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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Esther Felder
Esther Felder was born in Basel, Switzerland as one of three girls. While in school, she focused on music and history and worked at the Roman site Augusta Raurica before entering the University of Basel. During her university years, she spent some time at the University of Strasbourg in France. In 2010, she earned her master’s degree, and in 2011 she earned her diploma that allowed her to teach in high schools. Since 2010, Esther has worked as a history and geography teacher in Basel. In her spare time, Esther loves to study other languages and travel. She has traveled throughout Europe, North and South America, and Asia.
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