Day 1: Barcelona to Montpellier Start your journey in the vibrant city of Barcelona. Hop on the Renfe-SNCF en Coopération high-speed train to Montpellier. Upon arrival, explore the quaint, car-free streets, visiting sites such as the Musée Fabre, Place de la Comédie, and the historic Saint-Pierre Cathedral. Spend the night in Montpellier.
Day 2: Montpellier to Marseille to Nice In the morning, take the TGV to Marseille, a bustling port city with a rich history. Spend a few hours exploring its iconic sites, like the Old Port and Notre-Dame de la Garde. Later in the afternoon, hop back on the TGV to Nice. Spend the night in this glamorous Mediterranean city, enjoying its nightlife and delicious seafood.
Day 3: Nice to Turin to Milan Take a morning train to Turin, an important business and cultural center in northern Italy. Enjoy its Baroque architecture and piazzas, and savor a traditional Italian lunch. After, board the train to Milan, where you’ll spend the night. Explore the fashion capital’s shopping districts, the magnificent Duomo, and the famous La Scala opera house.
Day 4: Milan to St. Moritz Depart from Milan early in the morning on a regional train to Tirano. From Tirano, take the Bernina Express, one of the most scenic train routes worldwide, leading to St. Moritz. In St. Moritz, enjoy the stunning alpine scenery, luxury boutiques, and exquisite dining.
Day 5: St. Moritz to Zermatt (Glacier Express) Take a day-long journey on the Glacier Express in Excellence Class from St. Moritz to Zermatt. Enjoy the panoramic views of deep gorges, soaring bridges, picturesque towns, and the Swiss Alps’ high peaks. Arrive in Zermatt in the evening and check in to your hotel.
Day 6: Zermatt to Bern Spend the morning exploring Zermatt, a mountain resort renowned for skiing, climbing, and hiking. Visit the charming car-free village, the iconic Matterhorn, and Gornergrat for the best views. In the afternoon, take a train to Bern, the capital of Switzerland. Explore its medieval architecture, clock tower, and bear park.
Day 7: Bern to Paris From Bern, embark on your final train ride to Paris on the TGV Lyria. Arrive in the “City of Light” in time for lunch. Dedicate your day to Parisian icons, such as the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and the charming neighborhoods of Montmartre and Le Marais.
This 7-day itinerary provides an ideal blend of urban exploration and scenic train journeys. Please note that the specific train times and frequency of service can vary, so it’s essential to check the current schedules before your travel.
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