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Welcome to Switzerland - Chur [D]
On arrival in Zurich Airport (or in Zurich railway Station) you are met and transferred to our hotel in Switzerland’s oldest town, Chur, for a three night stay. Rest from the flight or wander through Chur’s historic quarter until we gather for our Welcome Dinner [D].
A day-trip rail journey – across the iconic Landwasser Viaduct - to Switzerland’s highest town Davos, famous from the nineteenth century as a ‘Wellness’ centre, and now a venue for international economic conferences. It is a very trendy ski resort in Winter, favoured by the British Royals. Watch out for the corgis.
Bernina Express - Chur [B]
One of the world’s great rail journeys today on the Bernina Express across the Alps to Tirano in Italy. We cross the stunning Landwasser Viaduct, and later “loop the loop” as the Bernina Express descends to the Italian border. So stunning is the scenery that one section of the route has been classed a UNESCO World Heritage site. We retrace our steps into the Alps and our home in Chur.
Glacier Express to Zermatt [B] [D]
Our luggage is taken on ahead today as we join the world’s favourite little red Swiss mountain train, the Glacier Express. Enjoy breathtaking views from your panorama car as you cross the Alps through the Oberalpass at 7,000 feet. Lunch is served at your seat with million dollar views. Arrive in the late afternoon in the beautiful village of Zermatt, at the foot of the Matterhorn.
Gornergrat Railway - Zermatt [B]
Today we ride the Gornergrat railway – Europe’s first electrified rack railway and still the highest in the open air (that is, not through a tunnel) to 2,600 metres. There are stunning views of the Matterhorn during the journey and from the restaurant.
This afternoon there is free time to explore the beautiful (and traffic-free) village of Zermatt.
We take a cable car today to Kleines Matterhorn, the highest cable car station in Europe (3,883 m). The views of the highest mountains in Italy, France and Switzerland – and fourteen glaciers - are breathtaking. There is a restaurant here for lunch with a view. Back in the village of Zermatt this afternoon, we take a short hike to the Gorner Gorge.
Brig - Interlaken [B] [D]
Our rail journey today takes us firstly to the historic town of Brig where there is time for a walk about and lunch, before we take the train again under the Alps through the world’s longest land tunnel, to arrive in our waterfront hotel in Interlaken, our home for 3 nights.
Golden Panorama Express - Interlaken [B]
Today the Golden Pass Panoramic train takes you from the Bernese Oberland to Lake Geneva. There is time in Montreux for lunch on the lakefront esplanade or on a steamer on the lake. Home to Interlaken and our hotel.
A quiet day to take a steamer on the lake, or to pay a visit to the beautiful Alpine village of Grindelwald. It is possible to take an optional excursion to the top of the Jungfrau at 11,330 feet.
[Tour members with respiratory or heart conditions - should seek medical advice before deciding to join today’s excursion].
Alternatively, you may prefer to take a train into Zurich, Switzerland’s largest city and financial capital, nestled on Lake Zurich.
Brienzer Rothorn - Lucerne [B]
Skirting the lake this morning, we ascend the Brienzer Rothorn (steam train) for magnificent views to the Eiger. We arrive in lakeside Lucerne for some shopping time in the cobble stone medieval quarter.
Pilatus - Lucerne [B]
Trains and boats and cable car - to the top of Mount Pilatus for unsurpassed views to Lake Lucerne below. Legend says that Pontius Pilate (Pilatus in German) fled to Switzerland and became a hermit on this mountain after washing his hands of Jesus.
Rigi Kulm - Lucerne [B] [D]
Our last day in the Swiss Alps today, and perhaps the best mountain train ride saved till last. Using Europe’s first ever cog-wheel railway, we climb to the top of the ‘Queen of the Mountains’ for 360 degree Alpine views. Our farewell dinner tonight.
Auf Wiedersehen [B]
The tour ends after breakfast today. There is a transfer to Zurich Airport for those flying on or home today.
$AUD 10,900 per person Twin Share.
Land Content only (Zurich to Zurich).
Single supplement $AUD 1,400