Unescorted Rail Holidays

Unescorted Rail in Switzerland

Take the hassle out of a holiday in Switzerland and embark on an epic journey by train where you’ll enjoy spectacular views from your window as you pass by dramatic mountain peaks, stunning cobalt lakes, picturesque fields of wildflowers and quaint Swiss villages.

Plus an unescorted train holiday is the perfect opportunity to rest and relax with ease knowing that all your transport and accommodation has been taken care of in advance, and the free time at each stop allows you to enjoy Switzerland as you please. What a lovely combination for a Swiss holiday!

The views from Switzerland's railways are some of the world's most awe-inspiring, and a train trip on famous lines such as the Glacier Express, Bernina Express and Jungfrau Express are absolutely unforgettable, as are the mountain destinations awaiting your arrival.

Hopping on the Glacier Express offers truly stunning panoramic as you travel to one of Switzerland’s oldest cities, Chur, while a trip on the Bernina Express allows for breathtaking views as passes through switch-back tunnels as you cross the Alps. On the Jungfrau Express you’ll enjoy beautiful landscapes as you journey to the ‘top of Europe’ - Jungfraujoch, the continent’s highest railway station.These are just some of the great opportunities to experience Switzerland’s impressive train network.

Featured below are some of the best unescorted rail holidays to enjoy all that Switzerland has on offer, some of which depart from London St Pancras, while others start in Switzerland and are easily reached by train, of course.

The Glacier Express

Glacier Express & Scenic Switzerland by First Class Rail

Journey to the roof of the Alps and enjoy fabulous scenery from alpine meadows to stunning lakes and picture-postcard towns and villages on this wonderful 7 night holiday.

From £1495.00 per person (based on two people travelling together)

8 days or tailor-made to your specific requirements
The Glacier Express departs year round and is tailor-made just for you. Dates in the Summer Season is from April to October 2016
Orient Express - Venice to London

Belmond Orient Express - Venice to London/London to Venice

The legendary Belmond Venice Simplon-Orient-Express offers a unique travel experience. For your trip of a lifetime embark on the classic journey to the magical city of Venice through the Alps and return by First Class rail.

From £2,975 per person (based on two people travelling together)

6 days
Departing London on various dates from March to November 2016 (see website for specific dates)
Jungfrau Train

Rail Journey in Switzerland - Across the Roof of Europe

From the Eiger to the Matterhorn, discover classic Alpine landscapes on a fantastic rail journey - including a chance to ride the Glacier Express - through the snow-capped peaks of Switzerland, enjoying genuine Swiss hospitality along the way.

From £2170pp (from £2495pp inc rail) based on 2 people sharing

13 days, 14 nights
Various departures from June-October
Old fashioned luxury on the Orient Express

Venice Simplon Orient Express London-Venice or Venice-London

This Venice Simplon Orient Express Holiday incorporates an overnight stay on the legendary Venice Simplon Orient Express travelling from London to Venice or Venice to London. Visit stunning Montreux & spend 3 nights discovering idyllic Venice.

From £3325

6 days
Various departures from April to November