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8-Day Germany and Switzerland Rail Circle Tour

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 20 people
Destination(s): Switzerland   Germany  
Specialty Categories: Railway Trips   Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 999 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1579 Euro (EUR)

This 8-days/7-nights tour takes you from/to Munich International Airport with a marvelous itinerary for you. You will enjoy some of the most charming cities of Germany and Switzerland: Munich, Heidelberg, Bern, Interlaken, Lucern and Zürich. The rail tour includes 2nd-class Rail tickets (can be upgraded to 1st-class Rail tickets for just EUR 150.00 per person for the entire tour. This includes seat reservations for the long distance rails). Adore a wonderful Scenic-Panorama "Golden-Pass"-train ride from Interlaken to Lucerne, on which you will have a marvelous view over snowcovered mountains. All hotels are very well rated and they are conveniently located close to the Rail Stations. The hotel Hollander Hof in Heidelberg is located in the Old Town of Heidelberg (superb location across from Old Bridge) and the package includes taxi vouchers to/from the hotel.

Day 1.

You have a choice of trains that will take you from Munich Airport to Munich Main Station. Your hotel is located in walking distance to Munich Main Station. Munich famous throughout the world, is the Bavarian metropolis, close to the Alps and in the heart of Europe. Where to begin when one wants to name places to see and things to do in this extraordinary city which like few others combines modern life with lively history. There is Munich's old town where 850 years of history are showing off and there is the Marienplatz (Marien square) which is known as the center and heart of Munich. Use your all day pass for unlimited free use of the public transportation system (Subways, trams, busses) for sightseeing within Munich (e.g. Frauenkirche, the famous beer hall “Hofbrauhaus”) and many historic sights.

Day 2.

In about 3 hours the Speed-train InterCity (IC) will take you directly from Munich to Heidelberg, beautiful town on the Neckar River. Since the Station is a little further from the Old town taxi transfers to/from your hotel in the Old Town are included in your tour package. Heidelberg Castle is towering above the city. You can walk up to the courtyard of the Castle (free of admission) or take the funicular up & down from the Castle. From the Castle you have a nice view of the city and the nice setting of the town along the Neckar River. As Germany's oldest university town, Heidelberg flaunts her distinguished history while retaining a youthful atmosphere. One in five residents is a student, and the many bistros, bars, boutiques, music and dance clubs, coffeehouses and theatres catering to this group are to be enjoyed by the visitor as well. And be sure to treat yourself to a "Student's Kiss," Heidelberg's mouth-wateringly sweet specialty.

Day 3.

By taxi transfer you will get from your hotel to Heidelberg Main Station from where you take the train to Bern. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote about Bern: “It is the most beautiful that we have ever seen”. Albert Einstein lived here from 1903 till 1905. Don´t miss to visit the Cathedral of Bern. It is Switzerland's largest ecclesiastical building. Construction started in 1421, the spire was finally completed in 1893. At its portal you can see a depiction of the Last Judgment. Climb up Switzerland´s highest church to have a marvelous view cross the city and into the Bernese Mittelland and the snow-capped mountains of the Bernese Oberland. After a long day you may want to have something to eat at the Schwellenmätteli, a famous restaurant in Bern. Located on the banks of the River Aare you'll feel like you're on an island vacation.

Day 4.

In less than one hour the Speed Rail will take you from Bern to Interlaken. Interlaken (Latin for “between the lakes”) is nestled between two lakes: Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. It also affords a view of the worlds famous Icy Icons: the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. The Jungfrau – Top of Europe - can be reached by train. This wonderworld of eternal snow and ice is absolutely stunning. Visit the Ice Palace and its sculptures or enjoy the breathtaking views from the Sphinx look-out terrace over the Aletsch Glacier, the longest ice stream in Europe, to the surrounding mountain peaks of the neighboring countries. Your admiration for this spectacle of nature will know no bounds! But please do only visit this wonderful place if the weather is nice so that you can enjoy the marvelous view. You can buy tickets at the ticket station right at Interlaken West (where you arrive).

Day 5.

In the morning take the Scenic-Panorama "Golden-Pass"-train ride from Interlaken to Lucerne. It is the capital of the Canton of Lucerne and an important tourist destination due to its location on the shore of Lake Lucerne within sight of Mount Pilatus and Rigi. Visit Chapel Bridge: It is a 14th century wooden bridge crossing the Reuss River in the Old Town. The Chapel Bridge with the octagonal water tower is a famous landmark of Lucerne. You will come across 17th century triangular painted roof panels lining the ceiling of this covered bridge, recounting important events from Swiss history and mythology. it is the most photographed monument in Switzerland. Don´t forget to visit one of the world's most famous monuments: The dying Lion of Lucerne. It was carved out of natural rock a renowned Danish/Icelandic sculptor, commemorates the hundreds of Swiss guards who were massacred during the French Revolution in 1792. Mark Twain says about the Lion of Lucerne that it is the saddest and most moving piece of rock in the world.

Day 6.

In less than one hour you will be in Zürich. As a lifestyle capital on the water, Zürich offers the unique mix of discovery, pleasure, nature and culture. The finest culinary highlights, unlimited shopping pleasure, over 50 museums and more than 100 galleries, Switzerland’s liveliest nightlife, numerous events and countless green oases in the center of the city tempt guests to linger and enjoy. If you want to have a glorious view of the Old Town, Grossmünster Church, City Hall, the Limmat river, the university and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, visit Lindenhof, a haven of peace and tranquility in the heart of the city. At the church ""Fraumünster"" you can find glass windows that has been created by Marc Chagall. If you want to do some shopping a visit of the “Bahnhofstrasse” is a must. The street runs from the Main Station right down to the lake. It is said to be among the most beautiful shopping areas in Europe and with its boutiques and stores it is also known to be one of the most exclusive and expensive shopping streets in the world. In Zürich you might want to look for a new Swiss made watch but you definitely have to try a piece of the Swiss Chocolate (Frey or Lindt). You will enjoy a wonderful Zürich City Tour which lasts four hours and take you for a ride by aerial cable car to Felsenegg from where you will have an incredible view of Zürich, the lake and the snow-covered Alps. The tour ends with a journey over the Lake of Zurich by Ferry and drive back to Zurich along the "Gold Coast".

Day 7.

The direct train ride from Zurich to Munich takes takes a little over four hours so you will have additional time for sightseeing in Munich that day!

Day 8.

Today your tour ends after breakfast. The train takes about 40 minutes from Munich Main Station to Munich International Airport.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- 2nd-class Rail from Munich Airport to Munich Main Station and back
- Rail from Munich to Heidelberg, Heidelberg to Bern, Bern to Interlaken, Lucerne to Zurich, Zurich to Munich
- Scenic-Panorama "Golden-Pass"-train from Interlaken to Lucerne
- Taxi transfer from Heidelberg Main Station to your hotel and back
- Accommodation in Munich, Heidelberg, Bern, Interlaken, Lucerne and Zurich (includes buffet breakfast)
The tour can be upgraded to 1st-class Rail tickets for just EUR 150.00 per person for the entire tour. This includes seat reservations for all long distance rails.
- Single supplement EUR 580.