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Trip Overview

Europe’s most sought-after lakes and mountain peaks are best explored by train. On this trip, you’ll spend 14 exciting days traversing through both Italy and Switzerland to discover their captivating beauty. Visit Rome, Lake Maggiore, Lake Como, and Lake Garda before traveling to the fashion capital of the world, Milan. From there, board the incredible Bernina Express train to the glitzy resort town of St. Moritz. The second iconic train you’ll board during this vacation is the Glacier Express! In Zermatt, look up at the most photographed mountain in the world, then relax in the Swiss destination of Interlaken. Your final stop is in Zurich, known for its historical Old Town.


  • Explore the architectural masterpieces in Rome
  • Experience beautiful Lake Maggiore in Stresa
  • Stroll around Lake Como and the town’s cobblestone streets
  • Take in the views of Lake Garda and the Alps in Desenzano
  • Spend the night in fashionable, vibrant Milan
  • Experience breath-taking, panoramic views on the world-famous Bernina Express to St. Moritz
  • Marvel at the Matterhorn in Zermatt
  • Relax and unwind in the classic Swiss resort town of Interlaken
  • Visit the district of Altstadt — or Old Town — in Zurich


  • Rail travel as per itinerary
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Rome
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Lake Maggiore
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Como
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Lake Garda
  • 1 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Milan
  • 1 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in St. Moritz
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Zermatt
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Interlaken
  • 1 night hotel accommodation with breakfast in Zurich
  • Flight from UK to Rome
  • 4-day Flexi Swiss Pass
  • Reservation onboard the Bernina Express
  • Reservation onboard the Glacier Express
  • Day trip to Gornergrat
  • Day trip to Jungfrau
  • Paris Metro ticket
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Prices are per person and subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Railbookers UK Trading Ltd is a member of ABTA (Y6401) and holidays including flights are ATOL protected, number 7579.

DAY 1             UK TO ROME
Catch your flight from the UK directly to Rome. On arrival in Rome, check into your hotel for a two-night stay and set off to start exploring. Perhaps enjoy an ice-cold gelato on the Spanish steps and simply watch Roman life go by. Admire the breath-taking collection of ancient art, sculptures and statues at museums or why not take a trip to the enchanting Vatican? (Overnight in Rome)

DAY 2             ROME
Head out to explore after breakfast. Don't miss the architectural masterpiece, The Pantheon, one of Rome's most well-preserved buildings. Walk in the footsteps of the Romans at the Forum or follow Audrey Hepburn and dare to put your hand into the Bocca della Verità to prove that you are trustworthy! (Overnight in Rome) B

DAY 3             ROME TO STRESA
Travel from Rome to Stresa, where you can experience beautiful Lake Maggiore. Like other northern Italian lakes, Lake Maggiore is an idyllic spot that has attracted visitors since the beginning of the 18th century. Lakeside gardens bloom with a profusion of camellias, azaleas and rhododendrons. (Overnight in Stresa) B

DAY 4             STRESA
On the shores of the Borromean Gulf, Stresa is ideally situated as a base to explore the lake's villages, islands and natural beauty. A regular ferry runs from the town around the lake, and the Isola Bella, the most well-known of the Borromean Islands, is only ten minutes away by boat. Stresa itself is a lovely little lakeside town with many markets and historical churches. (Overnight in Stresa) B

DAY 5             STRESA TO COMO
Catch a Trenitalia train from Stresa to Como via Gallarate. Once in town, take a leisurely boat tour of Lake Como on your own and enjoy the sights of grand villas, rolling hillside vineyards, historic towns, alpine peaks, and wooded islands that line the shore. In the evening, spend some time strolling along the town’s cobblestone streets to the bustling public square of Piazza Cavour or visiting a lakeside restaurant and having dinner. (Overnight in Como) B

DAY 6             COMO
When you finish breakfast, the rest of the day is yours to explore the beautiful scenery of Lake Como and the charming town as you wish. You’ll fall in love with the historic architecture and stunning natural beauty of this little corner of the world. The Centro Storico, or old town, is a maze of picturesque little streets, squares and cafés. Wander around the shops and boutiques or visit one of the many cultural monuments the city has to offer. (Overnight in Como) B

Board a Trenitalia train from Como to Milan to Desenzano and Lake Garda. Treat yourself to an indulgent day exploring the boutique shops and restaurants of Desenzano del Garda or enjoying city views from the Torre di San Martino. (Overnight in Desenzano) B

DAY 8             DESENZANO
Take in the views of Lake Garda and the Alps while relaxing on one of the town's beaches or take a boat trip out on the lake and admire the views of the picturesque villages nestled into the shoreline. (Overnight in Desenzano) B

Take another Trenitalia train from Desenzano to Milan, the heart of Italian style and sophistication. Take a trip to the Quadrilatero d'Oro (Golden Quad) where top designers have established their flagship stores or seek out the vintage boutiques for a fantastic bargain. Visit the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent, home of ‘The Last Supper', Leonardo da Vinci's famous masterpiece. Stroll through the Brera district and enjoy the art galleries, boutique shopping opportunities and plethora of opportunities for exquisite dining. (Overnight in Milan) B

DAY 10           MILAN TO ST. MORITZ
After breakfast, embark on one of the world's most scenic train lines, The Bernina Express! You can expect a spectacular journey. The Bernina Express features awe-inspiring scenery changes so make sure your camera batteries are fully charged because you are guaranteed to capture some amazing shots from the comfort of the panoramic carriages of the train. (Overnight in St. Moritz) B

Enjoy the exhilarating experience of crossing Switzerland today, travelling the full length of the Glacier Express line. The train passes glistening blue lakes and quaint Swiss hamlets, as well as crossing numerous high passes and mountain peaks. Take pictures of the spectacular Landwasser Viaduct as the train rolls over. You’ll experience all the “Oohs” and “Aahs” you expected before boarding. On arrival in Zermatt, make your way to your hotel and check in for two-night stay. Step out on the town to marvel at views of the Matterhorn. (Overnight in Zermatt) B

Take a ride on the Gornergrat Cog Railway, which climbs from 5,262 feet above sea level to 10,135 feet in just 33 minutes and is a marvel of 19th Century engineering. From the top, enjoy one of the most spectacular panoramas in all of Switzerland, taking in the iconic outline of the Matterhorn as well as surrounding peaks and glaciers. (Overnight in Zermatt) B

Use your Swiss Pass to travel from Zermatt to Visp, Visp to Interlaken. On arrival in the classic Swiss mountain village, check in at your hotel for a two-night stay and begin exploring! Located in between the Jungfrau, Eiger and Mönch mountains, ever-verdant Interlaken boasts incredible scenery and a friendly atmosphere. Enjoy a hike around town and a traditional meal at one of the many restaurants that dot the area. (Overnight in Interlaken) B

Climb to Europe's highest altitude railway station on Jungfrau Mountain, at a colossal 11,332 feet high. The journey takes you to Kleine Scheidegg, before reaching the station at Eigergletscher, which is well known for its mountain restaurant and Huskies. At Jungfraujoch, take in the breath-taking views of the Black Forest in Germany and the Vosges Mountains in France. Also enjoy the fascinating glacier and ice gallery at the top. After a spectacular day sightseeing, return to the hotel for the second night of your stay in Interlaken. (Overnight in Interlaken) B

Board one last train from Interlaken to Zurich. When you arrive, check into your hotel for an overnight stay. The evening is yours to pass the hours wandering through the metropolis as you wish. Visit the district of Altstadt—or Old Town, dine at a world-class restaurant, try some fondue or raclette, shop, relax in a charming café, and stroll alongside the lake or the cobblestone-paved streets and marvel at Renaissance-era architecture. (Overnight in Zurich) B

Check out of your hotel this morning and board a train from Zurich to Paris; Eurostar from Paris to London. B

Legend for meals: B - Breakfast, BR - Brunch, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Hotel Butterfly Zermatt

Hotel Butterfly Zermatt

Hotel Butterfly enjoys a quiet location in the centre of car-free Zermatt, only 250 yards from the Gornergratbahn train station. The hotel is in a quiet sunny location, featuring great ambiance and outstanding food and service. Wellness with steam bath, Finnish and Infrared sauna. All rooms with balcony, work desk, wireless LAN, television with CNN.

Parkhotel Beau Site

Parkhotel Beau Site

Hotel Beau Site is located in a quiet, yet central location in Zermatt, with beautiful views of the Matterhorn and within walking distance to the village centre for shopping and dining.

Schweizerhof Hotel Zermatt

Schweizerhof Hotel Zermatt

An appealing Alpine chic boutique hotel, Schweizerhof Hotel and Spa, offers a Luxury 4* with 3 restaurants, Wellness area and Spa. Situated in the Bahnhofstrasse in the car-free Zermatt, the Hotel Schweizerhof offers you comfort, a concierge service and free WiFi. Close to the gornergrat railway station.

Hauser Swiss Quality Hotel St.Moritz

The Hauser Hotel in St Moritz is a family-run hotel with 52 bedrooms. The hotel has a restaurant and terrace bar, and is famous for its "Engadine Nusstorte" (nut and caramel pie) which is available from the hotel confectionary and chocolate shop. The hotel is located in the centre of St Moritz.

Krebs Interlaken

The Krebs Interlaken is a charming hotel located in the heart of Interlaken. The 44 rooms are beautifully decorated in bright colours with comfortable furnishings and feature Wi-Fi internet access. The hotel's popular bistro serves traditional Swiss cuisine whilst the impressive restaurant serves seasonal dishes and fine wines. The hotel staff are happy to help with any excursions and activities available in Interlaken and beyond. The Krebs Interlaken is located 2 minutes walk from Interlaken station and close to all the main attractions.

Swiss Night Am Kunsthaus Zurich

The Swiss Night am Kunsthaus is located within a quiet residential district and is close to the Kunthaus Museum and the Opera of Zurich. Lake Zurich is just a short walk away and all 46 bedroms are light, airy and spacious. The hotel also benefits from a fitness centre.

Du Theatre Zurich

The Hotel du Théâtre in Zurich is a historic hotel which was a theatre during the 1950s. The hotel has 50 individually designed, contemporary bedrooms as well as a cinema and audio book library in honour of the hotel's theatrical past. The contemporary lounge restaurant, la suite serves local specialities along with great city views. The hotel is in the centre of old Zurich, a short walk from the train station.

Helmhaus Zurich

The Helmhaus Hotel in Zurich is a modern boutique hotel and is centrally located in Zurich's old town. The hotel has 24 stylish bedrooms, each has been renovated and some offer views over the lake of Zurich. Located in the historic city centre and close to all of Zurich's major sights, the Helmhaus Hotel is the perfect hotel for exploring this charming city!

Schweizerhof Hotel Zurich

The Schweizerhof Hotel in Zurich is a traditional family-run hotel, with 115 comfortable and elegant bedrooms. Guests are provided with a butler service on arrival (Monday to Friday), a welcome cocktail at the bar and fresh fruit in their bedroom. The hotel has a French restaurant, a bustling café, and guests enjoy a champagne American style buffet breakfast. The hotel is opposite the main railway station, on the famous "Bahnhofstrasse".

Metropole and Suisse Hotel Como

The Metropole & Suisse Como is a traditional property owned by the Cassani family. Guest rooms are air-conditioned and decorated with wood furnishings and classical artwork. Guests can enjoy a drink in the wine bar or dinner at the Imbarcadero Restaurant which features a beautiful terrace overlooking the lake. The hotel benefits from a fantastic location on the shores of Lake Como, close to the town's main attractions.

Hotel Ariston Rome

Located in the centre of Rome, just a stone's throw from Termini Station, the Ariston Hotel provides a fantastic vantage point for exploring all the Italian capital has to offer. The hotel's colourful guestrooms are all decorated in a modern style, and come complete with LCD TVs, minibars and air conditioning.

The Inn At The Roman Forum

Located just a few steps from some of the oldest and most precious ruins in Rome, including the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, this Inn is a proud member of the small luxury hotels of the world with a 5 star service. It boasts charming views of the Campidoglio, Palatin Hill, the Roman Forum and Venice Square.

The Inn At The Spanish Steps

The Inn at the Spanish Steps, located in Via Dei Condotti 85, is one of Rome's best-kept secrets. Member of The Small Luxury Hotels of the world is uniquely located on Rome's famed shopping street near Spanish Steps and and other famous monuments such as the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain.

Mascagni Hotel Rome

The Mascagni Rome is a beautiful hotel set within an Umbertine style palace. Decorated with elegant antiques, this hotel offers comfortable surroundings, personalised service and spacious rooms featuring high ceilings and plenty of natural light. The Mascagni features a fully licensed bar, charming lounge serving Italian snacks and a free Wi-Fi area. The Mascagni hotel is located just 5 minutes walk from the main train station and within easy reach of Rome's attractions such as the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and Colosseum.

Hotel Dei Mellini Rome

Welcome to the wonderful world of Mellini, where every detail has been carefully put in place and where guests are surrounded by works of modern art made by artists from the Italian and Roman schools. Proud of being an independent Roman hotel! Our objective is to improve and grow by learning from our guests, from their needs and requests!

Morgana Hotel Rome

Situated just 200 yards from Rome's main Termini Station, the Morgana Hotel has the perfect location for anyone travelling in by train. The hotel's 108 rooms are traditionally decorated, and all come equipped with flat screen TVs and Wi-Fi internet access. Guests can make use of the fantastic transport links, and are free to use the gym in front of the hotel.

La Palma Stresa

La Palma Hotel is a modern hotel with traditional decoration. The hotel has 120 comfortable bedrooms. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, garden, pool and private beach. The hotel is on the shore of Lake Maggiore, close to Stresa train station.

Starhotels Anderson Milan

The Starhotels Anderson Milan is a centrally located, chic hotel featuring 106 contemporary rooms and suites. The stylish restaurant, Black serves excellent international cuisine as well as traditional Italian dishes. The sophisticated lounge bar is open every day until midnight perfect for a drink before dinner or after a day's sightseeing. The Starhotels Anderson is located directly opposite the main station, close to major attractions such as the Cathedral and La Scala opera house.

Starhotels Michelangelo Rome

Only a short walk from the Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica, the Starhotels Michelangelo embodies all the qualities that make Rome unique: cosmopolitan style, classical grandeur and timeless appeal.
Located in the heart of Rome's Baroque splendour, it's hard to imagine a more central location.

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Prices are per person and subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Railbookers UK Trading Ltd is a member of ABTA (Y6401) and holidays including flights are ATOL protected, number 7579.