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Scenic Switzerland by Train (6010)

9 days from Zürich to Zürich

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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, the Lucerne area, 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 snowcapped 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…you’ll also travel from Zermatt to Gornergrat in Europe’s highest open-air cog railway. 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 GoldenPass 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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 Tour Highlights

Sightseeing:

Visits to Lucerne, Interlaken, Montreux–Oberland Bernois panoramic train, Montreux, Lausanne, Zermatt, Gornergrat train, Glacier Express train, St. Moritz, Bernina Express train

Guides:

Professional Tour Director while touring

Scenic Highlights:

Swiss Alps

Notes:

Maximum elevation on tour—11,332 ft.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes
Transportation:

First-class train travel except for the stretch Samedan-Sagliains (in the rare event that first-class train travel is not available, standard class will be provided)

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 3 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1

ARRIVE IN ZURICH, SWITZERLAND. Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Zurich. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
Dinner

Day 2

ZURICH–LUCERNE AREA. 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 or to join one of the optional excursions.
Breakfast

Day 3

LUCERNE AREA–INTERLAKEN–GOLDENPASS TRAIN TO MONTREUX–LAUSANNE. Leave Lucerne on the Lucerne-Interlaken Express. Cross Brunig Pass en route to Interlaken, where you spend some time strolling through the quaint streets. From Interlaken, take the BLS RegioExpress train to Zweisimmen. Continue on the MONTREUX–OBERLAND BERNOIS PANORAMIC TRAIN for your unforgettable journey to Montreux, then continue to Lausanne.
Breakfast

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 known as the “Swiss Riviera.” Enjoy some free time or maybe join the optional guided excursion to Chillon Castle before continuing by train to Zermatt.
Breakfast Dinner

Day 5

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

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.
Breakfast Dinner

Day 7

ST. 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 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.
Breakfast

Day 8

ST. MORITZ–ZURICH. Leave St. Moritz for the journey back to Zurich. Enjoy some time at leisure in Zurich.
Breakfast

Day 9

ZURICH. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

MARCO NOCI

Escorting tours for more than 10 years

"Switzerland-where better to take a break than in this naturally stunning and peaceful country? On a tour of this remarkable place, I  won't just show you the Switzerland that you will find in the guidebooks (chocolate, fondue, and clocks that go "cuckoo"),  I will share with you the genuine "Swiss" experience. There's more to this unique country than meets the eye!"

Tour Director -  MARCO NOCI

 Accommodations

LAUSANNE Alpha Palmiers (ST)
LUCERNE Ibis Styles Luzerne City (ST)
ST. MORITZ Hotel Baeren (ST)
ZERMATT Best Western Butterfly (ST) or Perren (ST)
ZURICH Novotel Zurich City-West (F) or NH Zurich Airport (F) or Züri by Fassbind (F)

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
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$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
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