Classic Panorama Tours - the famous four.
Whatever the season, Switzerland is a classic holiday destination. The four panoramic routes described here are the legendary great-experience journeys which form the climax of every vacation visit to our country.

The Glacier Express is the slowest express train in the world. This remarkable route links two of Europe's most renowned Alpine resorts - Zermatt and St. Moritz. The route covers some of the most stunning scenery in the country, passing through no fewer than 91 tunnels and across 291 bridges. From the comfort of your panorama railcar, experience the breathtaking beauty of our unspoilt Alpine landscape. Dine and wine while you travel in the attractively furnished restaurant car.

The William Tell Express is named after Switzerland's legendary 13th century hero. The route links German-speaking Central Switzerland (where Tell supposedly lived) with sun-kissed Ticino in the south. The summer trip also combines a leisurely lake cruise with First Class rail travel. You set sail from Lucerne aboard a nostalgic paddle-steamer, enjoying a gourmet lunch as you pass some of Switzerland's most historic landmarks. The second half of the trip to Locarno or Lugano by train includes the famous Gotthard massif and 15km Gotthard Tunnel.

The Bernina Express is a spectacular two-country tour combining Switzerland's highest railway route with luxury coach travel in neighbouring Italy. It takes you on the north-south Alpine crossing right across Graubuenden, largest and easternmost of the 26 cantons. The journey from the cantonal capital of Chur leads over viaducts, past raging mountain torrents and Ice Age glaciers. On the Bernina Pass, the train climbs to an altitude of 2253 metres above sea level before descending into Italy and the town of Tirano. The descent covers only 40 kilometres but offers a striking contrast between eternal ice and picturesque palms. In Tirano you change from rail to road, crossing back into Switzerland by coach.

The Golden Pass rail route operates from Lucerne to Montreux, linking Lake Lucerne with Lake Geneva and German-language Switzerland with the French-language part of the country. You will travel along six lakes, over three mountain passes - and in three different trains (because of the varying gauges of the track). From the historic sights of Lucerne, you head for Interlaken, "capital" of the beautiful Bernese Oberland. The route then passes the fashionable Alpine resort of Gstaad with its chic chalets, before descending to Montreux along the Lake Geneva vineyards.


Glacier Express 300 km 8 hrs
William Tell Express 150 km 6 hrs
Bernina Express 145 km 8 hrs
Golden Pass Panoramic 240 km 5 hrs

Switzerland Tourism (Intl)