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14 Day Swiss Rail Discovery Tour with Flights

Zurich - Wilderswil - Interlaken - Jungfraujoch - Montreux - Zermatt - St Moritz - Lugano - Lucerne

Roundtrip international flights included 

Discover the incredible beauty of Switzerland by rail

Contact us for 2021 departure dates and pricing

Book now with only 50% deposit!

From $5,499 Typically $6,499 Include flight pp twin share

Description


Discover the enchanting beauty of the Swiss Alps by rail in 2020. 

This incredible tour will give you access to travel on the Golden Pass Line, Gotthard Panorama Express, Bernina Express and Glacier Express - everything you'll want to experience on your adventure through Switzerland.  Begin your holiday with some free time to explore Zurich before making your way through Lucerne to Interlaken by rail. Travel along the shores of crystal-clear lakes and romantic waterfalls before arriving in the little Alpine village of Wilderswil. Next, tick off the world-famous Jungfraujoch before taking the Golden Pass Line, one of the most picturesque routes across the Alps. Discover the lakeside in Montreux, visit Zermatt and hop on the legendary Glacier Express to St Moritz in a panoramic carriage.  The exhilarating journey takes you along the deep Rhone valley, over the dramatic Oberalp Pass and through the Rhine Gorge. As you head over to Lugano on the Bernina Express, travel over remote glaciers and hop on a bus that will drive through parts of Italy along the lakes. As your adventure draws close to an end, take the Gotthard Express to the traditional heart of Switzerland back to Lucerne.

Please call us or email info@traveldream.com.au for 2021 departure dates and pricing.

Itinerary


Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14

Day 1

Australia Zurich

Depart Australia today for your incredible Swiss holiday!

Meals included: in-flight only

Day 2

Zurich

Welcome to Switzerland! Upon arrival at Zurich International Airport, proceed to collect your rail pass and take a rail transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. We suggest you explore this metropolis of experiences by the water, from Zurich’s own mountain Uetliberg to a lake cruise on Lake Zurich itself. Tickets are heavily discounted as part of your tailor-made Swiss Rail Card.

Accommodation: Bristol Hotel or similar, Zurich

Meals included: in-flight only

Day 3

Zurich

Today is yours at leisure. Zurich unites creative city life and idyllic scenery within the smallest of areas. Art connoisseurs and culture enthusiasts have over 50 museums and more than 100 galleries to choose from, while inquisitive city explorers can discover the striking contrast between the picturesque Old Town and the modern, constantly changing urban quarters. Nature lovers seeking fresh air and green open spaces will delight in the city’s location directly by the lake, in its abundant expanses of forest and parkland, and in its very own mountain, the Uetliberg.

Accommodation: Bristol Hotel or similar, Zurich

Meals included: breakfast

Day 4

Zurich Interlaken/Wilderswil

Following breakfast, a quick train journey takes you from Zürich to Lucerne. Board the Luzern-Interlaken Express for a journey along the shores of crystal-clear lakes, past romantic waterfalls and over the breathtaking Brünig Pass to Interlaken, overlooked by the magnificent trio, the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Stay overnight in Wilderswil, a picturesque little village within the Interlaken administrative district, featuring a typical Swiss Alpine feeling with numerous wooden houses and chalets. After dropping off your bags, head to the city centre and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Accommodation: Baeren or similar, Wilderswil

Meals included: breakfast

Day 5

Interlaken/Wilderswil Jungfraujoch 

A trip to the world-famous Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe awaits this morning after breakfast! For more than 100 years now, the Jungfrau railway has been making its journey up to the highest-altitude railway station in Europe. At 3,454m / 11,332ft altitude, it is right at the heart of the UNESCO World heritage site “Jungfrau-Aletsch”. From the viewing terraces “Sphinx” and “Plateau”, or from the Aletsch glacier itself, an amazing, high Alpine wonder world of eternal snow and ice reveals itself. The “Ice Palace” with its sculptures and its enchanted flair is also well worth a visit.

Accommodation: Baeren or similar, Wilderswil

Meals included: breakfast

Day 6

Golden Pass Line Montreux

The Golden Pass Line is one of the most picturesque routes across the Alps. Magnificent views over meadows and the vineyards above Lake Geneva will be unforgettable memories. Travelling in style, you will feel as if you are on top of the world. Arrive in Montreux later this afternoon.  

Accommodation: Helvetie or similar, Montreux

Meals included: breakfast

Day 7

Montreux Zermatt

The morning is yours to explore. Take some time to stroll along the lakeside in Montreux or admire the famous Château de Chillon – optionally from the inside at a small fee. In the early afternoon continue by train to Zermatt.

Accommodation: Elite Garni or similar, Zermatt

Meals included: breakfast

Day 8

Zermatt

Today is a free day. Zermatt offers various excursions up to the surrounding peaks, aided by your tailor-made Swiss Rail Card which includes substantial discounts. You have the option to take the Gornergrat Railway, one of the most iconic destinations in Switzerland and a must-see for anyone still needing to tick this off their bucket lists. At an altitude of 3089 metres above sea level you enjoy breath-taking panoramic views of hundreds of peaks, 29 of which are over 4000 metres high, with the Matterhorn right in the centre. On the way down, you can choose to hike one of the trails between the stations along the railway line for a different perspective.

Accommodation: Elite Garni or similar, Zermatt

Meals included: breakfast

Day 9

Zermatt Glacier Express St Moritz

Enjoy the legendary Glacier Express experience in its entirety from Zermatt to St. Moritz, a thrilling journey in a panoramic carriage taking in some of the most dramatic scenery Switzerland has to offer. The exhilarating journey takes you along the deep Rhone valley, over the dramatic Oberalp Pass and through the Rhine Gorge to glamorous St. Moritz in the afternoon. Within roughly 8 unforgettable hours, you will pass through no less than 91 tunnels and cross 291 stately bridges. Onboard commentary in English is available.

Accommodation: Soldanella or similar, St Moritz

Meals included: breakfast

Day 10

St Moritz

Enjoy a free day today. Your St. Moritz transport card offers you unlimited travel on the public network and on most of the mountain railways or cable car. Corviglia, Corvatsch or Diavolezza are among the most scenic options you should consider. Alternatively, you may prefer the philosopher’s walk on top of Muottas Muragl for unprecedented views of the surrounding areas.

Accommodation: Soldanella or similar, St Moritz

Meals included: breakfast

Day 11

St Moritz Bernina Express Lugano

UNESCO-protected landscapes and outstandingly beautiful scenery surround you on the Bernina Express, travelling along circular viaducts and over remote glaciers before heading down to the border of Italy on one of Europe’s best scenic rail journeys. A change to the Bernina Express bus (included) takes you through parts of Italy along the lakes back to Switzerland and Lugano. Onboard commentary in English available

Accommodation: Continental Parkhotel or similar, Lugano

Meals included: breakfast

Day 12

Lugano Gotthard Express Lucerne

After breakfast, travel on the Gotthard Express from the Mediterranean south to the traditional heart of Switzerland. The Gotthard route is truly mesmerising, and the lake cruise (extra cost) from Flüelen to Lucerne on an old paddle steamer tops off your rail adventure.  Spend the evening at leisure exploring Lucerne. This popular tourist location thrives on the contrast between history and modern age. In particular, the Chapel Bridge, built in 1356, and the grand hotel buildings from the 19th century characterise the cityscape of Lucerne.

Accommodation: Ambassador or similar, Lucerne

Meals included: breakfast

Day 13

Lucerne Zurich Australia

Bid Switzerland farewell today as you take the included rail transfer to Zurich International Airport.

Meals included: breakfast and inflight

Day 14

Australia

Arrive home today.

Meals included: inflight only

Inclusions & Exclusions


Inclusions

  • Return Economy Class Airfare from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide*, Canberra* or Hobart* (*surcharge will apply)
  • International flights with Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Etihad Airways, Emirates, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Lufthansa or British Airways (subject to availability)
  • 12 nights centrally-located hotel accommodation on a twin share basis with private bathroom facilities
  • Scenic rail transportation including travel on the Golden Pass Line, Gotthard Panorama Express, Bernina Express and Glacier Express
  • Tailor-made Swiss Rail Card, offering additional bonuses such as discounted local excursions
  • Day excursion to Jungfraujoch
  • Seat reservation on all scenic trains (Second Class)
  • Return airport transfers by rail
  • Meals as indicated: 11 breakfasts

 

Accommodation

Zurich - Bristol Hotel or similar
Wilderswil - Baeren or similar
Montreux - Helvetie or similar
Zermatt - Elite Garni or similar
St Moritz - Soldanella or similar 
Lugano - Continental Parkhotel or similar
Lucerne - Ambassador or similar 

Exclusions

  • Visas (where required)
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Anything not listed in the itinerary
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned
  • Tipping (not to be published - at a recommended amount of $15 per person per day)

 

Child Policy

Children that are 2 to 11 years of age are eligible for a 10% discount. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors are allowed.

 

Single Supplement

The additional supplement for a single traveller is $2000.

Looking to save on the single supplement? Join our Facebook group - Solo Traveldreamers to connect with other solo travellers or call us on 1300 350 263.

 

Extra Services

Looking to arrive early or stay late post-tour? Call on 1300 350 263 or email us at info@traveldream.com.au to inquire.

More details also available under Extra Services during checkout.

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