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A Swiss rail adventure from east to west

Embark on a Swiss rail adventure which whisks you from east to west across the stunning countryside, stopping on the way for you to ascend mountains, cruise over lakes and sample wines in elegant Montreux.

  • Journey on the GoldenPass Line
  • St Gallen
  • Mount Pilatus
  • Pre-Alpine Express
  • Montreux
  • Wine Tasting in Montreux
  • Lake Cruise
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
  • 7 Nights' Hotel Accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis
  • Return Scheduled Flights
    Upgrades Available
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Picturesque East to West Tour Details

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Day 1 St Gallen
St Gallen

Arrival in St Gallen

Fly, or rail, from London to Zurich then transfer by rail to St Gallen for a two-night stay. 

When in Switzerland you have a half fare card. The Half Fare Card allows unlimited purchase of train, bus, boat and some cable car tickets at half price during your stay, should you wish to do anything else during your holiday in Switzerland other than mentioned in this itinerary, which is already included.

Depending on arrival time enjoy the many possible excursions included with the Oskar Card such as the Hoher Kasten.

  • Optional Rail or Flights
Day 2 St Gallen
St Gallen

St Gallen

Enjoy a free day to explore St Gallen, the pretty heart of Eastern Switzerland

  • Free Day
Day 3 View from Mount Säntis
View from Mount Säntis

Ascend Mount Säntis

Today you'll head by rail and coach (journey runs frequently throughout the day and your tickets are flexible - times are suggested). A landmark of the Lake Constance region. The mountain, which can be seen for miles away is the highest mountain in the Alpstein region. With your included Oskar card, you can ascend the mountain. From here, you can see 6 countries at the same time!

Tonight you will be staying at Santis Hotel (or similar) in 1 Double/Twin Room on a Bed & Breakfast basis.

Day 4 Lucerne

Pre-Alpine Express to Lucerne

The Pre-Alpine (or Voralpen-Express) connects Central and Eastern Switzerland in a varied way. Travelling past lakes and mountains, the Rothenthurm high moor and the highest railway viaduct. The journey takes approx 3 hours and runs several times throughout the day to Lucerne, and your hotel for the next two nights.

Day 5 Mount Pilatus
Mount Pilatus

Mount Pilatus

Today you'll enjoy a one hour lake cruise by vintage paddle steamer or motor ship. Disembark at Alpnachstad for the cogwheel rail to Pilatus for panoramic views of the lake and surrounding mountain range. Descend on the "Dragon Ride" cableway back to Lucern via Kriens.

Opened in 1889, Lucerne's Mount Pilatus Railway is the steepest cogwheel railway in the world. Spend a delightful half hour ascending almost two kilometres from lakeside Alpnachstad to Pilatus Kulm. Then at the summit, Mount Pilatus affords beautiful views of the Alps and Lake Lucerne and is home to astonishingly diverse flora.

Day 6 GoldenPass Line
GoldenPass Line

Journey on the GoldenPass Line

Today, enjoy the journey from Lucerne via Interlaken, Zweisimmen and Gstaad to Montreux on the Golden Pass Panoramic. Follow the banks of Lake Thun before heading into the alpine pastures of the Simmental. Change at Zweisimmen to a different train to continue your journey along the shores of Lake Geneva to Montreux and your hotel for the next 2 nights. 

Day 7 Montreux


Enjoy a day exploring the Montreux area with a wine tasting experience in the afternoon. Sample the delicious wines of the UNESCO0 world heritage area of Lavaux, surrounded by the majestic beauty of Lake Geneva. Your evening is at leisure.

  • Bernina Express
Day 8 Flights

Homeward bound

Fly or rail from Geneva to London.

  • Optional Rail or Flights

Please note

The itinerary above is just a suggestion and you are free to make adjustments to suit your exact requirements. Please call 01904 734 358 to speak to one of our Tailor-Made Holiday Specialists about tailoring your holiday with GRJ independent.

What’s included
  • 7 nights' accommodation in minmum 3-star hotels on a bed & breakfast basis
  • Standard Class rail travel throughout
  • Return Economy Class flights or Standard Rail Class from London to Switzerland (regional departures are available on request)
  • Excursion to the summit of Mount Pilatus
  • Journeys on the GoldenPass line and the Pre-Alpine Express

Enhancing your tour

  • Rail and hotel upgrades available on request
  • Flight upgrades available on request
  • Add extra nights to extend your trip


Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

James.S Starkie
Laura Strawinski
James.E Eaton
Picturesque East to West

A Swiss rail adventure from east to west


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