Grand Train Tour (by Rail):
Zurich, Interlaken, Montreux, Zermatt, St. Moritz, Lugano & Lucerne
Majestic Switzerland awaits on this robust itinerary that highlights the country's greatest cities, mountaintops, and scenic trains.
1 Night Zurich
2 Nights Interlaken
1 Night Montreux
2 Nights Zermatt
1 Night St. Moritz
1 Night Lugano
2 Nights Lucerne
GoldenPass Line Scenic
Train to Montreux
Glacier Express Scenic
Train to St. Moritz
Bernina Express Scenic
Train to Lugano
Gotthard Route Train
& Boat to Lucerne
Pre-Alpine Express OR Mt. Pilatus Excursion
2nd-Class Rail Travel
After arrival in Zurich take the train and check in at your hotel. Depending on arrival time opportunity to discover the world famous shopping mile Bahnhofstrasse or stroll along the banks of Lake Zurich. Overnight in Zurich.
Train travel to Lucerne. Starting in the German speaking Lucerne region, the journey takes you over the Brünig pass into the Bernese Oberland and passing Lake Brienz. After a short journey you arrive in Interlaken. Overnight in Interlaken.
(Breakfast, Zurich; Accommodations, Interlaken)
Take the train from Interlaken to the Kleine Scheidegg at the foot of the famous Eiger. Change trains to get on board of the Jungfrau railway und ride via 'Eiger Gletscher' to the Jungfraujoch - the highest railway station in Europe at 3454 m with some breathtaking views of the Aletsch glacier at 22 km the longest in the Alps and an UNESCO World Heritage site. Overnight in Interlaken.
(Breakfast, Accommodations, Interlaken)
Your journey on the Golden Pass line continues. Along the shores of Lake Thun you reach the Simmen valley with Zweisimmen and the world known holiday resort of Gstaad. Further on through the wild romantic Pays d'Enhaut with the scenic villages of Château d'Oex and Montbovon continues the journey through a tunnel before the panoramic view of the Lake Geneva and Montreux opens in front of you. Overnight in Montreux.
(Breakfast, Interlaken; Accommodations, Montreux)
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and afterwards you travel from Montreux to Zermatt. The rest of the day is at your disposal. Zermatt lies at the foot of the Matterhorn. The vacation destination is a car-free zone and has preserved its original character. Overnight in Zermatt.
(Breakfast, Montreux; Accommodations, Zermatt)
Today you have the possibility to do a non guided excursion to the Gornergrat. Take one of Europe's highest cogwheel trains up to the Gornergrat and enjoy views of the surrounding mountains and the Matterhorn. Leisure time in Zermatt. Overnight in Zermatt.
(Breakfast, Accommodations, Zermatt)
In the morning you take the world famous Glacier Express for a thrilling ride in the panorama carriage to St. Moritz. Take in some of the dramatic scenery Switzerland has to offer. Along the deep Rhone valley, the Glacier Express travels through an incredibly fascinating part of the Alps. The train drives on over the Oberalp pass (2,033m/6,670ft) and through the impressive Rhine gorge. After an exhilarating trip, you will arrive in St. Moritz. Overnight in St. Moritz.
(Breakfast, Zermatt; Accommodations, St. Moritz)
Board the narrow-gauge Bernina Express in St. Moritz station and enjoy one of the most impressive scenic rail journeys Switzerland offers. Travel over circular viaducts and pass through winding tunnels before reaching Tirano in Italy which is the end of the Bernina Express rail line. Change to the Bernina Express Bus which will take you onwards to Ticino. The Journey ends in Lugano - Southern Switzerland's largest town. Overnight in Lugano.
(Breakfast, St. Moritz; Accommodations, Lugano)
You will travel by 1st-class train from Lugano to Flüelen via Bellinzona. In Flüelen board the historic paddle steamer for the cruise across Lake Lucerne. Overnight in Lucerne.
(Breakfast, Lugano; Accommodations, Lucerne)
Suggestion: Pre-Alpine Express
Traveling by the Pre-Alpine Express introduces you to a Switzerland of gently undulating hills, picture-perfect villages and mellow orchards. With the Pre-Alpine Express, you cross over the highest railway bridge in Switzerland. It's the 99-metre high Sitter viaduct near St. Gallen. The city's most famous landmark is its Baroque cathedral with the Abbey Library, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983. Travel back to Lucerne.
Overnight in Lucerne.
Suggestion: Mount Pilatus
This is a fantastic excursion to enjoy beautiful views of the Lake Lucerne region. Short cruise across the lake to Alpnachstad. Change here to the steepest cogwheel train in the world. For the return journey chose between cogwheel train or gondola to Kriens. Back to Lucerne by bus. Overnight in Lucerne.
(Breakfast, Accommodations, Lucerne)
After breakfast time for souvenir shopping before you transfer by rail to the border/airport, back home or onto your next holiday destination.