14 day Grand Train Tour of Switzerland with flights

14 day Grand Train Tour of Switzerland including international flights, transportation on world-famous railway routes, seat reservations on all scenic trains, a lake cruise in Lucerne, all accommodation, and more.

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  • 14 day Grand Train Tour of Switzerland with flights
  • 14 day Grand Train Tour of Switzerland with flights
  • 14 day Grand Train Tour of Switzerland with flights
  • 14 day Grand Train Tour of Switzerland with flights
  • 14 day Grand Train Tour of Switzerland with flights
  • 14 day Grand Train Tour of Switzerland with flights
  • 14 day Grand Train Tour of Switzerland with flights
  • 14 day Grand Train Tour of Switzerland with flights
  • 14 day Grand Train Tour of Switzerland with flights
  • 14 day Grand Train Tour of Switzerland with flights
  • 14 day Grand Train Tour of Switzerland with flights
  • 14 day Grand Train Tour of Switzerland with flights
  • 14 day Grand Train Tour of Switzerland with flights
  • 14 day Grand Train Tour of Switzerland with flights
  • 14 day Grand Train Tour of Switzerland with flights
  • 14 day Grand Train Tour of Switzerland with flights
  • 14 day Grand Train Tour of Switzerland with flights
 

Highlights

 

Admire the beauty of the Swiss countryside with a 14 day Grand Train Tour of Switzerland.

Zurich is the launchpad for this experience. See the city from a watery vantage point with an optional cruise on Lake Zurich or hop between more than 50 museums and 100 galleries. There are plenty of open green spaces for picnics and pretty walks around the city, too. Pass by crystal-clear lakes, thundering waterfalls and the extraordinary Brünig Pass on the journey to Interlaken, and look out across the Aletsch Glacier from Jungfraujoch, Europe’s highest railway station. 

Take in a section of the Golden Pass Line, and delight in the quintessential Swiss views of rolling verdant pasture, meadows and vineyards above Lake Geneva. Have the opportunity to wander the streets of Montreux, a resort town on the lake’s shore; or be one of the travellers to admire Chillon Castle, the most visited historic site in Switzerland and see the snow-capped peaks of Matterhorn or the panoramic views of Zermatt

Be whisked deep into the Rhone Valley aboard the legendary Glacier Express and then to glitzy St. Moritz. More UNESCO-protected scenery awaits on the Bernina Express journey; a trip that concludes in Lugano. A third train voyage courtesy of the Gotthard Express sees travellers arrive in Flüelen. A lake cruise to Lucerne, on-board a heritage paddle steamer boat, caps off the tour in style. 

 
 

Day 1: New Zealand airplane-takeoff Zurich  

Depart New Zealand today for your incredible Swiss holiday!

Please note: Some flights may depart one day earlier.

Day 2: Zurich

Welcome to Switzerland! Travellers land at Zurich International Airport and can collect their rail pass for a rail transfer to the hotel. Opt to relax in the hotel, or immediately get out to discover the city as soon as you check in and drop off your luggage. A great way to get to know Zurich is from the water; discounted tickets for a cruise on Lake Zurich are a part of your tailor-made Swiss Rail Card.

Your hotel: Bristol (or similar)

Hotel Bristol, at the heart of Zurich, is the ideal base for exploring this fascinating city and its idyllic surroundings. Millions of guests visit the small yet exquisite cosmopolitan city, which offers a huge range of cultural, shopping and relaxation activities. The Bristol, in its smart neo-classical style, is located in the centre, just a few minutes’ walk from the main station, the old town and the Bahnhofstrasse shopping street. Despite its central location, the Bristol enjoys a relatively peaceful location. Our international clientele appreciates the modern, comfortably furnished rooms with their good price-performance ratio.

Day 3: Zurich (B)

Today is a free day. Travellers with an eye for art will want to make a beeline for one of Zurich’s galleries or museums. Roam the streets of the Old Town, stroll the waterfront promenades, seek out one of the verdant parks, or head up Uetliberg for panoramic views over the cityscape. 

Day 4: Zurich –train-icon– Interlaken/Wilderswil (B)

Following breakfast, a quick train journey takes you from Zurich to Lucerne. Then step onto the Luzern-Interlaken Express for a scenic sojourn that takes in crystal-clear lakes, idyllic waterfalls, clusters of craggy mountains and the Brünig Pass. Come face-to-face with traditional Swiss alpine style with an overnight stay in Wilderswil, a charming village that features wooden houses and chalets. Discover the village at your leisure after dropping off your bags at the accommodation. 

Your hotel: Baeren (or similar)

Enjoy your stay in one of 50 traditional Swiss rooms. Historical furniture gives an individual touch to each room, some of which have breathtaking views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.

Day 5: Interlaken/Wilderswil –train-icon– Jungfraujoch –train-icon– Interlaken/Wilderswil (B)

A trip to the world-famous Jungfraujoch, Europe’s highest railway station, is on the itinerary for today. Travellers don’t need to have a head for heights to appreciate the beauty of the views offered by this mountain-perched station. Here, there are two viewing terraces – Sphinx and Plateau – as well as a vantage point atop the Aletsch Glacier. The Ice Palace is also worth a look-in. 

Day 6: Interlaken/Wilderswil train-icon– Golden Pass Line –train-icon– Montreux (B)

The Golden Pass Panoramic Line ferries its passengers past classic Swiss scenery, including the meadows and vineyards above Lake Geneva. This journey ensures you travel in style, and the tour arrives in Montreux later this afternoon. 

Your hotel: Helvetie (or similar)

This hotel is a witness of the development of tourism in Montreux. Opened in 1865, it was first named Hotel-Pension de Russie, and hosted the many customers who came from the North, looking for a warmer climate during the cold season. In front of the Casino and 200 meters away from the lake, the hotel is located in the heart of Montreux. It is an ideal start to the main touristic attractions of the region: among many others, the promenade by the lake, the Chillon Castle, the Rochers-de-Naye peaks, the cruises on the lake and the Jazz Festival in July.

Day 7: Montreux –train-icon– Zermatt (B)

The morning is yours to explore as you like. Get a fix of fresh air by walking along the lakefront in Montreux, or step back in time at Chillon Castle. An afternoon train takes the group to Zermatt.

Your hotel: Elite Garni (or similar)

This hotel provides its guests a friendly setting for an enjoyable and relaxing stay in Zermatt. It offers comfortable and cosy furnished rooms equipped with all desirable amenities. The day starts with a rich breakfast buffet. Guests may end the evening on a cosy note in the bar of the Hotel Elite Garni.

Day 8: Zermatt (B)

A leisure day. There is no shortage of opportunities for travellers in Zermatt, from excursions up neighbouring mountains, to hiking trails. Those keen to explore further by rail are treated to substantially discounted tickets, courtesy of the tailor-made Swiss Rail Card. One of the most popular routes to take is on the Gornergat Railway; its ascent includes a view of the Matterhorn. 

Day 9: Zermatt –train-icon– Glacier Express –train-icon– St Moritz (B)

Experience the end-to-end journey of the legendary Glacier Express as it ferries travellers between Zermatt and St. Moritz. Travellers are treated to a place in the panoramic carriage for a front-row seat to some of the most dramatic scenery Switzerland has to offer. This route voyages into the Rhone Valley, over the Oberalp Pass and through the Rhine Gorge; pulling into ritzy St. Moritz in the afternoon. The entire journey takes about 8 hours and on-board English commentary is available. 

Your hotel: Soldanella (or similar)

The hotel’s Art Nouveau style is felt everywhere, especially in the main dining room called “Salle à manger”. Another outstanding feature of the Hotel Soldanella is the unique  location, only a 5-minute walk to the centre of St. Moritz and the famous Corviglia cable car. It also has an unobstructed view of lake St.Moritz as well as the snow covered mountain range.

Day 10: St Moritz (B)

Today is a free today. Travellers receive a St. Moritz transport card, enabling unlimited travel on the public network and most of the mountain railways or cable car. Three nearby mountains – Corviglia, Corvatsch and Diavolezza – feature incredible views and alpine atmospheres. Keen walkers may opt to tackle the Philosopher’s Trail atop Muottas Muragl. This path comes in at an almost 7-kilometre round-trip and retraces the footsteps of notable authors. 

Day 11: St Moritz –train-icon– Bernina Express –train-icon– Lugano (B)

Look out onto UNESCO-protected landscapes as you experience the Bernina Express, which travels along circular viaducts and over remote glaciers before moving towards the Swiss-Italian border. The Bernina Express bus then takes travellers though parts of Italy, along the lakes and back to Switzerland and Lugano. On-board English commentary is available. 

Your hotel: Continental Parkhotel (or similar)

Located in the heart of Lugano, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Swiss Alps, San Lorenzo Cathedral, and Santa Maria degli Angeli. Lugano Funicular Station and Lugano Station are within a 5-minute walk.

Day 12: Lugano  –  Gotthard Express – Lucerne (B) cruise-icon

After breakfast, it is time to travel on the spectacular Gotthard Express and move into the traditional heart of Switzerland. A lake cruise from Flüelen to Lucerne on an old paddle steamer boat caps off the tour in grand style. The remainder of the evening is yours to explore Lucerne. 

*Please note that the Gotthard Express does not operate on Mondays and will be replaced with similar trains servicing the same route if you select a Thursday departure in the calendar where day 12 falls on a Monday. The itinerary will be unaffected by this operational change, however we suggest you opt for Friday – Wednesday departures if you wish to experience the original Gotthard Express carriages. 

Your hotel: Ambassador (or similar)

Any one of the 31 friendly and comfortable rooms is ideal for relaxing and unwinding. Some of the rooms look onto the bright inner courtyard or the sunny terrace, for a particularly quiet location in the heart of the city.

Day 13: Lucerne – Zurich –airplane-takeoffNew Zealand (B)

Bid Switzerland farewell today as you take the included rail transfer to Zurich International Airport.

Day 14: New Zealand

Arrive home today.

Please note: Some flights may arrive home one day later.

 

Inclusions

 
  • Return international flights, including at least 23kg checked baggage
  • Arrive early or extend your stay fee-free with Flexi Flights
  • 11 nights’ centrally located twin share accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Scenic transportation by rail, including Golden Pass Line, Gotthard Panorama Express, Bernina Express and Glacier Express
  • Reserved seats on all scenic trains 
  • Excursion to the Jungfraujoch  
  • Interlaken Card for free local transport and discounts in and around Interlaken
  • Riviera Card for free local transport and discounts in and around Montreux 
  • Free Transport Card for selected local buses and trams in Lucerne 
  • Tailor-made Swiss Rail Card, offering additional bonuses such as discounted local excursions
  • Return airport transfers by rail, from Lucerne to Zurich

Please note: This is an independent tour, accompanying guides are not provided except for guided excursions specified in the tour itinerary

 

Fine Print

 

How To Book:

To book your Tour:

  • Bookings essential
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Once booked and confirmed, no cancellations permitted
  • Must book by the 65 days prior to departure. 
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time

Deposit Information:

  • A deposit of $399 per person are due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date.
  • All peak season surcharges, interstate surcharges (if applicable) and single supplements (if applicable) are also due at the time of purchase and will be reflected at the checkout stage.
  • Final Payment is due 120 days prior to travel. If you book within 120 days of travel, you will be sent an invoice within 7 days for final payment. 
  • Invoices will be emailed to you in advance and it is your responsibility to ensure payments are made prior to the due date
  • Should payment not be received by the due date, your booking will be cancelled and all prior payments will remain strictly non-refundable. 
  • Your tour is subject to availability at the time of your booking. We advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.

Excludes: Travel insurance, Visas, Personal expenses, Anything not mentioned or “optional” or “own account” in the itinerary.

Single Supplement: $599 per person in addition to 1 x twin share voucher. Please note that many hotels in Europe will provide single bedding for solo travellers. This doesn’t affect room facilities, which means you will enjoy the same level of service.

To purchase your single supplement please click here

Triple Share: Not available

Group Sizes: This is an independent tour, accompanying guides are not provided except for guided excursions specified in the tour itinerary.

Accommodation: 

Zurich: Bristol or similar 
Wilderswil (Interlaken): Baeren or similar
Montreux: Helvetie or similar
Zermatt: Elite Garni or similar  
St Moritz: Soldanella  or similar 
Lugano: Continental Parkhotel or similar
Lucerne: Ambassador or similar 

Land Only: Please click on the yellow Land Only tab

Sightseeing: Please note that guided tours specified in the tour itinerary are based on seat-in-coach shared experiences with a small group of other travellers. 

Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that all customers purchase Travel Insurance as soon as they make a purchase on our website. Help cover yourself for the unexpected with great value Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote.

Any deposits paid at the time of purchase are non-refundable.

 

Travel Dates

 

Daily* departures between 10 April 2019 – 5 October 2019 

*Please note that the Gotthard Express does not operate on Mondays and will be replaced with similar trains servicing the same route if you select a Thursday departure in the calendar where day 12 falls on a Monday. The itinerary will be unaffected by this operational change, however we suggest you opt for Friday – Wednesday departures if you wish to experience the original Gotthard Express carriages. 

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure

Availability on Departure Dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. Live availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BUY NOW button

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Flight Information

 

 Airline: 
  • Return economy airfares departing Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch with Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airlines or similar 
  • Including at least 23kg checked baggage per passenger (actual limit is subject to change according to airline policy).
  • One return airfare is supplied per voucher
  • Names cannot be changed once flights have been booked.
  • Flights cannot be used one-way only 

Flight Conditions:

  • Note that the total length of the package includes time spent in flight as specified in the itinerary
  • Some flights may depart a day before/after, involve up to 3 transits, stopover or a substitute airline.
  • Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided at the time of booking. Names cannot be changed once booked.
  • One-way flights cannot be accommodated. All flights within the package must be utilised, any flight intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being cancelled.
  • All flights have been booked to meet minimum connection times as per airline policy and fare rules.
  • Flight itineraries will be provided with final documentation.
  • Airline schedule changes can occur and are beyond our control. If you have received your documents an updated itinerary will be provided.

Flight Options:

Date/Itinerary Variations:

  • Flights will be ticketed as per the dates and itinerary of the tour unless otherwise advised at the time of completing the booking form.
  • If we can accommodate your request at no additional cost flight tickets will be issued as per the request on the booking form and acknowledgment will be sent via email.
  • If your flight variation incurs additional airfare and taxes a request for payment will be sent via email. If payment is not received by the date and time advised Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book flights as per the dates of the tour.
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered, will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport.

Cabin/Class Upgrades (where applicable)

  • Please select your preferred cabin class from the drop-down box on the booking form at the time of making your purchase
  • The quote will be sent via email only. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will result in the quote expiring, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book the economy airfare included in your package.
  • A flat fee of $350.00 per person for this service, plus any additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to upgrade your flights to another cabin class.
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered, will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport

Land Only:

  • Land only options may be available on selected deals, please refer to the fine print tab of the deal for specifics.
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered, will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport.
  • All land only bookings remain strictly non-refundable, non-changeable and non-transferable from the time of purchase. Webjet Exclusives will not be able to assist with flight change requests/schedule changes for airfares not booked by Webjet Exclusives.

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return international flights
  • Arrive early or extend your stay fee-free with Flexi Flights
  • 11 nights’ centrally located twin share accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Scenic transportation by rail, including Golden Pass Line, Gotthard Panorama Express, Bernina Express and Glacier Express
  • Seat reservation on all scenic trains
  • Day excursion to the Jungfraujoch  
  • Tailor-made Swiss Rail Card, offering additional bonuses such as discounted local excursions
  • Return airport transfers by rail 

 

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