• Hidden Gems of Eastern Switzerland By Train

  • Hidden Gems of Eastern Switzerland By Train

  • Hidden Gems of Eastern Switzerland By Train

  • Hidden Gems of Eastern Switzerland By Train

An active cultural journey by train through the eastern alps and Italian-speaking Switzerland

Days: 12 | $12,505/per person

  • Enjoy accommodations at best-in-class boutique hotels.
  • Curated tours with excellent private guides. You’ll have an instant local friend with insider access!
  • Explore Switzerland by some of the world's most astounding railways while soaking up culture, history and culinary secrets!

Set off on an extraordinary journey by train through Eastern Switzerland, uncovering hidden gems in Davos, St. Moritz, and Ticino. Your adventure begins in Zurich, where the historic city center sets the stage for exploration. Delve into Zurich’s secret gardens and visit the Kunsthaus Art Museum. Traverse through the Swiss Alps to Toggenburg, where the Churfirsten range awaits. Experience Davos with alpine cheese tastings and scenic gondola rides. Venture into the Engadine Valley, exploring St. Moritz, Zuoz and cycling along the River Inn. Hike along Lake Sils, sail on alpine boats, and discover Valposchiavo. Board the Glacier Express for a UNESCO World Heritage journey to Andermatt, and explore the castles of Bellinzona before concluding your adventure in Ticino’s most picturesque locales, including Monte Generoso, Valle Maggia, charming Lugano, and San Salvatore with its stunning panoramic vistas. Bid farewell, having experienced the best of Switzerland's off-the-beaten-path wonders.

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At a glance

  • Zurich
    2 nights: Discover the history, art and culture of Zurich
  • Davos
    3 nights: Experience the idyllic mountain pastures and dramatic alpine scenery of the Graubünden countryside
  • St. Moritz
    3 nights: Explore the best of the Engadine Valley by rail, hiking and picturesque alpine boating
  • Lugano
    3 nights: Take in the magic of Ticino's glacial lakes, verdant vineyards and charming villages

  • All itineraries are fully customizable. We will send you a personalized variation that reflects your interests and travel dates at no extra cost. Call to discuss your travel plans with one of our Specialists who know this region firsthand.

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Sample itinerary

Day 1:


Beautiful view of the Limmat and the Grossmünster from the air

Welcome to the picturesque city of Zurich, the gateway to your Swiss Alps adventure. Upon your arrival at Zurich Airport, you will be greeted by your English-speaking guide who will assist you with your transfer to your charming hotel in the quaint historic city center. Take the rest of the day to relax, explore on your own and prepare for the exciting journey ahead.

Accommodations: Sorell Hotel St Peter, 2 nights

Discover Zurich's captivating blend of comfort and cosmopolitan flair at the Sorell Hotel St. Peter, your urban sanctuary in the heart of this incredible Swiss city. Nestled between the Sihl and Limmat rivers, with the main railway station and lake promenade a short stroll away, this hotel offers the perfect balance between city immersion and tranquil respite. Thoughtfully designed rooms, ranging up to 98 m2, blend functionality with modern Swiss design. Unwind in the inner courtyard garden, relax in the cozy lobby, or stay active in the fitness area during your stay.

*Includes: Breakfast

Upgrades and alternatives: Zürich Bellerive au Lac, Widder Hotel, Storchen Zurich, AND OTHERS.
Day 2:

History, Art and Gardens

Beautiful cozy street in the city center of Zurich, Switzerland

Embark on an enchanting journey through Zurich’s historic center as you explore its concealed alleyways and charming squares during a guided walking tour. Following this, your adventure continues with a visit to the Kunsthaus Art Museum, where you’ll savor a delicious lunch and gain insightful knowledge about the exhibitions from your expert guide. Later, you’ll meander through the lush gardens and scenic lakeside of Zurich, including the serene Botanical Garden, the exquisite China Garden, and the idyllic Zurichhorn area nestled along Lake Zurich’s shore. Rejuvenate at the elegant Fischerstube restaurant before embarking on a boat ride to the opposite side of the lake, where you’ll discover the renown Belvoirpark, one of the region’s oldest gardens.

Accommodations: Sorell Hotel St Peter, 2 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 3:

Swiss Peaks and Lakes

Landscape in Toggenburg in summer with green meadows and a wooden hut, view to the Churfirsten mountain range.

Travel from Zurich to Toggenburg and experience the quintessential Swiss charm in this serene, picturesque mountain valley. The Churfirsten range, consisting of seven majestic peaks, serves as a breathtaking symbol of the region. On the northern side, lush green slopes create a stark contrast to the sheer cliffs plunging into the abyss on the southern side. Take a gondola ride to Chäserrugg, one of the peaks, and relish the panoramic view overlooking the distant Walensee lake. Explore various hiking trails that promise stunning vistas and vibrant mountain meadows. Later, transfer to Davos for an overnight stay.

Accommodations: Waldhotel, 3 nights

The Waldhotel in Davos is nestled amid the picturesque Swiss Alps. Renowned for its understated elegance, the hotel blends modern design with the natural beauty of its surroundings. With spacious and thoughtfully appointed rooms, guests can enjoy panoramic views of the mountains from the comfort of their accommodations. The Waldhotel offers a tranquil escape, providing a serene atmosphere for relaxation and rejuvenation. Whether indulging in delicious cuisine at the on-site restaurant, unwinding in the spa, or taking advantage of the nearby outdoor activities, this establishment caters to those seeking a harmonious balance between comfort and the pristine alpine environment.

*Includes: Breakfast

Alternative lodging options: Hotel Flüela Davos, AND OTHERS.
Day 4:

Alpine Cheese and Gondolas

swiss mountain valley with mountain river and alps in the background, Davos, Sertig, Switzerland

Take a gondola ride up to Ischalp this morning, situated high above Davos. Follow a lovely path towards Alp Clavadel, where a cheese dairy awaits. Discover the traditional process of transforming fresh mountain pasture milk from grazing cows into delicious cheese. Indulge in a tasting and have the opportunity to purchase the cheese directly from the dairy. A leisurely descent takes you back to the charming hamlet of Clavadel, from where you can ride the gondola back to Davos.

Accommodations: Waldhotel, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 5:

Scenic Davos

Wooden easy chairs at a mountain lodge terrace with panoramic view of beautiful alpine landscape in autumn at the Klosters - Davos region, Switzerland.

Today, discover Davos and its scenic surroundings. Enjoy a picturesque half-hour train ride across Wolfgangpass, traversing through a dense mountain spruce forest to reach Klosters. Ascend via gondola to Gotschnagrat, a breathtaking vantage point high above the village. Commence one of the region’s most stunning hiking trails, offering expansive views of Davos, the surroundings, and the distant mountains. At the Höhenweg station, choose to either take the funicular back to Davos or extend your adventure for an additional hour to reach Schatzalp, the belle epoque hotel famously referenced in Thomas Mann’s novel, Magic Mountain. If you have time, explore the impressive alpine garden boasting 5000 species of mountain plants from around the world before the convenient funicular ride brings you back to town.

Accommodations: Waldhotel, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 6:

Explore The Engadine Valley

The ancient traditional window in historic medieval old town. The Zuoz today is one of the best preserved villages of the Upper Engadin.

Travel from Davos to the Engadine valley. The Upper Engadine, encompassing St. Moritz and the lakes, is renowned for its expansive valleys with glittering lakes, and awe-inspiring backdrop of snow-capped peaks, including the Bernina mountain range and the eastern Alps. Begin your journey with a visit to Zuoz, exploring its well-preserved historic town center and admiring the ornate facades of traditional Engadine houses. Afterwards, hop on an e-bike, pedal along the cycling path following the River Inn (or En in Rhaeto-Romanic, the language that gives Engadine its name), and relish the scenic ride until you reach St. Moritz.

Accommodations: Art Boutique Hotel Monopol, 3 nights

The Art Boutique Hotel Monopol in St. Moritz is a modern and stylish accommodation option in the heart of this renowned Swiss resort town. With a contemporary design, the hotel blends artistic elements with functional comfort. The rooms are tastefully furnished, providing a cozy and inviting atmosphere for guests. The hotel's central location allows easy access to St. Moritz's attractions.

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 7:

Hiking and Alpine Boats

Senior woman, riding here e-mountain bike on the famous trails around the lakes in the upper Engadin, between Saint Moritz and Maloja, Engadin, Switzerland with stunning views on the lake of Silvaplan

Hike along the shores of Lake Sils, enjoying the panoramic views of the surrounding mountain peaks. Continue until you reach Maloja, the highest point in the Engadine valley. Return to Sils on a pleasant alpine boat ride across the electric blue lake. We highly recommend indulging in a drink or hearty lunch at the Stüva Marmoré, a traditional restaurant, and local favorite, with a dining room made entirely from mountain spruce wood.

Accommodations: Art Boutique Hotel Monopol, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 8:

Discover Valposchiavo

Bernina-Express railroad, Grisons, Switzerland

Embark on the Bernina Express Train, reaching Berninapass at 2253 meters (7391 feet) above sea level—the highest railway crossing in the Alps. From here, enter the Italian speaking region of Switzerland. Hike along Lake Bianco, gaining insights into the pass’s watershed and the significance of water power in the region. Continue to Alp Grüm, perched like an eagle’s nest above Poschiavo. Later, take the train to Poschiavo, where you’ll have the opportunity to prepare traditional pizzoccheri, a delectable buckwheat pasta dish. Conclude your day with a return to St. Moritz in the evening.

Accommodations: Art Boutique Hotel Monopol, 3 nights

The Art Boutique Hotel Monopol in St. Moritz is a modern and stylish accommodation option in the heart of this renowned Swiss resort town. With a contemporary design, the hotel blends artistic elements with functional comfort. The rooms are tastefully furnished, providing a cozy and inviting atmosphere for guests. The hotel's central location allows easy access to St. Moritz's attractions.

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 9:

Glacier Express and Castles

A train passing along the famous Landwasser railway, famous for the viaduct and beautiful scenery surrounding the railway in the Switzerland mountains

Settle in and relax aboard the Glacier Express Train for a breathtaking journey along the Albula line, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Travel from St. Moritz to Chur and onward to Andermatt. Visit Andermatt and learn about the unique history of this area before descending into the Ticino region. In Bellinzona, your next UNESCO World Heritage stop, explore the three castles—Castel Grande, Monte Bello, and Sasso Corbaro. Gain insights into their historical significance from your guide and savor the stunning views of the valley. Today’s journey concludes in Lugano, in the heart of Ticino, Switzerland’s only canton where just Italian is spoken.

Accommodations: Cal da Bigatt, 3 nights

Ca dal Bigatt Hotel in Lugano is a charming retreat nestled in the heart of the picturesque Swiss city. This boutique hotel seamlessly combines historic elegance with modern luxury, offering guests a unique and intimate experience. The property, housed in a meticulously restored 19th-century building, boasts stylish and individually designed rooms. With stunning views of Lake Lugano and the surrounding mountains, Ca dal Bigatt provides a serene ambiance for relaxation. The hotel's attentive staff ensures personalized service, while amenities such as a gourmet restaurant and a cozy lounge add to the overall charm. Conveniently located near Lugano's cultural attractions and shopping districts, Ca dal Bigatt Hotel is an ideal haven for those seeking a refined escape in this enchanting Swiss destination.

*Includes: Breakfast

Upgrades and alternatives: Villa Principe Leopoldo, AND OTHERS.
Day 10:

Ciao Ticino

Arogno, Switzerland - June 26, 2016: Vineyard along the road between Maroggia and Arogno (Ticino, Switzerland) at summer

Discover the beauty of the Ticinese countryside and vineyards today. Arrive at Capolago via train and then embark on a special mountain railroad journey to Monte Generoso. Revel in a breathtaking panoramic view spanning from the eastern to the western Alps, with the serene Lake Lugano below. Following this, engage in a scenic hike through the typical landscape of Valle di Muggio, leading you to Scudellate, where you’ll savor lunch at the charming Osteria Manciana. In the afternoon, explore the historic Bruzella mill, where water-driven millstones grind the Rosso del Ticino, a unique variety of corn. Conclude the day back in Lugano, where you can rest or explore on your own.

Accommodations: Cal da Bigatt, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 11:

Lake Lugano and San Salvatore

Old wrought iron gate overlooking Lake Lugano in Ciani Park, Lugano, Switzerland

Head to the base of San Salvatore by boat, across the serene waters of Lake Lugano, and disembark in Melide. Here, a private transfer will chauffeur you up the hill to Monte Arbostora, marking the starting point of your hiking adventure. En route, you’ll encounter the vibrant botanical wonders of Parco San Sasso’s colorful garden. A delightful lunch awaits you at a traditional Ticino Grotto restaurant in the heart of the historical village of Carona. After lunch, ascend to the summit of Lugano’s Sugar Loaf, Monte San Salvatore, and savor the breathtaking panoramic views. Conclude the day with a scenic descent via funicular, returning you to Lugano.

Accommodations: Cal da Bigatt, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 12:

Uf Widerluege!

Uf Widerluege! Say good-bye to your guide today and take the train to Zurich or to Milan for your departure home or on to your next destination.

*Includes: Breakfast

Popular Ways to Customize This Itinerary

  • Hop the border to Italy from Lugano and extend your trip exploring Milan, Florence, or Cinque Terre.

  • Continue along the Glacier Express Train to Zermatt to visit the iconic Matterhorn

  • Add a few extra days in St Moritz or Davos to embrace the Swiss art of sauna and alpine relaxation

  • Contact us to learn about more options for designing and customizing your trip.

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