Great Railway Journeys of Switzerland

18
Nights
2019
Sep 18
From
$9,599
Glacier Express
Bernina Express
Including flights, accommodation,
guided sightseeing, tours, meals

This is a fantastic tour of some of the great railway lines and museums in France, Switzerland and Italy. On the pre-tour travel on the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient- Express between Venice and Paris. Enjoy the luxurious cabins and lounge car made famous by the Agatha Christie novel, Murder on the Orient Express, while admiring the spectacular scenery of the Alps on the way to Paris. We then travel on some of the best and most famous railway lines in Switzerland, including travel on the Glacier Express and the Bernina Express, and also visit some of the best railway museums in the world. We hope that you can join us.

Highlights Include

  • Sightseeing tour of Paris, known as the City of Light
  • Amazing dinner at a restaurant on the first floor of the Eiffel tower with views over Paris
  • Mulhouse automotive museum, containing the Schlumpf collection of classic cars
  • The magnificent Cité du Train, the largest railway museum in the world
  • A free day to explore Montreux and the surrounding lake
  • Take the Golden Pass Train to Interlaken
  • Travel on the historic Furka Cogwheel Steam Railway
  • A magnificent experience travelling up the Jungfrau Mountain
  • A a spectacular Ice Palace and an ice stream while we are at the top of Jungfrau Mountain
  • Travel on two trains on the short Alpine journey to Zermatt
  • Gornergrat railway, Europe’s highest open-air cogwheel railway
  • Take the legendary Glacier Express from Zermatt to St Moritz including a tasty lunch
  • Take the Bernina Express, one of the most dramatic rail journeys in Switzerland
  • Take the beautiful Gotthard Panorama Express between Lugano and Lucerne
  • Take the Rigi rail line to the top of stunning Mt Rigi, the highest standard line and the first cogwheel railway line in Europe

Includes

  • Return economy-class air travel from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth to Europe
  • First and second class rail travel
  • Accommodation in first-class and moderate first-class hotels, taxes and service charges
  • Meals as described in the itinerary and breakfasts daily
  • Sightseeing tours as listed in the itinerary
  • Dinner at a restaurant in the Eiffel Tower
  • Entry to museums and attractions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers on and off the train are included in most destinations
  • Tour management by Travelrite International Pty Ltd
  • A Travelrite travel bag

Optional Pre Tour

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
Venice to Paris

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express - Venice to Paris

15 to 19 September 2019

On the pre-tour travel on the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express between Venice and Paris. Enjoy the luxurious cabins and lounge car made famous by the Agatha Christie novel, Murder on the Orient Express, while admiring the spectacular scenery of the Alps on the way to Paris.

VIEW DETAILS

 

Great Railway
Journeys of
Switzerland Map

Day 1 Wednesday 18 September 2019 Departure
This afternoon we depart on our flight to Europe.

Day 2 Thursday 19 September 2019 Paris, France
After clearing customs we are met by the Travelrite Tour Manager and enjoy a sightseeing tour of this magical city, known as the City of Light. We will see the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame and other famous sights of Paris, and drive along the Champs-Elysées and the Seine, before we are transferred to our hotel. The afternoon will be free to explore the city, visit the Louvre or go shopping. This evening we transfer to the Eiffel Tower for an amazing dinner at a restaurant on the first floor with views over Paris.

Day 3 Friday 20 September 2019 Mulhouse, France
This morning we are transferred to Paris Gare de Lyon for our journey to Mulhouse in Alsace. On arrival, we visit the renowned Mulhouse automotive museum, containing the Schlumpf collection of classic cars, one of the best in the world. We are then transferred to our hotel.

Day 4 Saturday 21 September 2019 Mulhouse
This morning we visit the magnificent Cité du Train, the largest railway museum in the world. We enjoy a guided tour of the museum before having time to explore this amazing museum and its collections.

Day 5 Sunday 22 September 2019 Montreux, Switzerland
This morning we travel by train to picturesque Montreux on the banks of Lake Geneva. Upon arrival we are transferred to our lakeside hotel and the rest of the afternoon is free for independent sightseeing.

Day 6 Monday 23 September 2019 Montreux
A free day to explore Montreux and the surrounding lake. Perhaps you might like to enjoy a ferry ride, which calls into small villages around the lake or visit Freddy Mercury’s museum.

Day 7 Tuesday 24 September 2019 Golden Pass, Interlaken, Switzerland
Today we take the Golden Pass Train to Interlaken. One of the most picturesque and popular lines in Switzerland, it travels through spectacular scenery. On arrival we are transferred to our hotel.

Day 8 Wednesday 25 September 2019 Interlaken
Today we travel on the historic Furka Cogwheel Steam Railway with wonderful scenery and engineering. It has been described as one of the most beautiful Swiss train routes. The Furka Mountain Route, built in 1925, leads past the impressive Rhone Glacier. Nostalgic steam locomotives and original carriages travel across cogwheel sections from Realp, in the canton of Uri, through long tunnels and over folding bridges to the railway station of Furka. This station lies at an elevation of 2,160m. We subsequently ride down on the Valaisian side. The Rhone Glacier gave the original railway route the name Glacier Express.

Day 9 Thursday 26 September 2019 Interlaken
Today we will have a magnificent experience travelling up the Jungfrau Mountain. We take the modern cogwheel railway to Kleine Scheidegg, 2000 metres up. From there, the Jungfrau railway climbs to the Eiger Glacier station, well known for its mountain restaurant and polar dog kennels. We then continue through the Eiger tunnel, only stopping to enjoy spectacular vistas on the way to the highest railway station in Europe. The Jungfraujoch, over 3,352 metres high, and called the Top of Europe has Switzerland’s most breathtaking scenery. We will see a spectacular Ice Palace and an ice stream while we are at the top of the mountain.

Day 10 Friday 27 September 2019 Zermatt, Switzerland
Today we travel on two trains on the short Alpine journey to Zermatt. On arrival in the picturesque village of Zermatt near the Italian border we check into our hotel, where we spend the next three nights.

Day 11 Saturday 28 September 2019 Zermatt
Today we take the Gornergrat railway, Europe’s highest open-air cogwheel railway, which takes us to Gornergrat at 3089m. At the top, we have a 360º panoramic view of twenty-nine 4,000m peaks, including the glorious Matterhorn and the Gorner Glacier, the third largest glacier in the Alps. The train starts its steep climb through the idyllic town of Zermatt, then passes across bridges, through galleries and tunnels, always keeping the Matterhorn in view, so close it seems you can almost touch it.

Day 12 Sunday 29 September 2019 Zermatt
A free day to relax and enjoy the town of Zermatt and the views of the Matterhorn. Perhaps travel on the cable car to Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, where the views are truly spectacular.

Day 13 Monday 30 September 2019 St Moritz, Switzerland
Today we take the legendary Glacier Express from Zermatt to St Moritz. We ride through the clouds across the Swiss Alps, over the Landwasser Viaduct and 291 bridges, through 91 tunnels. We will enjoy a tasty included lunch as we travel past spectacular scenery. This will be one of the highlights of the trip. On arrival in St Moritz, the famous ski resort of the rich and famous and we check into our hotel, where we spend the next two nights.

Day 14 Tuesday 1 October 2019 St Moritz
A free day to relax and enjoy the town of St Moritz. You might like to travel on the funicular rail and cable car up to the Piz Nair, from there you will have stunning views of the lakes below.

Day 15 Wednesday 2 October 2019 Lugano, Switzerland
Today we take the Bernina Express, one of the most dramatic rail journeys in Switzerland. We travel along the UNESCO World Heritage route, through 55 tunnels, across 196 bridges and reach an altitude of 2,253m at the Ospizio Bernina, the highest station along this spectacular journey across the Swiss Alps to Lugano, where we spend the night.

Day 16 Thursday 3 October 2019 Lucerne, Switzerland
Today we take the beautiful Gotthard Panorama Express between Lugano and Lucerne. It hits the mark for breathtaking scenery. This five-hour journey starts as we travel through charming, quaint villages on the way to Bellinzona before arriving in Ticino. Travelling through the Gotthard railway tunnel, a civil engineering marvel, the St Gotthard range, and through the impressive Reuss valley we arrive at Fluelen. The journey ends with a spectacular and enjoyable two and a half-hour Lake Lucerne steamer trip. We will enjoy a tasty included lunch on the journey. Lucerne our home for two nights is a lovely city of town squares and churches.

Day 17 Friday 4 October 2019 Lucerne
This morning, we take the Rigi rail line to the top of stunning Mt Rigi, the highest standard line and the first cogwheel railway line in Europe. This afternoon there will be some time to explore Lucerne and the wonderful Swiss Transport Museum.

Day 18 Saturday 5 October 2019 Departure
Today we travel to Zurich and are transferred to the airport for our flight back to Australia.

Day 19 Sunday 6 October 2019 Arrival in Australia
This morning we arrive in Australia and the tour ends.

OPTIONAL PRE TOUR

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express - Venice to Paris

Day 1 Sunday 15 September 2019 Departure
This afternoon we depart on our flight to Europe.

Day 2 Monday 16 September 2019 Venice, Italy
This morning we arrive in Italy and after clearing customs we are met by our local representative and are transferred to our hotel on Venice Island. The rest of the day is free for independent sightseeing.

Day 3 Tuesday 17 September 2019 Venice
Today we have a sightseeing tour of glorious Venice. We visit magnificent St Mark’s Square, with St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. We see the spectacular Grand Canal with Palaces’ lining the banks. We will wind our way through the narrow alleyways to the market square of the Rialto. The rest of the afternoon will be free to explore this beautiful city.

Day 4 Wednesday 18 September 2019 Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
This morning, we board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express at Venice Santa Lucia station. Our steward will show us to our private cabins and will be available at all times throughout our journey. After we have settled in, it will soon be time to enjoy a three-course lunch in one of the beautifully restored restaurant cars. Spend the afternoon relaxing in the comfort of your cabin, gazing at the beautiful passing scenery of the Italian Dolomites and the Swiss Alps, or chatting with fellow passengers in the bar car, before taking a delicious afternoon tea in your cabin. A leisurely sumptuous four-course dinner is served, prepared on board by skilled French chefs. After dinner, you may want to linger in the bar car and, when you are ready, retire to your cabin, which has now been transformed into a cosy bedroom.

Day 5 Thursday 19 September 2019 Paris, France
Continental breakfast is served in our cabins by our stewards, just before the train pulls into Paris Gare de l’Est. After disembarking we are transferred to our city hotel where we are met by the main group and the Travelrite Tour Manager.

Twin Share Twin Share Single Fare
$9,599 $11,199

INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE

  • Return economy-class air travel from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth to Europe
  • First and second class rail travel
  • Accommodation in first-class and moderate first-class hotels, taxes and service charges
  • Meals as described in the itinerary and breakfasts daily
  • Sightseeing tours as listed in the itinerary
  • Dinner at a restaurant in the Eiffel Tower
  • Entry to museums and attractions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers on and off the train are included in most destinations
  • Tour management by Travelrite International Pty Ltd
  • A Travelrite travel bag

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Passport and visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals unless specified in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing and general expenses unless specified in the itinerary
  • Additional travel arrangements not detailed in the itinerary will be quoted for separately

Venice to Paris Pre-Tour Price

Price per person twin-share $ 4,699
Single supplement $ 200

Included in the pre tour price

  • Accommodation including breakfast in a first-class hotel in Venice, taxes and service charges
  • Baggage transfers on and off the Orient Express
  • Tour management by a local guide in Venice only

Not included in the price:

  • Passport and visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals unless specified in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing and general expenses unless specified in the itinerary

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

TOUR COSTS:
The tour costs are based on airfare, general transport, accommodation costs and foreign exchange rate at 18/06/18. Travelrite reserves the right to alter the costs if any of these factors change, giving any passenger that has booked the right to withdraw with full refund of monies paid or modify arrangements. No alterations to price will be made within 90 days of departure from Australia.

DEPOSITS AND PAYMENTS:
A deposit of $1000 per passenger for is required at the time of booking. Full payment will be required 90 days before departure for the tour. A 1.5% administration fee will be charged on payment by Visa, Mastercard and AMEX cards.

AIR TAXES:
From Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane/Perth as listed in the itinerary. Please contact us for air taxes from different cities. Air taxes are as at 18/06/18. If air taxes change due to government and airline charges and currency variations, Travelrite International reserves the right to charge additional amounts.

CANCELLATION CONDITIONS:
Cancellations within 90 days of departure will result in the loss of all monies paid. Cancellation outside 90 days from departure will result in a cancellation fee of the deposit.

TRAVEL INSURANCE:
Travel insurance is recommended to cover the costs of cancellation fees due to illness, death in family, etc.

MINIMUM TOUR NUMBERS AND CONDITIONS:
The tour has been priced on the basis of a minimum number of passengers having booked 90 days prior to departure. Travelrite reserves the right to cancel the tour, giving a full refund of all monies paid or offer arrangements to proceed with the tour at a modified cost. Travelrite reserves to the right to alter the itinerary due to operational reasons.

TOUR ORGANISATION:
Travelrite reserves the right to change advertised entrances if necessary for the smooth operation of the tour.

REFUNDS:
The tour is based on arrangements that do not allow for any refunds in respect to sightseeing, accommodation, meals, airfare or other services not utilized after the tour has commenced.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS:
All passengers will require a valid passport with 6 months validity. Visas for countries visited are not required for Australian passport holders. If you hold another passport please check with Travelrite.

BAGGAGE:
All passengers qualify for the 23kg baggage allowance. One suitcase allowed per person on the tour for train transfers. Additional suitcases will be an additional charge.

LUGGAGE:
Despite having luggage racks in our cabins, space constraints require that luggage is limited, per passenger, to: one suitable piece of hand luggage, one suit carrier or overnight bag (to be placed in your cabin), and one suitcase to be stored in the baggage car, where it will not be accessible until you reach your destination.

TOUR PARTICIPATION:
Children under 5 years of age are ineligible on coach & cruise tours. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Passengers with disabilities are welcome on Travelrite & Cruise Offers tours provided they are accompanied by a companion capable of providing all necessary assistance, and do not require special assistance from Travelrite & Cruise Offers personnel. Travelrite and Cruise Offers reserves the right to refuse to carry anyone if it is felt the individual cannot cope with the requirements of coach & cruise tour travel and who may require services and facilities that Travelrite & Cruise Offers cannot guarantee will be available. You agree to not hold the Travelrite & Cruise Offers responsible for any decision made by any of them or any service provider to refuse to carry you, provide any facilities or accommodation to you or to provide any service to you.

RESPONSIBILITY:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd. is the tour organiser. Nationwide News Pty Limited and The Australian has no involvement in this tour, and has no liability of any kind in relation to the tour. Travelrite acts only as an agent in the making of arrangements for hotels, transportation, restaurants or any other service and do not assume any liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, death, loss, accident or delay to person or property due to an act of negligence or a default of any hotel, carrier restaurant company or person rendering any services included in the tour, or by act of God. Further no responsibilities are accepted for any damage or delay due to sickness, pilferage, labour disputes, machinery break-down, quarantine, government restraints, weather, terrorism or other causes beyond their control. No responsibility is accepted for any additional expense, omission, delays, re-routing or acts of any government authority. The passage contract between the carriers concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the carriers and the purchasers of this tour and/or the passengers. The right is reserved to withdraw any tour and/or make such changes in the tour as may be found desirable or necessary for the convenience of the parties and the proper carrying out of the tour. This contract shall be construed in accordance of the laws of the State of Victoria, Australia and any legal action must be undertaken in the State of Victoria.

HOW TO BOOK:
Bookings can be made by sending full names and addresses of intending tour members with a deposit of $1000 for the tour. Please send to:

Travelrite International Pty. Ltd.
423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn, Victoria 3103

Further information or a booking form can be obtained by telephoning Travelrite International on the following numbers:

Toll Free 1800 630 343
Phone: (03) 8803 6868
Fax: (03) 9836 8068
Email: balwyn@travelrite.com.au

ABOUT TRAVELRITE INTERNATIONAL:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd is a well-established travel company which has been marketing throughout Australia for over 30 years. It has two fully ATAS accredited (No. A10538) offices at Balwyn and Heathmont. As such they directly represent the major airlines of the world and all major domestic and international hotel, tour and transport operators. Travelrite International Pty Ltd is a full member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents – AFTA.

BROUGHT TO YOU BY

Travelrite International