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2024 Majestic Switzerland By Rail

Special Interest Tours
Sep 19 - 30, 2024
Group size: 20 - 30
About this trip
Experience the magic and wonder of Switzerland's mountains and railways on this 11 night, 12 day Trains Magazine adventure.
What’s included
  • 11 Nights Hotel Stay
    2 Nights Hotel Baur au Lac, 1 Night Hotel ABC Chur, 1 Night Hotel Park Hotel Beausite, 2 nights Hotel Suisse Majestic, 1 night Hotel Victoria Junfrau, 2 Nights Hotel Radisson Blu
  • 11 Breakfasts
  • 10 Dinners
  • 1st class rail
    15-day Swiss Travel Pass within Switzerland
  • Luggage Transfer
    1 piece per person, between hotels
  • Realp train depot visit
  • Rail Excursion
    Bernina Express train and bus reservation 2nd class
  • Rail Excursion
    Gotthard Panorama Express train reservation 1st class
  • Rail Excursion
    Furka steam train Oberwald-Realp 2nd class
  • Rail Excursion
    Gornergrat excursion by rail
  • Rail Excursion
    Excursion to Rochers-de-Naye by rail
  • Dinner TheateRail Excursionr
    Chocolate train excursion by train and coach
  • Rail Excursion
    Jungfraujoch excursion by rail
  • Rail Excursion
    Brienzer Rothorn excursion by rail
  • Rail Excursion
    Pilatus excursion by rail
  • Rail Excursion
    Rigi excursion by rail
  • Meals Not Mentioned
  • Drinks Unless Specified
  • International Flights
    Flight/Travel to Zurich, Switzerland
  • Travel Insurance
    Available for Purchase
Day 1 - Sept 19th Arrive in Zurich

Arrive in Zurich and transfer to the hotel by train with your Swiss Rail Pass, provided by SIT.

Enjoy a leisurely afternoon in the heart of Zurich. Ideal for nice walks, Hotel Baur au Lac is located just a few minutes away from the lake, near the 19th century Bridge, cruises departure point, FIFA museum and botanical gardens.

In the evening, we will gather for dinner at the hotel, where you will meet your fellow travelers and be greeted by our Trains Magazine special guest.

Day 2 - Sept 20th Gotthard Panorama Express to Lugano

Leave your luggage at the hotel; it will be transported for you to the next location.

Walk a scenic 10 minutes from the hotel to the station, where we will board a train to Thalwil and onward to Lucerne.

In Lucerne, we will take a boat across the mountain-lined lake to transfer to the Gotthard Panorama Express train from Fluelen to Lugano, where we will stay overnight.

You’ll have leisure time in Lugano for the rest of the afternoon. The hotel is just a few  minutes away from the lake, close to some museums and a 15-minute walk from the  town center and shopping area.

Day 3 - Sept 21st Bernina Express to St Moritz and Chur

After breakfast, walk 10 minutes to the Paradisio station to begin a day of traveling through the Alps. Take the Bernina Express bus to Tirano, where we will catch the train to St. Moritz, and then onwards to Chur via the Landwasser Viaduct. Chur will be our final destination for the day, we will have dinner and overnight.

Day 4 - Sept 22nd Furka Train Ride and Depot Tour

After a 7-minute walk to the station, we will catch a series of trains from Chur to Disentis/Mustér, to Andermatt and finally to Realp, where we will have a private tour of the Furka depot.

After lunch in Realp, we will board the Furka Steam Railway for an exciting journey through the Furka pass to Oberwald.

From Oberwald, we will travel by rail to Brig and then to Zermatt, where we will settle in for a two-night stay in this quaint, car-free city.

Day 5 -Sept 23rd Adventure on the Gornergrat Cog Railway

After a leisurely morning, a 2-minute walk brings us to the station to board the Gornergrat Cog Railway. Enjoy views of the famous Matterhorn.

Return to Zermatt in the afternoon where you will have time to enjoy this festive village.

Day 6 - Sept 24th Zermatt to Montreux- Ride the Rochers-De-Naye Cogway

After breakfast, take a short bus ride to Brig where we will catch the train to Montreux. Once in Montreux, we will take the Cogwheel train from Montreux to Rochers-DeNaye, where guests will have time to explore and grab lunch.

In the mid-afternoon, we will take the train back to Montreux and check into the Hotel Suisse Majestic, located across the street from the station. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure to explore Montreux.

Day 7 - Sept 25th Explore Montreux and Gruyères-Vilage

Today guests can either enjoy a free day of exploring the lakeside town of Montreux, or a full day of sightseeing in the surrounding area. Guests who choose the guided sightseeing will travel by bus to Montbovon to visit La Maison du Gruyère, the cheese factory, and Gruyères-Vilage, a medieval town where guests will have free time to explore, dine, and shop at their leisure.

After Gruyères-Village, we will travel by bus to La Maison Cailler, the chocolate factory in Broc Fabrique, before returning to Montreux for dinner.

Day 8 - Sept 26th Adventure to Jungfraujoch

After breakfast, we will travel southeastward by rail from Montreux to Visp, Spiez, Ost and then Interlaken. From Interlaken, we will take a combination of trains and cable cars up to Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe, with panoramic views of the snow-covered Alps.

After our descent, we will dine and overnight in Interlaken.

Day 9 - Sept 27th Brienzer Rothorn Cogwheel

In the morning, we will travel by train from Interlaken Ost to Brienz, where we will board the Cogwheel train, Brienz BRB, to Brienzer Rothorn. Guests will have some time at the summit to explore and grab lunch at their leisure.

Upon returning to Lucerne, we will check into our hotel for a two-night stay.

Day 10 - Sept 28th Pilatus Mountain Circuit

Today begins with a short bus ride from Lucerne to the Kriens Zentrum Pilatus, where we will travel by gondola to Fräkmüntegg.

From Frakmuntegg, we will travel by aerial tramway to Pilatus Kilm. Guests will have time at the summit to explore and enjoy the views.

We will next take the cog railway from Pilatus Kulm to Alpanachstad before traveling by train back to Lucerne.

The rest of the day is at your leisure to stroll and dine in this scenic city.

Day 11 - Sept 29th Rigi Kulm Cogwheel

The day begins with a boat cruise from Lucerne to Vitznau, where we will board the cogwheel train to Rigi Kulm. At the summit, guests will have time to explore at their leisure.

Upon descent to Arth-Goldau, we will take the train back to Zurich and check back into the Hotel Baur au Lac, where we will gather for our farewell dinner.

Day 12 - Sept 30th Farewell

Guests can use the remainder of their Swiss Travel Passes to continue to explore Switzerland on their own, or to transfer to the airport for their flights home.

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Value for Money

Double Occupancy (Per Person)
24 left
Deposit: $500
Priced per person based on two people sharing hotel rooms.
Single Occupancy (Per Person)
6 left
Deposit: $500
Priced per person based on one person in the hotel rooms
9/18 Pre-Tour Hotel Reservation
15 left Hotel Baur au Lac
9/17 Pre-Tour Hotel Reservation
Hotel Baur au Lac