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Furka Steam Railroad
Train over Gornergrat Railway.
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Golden Eagle Swiss Rail Spectacular III

14-day Escorted Tour
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The Highlights

  • Daytime travel on the luxurious, standard-gauge Prestige Continental Express, with its Orient Express-style day cars
  • Meter-gauge travel on Pullman cars of the Glacier Pullman Express
  • Tour of Zermatt, with stunning views of Matterhorn, and dinner at 7,290 ft at Al Bosco Restaurant
  • Steam-hauled trip across the historic 7,086-foot Furka Pass
  • Gornergrat rack railway ride: one way by Glacier Pullman Express car, the other via rack railcar
  • Take the Brienzer-Rothorn Bahn, the fourth highest railway in Switzerland
  • Trip to Reichenbach Falls, made famous by Arthur Conan Doyle, and a visit to the Sherlock Holmes museum in Meiringen
  • Journey to Jungfraujoch, highest railway station in Europe
  • 13 nights in premium hotel accommodation (both 4- and 5-star hotels are used)
  • 13 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 11 dinners; generous drinks allowance with meals; luggage porterage and gratuities throughout
  • Expertly guided off-train excursions

The Tour

Experience the unparalleled beauty of Switzerland’s mountainous landscapes in luxury and style on the Golden Eagle Swiss Rail Spectacular III. Daylight travel on the country’s most exquisite and historic trains during this 14-day tour.

Travel aboard the luxurious Orient Express-style day cars of the standard-gauge Prestige Continental Express. Enjoy the meter-gauge Pullman cars of the Glacier Pullman Express. Marvel at some of Europe’s most breathtaking Alpine scenes, including the historic Furka Pass, the Gornergrat Railway, and the Jungfraujoch.

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Relax and enjoy the sumptuous onboard cuisine and musical entertainment. You’ll spend each evening in well-situated 4- and 5- star hotels.

To add to the grandeur of this incredibly special tour, you’ll also experience the splendor of the beautiful Glacier & Bernina Pullman Express while being hauled by some of Switzerland’s most historic locomotives, such as the “RhB Crocodil.”

Countries Visited

  • Switzerland
  • Italy


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Day 1: Basel

On arrival in Basel, you will be met and transferred to the GAIA Hotel for a one-night stay. Enjoy dinner tonight in a local restaurant where you will get to know your fellow travelers.

Overnight at GAIA Hotel.

Meal Arrangements: D

Day 2: Basel to St. Moritz

This morning, join the Prestige Continental Express private train in Basel SBB Station.

Once on board, enjoy lunch as the train departs for the Swiss city of Landquart, where we change to the narrow gauge Rhaetian Railway (RhB) and the Glacier & Bernina Pullman Express for the journey up to the exclusive alpine resort of St. Moritz.

Our travels will take us through the Albula Pass between Filisur and St. Moritz, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today our three-coach train will be hauled by the historic 108-year-old RhB electric locomotive Nr 353.

Overnight at Badrutt’s Palace.

Meal Arrangements: B, L, D

Day 3: St. Moritz to Tirano

Travel along Switzerland’s famous Bernina Line to Tirano, Italy. From St. Moritz, travel in the Glacier & Bernina Pullman Express cars hauled by a unique and historic Bernina ‘Crocodil’ electric locomotive Nr 182, built 1915.

During the final 11 miles (17 km) of the journey, cross the incredible spiral stone viaduct at Brusio. Once in Tirano, spend time enjoying the Valtellina Valley. Visit the Triacco Winery where you will have lunch, before retracing your steps by bus back to St. Moritz.

Tonight, enjoy a traditional Swiss dinner near to the Morteratsch Glacier.

Overnight at Badrutt’s Palace.

Meal Arrangements: B, L, D

Day 4: St. Moritz to Andermatt

This morning, depart St. Moritz for Andermatt on the Glacier & Bernina Pullman Express. Once again, enjoy the hospitality of the RhB’s historic Pullman train — today hauled by RhB ‘Crocodil’ Nr 414 or 415, built 1929.

Travel by train through the Rheinschlucht Gorge, very close to the source of the Rhine River, and across the Oberalp Pass to Andermatt, a stepping-stone for the Furka Pass.

After checking in to the exclusive five-star Chedi Andermatt hotel, guests can either take advantage of the hotel’s extensive Spa & Wellness facilities, or take a tour by bus along the Gotthard Pass to visit the huge Sasso Da Pigna Fortress that guarded it from 1943 onwards. Closed in 1998, it re-opened as the Gotthard Museum Sasso in 2012.

Tonight, have dinner in the town of Andermatt.

Overnight at Hotel Chedi, Andermatt

Meal Arrangements: B, L, D

Day 5: Furka Mountain Pass

Today, cross one of the most beautiful mountain passes in the world, the Furka Pass. The Dampfbahn Furka-Bergstrecke (Furka Cogwheel Steam Railway) is a largely volunteer-operated heritage railway that operates a partially rack- and pinion-operated line across the Furka Pass, which peaks at 7,086 feet (2,160 m) above sea level.

The Furka Dampfbahn has been gradually brought back into service using original equipment and is now restored to its former glory. The 100-year-old steam locomotive will take us 2,405 ft (740 m) to the summit. We then descend under the Rhône glacier to Gletsch for lunch at the Hotel Castle Blitzingen, Niederwald. Mid-afternoon, join the modern Glacier Express (First Class) to Zermatt, home of the Matterhorn.

Overnight at Hotel Zermatterhof, Zermatt

Meal Arrangements: B, L, D

Day 6: Zermatt, Gornergrat & The Matterhorn

This morning in Zermatt is at your own leisure to enjoy time for walking through this delightful alpine village.

This afternoon, take an exciting journey on the Gornergrat Railway on the Glacier Pullman Express attached to a Rack electric train. We travel to a height of 10,285 feet (3,135 m) for the most incredible view of the Matterhorn. The Gornergrat is located between the Gornergletscher and Findelgletscher and offers a view of more than twenty peaks over 13,123 feet (4,000 m).

A raclette dinner will be served at the Al Bosco Restaurant, Riffelalp Resort, at 7,290 feet (2,222 m) before returning to Zermatt.

Overnight at Hotel Zermatterhof, Zermatt

Meal Arrangements: B, D

Day 7: Bern & Grindelwald

Start the day descending from Zermatt on the panoramic cars of the regular Glacier Express before re-joining the steam-hauled Prestige Continental Express in Brig. From Brig, take lunch during your journey over the Lötschberg Pass before arriving into Bern. Enjoy a three-hour tour of the city, including one hour by historic steam tram.

From Bern, continue under steam haulage on board the Prestige Continental Express to Interlaken. From Interlaken, take a short bus journey to the hotel in the alpine resort of Grindelwald, where we will be based for the next five nights.

Overnight at Hotel Bergwelt, Grindelwald

Meal Arrangements: B, L, D

Day 8: Reichenbach Falls

Today, join a private steam train on the Ballenberg Dampfbahn to Meiringen and Innertkirchen.

From here there is the choice to walk a little over a mile (2 km) through the spectacular Aareschlucht Gorge, followed by a trip by funicular to Reichenbach Falls, made famous by Arthur Conan Doyle as the spot where he killed off both Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty. After, visit the Sherlock Holmes Museum in Meiringen before re-joining your steam train that will return you to Interlaken.

A second group has a more leisurely day by going straight from Innertkirchen to Reichenbach Falls, then visiting the Sherlock Holmes Museum and enjoying some free time in Meiringen before returning to the train back to Interlaken.

Overnight at Hotel Bergwelt, Grindelwald

Meal Arrangements: B

Day 9: Schynige-Platte & Alpine Garden

Today offers a morning at leisure where you can enjoy facilities of the hotel or wander around the quaint side streets of Grindelwald with time for souvenir shopping.

In the late afternoon,  depart by bus to Wilderswil before transferring to a special steam charter train on the picturesque Schynige-Platte Bahn Rack Railway where we will visit the Botanical Alpine Garden.

Overnight at Hotel Bergwelt, Grindelwald

Meal Arrangements: B, D

Day 10: Jungfraujoch

Today, enjoy riding the spectacularly modern Eiger Express tri-cable gondola which ascends to the Eigergletscher Station in just 15 minutes.

Next, transfer to the ‘Jungfraubahn’ and its distinctive red and yellow carriages, which takes us to the summit of Jungfraujoch, known as the Top of Europe, sitting at a height of 11,332 feet (3,454 meters) above sea level, making this the highest railway station in Europe. There will be time upon reaching the top of the mountain, weather permitting, to visit the Glacier Plateau viewpoint, Sphinx Observation Deck, and Ice Palace.

Take the Jungfraubahn back down to Kleine Scheidegg for a late lunch before returning down the mountain to Grindelwald.

Overnight at Hotel Bergwelt, Grindelwald

Meal Arrangements: B, L, D

Day 11: Brienz Rothorn Steam Rack Railway

This morning, enjoy a ride on the nostalgic Brienzer-Rothorn Steam Rack Railway. The town of Brienz has been known for centuries for its wood carving, as well as the stepping-stone for the Brienzer-Rothorn Bahn. At 7,360 feet (2,243 m), it’s the fourth-highest railway in Switzerland.

Following lunch by the lake, cruise from Brienz back to Interlaken on the 1914-vintage paddle steamer, SS Lötschberg.

Overnight at Hotel Bergwelt, Grindelwald

Meal Arrangements: B, L, D

Day 12: St Gotthard Pass to Lake Como

Depart Interlaken on the Prestige Continental Express over the spectacular St. Gotthard pass to Chiasso, where you will transfer to nearby Lake Como, in Italy. Enjoy a cruise on the lake before having dinner at the hotel.

Overnight at the Hilton Lake Como Hotel

Meal Arrangements: B, L, D

Day 13: Pilatus Kulm & Zurich

This morning, depart Chiasso on the Prestige Continental Express for Lucerne, changing to a narrow-gauge train for the short journey to Alpnachstad.

From here, travel on the Pilatus Bahn, which is the steepest rack railway in the world, with a maximum gradient of 48%. It will take about 30 minutes to reach the peak at Pilatus Kulm, passing alpine meadows and striking rock formations on its route.

Return down the mountain and enjoy a farewell gala dinner in the opulent Prestige Continental Express dining cars as we make our way back to Zurich Flughafen Station. On arrival, walk to the hotel, which is connected to the Airport Terminal.

Overnight in Zurich, Radisson Blu Hotel, Zurich Airport or in Basel.

Note: Guests wishing to continue to Basel can do so. Accommodation will be in the GAIA Hotel near the Basel SBB station.

Meal Arrangements: B, L, D

Day 14: Zurich departure

After breakfast, free time until you meet your departing flight from the adjacent terminal or your train connection from the station beneath the terminal.

Meal Arrangements: B

Dates & Prices

2024 Dates

August 25 - September 7

  • All prices are per person.
  • Deposit required: $2,000 per person

2025 Dates

September 16 - 29

  • Prices are per person.
  • 2025 dates and prices are preliminary and are subject to change.


Tour cost includes:

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Meals as outlined in the itinerary
  • Drinks allowance for meals on and off the train
  • Guided off-train excursions as outlined in the itinerary
  • All gratuities
  • Porterage where available