Alpine Lakes and Scenic Trains
9 Days Departs June 8, 2023
Climb aboard legendary Alpine railways and set out on a journey across the captivating Alpine landscapes of Switzerland and Italy. Ride 3 legendary train routes – the GoldenPass Panoramic Train, the Glacier Express, and the Bernina Pass Train. Explore Lucerne, the “Swiss Paradise on the Lake.” Relax in some of Europe’s most stunning and exclusive resort villages, including Zermatt, St Moritz and Lago Maggoire, Italy. Spend time at a family-owned farm where you sample their handmade cheeses paired with local wine. Cruise across one of the world’s most scenic lakes – Lago Maggiore. Across 2 countries, pass by towering mountain landscapes and discover quaint villages.
Pricing: Double $4,499pp Single $5,699pp
Price includes round-trip airfare to and from Nashville International Airport, air taxes and fees/surcharges, all ground transportation, hotels, 11 meals, daily tours and tour guides and hotel tips.
9 days, 8 nights, 10 meals (7 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 3 dinners).
Day 1- Overnight Flight-USA to Lucerne
Breathtaking Alpine vistas await as you travel through Switzerland and Italy. Experience dramatic views while aboard railways and lake cruises, and enjoy cultural experiences in charming villages in the heart of Europe.
Day 2 :Lucerne, Switzerland
Arrive in Lucerne and enjoy some free time to explore this lakeside town on your own. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner in the city.
Day 3– Lucerne
Explore Lucerne, the “Swiss Paradise on the Lake.” Follow the ancient pathways of the city on a walking tour through an Altstadt (Old Town), passing through the covered 14th-century Chapel Bridge. Along the way, see the famous Water Tower that once served as a prison. Pause at the renowned Lion Monument, carved from sandstone to commemorate heroic soldiers. The evening is yours.
Day 4– Lucerne-GoldenPass Train-Montreux-Zermatt
Travel to Gstaad and climb aboard the GoldenPass panoramic train, taking in breathtaking Alpine views along the route to Montreux. Upon arrival, enjoy some free time in this resort town, situated on the shores of Lake Geneva. End your day in the car-less village of Zermatt.
Day 5– Zermatt
Choose how you discover Zermatt because it’s your choice! Explore on foot during a guided walking tour -OR- experience Zermatt independently before visiting the Matterhorn Museum; learn more about the triumph and tragedy behind the first ascent of this imposing peak. The remainder of your day is at leisure.
Day 6– Zermatt –Glacier Express Train—St. Moritz
Traverse bridges and tunnels while aboard the world-renowned narrow gauge Glacier Express. Enjoy the natural beauty of this route through the heart of the Swiss Alps. Filled with forests, fragrant meadows, gurgling streams and deep valleys, it’s a mountain dream come to life. While onboard, relax and enjoy a 3-course lunch. Arrive in St. Moritz and enjoy the evening at leisure to relax or stroll the lakeside boulevard.
Day 7– St. Moritz-Berina Pass Train-Lago Maggiore, Italy
Traveling along one of the world’s most scenic railways, journey through the Bernina Pass en route to Tirano, Italy. Take in the striking landscapes of the Swiss and Italian Alps throughout your voyage, including the famed Morteratsch Glacier. Experience sweeping coastal views on your drive along the picturesque shores of Lake Como. Continue to Lago Maggiore, a tranquil resort area with crystal clear waters set against the backdrop of the Alps. Enjoy a local wine tasting and settle in for a 2-night stay.
Day 8 Lago Maggiore
Travel to Oira, an ancient village nestled in the mountains. Visit a family farm to see a different side to Alpine life. Learn about the artisan cheeses that they produce before sampling their creations, paired with the region’s local wines. Return to your hotel for a free afternoon. As the day draws to a close, board a private boat for a cruise to Isola dei Pescatori, one of the stunning Borromean Islands. On the island, toast to the end of your Alpine adventure and savor a traditional farewell dinner.
Day 9– Lago Maggiore Ends
Your scenic journey ends today in Lago Maggiore.