The Great Swiss Train Tour
It’s been twenty 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 St. Moritz 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.
Day 1 – Depart your hometown for the flight to Zurich in Switzerland.
Day 2 – After arrival in Zurich transfer to our hotel at the airport. We have made it a point to spend the first night at a hotel at the airport since participants arrive on different flights throughout the morning. It will also assure you that you will not miss the departure of the tour if your flight is delayed or if your luggage does not arrive with you. After getting settled and a rest we take the train to Zurich for a stroll at the old town and an early dinner in a historic beer hall. D
Day 3 – After a leisurely breakfast we take the hotel shuttle to the airport to take a train to Lucerne where we change to a lake boat, to cruise to the small lake-side town of Vitznau where your hotel is on the lake next to the boat landing and next to a historic cog rail train, the first such train in Switzerlans. In the afternoon we take this train to the top of the Rigi mountain. After our return to the hotel, dinner is at the hotel’s lakeside dining room. B D
Day 4 – Time to relax over breakfast before we board a lake boat to sail to the eastern end of Lake Lucerne, the most spectacular section of the lake. At noon, we get of the boat to have lunch in a rustic inn set at the edge of a meadow where Switzerland had its beginnings in 1251. Later we return to Vitznau where the evening is on your own. B L
Day 5 – This morning we take a lake steamer back to Lucerne from where we take the train through picture postcard scenery to Interlaken and on to Grindelwald at the foot (literally) of the Eiger mountain. Our hotel is a pretty chalet set in a mountain meadow where the view from your balcony looks out onto glacier-crusted Swiss Alps. After arrival there is time to relax before we meet for dinner the hotel which has one of Grindelwald’s best restaurants. B D
Day 6 – This morning we embark on a day excursion to the small village of Muerren, set on a sunny plateau amidst some of Switzerland’s highest mountains. After spending time in picturesque and car-free Muerren we take a cable car to the even smaller village of Gimmelwald where we stop for an authentic hamburger in the beer garden of the Pension Gimmelwald. Later we take another cable car into the valley to return to Grindelwald where the evening is on your own. B L
Day 7 – The day and evening is at leisure. Those wanting to take the train to the Jungfrau Mountain, referred to as the “Top of Europe” will get a discount with the Swiss Pass. Other options are to take the train to Interlaken to go shopping or take a cruise on Lake Thun, one of the two lakes between which Interlaken is located, thuds the name Interlaken which means “between the lakes. Another option is to spend the day in Grindelwald or just enjoy a relaxing day at the hotel. B
Day 8 – Today we leave Grindelwald to continue by train to Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn. In Zermatt you will stay the prettiest hotel in Zermatt, a charming chalet where you have a view of the Matterhorn from your room and balcony. In the evening we 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
Day 9 – After a leisurely breakfast we 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 we stop for lunch in a rustic inn halfway down the mountain before returning to Zermatt. After lunch those willing can come with me to take a fabulous walk back to Zermatt through mountain meadows and past Zsmutt, the first hamlet in this region. B L
Day 10 – The day is on your own. In the morning join us 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
Day 11 – Today we 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 we take a stroll through the Chur’s beautiful old town after which the rest of the evening is on your own. B L
Day 12 – This morning we take the train to St. Moritz, that ritzy, glitzy enclave for the rich and famous. Our hotel is in the very center of St.Moritz where you can shop for designer clothes, expensive watches, shoes that cost an arm and a leg, outrageously priced chocolates, so yummy they are almost worth the price, or any other trinket you can’t pass up. The evening is on your own, but our hotel is in the center of St. Moritz and eateries are aplenty in the neighborhood. B
Day 13 – After a leisurely breakfast we take one of the Switzerlands Postbuses to travel to Lugano. There is no train on this route and the Postbus is an extension of the train. It is one of the most scenic and contrasting trips as you travel from icy glaciers to swaying palms along the shores of Lake Lugano. The journey is over the Maloja Pass, down through the Val Bregaglia valley to Chiavenna in Italy and along Lake Como to Lugano. After arrival in Lugano and getting settled in our historic lakeside hotel where the evening is on your own. B
Day 14 – This mornig we take 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 ham-stretching step. The Sanctuary of Maria Del Sasso is a truly spectacular place with equally spectacular views over the lake. Later we return to Lugano where the evening is on your own. B L
Day 15 – The day is on your own to pursue your own interests. You might want to spend the day in town or take a boat to Gandria, a typical, very old stone village along a steep hill, it is a 30 minute boat ride and well worth the trip. In the evening we head for one of the grottos, the word for restaurants serving rustic local fare and local wine. BD
Day 16 – This morning we transfer to the train station for the scenic ride back to Zurich where the evening is on your own.
Day 17 – After breakfast transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
TOUR COST: $4760.00 per person double
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $490.00
15 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.