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3-Day Switzerland Private Train Tour

Visit Zermatt and ride the famous Gornergrat cogwheel railway

Tour Overview

From $2,448 | Private Guided Rail Tour | Pick Your Own Dates

The ECHO 3-Day Switzerland Private Train Tour is designed for those pressed for time but still wish to sample Switzerland’s legendary trains and culture. For added flexibility, you can choose the Swiss city where you want to be picked up and dropped off.

With an emphasis on exploring Zermatt and the Matterhorn, this 3-Day Switzerland Private Train Tour includes a first-class journey on the Glacier Express and the 3-hour cruise of Lake Lucerne. Your private guide takes care of all the details so you can relax and enjoy the journey.


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3-Day Switzerland Private Train Tour Itinerary

Explore the most iconic panoramas in the Swiss Alps during the 3-Day Switzerland Private Train Tour. Discover Zermatt and hop on the famous Gornergrat railway where the views will take your breath away. Experience the soaring beauty of the iconic Matterhorn through guided hikes adapted to your interest and fitness level. Enjoy a first-class ride on Glacier Express from Zermatt to Andermatt and a delightful, late-afternoon cruise on Lake Lucerne. 

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Your guide will meet you at the point of your arrival, be it airport, train or bus station. Together you’ll travel by train to Zermatt. Depending on your arrival time, you can take a stroll around the picturesque village and admire the firty views of Matterhorn. You’re also welcome to enjoy wellness services at your hotel. In the evening, you will savor an authentic Swiss dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner.

Accommodation: Resort La Ginabelle (or comparable lodging).

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Today you will see the Matterhorn at your hand’s reach. If the weather is good, you will hop on the famous Gornergrat Bahn, the highest open-air railway on the continent, which will take you to the summit of Gornergrat. This cogwheel train climbs up to the 10,134 feet (3089 meters). Here you will have a chance to enjoy breathtaking views of the Matterhorn other peaks.

On top of Gornergrat, you can choose to hike to a 360-degree platform area providing a spectacular panoramic view of 29 alpine peaks higher than 13,123 feet (4000 meters)–including the iconic Matterhorn.

Depending on your fitness level and interest, you can embark on a 1 to 2 hour long guided hike across an alpine nature reserve. This hike includes awe-inspiring views of the Matterhorn mirrored in pristine alpine lakes. Along the way, you’ll learn about the origins of Zermatt and the people who live in the the canton of Valais (French-speaking) or Wallis (German-speaking).

In the afternoon you can stroll around town, find souvenirs and enjoy the wellness amenities in your hotel. In the evening, enjoy your Swiss dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Resort La Ginabelle (or comparable lodging).

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In the morning you’ll depart from Zermatt on the legendary Glacier Express bound for Andermatt.

Important: Bear in mind that Glacier Express connections are suspended for the maintenance period between October 13 and December 7 2024. You could travel on the Glacier Express route, however it would include several additional transfers and much longer travel time. 

Enjoy the unparalleled beauty of the Zermatt and Goms Valleys, surrounded by sky-high peaks. After changing train in Andermatt, you will arrive in Fluelen, where you’ll board the 100-year-old steamer bound for Lucerne. Find comfortable seating in the first class and prepare for the leisurely, 3-hour-long cruise on Lake Lucerne featuring stunning views of Mt. Pilatus and Mt. Rigi.

Lunch will be available on either the Glacier Express or during Lake Cruise.

In the late afternoon, you’ll arrive in Lucerne. Our guide will provide with information on connections to your next destination and bring you to the train station, hotel or other place of choice.

Meals included: Breakfast.

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If you wish, you can extend your stay with our post-tour in Lucerne and visit two most famous peaks in Central Switzerland: Pilatus and Rigi.

You will find a full itinerary and pricing in the dedicated post-tour Lucerne page

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Details and pricing

Adult Standard: US $2,448 per person. Double occupancy and minimum 4 participants.

Adult Standard: US $2,681 per person. Double occupancy and minimum 3 participants.

Adult Standard: US $3,066 per person. Double occupancy and minimum 2 participants

10% Deposit secures the booking – balance due 90 days

  • 3-day 1st Class Swiss Travel Pass
  • 2 nights in Zermatt in a 4* hotel
  • Extensive breakfast buffet daily
  • 3-course Dinner on the first night
  • Guided day trip to Gornergrat
  • Gornergrat Bahn tickets
  • First Class Glacier Express
  • First Class Lake Lucerne Cruise.
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Detailed Itinerary sent to you 3 weeks before arrival
  • Taxes & fees
  • Lunches
  • Beverages at dinners
  • Items for personal use

See our Cancellation Policy for more details.

Visa, Maestro, and Mastercard are commonly accepted in Switzerland. American Express is not very popular and many businesses don’t accept it. The country is becoming more and more cashless with contactless and mobile payments (Google and Apple Pay). Still, it’s useful to have some cash on you while travelling. All banks provide currency exchange services at a favorable rate.

Reasonable Fitness Required

This is a private tour and the excursions can be adapted to your abilities and wishes. Thus, we cannot estimate the average number of steps per day. A rough minimum would be around 3000 steps per day.

However, this tour is based solely on public transportation. This means you will be walking up and down train platform stairs or ramps to make the connection platform changes. These connection times can range from 7 to 15 minutes and are usually close to another, so a regular walk pace is all that’s needed.

  1. Click on any of the “Book now” buttons on the page.
  2. You will be redirected to our dedicated booking platform.
  3. Choose a desired date for your trip and add number of participants. Click continue.
  4. Fill out the form with all travellers’ details and click “Confirm booking”.
  5. Once we receive your booking request you will be sent an email with payment instructions from our partner Flywire.
  6. Follow the instructions in the email.
  7. Once the payment is processed, your booking is confirmed.

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