Escorted by an experienced Inghams’ guide, this 10 or 11-night tour is an excellent introduction to Switzerland, designed for those seeking a true taste of this stunning country, including unforgettable experiences on two of the most spectacular panoramic journeys in the world, the ‘Bernina’ and ‘Glacier Express’. Travelling as part of a small group from the beautiful lakeside setting of Lucerne, to world-famous St. Moritz; onto the ‘Matterhorn village’ of Zermatt, and then the dramatic scenery of the Bernese Oberland. Amongst the highlights are a day excursion on the spectacular ‘Bernina Express’ train from St. Moritz to Poschiavo near the Italian border, and the rail journey from St.Moritz to Zermatt on the ‘Glacier Express’ where we have arranged for you to enjoy lunch on board. Each of your transfers is by 1st class rail, and your luggage is transported for you between each resort, so all you need to do is sit back and admire the scenery. With a half-fare travel card for reductions on Switzerland’s superb transport network also included, you have plenty of opportunity to explore, cruise, hike, or simply relax in four of Switzerland’s contrasting ‘Cantons’.
Day 1 (Saturday or Wednesday)
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 or 3 (Tuesday or Friday)
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 or 4 (Wednesday or Saturday)
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 or 5 (Thursday or Sunday)
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 or 8 (Sunday or Wednesday)
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 or 11 (Wednesday or Saturday)
Transfer back to Zurich airport for your return journey home (approx. 3½ hours).
All optional excursions are bookable and payable locally via your escorting guide. Please note we do not accept children under 12 (or infants) on this tour.
Hotel Steffani in St. Moritz is a traditionally ‘Engadine’, family-run 4 star hotel with a welcoming atmosphere, located in the heart of the resort. The Corviglia funicular and train station are 5 minutes’ walk away.
|Prices per person (£)||Swiss Classic Tour|
|Holiday Code||CHXX3052 (11 nights)/CHXX3053 (10 nights)|
|Depart||Gatwick / Heathrow / London City / Luton / Birmingham / Manchester / Edinburgh|
|No. of nights||10 or 11|
|Supplements per person per holiday|
PB or PS WC incl; Superior room (Lucerne) £56; Sgl PB or PS WC £160
Sgl=Single, PB=Bath, PS=Shower, incl=included
Prices include flights, resort transfers and accommodation. Flight supplements may apply. Prices and supplements are correct at time of going on the website and may vary up or down at time of booking.
|from ZURICH: 1hr by rail|
|Rail from the UK|
|Travel from St Pancras, Ashford or Ebbsfleet|
General Terms and Conditions: All prices, offers and availability are correct at time of publishing, are subject to change & availability and can be withdrawn at any time. All offers are for 7 nights unless otherwise stated. All prices are per person based on maximum occupancy of a room or apartment and on the lowest priced departure point, supplements for other flights/airports may apply. The late booking fee of £30 per person applies to late bookings made within 14 days of departure.