14 day Spectacular Switzerland by Rail with flights

Including Emirates or Singapore flights, return airport transfers, all accommodation, all luggage transfers throughout the trip, scenic rail travel along iconic train routes, daily breakfast, and more.

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  • 14 day Spectacular Switzerland by Rail with flights
  • 14 day Spectacular Switzerland by Rail with flights
  • 14 day Spectacular Switzerland by Rail with flights
  • 14 day Spectacular Switzerland by Rail with flights
  • 14 day Spectacular Switzerland by Rail with flights
  • 14 day Spectacular Switzerland by Rail with flights
  • 14 day Spectacular Switzerland by Rail with flights
  • 14 day Spectacular Switzerland by Rail with flights
  • 14 day Spectacular Switzerland by Rail with flights
  • 14 day Spectacular Switzerland by Rail with flights
  • 14 day Spectacular Switzerland by Rail with flights
  • 14 day Spectacular Switzerland by Rail with flights
  • 14 day Spectacular Switzerland by Rail with flights
  • 14 day Spectacular Switzerland by Rail with flights
  • 14 day Spectacular Switzerland by Rail with flights
 

Highlights

 

Travel on some of the world’s most renowned train journeys on a 14 day Spectacular Switzerland by Rail.

Arrive into Zurich and have a day of independent exploration to acquaint yourself with this contemporary city. There is more to Zurich than just its banks and commercial clout, and travellers have a wealth of museums and galleries, quaint laneways in the Old Town, and gorgeous lookout points to uncover. Continue to Lucerne, a city located on the banks of Lake Lucerne that is regarded as a key gateway into central Switzerland. There is no need to worry about what to do with your luggage while aboard this train journey – or for any of the rail voyages featured in the tour, for that matter. A luggage transfer is included for all of your rail trips, meaning your suitcases are sent ahead to your destination and will be waiting at your hotel upon your arrival – an incredible convenience! And with no need to keep an eye on your bags as you travel, all that is left for you to do is sit back and enjoy the passing landscape of some of Switzerland’s most spectacular countryside.

Move into the Italian-influenced canton on Ticino as you set out for Lugano while following the famous Gotthard route. This trip includes a paddle steamer ride across Lake Lucerne to Flüelen! Have an evening to soak in the Mediterranean-style atmosphere of Lugano ahead of taking the Bernina Bus to Tirano and then the Bernina Express to St. Moritz. The latter journey is astoundingly scenic and encompasses UNESCO-protected landscapes. Use free time in St. Moritz to shop in its high-end boutiques or head out to the slopes of neighbouring mountains. Settle into a panoramic carriage aboard the Glacier Express to reach Zermatt, located at the foothills of the mighty Matterhorn, and enjoy a day at leisure in this classic resort town. While away an afternoon in Montreux by ambling its waterfront promenade or visiting the island-perched Chateau de Chillon. Then, upon reaching Interlaken, head up to the highest railway in Europe at Jungfraujoch on a fantastic guided excursion. Be sure to have your camera poised at the ready to capture the views from this lofty location – so high it is nicknamed the ‘Top of Europe’! Finally, navigate the Brunig Pass on the return trip to Zurich.

 
 

Day 1: Australia – airplane-takeoff – Zurich

Make your way to the airport and board your Emirates or Singapore Airlines flight towards Switzerland!

Day 2: Zurich

Welcome to Switzerland! Your flight lands at Zurich Airport and you are greeted for a transfer that takes you to Zurich Main Station via the rail network. Check in to the hotel is at approximately 4pm. Settle into your room afterwards and then find your way downstairs for this evening’s welcome drink with the rest of your group – the perfect opportunity to get to know your newfound travel companions ahead of this spectacular tour of Switzerland.

Day 3: Zurich (B)

Zurich is Switzerland’s global financial centre, but the lure of this metropolis isn’t limited to its banks. You have the day to explore its landmarks and most popular to-sees, such as the pretty laneways of the Old Town, the banks of Lake Zurich, the works housed inside some of the excellent museums and galleries, the view from the Lindenhof, or the architecture of the Romanesque Grossmünster.

Day 4: Zurich – train-icon – Lucerne (B)

Breakfast is taken at the hotel before departing for Zurich Main Station in time to board your train bound for Lucerne. There is no need to worry about lugging your suitcase with you though; the luggage transfer included in this tour sees your baggage transported separately to Lucerne – the ultimate convenience leaving you to simply relax and enjoy the journey!

Lucerne sits on the banks of the same-name lake and acts as a photogenic gateway for travellers seeking to explore the landscape of central Switzerland. Upon arriving in Lucerne you can make a beeline for two of the city’s most popular landmarks – the restored Chapel Bridge, the oldest wooden bridge in Europe; and the shores of the Lake.

Day 5: Lucerne – train-icon – Lugano (B)

Today’s itinerary sees you travel along a section of the Gotthard Panorama Express, from Lucerne to Lugano. Again, there is no need to worry about navigating the train or railway stations with your luggage as your bags will be transferred directly to the hotel in Lugano. Your journey begins by taking a paddle steamer from Lucerne to Flüelen on the waters of Lake Lucerne. Upon reaching the other side of the lake, swap onto the train (making a change in Erstfeld) for the voyage along the iconic Gotthard route. This trip takes you into the Italian-influenced region of Ticino, near the Swiss-Italian border.

Uncover the mix of cultures that make this city so unique, and take in the Italianate architecture, lakefront walks, piazzas and al fresco dinners dotted around Lugano as you meander at your own pace. Check in for the hotel is approximately 4pm.

Day 6: Lugano – train-icon – St. Moritz (B)

Head to the main train station in Lugano and embark on the first journey of today’s schedule – the Bernina Bus. Peer out the window and admire the beautiful passing landscape as the bus takes you along a route to Tirano, an Italian town located just next to the Switzerland-Italy border. Here, you swap four wheels for tracks as you board the train for the next part of this journey. The train is taking you to St. Moritz, and some of the countryside you travel through on the way is UNESCO-protected – you’ll even cross glaciers! You arrive into St. Moritz in the afternoon, and hotel check in is available from approximately 4pm.

Day 7: St. Moritz (B)

You have the entire day as free time to explore St. Moritz however you like. This alpine resort town is synonymous with luxury and winter sports – it has hosted the Winter Olympics twice. Use today to dine at some of the town’s swankiest establishments, or marvel at the works housed in any of the exceptional galleries. Be tempted by designer garments in the high-end boutiques, or while away an hour or two with some aimless meandering. Take advantage of your St. Moritz transport card for unlimited travel on the town’s public transport network, including some of the mountain railways and cable cars. Jump into a railway car to travel up the peaks of Corviglia, Corvatsch or Diavolezza, or put your own two feet to walk by following the Philosopher’s Walk path atop Muottas Muragl.

Day 8: St. Moritz – train-icon – Chur – train-icon – Zermatt (B)

Set out on the Glacier Express route today. First take a regional train to Switzerland’s oldest town – Chur. Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour and some free time before the renowned Glacier Express train whisks passengers to Zermatt; a journey that takes in some of Switzerland’s most pristine and archetypal scenery. Travelling in a panoramic carriage while aboard gives you an up-close view to these spectacular landscapes and views. Pass through the Rhine Gorge, over the Oberalp Pass and into the Rhone Valley ahead of your afternoon arrival in Zermatt. Your luggage will be waiting for you at the hotel, along with a welcome drink to set the mood.

Day 9: Zermatt (B)

The day is yours at leisure to spend in Zermatt. There are excellent hiking trails throughout the canton for avid nature-lovers here during the summer season. Devotees of retail therapy can peruse the boutiques lining the Bahnhofstrasse, and foodies can dine at any of the eateries dotted along the same thoroughfare. Of course, it would be an opportunity amiss not to seek out the peak for which this town is so famous – the Matterhorn. This iconic mountain is legendary for its steep ascent and its conical shape. See its glaciers and slopes from a cable-car, or take in the mountain in all of its glory from the viewing point at Gornergrat.

Day 10: Zermatt – train-icon – Montreux (B)

Have breakfast at the hotel ahead of boarding today’s train, bound for Montreux – a destination fondly called, ‘the Pearl of the Swiss Riviera’. This route will have you looking out across the vineyards of Valais, rocky outcrops, rural villages, and more. The group will change trains in Visp and arrive to Montreux in the afternoon. Montreux sits on the shores of Lake Geneva, and has all the good looks of a classic resort town. There are pretty waterfront promenades and elegant buildings, and a castle perched on an island in the middle of the lake.

Day 11: Montreux – train-icon – Interlaken (B)

You have this morning as free time to roam and explore Montreux as you please. You might take an early morning walk by the lake, organise to visit Chateau de Chillon, or strike your best pose next to the lakeside statue of Freddie Mercury. Meet up with the group and your Tour Director in the afternoon in anticipation of boarding a train on the Golden Pass Line. This route is widely regarded as one of the most picturesque in Switzerland – if not the world – and takes its passengers through a landscape of mountain passes, verdant valleys and cascading waterfalls. Have your camera poised and at the ready!

Day 12: Interlaken – Jungfraujoch – Interlaken (B)

Seek out the spot called the Top of Europe on today’s included excursion to Jungfraujoch. This glacier saddle sight marks the pass between two 4000-foot peaks of Jungfrau and Monch, and is the highest railway in Europe. The views across Aletsch Glacier will stay with you long after you return back down to ground level. Tonight is the final evening of your tour and your last night in Switzerland.

Day 13: Interlaken – train-icon – Zurich – airplane-takeoff – Australia (B)

Have breakfast at the hotel and then begin the return journey to Zurich aboard the Luzern-Interlaken Express. Your luggage will be sent ahead and will be waiting for you at Zurich Airport. This leaves you the chance to soak up your final fixes of the gorgeous Swiss scenery as the train zooms past crystal-clear lakes, over the Brunig Pass and alongside pretty waterfalls. You change trains in Lucerne. Say goodbye to your guide and fellow travelling companions once in Zurich, and board your Emirates or Singapore Airlines flights to commence the travel back to Australia.

Day 14: Australia

Arrive back in Australia today.

 

Inclusions

 
  • Return international flights with either Emirates or Singapore Airlines
  • Return airport transfers by rail
  • Option to extend the stay fee-free with Flexi Flights
  • 11 nights’ twin share hotel accommodation
  • All luggage transfer between hotels, plus to the airport upon the conclusion of the tour
  • Delicious daily breakfast
  • Scenic rail travel, including along the Golden Pass Line, Bernina Express and Glacier Express, all with seat reservations
  • Day excursion to Jungfraujoch
  • Guided tour of Chur, Switzerland’s oldest town
  • Welcome drink in Zermatt
  • Boat cruise from Lucerne to Flüelen
  • Services of an English-speaking Tour Director throughout

 

Highlights:

  • Have a day to meander the laneways of Zurich’s Old Town, admire the works inside the city’s excellent galleries and museums, and appreciate the architecture of Grossmünster
  • See Lucerne’s restored Chapel Bridge, one of the oldest wooden bridges in Europe, and set out on the famous Gotthard route towards the Italian-influenced the city of Lugano
  • Board the Bernina Bus to reach Tirano and then embark on the Bernina Express through UNESCO-protected landscapes and past remote glaciers to arrive in the glitzy resort town of St. Moritz
  • Venture into the Rhone Gorge, over the striking Oberalp Pass and through the Rhone Valley while taking the legendary Glacier Express to Zermatt, home of the majestic Matterhorn
  • Make for Montreux on the shores of Lake Geneva, and continue to Interlaken for an incredible excursion to Jungfraujoch, the highest railway in Europe
 

Fine Print

 

How to book:

  • Bookings essential
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Must book minimum 65 days prior to departure
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time

Payment Information:

  • A deposit of $499 per person is 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
  • Up to 12 Months Interest Free available: https://exclusives.webjet.com.au/up-to-12-months-interest-free/
  • Invoices will be emailed to you in advance and it is your responsibility to ensure payments are made prior to the due date
  • All payments received are strictly non-refundable and non-transferable
  • Should final 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

Documentation: Documentation will be provided after final payment is complete and within 2-3 weeks of travel, including E-Ticket instructions, hotel confirmation, itinerary extension & optional tour confirmation (where applicable) and destination travel tips.

Excludes: 

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Personal expenses
  • Porterage 
  • Anything not mentioned or “optional” or “own account” in the itinerary.

Single Supplement: $1,199 per person in addition to 1 x twin share price.  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.

As a single traveller, indulge in the spacious amenities of your own hotel room. Travelling by yourself will ensure your trip is not only memorable but truly exclusive!

Tour Only: To purchase this tour without return international flights, please click on the yellow Tour Only button. Please note, if you have selected Tour Only option, the rail passes are to be collected at Zurich International Airport only. Unfortunately, there are no alternative collection arrangements available for rail tickets. You must collect your documentation at Zurich airport on the date you select under Tour Only calendar option.

Triple Share: Not available

Group Sizes: 10 – 20

Accommodation: The accommodation listed below may be subject to change, but will remain of a similar or higher standard. Any changes remain beyond our control and all efforts are made to communicate these as soon as possible. We endeavour to always book non-smoking rooms however these cannot be guaranteed. Rooms offered are based on a lead in room type and any bedding configuration preferences are on a request basis only.

Zermatt: Bristol or similar 
Lucerne: Waldstaetterhof or similar 
Lugano: Continental-Parkhotel or similar 
St Moritz: Baeren or similar 
Zermatt: Derby or similar 
Monrteux: Helvetie or similar 
Interlaken: Chalet Swiss or similar 

Bedding: 1 x double bed or 2 x single beds
Please note, all bedding configurations are on the request basis only and cannot be guaranteed.

Maximum room capacity: 2 people

Triple share: Not available

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

Trains: The train ride from Zurich airport to the city centre is approximately 10 minutes. Seat reservations are included on all scenic trains as per the tour inclusions. You will be given suggested timetables for local trains without reservation, which includes your final rail transfer from Interlaken to Zurich Airport. This is to ensure you are in full control of your journey with the ability to best match your airport transfer to your departure flight.

Itinerary: Please note the tour itinerary is subject to change without prior notice based upon weather, traffic condition and other unforeseen occurrences.

Health: Different levels of travel involve varying degrees of activity and we recommend a good level of fitness and health in order to fully experience the package and optional tours purchased, including site-seeing by foot, climbing of stairs or extended day touring. It remains each passenger’s responsibility to inform Webjet Exclusives of any health or mobility issues that may impact the running of the tour, both for the safety of the passenger concerned and for other travellers in the group.

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 Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote.

Visas: Visas are not included. It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure they meet the visa requirements for the country they are visiting. Webjet Exclusives is unable to provide visa advice.

For Visa assistance, please visit Webjet’s Travel Visa Service page

$100 spending money offer valid for any Webjet Exclusives tour or resort booking made at www.exclusives.webjet.com.au. Eligible bookings will receive a unique account application link from Webjet Exclusives via email within 72 hours of making a booking. Any HSBC Everyday Global Account applications not made via this link or if the booking is cancelled, the offer will not be fulfilled/paid. One (1) offer will be paid per booking. The offer is a 100 AUD deposit into the newly opened HSBC Everyday Global Accounts and the activated Visa Debit card. The offer may take up to 6 weeks to be fulfilled/paid. Webjet Exclusives reserves the right to withdraw this promotion at any time. The email address entered at the time of booking will be used as the primary contact. Webjet Exclusives’ standard booking terms and conditions apply. For more information go to www.hsbc.com.au/accounts/offers/everyday-global/webjet/

 

Travel Dates

 

2020:

10 July
17 July
14 August 

Surcharges will apply to some dates, please see the availability calendar for more details.

Availability on departure dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. Live availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BOOK NOW button.

Tour Only option – Navigate to the yellow “Tour Only” button and select “Book Now” to view live availability. Note, Tour Only option commences on Day 2 of the flight-inclusive itinerary.

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure

 

Flight Information

 

Airline Information:

  • Return economy flights departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth with Emirates or Singapore Airlines and their codeshare partners
  • Or Emirates and their codeshare partners if this option is selected
  • Flights include one piece of checked-in baggage per person weighing no more than 20kg
  • Once your booking is confirmed, no further changes can be made, and your booking will remain non-refundable, non-changeable and non-transferable

 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 acknowledgement 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

Tour Only:

  • Tour 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 tour 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 with either Emirates or Singapore Airlines
  • Return airport transfers by rail
  • Option to extend the stay fee-free with Flexi Flights
  • 11 nights’ twin share hotel accommodation
  • All luggage transfer between hotels, plus to the airport upon the conclusion of the tour
  • Delicious daily breakfast
  • Scenic rail travel, including along the Golden Pass Line, Bernina Express and Glacier Express, all with seat reservations
  • Day excursion to Jungfraujoch
  • Guided tour of Chur, Switzerland’s oldest town
  • Welcome drink in Zermatt
  • Boat cruise from Lucerne to Flüelen
  • Services of an English-speaking Tour Director throughout

 

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