Springtime in Switzerland by Rail
Chicago, Illinois - There is no better time to visit Switzerland than in the spring when rolling pastures are a vibrant green, flowers are in bloom and the snow-capped Alps cut a jagged path across clear blue skies. Chicago-based specialty travel company Vacations By Rail offers four escorted rail tours
The 14-day Springtime in the Alps tour features five scenic rail excursions-the Bernina Express, Glacier Express, Voralpen Express, GoldenPass Panoramic Express and Europe’s highest open-air cog railway, the Gornergrat Bahn, to the Gornergrat observation deck surrounded by high mountain peaks and stunning views of the imposing Matterhorn-and cruises on Lake Constance, Lake Thun and Lake Brienz.
This comprehensive tour through the Alps includes visits to Zurich, Appenzell to view its lovely architecture and grand Baroque church, St. Gallen for a walking tour that includes the unique Abbey Library, Mainau Gardens, Chur, the palm trees of Tirano, located on the Italian side of the Bernina Pass, Locarno on the shores of Lago Maggiore, Interlaken, the car-free town of Zermatt and the Matterhorn, the Swiss Riviera town of Montreaux, Chillon Castle, Switzerland’s capital city of Bern and the lakeside town of Lucerne with its famous covered walking bridge. This popular rail vacation departs only once a year. In 2012 that departure date is April 18.
"While all of our Swiss rail vacations are special in their own right, Springtime in the Alps is by far our most popular tour due in large part to the number of highly-rated scenic rail journeys included in the tour," explained Todd Powell, president of Vacations By Rail.
Shorter Swiss rail tours
Swiss rail vacations start at $2,375 land-only, per person based on double occupancy. Full itineraries for all of Vacations By Rail’s Swiss rail tours can be found at www.vacationsbyrail.com
Vacations By Rail is the leading seller of rail travel and tours in North America and the trusted authority on rail vacations. Travelers can choose from the largest selection of independent rail vacations, escorted rail tours, and luxury rail journeys around the world.
Vacations By Rail also provides virtually every European rail pass and ticket to meet customers’ European travel needs. For more information on Vacations By Rail and the company’s products, visit www.vacationsbyrail.com