Dramatic & Breathtaking – Grand Trains & Trails Tour

Spectacular Swiss Alps via 10 great train journeys, 3 cable car ascents and walks on Alpine trails

An active Guided Tour with 2-night stays at beautiful hotels/lodges
3-course dinners and Swiss breakfasts.
 
We take easy trails on the Swiss Alps
Tour Panoramic St. Moritz
View Mount Matterhorn
Experience Eiger

12 Days – 11 Nights
Our Rails & Trails tours are all inclusive – no additional expenses.

This tour is designed for active people who want to experience Switzerland’s people, culture and cuisine while viewing its spectacular scenery from the panoramic windows of its amazing long-distance trains.

  • See and experience the most spectacular scenic Alps – explore 10 unique Swiss rail lines
  • Guided Walking Tours in each city/village
  • Travel in a small group – 16 people or less
  • Enjoy Switzerland’s majestic scenery in the First Class sections on the most famous smooth & comfortable trains
  • The Glacier Express, Bernina Express, Voralpen Express, GoldenPass Line, Furka Steam Train, and many more
  • Luggage transferred daily for you – no baggage-carrying hassles
  • 2 night stay in each location
  • Two English speaking guides, one Swiss and one American
  • Learn about Swiss cheese, chocolate, wines, and Swiss life
  • Includes St. Gallen Abbey Library, and Swiss Military fortress
  • Lifetime of great memories and moments

If a 12 day tour is too much, we also offer a shorter 3 Day Swiss highlight alternative:

A guided Swiss tour featuring magnificent train rides, walks, views, foods, and lodging, focusing on Switzerland’s legendary railways combined with walks/hikes and wonderful hospitality.

Echo Trails offers the largest number of Swiss trains:

  • Furka Steam Train – restored 1920s steam train over the 7,270 ft Furka pass ride – one of the great Swiss Alps steam journeys
  • Glacier Express –  Classic narrow gauge railway with panoramic windows
  • Bernina Express – journey up to the 7,391 ft Ospizio summit – one of Europe’s highest rail stations
  • Centovalli Railway – an Italian-Swiss railway and hidden gem of the railway world
  • Golden Pass Line – travel in Belle Epoque style
  • Voralpen Express – gateway to scenic Eastern Switzerland
  • Zermatt Matterhorn Gornergrat – a mountain rack-rail launched in 1898
  • Jungfraujoch mountain rack-rail – 1912 incredible tunnel engineering through the Eiger
  • Mr. Rigi – narrow gauge from 1871; first cogwheel train in Europe
  • Mt. Pilatus – narrow gauge; first started running in 1889; steepest cogwheel train in the world at 48% gradient

Ascend up mountain peaks on these cable cars:

  • St. Moritz-Corvatsch to 10,826 ft.
  • St. Moritz-Diavolezza to 9,770 ft.
  • Lucerne-Mt. Pilatus to 6,561 ft.

‘Off the Rails’ Experiences with optional walks/hikes and excursions:

Enjoy exploring the beautiful Alpine countryside surrounding each town with non-strenuous walks and modest hikes and scenic excursions

  • Lucerne – walk through the historic old town
  • St. Gallen – Abbey Library, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with 8th century manuscripts
  • Andermatt – Former top secret World War II military bunker deep in the Gotthard mountains
  • St. Moritz – Panorama trail with scenic views of the surrounding Bernina Mts and Engadine Valley
  • Lucarno – Walk around covered walkways and piazzas – Italian speaking part of Switzerland
  • Gruyère – Stroll through Switzerland’s most picturesque square. See how Gruyère cheese is made.
  • Lauterbrunnen Valley – walk beneath 600 ft cliffs and 71 waterfalls
  • Trümmelbach Falls – spectacular glacier-fed waterfall inside the mountain
  • Lake Thun – steamer ride with views of Jungfrau and surrounding mountains

2020 Schedule – Grand 12 Day Swiss Alps Rails & Trails Tour

June 22 – July 3
July 7 – July 18
August 10 – August 21
September 8 – September 19
September 22 – October 3

Rates – 12 Days/11 Nights Tour
Adult Standard: US $6,412 per person, based on 2 or more
Adult Standard: US $550 single supplement

Our Rails & Trails tours are all inclusive – no additional expenses beyond alcoholic beverages and personal items.

Reserve your place on this tour with a 10% per person deposit – Click here to Book the 12 day tour

Includes

  • Services of 2 expert English-speaking guides
  • 1st Class Rail Pass throughout
  • 2 nights Lucerne
  • 2 nights St. Moritz
  • 2 nights Andermatt
  • 2 nights Zermatt
  • 2 nights Grindelwald
  • 1 night airport hotel
  • Lunch Stops: Lucarno – Italian speaking and Gruyère – French speaking
  • 3-course dinners each evening and full Swiss breakfasts each morning
  • All ground transportation including mountain railways and cable cars, and admission costs
  • Daily transfer of your luggage directly from hotel to hotel – carry only your day-pack

Not Included
Lunch – aside from Lucarno and Gruyère
Alcoholic Beverages
Items of personal nature.

Booking a Tour

Click on the red “Book Now” button

1. On the right hand side, select the Date you wish to take the tour in the Date Box
2. Input the number of participants
3. Go To the Tour Box and click on BOOK button – the payment form will open
4. Review the final price – make sure it is correct
5. Read our Cancellation Policy – check the Terms & Conditions Box
6. Pay with either a PayPal account or debit/credit card

Once the payment has been processed, a written confirmation will be sent to your email address


Cancellation policy

  • Cancellations made more than 90 days prior to departure are subject to a $100 per person cancellation fee
  • Cancellations made 61 to 90 days prior to departure are subject to a $500 per person cancellation fee
  • Cancellations made 31 to 60 days prior to departure are subject to a $1,000 per person cancellation fee
  • Cancellations made within 30 days prior to departure are subject to a 100% non-refundable cancellation fee
  • Once the tour begins, there is no refund for any used or unused portions of the tour – including prepaid room nights and meals

Transportation vouchers and railpasses are bearer documents and cannot be refunded if lost or stolen.

Changes?
When in Switzerland, call our Lucerne office +41 (0)79-813-36-10

Booking within 30 days of your tour date?
Please contact us directly in Lucerne.

Calling from outside of Switzerland: +41-79-813-36-10.
Calling from within Switzerland on a local telephone: 079-813-36-10
or e-mail: office@echo-trails.com

Click Here to see Detailed Terms & Conditions

Trip Insurance 
An insurance policy that covers Cancellation, Medical, Baggage, and serious emergencies
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