Glaciers, Waterfalls and the Swiss Alps Railway Discovery

First-class train travel aboard Switzerland’s famous trains

Prices from $6,499 pp

With roaring waterfalls, serene lakeside views and dramatic gorges, drink your fill of these incredible sights during this ultimate tour of the Swiss Alps.

Starting in the “City of Love”, first explore Paris during your two night stay, from the Eiffel Tower to the Sacre-Cœur, you’ll enjoy many of the iconic sights as you explore the city. You’ll then take a fast train to Zurich where you’ll embark the first of your eight different train journeys through the isolated beauty of the Swiss Alps. Discover five gorgeous lakes that glimmer in the sunshine before you reach Lucerne, a city that is nestled among looming mountains. After a night in this beautiful city, enjoy Interlaken, a nature retreat, on your next leisurely ride to Lausanne.

Stopping in captivating destinations like Montreux – considered the “Swiss Riviera” – and Täsch, an isolated settlement of outstanding wilderness on the way to Zermatt, you’ll disembark here for an unforgettable train trip on the Gornergrat, the second highest railway in Europe. Enjoy extraordinary panoramic views of the surrounding mountains including the famous Matterhorn and discover more stunning scenery on the Glacier Express, your next train journey, as you travel to St. Moritz, the host of two Winter Olympics and magical walking trails.

As your epic train journey draws to a close, experience wonder along the Rhaetian Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on board the Bernina Express. Wind around hairpin bends, zoom over 196 bridges and through 55 tunnels to Tirano and back again. Savour the vista of wispy clouds draped on mountain summits and alpine animals grazing on the grass.

Duration 10 nights
Departing Apr 2020 - Oct 2020
  • Hotel Stay
  • Tour
  • All flights
  • All taxes

Your Experience

  • All flights and taxes
  • 2 night hotel stay in a centrally located Paris hotel with breakfast
  • Fully Escorted Switzerland Rail Tour
    • 2 nights at a Zurich hotel with breakfast
    • 1 night at a Lucerne hotel with breakfast
    • 1 night at a Luasanna hotel with breakfast
    • 2 nights at a Zermatt hotel with breakfast
    • 2 nights at a St. Moritz hotel with breakfast
    • Fully escorted with tour director
    • First-class Train Travel
  • Full Escorted Train Excursions 
    • Montreux Oberland Bernois Railway (Golden Pass Railway)
    • Gornergrat rack railway
    • The Glacier Express
    • The Bernina Express 
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Itinerary

Days 1 - 2
Paris

Known as the City of Love it is easy to see why. With a strong espresso, buttery croissant and newspaper, sit in a Parisian café and watch the world go by on these cobbled streets. Venture up the Eiffel Tower to look down on this metropolis with your loved one, wander to the magnificent Sacré-Cœur that stands proud over the city or discover Musée d’Orsay’s prestigious art collection.

Day 3
Zurich

Today you’ll embark the direct train to Zurich so you can watch the scenery blur past your window at 230 kilometres per hour. Located on the northern shore of Lake Zurich, this city is a treasure to explore. Dive down the winding alleyways of its old town, sample some of its famous zürcher geschnetzeltes – sliced veal in a creamy mushroom and white-wine sauce – or simply admire the classic bay windows in the block coloured Augustinergasse district. In the evening meet your tour director and fellow travellers for a welcome dinner.

Day 4
Zurich – Lucerne – Hotel Stay

Today, board your first train to begin your adventure around the stunning Swiss countryside. During this train ride you can witness the sun glinting off the surface of its idyllic lakes as your train snakes its way through mountains and verdant fields. After you disembark in Lucerne, you’ll enjoy a night here. Discover this lovely city nestled amid soaring mountains with waterfront promenades and brightly coloured houses.

Day 5
Lucerne Area – Lausanne – Hotel Stay

Next, you’ll embark the Lucerne-Interlaken Express where you will find the shimmering sunlight on no less than five lakes, as well as watch tumbling waterfalls and majestic mountain passes unfurl outside your window. Stopping briefly in Interlaken, amble through this charming town where mountains shadow your footsteps and green grass presents a soft walking trail. Then you’ll board the train again and experience the Swiss mountains up close before finishing in Lausanne for the night.

Day 6
Lausanne – Zermatt – Hotel Stay

Say goodbye to beautiful Lausanne and embark the train again to Zermatt. En route, you’ll stop in Montreux - also known as the “Swiss Riviera” - a writer and artist haven, frequented by celebrities such as Mary Shelly, her husband and Lord Byron. You’ll then continue on to Täsch, a small settlement where you can embrace its beatific isolation before being whisked to Zermatt for an overnight stay.

Day 7
Gornergrat

Prepare yourself for your epic tour today as you will board the Gornergrat. The second highest railway in Europe, witness spectacular views of the mountains that knife into the sky. Afterwards you’ll have the rest of the day to explore Zermatt. This popular resort is a hit during the winter due to ski runs, while in the summer, tourists flock to climb the imposing Matterhorn – regardless, this resort is full of things to do.

Day 8
Zermatt - St. Moritz

Embark the Glacier Express today for your direct train ride to St Moritz. Encounter the unspoilt views of the Swiss Alps where green verdant hills blanket the ground, while frosted peaks shelter their crowns until you pull into famous St. Moritz. Having hosted two Winter Olympics, this nature respite is a delight both in winter and summer. Wander along one of the many trails that spiderweb out from St. Moritz to explore its untouched wilderness.

Day 9
St Moritz - Tirano – St Moritz

Finally, you will discover true beauty when you embark the Bernina Express as it travels along a UNESCO World Heritage Site railway track, curving over steep gorges, winding around hairpin bends and zooming through long tunnels. Watch sunlight glinting off glaciers, rivers that roar with an unstoppable rush of water, and soaring pine trees that cling to the mountains’ sheer sides as you travel to Tirano and back again.

Day 10
St Moritz – Zurich

Say goodbye to your adventure as you travel back to Zurich and enjoy the remaining Swiss Alps. Savour unforgettable sights like wispy clouds draping themselves around mountain summits, emerald fields feeding alpine animals and sharp, cutting gorges on this journey back to Zurich. You’ll have an overnight stay here, so you can explore even more of this pretty city before your flight home tomorrow.

Day 11
Fly home

After an included buffet breakfast, you’ll cast one last wistful look back at Switzerland and fly home.

Prices

22 Apr 2020 - 02 May 2020 Twin share from $6,499
22 Apr 2020 - 02 May 2020 Single Traveller from $7,499
13 May 2020 - 23 May 2020 Twin share from $6,999
10 Jun 2020 - 20 Jun 2020 Twin share from $7,299
24 Jul 2020 - 03 Aug 2020 Twin share from $7,499
05 Aug 2020 - 15 Aug 2020 Twin share from $7,699
11 Sep 2020 - 21 Sep 2020 Twin share from $7,299
30 Sep 2020 - 10 Oct 2020 Twin share from $6,999

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