Splendors of Switzerland By Rail
Discover museums, villages, waterways and culture as you explore the Swiss Alps by rail, winding through some of Europe’s most iconic and photograph-worthy landscapes.
Program No. 15879RJ
16 days
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At a Glance

Switzerland’s rail network winds through 3,000 miles of meadows and mountains, making it the densest railroad system in the world. Travel classic routes through the Swiss Alps, ride the famed Glacier Express and experience the picturesque Swiss-Italian narrow gauge line. Hear German spoken in central Switzerland, Italian in Locarno and Romansh in St. Moritz as you compare the history and culture of these diverse areas.
Activity Level
Moderately Challenging
Walking up to three miles daily, sometimes on uneven, hilly terrain. Must carry your own luggage on and off trains. Elevations up to 7,690 feet.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Ascend Mount Rigi, the “Queen of the Mountains,” aboard Europe’s oldest cog railway.
  • Take a field trip to an Alpine dairy farm to learn how Berner Alpkase cheese is made.
  • Discover the architecturally stunning Zentrum Paul Klee museum.
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Lena Baenziger
Lena was born in Switzerland in 1988. She studied history and biology at the University of Basel and spent an exchange semester in Edinburgh, Scotland. After completing her master’s, Lena pursued an additional degree for teaching pre-university students. In addition to her work at the Gymnasium Münchenstein as a biology teacher, Lena has hosted international visitors from Japan, Mexico and the Netherlands and hosted travelers to Switzerland during the International Biology Olympiad in Bern in 2013.
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