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Explore the stunning Swiss Alps by rail

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20212022
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2021 Tour code: GYJ21

About the tour

Stunning scenery regales us as we travel by rail through the heart of the Swiss Alps on the world-famous Glacier Express. Journey on mountain railways, explore charming Swiss towns, and soak up dramatic Alpine views as we're immersed in the rich culture and natural beauty of Switzerland.

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What’s included

Itinerary

Days 1 - Strasbourg

We meet at our Departure Office in St Pancras and board the Eurostar to Paris, continuing by rail to Strasbourg for the night.

Includes
  • Day 1 - Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 2 - Chur

After a free morning in Strasbourg we begin our journey into Switzlerand, railing to Basel and onwards to Chur, Switzerland's oldest town at over 5,000 years old.

Day 3 - Discovering Chur

Enjoy a free day in historic Chur and the surrounding region. The wild landscapes of the Graubünden region are waiting to be discovered, with superb railway journeys available from Chur that take you around one of Switzerland's most attractive cantons. Or you could explore Chur itself, which as the first settlement in Switzerland, has a wealth of history to uncover. Enjoy a stroll though the Old Town, which harks back to medieval times, maybe finding a quaint café to relax in.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 4 - The Bernina Express to Poschiavo

Today's excursion is on the panoramic Bernina Express along the Bernina Line, passing mighty glaciers, rushing mountain streams and flower-filled Alpine meadows. The line is over 100 years old and has UNESCO World Heritage Status - a testament to the incredible civil engineering required to create the line, as well as the breathtaking scenery through which it travels. Travelling south through tunnels hewn out of rock and over 196 bridges, including the incredible Landwasser Viaduct, the track clings to the mountainside as we wind above deep ravines and past idyllic waterfalls. We emerge from the Albula Tunnel and traverse the mighty Bernina Pass, arriving in Poschiavo in the Italian speaking region of Switzerland. We have free time in this picturesque town before our return journey.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - The Glacier Express

Journeying through the craggy landscapes of the Graubünden canton, we make our way to the fantastic sunny Valais aboard the iconic Glacier Express - 'the slowest express train in the world'. The entire journey is accompanied by panoramic views of the scenery for which Switzerland is famous; sloping meadows, broad vineyards, and dense forests rising up the hillside towards towering, snow-capped peaks. We travel along the beautiful Rhine Valley, climbing steadily and then steeply as we make our way up and over the Oberalp Pass, the highest point of the route. From here, we descend into the flourishing Rhône Valley, where vineyards line the hillsides. Arriving in Brig, we transfer to a local railway for a journey to Kandersteg. This resort town is surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery and is one of Switzerland's unspoilt gems. We stay here for three nights.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - To Zermatt by mountain railway

Today we visit the charming, resort of Zermatt. We travel to Brig to join a narrow-gauge train which takes us alongside the River Rhône to Visp. Here, we join the mountain track for the steep ascent to Zermatt, passing charming scenery. The approach to Zermatt takes us through eight tunnels and across 42 bridges, the gradient of the ascent requiring cogwheels to be engaged. Finally we reach Zermatt, nestled below the tilted peak of the instantly recognisable Matterhorn, where you have some free time. You could ascend to the summit of the Gornergrat by funicular railway (payable locally), a six-mile journey that boasts the title of the highest open-air railway on the continent.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Days 7 - Oeschinen Lake

We travel to the crisp and peaceful waters of Oeschinen Lake near Kandersteg, cradled in the Oeschinen Valley. An oasis of calm at the heart of the Bernese Oberland, this is Switzerland at its pristine best. To get here, we board the Oeschinensee cable car* which carries us up through the mountains, offering staggering views below as we rise above the peaks. We walk from our departure point to the lake, where you have free time to soak in the Alpine panorama which surrounds you.

*Lake Oeschinen cable car does not operate until mid-May. Departures before 10 May will enjoy a day trip to Interlaken by rail

Includes
  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 8 - Breakfast
Day 8 - London

We travel via Brig and Lausanne to Paris for the Eurostar 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 Freieck, Chur

Hotel Freieck, Chur

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Hotel Bernerhof, Kandersteg

Hotel Bernerhof, Kandersteg

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Trains

Bernina Express
Eurostar
The Glacier Express
InterCity
TGV

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Upgrade to a Superior Room at the Hotel Freieck

Reviews

4.4 stars4.4 / 5 · 49 reviews

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J Mott

4 stars

Submitted 12/Oct

We enjoyed our holiday with Glacier express for various reasons. The organisation was good though the first days travel was too long. We only had 8 couples on our trip including the tour manager, which seemed a good amount.

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Peter Fisher

4 stars

Submitted 12/Oct

Very good trip scenery stunning

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S Knights

3 stars

Submitted 12/Oct

It was so slow with lots of stops for 10mins which didn’t give you any time to get off and therefore less time at final destination

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Mr R Hedges

4 stars

Submitted 22 Sep 2020

A very good, well organised tour,

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Mrs J Davis

5 stars

Submitted 18 Sep 2019

Everything was more than expected. I had forgotten how stunning Switzerland is. I filled in the questionnaire on the homeward train and that tells you how great I found the holiday.

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Mr K O'Donnell

5 stars

Submitted 16 Sep 2019

Excellent trip we'll planned and organised.

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