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Scenic Switzerland by Train

Scenic Switzerland by Train

9 Day Tour from Zürich to Zürich

Vacation overview

This Scenic Switzerland by Train tour is the perfect way to see Switzerland’s breathtaking mountains, charming mountain resorts, fascinating old towns, and beautiful lakes—all while you relax in first-class aboard Switzerland’s famous trains. You’ll overnight in Zurich, Lucerne, Lausanne, Zermatt, and St. Moritz.

One of the highlights of this Switzerland train tour is the train journey aboard the Glacier Express from Zermatt, a picturesque cluster of rustic chalets beneath the majestic Matterhorn, to glitzy St. Moritz, one of the world’s most famous resorts. From your carriage windows, marvel at the thundering waterfalls, impressive snow-capped peaks, glacial ice fields, lush meadows, and picture-perfect villages. Another highlight of this Switzerland train tour is the journey aboard the Bernina Express from St Moritz to Tirano, Italy. Traveling on the highest railway across the Alps, you’ll witness glistening glaciers, stunning mountain streams, and alpine scenery, and you’ll travel through tunnels and over bridges that are engineering masterpieces!

But that’s not all…in Zermatt you’ll also experience the Gornergrat open-air cog railway, Europe’s highest. You’ll journey over remarkable bridges, through tunnels, and past rocky ravines and beautiful lakes. The views of the Matterhorn from the top are nothing short of spectacular! Other train journeys you’ll experience on this tour through Switzerland are the Golden Pass Panoramic train to Montreux, situated on the shores of Lake Geneva and known as the “Swiss Riviera.” You’ll feel like you are immersed in the landscapes passing you by.

Stunning scenery and thrilling train rides…there’s no better way to see scenic Switzerland! So grab your camera and get ready for an amazing, value-minded vacation!

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Itinerary

 

Day 1

ARRIVE IN ZURICH, SWITZERLAND. Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Zurich with the help of the CosmosGO app. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers. (D)

Day 2

ZURICH–LUCERNE. Board the train for your journey from Zurich to Lucerne. Lucerne is one of Switzerland’s most idyllic medieval cities, surrounded by a beautiful lake and nestled amidst snowcapped Alps. The rest of the day is at leisure to discover the delights of this charming city such as the famous wooden bridge or the picturesque town centre. Alternatively, sign up for an optional excursion.
Today’s Distance: 37 mi/ 60 km (B)

Day 3

LUCERNE–INTERLAKEN–GOLDENPASS MOB PANORAMIC TRAIN TO MONTREUX–LAUSANNE. Depart Lucerne on the Lucerne-Interlaken Express. Cross Brunig Pass en route to Interlaken, and spend some time strolling through the quaint streets. From Interlaken, take the BLS RegioExpress train to Zweisimmen. Continue on the GoldenPass panoramic train for your unforgettable journey to Montreux, then continue to Lausanne.
Today’s Distance: 155 mi/ 250 km (B)

Day 4

LAUSANNE–MONTREUX–TÄSCH–ZERMATT. Depart for the delightful Swiss mountain resort of Zermatt. En route, stop to visit the town of Montreux, situated on the shores of Lake Geneva and surrounded by vineyards and against the breathtaking backdrop of snow-covered Alps. Enjoy some free time or maybe join an optional guided excursion to Chillon Castle before continuing by train to Zermatt.
Today’s Distance: 109 mi/ 175 km (B,D)

Day 5

ZERMATT. GORNERGRAT EXCURSION. An included excursion takes you to the famous Gornergrat, traveling on board Europe’s highest rack railway. The views of the Matterhorn from its summit are spectacular. The rest of the day is at leisure in Zermatt—with a variety of interesting shops, cafés, bars, and picturesque streets to explore. (B)

Day 6

ZERMATT–GLACIER EXPRESS–ST. MORITZ. The train journey today aboard the spectacular Glacier Express is without a doubt one of the main highlights of the tour. Enjoy unforgettable views as you make your way through the unspoiled natural beauty of the Alps on the direct route from Zermatt to the world-famous mountain resort of St. Moritz. This picture-perfect town is more than just a holiday resort. It was also the birthplace of Alpine winter tourism (in 1864) and has twice hosted the Winter Olympics. Stretch your legs this evening, and admire the beautiful chalets decorated with colorful geraniums.
Today’s Distance: 174 mi/ 280 km (B,D)

Day 7

MORITZ. BERNINA EXPRESS EXCURSION TO TIRANO, ITALY. Take the Bernina Express train (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) to Tirano and back for one of Europe’s most spectacular and breathtaking train rides. Travel across the lofty Bernina Pass via the Swiss Poschiavo area to Tirano in the Italian Valtellina, witnessing an array of beautiful mountain streams, glaciers, and alpine scenery along the way.
Today’s Distance: 75 mi/ 120 km (B)

Day 8

ST. MORITZ–ZURICH. Leave St. Moritz for the journey back to Zurich. Enjoy some time at leisure in Zurich. Take a stroll around the city center and indulge in some chocolate tasting, or follow the course of the river Limmat until it reaches the banks of Lake Zurich.
Today’s Distance: 137 mi/ 220 km (B)

Day 9

ZURICH. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Vacation Highlights

Individual headsets

LUCERNE
Visit

INTERLAKEN
Visit

GOLDENPASS PANORAMIC
Train ride

MONTREUX
Visit

LAUSANNE
Visit

ZERMATT
Visit

GORNERGRAT
Excursion by rack railway

GLACIER EXPRESS
Train ride

ST. MORITZ
Visit

BERNINA EXPRESS
Train ride

Scenic Highlights:
Swiss Alps

Guides:

Professional Tour Director while touring

Hotels

ZÜRICH Novotel City West (F)
LUCERNE AREA Ibis Styles (ST)
LAUSANNE Alpha Palmiers (F)
ZERMATT Perren (ST) or Derby (ST)
ST. MORITZ Hotel Bären (ST)
ZÜRICH NH Zurich Airport (F)

Buffet breakfasts daily; 3 dinners


Travel Terms & Conditions
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Important Notes

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  • A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required for Cosmos to reserve space for you. View Terms & Conditions for limited exceptions.
  • The following charges are not included in the land vacation price unless otherwise noted: airfare to and from the start of your vacation; Intra-vacation air unless specified in the itinerary; airline baggage fees including checked and/or excess baggage fees; Federal inspection fees for the Federal U.S. Customs and Immigrations; International Air Transportation tax; agricultural tax; other per person taxes imposed by government entities; airport taxes and fees including the September 11th Security fee up to $11.20 per person, passenger facility charges up to $18 per person, Federal domestic flight segment fees up to $4.00 per segment, and U.S. and International arrival and departure and other government-imposed added by the airline and applicable at time of booking; port taxes; passports; visas (except on Cuba programs) and vaccinations; tips to your Tour or Cruise Director, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ship's crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted Cosmos menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant or onboard your vessel (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant); airport transfers on non-qualifying flights; optional excursions; porterage at airports and train stations; Travel Protection; and all other items of a personal nature.

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