Best of Switzerland (10 Nights)
BEST OF SWITZERLAND
Lucerne – Lugano – Bernina Express – St. Moritz – Glacier Express – Zermatt – Matterhorn Glacier Paradise – Montreux – GoldenPass Line – Interlaken – Jungfraujoch – Zurich
Tour programme: 11 days / 10 nights
Arrival in Lucerne
Arrival in Lucerne by train 2nd class from the Swiss border or airport. Overnight in Lucerne.
Full day at leisure in Lucerne. We suggest the following optional excursions: Mount Titlis with its famous revolving cablecar, Mount Pilatus the Golden round trip or Mount Rigi the Queen of the mountains. Overnight in Lucerne.
Lucerne to Lugano (2h10)
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. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Lugano.
Bernina Express to St. Moritz (6h45)
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 high, towering glaciers of the mountains down to the swaying palms of Italy. 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 lunchbreak. Then board the Bernina Express train to St. Moritz. Overnight in St. Moritz.
Glacier Express to Zermatt (8h)
Today you board the Glacier Express for one of the greatest train journeys in the world. On an 8 hour 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.
Matterhorn Glacier Paradise (2h)
An incomporable experience awaits you today. The Zermatt Bergbahnen take you up to the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise which is Europe’s highest cable car station at 3883 m. For a little fee you may take the Crystal Ride cabins from Trockener Steg to the summit, an unbeatable experience. The 360° panorama is unique and many highlights are waiting for you to be discovered. Rest of day at your leisure. Overnight in Zermatt.
Zermatt to Montreux (2h40)
Today you take a regional train through the Valais, which is well known for its excellent wines, to Montreux. We recommend a visit to Chillon Castle, a moated castle on the shores of lake Geneva. Overnight in Montreux
Montreux to Interlaken (3h)
Train journey with the GoldenPass Panoramic train (or optional GoldenPass Belle Époque) take you to Zweisimmen then with the GoldenPass Line to Interlaken. You find yourself among alpine forests, bubbling mountain springs and picturesque mountain villages. Possibility to stop in Gstaad for an optional excursion to Glacier 3000. Overnight in Interlaken.
Another highlight of your visit in Switzerland awaits you. Enjoy a journey to the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe, the highest railway station in Europe located at 3454 m. Don’t miss out the following attractions: Alpine Sensation, Sphinx, Jungfrau Panorama, Lindt Swiss Chocolate Heaven, Ice Palace and Snow Fun. Overnight in Interlaken.
Interlaken to Zürich (2h)
Train journey along the lake of Thun to Berne and possiblity for a stopover to discover Switzerland’s beautiful capital. Continue to Zurich and time at your leisure to discover the metropolis on the shore of lake Zurich. Overnight in Zurich.
Departure from Zurich
Time at leisure in Zurich. Return to Swiss border or airport or individual onward journey