Prestige Continental Express Italy, Switzerland
Route and Summary
9 nights/10 days
ZURICH - BASEL - ST. MORITZ - RHEINSCHLUCHT GORGE - GOTTHARD FORTRESS - FURKA PASS - GORNERGRAT - INTERLAKEN - JUNGFRAU - BRIENZ - BRIENZER-ROTHORN - LAKE LUCERNE - MOUNT RIGI - ZURICH (Golden Eagle Luxury Trains)
This gem of a journey travels through the spectacular scenery of Switzerland, using a variety of trains and a paddle steamer.
The journey begins and ends with the beautiful refurbished Prestige Continental Express, consisting of two dining cars seating 48 guests and the stylish Piano-bar, complete with live music during the day.
The modern kitchen will pamper guest with exquisite meals prepared from the freshest local ingredients.
In between the journeys on the Prestige Continental Express, there are a number of special little trains, hauled by a selection of heritage locomotives, on journeys that make the most of the fabulous scenery.
Day 1 – Zurich & Basel
This morning we join the Prestige Continental Express private train either in Basel at 10:55* or in Zürich Flughafen (Airport) station at 12:30*. The train comprises of deluxe dining cars and the piano bar car “Le Diamant" complete with live piano music. Luncheon is served as we depart for the Swiss city of Chur, where we change to the Glacier & Bernina Pullman Express for the journey up to St. Moritz. Our travels will take us through the Albula Pass between Filisur and St. Moritz, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overnight in St. Moritz, Art Boutique Hotel Monopol.
Day 2 – St Moritz, Tirano (Italy), St Mortiz
Today we travel Switzerland's famous Bernina Line to Tirano, Italy. Today we travel in the Glacier & Bernina Pullman Express along the famous Bernina Line to Tirano, experiencing the incredible spiral stone viaduct at Brusio. Once in Tirano, Italy, we spend time enjoying the Valtellina Valley and visit the Triacco Winery for lunch, before retracing our steps back to St. Moritz. Overnight in St. Moritz, Art Boutique Hotel Monopol.
Day 3 – Rheinschulucht Gorge & Gotthard Fortress
This morning we depart St. Moritz for Andermatt on the Glacier & Bernina Pullman Express, travelling 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 hotel, either take advantage of the hotel's spa facilities or travel to the St Gotthard Pass and visit the huge Fortress that guarded it from 1929. Closed in 1998, it re-opened as the Gotthard Museum Sasso in 2012. Overnight in Andermatt, Hotel Chedi.
Day 4 – Furka Pass
Today we cross one of the most beautiful mountain passes in the world, the Furka Pass, travelling in a 100-year-old steam locomotive that will take one hour to climb to the summit up a gradient of 1 in 81⁄2 (11.8%). Culminating at 2,160 metres above sea level, it is an old mountainous section of the Furka Oberalp Bahn (FOB) that was abandoned after the construction of the tunnel that made it obsolete. The Furka Pass has been gradually brought back into service by the Verein Furka-Bergstrecke with the original, historical equipment restored to its former glory. At the summit a traditional Swiss BBQ lunch of Bratwürste will be taken whilst being surrounded by wonderful views. We then descend under the Rhône glacier to Oberalp where we join the modern Glacier Express to Zermatt, home of the Matterhorn. Overnight in Zermatt, Hotel National.
Day 5 – Gornergrat & The Matterhorn
This morning we take an exciting journey on the Gornergrat Railway. We travel to a height of 3,089 metres for the most incredible view of the Matterhorn. The Gornergrat is located between the Gornergletscher and Findelgletscher and offers a view of 29 peaks over 4,000 metres from the viewing platform. Lunch will be taken on the descent at the Riffelalp Resort. Overnight in Zermatt, Hotel National.
Day 6 – Zermatt to Interlaken
Travelling from Zermatt in the Canton of Valais to Interlaken, we descend on the Glacier Express to rejoin the Prestige Continental Express in Brig. From Brig we enjoy our ascent over the Lötschberg Pass and into Interlaken in the Canton of Bern. Overnight in Interlaken, Hotel Victoria Jungfrau and Spa.
Day 7 – Jungfrau & The 'Top of Europe'
We depart Interlaken for Grindelwald and the ascent to the top of Europe. Once at Kleine Scheidegg we transfer to the Jungfraubahn and the final leg of the trip up to a height of 3,454 metres above sea level, making this the highest railway station in Europe, as well as one of the highest places you can be. Once here we will have access to a high Alpine wonderland of ice, snow and rock. You can visit the Sphinx Terrace, walk into the heart of a glacier known as the Ice Palace and, weather permitting, venture out onto the glaciers. We will have lunch before descending. The region Jungfrau-Aletschgletscher (longest glacier in the Alps) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We then return to Kleine Scheidegg and back to Interlaken via Wengen. Overnight in Interlaken, Hotel Victoria Jungfrau and Spa.
Day 8 – Brienz & Brienzer-Rothorn
Today we leave Interlaken by scheduled train for the Brienzer- Rothorn Steam Rack Railway. The area around Lake Brienz has been known for centuries for its wood carving. The town of Brienz is the headquarters for the trade as well as the stepping stone for the Brienzer-Rothorn Bahn, the fourth highest railway in Switzerland that reaches a height of 2,244 metres. Following lunch on the mountain we will return to Brienz and cruise to Interlaken on the historic paddle steamer SS Lötschberg, built in 1914. Overnight in Interlaken, Hotel Victoria Jungfrau and Spa.
Day 9 – Lake Lucerne & Mount Rigi
This morning we depart Interlaken on the Prestige Continental Express for Lucerne, arriving for a cruise on Lake Lucerne on one of the many classical paddlewheelers, to Vitznau. Here we have yet another steam special, this time up Mount Rigi, Queen of the Mountains, to Rigi Kulm. From Kulm station we descend to Art- Goldau on the 'Rigi Pullman', an historic electric railcar. We the join the Prestige Continental Express for a spectacular evening return trip up to the St Gotthard Pass tunnel, during which we enjoy a farewell gala dinner in the opulent Prestige Continental Express dinning cars. Overnight in Zurich, Radisson Blu Hotel, Zurich Airport.
Day 10 – Zurich
After breakfast free time until departing flights from the adjacent terminal or train connections from the station beneath the terminal..
Dates and Prices
To be advised
Twin per person £9,495 (2015 prices)
Single £11,495 (2015 prices)
Included. All accommodation as per the itinerary, both on board the train and in hotels; all meals, be they on the train or otherwise, tea and coffee with all lunches and dinners both on and off the train (except where stated otherwise); guided off train sightseeing excursions; the services of experienced tour leaders.
Dress Code. During the day, dress is casual both on and off the train. In the evening we suggest smart casual.
Visas. These are not included.
Booking & Reservations
All prices are at publicly-quoted rates.
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