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Lakes and Mountains of Switzerland and Italy

Discover lakes, incredible mountain scenery and railways

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Discover Lakes Lucerne, Como and Garda, as well as the incredible mountain scenery and railways which connect them. Sample Swiss wine, explore an Italian villa and journey on the Bernina Express as we travel from the snow-dusted Swiss Alps to the tranquil shores of Italy's Lake Como.

The itinerary for your journey
Tour highlights

What’s included

Days 1-3 - London, Vevey and Lavaux vineyards
Chateau De Chillon

From London St Pancras, we take the Eurostar to Paris, continuing by rail to Vevey where we spend three nights. Set on the shores of Lake Geneva, surrounded by mountains, Vevey is considered a 'Pearl of the Swiss Riviera'. Enjoy a free day on Day 2. Stroll down the palm and cypress tree-lined promenade, which runs to neighbouring Montreux, to visit Château de Chillon.

We travel to Cully on Day 3, in the Lavaux wine-growing region, where verdant vineyards rise from the lake. A local land train takes us through the pathways of the UNESCO-listed hills before we're treated to a wine tasting at a nearby vineyard. This afternoon is free in Vevey. The Swiss are known for their cheese, so take the opportunity to sample traditional cheese fondue or raclette.

Days 4-6 - The GoldenPass, Lake Lucerne and Mount Rigi
Kapellbrücke

We travel to Montreux to join the GoldenPass train, a golden-hued train which recreates the Belle Époque style of the 1930s. We enjoy views of rolling vineyards, traditional chalets, and dramatic peaks on our way to Interlaken. We transfer to Lucerne for three nights, a German-speaking town famous for the Kapellbrücke, or Chapel Bridge, the oldest wooden bridge in Europe. Inside, a series of paintings depict the city's history, which you could admire during a free day on Day 5.

We board a boat on Day 6 for a scenic sailing to Vitznau. From here, we join the Mount Rigi Mountain Railway, the first mountain railway in Europe. We travel to Rigi Kulm, the highest peak of Mount Rigi, where we're rewarded with views of sprawling lakes and endless mountain peaks.

Days 7-9 - Gotthard Express, Lake Como and Villa Balbianello
Lake Como

We sail across Lake Lucerne to Fluelen to join the William Tell Express. Enjoy the scenery from the panoramic windows as frosty mountains are replaced by the floral-filled promenades of the Italian lake district. We arrive in Lugano and take a coach to Cadenabbia by Lake Como, where we spend four nights. You have a free day on Day 8. Maybe try Italy's famous cuisine. Alongside fantastic pizza and pasta, you'll find plenty of local specialities in the cosy cafés here.

On Day 9 we cruise to Lenno and Villa Balbianello. We have a guided tour of the elegant 18th-century mansion, seeing the sumptuous interiors and beautiful Italianate gardens. After, there's free time to explore the villa, or head into Lenno, where you'll find charming cafés, and historic churches.

Days 10-12 - The Bernina Express, Turin and London
Bernina Express

We enjoy a trip on the Bernina Express to glamorous St Moritz. Our journey on the 100-year-old line takes us through flower-filled Alpine meadows, clinging to the mountainside as we loop past ravines and rushing waterfalls. You have some free time in St Moritz to grab a coffee in a chic café or browse the shopping boutiques. We return by coach, pausing in the beautiful mountain town of Chiavenna for some free time.

On Day 11 we take a coach to Milan for the train to Turin, where we spend the night. On Day 12 we continue to Paris for the Eurostar to London St Pancras.

Departure Dates

All prices are per person and assume full occupancy of the room.
Please always refer to the website for up-to-date prices and availability.

Trains
Bernina Express
Bernina Express arriving in Tirano

The narrow-gauge Bernina Express connects northern and southern Europe and offers a spectacular means of crossing the Alps. The route runs through the ancient landscape of Switzerland's beautiful Grisons/Graubünden region and provides essential links to the Italian-speaking population in the south.

Eurostar
Eurostar

The high speed Eurostar trains link St Pancras International in London with Paris and Lille in France as well as Brussels in Belgium.

Eurostar's Standard Class coaches feature two seats on either side of the central aisle, most of which is arranged in an 'airline' seating configuration with drop down tray tables. There are two tables for four per carriage. Passengers travelling in Eurostar Standard Class coaches can take advantage of the Bar-Buffet which sells a range of snacks, meals, hot and cold drinks - including Champagne!

The highest class of Eurostar travel available for leisure customers is Standard Premier Class. In your dedicated Standard Premier carriage you'll find a less dense seat configuration, meaning the seats are larger and you have ample space to relax and stretch out. As part of the service you'll enjoy complimentary drinks and refreshments, served at your seat by friendly, helpful waiting staff.

For the class of travel used on your chosen tour, please refer to the 'What's Included' section of the tour page.

The GoldenPass Line
GoldenPass Line

Train journeys on The GoldenPass Line are a wonderful introduction to Switzerland and give you the opportunity to see the country at its very best. Travelling on ultra-modern panoramic trains, you experience unparalleled views of some of Switzerland's finest scenery from weathered timbered chalets sat in peaceful sunlit valleys to dramatic peaks, glittering lakes and remote, untouched forest.

The GoldenPass Line's picturesque route stretches between lively Montreux on the Swiss Riviera and lakeside Lucerne in the historic heart of Switzerland, taking us through Zweisimmen and Interlaken along the way. Various sections of this route are featured in a number of our Swiss tours.

Gotthard Panorama Express
Gotthard Panorama Express

The Gotthard Panorama Express in Switzerland truly deserves the panorama in its name. Offering a timeless rail experience, passengers firstly travel by steam-boat over spectacular Lake Lucerne to Flüellen where they join the panoramic train for a journey along the classic Gotthard route. The train winds, curls and climbs along some stunning Swiss countryside, burrowing under the Gotthard tunnel before it arrives at Ticino in southern Switzerland.

Mount Rigi Mountain Railway
Mount Rigi Mountain Railway

With a line from Vitznau and a line from Arth both running to the summit of Mount Rigi, the Mount Rigi Mountain Railway is one of the world's only mountain railways with multiple branches. The Vitznau branch was the first stretch - in fact it was the first mountain railway in Europe, with services beginning in 1871. Whilst this railway proved popular, it was not easy to access from the other approach to the mountain, and it was decided that there should be another line from Arth. Construction on this stretch was swift, and trains began running to the summit in 1873.

Each line affords wonderful panoramas over the Alps in their short run (just less than five miles) to the summit. Today, the Mount Rigi Mountain Railway is diesel-hauled, having been electrified as early as 1906. However, on rare special occasions, the original steam engines are used to make the journey.

Hotels
Grand Hotel Cadenabbia, Cadenabbia di Griante
Grand Hotel Cadenabbia, Cadenabbia di Griante

The 4-Star Grand Hotel Cadenabbia is located directly in front of Lake Como in Cadenabbia di Griante and next to the gardens of Villa Carlotta. The hotel has two restaurants and three bars for you to relax in. Leisure facilities include an open air swimming pool in the garden of the hotel. Situated nearby is an 18 hole golf course, tennis courts and mini golf. The rooms come equipped with a telephone, satellite television, private safe, air-conditioning, mini-bar and a hairdryer. Upgrades to rooms with a lake view and lake view with balcony are available, subject to availability.

Hotel Seeburg, Lucerne
Hotel Seeburg, Lucerne

In Lucerne we stay at the 3-Star Hotel Seeburg, located on Lucerne's outskirts close to the lake shore. The modern hotel has two restaurants, a lounge and bar as well as a lovely garden on the shore of the lake - the perfect spot to relax by the water. We are accommodated in the hotel's Seeburg 61 rooms, all of which were refurbished in February 2012. Each room also has a television, telephone, radio, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities and a safe.

Typical meal arrangements when dining at the hotel:

Astra Hotel, Vevey
Astra Hotel, Vevey

Vevey's 4-Star Astra Hotel has been under the personal supervision of Christophe and his family for over half a century, and their friendly and welcoming service has delighted GRJ customers for many years. Located opposite the railway station and just a short walk from the shores of Lake Geneva, the hotel is an ideal base from which to explore Vevey and the surrounding area.

The Astra Hotel features two restaurants and a Brasserie, a snack bar and the cosy Orient Express Bar, which has a theme of railways from a bygone age. It also has a roof top Panoramic Spa overlooking the vineyards above the hotel. Its superb facilities include a sauna, solarium, fitness suite and jacuzzi.

The comfortable rooms have all been individually decorated and are well-equipped with a television, telephone, hairdryer, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, safety deposit box and air conditioning. Upgrades to deluxe rooms and Junior Suites are available on request.

Typical meal arrangements when dining at the hotel:

Upgrades

We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!

Inclusive Luggage Upgrade
Baggage Upgrade

To arrange for a second suitcase to travel door to door, just let us know when you book. Prices start from £65 per bag (size and weight allowances may vary depending on airline polices)Please call for more details.

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London Hotels
London hotels

Spending a night in London before your tour can make such a difference to the first day of your holiday - you can arrive in the capital in good time, relaxed and ready to join your Tour Manager the next morning. You may even want to take in a show on the West End, or dine in one of London's famous restaurants. Perhaps on your return to London, you would like to break your journey with an overnight stay before continuing home.

We are able to book a wide range of hotels in central London or, for our holidays beginning with a flight, at Heathrow, Gatwick or Manchester Airport for the night before or after your holiday. The hotels listed below are some of the more popular hotels our customers book in Central London, others are available on request.

Hotel       Room Rate From Price 
The Ambassador Hotel      From £65 per person

Above prices are approximate, subject to availability, and per room per night based on two people sharing. If you require a quote for single occupancy at any of the hotels please contact us on 01904 734 805. 

UK rail connections
UK train tickets

Buying tickets for UK train services can be a tricky business - there are so many fares to choose from, each with different rules and restrictions. As you are connecting with an international departure, we strongly recommend that you book a fully flexible ticket to ensure that should the departure times for your holiday change, your rail ticket can allow for these changes.

We can book fully-flexible UK rail tickets from your local station to join your holiday whether this be a European holiday from St Pancras or a UK holiday. The prices are competitive and tickets are not restricted to a particular train or time of day, and in most cases offer you a free choice of routes.

For an up to date quote from your local station, please ask one of our Tour Advisors.

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