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Grand Train Tour of Switzerland – Top Attractions

Glacier Express in the Rhine Gorge © Rhätische Bahn/Christof Sonderegger
Glacier Express in the Rhine Gorge © Rhätische Bahn/Christof Sonderegger
With the world's slowest express train, the Glacier Express, across the Alps and with the GoldenPass Line on the royal route through the Bernese Oberland to Lake Geneva.
Duration: 5 days / 4 nights

This train journey combines two panoramic routes, the GoldenPass Line and the Glacier Express. \ Experience unique moments on the GoldenPass Line and magnificent views of a beautiful Swiss landscape. Whether in a panoramic train or in a Belle Epoque carriage of the GoldenPass Line, your emotions will be running high.

With the Glacier Express - the slowest express train in the world - you will travel through breathtaking landscapes, past rugged cliffs and culture that is several hundred years old. This is what makes the Glacier Express so unique.

Admire the unique Matterhorn in car-free Zermatt, explore Interlaken, the gateway to the three majestic mountains: Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau and nestled between Lakes Thun and Brienz. Lucerne is the perfect city with an impressive combination of water, mountains and the city. With an almost Mediterranean climate, the small town of Montreux is a beautiful location on Lake Geneva. Believe it, the lake promenade is lined with pines, cypresses and palm trees.

Price per person from CHF 847.–




Highlights

  • Glacier Express, the slowest express train in the world
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site, Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  • Rhine Gorge, the Grand Canyon of Switzerland
  • Lucerne, the world-famous Chapel Bridge and the Water Tower
  • Interlaken, the capital of adventures and activities
  • Zermatt, the world-famous car-free holiday resort, at the foot of the pyramid-shaped Matterhorn
 Glacier Express © Glacier Express / Stefan Schlumpf GoldenPass Line Zweisimmen-Montreux © GoldenPass - MOB GoldenPass Line Lucerne-Interlaken  Famous Chapel Bridge and Mount Pilatus summit  Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces  Zermatt

Travel details

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

2nd day: Lucerne to Interlaken (1h50)
Breakfast at the hotel. Rail journey over the Brünig Pass to Interlaken by the Lucerne–Interlaken Express. On your journey you will pass 3 small lakes before reaching lake Brienz with its very distinctive colour due to its glacial waters. Time at your leasure for an optional excursion up to the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe. 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 Chur (5h45) and departure from Chur
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you board the Glacier Express for one of the greatest train journeys in the world. On your rail journey the world's slowest express train takes you across brigdes, through 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. Arrival in Chur 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 Top Attractions (5 transfers) in 2nd class from/to Swiss border or Swiss airport
  • Seat reservation GoldenPass Line and Glacier Express
  • 1 night in Lucerne, 3* hotel, standard double room with private facilities, breakfast
  • 1 night in Interlaken, 3* hotel, standard double room with private facilities, breakfast
  • 1 night in Montreux, 3* hotel, standard double room w ith private facilities, breakfast
  • 1 night in Zermatt, 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 157.– upgrade to 1st class rail
  • From CHF 47.– lunch on board of the Glacier Express
  • From CHF 395.- upgrade to Glacier Express Excellence Class
  • 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
 
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.–
 
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.–
 
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.–
 
Gornergrat – Zermatt
Gornergrat © Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn/swiss-image.ch/Toni Mohr
Gornergrat – Zermatt

From Zermatt Europe's highest open-air cogwheel railway takes you up to the Gornergrat. The train crosses impressive bridges, galleries and tunnels. On the summit you will have a superb panoramic view of the Matterhorn, Mont Blanc and other snow-capped peaks rising to above 4000 m. » When: 1.4.20-1.4.21 according to timtable. Duration: half day.


Price per person from CHF 40.–
 
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.–
 

Travel dates

Travel dates:
Grand Train Tour of Switzerland
Top Attractions
1.4.-11.10.2020

Travel options

Grand Train Tour of Switzerland Classic including Jungfraujoch
Glacier Express near Oberalppass © Glacier Express / Stefan Schlumpf
Grand Train Tour of Switzerland Classic including Jungfraujoch

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

Price per person from
CHF 1'493.–
 
Grand Train Tour of Switzerland – Stunning Waters
Rhine Falls
Grand Train Tour of Switzerland – Stunning Waters

Duration: 3 days / 2 nights

Price per person from
CHF 396.–
 
Grand Train Tour of Switzerland – Hidden Treasures
Centovalli - hundred valleys: View from Intragna on the river Melezza
Grand Train Tour of Switzerland – Hidden Treasures

Duration: 3 days / 2 nights

Price per person from
CHF 452.–
 
Grand Train Tour of Switzerland – Glaciers & Palm Trees
Bernina Express © Rhätische Bahn / Andrea Badrutt
Grand Train Tour of Switzerland – Glaciers & Palm Trees

Duration: 4 days / 3 nights

Price per person from
CHF 561.–
 
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