22543
Switzerland

Switzerland in a Nutshell: Cities and Peaks by Train

Ride the rails through the mountain of Switzerland to discover ancient towns, idyllic lakes, pristine countryside and the legendary Matterhorn with time for independent explorations.
Rating (4.89)
Program No. 22543RJ
Length
11 days
Starts at
3,999
Flights start at
925

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.
  • Join an expert for a walk through the medieval Old Town of Basel, one of the most well-preserved in Europe.

General Notes

Program includes independent time to explore the city and several meals on your own. Group Leaders will provide directions for self-directed excursions. Suggestions for free-time activities provided in preparatory materials.
Featured Expert
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Ursula Heckendorn
Ursula Heckendorn was born in 1982 and spent most of her life in Basel, Switzerland. After she attained her degree in social work, she worked as a social worker in Interlaken. Ursula has traveled extensively throughout Eastern Europe. Since 2011, Ursula has been living in Bucharest, Romania. She completed a master’s degree with a focus on Romanian risk groups and their support services, and for the last few years, she has been street worker with homeless people and families in Bucharest.

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

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Dmitrij Roos
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Paula Rudolf
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Ursula Heckendorn
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