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Luxury

Switzerland by Rail with Magnificent Europe and Prague

Zurich to Prague
30 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: EUMCST30
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

Journey to the top of Europe

Take an epic train journey to the top of Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe.

Meet with a mountaineer

Meet with a mountaineer in Zermatt and hear of tales before paying respects at the dedicated cemetery for climbers.

A View From The Top

Ride the world's steepest cogwheel railway to the top of Mt Pilatus for breathtaking vistas of the alpine scenery.

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 29 destinations
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in nine locations
  • Luxury dining - a total of 67 meals
  • A wide range of onboard beverages
  • Expert tour and cruise directors
  • 15 nights luxury land accommodation
  • Transfers, internal flight, rail and hotel porterage, port charges and gratuities

Map & Itinerary

Europe Map EUMCST30 2021
Zurich to Prague

Designed Exclusively for APT guests

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Choose from a variety of included dining options sure to tantalise the tastebuds of every guest

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories

Arrive before 1.30pm, where we’ll meet you on arrival. An afternoon orientation discovery is on the cards, followed by a welcome reception.

Stay: Zürich Marriott Hotel

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Choose from a range of delicious dining options tonight.


You will be well looked after throughout your journey with our special baggage transfer service, which means we’ll take care of the heavy lifting as your bags are chauffeured from one hotel to the next. Journey to Lucerne and set out on a walking exploration of the city. Later, arrive at your hotel, where you will have a choice of dining options this evening.

Stay: Two Nights, Lucerne, Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern or similar

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Cruise Lake Lucerne, then ride the world’s steepest cogwheel train to Mt Pilatus, where you will pause to capture breathtaking views from the top of the mountain. The views don’t stop as you descend by a scenic gondola.

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  • Breakfast

Embark on an exciting rail journey through the new Gotthard Base Tunnel to Lugano.

Stay: Two Nights, Lake Lugano, Hotel Swiss Diamond

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Soak up the pleasant year-round climate in this holiday resort town. Cruise the peaceful waters of Lake Lugano, then it’s time to ascend the peak of Monte Brè, which rewards you with sensational views over Lugano. The evening has been kept free for you to explore at your own pace.

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  • Breakfast

Cross the border into Italy’s Tirano by coach, where you’ll pause for a little discovery before boarding your first-class rail journey aboard the Bernina Express. Take in the panoramic views as you travel to St Moritz.

Stay: St Moritz, Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Another day brings another incredible rail adventure. Board the Glacier Express to experience a first-class rail journey from the Bernina Range to the Matterhorn. During the ride, you’ll cross more than 200 bridges and countless tunnels as you traverse the Alps in style, before arriving in Zermatt.

Stay: Two Nights, Zermatt, Hotel Monte Rosa

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Meet a mountaineer, who will share with you their stories of their conquests and what life is like living in the mountains.


Take a ride on the Gornergrat Railway for the best views of the towering Matterhorn. Later, you’ll enjoy your Signature Experience.

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  • Breakfast
Mountain peak reflecting in the lake surrounded by wild flowers on a sunny day

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Indulge in a very special wine tasting experience.


Farewell Zermatt as you board your train bound for Interlaken. Along the way, disembark in the wine region of Spiez and gain an insight into the local industry with a Signature Experience.

Stay: Two Nights, Interlaken, Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel and Spa

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  • Breakfast

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Savour a private dinner at Harder Kulm and take in sublime views of the Jungfrau as the sun sets.


Your rail journey today is an epic one, as you journey to the top of Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe. There’s nowhere better to feel like you’re on top of the world. Return to Interlaken, then tonight, ascend to the peak of Harder Kulm, where you will enjoy a Signature Experience.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Board your scenic glass-dome first-class journey aboard the GoldenPass. First the train runs along the river Aare, then proceed past lush green valley farmland of the Simmen Valley, before climbing to the line’s highest point at 1,279 metres above sea level into the heartland of the Berner Oberland. Arrive in Gstaad-Schönried with time to relax before dinner this evening.

Stay: Ermitage Gstaad-Schönried

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Travel to Montreux for a brief orientation tour. Later tonight, reflect on the days gone by as you sit down to a farewell dinner.

Stay: Geneva, Grand Hotel Kempinski

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Take an included flight to Amsterdam and board your river ship docked in the heart of the city.

Stay: 14 Nights, A Concerto River Ship

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps slow things down and cruise the canals on a glass-top boat. Maybe visit Zaanse Schans – the quintessential Dutch village known for its windmills and specialty produce. If you’re lucky enough to be on one of our spring departures, the tulips of Keukenhof Gardens are ready to greet you at every colourful turn.


Choose your sightseeing in Amsterdam. Tonight, celebrate with a gala welcome dinner.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Signature Experience

Visit Namedy Castle. Go beyond the gates and wander about the rooms and grounds, then enjoy a cocktail party in the ballroom, where a pianist sets the mood.


This morning will be spent cruising through Germany. Disembark in Andernach for your first Signature Experience. Later, head back on board and enjoy dinner as your ship sets sail for Koblenz. Here, perhaps join your cruise director for an evening stroll through the charming village.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

A gondola ride over the Rhine Valley will give you the best perspective of the town. For something a little more quirky, Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum houses a collection of fine automated musical creations.


Have your camera handy to capture some of the best scenery you’ll encounter as you cruise through the Rhine Gorge. Dock in Rüdesheim and choose your sightseeing.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Step ashore in Miltenberg today and set out on a guided exploration. Wander through cobblestone streets and admire the town’s enchanting half-timbered houses before time at leisure to explore on your own.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Enjoy a walk to the 18th-century Würzburg Residence. Or traverse the Romantic Road to Rothenburg. Maybe get to know the locals with a visit to a family-owned farm, with a home-cooked morning tea on the menu.


The day is yours to design with our Freedom of Choice sightseeing inclusions.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Relax on board as you sail to Bamberg. On arrival, join an exploration with a local expert to uncover everything World Heritage-listed Bamberg has to offer.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps journey through Nuremberg’s history with its Gothic churches and World War II sites. Or keep fit with a hike through the Schwarzach Valley.


Select the sightseeing inclusion that best suits you. This afternoon, cruise onto the Main-Danube Canal. Having taken 32 years to construct, the canal links the North and Black seas.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Explore Regensburg’s atmospheric World Heritage-listed city centre or perhaps get active and take a guided bike ride to the Walhalla memorial.


Select your inclusion today.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

From Passau, head to Salzburg to visit some of the sights featured in Roger and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music. Or set off into the Czech Republic, where Česky Krumlov awaits. Either way, re-board your ship in Austria’s Linz. Alternatively, explore the town of Passau, followed by a relaxing day on board cruising to Linz.


Select from a diverse range of sightseeing options today.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Roam Dürnstein’s cobblestone lanes at your leisure. Or perhaps take a guided bike ride along the river from Melk to Dürnstein.


Visit the statuary-adorned Melk Abbey. It’s then onto more remarkable scenery as you cruise through the Wachau Valley to Dürnstein, where you’ll choose your sightseeing.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Signature Experience

After dinner, head to the Family of Liechtenstein’s City Palace in the heart of Vienna, where we have arranged an exclusive cocktail party and private recital, just for you. A full orchestra will perform classical masterpieces by Mozart and Strauss. You will also be enchanted by an operatic recital by some members of the Mozart Boys’ Choir.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps take in the city’s many landmarks along the Ringstrasse, including St Stephen’s Cathedral. The 1,441-room Schönbrunn Palace and its gardens are a favourite. Or tick another country off your list and journey to Slovakia’s Bratislava. Otherwise, get active with a bike ride to Klosterneuburg Monastery.


Today you will enjoy your Freedom of Choice inclusion. Tonight, your Signature Experience awaits

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

In Esztergom, set out on a guided tour to discover this picturesque town and its historic buildings. Then, follow in the footsteps of the Habsburg Empire as you board the Grand Empress steam train, bound for Budapest. See inside some of the ornately adorned carriages from the early 1900s and be treated like royalty as you savour lunch on board. On arrival in Budapest, enjoy a glass of sparkling at Budapest’s Royal Waiting Room – a rather fitting way to end this opulent journey. Later, return to your ship. Operates on all departures between April and September.


Enjoy a relaxing morning sailing to Budapest. Afterwards, enjoy your Signature Experience on April to September departures.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Enjoy a morning city tour of Budapest taking in its historic monuments, including Fisherman’s Bastion and Heroes’ Square. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Travel to Velké Bílovice and stop for a light lunch in a traditional restaurant. Afterwards, continue to Prague, where you will have the evening to explore on your terms.

Stay: Three Nights, Alcron Hotel Prague

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

The capital of the Czech Republic lures you with its millennia-long history. Begin your guided discovery at Prague Castle, where you’ll pause to take in views of the city. Take a leisurely stroll over Charles Bridge on the way to the Old Town Square, where you’ll see the 600-year-old Astronomical Clock. Tonight, dinner awaits at the award-winning art deco-style La Rotonde restaurant.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
View across Prague towards the castle at night, Prague

Signature Experience

Descendants of the Czech Republic’s oldest aristocratic family welcome you to their 18th-century baroque home, Chateau Jemniště. Explore the estate and enjoy a special lunch then watch on in awe as birds of prey free-fly during a falconry display.


Today is set aside for a special experience, just outside of the city. The evening is then yours to relax or further explore.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Be transferred to the airport.

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  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

Spiez Wine Experience

Take in a very special wine experience in Spiez en route to Interlaken.

Hotel Monte Rosa

The Seiler family has been welcoming guests to the majestic alpine setting of Hotel Monte Rosa for five generations.

Relax in the Swiss Alps

Refresh mind, body and soul at the Ermitage Gstaad-Schönried, enjoying a modern wellness experience.

It has been a privilege to welcome so many guests aboard APT’s award-winning journeys, and a joy to see those guests fall in love with each new experience the world presents.