Swiss Alps, Switzerland village, and Swiss food

Switzerland Rail Tours LLC, formerly SwissJourney.com, invites you to join one of our 9-Day Guided Switzerland Train/Rail Vacations and Tours, during the best 2 seasons of the year to be there. Our adventures are great for those with a week of vacation, and start at only $2099* per person double occupancy, land only.

Specializing in small casual groups, we explore the real Switzerland, her natives and way of life, by rail. Shop for Swiss watches, chocolates, cheeses and enjoy the great wines and cuisine of each region. As is true of all of Switzerland, it is hard to find the appropriate words to describe this magnificent country. Switzerland will forever remain a life long memory for you to treasure and share.

2015 Guided Spring Train Tours

9 day Guided Switzerland Spring Train Tours
05/16 to 05/24, 2015
Balcony upgrades available

photo of The Matterhorn, Switzerland
The Matterhorn

Tour highlights*

Our first 5 nights are in a beautiful Swiss Chalet hotel in Interlaken, originally built in 1862, and includes the breakfast buffet each morning, Our first nights dinner is included and a very special treat, prepared by one of the locals ( and mine) favorite chef!. Experience true Swiss hospitality, and outstanding cuisine they are known for.

Your Swiss Rail Pass covers unlimited train travel including portions of the Glacier Express and Golden Pass Scenic Routes, entrance to 470 museums, free passage on most boats and buses, and up to 50% discounts on mountain summit adventures.

See the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau mountains up close. Visit Grindelwald; then by private rail to Kleine Scheidegg, (North Face of the Eiger) for lunch. Impressive post card scenery on the way to the Lauterbrunnen Valley featuring 72 waterfalls; the Schilthorn's famous rotating restaurant, where you can see up to 200 mountain peaks from Germany's Black Forest to Mt. Chamonix in France. Stroll through the famous ski resort of Murren, with the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau mountains so close you feel as if you can reach out and touch them, are great options for your free day adventures..

Pass by the Gruyeres castle, then tour the cheese factory on our way to our tour of the Nestle Callier Candy Factory, where we will experience how this marvelous Swiss Chocolate is made; At the end of the candy tour, we have an all you wish to sample tasting of their different candies..

Explore Zermatt, known world wide for skiing and home of the most photographed mountain in Switzerland, The Matterhorn. Spend your afternoon meandering around the village or take a train or tram ride for an up close view of the Matterhorn.

Enjoy 2 nights at the historic Des Alpes on the river Ruess and on the edge of Lucerne's Old Town; Shop for Swiss chocolates, watches and ,knives; visit museums, shop the local farmers market on Saturday morning or take a boat ride on Lake Lucerne; try your luck at the casino; admire the old world churches, and the fascinating architecture. While in lucerne,, don't miss the mountain excursions to Mt. Pilatus or Mt. Rigi for incredible thrills and views.

2014 and 2015 Guided
Fall Foliage Rail Tours

9 Day Guided Fall Foliage Switzerland Train Tours

10/18 to 10/26, 2014
10/17 to 10/25, 2015
Balcony upgrades available

photo of Thun Castle, Switzerland
Castle in Thun

Tour highlights*

We spend 5 nights in Interlaken in a real Chalet Hotel, originally built in 1862, enjoy the breakfast buffet each morning, A special meal prepared by a chef (a favorite among locals as well as my self) for our first nights dinner. Experience true Swiss hospitality, and outstanding cuisine they are known for.

Our last 2 nights are in Old World Lucerne, in an historic hotel on the river; breakfast Saturday morning. .

Our Swiss Rail Pass covers 14,000 miles of rail, free entrance to over 470 museums, postal buses and boats; portions of Golden Pass & Glacier Express scenic rail routes.

See the vineyards of the Swiss River ia region; see the Gruyeres Castle on the way to the Callier Nestle Candy Factory for our tour, as we learn how the Chocolate Masters of Switzerland make this culinary treasure. We visit the world famous woodworking village of Brienz, walk along the most beautiful lake in Switzerland. Meander through the famous ski resort of Zermatt, see the most photographed mountain in Switzerland, The Matterhorn. Take a ride on the Gornergratz or the tram for a closer look at the Matterhorn.

Explore the Jungfrau regions of Grindlewald, then by private rail to Kleine Scheidegg's North Face of the Eiger, then magnificent scenery on the descent to the Lauterbrunnen Valley, known for her 72 waterfalls. Explore Murren's spectacular scenery with the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau mountains so close you can almost touch them, and The Schilthorn's Revolving Restaurant. See over 200 peaks of the Alps, are great options for your free day adventures..

Lucerne's Old Town, shopping for Swiss watches, knives and chocolates, cuckoo clocks, museums; Saturday morning browse through the local farmers market outside our hotel along the river, take a boat ride on the lake, visit the casino, admire the old world churches, architecture, & cobblestone streets. While in lucerne,, don't miss the mountain excursions to Mt. Pilatus or Mt. Rigi for incredible thrills and views.

 

 

Guided Switzerland Rail/Train Vacations and Tours!

You have just found your green travel Switzerland vacation

and casual Swiss tour. Our Switzerland tour groups are small in size and travel by hydro-generated electric rail lines through the Swiss Alps. We visit famous old world cities in a variety of Swiss locales, featuring Swiss Chocolates and knives, cuckoo clocks, Swiss watches, We travel on famous Swiss engineered trams and cable systems. See her rich farmlands, lakes and streams, grazing cows with their bells, see ever changing scenery as we travel by rail; shop for Swiss made lace, and real Swiss Cheese. Visit some of Switzerland's castles with free entrance with your rail pass. See up close alpine peaks complete with glaciers, it's all waiting for you.

Switzerland Tours and European Vacations

Our guided Switzerland Spring Train Tours through the Swiss Alps are fantastic!! The luscious green meadows come alive with wildflowers, and waterfalls rush down the mountain sides to the streams and azure colored lakes below. The days are longer and milder as we explore mountain villages, romantic castles, and snowy mountain peaks, Marvel at the magnificent scenery from our train window, and enjoy great culinary delights!

Our guided Switzerland Fall Foliage Rail Tour in the fall is a great time of year to be there. The brilliant fall foliage, vivid colors of the flowers, and snow capped alpine peaks against green meadows with grazing cows and rushing streams, is amazing. Enjoy Switzerland without the crowds of summer!

Travels

If there is one country in the world that is ideal for vacationers, it's Switzerland! Switzerland's alpine scenery constantly changes from one magnificent vista to the next. Your train rides include some of the following: scenic routes, panoramic cars, double decker trains, tilting trains, ICE fast trains, cog wheel, funicular, trams and cable cars, electric trains, steam engines, bus, boats, and even horse and buggy rides!

Sights and Scenery

In a letter to his mother in 1842, the great German composer Mendelssohn wrote:

Those who have not seen the scenery of Interlaken, do not know Switzerland. For the region between the lakes of Thun and Brienz, is the finest of all in this unbelievably beautiful country. There is no sense in description, because words alone can not do it justice.

Visit famous Old World cities where you can shop, visit museums, and see stunning architecture. Visit some of the most famous castles in the world, like the Castle of Gruyeres, Oberhofen Castle, Neuschwanstein and Hoenschwangau.

Experience the thrill of stopping high in the Alps at a small rail station with rustic alpine chalets, their window boxes ablaze with vibrant colored flowers in full bloom. Waterfalls, lakes and 900 year old forests of greens, reds, oranges, yellows and rust, dot the rolling landscape.

Rail Pass

Your included Swiss Rail Pass entitles you to unlimited trips on the entire network of the Swiss Travel System covering almost 14,000 miles of railways, lake steamers, funiculars, and postal bus routes as well as the urban transit systems in many Swiss cities. As a bonus, the rail pass gives you free entrance to many Kunst, famous art galleries and other Swiss museums.

Switzerland Tour Dates

2014 GUIDED SPRING AND
FALL TOURS

Oct 18 - 26, 2014
days to pack!

2015 GUIDED SPRING AND
FALL TOURS

May 16 - 24, 2015
days to pack!

Oct 17 - 25, 2015
days to pack!

Certifications

Fla. Seller of Travel Ref. No. ST38442

Journey's/Switzerland Rail Tours have successfully attained the following certifications:

Certified Switzerland Specialist badge, words with a small Edelweiss flower; from the Switzerland Network
Professional Switzerland Specialists
Switzerland Platinum Advisors
Switzerland Travel Tribe Advisors

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graphic of words, which state: Rail Europe Certified European Rail Expert; from Rail Europe.
Certified European Rail Experts

Mentioned in Newsweek

Newsweek's The Good Life, in Travel: Finding Fall's Best Foliage has this to say: “Swiss Journey offers a Fall Foliage Rail Tour through the cities and Alps of Switzerland.” by Rebecca Hall

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