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Grand Train Tour of Switzerland – Glaciers & Palm Trees

Bernina Express © Rhätische Bahn / Andrea Badrutt
Bernina Express © Rhätische Bahn / Andrea Badrutt
Drive up to impressive glaciers and hidden mountain lakes before heading south through the Valtellina to Lugano with its palm trees, vineyards and mediterranean climate.
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights

The unique Bernina Express panorama train travels right through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Rhaetian Railway along glaciers and down to the palm trees in the south. The perfect connection between the north and south of Switzerland.

Chur is famous for its special climate, the homelike atmosphere, the cultural diversity, the natural and recreational areas close to the city, almost unlimited sports and leisure facilities, the attractive center with the picturesque old town and the mediterranean influences.

Lugano is simply a must see. A charming paradise on the shore of Lake Lugano. Palm trees, a romantic lake promenade and a beautiful old town.

Lucerne is the perfect city with an impressive combination of water, mountains and city. Enjoy a boat trip on Lake Lucerne and a magnificent view of the surrounding mountains. Everything can be reached in a short time and any time of the year.

Price per person from CHF 561.–




Highlights

  • Bernina Express, the highest railway line across the Alps
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site, Rhaetian Railway in the Albula/Bernina Landscapes
  • Chur, the oldest city in Switzerland and cultural centre of the canton Graubünden
  • Lugano in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland captivates with its beautiful location on Lake Lugano
 Chur  Tessin  Bernina Express  Lugano  Bernina Express © Rhätische Bahn/Christof Sonderegger Gotthard Panorama Express  Lucerne  Mount Titlis

Travel details

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

2nd day: Bernina Express to Lugano (9h)
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! 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 in the beautiful Ticino. Overnight in Lugano.

3rd day: Lugano to Lucerne (3h05)
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 excursions: Mount Titlis, Mount Rigi or Mount Pilatus. Overnight in Lucerne.

4th day: Departure from Lucerne
Breakfast at the hotel. Time for leisure in Lucerne and return to Swiss border, 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 Glaciers & Palm Trees (3 transfers) in 2nd class from/to Swiss border or from/to Swiss airport
  • 1 night in Chur, 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
  • 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 101.– upgrade to 1st class rail
  • 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
  • Some hotels may charge CHF 2.– to CHF 7.– local city taxes per person/night

Excursions

Food Tour with a Local
Chur
Food Tour with a Local

First time in Chur? Meet a local who will tell you more about the city and the culture by sharing with you a unique trip through the most known restaurants, bars and fast foods here in Chur. » When: Mo-Sa at 11 am or 5 pm. Duration: 2h in E/F/G, min 2 persons.


Price per person from CHF 45.–
 
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.–
 
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.–
 
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.–
 
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.


 

Travel dates

Travel dates:
Glaciers & Palm Trees
1.4.-29.11.20
from 29.10. to 29.11.20 Bernina Express coach only operates Thursday to Sunday

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Glacier Express near Oberalppass © Glacier Express / Stefan Schlumpf
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Glacier Express in the Rhine Gorge © Rhätische Bahn/Christof Sonderegger
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My specialty: Bern
In Berne, my hometown, I particularly like the beautiful old town with its 6 km long arcades which invites you to stroll and to shop.

 

 

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