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Swiss Alps by Rail - Zurich & Lucerne

8-day tailor-made holiday from £1,190 pp incl. flights


Short description

This trip offers breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps, along with the rich history and culture of Zurich and Lucerne

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In Brief

  • 1 Night Zürich
  • 2 Nights Chur
  • 1 Night Andermatt
  • 2 Nights Lucerne
  • 1 Night Zürich


Recommended for:
City | History & culture | Natural world

Start your tour in Zurich, Switzerland's cosmopolitan capital city. Enjoy its rich history and culture, and discover the city's old town and most famous landmarks. Transfer to Lucerne via Chur and Andermatt on Switzerland's two iconic train journeys; Glacier Express and Bernina Express, for breath-taking views of the Swiss Alps and alpine glaciers. Transfer back to Zurich, where your trip ends.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1

After enjoying complimentary airport lounge access, fly to Zurich and transfer to the Hotel Marktgasse, a 15th century building in the midst of the picturesque old town, close by to the river Limmat, Lake Zurich and the main train station. Spend the rest of the day admiring the lake and mountain views, or perhaps take an optional sightseeing tour with a private guide and driver.

Stay: Hotel Marktgasse, Zurich

Meals: B

Day 2
Zurich - Chur

After breakfast make you way to Zurich train station and board for your journey to Chur.

Chur is considered as the oldest city in Switzerland, its charms include its fine mountain setting, and many twisting alleys and historic buildings.

Stay: Romnatik Hotel Stern, Chur

Meals: B

Day 3
Bernina Express

After breakfast, board the narrow-gauge Bernina Express at Chur station and enjoy one of the most impressive scenic rail journeys of Switzerland. Climbing over the spectacular Bernina Pass to more than 2253 metres, you pass snow-covered mountain peaks and glaciers to descend to Poschiavo. The journey takes 3 hours 30 minutes each way. Upon arrival in southern Tirano, explore the town - why not dine at a local Italian influenced restaurant before you make your return journey back to Chur.

Stay: Romantik Hotel Stern, Chur

Meals: B

Day 4
Chur - Glacier Express - Andermatt

Today take the world famous Glacier Express for a thrilling ride in the panorama carriage to Andermatt. Take in some of the most dramatic scenery Switzerland has to offer. The journey is narrated explaining the amazing engineering feat in overcoming extreme altitude variations by train. After a 2 hour 30 min ride, you will arrive in Andermatt.

Stay: Radisson Blu Hotel Reussen, Andermatt

Meals: B

Day 5
Andermatt - Lucerne

Travel by train from Andermatt to Fluelen on Lake Lucerne. At Fluelen board one of the historic lake steamers for a delightful 2 hour 30 minute cruise to Lucerne. In the afternoon explore Lucerne with its Chapel Bridge - one of Europe's oldest wooden bridges and landmark of Lucerne.

Stay: Continental Park Hotel, Lucerne

Meals: B

Day 6

Enjoy a lake cruise on Lake Lucerne before taking the mountain railway up to Mount Rigi for spectacular views across Central Switzerland. A 30 minute walk will take you to a cheese farm and restaurant Chaserenholz where you can maybe enjoy a cheese and cold meat platter. Return to the lake shore by cable car to Weggis and take the boat back to Lucerne.

Stay: Continental Park Hotel, Lucerne

Meals: B

Day 7

The morning is free to spend at your leisure. Around board your train, taking the scenic route back for a final night in Zurich before transferring to the airport the following day.

Stay: Hotel Marktgasse, Zurich

Meals: B

Day 8

Transfer to the airport in time for your flight back to the UK and continue your onward journey home.



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

Accommodation rating: Superior

8-day tailor-made holiday from £1,190 pp incl. flights

Superior with 2nd class

Low Season

from £1,190 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £1,245 pp. incl. flights

Valid for travel: Mar to October


  • Complimentary UK airport departure lounge access
  • Return flights from UK to Zurich
  • Private airport transfers
  • 6 nights accommodation at 4* hotels on a B&B basis
  • Train ride Zurich-Chur / Andermatt-Lucerne / Lucerne-Zurich in 2nd class
  • Bernina Express seat reservation (return ticket)
  • Glacier Express seat reservation in panoramic carriage
  • Glacier Express 3-course lunch reservation
  • Swiss Travel Pass
  • Lake Lucerne Cruise
  • Lucerne Transport Ticket & Guest Card
  • Detailed itinerary and travel documentation

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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