Switzerland in a Nutshell: Cities and Peaks by Train
Ride the rails through the mountain landscapes of Switzerland to discover ancient towns, idyllic lakes, pristine countryside and — of course — the legendary Matterhorn.
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Program No. 22543RJ
11 days
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At a Glance

As massive, snow-covered peaks reach towards the sky, sloping green hillsides offer shelter to medieval cities, historic cathedrals and fascinating residents. Switzerland is a country of geologic and cultural wonders — and the ideal way to discover them is by train. Join us for a Swiss adventure along the rails that begins in the metropolitan city of Zurich and rolls along mountain landscapes to the vibrant city of Basel. Along the way, learn about French and German cultural influences, cross bridges over breathtaking gorges and thrill in the sight of the “Mountain of Mountains,” the Matterhorn.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to three miles; cobblestones, stairs and extensive standing. Elevations up to 7,300 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Board the Glacier Express — Switzerland’s most famous railway — for a journey along mountain landscapes, idyllic gorges and over impressive bridges.
  • Weather permitting, enjoy a ride on a cogwheel train for panoramic views of the Matterhorn, or learn about this incredible peak at the Matterhorn Museum.
  • Join an expert for a walk through the medieval Old Town of Basel, one of the most well-preserved in Europe.
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Glenn Fischer
Glenn Fischer was born and raised in the rural area near Zurich. He studied general law at the University of Zurich, then deciding to study landscape architecture. During his studies, he got in touch with geology, botany and ecology and is an avid swimmer and photographer. Glenn’s fluent knowledge of six languages helps him connect with people when he’s traveling. Glenn looks forward to introducing Road Scholar Groups to the most beautiful and interesting sites of Switzerland and sharing his home country with you.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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