Alphorn, Jungfrau region
Glacier Express train
Glacier Express train
Jakobshorn cable-car, Davos
Boat on Lake Lucerne
Escorted Rail Tour
11 Nights (Lucerne – St Moritz – Zermatt – Grindelwald)
Day 1 (Saturday) | Transfer from Zurich airport to Lucerne (approx. 1hr). Check into your hotel and meet your escorting guide. During your 3 night stay in Lucerne, you have the opportunity to take a boat ride on the lake, visiting the places immortalized in Schiller’s ‘William Tell’ play. Or head to the top of Mount Pilatus or Mount Rigi, for superb views, or explore the quaint traffic-free streets of the old town, lined with frescoed buildings and historic monuments.
Day 4 (Tuesday) | Depart by rail to the stylish resort of St. Moritz in the Engadine valley (approx. 4 hours). On arrival, spend your afternoon at Corvatsch or Corviglia for 360° views of the splendid Graubünden scenery, with its glacier and shimmering lakes – guests have FREE use of resort lifts included. Or stroll down the main promenade, browsing the shops or for a delicious hot chocolate in one of the cafés.
Day 5 (Wednesday) | Depart St. Moritz for a day trip on the spectacular ‘Bernina Express’ panoramic train, with seats reserved in 1st class, down to Poschiavo near the Italian border. Part of the Rhätian railway, this winding mountain route is protected as a UNESCO world heritage site for its outstanding natural beauty. Reaching 2253m, passing through 55 tunnels, and crossing almost 200 bridges along the way, the train takes you ‘from mighty glaciers to swaying palm trees’ all in one day. You will have time to enjoy a stroll or lunch in Poschiavo old town before your return journey.
Day 6 (Thursday) | Depart St.Moritz on the famous ‘Glacier Express’ train to the mountain village of Zermatt (approx. 8 hours). We have reserved a 1st class seat for you and lunch is also included on board. In Zermatt, take a walk through the enchanting traffic-free streets, discovering the many shops and cafés, catch the Gornergrat railway for access to the walking terrain, or just marvel at the backdrop of the Matterhorn.
Day 9 (Sunday) | Depart Zermatt travelling via Brig and the Loetschberg tunnel to Spiez then along the shores of Lake Thun and onto the ‘Eiger village’ of Grindelwald in the Bernese Oberland. There are excellent hiking opportunities here, with easy access from the village via cable-car or mountain train to the vast Jungfrau region. Visit the neighbouring resorts of Wengen or Mürren, head to Europe’s highest train station, the Jungfraujoch. Interlaken with its lakes Thun and Brienz, is also within easy reach.
Day 12 (Wednesday) | Transfer back to Zurich airport for your return journey home (approx. 3 ½ hours).