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Scenic Rail Adventure

8 days / unescorted


From £1010
 
 
 
Lucerne – Lugano – St. Moritz – Zermatt
Discover the diverse regions and cultures of Switzerland on this 8-day tour. You will travel on the three most famous express trains from Central Switzerland to the Italian-speaking Ticino, taking in some spectacular countryside and staying in some beautiful Swiss towns on the way. It is a great opportunity to visit the best of Switzerland on some of the most exciting rail routes in Europe.
 

Key facts

- Historic Lucerne
- Gotthard Panorama Express
- Lugano - Mediterranean Switzerland
- Bernina Express (via Italy)
- Famous St. Moritz
- Glacier Express- slowest express train in the world
- Zermatt & Matterhorn

Programme

DAY 1 - ARRIVAL IN LUCERNE
2nd class rail transfer from Zürich to Lucerne. Depending on your arrival time, take the time to explore this pretty and popular town with its narrow cobbled streets and medieval frescoed buildings. An absolute ‘must’ is to walk across the ‘Chapel Bridge’ - Lucerne’s famous landmark. Overnight in Lucerne.

DAY 2 - GOTTHARD PANORAMA EXPRESS
Leisurely walk to the boat landing quay. Board the lake steamer for the 2½h cruise across Lake Lucerne to Flüelen. Walk the short distance to the train station and take your seat on the Gotthard Panorama Express or the regional train following the world famous Gotthard line which swiftly climbs from 470 to about 1100 meters above sea level to finally enter the 15 kilometer long ‘old’ Gotthard tunnel – Europe’s North/South gateway. After 10 minutes tunnel passage you will arrive in the Mediterranean climate of Ticino. Change trains in Bellinzona to continue your journey to Lugano. Overnight in Lugano.

DAY 3 - EXPLORE LUGANO

Free day in Lugano. Enjoy the Mediterranean atmosphere, stroll along the lakeside promenade or take a trip to Monte Bré or San Salvatore - make sure you take advantage of your included Half Fare Card. Lugano Tourism organises free guided tours of varying themes throughout the summer. Check at the local office what is on offer on your free day. Overnight in Lugano.

DAY 4 - BERNINA EXPRESS
Last chance to buy souvenirs from sunny Ticino before departing by the Bernina Express coach to Tirano (Italy). At Tirano join the Bernina Express train. Enjoy the narrated journey and the incredible climb over the Bernina Pass 2,253m (7,391ft). The area along the train line has recently been appointed a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Overnight in St. Moritz.

DAY 5 - EXPLORE ST. MORITZ
Free day in St. Moritz. Exploring the stunning Engadine countryside is a must. There are hundreds of walking and hiking trails for all abilities. Overnight in St. Moritz.

DAY 6 - GLACIER EXPRESS

Today you take the world famous Glacier Express from St. Moritz to Zermatt which crosses no less than 291 bridges and travels through 91 tunnels. The journey is narrated throughout and panoramic windows offer you the optimum view of the dramatic and ever changing landscape. A nice break to the seven and a half hours long journey is offered in form of refreshments. Why not pre book a freshly prepared dish of the day or even a 3-course meal served at your seat? After an exhilarating trip, you will arrive in Zermatt. Overnight in Zermatt.

DAY 7 - EXPLORE ZERMATT
Free day in Zermatt. Take advantage of your included Half Fare Card in order to get 50% discount on the Gornergrat excursion. The highest cogwheel train in Switzerland will take you to an altitude of 3,089m (10,134ft) above sea level. During the ride to the summit, you will experience excellent vantage points for some 29 four-thousand-metre peaks including the mighty Matterhorn and the impressive glaciers of the Monte Rosa massif. Overnight in Zermatt.

DAY 8 - DEPARTURE

Rail transfer to Geneva or Swiss border for your onward journey.

Accommodation description

You will be accommodated in centrally located 3* hotels, within easy walking distance to the railway station and amenities. 
 
Room facilities
  • All rooms with shower or bath
  • WC
  • TV
  • Radio
  • Telephone 
 

Dates & Prices


Validity: Daily 01 May - 17 Oct


Gotthard Express: Runs Sat & Sun only 14 Apr- 22 Oct, Daily 03 Jul -21 Oct.
 
Prices:

STANDARD (STD) | *** Hotels, 2nd class rail
- From £1010 per adult sharing twin/double room   
- Single supplement from £148 for 7 nights

SUPERIOR (SUP) | **** Hotels, 1st class rail, 1-course Glacier Lunch
- From £1376 per adult sharing twin/double room   
- Single supplement: from £229 for 7 nights

DELUXE (DEL) | ***** Hotels, 1st class rail, 3-course Glacier Lunch
- From £2035 per adult sharing twin/double room
- Single supplement from £744 for 7 nights

- Child prices and costs for extra bed (triple rooms) on request
- Subject to availability at time of booking
- This holiday can be booked vice versa

Price includes:

- Returns flights from UK to Switzerland in economy class including 1 piece of hold
  luggage and all taxes
- Rail travel in 2nd or 1st class as per programme, incl. half-fare card
- 7 nights' accomodation in selected category
- Daily breakfast
- Local taxes
- Seat reservation on Gotthard Panorama Express (where applicable), Bernina Express & Glacier Express
- Souvenir gift
- Travel Documentation



Optional Extras:
Standard Package:
  • Upgrade to 1st class rail: £106 per person
  • Add Glacier Express 1-course lunch: £25 per person
  • Add Glacier Express 3-course lunch: £36 per person
Superior Package:
  • Upgrade to 3-course lunch on Glacier Express: £11 per person

Payment by credit card:
A transaction fee of 1.6% will apply when paying by credit card. A transaction fee of 2.2% will apply when paying by AMEX (Diners Card cannot be accepted). No charge will be made for debit cards or direct bank transfers.