Follow Me! Real Rail Adventures: Swiss Grand Tour Itinerary

We’re back with another installment of the itinerary series of blog posts. This time I’ve prepared an itinerary that closely follows Real Rail Adventures: Swiss Grand Tour episode (episode number two, if you’re counting). If you haven’t seen it, check it out on Amazon Prime here.

As usual, I offer this itinerary with a caveat: Due to money and time, our production itineraries have to pack lots of stops and activities into a relatively short amount of time. I don’t recommend following our trip to the letter, but encourage you to choose the bits you like and build your own dream tour. I write more about that in the first installment here.

That said, here it is:

Real Rail Adventures: Swiss Grand Tour – Itinerary

by Jeff Wilson

Day 1:   Leave U.S. for Switzerland

Day 2:   Arrive Zurich. Overnight in Zurich

Day 3:   Explore Zurich. Afternoon train to Schaffhausen. Explore Schaffhausen. Evening walk to sunset view at Munot Fortress. Overnight in Schaffhausen

Day 4:   Explore Schloss Laufen am Rheinfall museum, then walk to Rheinfall. Take boat to climb rock in the middle of the falls. Afternoon climbing, swinging, and zip-lining at Adventure Park Rheinfall. Overnight in Schaffhausen

Day 5:   Board river boat to Stein am Rhein. Pick up bike for leisurely 3-hour ride to Romanshorn with lunch on Lake Constance along the way. Drop bike in Romanshorn. Train buffs can spend an hour at the Locorama rail museum (including train driving simulator). Short train ride to St Gallen. Overnight in St Gallen

Day 6:   Explore St Gallen and its Altstadt. Tour Abbey of St Gall and library. Overnight in St Gallen

Day 7:   Day train trip to Appenzell. Short food tour of Appenzell. Cable car ride up to Ebenalp. Short walk to Wildkirchli caves and lunch at the popular Aescher Hostel. Overnight in St Gallen

Day 8:   Train to Chur. Board Albula-Bernina line, crossing the famous Landwasser Viaduct. Disembark at Preda to hike the Railway Adventure Trail to Bergün. Re-board train at Bergün to St Moritz. Overnight in St Moritz

Day 9:   Day train trip to Alp Grüm. Hike near Palü Glacier and tour hydropower plant. Lunch at Alp Grüm Restaurant (try the Capuns). Return to St Moritz for overnight

Day 10: Board Glacier Express, traveling west. Train change to Ilanz. River rafting on the Vorderrhein through the “Swiss Grand Canyon.” Re-board Glacier Express to Andermatt over the Oberalp Pass. Overnight in Andermatt (I prefer the River House boutique hotel)

Day 11: Train to Martigny. Tour Giannadda Museum and St Bernard Museum (say ‘hi’ to the puppies for me!). Overnight in Martigny

Day 12: Day train trip to Emosson Hydroelectric dam via the Emosson funicular, Emosson Panorama Railway, and mini funicular. Short hike and lunch at Emosson Dam. Return to Martigny and overnight

Day 13: Train to Trübschachen and Kambly Experience cookie tour. See Swiss Heritage Museum and Rope Trail. Train to Lucerne and overnight

Day 14: Lucerne-Engelberg Express to Engelberg. Tour Benedictine monastery and gardens. Overnight in Engelberg

Day 15: Kayak narby lake Trübsee. Ride Titlis Rotair gondola to Mt. Titlis. Tour Glacier Cave, walk the aerial suspension bridge above the glacier. Lunch and return to Engelberg for overnight

Day 16: Train to Zurich. Overnight in Zurich

Day 17: Leave Zurich to U.S., arrive U.S.

There you have it – one possible itinerary from an unlimited number of possibilities. What would you do if you had the chance to travel through Switzerland? Leave comments and suggestions below.

Want help with your itinerary? Just ask! I can also recommend a trusted travel partner in Switzerland and I offer trips, fully-customized to your tastes (and, if you like, guided by me and my wife) for up to 8 fellow travelers. Stay tuned to the blog for more Real Rail Adventures!

Priority Health in Michigan

I’m pleased to be working with Priority Health in Michigan again. We’ve had a long relationship, teaching folks about Priority Health’s Medicare Advantage plans. Heck, I’ve learned plenty over the years about the ins-and-outs of Medicare, out-of-pocket costs, and even the fabled “donut hole,” which isn’t as tasty as it sounds. My mother says she and her friends see me on TV all the time, and my sister even said she saw me on TV in a bar. If you’re in Michigan, you probably won’t be able to avoid me during the Medicare enrollment period. Sorry about that.

Update: Watch Now on Prime!

Haven’t caught our Real Rail Adventures travel docs on your local PBS station? While they are playing nationwide, sometimes it’s hard to find the time to “appointment view” these fun shows. Well, now the wait is over . . . now, two of our three Real Rail Adventures episodes are available to stream for free on Amazon Prime. Watch Real Rail Adventures: Swiss Grand Tour, and my personal favorite, Real Rail Adventures: Swiss Winter Magic right now. And don’t forget to rate our shows and share your reactions on social media!

Real Rail Adventures: Swiss Winter Magic

Real Rail Adventures: Swiss Winter Magic is one of my favorite projects to date. The third hour-long travel documentary in the series, we traverse a stunning Swiss landscape of snowy peaks and quaint towns in search of adventure, culture, and unique experiences. My days are packed with bobsledding, kite-skiing, parasailing, horseback riding, snowshoeing, ski-yoga, skate-skiing, and mountain sledding, while evenings find me dining on warm fondue, local lamb, and “Cholera” pie. The efficient Swiss trains and travel system link my experiences and take me to Zurich, Chur, St Moritz, and Zermatt. All three Real Rail Adventures episodes are now playing nationwide – check your local PBS listings and Create Network for air times and don’t hesitate to reach out to me with your questions on travel in Switzerland. Watch the trailer HERE