The Great Swiss Train Tour – Oct.14/Oct.28, 2019
It’s been twenty-one years since our first Swiss Train Tour, the only all-by-train tour through Switzerland. This year we designed a very special Tour, there is no other like it. All travel is by train excepting the section between Tirano and Lugano since no train exists for this stretch. Travel will be aboard one of a Swiss Postal Bus in reserved seats. We also don’t lure you with pictures of places in Switzerland you never see, what you see in our pictures is the Switzerland you will see on the tour.
Oct. 14 – Depart your hometown for the flight to Geneva in Switzerland.
Oct. 15 – After Arrival in Geneva transfer to your hotel in the old town of Geneva set on a hill above the lake. After getting settled and a rest you take a stroll with a local guide through the beautiful and historic section of Geneva.** In the evening dinner in a congenial restaurant near the hotel.B D ** taking a stroll depends on your arrival time. In any event your guide will take you to dinner.
Oct.16 – After a leisurely breakfast you meet your guide take a walk down the hill to visit a famous Chocolatier to learn all about how chocolate is made. The visit ends with time out in the comfortable tea room to savor some of their irresistible treats. Afterwards learn show you what’s where in Geneva. After returning to the hotel the remainder of the day is on your own. B
Oct.17 – This morning board one of the lake boats to cruise Lake Geneva. Afterwards the remainder of the day is on your own to go shopping or to pursue your own interest. B
Oct. 18 -Today you transfer to the train station to travel by train to the Montreux on the eastern end of the lake for a two night stay at the posh lake-side Hotel Suisse Majestic. In the evening we will have dinner at the lovely lake-side restaurant of the hotel. B D
Oct.19 – After breakfast a special day is in store for us. You will take the train to nearby Vevey to be the guests at one of the best chocolate shops in Switzerland to have fun at a hands-on chocolate work shop. Of course we can’t afford not to offer you a pair of the Chocolatier’s specialty, the Big Shoes of Charley Chaplin who lived in Vevey. After getting back to the at hotel and a lunch break take a cog-rail train to Rochers de Naye from where you have spectacular views over the lake. Later, the evening is a leisure. B
Oct.20– Today you leave Montreux to continue by train to Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn. In Zermatt you will stay the prettiest hotel in in the village, a charming chalet where you have a view of the Matterhorn from your room and balcony. In the evening head down the street for Fondue at a restaurant where Edward Whymper, the first to climb the Matterhorn in 1865, already lodged and had his meals in the very room where we will have dinner. B D
Oct.21 – After a leisurely breakfast take a cable car to the very foot of the Matterhorn, a beautiful spot in a mountain meadow from where climbers begin their ascent of the Matterhorn. Later stop for lunch in a rustic inn halfway down the mountain before returning to Zermatt. After lunch those willing can take a fabulous walk back to Zermatt through mountain meadows and past Zsmutt, the first hamlet in this region. B L
Oct.22 – The day is on your own. In the morning join your local guide for a walk through the oldest section of Zermatt after which the day is at leisure to persue your own interests. You may want to spend the day in town, visit the fascinating Zermatt historic museum, or take a train to the Gornergrat from where you have a panoramic view of the Matterhorn and other peaks in the Swiss Alps. B
Oct.23 – Today bid Zermatt goodbye to take the Glacier Express to the 1000-year old town of Chur, Switzerland’s oldest town which is frequently bypassed by tourists and tour groups on their way to St. Mortitz. En-route lunch is aboard the train while it crosses the Oberalp Pass, the Continental divide where the Rhones flows west and where the Rhine has one of its two sources on the east side, one which can be seen from the train. After arriving in Chur and getting settled a local guide will take you on a stroll through the Chur’s beautiful old town after which the rest of the evening is on your own. B L
Oct.24 – This morning take the train over the 2000-meter high Bernina Pass to Tirano in Italy, one of the most spectacular train rides in the Alps. After arriving in Tirano and getting settled a guide will take you on a stroll through the beautiful old town dating to the 14th century after which you have dinner at a historic Osteria. The dinner may well be the best you have on the trip. B D
Oct.25 – After a leisurely breakfast visit the stunning Palazzo Salis owned since the 17th century by a wine merchant from Milan. Afterwards your guide will take you back head to the Osteriafor a pizza lunch and wine. Afterwards it is on to Lugano aboard a Bernina Express Bus. The bus is a extension of the train since there are tracks exist on this stretch. After arriving in Lugano transfer to our hotel, one of Lugano’s historic hotels, where the evening is on your own. B
Oct.26 – This morning a local guide will taken you on a short walk along the lake promenade to the boat dock for the ride to Morcote. Morcote is a romatnic little town clustered on the hillside below the famous and fabulous Sanctuary of Maria del Sasso After arrival in Morcote we recoup from the morning’s sightseeing over an ample pasta lunch on the lakeside terrace of a small restaurant – after all we are hop and skip from Italy and Italian food is only befitting. Afterwards there is time to shop or take a walk through the village, or opt to take the 400 steps to the Sanctuary which is worth every hamstring-stretching step. The Sanctuary of Maria Del Sasso is a truly spectacular place with equally spectacular views over the lake. Later return to Lugano where the evening is on your own. B L
Oct.27 – This morning transfer to the train station for the trans-alpine ride through the Gotthard Tunnel back to Zurich. After arrival there time to relax after meeting your local guide to take the train to Zurich to have an early dinner at a lively and historic Beer Hall which for a few centuries was a weapon’s storehouse. B D
Oct.28 – After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight home. B
TOUR COST: $4460.00 per person double
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $490.00
12 Nights first class hotel accommodations, daily breakfast, dinners and lunches as per itinerary, first class 15-day Swiss Train Pass, cost for included cable cars and mountain trams, all taxes for lodging and meals and the services of Posh Journeys
Additional meals, soft drinks, bottled water and alcoholic drinks unless part of a included meal and any item not specifically mentioned in this itinerary.