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Glaciers to Gondolas

Glaciers to Gondolas

10 nights from
AU$2,175 Per person twin share
 
  • Package Type
    Self-Guided
  • STC Main Accommodation
    Accommodation in Switzerland
  • Travel From
    17 Apr 2019
  • Travel Until
    10 Oct 2019
10 nights from
AU$2,175 Per person twin share
 
  • Package Type
    Self-Guided
  • STC Main Accommodation
    Accommodation in Switzerland
  • Travel From
    17 Apr 2019
  • Travel Until
    10 Oct 2019
Description 
  • Package Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation 10-night accommodationBonusBonus Free upgrade to first class in April, May & June on the Glacier ExpressInclusionInclusion Glacier Express, Bernina Express & coach seat reservationsInclusionInclusion Gondola ride and walking tour in Venice, ItalyInclusionInclusion Rail tickets in 2nd class (Swiss Card including half fare discount)TourTour Excursion to Matterhorn Glacier Paradise inclusive of entry to the Glacier Caves

Summary

Experience an ultimate holiday from Switzerland’s highest peaks to Italy’s floating city through this 11-day self-guided rail journey. Indulge in a relaxing cruise down Lake Zürich before travelling to Zermatt for an excursion to the stunning Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. A cable car will take you up the summit for a fantastic 360° panorama view of the Italian, French and Swiss Alps. Ride the Glacier Express train across the Swiss Alps, crossing 291 bridges, passing through 91 tunnels, and climbing over the Oberalp Pass to connect St. Moritz and Zermatt. Hop on board the Bernina Express for an exciting rail journey over Bernina Pass, admiring snow-capped mountains and glaciers.

Explore Lugano, the largest town in the holiday region of Ticino, before crossing the border for Italy. The surreal beauty of Lake Como awaits you in Como, as well as its charming lakeside villages. Finally, board a high-speed train and travel to the romantic city of Venice. Explore all its charms by foot and enjoy a classic gondola ride through the canals.

2019 Departure dates: 17 April to 10 October

BONUS: Free upgrade to first class in April, May & June on the Glacier Express

Highlights

  • Experience the Glacier Express & Bernina Express
  • Day excursions to Matterhorn Glacier Paradise
  • Gondola tour & walking tour in Venice, Italy!

Inclusions

  • 2nd class rail travel as per itinerary including half fare Swiss card (upgrade to 1st class available on request)
  • 10-night accommodation in 3-star hotels (upgrades available on request)
  • 10 breakfasts
  • Seat reservations on Glacier Express and Bernina Express
  • Bernina Express Coach seat reservation, Tirano to Lugano
  • Matterhorn Glacier Paradise excursion
  • Arrival transfer from Venice station to nearby hotel
  • Walking tour of Venice and gondola ride

Itinerary

Day 1, Zürich
Arrive in Switzerland and transfer by rail from the airport to Zürich main station. Make your way to the hotel and the remainder of the day is at your leisure. Time on your first day to explore this metropolis of experiences by the water, from Zürich’s own mountain Uetliberg to a lake cruise on Lake Zürich itself.

Day 2, Zürich – Zermatt
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer via rail to Zermatt. Dominated by the unmistakable peak of the Matterhorn, standing alone at the head of the valley, Zermatt is encircled by a ring of four-thousand metre peaks. At the foot of the Matterhorn, the old town of Zermatt has preserved its original character and traditional features. (B)

Day 3, Matterhorn Glacier Paradise
Following breakfast at the hotel, you will enjoy a half-day excursion to Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. A series of gondolas and cable cars take visitors up to the summit and the fantastic 360° panorama breath-taking view of the Italian, French and Swiss Alps. (B)

Day 4, Zermatt – St. Moritz (Glacier Express)
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure on the famous Glacier Express. The Glacier Express is a fascinating 7½ hour rail journey across the Swiss Alps, crossing 291 bridges, passing through 91 tunnels and climbing over the 2.033m high Oberalp Pass to connect St. Moritz and Zermatt. Experience the Alps in all their breath-taking glory from the comfort of your seat in the panorama car. On-board commentary is available in English throughout the journey. (B)

Day 5, St. Moritz
Breakfast at your hotel and a day at leisure in St. Moritz. Wander around the old town at your leisure and soak up the atmosphere, take a stroll around the lake or hike along one of the scenic hiking trails of the Upper Engadine. Overnight at your hotel in St. Moritz. (B)

Day 6, St. Moritz – Lugano (Bernina Express)
This morning, you will have breakfast at the hotel then board the narrow-gauge Bernina Express at St. Moritz station. Enjoy one of the most impressive scenic rail journeys Switzerland has to offer. Climbing over the spectacular Bernina Pass to more than 2,253m, taking in stunning views of snow covered mountain peaks and glaciers, you will descend towards Poschiavo and Brusio.

On-board commentary in English is available. There will be time to explore the Italian town of Tirano before boarding the Bernina Express coach to Lugano. (B)

Day 7, Lugano - Lake Como
Today is at your leisure in Lugano. Lugano is a traffic free historic town with exclusive museums, beautiful mountains, Mediterranean climate and events all year round. Enjoy the Mediterranean atmosphere, stroll along the lakeside promenade. In the afternoon, you will board a train from Lugano to Como and continue your holidays in Italy. (B)

Day 8, Lake Como
Following breakfast at your hotel, you will have a full day at leisure in Lake Como. You may wish to spend the day visiting and exploring some of the charming lakeside villages. (B)

Day 9, Lake Como - Venice
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before transferring to the station and boarding your high speed train to the enchanting city of Venice. After you check in to your hotel, you will have the rest of the day at leisure. (B)

Day 10, Venice
Starting from St. Mark’s Square, explore Venice on foot and learn the history of its main monuments. Afterwards, enjoy a classic gondola ride through the city’s canals.

Rest of the day at leisure. (B)

Day 11, Venice
The tour ends after breakfast at your hotel. (B)

Accommodation

Standard Package (3-star)
Zurich: Hotel Sorell Rex or similar
Zermatt: Hotel Testa Grigia or similar
St. Moritz: Hotel Laudinella or similar
Lugano: Continental Park Hotel or similar

Superior Package (4-star)
Zurich: Hotel Marktgasse or similar
Zermatt: Hotel Daniela or Romantik Hotel Julen or similar
St. Moritz: Hotel Steffani or similar
Lugano: Hotel Dante Center or similar

Deluxe Package (5-star) - On request

All prices are subject to availability. If the above hotels are not available, alternative accommodation will be offered. Supplements or reductions may apply. Prices for families are available on request.

Important Notes

  • Itinerary bookable in reverse
  • Open jaw possible (ie. start in Zurich ending in Geneva or vice versa)
  • Extension nights available
  • Combinable with other arrangements (pre-/post extensions)
  • Accommodation may be upgraded from 3-star to 4-star upon request.
  • Extra night, child rate and triple room on request. Children under 6 years travel free when sharing room with their parents (no extra bedding).
  • Rail travel may be upgraded to 1st class, supplement applies. Contact us for more details.
  • Swiss Card includes 50% discount on additional rail tickets (local transport) and some mountain excursions.

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3, 4 or 5-Star Accommodation in Switzerland

Switzerland Travel Connection offers you a wide-range of comfortable accommodation across the different cities and towns of Switzerland. From standard 3-star to luxury 5-star hotels, we've got your Swiss accommodation covered. We offer small to medium sized, sometimes family-run, often centrally located and close to train stations. They are chosen for their charm and style, Swiss hospitality and the relationship built with them over time. Choose from our handpicked accommodation Basel, Bern, Lucerne, Interlaken, Lugano, Montreux and Zurich.

 
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