14 Day Swiss Grand Train Journey
14 Day Swiss Grand Train Journey
Switzerland possesses some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes, and the best way to take them all in is from the window of a first-class train. This captivating adventure across the mountain passes and rolling hills of the Alps connects idyllic Swiss cities and alpine adventure courtesy of one of the world’s most advanced (not to mention scenic) rail networks.
The journey begins in Zürich, the gorgeous alpine heart of Switzerland’s banking empire. Once settled, step out and explore the city on a privately guided walking tour of its must-see sights, including the historic Altstadt and the medieval Fraumünster church, home to Marc Chagall’s famous stained-glass windows.
A short first-class train ride delivers you next to Lucerne, the quintessential Swiss city. With a private guide, you’ll stroll its charming cobblestone streets in search of covered bridges, immaculately preserved medieval architecture, and other scenic delights. Later, take a relaxing cruise around Lake Lucerne before ascending to the 7,000-foot (2,000-meter) summit of Mount Pilatus by cogwheel train. Before departing, you’ll have the chance to breathe in the refreshing mountain air of the Bernese Oberland on a private tour of the valleys, lakes, and villages in the shadow of the towering Jungfrau.
The trip to Lugano is an experience all of its own. From the Gotthard Panorama Express, you’ll journey through the scenic landscapes of the historic St. Gotthard Pass to Italian-accented Lugano. Here, take a private tour of the fascinating castles of Bellinzona: Castelgrande, Montebello, and Sasso Corbaro, whose fortifications are collectively protected by UNESCO.
Another stunning rail journey connects you to St. Moritz, the playground of Europe’s elite. Aboard the Bernina Express, you’ll cross the picturesque Val Poschiavo to Bernina Pass, home to some of the most spectacular alpine scenery in Europe. From St. Moritz, you’ll board the world-famous Glacier Express for a beautiful eight-hour ride through the Swiss Alps, passing gorgeous pastures and alpine valleys and crossing the incredible Oberalp Pass en route to Zermatt.
Best known as the gateway to the iconic Matterhorn, the small village of Zermatt is pure Switzerland. The view from the top of the Gornergrat – a rocky ridge 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) up accessible by cogwheel train – can’t be beaten; from here, you can see almost all of Switzerland’s signature peaks, including the Matterhorn, Weisshorn, Monte Rosa Massif, and Dufourspitze.
One final stop before Geneva: Montreux, the gem of the Swiss Riviera and home to Chteau of Chillon, perhaps the most striking of Switzerland’s many castles. After exploring the castle and city with a private guide, combine three Swiss classics – chocolate, cheese, and scenic rail journeys – aboard the “Chocolate Train” to Gruyères to sample the town’s famous cheese at a factory before taking a tour of the Nestlé-Cailler chocolate factory in nearby Broc.
Kensington Tours creates private trips from the world’s finest ingredients. Tailor-made with care by your personal Destination Expert, your personalized trip is always a one-of-a-kind experience made just for you. Expert local guidance and 24/7 service come standard.
Zurich To Welcome
Zurich To Lucerne
Lucerne To Lugano
Lugano To St. Moritz
St. Moritz To Zermatt
Zermatt To Montreux
Montreux To Geneva