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The Greatest Train Ride

Tour rating: 4.94 / 5, Based on 3 Reviews
Private tour to Switzerland

Take your chance to enjoy the best Switzerland has to offer with our The Greatest Train Ride private tour! Explore 4 breathtaking Swiss cities, enjoy a ride of a lifetime onboard the incredible Glacier express, marvel at the jaw-dropping beauty of Switzerland's nature from the Gornergrat observation platform, and listen to some unique stories, featuring Vladimir Nabokov and Freddie Mercury, while walking the cozy streets of charming Montreux.

The Greatest Train Ride

8 days4 cities
Switzerland1 country
Private tour to Switzerland
From
$4,056
Tour rating: 4.94 / 5, Based on 3 Reviews

Take your chance to enjoy the best Switzerland has to offer with our The Greatest Train Ride private tour! Explore 4 breathtaking Swiss cities, enjoy a ride of a lifetime onboard the incredible Glacier express, marvel at the jaw-dropping beauty of Switzerland's nature from the Gornergrat observation platform, and listen to some unique stories, featuring Vladimir Nabokov and Freddie Mercury, while walking the cozy streets of charming Montreux.

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Day-By-Day
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich

first destination

Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland, wealthiest in Europe, with the best quality of life in the world. Its history goes back to its founding by the Romans in 15 BC and has a rich medieval background.

3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival
Transfer
Transfer

Welcome to the largest city in Switzerland - Zurich! Upon arrival, your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your remarkable hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free, so you can relax in your room, have dinner in a local restaurant, and start exploring the nearby attractions.

No meals included.

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Day 2
Exploring Lucerne Region
Day tour
Day tour
Nature views
Nature views

Following breakfast, you head to the railway station to take a train to Lucerne. In about 50 minutes you meet your guide at the station of Lucerne.

Then you are invited to take an unforgettable trip with your private guide who shows you the magnificent views of Mount Pilatus and the Lucerne region. The tour starts with a cruise across the Lake Lucerne to Alpnachstad. There you board the famous cogwheel train that takes you across the world's steepest railway passing through lush Alpine meadows, spectacular rocks and sparkling mountain streams to the top of Mt Pilatus, the altitude of which is 2,132 m (6,995 ft).

For the return journey, you ride a cable car to enjoy the fantastic scenery once again. As the last part of your magnificent tour, you take a 20-minute bus from Kriens to Lucerne. Tickets for a public boat cruise, cogwheel train, cable car, and bus are included.

After the tour, you take a train back to Zurich. The rest of the evening is free.

Breakfast is included.

Please, note: boat and cogwheel train are available only from the middle of May to September. The rest of the year they are replaced with cable cars and buses.

 

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Day 3
Zurich City Tour & Train to Saint Moritz
City tour
City tour

After breakfast, you check out from the hotel and leave your luggage in the hotel's storage room. Then you meet your private guide and enjoy a perfectly-planned sightseeing tour around the most beautiful landmarks of Zurich.

For the following 3 hours, immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of the Old Town,  walking through its cozy narrow streets and exploring its breathtaking medieval houses, churches, and town hall.

After the tour, you pick up your luggage and have a transfer to the station for your ride to St Moritz station. Upon arrival, you walk to your hotel and check-in. The rest of the day is free to enjoy the magnificent mountain landscape on your own.

​Breakfast is included.

Please, note: to have more time to enjoy St Moritz, we recommend you to extend your stay here. Contact your travel specialist for the details.

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Glockenhof Hotel, Zurich
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The beautiful Glockenhof Hotel is set right in the heart of the city next to the central shopping street. It offers top-class service and cozy accommodations. All guestrooms are comfortable and well-equipped.

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Zurich
Saint Moritz
4 hrs 10 min

All Swiss trains are safe, comfortable, and spacious. They run on time and will take you from/to stations set right in the city centers where one of our experienced drivers will be waiting for you. (Connection with 1 train change).

St Moritz, Switzerland

Saint Moritz

second destination

The host of the Winter Olympic Games of 1928 and 1948, one of the richest places in the world, a must-visit resort for any skiing enthusiast, St. Moritz is a fantastic place, the bridge between tradition and innovation, and one of the cities you can’t miss during your Switzerland itinerary.

1 day in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in the centrally located hotel
Day 4
Glacier Express to Zermatt
Transfer
Transfer
Nature views
Nature views

Following breakfast, you check out from the hotel. Today you enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime railway journey to Zermatt on board the iconic Glacier Express that presents you with fantastic views of the picturesque Swiss Alps taking you through lots of tunnels and over several hundred bridges. The so-called 'slowest express train in the world' snakes its way through valleys, mountains and even canyon.

Breakfast is included.

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4-star hotel
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Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

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Saint Moritz
Zermatt
8 hrs

Get ready for one of the Swiss tour highlights! A Glacier Express ride is a feast for any visualist. On your way to Zermatt, you will cross 291 bridges (some at head-spinning height!), the Oberalp mountain pass at 2033 m (6667 ft) altitude, run through the 91 tunnels, and have plenty of time to take in the unique beauty of Switzerland's countryside.  

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Zermatt

third destination

Set gracefully just at the foot of the highest summit of the Alps, majestic Matterhorn, the city of Zermatt, Switzerland is a popular ski resort that's all about gorgeous natural panoramas.

1 day in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in the centrally located hotel
Day 5
Day Trip to Gornergrat
Day tour
Day tour
Nature views
Nature views

After breakfast, you walk to the station where you board a cogwheel train equipped with large windows that allow you to enjoy a journey across the highest open-air railway in Europe. The Gornergrat Bahn is the cog railway which was the first in the world to be fully electrified. Nowadays the regenerative braking system of this eco-friendly railway generates electricity on the descent and so saves energy.

After about 45 minutes you reach the station of Gornergrat which is considered to be the highest open-air railway station of Europe at an altitude of 3, 090 m (10,135 ft). The Gornergrat's observation platform is accessible all year round and offers one of the finest panoramas in Switzerland. From there you have a glorious view of more than 20 four-thousand m (13,123 ft) peaks, one of which is Matterhorn. A truly unforgettable experience you cannot miss!

After some free time in Gornergrat, you have a train ride back to Zermatt. The rest of the day is free.

Breakfast is included.

Please, note: it is important to wear something warm and wind/rain protective when going to Gornergrat. The temperature there is usually lower than in the cities even in summer. In case you feel too cold you can always go inside the restaurant which is close to the observation platform. The trains to/from Gornergrat are heated well.

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Wellness Alpenhof Hotel, Zermatt
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Located right next to the Sunnegga Cable Car Station and near the Gornergrat Railway, the family-run Wellness Alpenhof Hotel offers comfortable guestrooms with great amenities, such as cable TV, free Wi-Fi, minibars, and safes.

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Zermatt
Montreux
2 hrs 40 min

Enjoy your journey traveling along the highest open-air railway in Europe providing with some truly scenic views, which can be admired through the wide windows of the train. (Connection with 1 train change).

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Montreux

fourth destination

If you have Switzerland on your travel radar, we highly recommend visiting the lovely Swiss Riviera with the capital in Montreux. Stretching along the shores of Lake Geneva, it boasts a mild climate and inspiring landscapes that are worth the ride.

3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
3 nights in the centrally located hotel
Day 6
Arrival to Montreux & Sightseeing
Day tour
Day tour
Nature views
Nature views

In the morning after breakfast, you check out from the hotel, walk to the station and depart from Zermatt. Upon arrival, you walk to your centrally-located hotel for check-in.

The same day you take a public boat cruise on Lake Geneva to reach the most recognizable historic monument in Switzerland - the Chillon Castle which dates back to medieval ages. Its charming architectural style and rich history inspired such literary geniuses as Victor Hugo, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Lord Byron. First, you admire the exterior of this historical monument from water. Upon disembarkation, you have a private guided tour around the most spectacular parts of the Chillon Castle.

After the Chillon, you head for Montreux where you meet your guide and have a private walking tour.  

You learn about the history and culture of charming 'Swiss Riviera' strolling along the lake shores where the summer Jazz Festival takes place. On the way up to the old town, you enjoy stunning views over the lake and pass by the oldest house in Montreux, dating back to the 16th century. 

While you walk the little streets of this charming town, your guide shares with you the stories of the famous expats in Montreux such as Vladimir Nabokov and Freddie Mercury. You see the statue of Freddie Mercury and have a chance to visit the Queen: The Studio Experience exhibition located in the original Mountain Studios, part of the Montreux Casino. Queen recorded a total of seven albums here at Mountain Studios in Montreux, which the band owned between 1979 and 1996, including the final album Made in Heaven. 

During the tour, you also find out how the fire at the Montreux Casino inspired Deep Purple's classic "Smoke on the Water." Since then the casino has been beautifully rebuilt, so have a great chance to visit it in the evening. 

After the tour, you return to your hotel.

Breakfast is included.

*Please, note: cruises are available from mid-April to mid-October; in winter season they are replaced with train rides.

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Day 7
Day Trip to Geneva
City tour
City tour
Nature views
Nature views

Following breakfast, you walk to the train station for a 1-hour train to Geneva.   

Upon arrival, you meet your guide and start exploring the highlights of Geneva, the second-most populous city of Switzerland and the capital of Romandy, the French-speaking region. Being the European seat of the UN and headquarters of the Red Cross, Geneva is known as the «capital of peace». 

You start discovering Geneva sights by the lakefront. You take a short water tram ride on lake Geneva and see one of the most famous landmarks, the Jet d'Eau fountain of 140 m (460 ft) and enjoy the view of the mountains.  

Then you proceed to the astonishing Old Town and see St. Peter Cathedral, the English Garden with Flower Clock, Ile Rousseau and Castle Tour-de-l'ile. Here you also see the city council building where the first Geneva Convention was signed, in the Alabama Room, as it is now called, and learn about the beginning of international Geneva. You also visit the grounds of the University of Geneva to see the Reformation Wall that features statues of the four Geneva luminaries and learn about the role Geneva played in the Reformation in the 16th century. 

Finally, you have a short ride by public transport to view the international district of Geneva and its heart - United Nations Office located in the Palace of Nations. 

After the tour, you return to Montreux by train.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 8
Departure from Geneva

This is the final day of your tour. Following breakfast, you check out from the hotel and have a direct train ride to Geneva airport.

We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future vacations!

Breakfast is included.

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4-star hotel
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Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation at remarkable centrally located 4-star hotels in Zurich, St. Moritz, Zermatt, Montreux;
  • Delicious breakfasts at your hotels;
  • Airport arrival transfer with private driver;
  • Breathtaking sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Entrance tickets to Chillon Castle;
  • Tickets for public boat cruise, cogwheel train, cable car and bus for the tour to Mt Pilatus;
  • 1st class train tickets: Zurich - St. Moritz, St. Moritz - Zermatt Glacier Express, Zermatt - Montreux and Montreux - Geneva Airport;
  • 2nd class train tickets: Zurich - Lucerne - Zurich, Montreux - Geneva - Montreux;
  • Tickets for non-guided tour to Gornergrat by cogwheel train; 
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: Hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you.

Note: We include 1 vehicle for your arrival transfer. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

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Tour Highlights

  • Exploration of Lucerne region
  • A sightseeing tour in Zurich
  • A railway journey to Zermatt onboard the Glacier Express
  • A day trip to Gornegrat
  • A guided tour around the Chillon Castle
  • Day trip to Geneva

What To Know

  • Tipping is included in the price of your meal at restaurants in Switzerland. If you liked the service, it is acceptable to round up the bill to the nearest Franc
  • Shops and supermarkets are closed on Sundays. Luckily, there are no free days for the gas stations and they are very well equipped
  • Communication equipment in Switzerland takes 230 volts, you will need an adapter plug (type J) to make your plug fit into the socket
  • You can safely drink tap water, the quality of it is often measured as purer than that of bottled mineral water
  • Switzerland uses the Swiss Franc as currency
  • Don't forget to take a mini umbrella and a light raincoat
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