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Glacier Express in Winter (Chur-Kandersteg)

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(Tour code: GYW18)

An adventurous twin-centre Swiss rail tour

This adventurous twin-centre rail tour provides ample opportunity to explore the majestic Swiss Alps cloaked in their winter finery, and to enjoy our trip on the famous Glacier Express, surely the slowest, and certainly one of the most scenic 'express' trains in the world.

  • Historic Chur
  • A journey on the Bernina Express
  • Poschiavo & Kandersteg
  • A journey on the Glacier Express
  • Zermatt and the Matterhorn
  • GRJ Swiss Travel Card
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
    Heritage Rail Excursions
  • 3* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Selected Departures Guaranteed

Glacier Express in Winter (Chur-Kandersteg) 2018Tour Details

Print Itinerary
Day 1 To France
To France

By train to France

You meet your group and Tour Manager at our dedicated Departure Office at St Pancras before boarding the Eurostar to Paris. We change for the high-speed service to Strasbourg where we stay for the night at the Mecure Strasbourg Gare Centrale Hotel.

  • Dinner
Day 2 Chur

Onward to Switzerland

We leave Strasbourg by train for Switzerland. Our journey takes us across the border and travelling via Basel, we join the superb Swiss railway network, famous for its efficiency and punctuality. We make our way to Chur, Switzerland's oldest town with over 5,000 years of settlement history for you to explore.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Chur

A day at leisure exploring Chur

Your day is free to explore historic Chur and the surrounding region. Take time to stroll through the medieval cobbled alleyways and squares of the Old Town, and visit the 12th century cathedral, a blend of Gothic and Romanesque styles. Today is a superb chance for you to discover the area by mountain railway using your included Swiss Card for 50% fares. The wild, rugged and rocky landscape of the glorious Graubünden region is waiting to be discovered, with superb railway journeys available from Chur that take you over, around and across the dramatic valleys that make this one of the most attractive cantons in Switzerland. A journey on the Arosa Line to lakeside Arosa, surrounded by dramatic snowy peaks, is a popular option for today. Alternatively, visit Lucerne, an historic lakeside city of cobbled streets, squares and ornate churches. Whilst in Lucerne, see the famous Kapellbrücke covered bridge or perhaps visit the Swiss Transport Museum.

  • Breakfast
Day 4 The Bernina Express
The Bernina Express

Over the Bernina Pass to Poschiavo

Today's excursion takes us on the historic Bernina Express - a railway journey on the superb Bernina Line that passes mighty glaciers and sloping Alpine meadows laden with snow. The railway line is over 100 years old and has been rewarded with UNESCO World Heritage status as a testament to the incredible civil engineering that was required to create the line, as well as for the breathtaking scenery through which it travels. From Chur we head south, travelling through 55 tunnels and over 196 bridges, including the instantly recognisable Landwasser Viaduct, an architectural treasure. The track clings to the mountainside as we wind our way above deep ravines and past frozen waterfalls. Looping and spiralling through the rugged landscape of the Engadine Valley, our ascent takes us through the Albula Tunnel and over the Bernina Pass to an altitude of more the 7,000 feet. Enjoy the views of the snow-capped peaks as we descend, entering the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland before arriving at our destination. Pastel-coloured houses line the streets of picturesque Poschiavo, where we have time for lunch before enjoying the journey in the opposite direction.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 The Glacier Express
The Glacier Express

The iconic Glacier Express to Kandersteg

We leave Chur today, travelling from the rocky landscape of the Graubünden canton to the fantastic Valais on the iconic Glacier Express - the 'slowest express train in the world'. Our entire journey is accompanied by views of the scenery for which Switzerland is justly famous; beautiful, snow-covered pastures, and frosted forests rising up the hillsides beside the track 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 snowy Oberalp Pass, the distant peaks of the Italian Alps in view to the south. At 6,670 feet, the Oberalp Pass is the highest point of the route. From here we descend past the countless small villages that line our route, nestled in the foothills of the surrounding mountains, before travelling through the Furka Base Tunnel and into the Rhône Valley. The final part of our journey on the Glacier Express takes us through expansive vineyards that line the surrounding hillsides to the small town of Brig. Here we take the local railway for a wonderful journey over the imposing Kander Viaduct, through the old Lotschberg tunnel and past soaring mountain peaks to the town of Kandersteg. The resort of Kandersteg is one of Switzerland's truly unspoilt gems - a picturesque destination surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery. We check in for three nights at the Hotel Victoria.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 Zermatt

Narrow-gauge mountain railway to Zermatt

Today we travel to the charming, car-free resort of Zermatt. We travel to Brig to join a narrow-gauge train, heading south through dramatic valleys and alongside the River Rhône to Visp. From here we join the mountain track for the steep ascent to Zermatt. The spectacular approach to Zermatt takes us through 8 tunnels and across 42 bridges, the gradient of the ascent requiring cogwheels to be engaged. Finally we reach the grandiose scenery of Zermatt, nestled below the snowy tilted peak of the instantly recognisable Matterhorn. In Zermatt you are free to explore.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 GoldenPass Line
GoldenPass Line

A day at leisure in the Eastern Swiss Alps

Today is free for you to explore Kandersteg, renowned for its breathtaking views and scenic trails. You could take the cable car up to the stunning Oeschinen Lake. The lake is frozen in winter, and offers incredible vistas. Or, explore the wider region using your Swiss Travel Card for 50% fares. We particularly recommend travelling along the Rhône Valley to Montreux. From here you can enjoy a cruise on Lake Geneva or join the GoldenPass Line panoramic train for the journey over the Golden Pass to Spiez. Otherwise travel to Interlaken, a charming town situated between Lakes Thun and Brienz.

  • Breakfast
Day 8 Eurostar

Through France to London by rail

We depart from Kandersteg, and travel by train via Brig and along the shores of shimmering Lake Geneva, before joining a direct TGV service to Paris. After crossing Paris by coach we connect with Eurostar to London.

  • Breakfast
Please note

Please note

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

Visa Requirements

Visa Requirements

It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.

Departure Times

You may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; your Tour Manager will be available between 16:00 and 18:00. However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager before dinner from 19:00.

What’s included

An escorted experience and travel during your tour

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras International
  • Standard Class rail travel throughout

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 7 nights' hotel accommodation, including 1 outbound overnight stay in Strasbourg, 3 nights at the 3-Star Hotel Freieck in Chur, and 3 nights at the 3-Star Belle Epoque Hotel Victoria in Kandersteg

Delicious meals included

  • 12 meals, including 7 breakfasts and 5 dinners


Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Excursion to Poschiavo on the Bernina Express in panoramic carriages
  • Journey on the Glacier Express in panoramic carriages
  • Visit to Zermatt by mountain railway
  • GRJ Swiss Travel Card

Not Included

  • Flights and Airport transfers
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Glacier Express in Winter (Chur-Kandersteg)

An adventurous twin-centre Swiss rail tour


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