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Explore this dreamy part of the world at your own pace. Start with sophisticated Zurich and then see Switzerland the best way on world famous scenic train journeys through the Swiss Alps. Discover idyllic alpine landscapes, snow capped peaks, charming mountain villages and luxury resort destinations.
Home . ZurichDestination Home . Zurich Meals included Hotel 3 . Hotel Zuri by Fassbind, or similar Grüezi! Welcome to Switzerland. You’ll arrive at Zurich Airport and make your own way to the hotel. Arranging a cab from Zurich airport to your hotel is straightforward. Alternatively, we can help you arrange an arrival transfer at an additional fee. Today you’ll have the day free to relax after your long haul flight and explore this sophisticated, cosmopolitan city at your own pace. Known worldwide for its banks, Zurich may be one of Europe’s financial capitals, but it has plenty of heart. Start with the beauty of the city’s natural surroundings. If you feel like getting a better view, take the train to the summit of Uetliberg Mountain. From the station, it’s a short walk to the peak and the scenery is incredible over Zurich, the lake and the Alps. Or if you’re in the Old Town and fancy a vantage point, you can walk up Lindenhof Hill for sweeping views over the city. Important -This is a self-gided tour. You will make your own way to/from train stations to hotels. Hotels have been carefully selected -they are centrally located and near train stations to allow you to walk back and forth. Alternatively, you can take a short taxi ride. Train departure times can vary throughout the year. Final train journey schedule times will be advised 30 days prior to departure. Please note -some flights may depart a day earlier.
ZurichDestination Zurich Meals included Breakfast Hotel 3 . Hotel Zuri by Fassbind, or similar It’s free time this morning in Switzerland’s largest city, until your guided tour this afternoon. There are plenty of museums here, like the Swiss National Museum, the Museum of Art and even the FIFA World Football Museum. Given that Switzerland is world-renowned for its watches, it’s no surprise the city is home to the Beyer Clock and Watch Museum. It’s an interesting history lesson on timekeeping and the art of watchmaking. You’ll meet your guide at 1pm. For two hours, your guide will show you top attractions such as Bahnhofstrasse, the lakefront and Fraumunster Church. Wander through the Altstadt (Old Town) as well as more modern parts of the city. Learn about the rich history, architecture and culture of Zurich.
Zurich . InterlakenDestination Zurich . Interlaken Meals included Breakfast Hotel 3 . Merkur Hotel Interlaken, or similar You’ll leave for Interlaken in the Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland today. Enjoy the delightful train scenery, it’s about a two-hour trip. The traditional resort town of Interlaken lies between the beautifully-coloured Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and is presided over by three mighty mountains; Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Spend the day relaxing in this laidback town. Höheweg, the main promenade of Interlaken, is lovely for a stroll. It runs from Lake Brienz to Lake Thun, with flower gardens and parks on one side allowing for a view of the Bernese Alps. On the other side you’ll find high-end hotels, boutiques, cafes and the casino. You might like to ascend the mountain by cable car – at an elevation of 1322 metres you’ll have breathtaking views over the town, flanked by its two turquoise lakes and the mountains.
Interlaken . Jungfrau . InterlakenDestination Interlaken . Jungfrau . Interlaken Meals included Breakfast Hotel 3 . Merkur Hotel Interlaken, or similar Visit Jungfrau today, one of the main summits of the Bernese Alps and Europe’s highest train station. Board the train in Interlaken and take the first leg to Grindelwald. Here you’ll board the cogwheel train for a spectacular ride via Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch station. Stunning views of the world-famous triple peaks of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau accompany you all the way to the top. Once at the summit – at an altitude of 3,454 metres – immerse yourself in this fascinating high alpine wonderland of ice, snow and rock. Experience the Alpine Sensation, a moving walkway with images, light and music marking the 100-year anniversary of the Jungfrau Railway. Visit the Sphinx observation terrace with the most breathtaking panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, neighbouring countries and Europe’s longest glacier, the Aletsch Glacier. The Jungfrau-Aletsch region was chosen as the first Alpine UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. Head through the glacier down an ice tunnel to see the Ice Palace, with many impressive ice sculptures. When you’re ready, get the train back down to Interlaken.
Interlaken . MontreuxDestination Interlaken . Montreux Meals included Breakfast Hotel 3 . Hotel Villa Toscane, or similar You’ll head for Montreux today, in the French speaking part of Switzerland. This train journey is sure to be one of your tour highlights. It’s just over one hour on a local train from Interlaken to Zweisimmen, then you’ll change here for the iconic Panoramic Golden Pass train that will take you to Montreux. The journey to Montreux takes about two hours. During this leg it will climb to its highest point, 1,279 metres, then wind its way through the valley, quite narrow at times, with beautiful views of Lake Geneva. This train has panoramic windows which means you won’t miss the amazing scenery as the train makes its way through the alpine passes. Make your way to the hotel, then the rest of the day is yours to explore this picturesque resort town, nestled between steep hills and the lakeside. There’s time for you to visit the medieval island castle of Chillon Castle. There’s a reason this is the most-visited historic monument in Switzerland – it’s as beautiful as it is interesting. See the dungeons, the wooden sentries walk and take in the amazing views of Lake Geneva, Montreux and the Alps.
Montreux . ZermattDestination Montreux . Zermatt Meals included Breakfast Hotel 3 . Hotel Elite, or similar Continue exploring Montreux this morning. Stroll the lakeside promenade or wander through the quaint Old Town. You’ll then board the train to Zermatt, a gorgeous village near the Italian border. The journey takes just under three hours, with a change at Visp. You’ll make your own way to the hotel from Zermatt railway station. Zermatt, at an elevation of around 1,600m, lies below the iconic Matterhorn peak. Its main street, Bahnhofstrasse is lined with boutique shops and restaurants. This car-free oasis has no cars or trains running through the village, only electric and solar powered buses. It’s delightful to wander around.
ZermattDestination Zermatt Meals included Breakfast Hotel 3 . Hotel Elite, or similar It’s a free day today to explore this idyllic mountain village. Zermatt lies at the foot of the dramatic, graceful Matterhorn, one of the most famous mountains in the world. There’s even an underground Matterhorn Museum in town, where you can learn more about this imposing, jagged peak. This place is a dream for outdoor sports, with year-round skiing thanks to the glaciers and low temperatures at high altitude. You’ll also find the upscale restaurants and luxury spas you’d expect in this part of the world. Take a cable car to the Matterhorn glacier paradise, at the peak of the Klein Matterhorn (Little Matterhorn). The journey takes about 40 minutes. At an altitude of 3,883 metres you will find the highest viewing platform in the Alps, with a 360degree panoramic view. A visit to the enchanting glacier palace will make the trip an experience you will never forget – an ice tunnel leads through the glacier to sites like a glacier crevasse and an ice toboggan run. Don’t forget to rug up, temperatures are below zero up here.
Zermatt . St. MoritzDestination Zermatt . St. Moritz Meals included Breakfast Hotel 3 . Hotel Laudinella, or similar It’s a magnificent eight hour trip on the famed Glacier Express from Zermatt to St. Moritz today. This really is the best way to see Switzerland. You’ll have a clear view of the numerous summits and deep gorges with the large panoramic windows. From Zermatt and the Matterhorn, the panoramic trip leads over 291 bridges and through 91 tunnels over the Swiss Alps to St. Moritz. The Glacier Express winds its way through remote valleys, past sheer rock faces, idyllic mountain villages, over the Landwasser Viaduct and through the Rhine Gorge, the Grand Canyon of Switzerland. It scales the highest point of its journey at the Oberalp Pass with ease at 2,033 metres above sea level. Relax in St. Moritz this evening. This luxury alpine resort town, a favourite for celebrities and royals, is surely one of the world’s most famous winter sports resorts. This was the first mountain village in the country to have a ski school, a tram and electric lighting. The Winter Olympics have been held here twice. It’s a renowned ski destination.
Hotel LaudinellaDestination St. Moritz Meals included Breakfast Hotel 3 . Hotel Laudinella, or similar Relax today in this luxury alpine resort town. You’ll find eye-popping palatial hotels here, and the iconic Badrutt’s Palace Hotel is a grand place to enjoy afternoon tea. It’s worth a stop just to see the magnificent lobby. Spend the day strolling through the town centre, with its shops, restaurants and art galleries. The Segantini Museum houses the largest collection of works by this treasured Swiss 19th-century painter known for his sweeping Alpine landscapes. The town is home to a gourmand’s delight, home to several Michelin-starred restaurants. Be sure to stop in at a patisserie – like the legendary Cafe Hanselmann – for Engadine walnut tart, a local delight filled with cream, caramel and chunky walnuts. For something more refreshing, you can visit the world’s most extensive whisky bar – it stocks a cool 2,500 types – at Devil’s Place, Hotel Waldhaus am See. Head for one of the many hiking trails and admiring the amazing countryside. As well as world-famous skiing, Lake St. Moritz hosts a number of other sports and activities, even horse races on the frozen lake every February and the Snow Polo World Cup.
St. Moritz . LuganoDestination St. Moritz . Lugano Meals included Breakfast Hotel 3 . Hotel Acquarello, or similar Head south today, traversing alpine valleys, glaciers and mountain peaks on the spectacular Bernina Express. You’ll climb up glistening glaciers before descending to the palms of Italy far below. This historic railway line was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2008. Blending seamlessly with the alpine landscapes, the train negotiates the 55 tunnels, 196 bridges and steep inclines with ease. It reaches its highest point at the Ospizio Bernina station, 2253 metres above sea level on the shores of Lago Bianco, near the Bernina Pass. Thanks to the modern panoramic cars, you will enjoy unrestricted views of the unspoilt alpine panorama. The Bernina Express train takes you from St. Moritz to Tirano in Italy. Change here to the Bernina Express Bus which takes you back into Switzerland via the northern side of Lake Como. The whole journey will take about seven hours. Make your way to the hotel in Lugano, a picturesque lakeside town in Switzerland’s Italian-speaking Ticino region.
Lugano . ComoDestination Lugano . Como Meals included Breakfast Hotel 3 . B&B Hotel Como, or similar Enjoy some free time in Lugano this morning before heading south to Italy. On the northern shore of tranquil Lake Lugano, surrounded by mountains, this is a Swiss city with Mediterranean flair. Stroll through Ciani Park and admire its beautiful peach-coloured 19th-century villa. Or take a relaxed walk through the countryside, along the olive grove trail where ancient olive trees used to grow. This walk takes about two hours. Lugano’s beautiful main square, Piazza della Riforma, is an excellent spot to sip an espresso or stop for lunch. In the afternoon you’ll take the hour-long train ride across the border to Como, Italy – a renowned tourist destination. Como is famous for its beautiful scenery, with Lake Como the jewel in its crown, surrounded by green hills.
ComoDestination Como Meals included Breakfast Hotel 3 . B&B Hotel Como, or similar It’s a free day today to explore Como and the famed lake. Visit the historical city centre and its medieval and narrow streets, making sure to see the basilica and Porta Torre, the imposing southern gate in Como’s defensive walls. Como is easy to explore on foot, with a walk around the lakefront a great chance to take photos. If you feel like getting a better view of this picturesque area, there is a funicular (cable car) that scales the mountain in seven minutes to arrive at the hilltop village of Brunate. You can take in the magnificent views of the town and lake and if you’re feeling adventurous, a two-hour hike will take you to the summit of Monte Boletto. If shopping is your thing, you’ll find plenty of options, from big brands to small boutiques and everything in between. Como has a rich history in silk manufacturing so you’ll find a bounty of quality silk products, like scarves and ties. The traditional Mercato Coperto (covered market) is a great way to see how the locals shop for food and to pick up items for a picnic. OPTIONAL TOUR -GUIDED TOUR OF COMO, LAKE COMO AND BELLAGIO Enjoy the best of Lake Como in Italy’s Lake District on this seven-hour tour. Start by discovering the historical city centre of Como. Your guide will lead you around the medieval streets to reach the impressive Duomo (cathedral). After the walk you’ll have some free time to enjoy this beautiful historic centre. Then, enjoy a two-hour panoramic cruise on the lake, admiring the landscapes and elegant villas. There is no better way to experience the beauty of Lake Como. Keep an eye out for Villa d’Este at Cernobbio, a luxurious hotel set in tropical gardens. There is an onboard restaurant (lunch not included). You’ll dock at the enchanting town of Bellagio, one of the most famous towns on the lake. Follow the steep alleys running up from the lake and stop for a coffee or gelato at one of the lively cafes housed in grand historic buildings. You’ll have free time before cruising back to Como.
Como . MilanDestination Como . Milan Meals included Breakfast Hotel 3 UNAHOTELS Century Milano, or similar It’s a short train ride to stylish Milan today. The day is free for you to explore this stylish city. The Milan Cathedral (‘the Dom’), La Scala Opera House and the gardens of Sforza Castle are must-sees. The grand, iconic cathedral – with a cool 3400 statues and 135 gargoyles – took more than six centuries to finish and is arguably Milan’s most famous landmark. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, just beside the cathedral, is an opulent glass-domed arcade that almost seems too grand to be a shopping centre. But it is. One of the oldest in the world, it feels more like a palace. It’s mainly high-end retailers here – after all, Milan is one of the world’s fashion capitals! Behind Sforzesco Castle, you’ll find Parco Sempione, a beautiful park to relax. It’s home to Torre Branca, an observation tower standing nearly 109 metres high that offers dazzling views over the city, and even to the Alps and the Apennines on a clear day. Piazza del Duomo is the central piazza in Milan. It’s a great place to watch the locals going about their day. This huge, lively open space is home to the cathedral and the Royal Palace of Milan. Or for something quieter, wander through the Piazza dei Mercanti, once the centre of Milan during the Middle Ages and now a charming square with a number of statues and monuments. You’ll quickly realise Milan is home to stunning churches and cathedrals. Stop by the Basilica of San Lorenzo, one of the oldest in the city, or the Church of Sant’Ambrogio, founded in 386 by the city’s patron saint, St. Ambrose. It’s a great display of Romanesque architecture. The Santa Maria delle Grazie convent is home to Leonardo da Vinci’s mural The Last Supper.
Milan . HomeDestination Milan . Home Meals included Breakfast Hotel N/A After breakfast, you’ll say arrivederci to beautiful Milan and make your own way to the airport for your flight home. We hope you’ve enjoyed this extraordinary journey.
HomeDestination Home Meals included Hotel N/A Arrive home today. We hope you've been inspired.
- Return international airfares with Emirates
- 13 nights at hand-picked and centrally located 3-star hotels
- 13 Breakfasts
- All Transportation -rail
- Swiss rail pass, 2nd Class
- Train Zurich to Interlaken
- Return train from Interlaken to the summit of Jungfrau on the Jungfraubahn
- Golden Pass Panorama train from Interlaken to Montreux
- Admission to Chillon Castle, Montreux
- Return fare from Zermatt to Matterhorn Glacier Palace
- Glacier Express Panorama train from Zermatt to St. Moritz
- Bernina Express train and bus from St. Moritz to Lugano
- Independent travel (unguided)
- 24/7 customer service and your own Dedicated Support Agent
Zurich-Explore the sights of this sophisticated city and discover its rich history, architecture and culture
Interlaken -Relax in this laidback resort town, presided over by three mighty mountains, Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau
Jungfrau -Ride the train to the summit to immerse yourself in an alpine wonderland, stroll through the tunnels of the Ice Palace right through the heart of a glacier
Montreux -Ride the iconic Panoramic Golden Pass train, winding its way through the alpine passes
Montreux -Visit Chillon Castle, the medieval island castle that’s the most-visited historic monument in Switzerland
Zermatt -Explore this charming mountain village at the foot of the iconic Matterhorn peak
Zermatt -Visit the glacier paradise at the peak of the Little Matterhorn and its enchanting glacier palace and ice tunnel
St. Moritz -Journey over 291 bridges and 91 tunnels on the famous Glacier Express train to St Moritz
St. Moritz -Discover this glamorous, luxury alpine resort town, a celebrity hotspot
Bernina Express -Enjoy magnificent alpine scenery as the train winds its way gently through spectacular scenery, a UNESCO-listed historic railway line
Lugano -Explore this beautiful mix of Swiss and Mediterranean culture, at your own pace
Como -Be charmed by the impossibly picturesque Lake Como, surrounded by elegant villas and pretty green hills
Milan -Explore the piazzas, churches and grand buildings of this stylish city, Italian’s fashion capital
- Travel insurance (compulsory) Tipping
- Anything not mentioned in the itinerary
- Optional activities
- Personal expenses
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Please note, a supplement of $150 per person (plus any applicable fare and tax differences) applies to deviate from the standard itinerary. We will contact you via email with a quote and proposed flight itinerary, and then proceed with collecting the additional payment required to confirm your request.
This trip includes an 8-day consecutive Swiss rail pass in 2nd Class -2nd class seats are comfortable and the standard way to travel in Switzerland and Italy.
You may wish to upgrade to 1st Class, for an additional AUD $645 per person. 1st Class rail travel offers wider seats & bigger windows.
You can enhance your holiday by arriving or departing before or after the tour, adding a stopover package en-route or booking a tour extension. On this tour you can choose from the following options:
Take the hassle out of getting to the airport with private chauffeur transfers to and from your home airport. Your personal chauffeur will meet and greet you, attend to your luggage and drive you to your destination in a luxury vehicle.
30km of airport: $139 per vehicle (max 2 guests)
30km of airport: You may add this option to your booking and the final price will be adjusted based on the transfer distance.
Additional surcharges may apply depending on pick-up time, tolls and government levies.
Airport Chauffeur can be selected once you have finalised your tour purchase and paid your deposit. When completing your Passenger Booking Form, you will be asked if you would like to add this service, where any applicable cost will be added to your final balance.
Pre and post tour accommodation (deviating from group flights forfeits your group airport transfers)
Pre-tour accommodation: $259 per room per night for double/twin/single including breakfast and transfer
Post-tour accommodation: $333 per room per night for double/twin/single including breakfast and transfer
Arrival and departure airport transfers
Arrival Transfer: $93 per vehicle
Departure Transfer: $167 per vehicle
Your transfer may be shared with other Inspiring Vacations customers.
Please specify in the 'Special Request' field when making your purchase your preferred travel arrangements and if you would like our team to book additional nights' accommodation and/or airport transfers. The additional cost for these land arrangements will be added to your final payment invoice and are subject to availability.
Escape busy airport terminals and relax at a cosy and catered lounge instead. Departure lounge access in Sydney $70 per person (up to 6 hours); Melbourne & Brisbane $55 per person (up to 3 hours).
Airport lounge passes can be selected once you have finalised your tour purchase and paid your deposit. When completing your Passenger Booking Form, you will be asked if you would like to add this service, where any applicable cost will be added to your final balance.
To enhance your journey, we're offering the following optional sightseeing activities:
Lake Como & Bellagio (Day 8) -AUD $110 per person
Optional tours can be selected once you have finalised your tour purchase and paid your deposit. When completing your Passenger Booking Form, you will be asked if you would like to add Optional Tours, where any applicable cost will be added to your final balance. If you choose not to select them at this time, you can choose to add them later by logging in to your Account online or speaking with your Dedicated Support Agent for assistance.
Please note that you must select your Optional Tours no later than 65 days before departure, after which you will be required to purchase them on tour. Please keep in mind that anything purchased on-tour is subject to availability and prices may vary as you will be paying in local currency. We appreciate your understanding.
While the tour itinerary should give you some guidance and overview to the expected requirements, to determine if this tour is right for you we categorise each of our tours in terms of their intensity. These guidelines are to ensure that each tour group is conducted as expected and to ensure the overall satisfaction of all Inspiring Vacations customers. As a general rule, porterage is not included, therefore at all times you are expected to handle your own luggage where help may not be available. This particular tour is categorised as a “2”:
2 – Easy Tour: An average level of fitness and mobility is required for this tour. There is a considerable amount of free time throughout the itinerary, though some sightseeing may be conducted on uneven terrain, including some incline and walking over short distances.
Travel insurance is required to protect yourself against the unexpected. We have partnered with nib to offer our customers competitive rates for their travel insurance. You can book comprehensive or budget cover simply by clicking HERE to arrange your policy.
It is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of return.
Australian passport holders do not require a visa for Switzerland or Italy, for travel less than 90 days.
Please note that these details are subject to change without notice. We recommend visiting https://smartraveller.gov.au for up to date information in terms of entry requirements.
Children must be 5 years old or over and share a room with parents at all times. Children are the same price as adults.