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Grand Train Tour of Switzerland – Stunning Waters

Water in all colours and untouched landscapes in the heart of Switzerland. With the Voralpen Express in the copper-coloured Traverso from Lucerne to St. Gallen.
Duration: 3 days / 2 nights

Whether small or large, deep blue or turquoise, straight or angled: on this rail journey, every kind of water can be admired from the train - and of course Switzerland's largest waterfall, the Rhine Falls in Schaffhausen.

The Voralpen Express runs from Central Switzerland passing lakes and mountains, over the 99-metre-high Sitter Viaduct, the highest railway viaduct in Switzerland and through the hilly Toggenburg directly to the metropolis of St. Gallen, whose Covent is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A completely new railway experience in Switzerland.

Price per person from CHF 395.–




Highlights

  • Rhine Falls, the largest waterfall in Switzerland
  • Lucerne, the Chapel Bridge and its Water Tower
  • The Rothenthurm Highland Moorland
  • Sitter viaduct with a height of 99 m
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site, Convent of St. Gallen
 Lucerne © Schweizerische Südostbahn AG, Fotograf Florian Lotter Voralpen-Express near Nesslau © Südostbahn AG, 2019 St. Gallen © Switzerland Tourism swiss-image.ch/Christof Sonderegger Voralpen-Express near Mogelsberg © Südostbahn AG, 2019 Schaffhausen  Schaffhausen © www.swiss-image.ch / Roland Gerth Regional train Thurbo at the Untersee near Ermatingen © Thurbo, 2011, Fotograf: Martin Bennett

Travel details

Itinerary
1st day: Arrival in Lucerne
Arrival in Lucerne by train. Time at leisure for optional excursions. Overnight in Lucerne.

2nd day: Lucerne – Voralpen Express – St. Gallen – Stein am Rhein – Schaffhausen (5h50)
Breakfast at the hotel. Rail journey with the Voralpen-Express. Starting from the shores of Lake Lucerne the train takes you past the Mythen mountains and the glorious Rothenthurm moor plateau as it heads to Rapperswil. The train traverses the 99 metre high Sitter viaduct and the rolling landscape of “Toggenburg”. After a little over two hours your reach Eastern Switzerland’s urban centre of St. Gallen whose Convent is a UNESCO world heritage site. After reaching St. Gallen onward journey to Stein am Rhein and from there you take the boat to Schaffhausen. Overnight in Schaffhausen.

3rd day: Rhine Falls and return journey
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you visit the Rhine Falls which is the largest waterfall of Switzerland and among the 3 largest waterfalls of Europe. From Schaffhausen it is only 7 minutes train ride to Neuhausen where the Rhine Fall is situated. After the trip to the Rhine Fall individual return journey.

This tour can also be booked in the opposite direction.

Services

Included
  • Swiss Travel Pass Flex 3 days 2nd class
  • 1 night in Lucerne, 3* hotel, standard double room with breakfast
  • 1 night in Schaffhausen, 3* hotel, standard double room with breakfast
  • 50% discount on most mountain railways, free entry at more than 500 museums (only valid on a selected travel day)

Excursions

Mount Rigi – Lucerne
© 2021 RIGI BAHNEN AG
Mount Rigi – Lucerne

The Rigi "the queen of the mountains" is a majestic mountain and impresses with an impressive panoramic view of 13 lakes. The "royal round trip" starts from Lucerne by boat to Vitznau. The cogwheel railway takes you to the Rigi at 1738 metres. A short climb takes you to the summit of Rigi Kulm. Return by cogwheel railway to Rigi Kaltbad, by cable car to Weggis and back by boat to Lucerne. » When: according to timetable. Duration: half day.


Price per person: from CHF 70.–
Mount Pilatus – Lucerne
© PILATUS-BAHNEN AG
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: according to timetable. Duration: half day.


Price per person: from CHF 62.–
Titlis – Lucerne
Mount Titlis © swiss-image.ch/Roger Gruetter
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: according to timetable. Duration: half day.


Price per person: from CHF 86.–

Travel dates

Travel dates
25.4.-5.10.24

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Price per person from
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© Rhätische Bahn / Andrea Badrutt
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© Rhätische Bahn / Christof Sonderegger
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© Glacier Express / Stefan Schlumpf
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