Rail and Tour
Grand Tour of Switzerland
9 days from £2,679 per person
From the 3,000m summit of Gornergrat to the idyllic shores of Lake Maggiore, this tour’s spectacular highlights make ‘grand’ a fitting title. You’ll take several amazing journeys on funicular, cogwheel and regional trains to get a true sense of the country and its unforgettable panoramas. You’ll see the silhouette of the Matterhorn come into view, stroll around the elegant city of Brig, lay your head in the famous resort of Zermatt and sail the length of beautiful Lake Lucerne. Breathtaking.
Your holiday includes:
11 excursions and visits
- Folklore show in Lucerne
- Walking tour of Lucerne
- Open funicular, Stans - Stanserhorn
- Hergiswil Glass Factory
- Boat ride, Hergiswil - Lucerne
- Paddle steamer ride, Lucerne - Flüelen
- Journey on Gotthard Panorama Express route, Flüelen - Locarno
- Ticino ticket (free Ticino public transport & cable car discounts)
- Centovalli train journey, Locarno - Domodossola
- Return Cogwheel train, Zermatt - Gornergrat
- Golden Pass Panoramic train from Zweisimmen to Montreux
- 8 nights in hotels (accommodation as specified or similar)
- International flights. Prices are based on return flights with British Airways from London Heathrow. Supplements may apply from other airports
- 13 meals: 8 breakfasts (days 2-9) 5 dinners (days 1, 3, 5-6 and 8)
- Portable audio headset system on excursions
- Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
- Titan tour manager
- Travel in destination by coach
UK - Zurich - Lucerne
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Zurich. On arrival, we enjoy the impressive scenery as we journey to Lucerne. We stay at the Hotel Astoria (4-star) for the next two nights. We enjoy dinner this evening at a local folklore show.
Hotel Astoria, Lucerne (4-star)
Lucerne - Stanserhorn
A walking tour of the charming city, set beside the gorgeous lake with spectacular mountain backdrops, will include the medieval Chapel Bridge, decorated with paintings that depict the city’s story. Later, we take a train to Stans where we board a funicular carriage for the climb up to the Stanserhorn. From the top of Mount Stanserhorn, you can appreciate views over three countries, ten lakes and countless mountain peaks. After time and lunch at leisure in this incredible setting, we return to Stans and board a train to Hergiswil and visit the factory where glass is manually shaped and blown into unique, contemporary pieces. We return to Lucerne by boat, across the beautiful lake, for an evening at leisure.
Lucerne - Locarno
After breakfast we board a paddle steamer to sail the length of Lake Lucerne, skewed by the Alps which become even more impressive as we head south. At Flüelen, we meet the train to continue our panoramic journey on the Gotthard Panorama Express route, twisting up steep inclines through wonderful mountain scenery and the Gotthard tunnel, before descending past Lake Maggiore to Locarno. On arrival, we transfer to the Belvedere Hotel (4-star), where we take dinner this evening.
Belvedere Hotel, Locarno (4-star)
Today is entirely yours to enjoy Locarno at your own pace. Known as the town with the warmest climate in Switzerland, it’s been a popular holiday destination since the Roman Empire. Visit the 15th century Castello Visconteo and you’ll see an exhibition of Roman and Bronze Age artefacts. Situated on the shore of Lake Maggiore, you may like to take a gentle walk along the idyllic lake edge. Or use your Ticino ticket on the funicular and cable car, to visit the sanctuary of Madonna del Sasso, an important place of pilgrimage set amongst magnificent scenery.
Brig - Zermatt
After breakfast we take a scenic train journey to Brig via the Italian town of Domodossola and the stunning Simplon Pass with its record breaking tunnel, over 12 miles long. We have some free time to explore the wonderful city of Brig, with the large Stockalper Palace and its historic old quarter of aristocratic town houses. Later, our train journey continues to Zermatt, where we transfer to the Parkhotel Beau Site Zermatt (4-star) for dinner and a two night stay.
Parkhotel Beau Site Zermatt (4-star)
Today we take an included excursion to Gornergrat. Our day starts by travelling on Europe’s highest cogwheel train over dramatic bridges, past rocky ravines and through gorgeous forests, to the summit of the Gornergrat, at 3,089m above sea level. Once at the top, we have free time to take in the magnificent views over the jagged Matterhorn and the surrounding mountains, a breathtaking place to take lunch! Later, we return to the cogwheel train to make the beautiful journey back past mountain lakes to Zermatt, in time for dinner at the hotel.
Zermatt - Montreux
Another day of wonderful scenery awaits after breakfast. We take a leisurely route, by train, to Montreux via Brig and Spiez, to appreciate glorious views as the track navigates the natural bends and inclines of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Region of Jungfrau-Aletsch. En route we cross the Kander viaduct, pass the beautiful mountain Lake Oeschinen, and enjoy views over the spectacular Lötschen Valley. The last part of the journey, from Zweisimmen, is possibly the most spectacular, where the line is at its narrowest and the view over Lake Geneva is remarkable. On arrival, we transfer to the centrally located and appropriately named Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic (4-star).
Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic, Montreux (4-star)
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Montreux, a city surrounded by vineyards, Lake Geneva and snow-covered mountains. Our hotel overlooks the flower-lined promenade which stretches along the shore of Lake Geneva. Follow the pretty route south and you will come across a statue of Freddie Mercury, just one of the world-famous individuals who have lived here. Two miles further along the shoreline, majestically projecting into the water from a rocky island, is Chillon Castle. This grand 12th century toll station, from where the Counts of Savoy controlled the waters, is worth visiting for the formal great halls, the bedroom preserved in its original, subdued Bernese style, and underground rooms which inspired Lord Byron to write ‘The Prisoner of Chillon’.
Day 9 Montreux - Geneva - UK
We transfer by train to Geneva Airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.