Lugano to Zürich-Breathtaking Swiss-Italian-French Areas

View Mount Matterhorn – Experience Eiger and its trails

An active 7-day guided tour on great Swiss train journeys combined with walks on spectacular Alpine Trails

2 night stays at beautiful hotels/lodges with 3-course dinners and full Swiss breakfasts

Our Rails & Trails tours are all inclusive

This tour is designed for people who want to experience Switzerland’s people, culture and cuisine while viewing its spectacular scenery through panoramic train windows.

In order to accommodate people who may not be available for a 13-day tour, we offer a 7-day version – join us from on the journey from Lugano through to Grindelwald via Zermatt and Montreux with excursions to Como (Italy), the Matterhorn and the Jungfrau.

We eventually wind up at either Zürich airport or over at Basel for connections to the Rhine Tour. (Let us know your preference.)

  • See and experience the most scenic Alps – explore 4 unique 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 and comfortable trains
  • Travel on the Italian-Swiss Centovalli Railway, GoldenPass Line, Gornergrat Rail and Jungfrau Rail
  • 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 day to explore Lake Como
  • Lifetime of great memories and moments

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

English-speaking guides accompany you on walks through each city and non-strenuous hikes to explore the beautiful Alpine countryside.

Rides include cable cars, cogwheel trains, steam engine rides, and Switzerland’s finest express trains sitting in first class.

English speaking guides accompany you on walks through each city. Afterwards one can choose a non-strenuous walks or hike to explore the beautiful Alpine countryside, adjacent each city.

7-Day Breathtaking Tour # 2 – Lugano through to Zürich – or Basel

Travel on these trains:

  • Centovalli Railway – an Italian-Swiss train and “hidden gem” traveling through Southern Switzerland valleys, gorges and rivers
  • GoldenPass Line – using restored Belle Epoque-era railcars to travel from French-speaking Montreux through the beautiful Simmental valley past the famous resort of Gstaad to Swiss-German speaking Interlaken/Grindelwald
  • Zermatt Matterhorn Gornergrat – a mountain rack-rail launched in 1898, for the most iconic views of the Matterhorn
  • Jungfraujoch Rail – mountain rack-rail – 1912 incredible tunnel engineering through the Eiger

‘Off the Rails’ Excursions and Experiences on optional walks/hikes and scenic excursions:

  • Lugano – lakeside Olive Trail walk & outdoor grotto risotto dinner
  • Como (Italy) – historic old town and winding shoreline to the exquisite villas of Bellagio (full day excursion)
  • Montreux – Chillon Castle, Lake Geneva and landscaped lakeside walk
  • 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

2019 Schedule – 7-Day Swiss Alps Rails & Trails Tour #2 – Lugano to Zürich Airport

August 11 to August 17, 2019
September 1 to September 7, 2019

2020 Schedule – 7-Day Swiss Alps Rails & Trails Tour #2 – Lugano to Zürich Airport

June 27 to July 3, 2020
July 18 to July 24, 2020
Aug. 16 to Aug. 22, 2020
Sept. 5 to Sept. 11, 2020

Rates – 7-Day Tour #2
Adult Standard: US $ 4,585 per person, based on 2 or more
Adult Standard: US $ 370 single supplement

Reserve your place on this tour with a 10% per person deposit Click here to Book the 7 day tour #2

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


  • Services of 2 expert English-speaking guides
  • 8-Day 1st Class Rail Pass
  • 2 nights Lugano
  • 2 nights Zermatt
  • 2 nights Grindelwald
  • 1 night Airport Hotel
  • 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
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.

When in Switzerland,contact our Lucerne office: +41 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 using a local telephone: 079-813-36-10
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