Breathtaking Swiss Alps – Trains and Walking 12 Days Tour

12 days – 11 nights guided tour designed to showcase Switzerland’s legendary trains, people, and culture

View spectacular Swiss Alps via 11 Swiss trains (including 2 steam engines), 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 power breakfasts – not just mueslix.

We take easy trails on the Swiss Alps
Tour Panoramic St. Moritz
View Mount Matterhorn
Experience Eiger

  • Travel in a small group – 16 people or less
  • 2 night stays in each location
  • See and experience the most spectacular scenic Alps – explore 11 unique Swiss Rail lines
  • 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
  • Learn about Swiss way of life, 4 national languages, government, and its tradition of democracy
  • Luggage transferred daily for you – no baggage-carrying hassles – carry a day-pack
  • Includes St. Gallen Abbey UNESCO Library – This is a 9th century library, the oldest in Switzerland. One of the world’s largest and oldest libraries
  • Includes top secret Swiss Military fortress in the Gotthard pass – recently decommissioned
  • Expert speakers on Switzerland’s ecology, trains, and transportation systems
  • Our local Swiss Resident English speaking guide will accompany you throughout the Tour
  • Easy guided walking tours – you choose as much or as little
  • Lifetime of great memories and moments

If a 12 day tour is too much, we also offer a shorter 7 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.

 
Along our travels, we have arranged for Expert Speakers to discuss the region’s unique characteristics.
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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
  • Brienzer Rothbahn Steam rack railway
  • 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
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  • 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
  • Mt. Pilatus – narrow gauge; first started running in 1889; steepest cogwheel train in the world at 48% gradient
  • Mr. Rigi – narrow gauge from 1871; first cogwheel train in Europe

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 Expert Speakers, 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
  • Locarno – 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
  • Brienz – board the unique Swiss steam train that has been operational since 1892.

We also offer an optional Pre-Tour feature. This includes:

  • Meet and Greet your Guide directly at the airport
  • First Class Train Transfer from Airport to Lucerne
  • One night accommodation in beautiful Lucerne including Dinner and Breakfast
  • A beautiful half-day Panorama guided walk

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Schedule – Grand 12 Day Swiss Alps Rails & Trails Tour

If there is a demand, we can insert additional dates in October, as the weather is still ideal in the Swiss Alps

2021
Our tours are limited to 14 bookings – book now to guarantee your seats
June 6 – July 17 – 12 seats available
June 28 – July 9 – 6 seats available
July 19 – July 30 – 12 seats available
August 9 – August 20 – 4 seats available
August 30 – September 10 – 8 seats available
September 13 – September 24 – 12 seats available
Additional dates for 2021 are available upon request. Please contact us with any “wish list” date(s).

Please note the final day.
The tour departing June 28, 2021 has the final date of July 9, 2021.
The breakfast at Zurich’s airport Radison Blu is included.
After that, you are free to depart on your own.

2022
Our tours are limited to 14 bookings – book now to guarantee your seats
June 27 – July 8
July 11 – July 22
August 8- August 19
August 22 – September 2
September 5 – September 16
September 19 – September 30

Example of the Dates
Warning: you are in Switzerland – people and trains are always on time
June 26, 2020 – Depart from the USA – if you take the pre-tour, meet, assist, transfer and one night before in Lucerne
June 27, 2020 – Arrive Zurich airport – transferred to Lucerne for the night before the trip begins
June 28, 2020 – Official Trip Begins, Monday, 1:00 Lucerne Hotel Lobby
July 9, 2020 – Friday, Depart date from the Zürich airport Radison Blu after breakfast at the hotel

Rates
Adult Standard: US $7,498 per person, based on 2 or more
Adult Standard: US $550 single supplement

10% Deposit secures the booking – balance due 90 days before the departure date

Click here to Book the 12 days tour

Includes

  • Services of a local Swiss Resident English-speaking guide
  • 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: Locarno – 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
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Items for personal use

* Currency Exchange

The US$ / Swiss Franc currency exchange rates have been relatively stable over the years. However, should the currency exchange rate change more than 2% at time of the final payment, we reserve the right to add the net difference to your final amount.


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



2020 & 2021 – Amended Cancellation policy
With concerns about the coronavirus we have revised our cancellation to make it more flexible:

· Cancellations made before 90 days prior to departure are subject to a $200.- per person cancellation fee.

· Cancellations made 45 to 90 days prior to departure are subject to $500.- per person cancellation fee

· Cancellations made 31 to 44 days prior to departure are subject to $1,000.- per person cancellation fee

· Cancellations made within 30 days prior to departure are subject to a 100% non-refundable cancellation fee.
Swiss hotel and transportation suppliers require pre-payments and have strict non-cancellation policies.

Transportation vouchers and rail passes are bearer documents and cannot be refunded if lost or stolen.
Changes? When in Switzerland, just dial 079-813-36-10 to reach our office