15879
Switzerland
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
Length
16 days
Starts at
5,439
Flights start at
800
Getting There
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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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Julie Guidotti
Julie Guidotti, a Minnesota native, made Ticino her home in 1990. She appreciates the unique combination of Italian lifestyle and language mixed with Swiss efficiency in this southern-most canton. An educational excursion leader since 2003, Julie knows the region’s history, culture, and cuisine. She loves to show visiting groups, journalists, and other explorers the varied areas of the canton and just how much culture, history and nature Ticino has to offer in a relatively compact area. She speaks English, German, and Italian as well as the local dialect that is still spoken in many of the villages.
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Julie Guidotti
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Jenny Peterson
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Peter W. Frey
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