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First Class Glacier Express at Christmas

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(Tour code: GEX19)

Enjoy the beautiful landscape of Switzerland

Our festive rail holiday is a fantastic way to experience exciting train journeys on the Glacier Express and Bernina Express. Enjoy wonderful excursions and explore the beautiful winter landscapes of Switzerland.

Highlights
  • Historic Brig
  • Zermatt and the Matterhorn
  • Journey on the iconic Glacier Express, including lunch
  • Chur, Switzerland's oldest town
  • Christmas Eve in Lucerne
  • Five-course Christmas Eve dinner and carol singing
  • Christmas Day on the Bernina Express
  • Four-course gala Christmas dinner
  • GRJ First Class Swiss Travel Card
What’s Included
  • First Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
    Eurostar Meals
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
    1 Lunch
  • Optional Bag Concierge

First Class Glacier Express at Christmas 2018Tour Details

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Days 1-2 Eurostar
Eurostar

Strasbourg and Switzerland

We meet at our Departure Office in St Pancras International, before boarding the Eurostar to Paris, travelling in Standard Premier Class. We change trains and continue to Strasbourg, where we overnight. On Day 2, we enjoy a morning at leisure before travelling to our destination, Brig.

Includes:
  • Day 1 - Eurostar Meal, Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 3-4 Zermatt
Zermatt

By mountain railway to Zermatt

Today, we board a narrow-gauge train, travelling through picturesque vineyards and alongside the River Rhône to Visp. Here, we join the mountain railway to the charming resort of Zermatt, nestled below the peak of the Matterhorn. On Day 4, we are at leisure. Why not make use of the included Swiss Travel Card, giving you 50% off local rail fares?

Includes:
  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 4 - Breakfast
Day 5 The Glacier Express
The Glacier Express

First Class on the Glacier Express

We leave Brig today, travelling on the iconic Glacier Express - the 'slowest express train in the world' - in First Class. The panoramic windows allow us to look out over a veritable winter wonderland of towering peaks and spectacular gorges, while enjoying lunch served at our seats. Our journey finishes in Chur.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Days 6-7 Lucerne
Lucerne

Christmas Eve in Lucerne and Christmas Day

On Christmas Eve, we travel by train to Lucerne, an ancient lakeside city of cobbled streets, squares, and the famous Kapellbrücke bridge. The festive atmosphere here adds an almost magical touch, as you have time to wander the illuminated streets and decorated plazas. In the evening, we begin our celebrations with a five-course dinner that includes wine and carol singing by the Christmas tree. Day 7, Christmas Day, is at leisure ahead of a Festive dinner at the hotel.

Includes:
  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 The Bernina Express
The Bernina Express

The Bernina Express

Today is Boxing Day, and we enjoy a trip on the narrow-gauge Bernina Express, that takes us from Chur to Poschiavo. This stunning railway is delightful, from the rolling green meadows and ancient mountains, to the rushing mountains streams and the deep pine forests. Following time in Poschiavo, we return to Chur

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9 Homeward Bound
The Rhine

Homeward Bound

Today, we leave Chur, heading to Paris via Basel where we join the Eurostar to London.

Includes:
  • Breakfast

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
  • First Class rail travel as described (Standard Premier Class travel on Eurostar with a light meal and drinks)

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 8 nights' hotel accommodation

Delicious meals included

  • 16 meals including 8 breakfasts , 1 lunch on board the Glacier Express and 6 dinners including a 4-course Christmas dinner with wine and 5-course Christmas Eve dinner with wine

GRJ First Class Swiss Travel Card

  • Our Swiss Travel Card covers all included rail journeys and permits 50% discounted fares on free days for rail, boat and most mountain railway journeys.

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • First Class journey on the Glacier Express
  • Mountain rail excursion to Zermatt
  • Visit to Lucerne
  • Journey on the Bernina Express to Poschiavo
  • GRJ First Class Swiss Travel Card for reduced fares
  • Free time in Zermatt with views of the Matterhorn
  • Historic Brig
  • Chur, Switzerland's oldest town
  • Christmas carol singing at the hotel
  • Free time in Poschiavo

This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

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First Class Glacier Express at Christmas

Enjoy the beautiful landscape of Switzerland

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