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Grand Train Tour of Switzerland Classic including Jungfraujoch

Glacier Express near Oberalppass © Glacier Express / Stefan Schlumpf
Glacier Express near Oberalppass © Glacier Express / Stefan Schlumpf
The Glacier Express, the slowest express train in the world, the Bernina Express, the highest railway line across the Alps and the GoldenPass Line, the royal route of Switzerland.
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

Enjoy Switzerland from its most beautiful side on this train journey in the world's most exciting panorama trains and sit back and relax. Spectacular landscapes, cultural and culinary highlights await you.

The tour covers around 1280 km across the whole country and takes you to beautiful Interlaken, the beautiful gateway to the three imposing mountains, Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.\ The GoldenPass Line takes you to Montreux, a small paradise surrounded by lakes, mountains and vineyards.\ Afterwards the trip continues to Zermatt, the car-free village at the foot of the Matterhorn and the Glacier Express takes you to St. Moritz, the seductive village with its unique charm.

The train journey on the Bernina Express to Lugano alone is an experience and you won't be able to resist the Mediterranean magic, that's guaranteed.\ With the Gotthard Panorama Express you will experience another piece of Swiss history and connect two other regions. This rail journey takes you from Lugano via the historic Gotthard Panorama route to Lucerne, with its unique location on the lake and the nearby mountains such as the Rigi, Pilatus and Stanserhorn.

An unbelievable and varied journey, or rather a great train experience that you can enjoy all year round. So, aboard and enjoy.

Price per person from CHF 1'493.–




Highlights

  • Glacier Express, the slowest express train in the world
  • Bernina Express, the highest railway line across the Alps
  • GoldenPass Line, the Royal Route
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site, Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site, Rhaetian Railway in the Albula/Bernina Landscapes
  • UNESCO World heritage Site, Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
© GoldenPass - MOB Bernina Express © Rhätische Bahn / Christof Sonderegger Famous Chapel Bridge and Mount Pilatus summit  Chillon castle, Lake Geneva  Zermatt  St. Moritz © swiss-image.ch/Lucia Degonda Lac Lugano-LAC Esterno © LAC 2015 - Foto Studio Pagi Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe  Gotthard Panorama Express in Flüelen © SBB CFF FFS

Travel details

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

2nd day: Jungfraujoch (4h)
Breakfast at the hotel. A 1st highlight of your visit to 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.

3rd day: Interlaken to Montreux (3h)
Breakfast at the hotel. Train journey with the GoldenPass Line to Zweisimmen then with the GoldenPass Panoramic train (or optional GoldenPass Belle Époque) to Montreux on the shore of lake Geneva. You find yourself among alpine forests, bubbling mountain springs and picturesque mountain villages. We recommend a visit to Chillon Castle, a moated castle on the shores of Lake Geneva. Overnight in Montreux.

4th day: Montreux to Zermatt (2h40)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you take a regional train to Zermatt, the marvellous and famous car-free alpine resort at the foot of the majestic Matterhorn. Time for an optional excursion by cogwheel railway up to the Gornergrat where you will have a superb panoramic view of the Matterhorn, Mont Blanc and other snow-capped peaks rising to above 4000 m. Or experience the peak of sporting adventures in the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. At an airy 3883 m you will find Europe's highest cableway and summit station. For a little fee you may take the Crystal Ride cabins from Trockener Steg to the summit, an unbeatable experience. Overnight in Zermatt.

5th day: Glacier Express to St. Moritz (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 St. Moritz.

6th day: Bernina Express to Lugano (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 towering glaciers of the mountains down to the swaying palms of the Ticino and Italy. The Bernina Express is the highest railway line across the Alps, linking Northern and Southern Europe in the most spectacular way! The Bernina Express train takes you to Tirano where you will have time for an optional lunch break. Then board the Bernina Express coach to Lugano. Overnight in Lugano.

7th day: Lugano to Lucerne (2h10)
Breakfast at the hotel. Train journey from Lugano to Lucerne. 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. We recommend the following excurions: Mount Titlis, Mount Rigi or Mount Pilatus. Overnight in Lucerne.

8th day: Departure from Lucerne
Breakfast at the hotel.Time for leisure in Lucerne and 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: Grand Train Tour of Switzerland (8 transfers) including excursion to Jungfraujoch in 2nd class from/to the Swiss border or Swiss airport
  • Seat reservation GoldenPass Line, Bernina Express (train + coach) and Glacier Express
  • 1 night in Montreux, 3* hotel, standard double room with private facilities, breakfast
  • 1 night in Zermatt, 3* hotel, standard double room with private facilities, breakfast
  • 1 night in St. Moritz, 3* hotel, standard double room with private facilities, breakfast
  • 1 night in Lugano, 3* hotel, standard double room with private facilities, breakfast
  • 1 night in Lucerne, 3* hotel, standard double room with private facilities, breakfast
  • 2 nights in Interlaken, 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 218.– upgrade to 1st class rail
  • From CHF 395.– 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
  • Upgrade to higher room categories
  • 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
 
Schilthorn Piz Gloria – Interlaken
Schilthorn Piz Gloria © Schilthornbahn
Schilthorn Piz Gloria – Interlaken

Experience the fantastic mountains on the 2970 m high Schilthorn. Follow in the interactive experience exhibition "BOND WORLD" or enjoy a Burger 007 in the revolving restaurant Piz Gloria. From Interlaken, take the train to Lauterbrunnen and then the bus to Stechelberg » When: 1.4.-19.4. + 25.4.-15.11. + 12.12.20-1.4.21 according to timetable. Duration: half day.


Price per person from CHF 71.–
 
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.–
 
Mount Pilatus – Lucerne
Pilatusbahn © Pilatus Bahnen/Swiss Travel System swiss-image.ch/Christian Perret
Mount Pilatus – Lucerne

Enjoy a boat trip on lake Lucerne and a stunning view of the surrounding mountains. In Alpnachstad you will board the steepest cogwheel railway in the world to reach the summit. Then take the aerial cableway and the panoramic gondolas back to Kriens where you board the bus to go back to Lucerne. » When: daily, from mid-May to mid-October 2020 from/to Lucerne. Duration: 4 hours.


Price per person from CHF 55.–
 
Mount Rigi – Lucerne
Mount Rigi – Lucerne

On the way to Lucerne we recommend a stop at Arth-Goldau. There you take the cogwheel railway up to Mount Rigi. Or you take the boat from Lucerne to Weggis and board the aerial cableway. The «Queen of the Mountains» offers 100 kilometers of hiking trails with a stunning panorama. On Europe's first cogwheel train you will get back to Vitznau where you can take a boat back to Lucerne. » When: 19.4.-2.11. + 15.11.2020-1.4.2021. Duration: half day.


Price per person from CHF 63.–
 
Rochers-de-Naye – Montreux
Rochers-de-Naye – Montreux

Rochers-de-Naye has always been a popular destination for nature lovers and its main peak is 2042 m high. Once an hour, a rack railway waits at the Montreux train station, which climbs more than 1600 m of differences in altitude while passing fields, villages and forests. After about 55 minutes you reach the summit with all its possibilities for an unforgettable stay. » When: daily according to timetable. Duration: half day.


Price per person from CHF 38.–
 
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.–
 
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 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:
Grand Train Tour of Switzerland
Classic
1.4.-11.10.2020

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Bernina Express © Rhätische Bahn / Andrea Badrutt
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Glacier Express in the Rhine Gorge © Rhätische Bahn/Christof Sonderegger
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Price per person from
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