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Trip Overview

Take one of the most stunning rail journeys in all of Europe on this scenic Swiss excursion that includes a ride on the world-famous Bernina Express. Start by spending some time discovering the cosmopolitan city of Frankfurt, with its contrast of modern skyscrapers and historical buildings. Then take the train on the scenic journey to Chur, and discover the old-world charm of this classic Swiss town. From Chur, spend a memorable day taking the Bernina Express to Tirano, marvelling at the impressive views along the way. Finally, spend a day in picturesque Zurich, discovering fascinating glimpses into the city’s rich past.

Highlights

  • Explore historic, cosmopolitan Frankfurt
  • Discover the charming city of Chur, the oldest city in Switzerland
  • Experience breathtaking, panoramic views on the world-famous Bernina Express
  • Enjoy a slice of authentic Italian pizza in Tirano
  • Spend a night in lakeside Zurich and discover the old town’s classic architecture

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Rail travel in standard class as per itinerary
  • Seat reservations from Frankfurt to Chur, and on the Bernina Express
  • 2 nights’ hotel stay including breakfast in Frankfurt
  • 2 nights’ hotel stay including breakfast in Chur
  • 1 night hotel stay including breakfast in Zurich

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Trip Map

Disclaimer:

Prices are per person and subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards.

DAY 1 -  ARRIVE IN FRANKFURT
Welcome to Frankfurt! Upon arrival, check in at your hotel for an overnight stay and begin exploring the historic, cosmopolitan city at your leisure. Perhaps take a trip to the top of Frankfurt's Main Tower where you can marvel at this city's spectacular skyline, and beyond. Or discover the wonderful Altstadt district and the gorgeous Römerberg square. Take a stroll over the Eiserner Steg, an iron pedestrian bridge built in 1869 to the laid-back riverside Sachsenhausen district and visit one of the old cider houses. From here you can enjoy some of the small traditional shops and local delicacies on Schweizer Straße or one of the many fascinating museums. (Overnight Frankfurt)

DAY 2 -  FRANKFURT TO CHUR
After breakfast this morning, take the high-speed direct train from Frankfurt to Chur and check in at your hotel for a two-night stay. The oldest city in Switzerland, Chur is situated in a deep valley formed by the Rhine, and has a rich and powerful history. Enjoy wandering around the Old Town or visit the lovely Cathedral of the Assumption, and enjoy the interesting galleries and authentic Swiss eateries that dot the city. (Overnight in Chur) B

DAY 3 – BERNINA EXPRESS TO TIRANO
After an early breakfast, depart from Chur on the Bernina Express to Tirano via St Moritz. The train crosses the Alps and offers breathtaking views from the panoramic carriages. Ride over spectacular viaducts, through sheer rock gorges and switch-back tunnels, alongside mountain streams and glaciers. Be sure not to miss the impressive Landwasser Viaduct, which will appear on your right just before St Moritz. The train climbs up the 7,400 feet high Bernina Pass and the entire trip is narrated. Food is available to buy on the train. This entire area is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy lunch in Tirano at the end of the line, or stop a little earlier in Poschiavo which has a lovely choice of cafés and restaurants before returning for your second night in Chur. (Overnight in Chur) B

DAY 4 – CHUR TO ZURICH
Leave Chur in the morning and travel by train to picturesque Zurich. On arrival, check in at your hotel for an overnight stay and spend the afternoon exploring this cosmopolitan, elegant city. Situated on the banks of the River Limmat, Zurich is home to an impressive number of art galleries and museums, including the Swiss National Museum and the Kunsthaus. Spend the evening by the lake in the old town district of Niederdorf, famous for its bars, restaurants, lounges and fashion shops. (Overnight in Zurich) B

DAY 5 – DEPART ZURICH
Check out of your hotel this morning and continue with your onward travels. If you wish to extend your holiday, or perhaps take this journey in reverse, one of our Rail Specialists would be happy to help you with all the details. B

MEAL GUIDE: B - BREAKFAST, BR - BRUNCH, L - LUNCH, AT - AFTERNOON TEA, D -DINNER

ABC Hotel Chur

The ABC Chur is a modern boutique hotel with 40 comfortable and contemporary bedrooms. There is a cosy lobby bar where you can enjoy a night-cap in the evening, as well as a spa-lounge with a fitness centre, sauna and steam bath. The hotel is close to the main railway station, in the centre of Chur.

Romantik Hotel Stern Chur

The Romantik Hotel Stern is a historic hotel with 64 comfortable and modern bedrooms. The hotel has a traditional Swiss restaurant called the Buendner Stube which offers a menu of seasonal dishes from locally sourced produce. The hotel is situated in the centre of Chur, close to the Old Town.

Swiss Night Am Kunsthaus Zurich

The Swiss Night am Kunsthaus is located within a quiet residential district and is close to the Kunthaus Museum and the Opera of Zurich. Lake Zurich is just a short walk away and all 46 bedroms are light, airy and spacious. The hotel also benefits from a fitness centre.

Du Theatre Zurich

The Hotel du Théâtre in Zurich is a historic hotel which was a theatre during the 1950s. The hotel has 50 individually designed, contemporary bedrooms as well as a cinema and audio book library in honour of the hotel's theatrical past. The contemporary lounge restaurant, la suite serves local specialities along with great city views. The hotel is in the centre of old Zurich, a short walk from the train station.

Helmhaus Zurich

The Helmhaus Hotel in Zurich is a modern boutique hotel and is centrally located in Zurich's old town. The hotel has 24 stylish bedrooms, each has been renovated and some offer views over the lake of Zurich. Located in the historic city centre and close to all of Zurich's major sights, the Helmhaus Hotel is the perfect hotel for exploring this charming city!

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For more information or to make a reservation, call our rail holiday experts at:
1 (800) 268-7252
Disclaimer:

Prices are per person and subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards.

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