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Traditional Glacier Express at Christmas

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(Tour code: GYX19)

Enjoy a Christmas in Switzerland's oldest town

This captivating Christmas rail tour combines stunning train journeys across the snow-covered roof of the Alps to tranquil Poschiavo and bustling Zermatt, with time in Switzerland's oldest town, Chur, and the mountain resort of Kandersteg.

Highlights
  • The Glacier Express
  • Enjoy Christmas Day and a Christmas Gala Dinner in Chur
  • Zermatt & the Matterhorn
  • Bernina Express
  • Poschiavo
  • Kandersteg
  • 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

Traditional Glacier Express at Christmas 2018Tour Details

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Days 1-2 Kandersteg
Kandersteg

To Strasbourg and Kandersteg

Meet your group and Tour Manager in St Pancras at our dedicated Departure Office, before taking the Eurostar to Paris. Changing trains, we travel to Strasbourg. Here, you can explore the historical centre on Day 2 before we travel to Kandersteg, our base for the next three nights.

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

Zermatt and at leisure

Today, we travel to Zermatt on the narrow-gauge train from Brig, through dramatic valleys to Visp. From here, we join the mountain track for the steep ascent to Zermatt, through 8 tunnels and across 42 bridges. On arrival in the charming, car-free resort of Zermatt, you are at leisure to explore. Day 4 is also at leisure, so why not use your GRJ Swiss Travel Card for reduced fares on boats and trains to explore your surroundings?

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

The iconic Glacier Express

On Christmas Eve, we travel through the Lötschberg tunnel and over the Kasnder Viaduct to Brig. Here, we board the Glacier Express - known as the 'slowest express train in the world' - from the Valais region to the rocky landscapes of the Graubünden canton. We ascend gently up through the Rhône Valley and through the Furka Base Tunnel, climbing past small villages lining our route. We climb steadily then steeply as we make our way up and over the snowy Oberalp Pass, the highest point of our route at 6,670ft. Finally, we descend into the Rhine Valley and reach Chur, where we spend three nights.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 Chur
Chur

Christmas in Chur

Today is Christmas Day, and you are at leisure to explore the delightful town of Chur, or to simply relax and enjoy the festive atmosphere in the hotel before our Christmas Gala Dinner this evening.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 The Bernina Express
The Bernina Express

Over the Bernina Pass

Our Boxing Day excursion takes us on the Bernina Express to Poschiavo. The railway line is over 100 years old and has been awarded with UNESCO World Heritage status. We travel through 55 tunnels and over 196 bridges, including the Landwasser Viaduct. Looping and spiralling through the rugged landscape of the Engadine Valley, our ascent takes us through the Albula Tunnel and over the Bernina Pass. In Poschiavo, we have time for lunch before making the return journey back to Chur.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 Eurostar
Eurostar

Homeward bound

Today, we bid a fond farewell to Chur and depart for Basel, where we transfer to Paris. From here, we board the Eurostar back to London where your tour concludes.

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.

Recommended airports

For this tour, we recommend arriving to, and departing from, London Gatwick or London Heathrow airport (LGW or LHR). London Gatwick is approximately 30 miles from your start and end point, and London Heathrow is approximately 19 miles from your start and end point.

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

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
  • Standard Class rail and coach travel as described

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 7 nights' hotel accommodation

Delicious meals included

  • 13 meals including 7 breakfasts and 6 dinners, including a Gala Christmas Dinner

 

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

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Mountain railway excursion to Zermatt
  • Journey on the Glacier Express
  • Trip on the Bernina Express to Poschiavo
  • Stay in beautiful Kandersteg
  • Free time in Zermatt
  • Free time in Chur
  • Free time in Strasbourg
  • GRJ Swiss Travel Card for reduced fares

Not Included

  • Flights and Airport transfers
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