17 Days Grand Train Tour - A Defined Scenic Rail Itinerary

A great value way to experience 6 scenic rail journeys including the Glacier and Bernina Express

Alp Grüm station Bernina Express with view of Piz Palue and the glacier
Flüelen - where you change between boat and rail on the Gotthard Panorama Express
Traditional buildings in Appenzell

This is a 'defined scenic rail itinerary' holiday which offers great value for money. It can be adapted in various ways to suit you, however, we cannot change the resorts shown in the itinerary. The holiday includes a Half Fare which gives you up to 50% reductions on excursions.

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"The ultimate scenic rail holiday! Experience five famous journeys across Switzerland, with the opportunity to stay in and explore the sights of eight of our favourite lakes and mountains resorts."

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Day 1 - Arrive and explore Interlaken for 2 nights

Flight from the UK to Zurich airport with rail travel to Interlaken via the scenic Luzern-Interlaken ExpressCheck in to your hotel and look round the town which is great for exploring this stunning region.

Day 2 - In and around the Bernese Oberland

Enjoy the fabulous scenery with a cruise around the two lakes of Thun and Brienz or travel into the Jungfrau mountains where there are many wonderful trips and walks to experience. Check out the Schynige Platte, Schilthorn-Piz Gloria or the new route to the Jungfraujoch-Top of Europe via Grindelwald and the Eiger Express cable cars.

Day 3 - GoldenPass Line to Montreux for 2 nights

On the GoldenPass Line journey you can enjoy views of Lake Thun as you depart Interlaken and head into the mountains and the Simmen valley. After a change in Zweisimmen, it’s on to the alpine resort of Gstaad, before the famous descent to Montreux with fabulous views of Lake Geneva. Spend an afternoon enjoying the delights of this famous resort.

Day 4 - Montreux and Lake Geneva

Montreux is one of the oldest resorts in Switzerland, with cafés and a wonderful promenade which you can follow to the romantic Chillon Castle. The mountain railway to Les Rochers-De-Naye has spectacular views or you could visit the vineyards at Lavaux - another UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 5 - Travel to Zermatt for 2 nights

Today you travel from the Lake to the high Alps where you will get your first glimpse of the Matterhorn mountain which dominates this charming car-free, alpine village.

Day 6 - Zermatt and the Valais region

Mountain railways and cable cars are waiting to transport you to the famous sightseeing spots such as Gornergrat, the idyllic lake of Schwarzsee or Klein Matterhorn at 3,883m.

Day 7 - Glacier Express to St. Moritz for 2 nights

Join the leisurely Glacier Express train on its journey to St. Moritz. This wonderful journey takes 7½ hours in the comfort of panoramic coaches where a 3 course lunch is served at your table. Highlights of this classic route through the mountains include the Oberalp Pass, Rhine Gorge and the Landwasser Viaduct.

Day 8 - St. Moritz and the Upper Engadin

Lively St. Moritz is famous for its chic restaurants and shops. During the summer months, your visit is greatly enhanced by the Engadin Card with free transport including mountain railways and cable cars. This gives you unlimited access to wonderful walks and excursions.

Day 9 - Bernina Express to Lugano for 2 nights

Magnificent views of alpine forests and mountain peaks as you travel along the World Heritage Line to the Italian border on the Bernina Express. Change in Tirano to the Bernina Bus for a journey through the countryside before crossing back into Switzerland and lakeside Lugano. There will be time for an evening ‘passegiata’ along the stunning lake shore.

Day 10 - Lugano and the Ticino region

Soak up the Italian style atmosphere of the attractive lakeside resort of Lugano. Take a relaxing lake cruise to the picturesque village of Gandria for lunch or enjoy the local mountains of Monte Brè and Monte San Salvatore for stunning views over the lake and the wider region.

Day 11 - 1st class Gotthard Panorama Express to Lucerne for 3 nights

A most enjoyable rail and boat journey on the Gotthard Panorama Express. The comfortable train with 1st class panoramic carriages takes you slowly upwards on looping mountain tracks, with some fabulous scenery to enjoy. On arrival in Flüelen you'll join the paddle steamer or motor boat on the 1st class upper deck for a scenic cruise along the whole length of the lake to Lucerne.

Day 12-13 - Lucerne and Central Switzerland

Lucerne, with its beautiful Old Town and lake is the perfect spot from which to explore the dramatic scenery of Central Switzerland. You should make time for the famous old cog railways to the stunning peak of Mount Rigi. Other recommendations include Mount Pilatus and the Stanserhorn.

Day 14 - Pre-Alpine Express via St. Gallen to Appenzell for 2 nights

A charming journey on board the Pre-Alpine Express, crossing Lake Zurich to Rapperswil. Enjoy the rolling hills and the Sitter Viaduct en route to St. Gallen where you change to the local line to Appenzell.

Day 15 - Delightful Appenzell

This delightful Appenzell has a beautiful old centre with many buildings which are ornately decorated with frescoes and date back to the 16th century. Around Appenzell is a walkers’ paradise with a number of local cable cars taking you to stunning alpine beauty spots. Extend your stay to 3 nights and you’ll benefit from the Appenzeller Card, allowing you to explore the nearby mountains for free.

Day 16 - Travel via St. Gallen to Schaffhausen for 1 night

You have a choice of travel options as your route takes you via the historic village of Stein am Rhein where you can either stop off to look round or even change to a 1 hour 15 river cruise (April to October) to Schaffhausen. If you travel in the morning you can visit the Rhine Falls, the most powerful waterfall in Europe, which is just a few minutes away from Schaffhausen by bus or train.

Day 17 - Last day
Zurich airport is less than an hour away leaving you time to enjoy a wander around the interesting town of Schaffhausen before your flight back to the UK.

2022 Guide Prices

2 nights each in Interlaken, Montreux, Zermatt, St. Moritz and Lugano, 3 nights in Lucerne, 2 nights in Appenzell and 1 night in Schaffhausen

Available April-October

Prices from £2,284 per person staying in 3 star hotels
Prices from £2,778 per person staying in 4 star hotels

1st class rail supplement £119. Include half board everywhere except Schaffhausen £633 (3 star hotels) or £640 (4 star except Montreux).


Your holiday price includes

Booking Conditions
  • Scheduled return flights from Heathrow to Zurich (flights are available from around the UK)
  • 2nd class rail travel from Zurich airport to Interlaken and Schaffhausen to Zurich airport
  • 16 nights' bed and breakfast accommodation as described based on two people sharing
  • 2nd class rail travel between your resorts as described with reserved seats on the GoldenPass Line, Glacier Express including lunch and Bernina Express. 1st class travel on the Gotthard Panorama Express with reserved seats on the rail section
  • Engadin Card during the summer months offering FREE transport including mountain railways and cable cars around St. Moritz
  • Half Fare Card which entitles you to half or reduced price travel on all the excursions mentioned
  • Fully detailed itinerary sent with all tickets
  • Financial protection ATOL 3148
The Half Fare Card is valid on trains, scenic trains, PostBuses and most boats, mountain railways and cable cars. Optional excursions may not operate year round, please check before booking. Call us on 0800 619 1200 or email us at info@swissholidayco.com

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  • Decide where you would like to stay
  • Choose your scenic journeys
  • 1st or 2nd class rail travel in Switzerland
  • How many nights in each resort
  • Decide on bed & breakfast or half board
  • 3, 4 or 5 star hotel accommodation
  • Plan visits with your Half Fare Card
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