8 Days Mini Grand Tour - A Defined Scenic Rail Itinerary

Featuring the GoldenPass Line and the Glacier, Bernina and Gotthard Panorama Express trains

Jungfraujoch-Top of Europe
Steamer at Seelisberg on Lake Lucerne
St. Moritz funicular to Chantarella, en route to Corviglia

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 Card which gives you up to 50% reductions on excursions. 

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"A special highlights of Switzerland itinerary for lovers of rail travel, with 4 fabulous scenic rail journeys including the Glacier Express, Bernina Express, GoldenPass Line and Gotthard Panorama Express. You'll stay overnight in 5 delightful lakes and mountains resorts, all with beautiful views"

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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 Luzern-Interlaken Express. Check in to your hotel and enjoy your first look around Interlaken.

Day 2 - Free day in and around Interlaken
Enjoy the fabulous scenery with a cruise on the lakes or take a trip to Schynige Platte or the Schilthorn mountain. We have a special price on this tour of £86 if you decide to include Jungfraujoch-Top of Europe at 3,454m with amazing views over the glacier. The journey can now be via Grindelwald and the new Eiger Express cable cars.
Day 3 - GoldenPass Line to Montreux for 1 night
The GoldenPass Line journey gives you 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 with fabulous views of Lake Geneva on your way down to Montreux. Spend an afternoon enjoying the delights of this impressive lakeside resort.
Day 4 - Montreux, then travel to Zermatt for 1 night
The leisurely journey to Zermatt takes under 3 hours. You can therefore decide to linger in Montreux for lunch or head straight for the high Alps of Zermatt. From here, you could take a sunset journey to Gornergrat.
Day 5 - Glacier Express to St. Moritz for 1 night
The full Glacier Express experience for a wonderfully slow and scenic journey across the Alps, where you can enjoy unbeatable views through your panoramic windows. The Oberalp Pass, Rhine Gorge and Landwasser Viaduct are all highlights of the route, as is the 3 course lunch served at your seat. Enjoy an evening stroll around St. Moritz.
Day 6 - Bernina Express to Lugano for 1 night
The Bernina Express offers magnificent views of alpine forests and mountain peaks as you travel along the World Heritage railway towards the Italian border and Tirano. After time for a quick lunch, board the Bernina Bus for a journey through Italian countryside. You’ll cross back into Switzerland and catch your first glimpse of lakeside Lugano. There will be time for an evening stroll along the stunning lake shore.
Day 7 - Gotthard Panorama Express - a 1st class rail and boat journey to Lucerne for 1 night
Take another look around the elegant town of Lugano before starting your most enjoyable Gotthard Panorama Express journey to Lucerne. The 1st class panoramic carriages take you slowly upwards via the old Gotthard tunnel on looping mountain tracks, with some beautiful scenery to enjoy. On arrival in Flüelen in Central Switzerland you leave the train and join the paddle steamer or motor boat on the 1st class upper deck, or a scenic cruise along the whole length of the lake to Lucerne.
Day 8 - Last day
The one hour train journey to Zurich airport allows you time for a last look around and perhaps lunch in Lucerne before your flight to the UK.

2022 Guide Prices

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

Available May-October

Prices from £1,415 per person staying in 3 star hotels

Prices from £1,638 per person staying in 4 star hotels

1st class rail supplement £103. Half board prices: add £268 per person in 3 star hotels; £294 in 4 star hotels (except Montreux)


Your holiday price includes

Booking Conditions
  • Scheduled return flights from London to Zurich (flights available from around the UK)
  • 2nd class rail travel from Zurich airport to Interlaken and Lucerne to Zurich airport
  • 7 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 Panoramic Express with reserved seats on the rail section
  • 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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Planning your holiday 2022

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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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