From our serene base in the picture-postcard Swiss village of Klosters, we discover breathtaking Alpine beauty, captivating towns and incredible mountain railways, including an unforgettable journey on the iconic Glacier Express.
Your tour begins as you meet your Tour Manager and the rest of your group at Great Rail Journeys' dedicated Departure Office in London St Pancras International. From here we board the Eurostar service to Paris, changing trains for Colmar, a pretty Alsatian town close to the German border, where we overnight.
Please Note: For departure KLS2003 you will overnight in Strasbourg
Your morning is at leisure to discover the charming cobbled lanes and crooked half-timbered buildings of Colmar. The town is filled with quaint charm; enjoy a stroll through the idyllic, flower-filled canal quarter, known as 'Petite Venise', and explore the narrow winding streets, colourful houses and picturesque squares of the enchanting town centre. This afternoon we continue into Switzerland. We travel by rail to Basel, changing trains in Landquart for the final part of our journey.
Our destination is the Alpine resort village of Klosters, a charming, quintessentially Swiss ski resort which is renowned as a long-favoured holiday destination of the British Royal Family. Our home for the next six nights is the delightful 4-Star Hotel Alpina, a beautiful, traditional hotel in the heart of Klosters, moments from the railway station and cable cars.
You are at leisure today to begin exploring delightful Klosters. A picture-postcard example of an unspoiled Alpine resort and a favourite of the rich and famous, Klosters is simply a delight to discover. Take some time to wander around the peaceful mountain village, discovering streets filled with traditional wooden chalets, atmospheric restaurants and cafés, and a number of stylish boutique shops. Also included in the price of your tour is a Davos Klosters guest travel card, which provides free travel on local cable cars for convenient access into the stunning surrounding mountains.
After breakfast this morning, we board a train to the nearby town of Davos Platz, for our journey on the spectacular Bernina Express. Connecting Switzerland and Italy via one of the highest mountain railways in the Alps, the narrow-gauge Bernina Express train rises to the challenges presented by the steepest gradients to delight passengers with a journey of breathtaking beauty through this iconic mountain range. We pass rushing mountain streams, pretty Alpine meadows and snow-capped mountain peaks on our journey to Tirano, just across the border in northern Italy. You have some time at leisure here before our return journey to Klosters; you could visit the Sanctuary of Madonna di Tirano in the centre of the town, an imposing church which dates back to the 1500s.
Our excursion today takes us on the Arosa Line to Arosa. We travel first to Chur, the oldest town in Switzerland, where we have free time to take in its historic centre. Visit the ancient 12th-century cathedral with its blend of Gothic and Romanesque styles and beautifully restored interior, or discover the medieval buildings, cobbled streets and ancient charms of Chur's car-free Old Town, before we head to the station for our journey on the Arosa Line.
The scenery becomes increasingly striking as we slowly ascend over 3000 feet into the mountains, passing slopes lined with thick pine forests and wide, dramatic gorges. We reach charming lakeside Arosa, where we have time at leisure to take in the breathtaking views before we return Klosters in time for dinner this evening.
We discover Schatzalp today, which is also known as 'the magic mountain.' We make the short rail journey to Davos Platz this morning, where we board the Schatzalp funicular railway for the four-minute journey up to historic Schatzalp, 984 feet above the town. Here, we pay a visit to the Schatzalp botanical gardens, The Alpinum, which is home to thousands of different species of flora from mountain regions across the world, including flowers from China, New Zealand and Tibet.
We enjoy a guided tour of the beautifully landscaped Alpine gardens with the garden director, introducing us to the diverse selection of plant life found here. You have some time at leisure before we return to Klosters. Perhaps visit the Panorama Restaurant, where you can relax and take in the views from the large sun terrace with a coffee and a slice of homemade cake.
Today is at leisure to further explore the lovely surroundings in Klosters, venture further afield and discover the surrounding area, or to simply relax in the fabulous surroundings of your hotel.
We embark upon what is undoubtedly one the highlights of our holiday today, as we enjoy a journey on one of the most iconic trains in the world, the Glacier Express. We travel first by rail to the glamorous resort town of St Moritz. Here, we join the Glacier Express, affectionately referred to as 'the slowest express train in the world', for an unforgettable journey through the mountains.
We enjoy panoramic views across the sprawling Alpine landscapes as the train makes its way through the picturesque, quintessentially Swiss mountain scenery, crossing the famous Landwasser Viaduct and traversing the terrain of the upper Rhine Valley. The train climbs steadily and steeply up and over the Oberalp Pass, the peak of the route, and spirals downwards past countless villages, before reaching the town of Brig. We enjoy a two-course lunch served at our seats as the magnificent scenery passes by. In Brig we change trains for Bern, continuing on to Basel where we spend the night, enjoying our final dinner together as a group.
After breakfast at our hotel this morning, we bid a fond farewell to Switzerland. From Basel, we travel by rail to Paris, where we board the Eurostar service to London St Pancras. On arrival in London, your tour concludes.
All prices are per person and assume full occupancy of the room.
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The narrow-gauge Bernina Express connects northern and southern Europe and offers a spectacular means of crossing the Alps. The route runs through the ancient landscape of Switzerland's beautiful Grisons/Graubünden region and provides essential links to the Italian-speaking population in the south.
The high speed Eurostar trains link St Pancras International in London with Paris and Lille in France as well as Brussels in Belgium.
Eurostar's Standard Class coaches feature two seats on either side of the central aisle, most of which is arranged in an 'airline' seating configuration with drop down tray tables. There are two tables for four per carriage. Passengers travelling in Eurostar Standard Class coaches can take advantage of the Bar-Buffet which sells a range of snacks, meals, hot and cold drinks - including Champagne!
The highest class of Eurostar travel available for leisure customers is Standard Premier Class. In your dedicated Standard Premier carriage you'll find a less dense seat configuration, meaning the seats are larger and you have ample space to relax and stretch out. As part of the service you'll enjoy complimentary drinks and refreshments, served at your seat by friendly, helpful waiting staff.
For the class of travel used on your chosen tour, please refer to the 'What's Included' section of the tour page.
The Glacier Express is undoubtedly Switzerland's best known train. The 181 mile (290km) trip from Zermatt to St Moritz lasts around eight hours winding its way through some of Europe's most dramatic and beautiful scenery.
Beginning in Zermatt, a pretty Alpine resort close to the Matterhorn, the Glacier Express glides northwards from under the shadow of the mighty Matterhorn and follows the Matter Vispa River and the Rhône Valley to Visp. The train then heads east to Brig, before climbing through Betten, Grengiols and Oberwald on its journey to the 9¼ mile (15km) long Furka Base Tunnel.
The train emerges and makes its way to the village of Andermatt, before beginning its ascent towards the Oberalp Pass which at 6,670 feet (2,033m) is the highest point on the line. It then makes the steep descent towards Disentis, where the train is attached to an RHB locomotive. From here we pass the historic town of Ilanz, descending to the stunning Rhine Gorge where we continue on to the attractive cantonal capital of Chur.
The Schatzalp mountain in Switzerland is a sight to behold. Climbing up the steep slopes is the cheery colours of the Schatzalp Funicular, taking its passengers up to the spectacular views at the summit of this enchanting peak. This excellent funicular is both the easiest and most panoramic way to discover the Schatzalp and the area which surround it. Sit back and enjoy the views, as the Schatzalp Funicular ascends little by little up the mountain.
Introduced in 1981, France's TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse) was the original European high-speed train. Linking Paris with Lyon, the new service revolutionised train travel and meant that travelling by air over medium and short distances was no longer seen as the best option, even for business travel.
The network has expanded rapidly and today these sleek, stylish trains offer links to over 60 destinations throughout France. Operated by SNCF, the French national rail operator, TGV trains travel over specially-constructed high speed lines. The trains can achieve speeds of up to 186mph (300km/h) on most long distance routes and 200mph (320km/h) on the new TGV Est line, which links Paris with Strasbourg, Luxembourg and Basel. With the exception of shorter journeys, TGVs almost always have an on-board buffet car, serving a selection of drinks and light refreshments.
Our base in Klosters is the 4-Star Hotel Alpina, a traditional Swiss hotel which enjoys a wonderful location in the heart of the town, moments from the train station. The hotel boasts extensive spa and wellness facilities, with a swimming pool, sauna, relaxation room, fitness room and beauty studio. Free bikes are available for the use of guests, and the delightful in-house restaurant offers a variety of delicious local dishes. Each of the comfortable guest rooms has its own balcony, a flat-screen television, a safe, complimentary Wi-Fi and tea & coffee making facilities.
We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!
To arrange for a second suitcase to travel door to door, just let us know when you book. Prices start from £65 per bag (size and weight allowances may vary depending on airline polices), Please call for more details.
Spending a night in London before your tour can make such a
difference to the first day of your holiday - you can arrive in the
capital in good time, relaxed and ready to join your Tour Manager
the next morning. You may even want to take in a show on the West
End, or dine in one of London's famous restaurants. Perhaps on your
return to London, you would like to break your journey with an
overnight stay before continuing home.
We are able to book a wide range of hotels in central London or, for our holidays beginning with a flight, at Heathrow, Gatwick or Manchester Airport for the night before or after your holiday. The hotels listed below are some of the more popular hotels our customers book in Central London, others are available on request.
|Hotel||Room Rate From Price|
|The Ambassador Hotel||From £65 per person|
Above prices are approximate, subject to availability, and per room per night based on two people sharing. If you require a quote for single occupancy at any of the hotels please contact us on 01904 734 805.
Buying tickets for UK train services can be a tricky business - there are so many fares to choose from, each with different rules and restrictions. As you are connecting with an international departure, we strongly recommend that you book a fully flexible ticket to ensure that should the departure times for your holiday change, your rail ticket can allow for these changes.
We can book fully-flexible UK rail tickets from your local station to join your holiday whether this be a European holiday from St Pancras or a UK holiday. The prices are competitive and tickets are not restricted to a particular train or time of day, and in most cases offer you a free choice of routes.
For an up to date quote from your local station, please ask one of our Tour Advisors.