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Best of Switzerland

Mountain landscapes, the most impressive Alpine scenery, glaciers, lakes and charming towns in a unique rail round trip through Switzerland.
Duration: 11 days / 10 nights

On this breathtaking train journey with the Bernina Express, Glacier Express and the GoldenPass Line, you will be shown the most beautiful places in Switzerland. Mountain landscapes, the most impressive alpine scenery, glaciers, lakes and picturesque towns make this train journey to a real highlight. Best of Switzerland shows you the most beautiful, highest and best of Switzerland.

Enjoy the contrasts between city and country. Zurich, the largest city in Switzerland, is a class of its own. Lucerne with its medieval architecture is the perfect city with an impressive combination of water, mountains and city. St. Moritz, the glamorous mountain village in the Grisons. Zermatt the village at the foot of the Matterhorn, the most photographed mountain in the world. Lugano, a charming paradise on the shores of Lago di Lugano. Palm trees, a romantic lake promenade and a beautiful old town. With its almost Mediterranean climate, Montreux is a beautiful place on Lake Geneva and Interlaken is the gateway to the three mighty mountains: Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau and nestles between Lakes Thun and Brienz.

Is there any better way to discover the magnificent landscape of the Swiss Alps than by train? We believe not.

Price per person from CHF 1'995.–




Highlights

  • Glacier Express, the slowest express train in the world
  • Bernina Express, the highest railway line across the Alps
  • GoldenPass Line
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site, Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site, Rhaetian Railway in the Albula/Bernina Landscapes
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lavaux with its Vineyard Terraces
  • Excursions to Jungfraujoch and Matterhorn Glacier Paradise
© Rhätische Bahn / Beppe Raso Bernina Express © Rhätische Bahn/Christof Sonderegger© Rhätische Bahn swiss-image.ch/Tibert Keller Famous Chapel Bridge and Mount Pilatus summit  St. Moritz © swiss-image.ch/Lucia Degonda Harder Kulm, Interlaken  Bernina Express © Rhätische Bahn/Andrea Badrutt

Travel details

Itinerary
1st day: Arrival in Lucerne
Arrival in Lucerne by train 2nd class from the Swiss border or Swiss airport. Overnight in Lucerne.

2nd day: Lucerne
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day at leisure in Lucerne. We suggest the following optional excursions: Mount Titlis with its famous revolving cablecar, Mount Pilatus the Golden round trip or Mount Rigi the Queen of the mountains. Overnight in Lucerne.

3rd day: Lucerne to Lugano (2h10)
Breakfast at the hotel. Train journey from Lucerne to Lugano. Experience the new Gotthard Base Tunnel – with 57 kilometres it is the longest train tunnel in the world. It takes only 17 minutes to travel this fast flat-track route under the Alpine massif in the heart of Europe. Optional add the Gotthard Panorama Express. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Lugano.

4th day: Bernina Express to St. Moritz (6h45)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you travel with the Bernina Express of the Rhaetian Railway along the UNESCO World Heritage route. Enjoy an Alpine switchback ride, taking you from the high, towering glaciers of the mountains down to the swaying palms of Italy. The Bernina Express is the highest railway line across the Alps, linking Northern and Southern Europe in the most spectacular way! First the Bernina Express coach takes you to Tirano where you will have time for an optional lunchbreak. Then board the Bernina Express train to St. Moritz. Overnight in St. Moritz.

5th day: Glacier Express to Zermatt (8h)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you board the Glacier Express for one of the greatest train journeys in the world. On an 8 hour rail journey the world's slowest express train takes you across 291 bridges, through 91 tunnels and across the Oberalp Pass at 2’033 m. Travel in comfort through the unspoilt natural beauty of a landscape rich in ancient, fragrant mountain forests, peaceful Alpine meadows, rushing mountain streams and mountain valleys, soaked in tradition and centuries-old culture. Overnight in Zermatt.

6th day: Matterhorn Glacier Paradise (2h)
Breakfast at the hotel. An incomporable experience awaits you today. The Zermatt Bergbahnen take you up to the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise which is Europe's highest cable car station at 3883 m. For a little fee you may take the Crystal Ride cabins from Trockener Steg to the summit, an unbeatable experience. The 360° panorama is unique and many highlights are waiting for you to be discovered. Rest of day at your leisure. Overnight in Zermatt.

7th day: Zermatt to Montreux (2h40)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you take a regional train through the Valais, which is well known for its excellent wines, to Montreux. We recommend a visit to Chillon Castle, a moated castle on the shores of lake Geneva. Overnight in Montreux.

8th day: Montreux to Interlaken (3h)
Breakfast at the hotel. Train journey with the GoldenPass Panoramic train (or optional GoldenPass Belle Époque) take you to Zweisimmen then with the GoldenPass Line to Interlaken. You find yourself among alpine forests, bubbling mountain springs and picturesque mountain villages. Possibility to stop in Gstaad for an optional excursion to Glacier 3000. Overnight in Interlaken.

9th day: Jungfraujoch (4h)
Breakfast at the hotel. Another highlight of your visit in Switzerland awaits you. Enjoy a journey to the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe, the highest railway station in Europe located at 3454 m. Don't miss out the following attractions: Alpine Sensation, Sphinx, Jungfrau Panorama, Lindt Swiss Chocolate Heaven, Ice Palace and Snow Fun. Overnight in Interlaken.

10th day: Interlaken to Zürich (2h)
Breakfast at the hotel. Train journey along the lake of Thun to Berne and possiblity for a stopover to discover Switzerland's beautiful capital. Continue to Zurich and time at your leisure to discover the metropolis on the shore of lake Zurich. Overnight in Zurich.

11th day: Departure from Zurich
Breakfast at the hotel. Time at leisure in Zurich. Return to Swiss border or Swiss airport or individual onward journey.

This tour can also be booked in the opposite direction.

Services

Included
  • Swiss Transfer Ticket Combi: Best of Switzerland (8 transfers) in 2nd class from/to Swiss border or airport
  • Seat reservation Bernina Express (train + coach), Glacier Express and GoldenPass Line (Montreux-Interlaken)
  • Excursion to Matterhorn Glacier Paradise
  • 2 nights each in Lucerne, Zermatt and Interlaken, 3* hotel, standard double room with private facilities, breakfast
  • 1 night each in Lugano, St. Moritz, Montreux and Zurich, 3* hotel, standard double room, with private facilities, breakfast
  • Any additional tickets for optional excursions to travel by rail, boat, postal-coach and cable car can be purchased at 25–50% of the regular fares
Not Included
  • From CHF 208.– upgrade to 1st class rail
  • From CHF 420.– upgrade to Glacier Express Excellence Class
  • From CHF 45.– lunch on board of the Glacier Express
  • From CHF 20.– Gotthard Panorama Express
  • Excursions
  • Additional services
  • Additional nights
  • Supplement for single room
  • Upgrade to 4* and 5* hotels
  • Hotel supplements Montreux Jazz Festival
  • Some hotels may charge CHF 2.– to CHF 7.– local city taxes per person/night

Excursions

Glacier Express Excellence Class
Glacier Express Excellence Class © Glacier Express AG
Glacier Express
Excellence Class

The most pleasant and impressive variant of a trip between Zermatt and St. Moritz. A first class train ticket is required. » Included in the price: Window seat, tour guide, welcome drink, premium lunch incl. wine, tea time with canapés, soft drinks etc. When: 1.1.-11.10.2020 + 13.12.2020-1.4.2021 on GEX 902 from Zermatt to St. Moritz and on GEX 903 from St. Moritz to Zermatt. Duration: 8h.


Price per person from CHF 395.–
 
Glacier Express Lunch / Dinner
Glacier Express © Rhätische Bahn
Glacier Express
Lunch / Dinner

The journey on the Glacier Express will also be a culinary highlight. Enjoy a cultivated 3-course lunch or dinner fresh from the on-board kitchen. Reservation is highly recommended. » When: 1.4.-11.10.2020 + 13.12.2020-1.4.2021 on board of every Glacier Express train.


Price per person from CHF 47.– excluding beverages
 
Titlis – Lucerne
Titlis – Lucerne

From Lucerne the train takes you to the mountain monastery village Engelberg where you board the Titlis Xpress to Stand. From there the world's first revolving cable car Titlis Rotair takes you up to Mount Titlis. Visit the glacier cave, ride the Ice Flyer chairlift or get your thrills on the Titlis Cliff Walk. » When: 1.1.-1.11. + 14.11.-31.12.2020. Duration: half day.


Price per person from CHF 87.–
 
Home-cooked meal with a local – Montreux
Home-cooked meal with a local – Montreux

First time in Montreux? Meet a local and have dinner at their place. You will get the best tips and pieces of advice for the next day to visit and you will have a chance to understand our culture better by tasting it. When: daily at 7.30 pm. Duration: 2 hours in E/F/G


Price per person from CHF 56.–
 
Walking Tour – Zurich
Walking Tour – Zurich

First time in Zurich? Meet a local guide for a 60-minute walk through Zurich. You will learn interesting details about the history and lifestyle of the city. » When: daily at 09.00 am, 11.00 am, 7.00 pm and 9.00 pm. Duration: 1 hour in E/F/G.


Price per person from CHF 44.–
 
Bike tour in Lugano
Bike tour in Lugano

First time in Lugano? Experience Lugano in a different way. Meet a local guide and drive together along Lake Lugano. Discover the beautiful nature and learn interesting details about the history of Lugano. » When: daily at 09.30 am and 02.30 pm. Duration: approx. 2 hours in E/I/G, without bike rental.


Price per person from CHF 55.–
 
Free of charge in St. Moritz
Free of charge in St. Moritz

From 2 nights on, our hotels in St. Moritz offer you free rides on all 13 Upper Engadine mountain railways, such as: the funicular Chantarella, the cable cars Corviglia, Piz Nair, the cable car Diavolezza, the chair lifts Suvretta and Signal. The shuttle trip there and back by Engadin bus, post bus and the Rhaetian Railway is also included. Valid 1.5.-31.10.


 
Free Ticino Ticket
Free Ticino Ticket

Not only will you arrive a ½ hour faster at the south part of Switzerland thanks to the new Gotthard Base Tunnel, you will also be able to use all public transport such as bus, train and post bus free of charge. On arrival at the hotel, you will be issued with a public transport card which is valid until the day of departure. This allows you to explore every corner of the canton by public transport.


 
Benefits St. Moritz & Upper Engadine
Benefits St. Moritz & Upper Engadine

From two overnight stays you will receive a free ticket for public transport. Take the Engadine Bus, the St. Moritz local bus, the Postbus or the Rhaetian Railway - during your stay you are completely flexible between Maloja and Cinuos-chel-Brail and on the Bernina Express route to Alp Grüm. Many mountain railways are also included. » When: 1.5.-31.10.2020


 
Free public transport - Lucerne
Free public transport - Lucerne

All guests staying in a hotel in Lucerne receive a free Lucerne visitor card from their hotel. The ticket entitles the holder to travel free of charge by bus and train within zone 10 of the Passepartout fare network in 2nd class. It is valid on the day of arrival, during the entire stay and on the day of departure. » When: daily.


 
Free public transport – Interlaken
Free public transport – Interlaken

From your first overnight in a hotel in Interlaken you will receive a guest card. This card allows you to benefit from many advantages and discounts in the entire region. Take advantage of free public transport or a discounted ride on the mountain railway to one of the impressive mountain peaks and enjoy the breathtaking view. With the guest card you can experience a wide range of unforgettable activities and special offers. » When: daily.


 

Travel dates

Travel dates:
Best of Switzerland
1.4.-11.10.2020

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