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Discover Switzerland, the Great Rail way

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

Rail Tours in Switzerland

Iconic, scenic & breathtaking

Spectacular scenery and beautiful architecture await you in Switzerland, as you explore the high alpine regions and the historical cities that make up this country. Visit the glamorous resort of St Moritz, which claims one of the first towns in Europe to popularise winter sports and is the preferred destination of wealthy tourists from around the world in both summer and winter. Chur, Switzerland's oldest town, is a delight to behold, featuring a stunning 12th century cathedral that combines Gothic and Romanesque architectural styles, and a lovely Rathaus (Town Hall) that dates back to 1464.

Switzerland is famed for its amazing views. Lake Lucerne bears a striking similarity to the fjords of Norway, being of an unusual shape and surrounded by towering mountains. Sat on the border between Italy and Switzerland is the Matterhorn.

Identifiable for its unusual, almost symmetrical, peak, this mountain was first successfully climbed in 1865, after many failed attempts. 

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HIghlights

  • Pay a visit to enchanting Zermatt
    Enjoy free time to explore its cobbled streets and thriving plazas, almost all of which are car-free for pedestrians.
    Classic Glacier Express
  • The Jungfrau Railroad
    Journey to the 'top of Europe' on the Jungfrau Railroad, one of Switzerland's favourite railroads.
    Jungfrau Express Five-Star all inclusive
  • Exclusive Small Groups Tour
    3 of Switzerland's most unique hotels all contribute to this very special small group tour around Switzerland.
    Mountaintops of Switzerland

 

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Glacier Express & Rhine Cruise

Embark on one of the world's fi nest rail adventures aboard the Glacier Express before descending down the valley for a cruise on the spectacular Rhine. Enjoy picture-postcard river gorges, iconic cities, cheerful riverside towns and much more.

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2020MayJunAugSep

11 days from $3,365 pp

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Jungfrau Express & Rhine Cruise

Before you set sail on the magical waters of the Rhine, venture to the top of Europe on the Jungfrau Railroad to Jungfraujoch, the continent's highest railroad 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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2020JunAugSepOct

10 days from $2,805 pp

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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 railroad station, see the tranquil waters of Lake Brienz and enjoy classic Swiss luxury in your all inclusive hotel.

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2020MayJunAugSep

9 days from $3,755 pp

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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 railroads, charming towns, and dramatic Alpine scenery on this tour through the sublime landscapes of Switzerland.

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2020AprMayJunJulAugSepOct

8 days from $1,955 pp

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Classic Glacier Express

Spectacular views and stunning scenery have made the Glacier Express from Chur to Brig famous the world over. Discover Zermatt by mountain railroad, visit Spiez Castle, take a journey on the Bernina Express, and explore the Alps at your own pace during this popular mountain vacation.

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2020AprMayJunJulAugSep

9 days from $2,815 pp

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Jungfrau Express

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

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2020MayJunSep

8 days from $2,885 pp

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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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2020JunSep

10 days from $3,895 pp

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Glacier Express in Winter

This adventurous twin-center rail vacation 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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2020JanFebMar

8 days from $2,165 pp

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Lake Como & The Bernina Express

On this spectacular tour we stay on the shores of dazzling Lake Como, enjoying boat excursions to Bellagio, Lenno, and Varenna, and a scenic journey on the iconic Bernina Express.

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2020AprMayJunSepOct

10 days from $2,885 pp

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Grand Alpine Explorer

Stretching across much of mainland Europe, the wild and rugged Alps are home to some of the world's most magnificent landscapes. On this marvellous vacation we discover incredible attractions in 3 of the countries around these towering peaks - from the German city of Munich and the beautiful Austrian Lakes, to Switzerland's superb mountain railroads.

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2020JunJulAug

14 days from $4,460 pp

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Wengen & the Jungfrau Express

The spectacular mountain landscapes and lush meadows of the majestic Alps await on this unforgettable vacation 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 railroads in Europe.

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2020MayJunAugSep

8 days from $2,455 pp

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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 $3,465 pp

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Traveler's Guide to Switzerland

 

 

Swiss Trains

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

Traveling 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.

Swiss Culture

Switzerland is famous for its folk culture. Yodelling, originally used by livestock herders on mountains to call out to one another, is said to have originated in Switzerland, and has since become celebrated all around the world, most famously being used by 'Tarzan' in various films and television shows.

Thanks to the Alps, which inhabits most of the country, mountain sports are extremely popular here. Every winter, hundreds of thousands of tourists descend upon Switzerland to take part in some of the fantastic skiing that can be found here.  In the summer, after the snow melts away, the lush green meadows are revealed, and hiking becomes a popular pastime.

From tradition to science, this country is also the home of some of the most important scientific innovations in the world. Lying underground near Geneva sits the Large Hadron Collider, the most powerful particle collider in the world, and the motors currently powering the Mars Rover are Swiss made.

 

 

Swiss Cuisine

Swiss cuisine is heavily influenced by the countries that surround it, taking inspiration from France in the meringues, Italy and polenta, and Germany in the wide variety of sausages. Some things, however, are purely Swiss, including the delicious melted cheese dish of fondue. This mouthwatering meal is a sauce made with cheese, wine, and garlic, and is served in a communal pot. Using long forks, diners can dip various pieces of bread or vegetables into the dish.

If you're not wanting to share the pot, but are still craving melted cheese, then a raclette is perfect. This wheel of cheese is cut into wedges, heated, and then scraped onto a plate, where it can be enjoyed with various meats, potatoes, and gherkins.

Cheese isn't the only famous dairy product to emerge from this country. Switzerland is one of the finest producers of luxury chocolate, and is the home of high quality brands such as Lindt and Nestlé.

Swiss Trains

The rail travel in Switzerland is efficient, easy to use, and connects the entire country. On our tours, we travel on a few of the most spectacularly scenic journeys in Switzerland: the Glacier Express, the Jungfrau Express, and the GoldenPass.

The Glacier Express is ironically named, and is often called 'the slowest express train in the world'. Travel in panoramic carriages as you luxuriate in the surrounding beauty of Switzerland, traveling along the Rhine Valley and up and over the steep Oberalp Pass, and passing small villages and towering snow-capped peaks.

 

 

You also travel to the 'top of Europe' on the Jungfrau Express, a line that climbs up to a height of over 11,000 feet, through the Eiger Mountain tunnel and up Jungfraujoch, where you find the summit station and the Ice Palace, looking out over the Aletsch Glacier, the longest ice stream in the Alps at 13.7 miles.

The glittering GoldenPass line travels 118 miles between Montreux and Lucerne. The light and spacious carriages and armchair-style seats mean you can travel in luxury, absorbing the view through the panoramic windows that look over spectacular lakes and pristine forests.

Switzerland’s Climate

Like most European countries, the climate in Switzerland is fairly moderate, with not extreme temparatures. The summers are warm, with temperatures ranging between 65° F and 82° F, however there is always the chance for rain, so always bring along an umbrella or a light waterproof, and prepared for a sudden change in the weather.

Switzerland is synonymous with skiing and snow, so in the winter make sure that you have sturdy shoes and a warm coat. The temperatures are not extreme, and are usually between 28° F and 45° F, but the nights can be bitterly cold, so warm evening wear is a must.

Traveler’s notes

Switzerland has four national languages: German, French Italian and Romansh. A few useful phrases to know are:

Hello - in French 'bonjour' (bon-zhaw), in German 'guten tag' (gooten tahg), and in Italian 'buongiorno' (bon-jor-no)

Goodbye - in French 'au revoir' (or rev-wa), in German 'auf wiedersehen' (owf vee-der-zehn), and in Italian 'arrivederci' (ah-ree-ver-der-chi)

Thank you - in French 'merci' (mercy), in German 'danke' (dan-kah), and in Italian 'grazie' (grat-zie)

Please - in French 's'il vous plaît' (sih vous play), in German, 'bitte' (bitter), and in Italian 'per favore' (per fa-vor-ay)

Switzerland's bill system usually includes a tip, so tipping isn't strictly necessary, however if you wish to leave something extra, rounding up the bill to the nearest 5 or 10 usually suffices. The currency in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc.

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