Swiss Panoramas

6-day tour of Switzerland
  • Stunning 6-day rail tour
  • Overnight stays in small-scale hotels
  • A varied tour full of highlights
from
  • € 925 1st class
  • € 775 2nd class
Prices & Dates

A beautiful, varied rail tour full of highlights including the Golden Pass, the Bernina Express and the Glacier Express. Overnight stays in French, German, Italian and Romansh speaking areas. Travel through the magnificent Swiss Alps and stay in the lakeside town of Lausanne, in Lugano with its Mediterranean atmosphere and in the small mountain village of Bergün. Travel time is approx 4-7 hours per day, both travelling by train (partly panoramic trains) and boat.
For some more downtime or extra sight-seeing, it is recommended to extend your trip by adding additional nights in one (or more) of the cities. The Swiss Panoramas rail tour is for the traveller who wishes to ride the greatest panoramic trains in the world. It is an unforgettable way to experience stunning Switzerland.

The train

  • Golden Pass, Gotthard Panorama
  • Bernina Express, Glacier Express
  • Lötschberg

Extras

Glacier Express lunch, Gornergrat (3089m) and Jungfraujoch (3454m) Check extras

Day to day


Day 1

Start your Swiss Panoramas rail tour from any location in Switzerland and travel by train to Lausanne, right on Lake Geneva. Take your time to acclimatise and explore the medieval streets of this French speaking town. Stay the night in the charming Hotel Alagare***, a short walk from the train station.

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

Day 2

The first full day of your rail tour starts with a short trip to the resort town of Montreux. Here you will change and continue with the Golden Pass panoramic train. Enjoy stunning views of Lake Geneva as you head towards Interlaken. By BOB (Bernese Oberlandbahnen) train you will reach your day's destination of Lauterbrunnen, a village tucked beneath towering cliffs. Your accommodation for the night is Hotel Silberhorn*** with its lovely sundeck and views on the Staubbach Falls. In the afternoon there is time to visit the mountain village of Mürren with its impressive views on the Jungfrau, Mönch and Eiger peaks.

Day 3

The itinerary for day 3 includes crossing the Brünig Pass to Lucerne and travelling by boat across Lake Lucerne to Flüelen. Continue by train on the beautiful Gotthard railway to the Italian speaking town of Lugano with its Mediterranean atmosphere of the Ticino region. Overnight stay at Hotel Federale*** in the city's historic district.

Day 4

Travel from Lugano to Tirano by Bernina Bus past the Italian Lakes*. In Tirano you will hop on the famous Bernina Express, which connects the palm trees of Italy to the glaciers of the snowcapped Alps. The Bernina is the highest railway across the Alps and you will ascend from 421m to 2253m above sea level. Spend the night in Bergün, an authentic mountain village in the Canton of Grisons on the Albula railway. Stay at Hotel Albula*** near the train station.

*Daily connection from 18.04.19 untill 27.10.19. Only Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 21.02.19 - 14.04.18 and 31.10-19 - 24.11.19. Outside this period, you will travel by train to Tirano (via Milan).

Day 5

Travel by Glacier Express, the slowest express train in the world to Zermatt. Travel across 291 bridges, through 91 tunnels and across the Oberalp Pass (2033m). Your night's accommodation is in Zermatt, a mountain resort sitting at the foot of the iconic Matterhorn peak. Overnight stay in Hotel Adonis*** a quiet, yet centrally located hotel with mountain views.
In the period December to March, possible overnight stay in Täsch rather than Zermatt.

Day 6

Enjoy the fresh mountain air and stunning 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 suits 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 Golden Pass Panoramic train, Gotthard Panorama Express (Easter - October, not on Mondays), the Bernina Express and the Glacier Express
  • 5 Nights: 2 person room with shower + toilet, breakfast included. Hotels approx 200m from train station (some without elevator)
  • 50% Discount on train, boat and bus travel on extended days

Extensions


Extend your trip with additional nights in any of the towns
  • Lausanne from €77 p.p.p.n.
  • Lauterbrunnen from €75 p.p.p.n.
  • Lugano from €75 p.p.p.n.
  • Bergün from €62 p.p.p.n.
  • Zermatt from €74 p.p.p.n.
  • Overnight stays in other cities (also outside Switzerland) before or after rail tour can be added as well

Surcharges


  • Single room €150 p.p.
  • Half board 4 nights €129 p.p. (Lauterbrunnen only bed & breakfast), January and February 3 nights €101 p.p. (Lugano and Lauterbrunnen only bed & breakfast)
  • Lunch on the Glacier Express €40 p.p. (highly recommended)
  • Excursion Gornergrat 3089m €39 p.p
  • Excursion Jungfraujoch (Top of Europe) 3454m €97 p.p.
  • Upgrade to superior hotels (hotels with elevator, stay in Interlaken instead of Lauterbrunnen). For prices see booking module on our website.

Departure


  • Daily departure. The Glacier Express does not run during the following period: 15.10.2018 - 09.12.2018 / 14.10.2019 - 08.12.2019. In case the Glacier Express does not run, you will travel by regional train and will have to change trains a number of times.

Prices and Dates

Swiss Panoramas
Legend
Available
Selected
Last minute
Special
Unavailable

Additional nights and add-ons

Book additional nights and add-ons in the next step of the booking process.

Extras

Extras

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.

Excursion Jungfraujoch (3454m)

The Jungfraujoch railway station is Europe’s highest at 3454m above sea level. Our recommendation: travel via Lauterbrunnen when going up and via Grindelwald when coming down. The journey via Lauterbrunnen/Wengen starts off with spectacular views on the waterfalls in the Lauterbrunnen valley. After crossing the tree line the imposing Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau peaks emerge. The Jungfraubahn runs through the Eiger north face, past the Eiger glacier station at 2320m and through a tunnel to Jungfraujoch station at 3454m.

On the Jungfraujoch, the scenery and panoramic views will take your breath away. You are invited to visit the Glacier Ice Palace (included in the price) or take part in various sorts of wintersports activities (for an extra fee). It is possible to hike to the Mönchsjochhütte as well, the highest serviced mountain refuge in Switzerland. Hiking boots recommended!

The regular price of a Jungfraujoch excursion is €181 p.p.

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

€97 p.p.

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.

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.

€39 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.