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Contrasts of Switzerland

8 Days 1 Country 5 Cities

Discover Switzerland's mountain scenery, lakes, refined resorts and cosmopolitan cities in style.

"The best holiday we have ever taken"


About this trip

See Switzerland's cities and countryside by rail, along the Golden Pass Route to the heart of the Alps and the medieval city of Lucerne to pay homage to the Swiss Guard. Your highlight - boarding the Glacier Express, a spectacular train journey snaking high above Alpine lakes and glaciers en route to the resort town of Zermatt and the Matterhorn.

Trip type: Cruise Rail and Combos i

Trip code: STGV

7 Nights


11 Meals
  • 7 hot buffet breakfasts

  • 3 dinners

  • 1 lunch

On-trip Transport

All transport shown. All transfers shown.

Contrasts of Switzerland

Your Itinerary

1. Arrive Zurich

Welcome to Zurich in the heart of Switzerland. Admire Switzerland's financial capital during your orientation of the city. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception.

Welcome Reception
Radisson Blu

2. Zurich – St. Moritz

Your journey by train via Chur to St. Moritz takes you past snow-capped mountains and sparkling lakes. The scenery is incredible. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Buffet Breakfast
Bären Authentic Accommodation

3. St. Moritz – Glacier Express – Zermatt (2 Nights)

All aboard one of the most spectacular train journeys in the world - the immensely comfortable air-cushioned and air-conditioned Glacier Express. An 8-hour railway journey takes you over 291 bridges, through 91 tunnels and across the Oberalp Pass at 2,033 metres above sea level. Enjoy an included lunch on board as you marvel at magnificent alpine lakes and pristine glaciers en route to the unique resort of Zermatt, dominated by the Matterhorn. Walk a short distance to your charming hotel. Afterwards explore the nightlife in this lively year-round resort.

Buffet Breakfast
Monte Rosa/Ambassador

Optional Experiences

Bernina Express Discovery

Join us for a drive along the Engadine Valley to the spectacular Bernina Pass. Here you’ll board our panoramic train for stunning vistas of timeless glaciers, as we wind our way over the Southern Alps. Our journey will finish at a local hostelry, where you'll indulge in a tasting of delicious local vintages.

Adult Price: Fr.75.00

4. Zermatt Orientation

Your Travel Director takes you for an orientation walk of this charming car-free resort. Relax afterwards in the clean mountain air, shop for souvenirs or perhaps take a cable-car ride for more stunning views of the alpine landscapes.

Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Fondue Dinner Experience

You’ll discover the beautiful resort of Zermatt, then enjoy dinner in a typical chalet-style restaurant – and a chance to try fondue.

Adult Price: Fr.86.00

Klein Matterhorn Excursion

A unique electric taxi service will drive us to the foot of Zermatt's highest and most spectacular mountain ride. You’ll enjoy stunning views as we ascend to Furi and Trockener Steg, before boarding Europe's highest cable car to 3779m (12400ft) and the magnificent snow-capped top of the world.

Adult Price: Fr.112.00

5. Zermatt – Geneva Orientation

Your high-speed train journey takes you to Geneva, the capital of the Suisse Romande (French-speaking Switzerland) where many organisations including the International Red Cross are based. Admire the sights during your orientation including the Old Town, the Flower Clock and the Jet d'Eau. Later you may wish to dine on delicious Swiss specialities at a restaurant overlooking Europe's highest mountain Mont Blanc.

Buffet Breakfast

6. Geneva – Interlaken – Lucerne (2 Nights)

The stunning scenery continues as you travel from Geneva along the Golden Pass route. Stop at Interlaken in the heart of the Swiss Alps between the glassy lakes of Thun and Brienz, at the foot of a trio of famous peaks the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Spend time relaxing and enjoy superb views of the peaks of the Bernese Oberland, so beloved of Queen Victoria who often stayed at Interlaken. Reboard your train and follow the Brünig Pass to Lucerne in central Switzerland, your home for the next two nights. This evening why not learn to yodel at an optional fun-packed Swiss folklore show.

Buffet Breakfast
Radisson Blu

Optional Experiences

Swiss Folklore Evening And Dinner

Tonight we’ll enjoy a tasty Swiss meal, including the famous Swiss cheese fondue, in a typical restaurant. While enjoying dinner, you can also join in a lively folklore show which includes yodelling, flag-throwing and Alpine horn-blowing. Two drinks are also included.

Adult Price: Fr.99.00

7. Lucerne Orientation

Your orientation walk through the medieval city of Lucerne is fascinating. Visit the poignant Lion Monument built in memory of Louis XVI's Swiss Guard. View the covered wooden Chapel Bridge spanning the River Reuss and the decorated wooden panels, which chronicle the history of Lucerne. Later consider an Optional Experience to a nearby mountain peak, or explore the old city and shop for Swiss watches and delicious Swiss chocolates. Tonight celebrate with your companions and your Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner with wine in a local restaurant.

Buffet Breakfast
Farewell Dinner

Optional Experiences

Lake Lucerne Cruise With Drinks

Considered to be the loveliest of the mountain lakes, much of the shoreline of Lake Lucerne can only be fully appreciated from the water. As we cruise gently by, you’ll admire the spectacular homes of the fortunate few privileged to live on its scenic shores. Two drinks are also included.

Adult Price: Fr.49.00

Mount Stanserhorn

We experience one of the greatest scenic highlights Europe has to offer! We climb to the top of Mt Stanserhorn by old-timer railway and the world's only Cabrio cable car. At the peak, there's time to enjoy glorious views of the central Alpine chain, explore the hiking trails or just relax at the panoramic terrace before descending.

Adult Price: Fr.78.00

Alpine Farm & Carriage Ride

A chance to get to know the Swiss, you’ll meet local farmers and enjoy a delightful countryside tour in horse drawn carriages. Soak up the stunning scenery as we trot around a typical rural community, en route to a working farm where you’ll savour local drinks and snacks.

Adult Price: Fr.67.00

8. Lucerne – Depart Zurich

Say goodbye to Switzerland and your newfound friends at the end of your remarkable Swiss holiday. Your Travel Director will give you tickets for the short train journey from Lucerne to Zurich Airport, which can be used at your convenience for the onward journey.

Buffet Breakfast

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Sightseeing Highlights

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    • Orientation of Zurich, St. Moritz, Zermatt, Geneva and Lucerne

    • View the Matterhorn and Jungfrau mountains (weather permitting), the Jet d'Eau in Geneva, the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge in Lucerne

    • Visit Interlaken

What's Included


    • 7 hot buffet breakfasts

    • 3 dinners

    • 1 lunch

What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • High-speed train from Zermatt to Geneva.

    • All rail service is reserved in standard class.

    • Golden Pass route train journey from Geneva to Lucerne.

    • Glacier Express Train from St. Moritz to Zermatt.

    • VIP entry to many sights

    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

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Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 32 Reviews

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    Service rating : excellent service by tour directorProduct : less time in Zermatt - leave in the afternoon of second day and more time in Geneva one additional daymore city tours done by guidescouples need to be guaranteed seats together on train, restaurants, and on buses.

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    We had great hotels, conveniently located, and our guide, Eve, was awesome. She was very organized, and a wealth of knowledge on our excursions.

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    Service rating : Fantastic. We had a great tour guide Eve Hand, we have nothing but praise for her.Product : The only way to see Switzerland is by train.

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    Service rating : You should have an option for average. Travel director excellent, group far too big for one person for the type of trip.Product : Because of such a big group a lot of standing around waiting. Supplied meals were poor and the farewell main course was the worst I encountered the

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    Very well planned tour

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