Swiss Explorer: 2 Weeks

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Trip Details

Route: London Paris Zurich Lucerne Interlaken Bern Lausanne Geneva Paris London

Nights: 14

Countries Visited: 2

Transport: Train. Includes transport from your nearest UK station to and from London on the same day as your departure and arrival back into the UK.

Sustainability: This trip creates 83kg of carbon emissions. Flying the same route would create 625kg.

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Trip Style

Embark on a 2 week journey starting in London and Paris, then venturing into the breathtaking landscapes of Switzerland. This itinerary takes you through Zurich, Lucerne, Interlaken, Bern, Lausanne, and Geneva before returning to the UK by rail.

Trip Description

Stunning Swiss landscapes galore!

Start your Swiss Explorer route off with a quick hop, skip and a jump across the channel to Paris where the Eiffel Tower and a coffee on the Champs-Elysees await you. After a long day of sightseeing, treat yourself to some Parisian cuisine and a glass of French red.

Next on the route is Zurich, a Swiss metropolis where city life meets stunning natural beauty. Zurich, the largest city in Switzerland, combines urban sophistication with natural beauty. Explore the bustling Old Town with its historic architecture, boutique shops, and lively cafés. Don’t miss the vibrant Bahnhofstrasse, one of the world’s most exclusive shopping streets.

From Zurich, you’ll journey to Lucerne, a picturesque town located on the shores of Lake Lucerne and nestled amidst the breathtaking Swiss Alps. Stroll across the iconic Chapel Bridge, visit the Lion Monument, and explore the charming Old Town with its well-preserved medieval architecture.

Next on the itinerary is Interlaken, where picturesque mountain peaks provide a stunning backdrop. Interlaken is a gateway to the Bernese Oberland region, surrounded by both towering mountains and serene lakes. The city’s enchanting landscapes provide the perfect backdrop for outdoor adventures. Enjoy thrilling activities like paragliding, skiing in the winter, and hiking in the summer. Don’t forget to explore nearby Jungfrau and Schilthorn, offering unparalleled views of the Swiss Alps.

Continue onwards to Bern, the capital of Switzerland, which boasts a beautifully preserved medieval Old Town. Wander through narrow cobblestone streets, discover the iconic Zytglogge clock tower, and explore the Federal Palace. 

Next you’ll reach Lausanne on the shores of Lake Geneva. Explore the charming old town with its Gothic cathedral, enjoy lakeside promenades, and savor Swiss cuisine in the city’s cafes and restaurants.

From Lausanne, your journey takes you to Geneva, where the city is embraced by the Alps, providing spectacular views and a vibrant atmosphere. It’s known for its humanitarian institutions, including the United Nations and the Red Cross. While here, visit the Jet d’Eau, one of the world’s tallest water fountains, and explore the Old Town.

On your way back home you’ll return to the bustling streets of Paris for a final taste of French charm. Then, your journey comes full circle as you head back to London, where you can either customise this trip by adding a few nights of accommodation, or use your Interrail pass to travel back to your nearest train station on the same day.

 

What's Included?

  • All overland transport tickets from the first to the last city, as shown in the key.
  • Any Interrail or Eurail passes if required, based on the best value for you.
  • Compulsory seat reservations on high-speed rail, night trains or ferries.
  • Accommodation in top-rated, centrally located hostels or hotels, tested by us
  • Walking directions between the stations and your booked accommodation.
  • Optional walking tours, pub crawls and other activities at our partner hostels.
  • A personalised travel booklet with maps, language guides, top tips, and more.
  • Exclusive discounts on attractions across Europe.
  • Peace of mind with alternative travel included if there is a strike or similar disruption.
  • Access to our 24hr emergency phone number while you’re away.
Itinerary

London

London may be huge, but Central London can be walked all over, from the quirky pop-up stalls of the south bank to the glitz of the West End and out to Hyde Park. The buzzing cosmopolitan nature of the city makes it one of the most culturally diverse in the world.

Fancy staying in the capital for a few nights? Get in touch for a custom route!

Highlights

  See Buckingham Palace and wave to Her Majesty (if she’s in!)

  Hop on the London Eye for views across the city

    Train to Paris – 2.5 hours

Paris (2 Nights)

Paris is a byword for romance, a synonym for style and the epitome of elegance. The pride of France and one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Paris needs little introduction, from the Eiffel Tower to the Pont Neuf, bedazzling visitors and oozing charisma at every turn.

Highlights

    See the Mona Lisa at the Louvre museum

    Watch a cabaret act the famous Moulin Rouge

    Experience the colourful nightlife of the Marais

    Train to Zurich – 4.5 hours

Zurich (2 Nights)

Being a city in a historically neutral country means that the medieval centre of Zurich is untouched by war damage, unlike many of its European neighbours. The city has a lot more going for it than the banks it is associated with, and a walk along the picturesque lake Zurich is a must.

Highlights

    See the glass-stained windows of Fraumünster

    Go to the Lindt chocolate factory outlet

    Go window-shopping on Bahnhofstrasse

    Train to Lucerne – 1 hour

Lucerne (2 nights)

Lucerne is a picturesque town located on the shores of Lake Lucerne and nestled amidst the breathtaking Swiss Alps. Stroll across the iconic Chapel Bridge, visit the Lion Monument, and explore the charming Old Town with its well-preserved medieval architecture.

Highlights

    Stroll across the iconic Chapel Bridge and enjoy views of the Water Tower

    Explore breathtaking vistas from Mount Pilatus, overlooking the Swiss Alps and Lake Lucerne

    Enjoy a serene boat cruise on Lake Lucerne

    Train to Interlaken – 2.5 hours

Interlaken (4 Nights)

Interlaken is truly a hidden Swiss gem, a pretty little town nestled in between two gorgeous lakes and a valley of three snow-capped peaks, it has earned a reputation for adventure sports like paragliding and an exciting apres-ski scene to rival that of any other Alpine resort.

Highlights

    Jump off the mountain to paraglide over town

    Go skiing at a number of renowned local ski stations

    Test your skating skills on the impressive ice circuit

    Train to Bern – 1 hour

Bern (2 Nights)

The capital of Switzerland, Bern, boasts a beautifully preserved medieval Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Wander through narrow cobblestone streets, discover the iconic Zytglogge clock tower, and explore the Federal Palace.

Highlights

    Marvel at the animated show of the Zytglogge Clock Tower in the heart of Bern’s Old Town

    Take in panoramic views of Bern from the scenic Rose Garden

    Stroll along the charming Aare River promenade

    Train to Lausanne – 1.5 hours

Lausanne (1 Night)

Lausanne, nestled on the northern shores of Lake Geneva, is a city of culture and beauty. It’s home to the International Olympic Committee and the Olympic Museum. Explore the charming old town with its Gothic cathedral, enjoy lakeside promenades, and savor Swiss cuisine in the city’s cafes and restaurants.

Highlights

    Relax by Lake Geneva on the Ouchy Promenade, surrounded by stunning views of the Alps

    Admire the Gothic beauty of Lausanne Cathedral

    Explore the unique Collection de l’Art Brut, showcasing outsider art in a captivating setting

    Train to Geneva – 1 hour

Geneva (2 Nights)

Geneva lies at the southern tip of charming Switzerland and is surrounded by the Alps, offering spectacular views of Mont Blanc and Europe’s biggest mountains all year round. The city is the perfect place to experience contemporary art and culture before relaxing by the glittering Lake Geneva.

Highlights

    Climb the steps of the Cathedral’s towers for spectacular views of the city and lake.

    A must see is the Jet d’Eau in Lake Geneva. Best in the evening.

    Relax and take in the scenery by the lake or people watch in one of the many cities cafes.

    Train to Paris – 3.5 hours

Paris (1 Night)

Revisit the enchanting streets of Paris for a memorable one-night stay at the end of your journey. Rediscover the iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and Louvre, and consider exploring hidden gems like Montmartre’s artsy alleys or the charming Marais district. Delight in a cozy evening at a traditional French bistro, savoring culinary delights and soaking in the romantic ambiance that makes Paris truly unforgettable.

Highlights you may have missed

    Wander the elevated Promenade Plantée, a hidden oasis above the city

   Explore the whimsical Musée des Arts Forains, a private museum showcasing vintage carnival rides and amusements

    Discover the serene hidden gardens tucked away in the historic Le Marais district, providing a peaceful retreat from the city bustle

    Train back to London – 2.5 hours

London

Conclude your 2 week adventure back in London. Utilize your Interrail pass for a complimentary journey to your nearest UK station on the same day as your arrival back into the UK. If you’d like to spend some time in London then just request a custom quote and we’ll modify this trip for you.

How to get there

You can use your Interrail pass to travel for free from your nearest UK station to and from London on the same day as your departure and arrival back into the UK so no need for any flights!