Traveling Switzerland by Rail

Published Date Author: , November 8th, 2011

There is no better time to visit Switzerland than in the spring when rolling pastures are a vibrant green, flowers are in bloom and the snow-capped Alps cut a jagged path across clear blue skies. Chicago-based specialty travel company Vacations By Rail offers four escorted rail tours
through Switzerland, each incorporating breathtaking rail journeys to its renowned cities aboard some of the country’s most revered trains.

The 14-day Springtime in the Alps tour features five scenic rail excursions-the Bernina Express, Glacier Express, Voralpen Express, GoldenPass Panoramic Express and Europe’s highest open-air cog railway, the Gornergrat Bahn, to the Gornergrat observation deck surrounded by high mountain peaks and stunning views of the imposing Matterhorn-and cruises on Lake Constance, Lake Thun and Lake Brienz.

This comprehensive tour through the Alps includes visits to Zurich, Appenzell to view its lovely architecture and grand Baroque church, St. Gallen for a walking tour that includes the unique Abbey Library, Mainau Gardens, Chur, the palm trees of Tirano, located on the Italian side of the Bernina Pass, Locarno on the shores of Lago Maggiore, Interlaken, the car-free town of Zermatt and the Matterhorn, the Swiss Riviera town of Montreaux, Chillon Castle, Switzerland’s capital city of Bern and the lakeside town of Lucerne with its famous covered walking bridge. This popular rail vacation departs only once a year. In 2012 that departure date is April 18.

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