TORONTO — Switzerland Tourism and its top tourism partners were in Toronto recently to share the latest news and offerings, filling a dreary, rainy day with thoughts of chocolate, cheese and stunning mountain landscapes.
Partners from Bern, Basel, Jungfrau Region, Lake Geneva & Matterhorn Region, Lucerne and Swiss Travel System highlighted the very best of each destination for travellers embarking on the Grand Train Tour of Switzerland. Totalling 1,200 kilometres and covering eight different routes throughout Switzerland, the train tour was launched in 2015 and comprises the most attractive panorama rail routes across the country.
Routes include: Zurich-St. Gallen; St. Gallen-Lucerne (Pre-Alpine Express); Lucerne-Montreaux (GoldenPass Line); Montreaux-Zermatt; Zermatt-St. Moritz (Glacier Express); St. Moritz-Lugano/Locarno (Bernina Express); Lugano/Locarno-Lucerne (Wilhelm Tell Express); and Lucerne-Zurich.
The entire tour can be travelled with a single all-in-one ticket called the Swiss Travel Pass. The departure point and duration of the Grand Train Tour are for your clients to decide, although Switzerland Tourism recommends a four- and eight-day tour on its website. The Swiss Travel System therefore recommends the four-day or eight-day Swiss Travel Pass. Go to SwissTravelSystem.com for more information.
SWISS Air was also in attendance to announce the addition of several new Boeing 777-300ERs, as well as remind Canadians of the new Calgary-Zurich service, which launches on May 28 and runs until Sept. 29, 2016. Patrick Oberson, Head of SWISS Canada said that as part of the airline’s renewal program for its long-haul aircraft fleet, nine Boeing 777-300ERS have been ordered, offering “excellent reliability and high levels of cabin comfort, along with 340 passenger seats.”
Canadians can easily get to Switzerland with SWISS: Vancouver-Zurich runs three times per week, Montreal-Zurich runs daily until Aug. 28, while the new service from Calgary to Zurich will run twice per week on Sundays and Thursdays. In total, the airline has announced a 50% increase in seat capacity from Canada this summer season.
For more information on the Grand Train Tour of Switzerland, go to myswitzerland.com.