from Lugano to Fluelen. Passengers will be accompanied in the panorama railcar by a travel guide. Passengers will also be entertained with special effects and additional information on the region such as its sights, mythology and mystique. From Fluelen you will have a boat ride over Lake Lucerne. Overnight in Lucerne.

Day 8

Departure Lucerne

Individual return journey.

Other Information


2020: Daily from Apr 1 to Oct 15


  • 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. 


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


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.

2 Oct 2020
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