Swiss Grand Alpine Explorer with Glacier Express Train

5 Nights & 6 Days

ZURICH > LUCERNE > MT. TITLIS > INTERLAKEN > BERNE > GRUYERES > GENEVA > ZERMATT > ST. MORITZ > LIECHTENSTEIN > ZURICH

With majestic snow-capped mountains, tiny medieval villages, picturesque alpine lakes, Switzerland is an enchanted country sure to delight! Over the course of six days, you will make your way from Zurich through Lucerne, Interlaken and Geneva. Board the famous Glacier Express train in Zermatt, and ride in the first-class comfort through the spectacular Swiss countryside on a rail journey to St. Moritz before returning to Zurich.

Itinerary

Day 1: ZURICH > LUCERNE > MT. TITLIS > INTERLAKEN

Depart Zurich at 8.30 a.m. and drive to the city of Lucerne where and visit the Lion Monument and walk over the 14th-century wooden bridge, time at leisure for shopping and sightseeing. At noon, proceed to the mountain resort of Engelberg. A cable car ride to the summit of Mount Titlis brings you up into the high alpine region with its glaciers and eternal ice. Enjoy a magnificent ride in the new revolving “ROTAIR” gondola. (Take a warm sweater along.) In the afternoon, cross Brunig Pass to the Bernese Oberland and reach the village Brienz, which is famous for its long tradition of woodcarving. Continue to the holiday resort of Interlaken at the foot of Jungfrau mountain. Dinner on your own. Overnight at first class hotel.

Day 2: INTERLAKEN > BERNE > GRUYERES > GENEVA

Depart Interlaken in the morning and drive along beautiful Lake of Thun to the Swiss capital, Berne. The city is attractively set on a steep-sided curve of the River Aare and backed by the majestic Alps. A city tour to the Old Town includes the Clock Tower, Kramgasse, and the 15th-century Cathedral of St. Vincent. A drive south takes us to the scenic dairy farmlands, to Gruyères. A beautiful hilltop town, preserved against time, which could be the magical setting for fairytales with its impressive, medieval castle. An informative visit to a factory of delicious milk product is a further highlight of our day. Continue our drive to the Vaud Riviera and reach Geneva, the most cosmopolitan city of Switzerland. Dinner on your own. Overnight at superior tourist class hotel. Meals: B

Day 3: GENEVA > MONTREUX > ZERMATT

Start with a city tour of Geneva in the morning and witness the beautiful parks along the lake, the unique town-hall and the European seat of the United Nations. In the late morning, depart Geneva and drive to Lausanne and Montreux. Pass by Chillon Castle, the 13th-century fortress made famous by Lord Byron’s poem. In the afternoon, proceed through the Valais, the valley of the river Rhone with its orchards and vineyards. At Täsch, board a cogwheel train that takes us to the mountain resort of Zermatt at the foot of the mighty Matterhorn. Dinner and overnight at first class hotel. Meals: B, D

Day 4: ZERMATT

Full day at leisure in Zermatt–admire the farmhouses and barns in their unique style, do some shopping, relax or take an optional cogwheel train up to Gornergrat for a spectacular view of the surrounding snow-covered peaks. Dinner and overnight at first class hotel. Meals: B, D

Day 5: ZERMATT > GLACIER EXPRESS TRAIN > ST. MORITZ

Today you will travel on the legendary “Glacier Express Train”. You board the train in Zermatt in the morning and a magnificent travelling day is ahead of you. Seated in a comfortable premium panoramic viewing car, you will pass by breathtaking mountain scenery, snow-covered peaks, meadows with wildflowers and tiny old villages. Delicious lunch is served right at your seat along with a movable table on which you can dine in comfort. In the late afternoon, you will arrive at the world-renowned mountain resort of St. Moritz. Dinner and overnight at first class hotel. Meals: B, D

Day 6: ST. MORITZ > PRINCIPALITY OF LIECHTENSTEIN > ZURICH

Depart St. Moritz in the morning and cross the Julier Pass to reach Chur. In the capital of Principality of Liechtenstein, Vaduz, there will be time for lunch and for sightseeing. This tiny country with the mighty castle, which is the home of the present Prince and his family, attracts visitors from all over the world. In the afternoon, return to Zurich through the Toggenburg region with its picturesque farmhouses. Arrival in Zurich at approximately 5 p.m. Meals: B

Departures

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Includes

  • 5 nights in accommodation in first-class hotels (4-star) and superior tourist class hotel in Geneva (3.5-star)
  • Multilingual escorted tour and guides
  • Daily Breakfast, Lunch on the Glacier Express Train and 3 Dinners
  • Glacier Express train from Zermatt to St. Moritz in first-class
  • Transportation by deluxe bus with air conditioning, reclining seats, toilet, stereo equipment and microphone
  • Guided tours throughout by a professional multilingual tour manager (English & Spanish)
  • Ride in the new revolving “ROTAIR” gondola at Mt. Titlis
  • Porterage and baggage handling (1 piece per person)
  • Local City Tax

Pricing Details

  • Glacier Express train ride is unescorted
  • All prices are per person
  • The tour starts at 08.30 am and we would recommend arranging to arrive in Zurich the day before the tour begins
  • Children between 4 and 12 years old receive a 20% discount when accommodated in parents room (max. 3 persons per room)
  • Only one bag per person allowed (any size) plus one piece of hand luggage
  • Drinks are not included with meals unless specified
  • In the case that there is only a small party booked (less than 10 persons) the operator reserves the right to operate the tour with a Driver/Guide in an air-conditioned minibus
  • Itineraries and arranged sightseeing are subject to change at any time due to unforeseen circumstances. Every effort will be made to operate tours as planned, but alterations may occur after the final itinerary has been issued

Optional Extras

  • Take advantage of our preferred airfares to Europe from any Canadian gateway
  • Pre and post overnight in Zurich available on request with at an additional cost

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