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An Alpine Railway Adventure

Switzerland in 8 Days, 7 Nights in Destination

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£ 2,299

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A magical train journey through the Alps where you'll witness awe-inspiring landscapes, stopping along the way to explore quaint mountain towns, resorts and cities.

Trip Highlights

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    Montreux
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    Lucerne
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    St. Moritz
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    Zermatt
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    Zurich

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  1. All flights

  2. Accommodation

  3. Activities

  4. Breakfast only

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  1. Departures available until October 2024

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  3. Solo travelers from + £ 610

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From £ 2,299

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  • Accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels.
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Accommodation: 7 Nights

Itinerary

Discover the natural beauty and tranquility of Switzerland by train. From cosmopolitan Zurich, explore the scenery of Lucerne, surrounded by snow-capped Alps, take the GoldenPass Panoramic Train from Interlaken to Montreux, before taking the amazing Glacier Express railway to luxurious St. Moritz.

1st Day: UK/Ireland - Zurich

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Ready to discover the spectacular cities and landscapes of Switzerland? Arrive at your departure airport, ready to catch a flight to Zurich. Touch down in Zurich, famous for being the global center of finance on the north shore of the beautiful lake with the same name. Take a train from the airport to your hotel, which is walking distance from the train station. The rest of the day is free to enjoy at your leisure. Why not walk around the historic old town and enjoy a warm beverage in one of the many cafes or enjoy an international array of gastronomic offerings from restaurants across the city. Overnight stay in Zurich.

* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Alexander hotel Zurich or similar
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1068 Reviews

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2nd Day: Zurich - Lucerne

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After breakfast at the hotel, meet your guide and walk together to the train station to take a train to Lucerne. Sited on Lake Lucerne, it is embedded within an impressive mountainous panorama and majestic snow capped Alps. Upon arrival, enjoy a guided tour of this pretty Swiss city. Discover the well-preserved medieval architecture, walking in the footsteps of many artists and royal figures who lived and passed by in the 1800s. The rest of the day is at your leisure to discover this beautiful lakeside town. We recommend an Optional Mount Rigi Excursion* for an incredible view of Lucerne and the surroundings. Overnight stay in Lucerne

*Optional Mountain Excursion to Rigi: With breathtaking 360-degree panoramic views, Mount Rigi offers a first-class mountain experience whatever the season. 

Why not upgrade your trip with our package of 3 excursions, available in the next step of the booking process!

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Astoria Lucerne or similar
tripadvisor rating

861 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

included
Walking Tour of Lucerne

Moderate

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Optional
Mountain Excursion to Rigi
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Optional
Pack of 3 Excursions - The complete experience!
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3rd Day: Lucerne - Interlaken - Montreux - Vevey

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Breakfast at the hotel. Walk to the train station with your guide to board a train to Interlaken. From there take the GoldenPass Panoramic Train to Montreux. Switzerland’s four language and cultural regions are one of the country’s best-known peculiarities. The journey with the GoldenPass links German-speaking and French-speaking Switzerland, making it possible to experience the change from one culture to another as a gradual process. Upon arrival, enjoy a guided walking tour of Montreux, known as the pearl of the Swiss riviera. Next, board a short train to Vevey, a quaint Swiss town on Lake Geneva, where you will check in to your hotel. The evening is at leisure to explore the town, take in the breathtaking views of the Alpine panorama, enjoy some warming local delicacies in one of the many restaurants or cafes. Overnight stay in Vevey.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Astra or similar
tripadvisor rating

336 Reviews

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Activities

included
GoldenPass Panoramic Train

Light

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included
Walking Tour of Montreux

Moderate

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4th Day: Vevey - Montreux - Zermatt

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Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, get to the train station walking accompany by your guide and leave Vevey behind as you will head back to Montreux by train. From the lake to the mountains and vineyards, the Montreux Riviera offers a postcard landscape. It’s an authentic little piece of paradise that has attracted many artists, writers and travelers in search of beauty, tranquility and inspiration. Continue your awe-inspiring Swiss adventure by train to Zermatt. Upon arrival, enjoy time at your leisure to discover this renowned mountain resort that lies at the foot of the Alpine Matterhorn. We recommend an optional afternoon excursion to Mount Gornergrat*. Overnight stay in Zermatt.

*Optional Mount Gornergrat Afternoon Excursion: Surrounded by no fewer than 29 peaks above 13,000 feet, such as the majestic Matterhorn and the Dufourspitze as well as the third-longest glacier of the Alps, Gornergrat will reward you with a unique opportunity to encounter and take in these unparalleled views over this snowy wonderland.

Why not upgrade your trip with our package of 3 excursions, available in the next step of the booking process!

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Derby or similar
tripadvisor rating

251 Reviews

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Activities

Optional
Mount Gornergrat Afternoon Excursion
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5th Day: Zermatt - St. Moritz by Glacier Express

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Breakfast at the hotel. Prepare for an exciting day ahead as you set off on the famous Glacier Express*, one of the most scenic train rides in the world! Journey through the inspiring landscapes of the Alps as you travel from Zermatt to St. Moritz, an unforgettable journey of around 7.5 hours. Pass through 91 tunnels, across 291 bridges and climb as high as 2033 meters as the Glacier Express crosses the Oberalp Pass. The journey includes panoramic windows to ensure ample opportunities to kick back and take in the views! Arrive in St. Moritz and coach transfer from the station to the hotel. St. Moritz is the most luxurious alpine resort in Switzerland so be sure to get out and explore the upmarket eateries and glamorous streets. Overnight stay in St. Moritz.

*The possibility to book a 3-course meal is available in the next step of the booking process. Important: it is not guaranteed that you will be able to buy lunch directly on the train as the availability is limited. We recommend to either contract the optional meal or to take your own food for the train journey.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Laudinella or similar
tripadvisor rating

862 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

included
Glacier Express Train

Light

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Optional
3 Course Menu - Glacier Express
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6th Day: St. Moritz

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Breakfast at the hotel. Explore the wonderful St. Moritz today at your leisure. Mostly renowned for hosting the Winter Olympics twice and one of the most prominent ski resorts in Europe, St. Moritz is a luxury alpine resort town in Switzerland’s Engadin valley. Known as the ‘Top of the World’ for being almost 6,500 feet above sea level, enjoy the year-round offerings including high-end restaurants, spas and fantastic shopping. Why not head to Tirano on our optional excursion on the Bernina Express*. Overnight stay in St. Moritz.

*Optional Bernina Express Train: Bernina Express is a panoramic train from St Moritz to Tirano. Enjoy one of the most impressive scenic rail journeys Switzerland offers. Travel over circular viaducts and pass through winding tunnels before reaching Tirano in Italy which is the end of the Bernina Express rail line. You’ll have free time in Tirano to discover this Italian mountain town before heading back to St. Moritz on a regional train.

Why not upgrade your trip with our package of 3 excursions, available in the next step of the booking process!

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Laudinella or similar
tripadvisor rating

862 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

Optional
Bernina Express

Light

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7th Day: St Moritz - Zurich

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Breakfast at the hotel. This morning take a coach transfer to the station to take a train to Chur. Upon arrival enjoy some free time in the Switzerland’s oldest city, discovering its fine mountain setting, twisting alleys and historic buildings. Make the most of your last day in Switzerland, why not do a spot of shopping in it numerous boutiques, check out the many restaurants and bars and get your cultural fill at museums and galleries in the largely traffic-free Old Town. Finally, continue your journey back to Zurich to enjoy a guided walking tour of the Old Town to end your Swiss adventure on a high. Overnight stay in Zurich.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Alexander hotel Zurich or similar
tripadvisor rating

1068 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

included
Walking Tour of Zurich

Moderate

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8th Day: Zurich - UK/Ireland

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Breakfast at the hotel.* Bid farewell to the charming culture and unforgettable landscapes of Switzerland. At the indicated time, take the train to the airport for your return flight back to the UK/Ireland. Arrive in the UK/Ireland and end of your trip.

* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

 

Included activities

Included

Walking Tour of Lucerne

Included activity for day 2 in Lucerne

Discover the well-preserved medieval architecture, walk in the footsteps of many artists and royal figures who lived and passed by in the 1800s.

Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Included
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You may have a short stop to change train in Zweisimmen

GoldenPass Panoramic Train

Included activity for day 3 in Interlaken

An extraordinary journey in 3 different trains, with a panoramic view of breathtaking scenery. A never-ending spectacle of three mountain passes, the famous 4000 meter Alpine peaks, 8 lakes and unforgettable excursions.

Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Light

more information
Included

Walking Tour of Montreux

Included activity for day 3 in Montreux

A proffesional guide will take you around the most important parts of the city, while you learn about the history and culture of this beautiful place.

Duration 01:30h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Included
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It is not guaranteed that you will be able to buy lunch directly on the train as the availability is limited. We recommend to either contract the optional meal or to take your own food for the train journey.

Glacier Express Train

Included activity for day 5 in Zermatt

The Glacier Express route through the Alps takes just under eight hours from Zermatt to St. Moritz and boasts spectacular panoramic views, bridges and tunnels.

Duration 07:30h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Light

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Available Activities

Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
Optional

Mountain Excursion to Rigi

Suggested activity for day 2 in Lucerne

With breathtaking 360-degree panoramic views, Mount Rigi offers a first-class mountain experience whatever the season.

Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Light

more information
Optional
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Please avoid booking the activities included in this package separately.

Pack of 3 Excursions - The complete experience!

Suggested activity for day 2

Make the most of your time in Switzerland with this pack of 3 unmissable experiences: a Mountain Excursion to Rigi, an Afternoon Excursion to Mount Gornergrat & a panoramic train ride to Tirano on the Bernina Express!

Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Light

more information
Optional

Mount Gornergrat Afternoon Excursion

Suggested activity for day 4 in Zermatt

Surrounded by no fewer than 29 peaks above 13,000 feet, Gornergrat will reward you with a unique opportunity to encounter and take in these unparalleled views over this snowy wonderland.

Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Light

more information
Optional

3 Course Menu - Glacier Express

Suggested activity for day 5

Includes: Starter, dish of the day & dessert

Physical rating:

Light

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The price includes

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  • Departures from main UK/Ireland airports.
  • International flights: UK/Ireland - Zurich - UK/Ireland.
  • Round trip train ticket from Zurich Airport to Zurich HB station. Golden Pass Panoramic Train and Glacier Express Panoramic Train. Rail tickets to travel between cities*
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  • 7 nights accommodation in Charm & Superior category hotels.
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  • 7 breakfasts.
  • Round trip coach transfer from St Moritz train station to hotel.
  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
    See itinerary
  • Air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • City tours in Zurich, Montreux & Lucerne with professional english speaking guides.
  • ATOL Protection.
  • English-speaking tour leader from day 2 to day 7

*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Tax, meals, drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included. Airport transfers by car or coach.

*Transfers to/from train stations are not included. All hotels are located walking distance from the stations. 

Important: It is mandatory that all passengers tag their luggage with labels on their bags that clearly indicate their full name and that they are traveling with Exoticca.

Please note We cannot guarantee seats together on the train, so you may have separate seats within your group.

New entry requirement in Switzerland: All international travelers before arriving in the country must fill the following form if they do not have a certificate from an EU or EFTA country or a third country connected to the EU Gateway: https://covidcertificate-form.admin.ch/foreign

Important: Airport transfers by car/coach are not included. You will receive a train ticket from Zurich airport to Zurich HB station (central station of the city) on your platform before your trip starts. Your hotel is located 5 minutes away from the station, within walking distance.

Transfers to/from train stations are not included, except in St. Moritz where a coach will take you to your hotel and back to the station. All the hotels of this program are walking distance from the stations and you will walk to/from them with your tour leader. There will be a dedicated vehicle to transfer your luggage between hotels, so you don't have to carry it with you on the trains between cities. Maximum 1 piece of luggage per person. 

Please note that you will have to carry any extra luggage you bring with you yourself on the trains as well as during any tours you do upon arrival in cities prior to your hotel check-in.

Train tickets included in the program are in 2nd Class.

A professional English-speaking tour manager will be travelling with the group from day 2 to day 7. City tours of Zurich, Montreux and Lucerne will be guided by a local english speaking guide.

The Glacier Express ticket does not include meals. The possibility to book3-course meal is available in the next step of the booking process. Important: it is not guaranteed that you will be able to buy lunch directly on the train as the availability is limited. We recommend to either contract the optional meal or to take your own food for the train journey.

  • Entry requirements

    Valid passport required.

  • Visa

    No visa is required to enter the country.

  • Currency

    Swiss Franc.

  • Language

    German, French and Italian.

  • Electricity

    220 V. Adapter required.

  • Health

    There are no mandatory vaccinations.

  • Time zone

    UTC +1

  • Other useful information

    The Swiss drive on the right-hand side of the road.

  • Tourist Office website

    www.myswitzerland.com/

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or canceled without prior notice.

If you have reduced mobility, require the use of a wheelchair, or you would prefer this tour to be a private experience for you and your group, you must contact our Experts at +44 20 8068 3176 before booking to ensure that your needs can be met.

While on the road, it is highly unlikely that the vehicle will be equipped with wifi or bathroom facilities, though rest stops will be made for long trips. We recommend purchasing a new SIM card at the airport or placing an e-SIM before travel to guarantee internet connection.

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Pay only 60% today to reserve your trip.

Rest is paid in instalments according to your departure date.

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