Swiss Explorer: 2 Weeks

Duration
14 Nights
Transport

This route is a 15 day trip taking you from London to Switzerland’s most charming cities – surrounded by breathtaking scenery of the mountains. Journeys are short apart from one 6 hour leg and there is room for flexibility too. All 14 nights of the trip will be in your accommodation. Start your trip from your nearest UK station.

Route
  • London
  • Paris
  • Geneva
  • Interlaken
  • Zurich
  • Salzburg
  • Vienna
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Trip Style

Not scared of heights? Have a yearning for that fresh alpine air? Then our Swiss Explorer route is the perfect fit for you! This trip might be about seeing Switzerland by rail, but don’t forget about Austria either! Culture vultures and outdoorsy types alike will be in heaven as you end your trip in Vienna, the music capital of Europe.

Trip Description

Interrail Europe’s most stunning landscapes

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. After indulging in some Parisian cuisine and a glass of French red, your next stop is Switzerland and Geneva.

Geneva affords some of the most spectacular natural scenery in any city in Europe as it’s surrounded by the Alps and the highest peak of them all – Mont Blanc. Take in the scenery whilst relaxing or strolling along Lake Geneva. Next up is Interlaken and you’re now well and truly into the mountains. This stunning city with mountain peaks as its backdrop, is just a few cable car rides away from the Schilthorn summit. Staying there in winter? Get down to the Winter Wonderland ice skating circuit and show off your skills! Interlaken is also the perfect spot for snow bunnies, with several ski stations and resorts all within easy reach.  All year round, why not try paragliding over the town? Even if the thrill doesn’t take your breath away, the stunning scenery is sure to! Too much adrenaline for you? Check out the surrounding valleys where innumerable charming and picturesque mountain villages are all served by regular public transport.

Heading north, Zurich is your final destination in Switzerland. Check out Zurich’s many lakeside watering holes and get lost in the pretty old town district whilst you search for the perfect coffee and chocolate combo – Swiss chocolate is divine! Zurich is great all year round but if you’re visiting in the summer, take advantage of the warm weather and have a dip in the lake.

Time for a change of country now as you continue through the alps to Salzburg. Welcome to Austria! The breathtaking alpine backdrop of Salzburg is the perfect excuse for an Instagram worthy picture. If the scenery and surrounding green landscapes don’t keep you busy, there’s plenty more to see. Mozart was born here, so get your classical music face on and visit the museum dedicated to preserving his childhood musical instruments.

Finally, after a short train journey you’ll find yourself in the music capital of the continent – Vienna. This often overlooked city is teeming with palaces and historical buildings. After some sightseeing, you’ll be ready for a slice of apple strudel and a beer or two to round off your amazing trip!

Whether it’s from a train window, or from your hostel, you’ll never be far from a sublime view. So with all of the picturesque cities we’ve managed to cram into this route, we can’t think of a better way to see some of Europe’s best mountainous cities in all their glory…

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.
  • Access to your itinerary, tickets and documents on the Euroventure App.
  • Access to our 24hr emergency phone number while you’re away.

The Route

Itinerary

This is a medium-paced trip offering 6 cities in 15 days in France, Switzerland and Austria. You’ll travel during the day making the most of the views: The highlight of this trip is experiencing the charming landscapes of Switzerland as you discover just how beautiful this part of the continent is.

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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.

Paris Guides
Highlights

  • See the Mona Lisa at the Louvre museum
  • Watch a cabaret act the famous Moulin Rouge
  • Experience the colourful nightlife of the Marais

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.

Geneva Guides
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.

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.

Interlaken Guides
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

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.

Zurich Guides
Highlights

  • See the glass-stained windows of Fraumünster
  • Go to the Lindt chocolate factory outlet
  • Go window-shopping on Bahnhofstrasse

Salzburg (2 Nights)

The hills are alive with the Sound of Music – not just Julie Andrews, but Mozart’s hometown too. You can do a tour of the locations of the opening scenes around Salzburg, or you can also just stay and admire the beauty of the town and the fun of the beerhalls.

Salzburg Guides
Highlights

  • See the nearly thousand-year-old hilltop fort
  • Visit Mozart’s house or do a Sound of Music tour
  • Drink at StieglKeller, a Munich-style beer hall

Vienna (2 Nights)

Vienna is crisp, clean and chic with its biggest draw factor being the multitude of classical palaces and grand imperial buildings. Whether you’re into your royal history or not, the sheer scale of it here will be encapsulating for all, whilst not forgetting the great bars and eateries.

Vienna Guides
Highlights

  • Visit the Spanish riding school of Vienna
  • Eat real Apple Strudel and Wiener Schnitzel
  • Go to a classical concert in a city renowned for music

Optional Extras

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My friend and I have just returned from our interrailing trip which we organised through euroventure, and I could not recommend them enough!!!! They were able to help us plan our trip, whilst accommodating to our needs (whether that was having private hostels, allowing us to find our own accommodation in some places and book just the trains for us, find the cheapest travel routes, etc.). All of our hostels were nice and in good locations, which without them we aren't sure where we would have ended up! The book we received before our trip also ensured we knew exactly where to go to find them once getting off at the train/bus stations. The team were constantly available whilst sorting our trip, and were quick to respond to any queries or concerns that we had. They also were happy to recommend places to go whilst we were there. I would recommend using euroventure to anyone who is thinking about going interrailing. They were 100% worth it, and put me and my friend at ease throughout our travels, knowing that they had sorted everything.

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I would highly recommend the Eastern European tour if you are after an experience of a lifetime!! I had the best time meeting new people and visiting some amazing places with memories that will stay with me forever. Everything ran smoothly and was very well organised, the included activities and optional activities were great with a good balance of getting your own free time too. Our trip leader David was lovely, friendly and hilarious, making everyone’s trip something they will never forget 😊 I 100% recommend Euro venture!

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My girlfriend and I did the 3 week eastern European tour and had the time of our lives! We were met with nothing but love and kindness from our amazing fellow travellers and our tour leader David, who was an absolute joy to be around. 10/10.

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Had an amazing time meeting new people and having such a great tour leader. All travels went smoothly and most of the accommodations were great. This has been a trip I’ll never forget and will always think back on fondly.

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I just did the 3 week Eastern Europe tour from Berlin to Split and I’d recommend to anyone! A great balance of fun activities with your own free time and also a perfect way to meet new people and visit some amazing places. Our trip was faultless and our tour guide David was lovely, very friendly, hilarious and lit AF. Experience of a lifetime 😊

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You get all train travel and accommodation included in the price. That is, all train travel between the first city and last city on the trip and accommodation in the best hostels in each city, or in  hotels if you choose this option. For loop trips you also get return train and Eurostar travel from anywhere in the UK to the continent and back, but flights are not included in any of our packages because we do not have airline partnerships. You get breakfast in some hostels too, and can add this as an extra in hotels. You'll also get a detailed itinerary telling you exactly what trains to get and directions to the hostels. So all that's left for you to purchase is flights (if required), travel insurance and spending money.
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We usually offer a couple of trains that you can take in the day. However, sometimes we need to reserve specific trains, so if you miss them, or there are no more trains that day, then you will have to get a new reservation for a train later in the day or, occasionally, the next day in order to catch up with the itinerary. In any case, if this happens, call us and we will try and help you.
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Once we receive your final payment we will get to work on purchasing your train tickets which don’t become available as early as the accommodation. In some cases, we can’t get hold of tickets until four weeks in advance, so we normally say you should expect your travel pack around 2-4 weeks before you depart.
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