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Switzerland on the Tracks

9-day no-fly rail journey from £2,360 pp

Summary

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An enchanting journey through some of Europe's most scenic rail routes

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Highlights

  • See some of Europe's finest towns and cities, including Zurich and Dijon
  • Experience a rail journey like no other on the Glacier Express
  • Discover the Bernina Express railway line, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Stand at the foot of the Matterhorn and visit the viewing platform at the Gornegrat
  • Link your journey with first class rail travel and boutique hotels

In Brief

  • 1 Night Zürich
  • 1 Night Zermatt
  • 1 Night St Moritz
  • 1 Night Lugano
  • 1 Night Lucerne
  • 1 Night Zürich
  • 2 Nights Dijon

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August holidays | Food & wine | History & culture | No-fly | Rail holidays | Rail journey | Short break

This tailor-made no-fly journey combines the best in Swiss rail travel with the delights of some of Europe's favourite regions. From Zurich to the Alps and even one of France's wine-making capitals, Dijon, you'll enjoy spectacular views, charming city culture and great food and wine. You'll take in the Bernina Express railway, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, as well as the world's slowest express train, the Glacier Express, on a scenic passage through the natural beauty of the Alps.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Zurich via Paris

You'll start your journey departing from London on the high-speed Eurostar in Standard Premier comfort, with included meal and wine. On arrival in Paris Gare du Nord station, choose to take a taxi or the Metro to Gare de Lyon station for your onward journey, connecting from Gare de Lyon to Zurich on the TGV Lyria. You'll check in to the Hotel Marktgasse with time to relax in your modern, airy room or explore the city for the evening. You're in the perfect location in the heart of Zurich, close to the old town area, Niederdorf, which boasts some of the city's best nightlife.

Stay: Hotel Marktgasse, Zurich (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 2
Zurich / Zermatt

Transfer to the train station in Zurich and travel by train to Zermatt lying at the foot of the Matterhorn and offers plenty of things to explore. On arrival in Zermatt, you'll transfer to the Hotel Alpenhof. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure and don't miss out an optional excursion to the Gornergrat, a cogwheel train has transported passengers from the station in Zermatt to an altitude of 3089 metres since 1898, across stunning bridges, through galleries and tunnels, idyllic forests, past gorges and mountain lakes. The iconic view from the Gornergrat platform is dominated by the Matterhorn along with another 29 four-thousand metre peaks forming an impressive mountain panorama completed by the Gorner glacier, stop along the way to enjoy hiking and walking trails before return back to Zermatt.

Stay: Hotel Alpenhof, Zermatt or similar

Meals: B

Day 3
Glacier Express: Zermatt / St.Moritz

After breakfast board the Alps' most famous train the Glacier Express for the 179-mile journey to St. Moritz. Often called the slowest express train in the world, the Glacier Express takes you past snow-dusted peaks, dense forests, rushing rivers, Alpine meadows and Swiss mountain villages at near glacial speeds, giving you plenty of time to savour the ever-changing scenery from the comfort of your Panorama Car, which even has windows in the roof. 

Stay: Hotel Steffani, St. Moritz or similar

Meals: B L

Day 4
St. Moritz / Bernina Express / Lugano

After breakfast at the hotel. Board the Bernina Express, travel over circular viaducts and pass through winding tunnels before reaching Tirano in Italy. Change to the Bernina Express bus which will take you onwards to Ticino. Overnight in Lugano.

Stay:  Lugano accommodation (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 5
Lugano / Gotthard Panorama Express / Lucerne

Breakfast at the hotel. The Gotthard Panorama Express travels from the Mediterranean south to the traditional heart of Switzerland. From Flüelen you will have a boat ride over Lake Lucerne.

Stay: Lucerne accommodation (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 6
Lucerne / Zurich

Enjoy time in Lucerne before boarding your train back to Zurich for your last night in Switzerland. You'll check in to the Hotel Marktgasse with time to relax in your modern, airy room or explore the city for the evening. You're again in the perfect location in the heart of Zurich, close to the old town area, Niederdorf, which boasts some of the city's best nightlife.

Stay: Hotel Marktgasse, Zurich (Superior)

Meals: B

Days 7-8
Dijon

Today you'll depart Zurich for Dijon, the capital city of the historic Burgundy region in eastern France. Your hotel for the night, the Maison Philippe Le Bon, is situated just a two minute walk from the Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy, which holds a vast collection of historical artworks and sculptures. As well as being famous for its mustard, Dijon is one of the wine capitals of France, with a lively atmosphere that continues from day to evening. The following morning, you'll experience the Historic Dijon Market & Food small group walking tour. Along with an expert local guide and a maximum of 8 guests, you'll discover Dijon's hidden gems and taste local delicacies including gingerbread and kir, before returning to your hotel for a well-earned rest.

Stay: Maison Philippe Le Bon, Dijon (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 9
London via Paris

You'll return by TGV Lyria to Paris Gare de Lyon, where once again you can choose to take a taxi or the Metro to Gare du Nord for your onward journey. Returning to London on the high-speed Eurostar, you'll enjoy Standard Premier comfort with included meal and wine, before your arrival in the UK.

Meals: B

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Pricing

Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

9-day no-fly rail journey from £2,360 pp

Superior with 1st class

Low Season

from £2,360 pp.

High Season

from £2,660 pp.

Includes

  • Return Eurostar train between London St Pancras and Paris Gare du Nord in Standard Premier class
  • High speed TGV train between Paris Gare de Lyon and Zurich (stopping in Dijon on return leg)
  • 2 nights accommodation in Zurich on a BB basis (1 x pre Swiss train / 1 x post Swiss train)
  • Zurich to Zermatt train transfer in 1st class
  • 1 night accommodation in Zermatt on a BB basis
  • 1 night accommodation in St. Moritz on a BB basis
  • 1 nights accommodation in Lugano on a BB basis
  • 1 night accommodation in Lucerne on a BB basis
  • Lake Lucerne boat cruise
  • Glacier Express seat reservation in First Class with 3-course menu
  • Bernina Express seat reservation 
  • Gotthard Panorama seat reservation
  • High speed TGV train between Lucerne and Dijon
  • 2 nights accommodation in Dijon on a BB basis
  • High speed TGV train between Dijon and Paris Gare de Lyon

A taxi or metro transfer will be required in Paris to link Paris Gare du Nord and Paris Gare de Lyon stations

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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