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Glacier Express Holidays

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.

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Excellence Class on the Glacier Express

A panoramic trip through the Swiss Alps aboard the Glacier Express is now even more spectacular. The train's new Excellence Class sets standards that are as high as the mountain peaks along this legendary route.

Details on the journey with Excellence Class: Upgrade from £340 per person

Complimentary Services

  • Lounge seating with guaranteed window seat
  • Exclusive access to the Glacier Bar
  • Tablet with Bordinfotainment
  • Concierge as host in the Excellence Class
  • Welcome-Desk & personal check-in on the platform
  • Luggage transport in dedicated lockable sections aboard

Catering:

  • Coffee, juice, champagne and brioche
  • Apéritif and amuse-bouche
  • Seasonal, regional 5-course menu including wine
  • Coffee and digestive with a coffret of chocolates
  • Tea-Time in the afternoon 
  • Soft drinks and fruit juices
  • Snacks available throughout the day

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Classic Glacier Express

The dramatic scenery of the Alps awaits on this holiday in Switzerland. Visit St Moritz and Zermatt, and enjoy endless views of Alpine meadows and snowcapped mountains on the world-famous Glacier Express train.

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5 days from £685 pp

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Panoramic Round Trip of Switzerland

Winding through the astonishingly beautiful Alps of Switzerland, this tour takes you on some of the greatest rail journeys not just in Switzerland, but across the world. Discover the majesty of the Glacier Express, the wonders of the Jungfrau Railway and the sublime scenery of the Bernina Express on this gorgeous Swiss rail holiday.

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8 days from £1,170 pp

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Scenic Rail Adventure

Discover the diverse regions and cultures of Switzerland on this 8-day tour. You will travel on the three most famous express trains from Central Switzerland to the Italian region of Ticino, taking in some spectacular countryside on some of the most exciting rail routes in Europe and staying in some beautiful Swiss towns on the way.

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8 days from £1,105 pp

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