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Basel to Zurich

Swiss Rail Spectacular III

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BASEL – ST MORITZ – TIRANO (ITALY) – ANDERMATT – ZERMATT – BERN – GRINDELWALD (FOR THE JUNGFRAU REGION) – LAKE MAGGIORE (ITALY) – PILATUS KULM – ZURICH

Embark on an adventure, like no other, with our Swiss Rail Spectacular III.

Indulge in a sumptuous panoramic feast as we voyage through an everchanging landscape of precipitous peaks, luscious rolling hills, and fairy-tale towns. Fall in love with the antiquated romance of the golden age of train travel, travelling on a selection of Switzerland’s finest trains, along Europe’s most majestic Alpine railways.

This special itinerary for 2025, expertly designed, allows for more free time and additional opportunity to explore the captivating locations we visit at every stop. From sunlit summits to tantalising gastronomy, luxury unfolds at every turn in this magical voyage.

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DAY 1 Basel

For guests arriving at Basel Airport, you will be met and transferred to the GAIA hotel in the city centre.

Tonight we enjoy a dinner in a local restaurant in Basel for all guests.

Overnight at the GAIA Hotel, Basel

Meal Arrangements: D

DAY 2 Basel to St Moritz

This morning we join the Prestige Continental Express private train in Basel SBB Station.

Once on board we will have lunch as we depart for the Swiss city of Landquart, where we change to the narrow gauge Rhaetian Railway (RhB) and the Glacier & Bernina Pullman Express for the journey up to the exclusive alpine resort of St. Moritz.

Our travels will take us through the Albula Pass between Filisur and St. Moritz, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today our three-coach train will be hauled by the historic 109-year-old RhB electric locomotive Nr 353.

Overnight in Badrutt’s Palace

Meal Arrangements: B, L, D

DAY 3 St Moritz to Tirano

Today we travel along Switzerland’s famous Bernina Line to Tirano, Italy. From St. Moritz we travel in the Glacier & Bernina Pullman Express cars hauled by a unique and historic Bernina ‘Crocodil’ electric locomotive Nr 182, built 1915.

During the final 17km of the journey we will cross the incredible spiral stone viaduct at Brusio. Once in Tirano, Italy we spend time enjoying the Valtellina Valley and visit the Triacco Winery where we will have lunch, before retracing our steps by bus back to St. Moritz.

Tonight we will enjoy a traditional Swiss dinner near to the Morteratsch Glacier.

Overnight in Badrutt’s Palace

Meal Arrangements: B, L, D

DAY 4 St Moritz to Andermatt

This morning we depart St. Moritz for Andermatt on the Glacier & Bernina Pullman Express. Once again, we will enjoy the hospitality of the RhB’s historic Pullman train but today hauled by RhB ‘Crocodil’ Nr 414 or 415, built 1929.

Our travels will take us by train through the Rheinschlucht Gorge, very close to the source of the Rhine River and across the Oberalp Pass to Andermatt, our stepping-stone for the Furka Pass.

After checking-in to the exclusive five-star Chedi Andermatt hotel our guests can either take advantage of the hotel’s extensive Spa & Wellness facilities or take an option to travel by bus along the Gotthard Pass to visit the huge Sasso Da Pigna Fortress that guarded it from 1943 onwards. Closed in 1998 it re-opened as the Gotthard Museum Sasso in 2012.

Overnight in Andermatt, Hotel Chedi

Meal Arrangements: B, L, D

DAY 5 Furka Mountain Pass

Today we cross one of the most beautiful mountain passes in the world, the Furka Pass. The Dampfbahn Furka-Bergstrecke (Furka Cogwheel Steam Railway) is a largely volunteer operated heritage railway which operates a partially rack and pinion operated line across the Furka Pass which peaks at 2,160 metres (7,086 feet) above sea level.

The Furka Dampfbahn has been gradually brought back into service using original equipment and is now restored to its former glory. The 100-year-old steam locomotive will take us 740m (2,405ft) to the summit. We then descend under the Rhône glacier to Gletsch for lunch at the Hotel Castle Blitzingen, Niederwald.

Mid-afternoon we join the modern Glacier Express (First Class) to Zermatt, home of the Matterhorn.

Overnight in Zermatt, Hotel Zermatterhof

Meal Arrangements: B, L, D

DAY 6 Zermatt, Gornergratt & The Matterhorn

This morning in Zermatt is at your own leisure to enjoy time for walking through this delightful alpine village.

Late afternoon we take an exciting journey on the Gornergrat Railway on the Glacier Pullman Express attached to a Rack electric train. We travel to a height of 3,135 metres (10,285 feet) for the most incredible view of the Matterhorn. The Gornergrat is located between the Gornergletscher and Findelgletscher and offers a view of more than twenty peaks over 4,000 metres (13,123 feet).

A raclette dinner will be taken at the Al Bosco Restaurant, Riffelalp Resort, at 2,222m (7,290 ft) before returning to Zermatt.

Overnight in Zermatt, Hotel Zermatterhof

Meal Arrangements: B, D

DAY 7 Bern – Grinelwald

We start the day descending from Zermatt on the panoramic cars of the regular Glacier Express before re-joining the steam-hauled Prestige Continental Express in Brig. From Brig we take lunch during our journey over the Lötschberg Pass before arriving into Bern. Here we enjoy a three hour tour of the city, including one hour by historic steam tram.

From Bern we continue under steam haulage on board the Prestige Continental Express to Interlaken, followed by short 9-mile bus journey to our hotel in the alpine resort of Grindelwald, where we base ourselves for the next five nights at the Hotel Gergwelt.

Overnight in Grindelwald: Hotel Bergwelt

Meal Arrangements: B, L, D

DAY 8 Reichenbach Falls

Interlaken will act as our base for the next few days as we visit the magical Jungfrau alpine region of Switzerland as we stay for 5 nights at the Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel and Spa.

Today we will join a private steam train on the Ballenberg Dampfbahn to Meiringen and Innertkirchen. From here there is the choice to walk 2km through the spectacular Aareschlucht Gorge, followed by taking the funicular to Reichenbach Falls, made famous by Arthur Conan Doyle as the spot where he killed off both Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty, before a visit to the Sherlock Holmes Museum in Meiringen. From here we will re-join our steam train which will return to Interlaken.

A second group has a more leisurely day by going straight from Innertkirchen to Reichenbach Falls by funicular, followed by a visit the Sherlock Holmes Museum with some free time in Meiringen before returning to Interlaken.

Overnight in Grindelwald: Hotel Bergwelt

Meal Arrangements: B

DAY 9 Schynige Platte Alpine Garden

Today offers a morning at leisure where you can enjoy facilities of the hotel or wander around the quaint side streets of Grindelwald with time for souvenir shopping.

Mid-afternoon we will depart by bus to Wilderswil before transferring to a special steam charter train on the picturesque Schynige Platte Bahn Rack Railway where we will visit the Botanical Alpine Garden.

Overnight in Grindelwald: Hotel Bergwelt

Meal Arrangements: B, D

DAY 10 Jungfraujoch

Today a fantastic day of touring awaits as we take the spectacularly modern Eiger Express tri-cable gondola which ascends to the Eigergletscher Station in just 15 minutes.

From here we transfer to the ‘Jungfraubahn’ and its distinctive red and yellow carriages which takes us the final leg of the journey to the summit of Jungfraujoch, known as the Top of Europe sitting at a height of 3,454 metres (11,332 feet) above sea level making this the highest railway station in Europe. There will be time upon reaching the top of the mountain, weather permitting, to visit the Glacier Plateau viewpoint, Sphinx Observation Deck and Ice Palace.

We take the Jungfraubahn back down to Kleine Scheidegg for a late lunch before returning down the mountain to Grindelwald.

Overnight in Grindelwald: Hotel Bergwelt

Meal Arrangements: B, L, D

DAY 11 Brienz Rothorn Steam Rack Railway

This morning we enjoy a journey on the nostalgic Brienzer Rothorn Steam Rack Railway. The traditional Swiss chalet lakeside town of Brienz has been known for centuries for its wood carving, as well as the starting point for the Brienzer Rothorn Bahn. Built in 1892, it is the fourth highest railway in Switzerland that reaches a height of 2,244 metres (7,360 feet) in just 7.6kms offering panoramic views as our steam train and panoramic cars chug their way up the mountainside through lush alpine meadows and forests with turquoise Lake Brienz glistening below.

Following lunch by the lake we take a cruise from Brienz returning to Interlaken on the 1914 paddle steamer SS Lötschberg.

Overnight in Grindelwald: Hotel Bergwelt

Meal Arrangements: B, L, D

DAY 12 Gotthard Pass to Lake Maggiore

Today we depart on the Prestige Continental Express from Interlaken over the spectacular Gotthard Pass with its many spiral loops, bridges and tunnels over into Chiasso, located close to the Italian border.

From here we make the short transfer to Lake Maggiore in Italy where we will enjoy a boat cruise this afternoon before having enjoying dinner this evening.

Overnight in Lake Maggiore, hotel to be advised

Meal Arrangements: B, L, D

DAY 13 Pilatus Kulm

This morning we depart Chiasso on the Prestige Continental Express for Lucerne, changing to a narrow gauge train for the short journey to Alpnachstad.

From here we travel on the Pilatus Bahn, which is the steepest rack railway in the world, with a maximum gradient of 48% and takes 30 minutes to the peak at Pilatus Kulm passing alpine meadows and striking rock formations on its route.

We will return down the mountain and enjoy our farewell gala dinner in the opulent Prestige Continental Express dining cars as we make our way back to Zurich Flughafen Station. From the train we will walk to the hotel, which is connected to the Airport Terminal.

Note: Guests wishing to continue to Basel can do so and accommodation will be in the GAIA Hotel near to Basel SBB station.

Overnight in Zurich, Radisson Blu Hotel, Zurich Airport or in Basel at the GAIA Hotel at the SBB station.

Meal Arrangements: B, L, D

DAY 14 Zurich

After breakfast, free time until departing flights from the adjacent airport terminal or train connections from the railway station beneath the terminal.

Meal Arrangements: B

Tour Inclusions

Accommodation

  • Premium hotel accommodation included throughout (4-star minimum)

Service

  • Experienced Tour Management team
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • All gratuities – on and off the train
  • Luggage porterage throughout the journey

Dining

  • Freshly prepared meals on board, using the finest local ingredients
  • Authentic dining experiences in local restaurants
  • Generous drinks allowance, including international wines with lunch and dinner
  • 13 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 11 Dinners

Excursions

  • Expertly guided off-train excursions as detailed in the itinerary

Tour Highlights

  • Historic locomotive haulage, including the 108-year-old RhB electric locomotive Nr 353 and the Bernina ‘Crocodil’ electric locomotive Nr 182, built in 1928.
  • Travel on the Gornergrat Rack Railway with spectacular close-up views of the Matterhorn.
  • Cross one of the world’s most beautiful mountain passes on the Furka Cogwheel Steam Railway.
  • Climb over 11,000 feet above sea level to the magnificent Jungfraujoch, stopping at Europe’s highest railway station.

SWISS RAIL

The Glacier Pullman Express and The Prestige Continental Express feature in our exclusive Swiss Rail Spectacular III journey, where you will travel by day through the unparalleled beauty of Switzerland.

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Dates & Prices

All prices are per person

2025

USD ($) Main Tour Price
Twin ($) Single ($)
Sep 16 – Sep 29 27,195 33,795
Deposit $2,500

2025

GBP (£) Main Tour Price
Twin (£) Single (£)
Sep 16 – Sep 29 21,795 27,095
Deposit £2,500

2025

EUR (€) Main Tour Price
Twin (€) Single (€)
Sep 16 – Sep 29 24,695 30,695
Deposit €2,250

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