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Grand Tour Of Switzerland

(Tour code: SGJ17)Journey through the heart of the Alps on this grand tour of majestic Switzerland

Journey through the heart of the Alps on this grand tour of majestic Switzerland. Visit the picturesque cities of St Gallen and Lucerne, explore delightful Lugano and Bern and experience wonderful Swiss rail over and around the spectacular Swiss peaks.

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Tour Highlights
  • Basel
  • Swiss Transport Museum
  • St Gallen
  • Pre-Alpine Express
  • Lucerne
  • Route of the William Tell Express
  • The Bernina Express
  • Glacier Express
  • Zermatt
  • Bern
What’s Included (Full details)
  • 1st & Standard Class Rail
    Heritage Rail Excursions
  • 3-4* Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
    1 Lunch
  • Optional Bag Concierge

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Eurostar
Day 1

London to Zurich

After meeting at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras International, we board the Eurostar to Paris. After arrival in the French capital, we continue by TGV into Switzerland, bound for the city of Zurich. Here, we check into our overnight hotel.

Includes:
  • Dinner
  • Eurostar Meal
Zurich
Day 2

Zurich to St Gallen

This morning we travel to the town of St Gallen. We enjoy a guided tour of charming St Gallen today, taking us through the pretty Old Town quarter, lined with brightly painted windows. The Old Town, which is entirely traffic-free, is full of fashionable boutiques and cosy cafés. We pass the Abbey of Saint Gall, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Later, we board the Pre-Alpine Express for a scenic ride through the verdant Swiss countryside to Lucerne. Starting in St Gallen, we cross into the rolling hills of Canton Appenzell, via the Sitter Viaduct, the highest railway bridge in Switzerland. The train slowly makes its way through the rolling hills and picturesque towns and the panoramic windows give you wonderful views of the scenery en-route. In Lucerne we stay at the Hotel Waldstatterhof.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Guided Tour
Swiss Transport Museum
Day 3

Swiss Transport Museum

Today we enjoy a guided tour of the captivating Swiss Museum of Transport with a specialist guide. Opened in 1959, the museum contains a wide variety of exhibits on all forms of transport, from ships to aircraft. The museum is also, famously, home to EURECA, the 4.5 tonne satellite, one of the few objects to return to Earth from space relatively intact.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Swiss Transport Museum
Lake Lucerne
Day 4

At leisure in pretty Lucerne

You are free to explore Lucerne at your leisure today. Lucerne is one of Europe's prettiest cities; perhaps you could take a stroll through the cobbled streets and squares of the city, past ornate churches and medieval buildings with painted facades and the famous Kapellbrücke, a 14th century covered bridge. Lucerne is also surrounded by wonderful scenery, the shimmering waters of Lake Lucerne ever present - you could consider exploring further afield by rail.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
  • Free Day
William Tell Express
Day 5

The Route of William Tell Express

This morning we journey to Lugano along the route of the William Tell Express, through wonderful Swiss valleys and into the region of Canton Ticino, the Italianspeaking region of Switzerland. The train climbs up to a height of 1100 metres, passing through the 19th century Gotthard Tunnel, a 15 kilometre tunnel hewn through the looming Alps mountain range. We emerge from the darkness on the southern side of the Alps and continue down to Lugano, where we check into the De La Paix.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • William Tell Express
Lake Lugano
Day 6

Exploring Lugano

Today is free to explore the picturesque city of Lugano, which sits on the Swiss-Italian border. Known as the 'Monte-Carlo of Switzerland', the city has a wealth of historic buildings and museums to explore.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
  • Free Day
Bernina Express
Day 7

Bernina Express to St Moritz

We travel by postbus to Tirano, where we join the Bernina Express for our journey northwards to St Moritz, passing mighty glaciers, rushing mountain streams and flower-filled Alpine meadows. The line is over 100 years old, and has been rewarded with UNESCO World Heritage status due to its incredible feats of engineering, and to acknowledge the stunning scenery it passes through. The group stay in Celerina.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Bernina Express
St Mortiz
Day 8

Celerina at leisure

Today you are free - perhaps make use of your included St Moritz Travel Card, and make the journey by rail to scenic St Moritz. Perhaps head into the picturesque town of St Moritz. You may wish to ascend the Diavolezza at 3,039 metres, which boasts stunning views over the surrounding peaks, before making your way round to the Morteratsch Glacier.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
  • Free Day
Glacier Express
Day 9

The Glacier Express to Zermatt

This morning we board the world famous Glacier Express at St Moritz, bound for Zermatt. The train passes through stunning mountain scenery as we make our way along the Rhine Valley on the slowest express train in the world. Enjoy lunch on board as we wind left and right, ascending the Oberalp Pass before we make our final ascent into Zermatt, looping and spiralling past small village communities, to reach the spectacular sight of the titled Matterhorn.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Glacier Express
Gornergrat railway
Day 10

Discover Zermatt

You can explore the pretty village of Zermatt today. You may like to board the Gornergrat railway, which travels from the resort of Zermatt up to the summit of the Gornergrat, which, at 3,089 metres, is Europe's highest cogwheel railway. The line opened in 1898 and was the first of its kind in the country.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
  • Free Day
Bern
Day 11

To Bern, & onwards to Basel

This morning we walk to the station for our onward journey to Bern. Upon arrival, we enjoy a guided tour of Switzerland's capital. Our tour explores the main sights in this historic city, including the UNESCO World Heritage Old Town and the elaborate Zytglogge, or Time Bell, a Gothic clock tower complete with moving puppets. The city also contains a wealth of Gothic and Renaissance architecture, including the famous 'Ogre Fountain' found in the Old Town. We then return to the station and continue on to Basel.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Eurostar
Day 12

Homeward bound

From Basel, we travel by high-speed TGV to the French capital, where we join the Eurostar for the journey back to London St Pancras International, where your tour concludes.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
  • Eurostar Meal

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour features the same excursions, they may not necessarily be in the order listed above.

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