Scenic Switzerland by Train 2020

Scenic Switzerland by Train 2020


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

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 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!

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 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 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 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)

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Inclusions

Maximum elevation on tour—11,332 ft.

Sightseeing & Activities:

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 rideFirst-class train travel (in the rare event that first-class train travel is not available, Standard class will be provided)

Meals:
Buffet breakfasts daily; 3 dinners


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Accommodations

Prices are per person based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$350-$440

No triple room reduction.

Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.

Zurich: Züri by Fassbind
Zurich: Novotel Zurich City-West
Lucerne: Drei Koenige
Lucerne: Ibis Styles Luzerne City
Lausanne: Alpha Palmiers
Lausanne: Ibis Centre
Zermatt: Holiday Hotel
Zermatt: Perren
St. Moritz: Hotel Baeren
Zurich: Dormero Airport Hotel Zurich

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Questions & Answers

Question: What is temperature in the July 12 tour

The average temperature in Switzerland in the summer ranges from 60s - 80s

Question: How do our bags get transported from place to place?

Porterage at hotels for one suitcase per person is included in a Cosmos tour.

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

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Ratings based off 36 reviews . Currently showing 9 reviews with comments only.
By Lori J on Jul 26, 2019

The accommodations wwre sub par and too far away from city centre. Tye food gir the meals included was disgraceful.

By Cecelia C on Jul 27, 2018

Overall the trip was very good. The guide was good but not great. I liked the trains a lot, but my major criticism was that it should have been explained as to the amount of walking. I thought we would take a train to a city each day, leave out stuff and walk around. There were no city tours and you had to carry anything that would not go in a bag with you. So I had my tablet and a few personal items and it was very inconvenient. Lugging around your stuff all day is no fun. The amount of walking - especially from the train stations to the hotels should have been explained. Some people really struggled.

By Patricia W on Jul 27, 2018

I would book again, but this trip was not explained thoroughly. There was a great deal more walking than anyone expected--walking to the hotels, to the train stations and to most of the tour spots. This went beyond average or even moderate walking. Many of the clients were exhausted by the end of the trip. Also the hotels were substandard. Two of them were not airconditioned and the temperature was in the 909s. I know it doesn't usually get this hot in Switzerland, but a major hotel should have the option of air conditioning if needed by the customer. The trains were great, but sometimes the many changes and walking to get there was just a little too much. This trip needs some adjustments and some clear explanation of what you will be subject to if you sign up for this trip.

By Ronald L on Jul 27, 2018

We were very surprised that there was no air conditioning in some of the hotels. The last hotel in Zurich was on the flight path for the nearby airport so it was not possible to open windows without deafening noise. With no A/C it made the experience very uncomfortable. On the other hand, the tour itself was exceptional. The itinerary was perfect and it was great to travel by train to these marvelous destinations. The tour director was exceptional.

By Marysusanlile R on Jul 20, 2018

We had a great time and enjoyed the tour group in addition to all the tour experiences. The tour guide Miheala was particularly expert, warm, and personable.

By Cindy C on Jun 29, 2018

I knew it was a average/moderate tour, the tour guide was exceptional and the tours were lovely with reasonable priced excursions. The hotels were charming with European charm however, our accommodations compared to others in the group were never at the same level. Our rooms were consistently smaller, never had a balcony or a view like the others did. I did not expect it every time, understanding that repeat travelers have more perks, but I did expect that the better rooms would occasionally be available to us. Our rooms were noisier, no additional amenities like tea pots or fans, and while our views might have something off in the distance at ground level and directly below the windows we regularly had gravel roof tops, major roads, and even a wood trash pile. Breakfast was lovely every day, the dinners included were not acceptable, more like institutional/dormitory food cooked in mass.

By Barbara L on Jun 22, 2018

wonderful trip. Our guide, Marco, was fantastic.

By Sandra W on Jul 14, 2017

This trip more than exceeded my expectations. Our tour director was better than any I have ever had. Fantastic experience.

By Linda S on Aug 22, 2014

This was a wonderful trip that fulfilled our expectations in terms of scenery and train travel, and exceeded our expectations in terms of personalized tips and expanded excursion options from our tour guide.


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