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Unforgettable: A ride on the Glacier Express

Swiss Railway Tour: The Glacier Express

Tour Switzerland's highest mountain and most beautiful lakes by train and ride the famous Glacier Express from Andermatt to Zermatt. Other fabulous stops on the roundtrip tour from Zurich include Lausanne and Lucerne. The trip can also be taken by rental car.

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Arrival in Zürich

3 km | 11 minutes


Old Town with trendy cafes and pubs

The city at the northern end of Lake Zurich began as a Roman settle­ment called Turicum. Zurich didn't become a free city until the 13th century, and shortly after that joined the newly estab­lished Swiss Confed­er­a­tion.

The town's rise to promi­nence began during the era of Protestant reformer Ulrich Zwingli, who lived in Zurich from 1484 to 1531 and laid the foun­da­tion for the emer­gence of a Puritan-capital­istic culture. Today Zurich is one of the world's richest cities in terms of per capita income and its citi­zens enjoy the best quality of life in the world according to a survey conducted in 2007. Million­aires and billion­aires from around the globe have estab­lished a resi­dence in the city because of Swiss bank privacy laws and the country's low tax rate. Yet Zurich has much more to offer than secret bank accounts and low taxes: an attrac­tive old town with chic cafés and bars, over 40 museums, and the famous Bahnhofss­trasse, one of the most elegant shopping avenues in Europe.

Accommodation: A 16th century mansion in downtown Zurich

1 Night | 1x Double Occupancy | Bed & Breakfast

The small hotel in the centre of Zurich prides itself as an “oasis of tranquillity” in the heart of the city, and indeed the ability to relax in the secluded garden next to the Neptune fountain dating back to 1770 is one of the many features that set this prop­erty apart.

The small hotel with 35 indi­vid­u­ally deco­rated bedrooms offers conve­nience and comfort on the highest level. Lovers of wine and gourmet cooking will appre­ciate the restau­rant's market-fresh cuisine and exquisite wine cellar. The pleasant oasis in the bustling city is the ideal refuge after a hard day of sightseeing in the nearby Old Town.

From Zürich to Ander­matt by rail

110 km | 2:30 h

The trip will take you high up into the Uri Mountains to the north end of the St. Gotthard Pass at Gösch­enen. You can either switch to a local train for the 7 km stretch from Gösch­enen to Ander­matt or take a taxi.

Your train tickets will not be booked by Umfu­lana. Please book online on Alterna­tively you can book on www.raileu­, where prices will be displayed in most currencies, but tend to be more expen­sive than on the the local provider's website. Another option is to purchase your ticket on arrival at the station.



At the center of exciting mountain passes

For many centuries Ander­matt was situ­ated at the premier crossroads for both north-south and east-west traffic across the Alps.

The ancient Swiss town lies at the center of four key Alpine passes: the Gotthard Pass to southern Switz­er­land, the Gösch­en­eralp Pass to north-central Switz­er­land, the stunning Furka Pass to the Rhone Valley in the west, and the Oberalp Pass to the Rhine Valley. Many gorgeous Alpine drives of various length and diffi­culty can be taken from Ander­matt. A rela­tively unchal­lenging yet scenic excur­sion is the three-passes pano­ramic drive around the Rhone Glacier, either in your own car or in one of the canary-yellow Post buses. A truly unfor­gettable expe­r­i­ence is a ride on the Furka Steam Train from Realp to Oberwald.

Accommodation: A hotel in Andermatt

2 Nights | 1x Double Occupancy | Bed & Breakfast

In the beau­tiful village of Ander­matt, directly on the Reuss river and close to the Gotthard massif, stands the 300-year-old building which now houses a boutique hotel.

During its reno­va­tion, the old charm was consciously preserved – old mate­r­ials such as wood panelling, beams and masonry were combined with modern elements in high-quality design. Each of the three categories offers rooms that have been furnished with a lot of atten­tion to detail. Their design was influ­enced by Feng Shui and their alpine envi­ron­ment. In the morning a rich Breakfast buffet with many local prod­ucts awaits and provides a perfect start into the day. In the bar of the hotel, one can not only choose from 30 types of whisky, but there are also regular special events around the topic of single malts.


Para­disiac lakes, remote mountain villages
Because of its warm climate, the south­ernmost canton of Switz­er­land is also called “sunroom”. Closed off to the north by the Gotthard massif, wine, figs, lemons and olives find perfect condi­tions over here. When after several waves of emigra­tion Ticino was heavily depop­u­lated in the early 20th century, painters, poets and anar­chists tired of civi­l­iza­tion discov­ered the para­disiac region around Lake Maggiore, among them Hermann Hesse. They were followed by tourists, attracted by the idyllic scenery and the 2,300 hours of sunshine a year. Around the Great Lakes lie the tourist centers of Ascona, Lugano and Locarno, which host several interna­tional music and film festivals. In a striking contrast to this rich and sophis­ticated holiday region are remote valleys such as Verzasca, Maggia- or Onser­none, whose wild chestnut forests, untamed rivers and magnif­i­cent rock forma­tions are only acces­sible to hikers. Everywhere one comes across abandoned Rustici, stone houses built without mortar, which testify to narrow, squalid living condi­tions of previous gener­a­tions in Ticino.

Furka steam locomo­tive

Over the pass with the cogwheel railway
After the Furka Base Tunnel between Realp and Oberwald was completed, the cogwheel railway over the pass was deemed to be closed perma­nently. However, ideal­ists and railway enthu­siasts ensured that the historic railway line over the mountain was preserved. From May to late September steam engines depart daily needing a good two hours for the 18 kilometer route.


Scenic road at the St. Gotthard Pass
This mountain road winds its way elegantly up the Gotthard Pass. It has been a protected landmark since 1832 and is consid­ered one of the “great drives of the Alps.” From the Middle Ages up until the 20th century, the pass was one of the most important routes over the mountains. Coaches would use the road in the summer, and sleighs in the winter. Today, it is preferred by nostalgic visitors; those in a hurry can simply drive straight through the mountain via the Gotthard tunnel.

From Ander­matt to Zermatt by rail

105 km | 3:30 h

You will take the scenic Glacier Express, the famous Alpine train line that connects Zermatt and St. Moritz. The complete trip from end to end passes through nearly 100 tunnels and crosses about 300 bridges. Although called an “express”, the train actu­ally travels very slowly, requiring over 7 hours for the entire 270 km stretch.

Your train tickets will not be booked by Umfu­lana. Please book online on Alterna­tively you can book on www.raileu­, where prices will be displayed in most currencies, but tend to be more expen­sive than on the the local provider's website. Another option is to purchase your ticket on arrival at the station.



Car-free village at the Matterhorn

The town at the end of the Mattertal has around 5,000 inhab­i­tants and is situ­ated at 1,600 m (5,250 ft.) above sea level.

Zermatt's world-wide renown stems from its proximity to the Matter­horn, the mountain of mountains and most famous landmark in the Alps. Anyone who has ever stood before the mighty peak knows that even the most enthu­siastic descrip­tion will fail to capture its true majesty. The mountain was first scaled by a party of Brits using local guides in 1865. In their rush to beat another party to the top one of the climbers slipped and caused three others to fall to their deaths. The trio are buried in the church­yard next to an English chapel in Zermatt set aside for them and the numerous other Brits who subsequently died attempting to scale the mountain. Climbs to the peak of the Matter­horn are almost a matter of course today. About 3,000 mountai­neers attempt the ascent each year, some­times even leading to overcrowding on the main routes. The Gorner Valley south-east of Zermatt boasts the highest cog railway in Europe. The higher you go the more incred­ible the views of the Matter­horn become.
The town of Zermatt is closed to private vehicles. Visitors must leave their cars at the free car park and take the train to the city.

Romantik Hotel Julen

2 Nights | 1x Double Occupancy | Bed & Breakfast

Bernese Ober­land

Between lake idyll and eternal ice
In 1798, a canton of Ober­land was created under Napoleon, but it was abol­ished five years later and incor­po­rated into the canton of Berne. However, the name “Ober­land” has been retained and today describes the magnif­i­cent landscape south of Lake Brienz and Lake Thun. The high rainfall is all discharged from the Aare, which flows into the Rhine at Koblenz. To the south, the valleys rise steeply to the glaciated main ridge of the Alps, which reaches well over 4000 metres in alti­tude here. The most famous peaks are Eiger (3967 m), Mönch (4107 m) and Jungfrau (4158 m). They form the border with the canton of Valais.


At the foot of the largest Alpine glacier
This historic town with 5,000 inhab­i­tants is situ­ated on the southern shores of the Rhone between the Bernese and the Valais Alps. A few kilome­ters to the north lies the UNESCO world heritage site of the Aletsch area with the largest glacier of the Alps. Various cable cars lead to the glacier area. The best cable car ride to Belalp, a car free village, is from Brig. Because of its loca­tion at the foot of the Simplon Pass, an important connec­tion to Italy, the site was already settled in 7 B.C.(!) Brig has a picturesque historic old quarter with the Stockalper Palace.


High alpine pass between glaciers and Mediterranean ravines
With an eleva­tion of 2,005 meters, this pass connects the Rhône Valley in the Swiss canton of Wallis with the Val d'Ossola in the Italian province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola. People have been using the pass since prehistoric times. It was even later used by Roman emperors. The influ­en­tial merchant Kaspar von Stockalper built the first road here in the 17th century, which is now a hiking trail. The modern road through the pass follows Napoleon Bonaparte's route. At the top of the pass there is a hospice. Coming down the southern side, you will find the Mediterranean-looking town of Simplon and the the romantically wild Gondo Gorge with the majestic, glacier-covered Fletschhorn towering above it.

From Zermatt to Lausanne by rail

168 km | 3:00 h

After the short trip in a regional train from Zermatt to Visp, you will switch to an inter-regional train for the journey through the upper Rhone Valley to Lake Geneva.

Your train tickets will not be booked by Umfu­lana. Please book online on Alterna­tively you can book on www.raileu­, where prices will be displayed in most currencies, but tend to be more expen­sive than on the the local provider's website. Another option is to purchase your ticket on arrival at the station.



Capital of the Swiss Riviera

The Romans had already founded a settle­ment called Lusona on the sunny northern shore of Lake Geneva. Today Lausanne is the centre of the “Swiss Riviera” and attracts visitors from all over the world with its enchanting old town and interna­tional flair.

In a way, Lausanne is even the cradle of tourism. The hotel school is the oldest in the world. A jewel is the early Gothic cathedral Notre-Dame, which is consid­ered the most beau­tiful building from the pre-Swiss Habsburg period.

Accommodation: A shorefront chateau

2 Nights | 1x Double Occupancy | Bed & Breakfast

The castle-like mansion stands directly on the shore of Lake Geneva. The oldest part of the building, the tower, was built in 1170 by the Bishop of Lausanne.

Over the centuries the forti­fied resi­dence housed a succes­sion of bishops before eventu­ally falling into disre­pair in the 17th century after being damaged by a fire. Today the expertly restored chateau is a small luxury hotel that combines first-class service with a first-class loca­tion. Guests can relax in the private swimming pool, the sauna, the Mediterranean restau­rant or the lake-view terrace.


Spa with picturesque view
The health resort with 35,000 inhab­i­tants lies picturesquely on a terrace on the southern shore of Lake Geneva. From the spa you can see far over the lake into the Swiss Jura. All around, wine is grown that bears the designa­tion of origin Vin de Savoie. Thonon-les-Bains was the seat of the Dukes of Savoy until 1589. Their castle stood on a peninsula in the lake and has completely disap­peared today. Ripaille Castle now stands on the same site. It was bought and rebuilt by an Alsa­tian indus­trialist in 1892.

From Lausanne to Luzern by rail



Jewel of Central Switzerland

In the 7th century the Luciara monastery stood where the river Reuss leaves Lake Lucerne. A trading place grad­u­ally grew around the monastery, which was declared a town in 1178.

The citi­zens and merchants benefited from the loca­tion on Gotthards­traße. When the Habsburg Duke Rudolph bought the town in 1291, the rebellious citi­zens joined forces with the orig­inal cantons of Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden to secure the survival of the young Swiss Confed­er­a­tion. Pros­perity and beauty are at home in all epochs of the city – in the medieval build­ings, the patri­cian houses of the Renais­sance, the Art Nouveau hotels and the bold build­ings of the present. The landmark is the Kapellbrück (Chapel Bridge) from the 14th century. It leads across the crystal clear lake, which reflects a magnif­i­cent mountain pano­rama.

Accommodation: A rustic hotel in downtown Lucerne

2 Nights | 1x Double Occupancy | Bed & Breakfast

The unique hotel was constructed of seven carefully restored build­ings in the medieval old town of Lucerne. Every room in the inn has a char­acter of its own, which makes guests feel as if they were staying in a private home rather than a hotel. The restau­rant special­izes in French cuisine, and during the summer months meals are served on the rooftop terrace over­looking the irreg­ular medieval townscape of Lucerne and the lake beyond.

Lake Lucerne

The heart of old Switz­er­land: Picturesque Lake Lucern
Located in the heart of old Switz­er­land, Lake Lucerne borders on and is surrounded by the three orig­inal Swiss cantons: Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden. The area around the lake played an important role in the national and polit­ical myths and legends, among others those of the Swiss national hero Wilhelm Tell. Due to the reflec­tion of the Alpine mountains in the water, Lake Lucerne is widely regarded as the most beau­tiful lake in Switz­er­land. The best way to expe­r­i­ence the cross-shaped lake, orig­inally formed by a glacier, is by taking a ride on one of the paddle steamers or cruise boats that connect Lucerne, Brunnen and Flüelen. A number of marked hiking paths of varying length and diffi­culty are located on the southern side of the lake at the foot of the Alps. Highly recom­mended are the cable car or cogwheel railway to one of the view­points on the summits of Mount Pilatus, Rigi or Stanser­horn.

Maria Loreto

One thou­sand steps and Marian mysticism
A thou­sand steps lead to the pilgrimage chapel in Hergiswald, which was conse­crated in 1662. It is simple on the outside, but unique on the inside. The picture of the Black Madonna and a vaulted wooden ceiling with 324 sections amaze and enthuse art histo­rians. Kaspar Megglinger, the crea­tive artist, was partic­u­larly known in the Baroque period for his Marian symbolism. After all, the more than 300 images of the Virgin Mary are regarded as the only cycle in the world to have been designed in this form.


Switz­er­land's most famous pano­ramic summit
The rugged mountain massif south of Lucerne is Switz­er­land's most famous vantage point. From above you have a fantastic view of Lake Lucerne, Lucerne and the Central Alps. Earlier gener­a­tions regarded it not as a sublime local mountain, but as an uncanny place of dragons and ghosts that sent weather plunges and mudslides into the city. No wonder there are so many tales and legends about Pilatus. From Kriens a cable car leads up the mountain, from Alpnachstad a rack railway. The historic Hotel Pilatus-Kulm awaits you at the top.

From Luzern to Zürich

From Depar­ture to Depar­ture by rail

57 km | 1:30 h

You will travel through the gently rolling hills of central Switz­er­land around Lake Zug and on to the western shore of Lake Zurich.

Your train tickets will not be booked by Umfu­lana. Please book online on Alterna­tively you can book on www.raileu­, where prices will be displayed in most currencies, but tend to be more expen­sive than on the the local provider's website. Another option is to purchase your ticket on arrival at the station.

10 days
from € 1,939.00
per person based on two people sharing a double room
  • Accommodation in a double room
  • Meals (as listed above)

You can start this tour on any date.
Best Travel Time: April–September

The prices can vary depending on the season.
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