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Picturesque Switzerland is a haven for holidays by rail. Enjoy its chocolate-box villages and grand, sweeping landscapes on your relaxing Alpine tour. 

Rail Tours in Switzerland

Everywhere you look, Switzerland is a country that is blessed with outstanding beauty. Travelling to the town of Interlaken by train truly presents the best mountain-and-lake panoramic vistas you've ever seen. The Swiss Alps, by their nature, are spectacular but when you join us for a journey on the iconic Glacier Express - the world's slowest express train - you're spoiled with unparalleled views of majestic alpine landscapes.

The true joy of a rail tour of Switzerland is that its numerous scenic and mountain railways provide easy access to some of the most awe-inspiring destinations in Europe. Switzerland also reinforces the observation that sometimes the journey is as great an experience as the destination as you pause to admire some of the near-miraculous feats of engineering that were required to construct these railways.

If you can tear yourself away from staring at Switzerland's scenery for a moment you'll realise that the cities, towns and villages we visit are almost equally stunning. Pretty Chur nestles on the bank of the Rhine and is a delight to explore thanks to its cobbled streets and medieval architecture. Zermatt offers plenty of attractions for our guests including a selection of specialist food shops and chocolatiers.

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Traditional Glacier ExpressTraditional Glacier Express

Traditional Glacier Express

Stunning scenery and spectacular views regale us as we travel by rail through the heart of the Swiss Alps on the world-famous Glacier Express. We enjoy mountain railways, charming towns and dramatic Alpine scenery on this tour through the breathtaking landscapes of Switzerland.

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8 days from £1,245 pp

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Wengen & the Jungfrau ExpressWengen & the Jungfrau Express

Wengen & the Jungfrau Express

The spectacular mountain landscapes and lush meadows of the majestic Alps await on this unforgettable holiday in Switzerland's famous Bernese Oberland. Travel to the summit of the Schilthorn and experience the tremendous Trümmelbach waterfalls, all on some of the best heritage railways in Europe.

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8 days from £1,695 pp

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Cadenabbia Beside Lake Como

On this spectacular tour we stay on the shores of dazzling Lake Como, enjoy boat excursions to Varenna and Bellagio, take a stunning scenic journey on the iconic Bernina Express, and visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Bellinzona.

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Glacier ExpressGlacier Express

Glacier Express & Five-Star Rhine Cruise

Embark on one of the world's finest rail adventures aboard the Glacier Express before descending down the valley for a cruise on the spectacular Rhine. Switzerland's incredible natural beauty is on full display on this panoramic rail journey through mountain passes and lush valleys.

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11 days from £2,295 pp

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Jungfrau ExpressJungfrau Express

Jungfrau Express & Five-Star Rhine Cruise

Before you set sail on the magical waters of the Rhine, venture to the top of Europe on the Jungfrau Railway to Jungfraujoch, the continent's highest railway station. Experience the majesty of the Swiss Alps by rail, as the mountains serenade you with spectacular views across the peaks below.

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10 days from £1,895 pp

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Jungfrau Express

From our base in the quintessentially Swiss town of Meiringen, we enjoy journeys by mountain railway and lake steamer, crowned with an excursion on the Jungfrau Railway to the breathtaking 'Top of Europe.'

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9 days from £1,995 pp

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Glacier Express & St MoritzGlacier Express & St Moritz

Glacier Express & St Moritz

Dramatic mountain scenery and beautiful lakes provide the setting for this magnificent tour, as we take the iconic Glacier Express through the Swiss Alps, staying in glamorous St Moritz, and Zermatt, where we enjoy breathtaking views of the Matterhorn.

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Glacier Express in Winter (Chur-Kandersteg) 2016Glacier Express in Winter (Chur-Kandersteg) 2016

Glacier Express in Winter

This adventurous twin-centre rail holiday provides ample opportunity to explore the majestic Swiss Alps cloaked in their winter finery, and to enjoy our trip on the famous Glacier Express, surely the slowest, and certainly one of the most scenic 'express' trains in the world.

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8 days from £1,495 pp

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JungfraujochJungfraujoch

Jungfrau Express 5-Star All Inclusive

Explore the highlights of the Swiss Alps from your fantastic base in the 5-Star Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof in charming Grindelwald. Ascend to Europe's highest railway station, cruise over the tranquil waters of Lake Brienz and enjoy classic Swiss luxury in your all inclusive hotel.

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GrindelwaldGrindelwald

Jungfrau Express 5-Star All Inclusive at Christmas

Experience the magic of a Swiss Christmas as you stay in an excellent 5-Star hotel on an all-inclusive basis in Grindelwald high up in the Swiss Alps. Journey to the highest railway station in Europe, travel up the Schilthorn and take time to revel in the charm of the festive season.

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2019Dec

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Jungfrau RailwayJungfrau Railway

Jungfrau Express 5-Star All Inclusive in Winter

Discover the crisp beauty of the Swiss Alps on this comprehensive tour which features iconic rail journeys, spectacular mountain views and wonderful chocolate-box towns. Travel on the Jungfrau Express and stay in charming Grindelwald at a marvelous 5-Star hotel on an all inclusive basis.

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2020FebMar

8 days from £2,395 pp

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Mont Blanc ExpressMont Blanc Express

Five-Star Lake Geneva & The Mont Blanc Express at Christmas

Sample the delights of a Swiss Christmas with this fantastic festive tour, staying on the banks of Lake Geneva, in magnificent Montreux. Experience wintry railway journeys, charming Alpine villages and Christmas Day in Switzerland.

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2019Dec

8 days from £2,095 pp

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Discovering Switzerland with Great Rail Journeys

Spectacular glaciers, charming towns and magnificent Alpine views are only part of what Switzerland has to offer. Exploring by rail takes you through the different regions that make up an intriguing melting pot of German, Italian and French cultures. With so many natural, cultural and historic facets to explore, an escorted rail tour in Switzerland provides an exciting and rewarding alpine adventure for everyone.

Travelling by train is indisputably the best way to enjoy Switzerland's scenery and cities and at Great Rail Journeys we do our utmost to provide escorted tours of Switzerland that highlight its best attractions and experiences whilst also representing unrivalled value for money.

 

 

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Switzerland Traveller's Guide

Geographically, the Alps cover almost two thirds of Switzerland's total area and are largely responsible both for Switzerland's climate and for its long-established popularity as a tourist destination.

Switzerland's history follows a similar path to that of many other European countries in that its earliest settlers were displaced by the attentions of the Roman Empire. For the next few centuries Switzerland fell under Frankish (French) rule and subsequently became part of the Holy Roman Empire until gaining independence in 1648. A century and a half later, during the French Revolution, Switzerland was occupied by France once more but regained independence and neutrality via the Congress of Vienna in 1815. Since then, with the exception of minor involvement in the Second World War, Switzerland has retained its neutrality and independence and is a peaceable country.

 

 

Swiss Trains

Discover the fantastic railways of Switzerland. It should come as no surprise that we love railways and we know many of you do too! That's why our tours feature some of the most iconic railways and trains on the continent.

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