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Independent Swiss Rail Journeys
Zermatt - St. Moritz - Glacier Express - Lugano - Bernina Express - Lucerne - Gotthard Panorama Express

Package Prices

7 night detailed itinerary + train + 3* B&B accommodation + flight:
depart Jersey from only £1,159 per person*
depart Guernsey from only £1,209 per person*

* Inclusive price. Price is per person and based on 2 people sharing a twin bedded room, single supplement from £129 applies in a single room. Flight from Jersey via Guernsey (Jersey clients stay onboard) and onto Zurich. Return flight direct from Zurich to Jersey with onward connection to Guernsey. All prices are subject to availability. If the suggested hotels are not available alternatives will be offered at time of booking. Prices for families are available on request. Four star accommodation is available at a supplement starting from £240pp based on 2 people sharing and from £269 single supplement.

Scenic Rail Adventure

Saturday departures

8 day - 7 night package

Includes detailed travel itinerary, train tickets, B&B accommodation, return flights

Seat reservations: Glacier Express, Bernina Express, Gotthard Express

Free transport on selected railways, buses, trams

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Independent Swiss Rail Journeys

Discover the real Switzerland at your own pace as you explore independently. Scenic Railway Journeys offer comprehensive itineraries making sure you experience all the best bits of this beautiful country and at the end of each day of adventure, there is always a comfy bed waiting for you. They might be called rail journeys, but you’ll also ride local buses, cable cars and even paddle steamers.

The itinerary presented here is the Scenic Rail Adventure itinerary and we also propose the Panoramic Round Trip itinerary.


Switzerland by Train


Scenic Rail Adventure

Discover the diverse regions and cultures of Switzerland on this 8-day tour. You will travel on the three most famous express trains from Central Switzerland to the Italian-speaking Ticino, taking in some spectacular countryside and staying in some beautiful Swiss towns on the way. It is a great opportunity to visit the best of Switzerland on some of the most exciting rail routes in Europe.

Scenic  Rail Adventures Map


  • Enjoy travelling independently, yet being pre-organised, the Swiss way!
  • Admire the power of the Matterhorn from the charming town of Zermatt
  • Ride across magnificent Alpine scenery whilst relaxing on the Glacier Express
  • Discover the glamorous side of Switzerland in glitzy St Moritz
  • Climb the Alps most spectacular summits from the comfort of the Bernina Express
  • Enjoy the Mediterranean atmosphere of the lakeside town of Lugano
  • Journey in style from Ticino to The Central Region on the Gotthard Panorama Express
  • Cruise Lake Lucerne on a vintage paddle steamer boat
  • Finish your tour in pretty Lucerne with its mix of medieval and contemporary architectures.

Accommodation:

Choose between 3* and 4* accommodation - if the suggested hotels are not available alternatives will be offered at time of booking.

Please be advised that double beds are unusual in Swiss hotels and double rooms will mostly have 2 single beds. Single occupancy supplements are based on single rooms with one single bed.

Hotels are located within walking distance of the train stations. 5* accommodation available on request.

3 * accommodation:

  • Hotel des Alpes, Lucerne
  • Continental Parkhotel, Lugano
  • Hotel Reine Victoria, St.Moritz
  • Hotel Testa Grigia, Zermatt
  • 4 * accommodation:

  • Hotel Wilden Mann, Lucerne
  • Hotel Dante Center, Lugano
  • Hotel Steffani, St.Moritz
  • Hotel Schweizerhof, Zermatt
  • Flight Times

    Outbound

    Jersey departure to Zurich (Stopping in Guernsey. Remain on the plane for 15 minutes):

  • Flybe - 10:20 - 13:55
  • Guernsey departure DIRECT to Zurich:

  • Flybe - 10:55 - 13:55

  • Return

    Zurich departure DIRECT to Jersey:

  • Flybe - 14:25 - 15:25
  • Jersey to Guernsey:

  • Flybe - 17:10 - 18:30
  • Available upgrade

  • Upgrade to 4 star accommodation from £200 per person.
  • FREE upgrade to 1st class rail travel in May and June

  • Zurich Average Temperature

    Full Itinerary

    For the 3* and 4* accommodation options please see the Package Information tab above.

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    Day 1: Channel Islands to Zurich and Zermatt

    From Jersey, clients will board their Flybe flight to Zurich with a stopover of 15 minutes in Guernsey where our Guernsey clients will board. Your flight is then direct onto Zurich.

    Your adventure will start here in Zurich as you take your first rail journey towards Zermatt. Once in Zermatt you will easily find your hotel located within a short walking distance to the train station.

    Welcome to Switzerland!


    Zermatt


    Day 2: Explore Zermatt

    Breakfast at your hotel. Day at leisure in Zermatt.

    Dominated by the unmistakable peak of the Matterhorn, standing alone at the head of the valley, Zermatt is encircled by a ring of four-thousand metre peaks. At the foot of the Matterhorn, the old town of Zermatt has preserved its original character and traditional features.

    Overnight at your hotel in Zermatt.

    Optional excursions:

    Optional Gornergrat Excursion: Take advantage of your included Half Fare Card in order to get 50% discount on the Gornergrat excursion. The highest cogwheel train in Switzerland will take you to an altitude of 3,089m (10,134ft) above sea level. During the ride to the summit, you will experience excellent vantage points for some 29 four-thousand-metre peaks including the mighty Matterhorn and the impressive glaciers of the Monte Rosa massif. The journey takes a little more than half an hour per way and can easily be done within half a day.


    Gornergrat


    Optional Matterhorn Paradise: The cable car ride from Zermatt to the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise is an unforgettable experience culminating with one of the most stunning glacier view points in the world. Travel time is just under 1h per way. The excursion takes a good half-day.

    Day 3: Zermatt to St Moritz – Glacier Express

    Breakfast at hotel. Morning departure on the famous Glacier Express.

    The Glacier Express is a fascinating 7½ hour rail journey across the Swiss Alps, crossing 291 bridges, passing through 91 tunnels and climbing over the 2.033m high Oberalp Pass to connect the world renowned resorts of Zermatt and St. Moritz.


    Glacier Express


    Experience the Alps in all their breath-taking glory from the comfort of your seat in the panorama car: unspoilt mountain forests, lush Alpine pastures, rushing streams and valleys with their rich traditions stretching back hundreds of years. Onboard commentary is available in English throughout the journey as a guide to the dramatic landscape and spectacular views.

    As you gaze out at the stunning alpine panorama, you can choose from a range of culinary specialities and traditional dishes. All meals are freshly prepared on board and served at your seat. You can reserve lunch in as an optional extra with Bontour before you travel. Lunch can also be purchased on the train directly however we recommend that you book in advance to avoid disappointment as supplies are limited.

  • Glacier Express, Dish of the Day, 1 course lunch - £26pp
  • Glacier Express, 3 course lunch - £38pp.
  • Late afternoon arrival in St. Moritz. Overnight in St. Moritz.

    Day 4: Explore St Moritz

    Breakfast at hotel. Day at leisure in St. Moritz.

    St. Moritz is one of the best-known holiday resorts in the world, famous for its elegance and cosmopolitan air, with exquisite gastronomy and exclusive shopping and leisure facilities. The rich and famous flock to St. Moritz to enjoy its beauty; at 1856m above sea level, it is surrounded by stunning lakes, snow-capped mountain peaks and the only national natural park in Switzerland.


    St Moritz


    Wander around the old town at your leisure and soak up the atmosphere, take a stroll around the lake or hike along one of the scenic hiking trails of the Upper Engadine.

    Overnight in St. Moritz.

    Optional excursions:

    During your time in St Moritz, you will have the opportunity to visit Diavolezza or Muottas Muragl.

    Day 5: St Moritz to Lugano – Bernina Express

    Breakfast at hotel. Board the Bernina Express train to Tirano (Italy).

    The train journey over the Bernina Pass is an incredible experience and one of the most spectacular routes across the Alps. Travelling over circular viaducts, the train climbs to over 2,000m above sea level, with stunning views over snow-capped mountains and glaciers. On-board commentary in English available.


     Muottas Muragl


    There will be time to explore the Italian town of Tirano and have lunch (not included) at a local restaurant before boarding the Bernina Express coach to Lugano.

    Late afternoon arrival in Lugano. Overnight in Lugano.

    Day 6: Explore Lugano

    Breakfast at hotel. Day at leisure in Lugano.

    Set in a bay on the northern side of Lake Lugano, surrounded by mountains, Lugano is a traffic-free historic town with exclusive museums, beautiful mountains, Mediterranean climate and events all year round. Enjoy the Mediterranean atmosphere, stroll along the lakeside promenade or take a trip to Monte Brè or Monte San Salvatore – the two closest mountains to Lugano, both offering outstanding panoramic views. Your train ticket includes a half-fare card allowing 50% discount on normal full fares.

    Overnight in Lugano.

    Day 7: Lugano to Lucerne – Gotthard Panorama Express

    Breakfast at hotel.

    The Gotthard Express, linking two of the most attractive regions of Switzerland – Ticino and the Central Region – begins with a train journey from Lugano to Bellinzona. Here you board the Gotthard Express panoramic train, taking you through the Gotthard tunnel to Flüelen.


     Gotthard Express


    End your journey with a leisurely cruise on board one of Lake Lucerne's vintage paddle steamers for a panoramic 2½ hr cruise. Take in the amazing scenery all around you, from the imposing mountain peaks to the forest covered shores, all reflected in the crystal clear water.

    Arrival in Lucerne late afternoon. Overnight in Lucerne.

    Day 8: Lucerne - Departure

    Breakfast at hotel.

    Lucerne, at the heart of Switzerland, is one of the most scenic cities in the country, surrounded by spectacular alpine mountain peaks and the stunning Lake Lucerne. Historic monuments have been contrasted with contemporary designs, while traditional festivals and modern events have created a unique and exciting city centre with a range of attractions all year round. Explore the city centre and visit the covered, medieval Chapel Bridge and the Lion Monument.


    Lucerne


    Departure by rail transfer to Zurich airport for your flight departure at 14:25.

    What's included:

    • Rail tickets in 1st or 2nd class for rail travel as per itinerary (Swiss Card includes half fare discount)
    • 7 night accommodation in selected hotel category, standard rooms
    • 7 x breakfasts
    • Local taxes
    • Seat Reservation on the Bernina Express includes coach and train
    • Free transport on selected mountain railways in St. Moritz
    • Free Transport Card for selected local buses and trams in Lucerne
    • Souvenir gifts in selected locations
    • Detailed travel itinerary and documentation

    What's not included:

    • Meals not specified
    • Personal expenses

    Important information:

    Accommodation:

    Please be advised that double beds are unusual in Swiss hotels and double rooms will mostly have 2 single beds. Single occupancy supplements are based on single rooms with one single bed.

    • Hotels are located within walking distance of train station
    • 5 star accommodation available on request.

    Glacier Express Lunch:

    • It is highly advisable to pre-book lunch with us prior to departure to guarantee dishes availability:
    • Glacier Express Dish of the Day £26 pp
    • Glacier Express 3 course lunch £38 pp

    Gotthard Express:

    • Runs Saturday & Sunday only 14 April- 22 October, daily 03 July -21 October
    • Seat reservation on Gotthard Panorama Express includes boat cruise.

    Seat reservations and transport:

    • Please note that seat reservations on the Glacier Express or the Bernina Express can only be confirmed about 90 days prior to the travel date. For earlier bookings we shall confirm all other services and advise the train reservations at a later stage
    • Seat Reservation on the Bernina Express includes coach and train
    • Free transport on selected mountain railways in St. Moritz is included
    • Free Transport Card for selected local buses and trams in Lucerne is included

    Rail Travel:

    • 2nd or 1st Class Rail Travel available
    • Please request a "Family Card" at time of booking.
    • FREE upgrade to 1st class rail in May and June.

    Terms & Conditions

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    • Prices are per person, based on 2 people sharing a room. Single supplement applies in a single room
    • A non-refundable deposit of £100 per person is due at time of booking
    • Full payment is due 6 weeks prior to departure
    • You will need a valid passport to travel
    • We recommend you take out fully comprehensive travel insurance
    • There is no charge for payment by debit card. Credit card transactions will be charged at 2.5% of the amount being paid
    • Baggage allowance: 1 hold luggage at 20kg per person plus 1 piece of hand luggage (Max weight 10kg, and max dimensions of 50 x 35 x 20cm)
    • Please advise us of any dietary requirements at time of booking.

    7 night detailed itinerary + train + 3* B&B accommodation + flight:
    depart Jersey from only £1,159 per person*
    depart Guernsey from only £1,209 per person*

    * Inclusive price. Price is per person and based on 2 people sharing a twin bedded room, single supplement from £129 applies in a single room. Flight from Jersey via Guernsey (Jersey clients stay onboard) and onto Zurich. Return flight direct from Zurich to Jersey with onward connection to Guernsey. All prices are subject to availability. If the suggested hotels are not available alternatives will be offered at time of booking. Prices for families are available on request. Four star accommodation is available at a supplement starting from £240pp based on 2 people sharing and from £269 single supplement.