22543
Switzerland

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.
Rating (4.94)
Program No. 22543RJ
Length
11 days
Starts at
3,849
Flights start at
900

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.
Flex
Flex
Our Flex learning adventures offer more flexible schedules than our traditional programs, with ample independent time and several meals on your own. Enjoy the camaraderie of the group while also getting time to explore on your own.

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.
Featured Expert
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Fabienne Klaas
Fabienne Klaas was born and raised in the eastern part of Switzerland, close to Chur in the canton of Grison. After high school and a foreign stay in New Zealand, she took a job in Lucerne with a travel agent who specialized in golfing vacations; she was lucky enough to accompany some of those golf groups abroad. A year later Fabienne moved to Basel for her studies in business and economics. After graduating, she started working in a recruitment agency, finding skilled workers for the pharmaceutical industry in the Basel area. As she still hasn’t gotten her fill of university, she recently moved to Winterthur to pursue a master’s degree in management and economics.

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

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Paula Rudolf
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Irina Roos
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Peter Oesch
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Fabienne Klaas
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