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2021 Tour code: GZJ21

About the tour

Dramatic mountain scenery and beautiful lakes provide the setting for this magnificent holiday as we travel in First Class on the Glacier Express through the Swiss Alps, journey on the Bernina Express, sample traditional foods and enjoy breathtaking views of the Matterhorn.

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What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - London to Cologne

After meeting at our London St Pancras Departure Office, we board the Eurostar to Brussels. We catch the high-speed train to Cologne, where we stay for one night.

Includes
  • Day 1 - Eurostar meal, Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 2 - St Moritz

Continuing our journey on Day 2, we travel by rail to Basel where we start our scenic climb through the Alps to St Moritz, set amidst majestic mountain peaks. We travel through countless tunnels and across numerous bridges, including the instantly recognisable Landwasser Viaduct. As the track clings to the mountainside, we wind our way above deep ravines and past rushing waterfalls, looping and spiralling through the rugged Engadine Valley to St Moritz. On arrival, we check into our hotel for a three-night stay.

Day 3 - The Bernina Express

We join the historic Bernina Express today, a rail route that takes us by deep-set evergreen forests, rushing mountain streams, and flower-filled Alpine meadows. The line has UNESCO World Heritage status thanks to the efforts taken to build the track, as well as for the breathtaking scenery it passes. Our ascent over the Bernina Pass elevates us over 7,000 feet above sea level, showcasing panoramic views across snow-capped peaks and turquoise glacial lakes as we travel to Tirano in Italy via the spiralling Brusio Viaduct. You have some free time to look around and perhaps sample some delicious Italian treats.

Includes
  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 4 - Breakfast
Day 4 - St Moritz

On Day 4, you're free to explore St Moritz by cable car, or go further afield, making the most of your St Moritz and Swiss Travel Cards.

Day 5 - The Glacier Express

Today we take the famous Glacier Express to Zermatt, enjoying incredible views through the panoramic windows of our First Class carriage. Leaving St Moritz, we descend towards the valley floor, crossing the famous Landwasser Viaduct and working our way along the upper Rhine Valley. A two-course lunch is served at during the journey as the train climbs steadily and steeply over the Oberalp Pass, the peak of the route, before crossing the spectacular gorge at Brig. From here we ascend once more, winding left and right on our approach to Zermatt, a tranquil mountain town nestled below the Matterhorn Mountain. We stay here for the next four nights.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6- The Gornergrat Mountain Railway

We board the Gornergrat Mountain Railway today. Opened in 1898, it's the highest open-air cogwheel railway in Europe and climbs to the summit of the Gornergrat, at 10,134 feet. On a clear day, you can see an astonishing 29 mountaintops. After time at the top to enjoy the views over the Gornergletscher, the second largest glacier in the Alps, we descend and enjoy a guided walking tour of beautiful Zermatt. The pretty town is a car-free zone, with timbered buildings and an English church dating back to 1870, and is overlooked not just by the Matterhorn, but also Monte Rosa, Switzerland's highest peak.

Includes
  • Day 6 - Breakfast
  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8 - Breakfast
Day 7 - Schwarzsee

On Day 7, we travel by cable car to Schwarzsee, the starting point of the Matterhorn glacier trail. With some free time, you might like to stroll down to the chapel by the lake or take a gentle walk along one of the hiking trails. We enjoy lunch at a traditional restaurant, the perfect chance to savour some classic Swiss specialties.

Day 8 - St Moritz

Day 8 is free once again. Perhaps climb the Kleine Matterhorn by regional cable car or use your Swiss Travel Card to journey 'across a hundred valleys' on the Centovalli Railway, a narrowgauge line that winds over high bridges and past sleepy villages to the town of Locarno, on the shores of delightful Lake Maggiore.

Day 9 - Colmar

Boarding the train after breakfast, we travel to Basel via Visp. Here we catch the train to Colmar, our home for the night.

Includes
  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 10 - Breakfast, Eurostar Meal
Day 10 - London

Continuing our journey on Day 10, we travel by rail through France to Paris, connecting with the Eurostar service to London St Pancras.

Additional information

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.

Mobility information

Please note: This may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

Hotels

Hotel Schweizerhof, St Moritz

Hotel Schweizerhof, St Moritz

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Hotel Sonne

Hotel Sonne, Zermatt

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Trains

Bernina Express
Centovalli Railway
Eurostar
The Glacier Express
Gornergrat Mountain Railway
Thalys

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Upgrades

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Upgrade to a lake view room in St Moritz
London Hotels
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Reviews

4.8 stars4.8 / 5 · 16 reviews

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Les Mackey

4 stars

Submitted 11 Jul 2019

We were downgraded on the Glacier Express because of overbooking. This was not the fault of GRJ. At the last minute we were reinstated for most but not all of it. It meant we had to travel on later trains to the group. The train journey from Cologne to St Moritz was tiresome and involved changes of stations, trains etc due to the problems on German Rail. This was not the fault of GRJ. However, the journey took 13.5 hours. Our tour guide was brilliant, he did his utmost to get us there as quickly as he could. He was constantly cheerful no matter what was thrown at him. He is a credit to GRJ. Overall the holiday was superb. Lovely scenery, hotels.

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Mr R Belcher

5 stars

Submitted 18 Oct 2018

Everything was first class, except the London hotel

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Mr P Cowman

5 stars

Submitted 30 Sep 2018

The rail jurneys were the best i have been on in your great tours,plus first visit to Zermatt wonderfull

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Mr J Stratton

5 stars

Submitted 23 Sep 2018

Good weather, scenery, and hotels! The situation of the hotel in St. Moritz was fantastic, with views overlooking the lake and mountains. Enjoyed the excursions and the trip on the Bernini express. The hotel in Zermatt could not have been better with views of the Matterhorn from our balcony. Enjoyed our trip up Gornagratt and on the Glacier Express and made the most of our free day by exploring the surrounding countryside. Although the weather forecast hadn't been good, we were exoecting rain, in fact we had glorious sunny days! Even had snow during the night in St Moritz! Perfect!

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Mr M Korch

5 stars

Submitted 16 Sep 2018

Your best tour in my opion

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Mr G Wickens

5 stars

Submitted 16 Sep 2018

It was an excellent and well led tour

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