Tours & Rail in Switzerland

Alpine Lakes & Scenic Trains

Travel through the enchanting Alpine villages of Switzerland and Italy. Along the way, take in mountain scenery aboard Europe's legendary railways.

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DURATION
8 nights
WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • Accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Selected meals

About this holiday

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Glacier Express

Experience the enchanting Alpine cultures of Switzerland and Italy as you journey through spectacular mountain scenery and picturesque towns. Ride aboard three of the legendary Alpine railways – the Golden Pass Panoramic Train from Gstaad to Montreux; the Glacier Express from Zermatt to St. Moritz; and the Bernina Pass Train, which takes you into Italy. Cruise across two of the most scenic lakes in the world, Lake Como and Maggiore. Relax in some of Europe’s most stunning and exclusive resort villages, including Zermatt, St Moritz and Lago Maggoire, Italy. Explore Lucerne, the "Swiss Paradise on the Lake.” Spend time at a family-owned farm where you sample their handmade cheeses paired with wine. Enjoy traditional regional cuisine and Italian delicacies. Savour a traditional Italian dinner on the Isola dei Pescatori.

Inclusions

  • Cruise Lake Como on a traditional open-air commuter ferry.
  • Stroll the lakeside boulevards of Lucerne, St. Moritz and Como.

Journey through the Bernina Pass on one of the world’s most scenic railways

  • Enjoy stunning Alpine views on the GoldenPass panoramic train.
  • Soak up the mountain air with two nights in the Alpine village of Zermatt.

Explore the "Swiss Paradise on the Lake," Lucerne.

  • Savour a wine and cheese pairing at an Italian family farm.

Relish a traditional dinner on the Isola dei Pescatori in Italy’s Lago Maggiore.

Accommodation

Days 1, 2          Ameron Hotel Flora Lucerne, Lucerne or Hotel Monopol, Lucerne or Hotel Waldstaetterhof, Lucerne

Days 3, 4          Hotel Alex, Zermatt or Hotel Pollux, Zermatt or Ambassador Hotel, Zermatt

Days 5, 6          Hotel Steffani, St. Moritz

Days 7, 8          Zacchera Hotels, Lago Maggiore

Travel dates

Multiple departure dates available

Itinerary

Day 1: Lucerne, Switzerland - Tour Begins

Breathtaking Alpine vistas await as you travel through Switzerland and Italy. Experience dramatic views while aboard railways and lake cruises, and enjoy cultural experiences in charming villages in the heart of Europe. Arrive in Lucerne and take some free time to explore this lakeside town on your own. Tonight, join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner in the city. Today dinner will be included.

Day 2: Lucerne

Today, explore this “Swiss Paradise on the Lake.” Enjoy an Altstadt (Old Town) walking tour that follows the ancient pathways of the city. See the covered Chapel Bridge (1333); the famous Water Tower that once served as a prison; the watchtower and treasury; the Renaissance-style Town Hall; the Baroque Jesuit Church; and the Lion Monument, carved from sandstone to commemorate the heroic soldiers who were protecting King Louis XVI in 1792. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 3: Lucerne - GoldenPass Train - Montreux - Zermatt

This morning, travel to Gstaad and climb aboard the GoldenPass panoramic train to enjoy breathtaking Alpine views along the route to Montreux. Upon arrival, enjoy some free time in this legendary town on the shores of Lake Geneva. Then continue on to the pedestrian village of Zermatt. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 4: Zermatt

Today, Zermatt is at your fingertips. It’s your choice! Explore on foot during a guided walking tour -OR- experience Zermatt independently before visiting the Matterhorn Museum; learn more about the triumph and tragedy behind the first ascent of this imposing peak. The remainder of your day is at leisure. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 5: Zermatt - Glacier Express Train - St. Moritz

Traverse bridges and tunnels while aboard the world-renowned narrow gauge Glacier Express, the most charming express train in the world. Enjoy the natural beauty of this route through the heart of the Swiss Alps. Filled with forests, fragrant meadows, gurgling streams and deep valleys, it’s a mountain dream come to life. Relax and enjoy a three-course lunch while onboard. Arrive in St. Moritz for your 2-night stay. Today breakfast and lunch will be included.

Day 6: St. Moritz - Bernina Pass Train - St. Moritz

Embark on a journey through the Bernina Pass while travelling along one of the most scenic railway lines in the world en route to Tirano, Italy. Take in striking views of the Swiss and Italian Alps throughout your adventure, including the famed Morteratsch Glacier. Upon your return to St. Moritz you can relax at your hotel or make use of your included St. Moritz lift pass and take the cable car to the top of Mt. Diavolezza where you can enjoy stunning views of Piz Bernina. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 7: St. Moritz - Lake Como, Italy - Lago Maggiore

Today we make our way back to Italy with a drive to Lake Como. A ferry ride across the waters of Lake Como introduces you to its stunning beauty. Drive along the picturesque shores to the town of Como. You will have free time to explore this famous resort before continuing to Lago Maggiore, a tranquil resort area with crystal clear waters against the backdrop of the Alps. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 8: Lago Maggiore

Travel to an ancient village nestled in the mountains. Stop at a family farm where you will learn about the artisan cheeses they produce. Then sample their delicious creations and learn how to pair them with the region’s local wines. Return to your hotel for a free afternoon. Our evening begins with a wine tasting before we board a lake boat for a cruise to Isola dei Pescatori, the most beautiful of the Borromean Islands. There we savour a traditional farewell dinner. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 9: Lago Maggiore - Tour Ends

Your thrilling Alpine journey ends today in Lago Maggiore. Today breakfast will be included.

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