Switzerland Rail Tours

View of Lauterbrunnen valley in autumn

12-DAY SWISS ALPS GRAND RAIL TOUR

[See below for a bonus Holidays to Switzerland discount]

See the best of Switzerland in comfort and at a leisurely pace on this 12 day fully guided rail tour of Switzerland.

With a maximum of just 18 passengers, the Swiss Alps Grand Rail Tour itinerary has been designed to ensure you experience Switzerland’s most famous train rides, visit the most popular attractions and spend time in some of the lesser-known, but equally as beautiful, destinations.

Accompanied by an English-speaking guide, you’ll benefit from their local knowledge as you explore destinations as diverse as Lucerne, St. Moritz, Andermatt, Zermatt and Grindelwald.

SWISS ALPS GRAND RAIL TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Travel by public transport including trains and buses
  • Glacier Express ride
  • Bernina Express ride
  • GoldenPass Line ride
  • Pilatus excursion
  • Gornergrat excursion
  • Jungfraujoch excursion
  • Furka steam train ride
  • Immersive chocolate workshop
  • Luggage transfer service

VIEW THE FULL ITINERARY HERE

Price – US $8923 per person twin/double share / Single supplement US $578

Should you prefer a shorter tour, Echo Rails and Trails also offer a 5-day semi-guided tour and an 8-day small group rail tour of Switzerland. Find out more about the 5-day tour > here and the 8-day tour > here.

Don’t forget to add the code HTSWISS when booking to receive 5% discount.
Full details below.

Swiss train
Travel around Switzerland by public transport accompanied by your tour guide.

SWISS ALPS GRAND RAIL TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • Two-night stays in 3* and 4* hotels with breakfast in Lucerne, St. Moritz, Andermatt, Zermatt and Grindelwald
  • Overnight stay in 4* hotel with breakfast at Zurich Airport
  • 11 dinners and 1 lunch onboard the Glacier Express
  • All transportation by train (1st class), bus, boat and mountain railway
  • Seat reservations for the Glacier Express, Bernina Express, and GoldenPass Express
  • Luggage transfer between hotels
  • Guided excursion to Mt. Pilatus, Muottas Muragl, Diavolezza, Gornergrat and Jungfraujoch
  • Guided walks and hikes
  • Visit to UNESCO Abbey Library in St. Gallen
  • Visit to cheese dairy
  • Furka steam train ride
  • Chocolate workshop in Interlaken
  • Visit to Trummelbach Falls
  • Services of an English-speaking guide throughout
  • Optional pre- and post-tour add-ons available

Departure dates

2024: 10 June / 24 June / 8 July / 22 July / 5 August / 19 August / 2 September / 9 September / 16 September

2025: 16 June / 23 June / 7 July / 21 July / 4 August / 18 August / 1 September / 8 September / 15 September

9-DAY CHRISTMAS MARKETS RAIL TOUR

[See below for a bonus Holidays to Switzerland discount]

Immerse yourself in the magic of Switzerland on Echo Rails and Trails’ Christmas Market Rail Tour. 

Experience an unforgettable journey around Switzerland by train, see the cities dressed in their festive glory and visit the most authentic Christmas markets.

This 9-day small group tour includes two-night stays in four locations, 3 and 4-star accommodation with breakfast, 4 dinners, fondue dinner on a lake cruise, all rail tickets (1st class) including a ride on the Glacier Express and Gornergrat mountain railway, luggage transfers, and an English-speaking guide.

Echo Rails and Trails' Christmas Market Rail Tour map

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CHRISTMAS MARKET RAIL TOUR

  • See Zurich, Bern, Basel and Montreux adorned with Christmas decorations
  • Visit 9 Christmas Markets
  • Experience the 800-year-old festival of Klausjagen in Küssnacht
  • Ride on the Glacier Express and Gornergrat Bahn
  • Visit Chateau Chillon

VIEW THE FULL ITINERARY HERE

Price – US $5,750 per person twin/double share / Single supplement US $690

Don’t forget to add the code HTSWISS when booking to receive 5% discount.
Full details below.

Departure dates

2024: 4 to 12 December / 2025: 4 to 12 December

ABOUT ECHO RAILS AND TRAILS

Echo Rails and Trails is a Lucerne-based business that offers small group tours and private tours in Switzerland.  With a passion for providing sustainable travel solutions, all Echo Rails and Trails tours use Switzerland’s excellent public transport system.

To ensure their clients have a hassle-free experience, all Echo Rails and Trails tours are accompanied by a knowledgeable, English-speaking guide.

Echo Rails and Trails, with over 15 years experience, holds the certified  specialist accreditation from Switzerland Tourism and has received a Hall of Fame award from TripAdvisor with 150+ five-star reviews.

To find out more about this small group tour of Switzerland by train, and to make a booking, click here.
Don’t forget to add the code HTSWISS to the Promo Box when booking to save 5%.

HOLIDAYS TO SWITZERLAND EXCLUSIVE OFFER

Holidays to Switzerland readers can benefit from a 5% discount when they book the Swiss Alps Grand Rail Tour. Simply quote the code HTSWISS in the Promo Code box when making your booking to qualify for the discount. 

Image showing where to enter the promo code on Echo Rails and Trails booking page

Important Information

  • The code HTSWISS must be added during the booking process in order to qualify for the discount. It cannot be added on completion of the booking.
  • 5% discount will apply to the total package price.
  • Cancellation fees may apply – please refer to the cancellation policy information and all terms and conditions here.

Ready to book your place on the Swiss Alps Grand Rail Tour? Click here to get started.
Don’t forget to add the code HTSWISS in the Promo Box when booking to get 5% discount.

Disclosure: Should you make a booking with Echo Rails and Trails using the code above, Holidays to Switzerland may earn a referral fee.