Self-guided Switzerland’s Scenic Trains

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Interested in Switzerland, and want to see as much as possible in a short time? Our 11-day Scenic Trains self-guided tour is the one for you.

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If you're interested in Switzerland, and would like to see as much as possible in a short time, our Switzerland's Scenic Trains self-guided tour is the tour for you! No busses, no groups... just great train rides, fantastic destinations, charming hotels, and the best sights the Swiss Alps have to offer. This a superb 11-day introduction to the Swiss Alps. It combines stays in 3 of Switzerland's prettiest and most interesting cities - Lucerne, Lugano and Zurich - along with visits to 3 of the most incredible mountain areas anywhere - the Matterhorn region (Zermatt) and Jungfrau region (your choice of Wengen or Mürren), and the Engadine (Pontresina). Moving often, you'll enjoy the incredible Swiss train network, including the Glacier Express and Bernina Express, as well as opportunities to take Pilatus, Jungfraujoch and Gornergrat mountaintop trains. Choose between a deluxe option with distinctive inns, 4-star hotels, and a 1st class rail pass (5-star hotels and suite upgrades are also available), or our standard option with more modest inns, 3-star hotels, and 1st class rail pass. We'll take care of all the details: get you the most appropriate rail pass, find the best hotels, recommend our favorite sights, and link them together in an itinerary that gets the most out of your time in Switzerland. As always, you can count on your hotels being the best in their class - charming, family run inns with perfect locations, great food, and professional service. Your typical day will start with a buffet breakfast at your inn - delicious fresh baked bread, local cheeses, cereal, fruit, coffee and juice - giving you a good start for a full day of sightseeing. Then you'll be out, seeing the sights such as Lucerne's Chapel Bridge or Mount Pilatus, Switzerland's highest train station - the Jungfraujoch, or breathtaking Gornergrat in Zermatt. Many days will include a scenic train ride between villages such as the Bernina Express and Glacier Express routes (reservation fees not included). In some of the mountain villages and countryside you'll finish with a multi-course dinner at your hotel restaurant, while in other locations we've left evenings free for you to explore some of the many restaurants around, a great chance to get out and follow your own bliss!
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Included Standard tour: 10 nights prepaid 3-star hotels 10 breakfasts, 3 dinners lunch on the Glacier Express 1st class 15-day Swiss rail pass Glacier Express and Bernina Express reservations Deluxe tour: 10 nights prepaid 4-star hotels 10 breakfasts, 3 dinners lunch on the Glacier Express 1st class 15-day Swiss passes Glacier Express and Bernina Express reservations also included: maps train schedules sightseeing suggestions local contact for questions