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Picturesque East to West

A Swiss rail adventure from east to west

From £1,385 per person


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.

The itinerary for your journey
Tour highlights
Day 1 - Arrival in St Gallen
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.

Day 2 - St Gallen
St Gallen

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

Day 3 - Ascend Mount Säntis
View from 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 - Pre-Alpine Express to Lucerne
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

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 - Journey on the GoldenPass Line
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
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.

Day 8 - Homeward bound
Flights

Fly or rail from Geneva to London.

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.

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
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.

Mount Pilatus Railway
Mount Pilatus Railway

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. Mount Pilatus affords beautiful views of the Alps and Lake Lucerne, and is home to astonishingly diverse flora.

Hotels
What's included

Enhancing your tour

 

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!

Rail and Hotel Upgrades
ICE train

Please call one of our Tour Advisors on 01904 734 358 to discuss upgrading your rail travel to First Class and/or upgrading your hotel to a 5-star option.

Flight upgrades
Flight upgrades

Flight upgrades are available. Please see the information regarding the types of upgrades offered by the various airlines we use in the Add-ons section of 'Things you should know' or call us for details.

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 Board Star Weekday room rate Weekend room rate
Pullman London St Pancras B&B 4-star From £240 From £220
Comfort Inn Kings Cross B&B 3-star From £150 From £150
President Hotel B&B 3-star From £110 From £110

 

The prices above are from prices and are per room per night based on 2 sharing a twin/double room, subject to availability. Prices may change without prior notice. Booking conditions apply. If you would like a quote for your particular holiday please contact us on 01904 521900

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.

Estimated costs of return rail travel in the UK can be found on our add-ons page.

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

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