The ‘full’ Glacier Express and legendary ‘Bernina Express’ railway lines through Switzerland’s most spectacular mountain scenery with stays in chic St. Moritz & historic Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn
St. Moritz - 3 nights
Zermatt - 3 nights
In the 19th century, Switzerland became the favoured summer destination for the English traveller. The exploits of the many great mountaineers attracted the well to do to emulate their exploits, guided perhaps by John Murray’s ‘Handbook for Travellers in Switzerland’ or Edward Whymper’s ‘Scrambles Amongst the Alps’.
The Glacier Express takes you in some comfort to the alpine world that so captivated the early pioneers, crossing 291 bridges, 91 tunnels and countless ‘Peaks, Passes and Glaciers’. The complete journey from St. Moritz to Zermatt with reserved Panorama seating affords superior comfort and viewing for this awe-inspiring scenic experience. In St. Moritz travel on up to 13 mountain railways is included.
Scenic Rail Journey
UNESCO: Rhaetian Railway
Group Size: 2 – 15
Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Zurich and transfer by rail to St. Moritz via Chur (4 hrs). Spend three nights at the 4-star Hotel Monopol or Hotel Schweizerhof.
Day 2 Day to explore St. Moritz taking advantage of included mountain railways card. (B)
Day 3 Enjoy a spectacular train journey on the Bernina Express to Tirano (regular train on return). (B)
Day 4 A full day journey to Zermatt (8 hrs) on the Glacier Express with reserved Panorama seating (lunch included). Three nights at the 4-star Romantik Hotel Julen or Hotel Alpenhof. (B, L)
Day 5 At leisure in Zermatt. Optional excursion by funicular up to Gornergrat – 30 minutes each way (£40). (B)
Day 6 At leisure in Zermatt. Optional excursion by cable cars to Matterhorn Paradise – 1 hour each way (£40). (B)
Day 7 By train to Zurich airport via Visp (4 hrs) for the return flight. (B)
This is an unguided itinerary using the famous Swiss trains. Tour involves carrying luggage on and off trains.
This elegant 4-star hotel is a fine base for exploring St. Moritz and its surroundings. Restaurant, bar, gym, sauna and WiFi (free). 73 rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.
A traditional 4-star hotel in the centre of St. Moritz and close to funiculars. Restaurant, bar, sauna and WiFi (free). 82 rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.
A cosy 4-star hotel in chalet style, a short walk from the cable cars and the railway station. Restaurant, bar, indoor pool, sauna, gym and WiFi (free). 31 rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar (soft drinks free), tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
A traditional 4-star hotel, opposite Sunnegga cable car and a five minute walk to Gornergrat station. Restaurant, bar, indoor pool, sauna and WiFi (free). 62 rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar (soft drinks free), tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
per person in a twin/double room
Swiss from Heathrow
Supplements per person
Single supplement £75
(Jul 21/Aug 4 £95)
Swiss Business Class from £215
First Class Rail upgrade £95
Extra Nights - Zurich
Hotel Glockenhof (per night) £125
Single supplement £70
Arrival and departure transfer included with group.
Air travel and taxes, 6 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 2nd class rail travel, half fare card, itinerary as described. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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