Rail adventure

8-Day tour of Switzerland
  • Beautiful 8-day rail tour of Switzerland
  • Stay in 3- or 4-star hotels, days off included
  • Lucerne, Lugano, St. Moritz & Zermatt
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  • € 1340 1st class
  • € 1192 2nd class
Prices & Dates

A beautiful tour with all the rail highlights that Switzerland has to offer: the Gotthard Panorama Express, the Bernina Express and the Glacier Express. Overnight stays in towns, possibility to stay in 3- or 4-star hotels. A rail tour for the traveller who wishes to ride the most beautiful panoramic trains in the world and stay in larger towns which offer a range of shops and restaurants.

The train

  • Gotthard Panorama Express
  • Bernina Express
  • Glacier Express

Extras

Lunch Glacier Express, Gornergrat (3089m) Check extras

Day to day


Day 1

Start your Rail Adventure rail tour from any location in Switzerland and travel by train to the lakeside city of Lucerne. Spend the afternoon by the lake or visit the famous Chapel Bridge. Stay in a centrally located hotel in the old city centre.

It is possible to add train tickets to Switzerland to your booking. Additional fees applicable.

Day 2

Boat across Lake Lucerne to Flüelen and continue by panaramic train (the Gotthard Panorama Express) to Lugano. Overnight stay in Lugano, a city with a Mediterranean feel to it.

Day 3

A day off in Lugano. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of this Italian speaking city and take a stroll along Lake Lugano. For lovely views over the city and its lake, visit Monte Brè or Monte San Salvatore.
Overnight stay in Lugano.

Day 4

Travel from Lugano to Tirano, in Italy, by PostBus along the Italian Lakes. In Tirano, hop on board the famous Bernina Express which connects the palm trees of Italy to the glaciers of the snowcapped Alps. Absolutely stunning journey to St. Moritz in Switzerland. The Bernina railway is the highest railway across the Alps reaching an altitude of 2253 meters above sea level. Spend the night in St. Moritz.

Day 5

A day to relax in the famous resort town of St. Moritz. Rather explore the stunning scenery? Go hiking in summer or skiing in winter.
Overnight stay in St. Moritz.

Day 6

One of the most famous panoramic train journeys in the world is on today's programme: the breathtaking Glacier Express. The Glacier Express is the slowest express train in the world and there is plenty of time to admire the scenery. The train crosses 291 bridges and runs through 91 tunnels. It also crosses the Oberalp Pass at an altitude of 2033 meters above sealevel. Spend the night in car-free Zermatt.

Day 7

A day to spend in Zermatt and its beautiful surroundings. Absolute recommendation is a visit to the Gornergrat (3089m), for amazing views of the mountains, including the iconic Matterhorn peak. The top of the Gornergrat can be reached by cogwheel train, the highest cog railway in Europe. Other outdoor activities include: hiking, cycling and skiing.
Overnight stay in Zermatt.

Day 8

Enjoy the fresh mountain air and magnificent views before returning home. The final day of your rail tour will take you back to where you have started your journey (or where you wish to travel to). In case it fits your itinerary, travel along the Lötschberg railway between Brig and Spiez.

It is possible to add train tickets to an international destination to your booking. Additional fees applicable.

More info


Would you like to receive more information and details of this rail tour? Please send us an email: info@railtravelshop.com.

Included


  • All travel by (panoramic) train, boat and bus in Switzerland and Italy
  • Seat reservations (when possible) and surcharges for the Gotthard Panorama Express (Easter - October, not on Mondays), the Bernina Express and the Glacier Express
  • Lake Lucerne boat journey
  • PostBus Lugano - Tirano
  • 7 Nights: 2 person room with shower + toilet, breakfast included. Hotels (mostly with elevator) closely located to train station.
  • 50% Discount on train, boat and bus travel on extended days

Extensions


  • Add-on Furka cogwheel steam railway
  • Add-on Niessen (only possible at the end of tour after visiting Zermatt)
  • Additional nights in all towns of the rail tour can be added to the booking
  • Overnight stays in other cities (also outside Switzerland) before or after rail tour can be added as well

Surcharges


  • Single room surcharge: see 'Prices and Dates'
  • Glacier Express lunch €40 p.p.
  • Excursion Gornergratt 3089m €39 p.p.

Departure


  • Daily departure from 1 April till 6 Oct

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Additional nights and add-ons

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Extras

Extras

Add-on Alp Grüm

Located at an altitude of 2092m between Tirano and St. Moritz and only accessible by train, Alp Grüm is a unique place in the Alps. After a thorough renovation, the Alp Grüm Albergo Ristorante has recently opened its doors again. The hotel is situated in the former, traditional train station and offers colourful rooms with magnificent views and great mountain gastronomy. Enjoy the views (of Val Poschiavo and the Palü Glacier) and the serenity between the majestic mountains and alpine meadows. The hotel has two sundecks for relaxation and is also a great base for hiking. Recommended hikes are: via Belvedere along the train tracks to Ospizio Bernina (return by train), to the foot of the Palü Glacier or to Cavaglia (return by train).

This add-on includes 1 night accommodation in a 2 person room or single room with shower + toilet. Breakfast included. The hotel is open all year round, except during the following periods: 05.11.18 - 05.12.18 and 22.04.19 - 11.05.19.  

from €95 p.p.p.n.

Glacier Express lunch

For this optional 3-course lunch, your table will be set with fine linen. All food is freshly prepared in the restaurant car and served with care at your seat. Great food to compliment the stunning views. Highly recommended!

€40 p.p.

Add-on Furka cogwheel steam railway

The reopened historic railway Gletsch - Oberwald makes the entire Furka Pass from Realp to Oberwald accessible again. After the opening of the Furka Tunnel in 1982, this rail line fell into disrepair. Countless volunteers repaired this unique railway and renovated the rail carriages over a period of 28 years. Even the original steam locomotives, which had been sold to Vietnam were bought back.

The steam railway takes you above the tree line to alpine heights of 2163m to the Furka station. Most stations along the railway are remotely located and not accessible by car. The steam trains have 2nd class carriages and a small number of 1st class seats and open carriages! The atmosphere and scenery are fantastic.

 

Day 1 – travel to Andermatt by Glacier Express, stay in a hotel*** close to the station.

Day 2 – Travel by regional train to Realp (leave your luggage in Andermatt at the hotel / station). The Furka steam railway departs at 10:15, arriving in Oberwald at 12:30. Take the regional train back to Andermatt to collect your luggage. Continue your journey and take the Glacier Express to Zermatt.

In case you travel from Zermatt to St Moritz, you take the Furka steam railway on day 1.   

 

Furka steam railway days of service:
23 June to 8 July 2018: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays
9 July to 19 August 2018: daily
24 August to 7 October 2018: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays

from €229 p.p.

Excursion Gornergrat (3089m)

The excursion to the Gornergrat (3089m) is highly recommended. Even for Swiss standards, the views from the train and from the Gornergrat mountain are sublime. While gaining elevation, the sight of the iconic Matterhorn remains astounding. There are hardly any tunnels and the unobstructed views are breathtaking. It takes 33 minutes to reach the top, trains depart at least every half an hour.  

From the top (keep in mind that it is 10-15 degrees colder here than in Zermatt), 29 four-thousand-meter peaks can be seen including the Matterhorn, Dente Blanche, Monte Rosa and Dufourspitze, whereas three large glaciers shine in the distance. Enjoy the scenery and fresh mountain air from Hotel Kulm and its sundeck.

To fully enjoy this excursion we recommend you to take it easy and add an extra night's accommodation.

€44 p.p.

Add-on Niesen (22 April - 9 Nov)

Niesen is a unique and small-scale mountain lodge (2362m) with 360-degree views on the Bernese Highlands (Simmental, Kandertal and Lake Thun). Watching the sunrise and sunset from here is a magical experience. There are no wintersports activities on offer, but plenty of walking trails. If you are feeling adventurous you could take the challenging stairway which runs along the cog railway up the mountain. With its 11,674 steps it is considered the world's longest stairway. Plan a visit to the "off the beaten track" Niesen mountain, fondly called the "Swiss Pyramid" for it's perfect triangular shape, and enjoy the beautiful panorama.

€185 p.p.