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Rail Adventure

Bernina Express © Rhätische Bahn/Peter Donatsch
Bernina Express © Rhätische Bahn/Peter Donatsch
Experience the different regions and cultures of Switzerland on this unforgettable tour and travel through the German-speaking part of Switzerland on the two most famous panoramic trains.
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

Explore the different regions and cultures of Switzerland. You will travel with the two most famous panorama trains such as the Glacier Express and the Bernina Express from the central part of Switzerland to the Italian-speaking part of Ticino and travel through spectacular landscapes. Addtional you may also add the Gotthard Panorama Express for your jounrey from Lucerne to Lugano. We love trains because they are just fun.

Mountains and lakes in Lucerne, many exciting train rides, dolce vita in Lugano, some glamour in St. Moritz and of course the charming, car-free Zermatt with its Matterhorn, that's all part of this train journey.

Price per person from CHF 1'314.–




Highlights

  • Glacier Express, the slowest express train in the world
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site, Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site, Rhaetian Railway in the Albula/Bernina Landscapes
  • Lugano in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland captivates with its beautiful location on Lake Lugano
  • St. Moritz, the birthplace of the alpine winter holidays, impresses with style, elegance and class
  • Zermatt, the world-famous car-free holiday resort, at the foot of the pyramid-shaped Matterhorn
 Glacier Express © Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn/Swiss Travel swiss-image.ch/Thomas Andenmatten Lucerne  Lac Lugano-LAC Esterno © LAC 2015 - Foto Studio Pagi St. Moritz © swiss-image.ch/Lucia Degonda

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 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. Overnight in Lugano.

3rd day: Lugano
Breakfast at the hotel. Time at leisure in Lugano. Enjoy the mediterranean atmosphere in the southern part of Switzerland. Stroll along the lakeside promenade or go up to Monte Bre or San Salvatore. 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 swaying palms of the Ticino and Italy up to the high, towering glaciers of the mountains. 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 lunch break. Then board the Bernina Express train to St. Moritz. Overnight in St. Moritz.

5th day: St. Moritz
Breakfast at the hotel. Time at leisure for excursions in and around St. Moritz. During summer most of our hotels in St. Moritz offer you free travel on the Oberengadiner mountain railways and public transport. Overnight in St. Moritz.

6th 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 8hour 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.

7th day: Zermatt
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day at leisure in Zermatt. We suggest either an excursion to the Gornergrat, the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, the Rothorn or take a walk in the unspoilt beautiful nature of Zermatt. The best view of the Matterhorn is from the church bridge in Zermatt or from Sunegga which can be reached easily with the Zermatt mountain railways. Overnight in Zermatt.

8th day: Departure from Zermatt Breakfast at the hotel. 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: Rail Adventure (5 transfers) in 2nd class from/to Swiss border or airport
  • Seat reservation for Bernina Express (coach + train) and Glacier Express
  • 1 night in Lucerne, 3* hotel, standard double room with private facilities, breakfast
  • 2 nights in Lugano, 3* hotel, standard double room with private facilities, breakfast
  • 2 nights in St. Moritz, 3* hotel, standard double room with private facilities, breakfast
  • 2 nights 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 166.– upgrade to 1st class rail
  • From CHF 420.– upgrade to Glacier Express Excellence Class
  • From CHF 47.– 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
  • 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 420.–
 
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.–
 
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


 
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.–
 
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 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.


 
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 from the on-board fresh 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
 
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.


 

Travel dates

Travel dates:
Rail Adventure
1.4.-11.10.2020

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