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Classic Glacier Express

ALL ABOARD THE SLOWEST EXPRESS TRAIN IN THE WORLD

From £685 per person


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.

The itinerary for your journey
Tour highlights
Day 1-2 - St Moritz
St Moritz

Travel to the Swiss town of St Moritz by air or rail where you stay for the next two nights and  you at leisure to explore on Day 2.

Day 3 - The Glacier Express
The Glacier Express

Enjoy one of the highlights of your trip today, a journey on the Glacier Express. Seated in one of the panoramic carriages, you will be treated to views of mountain peaks, Alpine meadows and dense forests. Depart St Moritz travelling over the Oberalp Pass to Zermatt, nestled at the foot of the towering Matterhorn. Once in Zermatt you will check into your hotel for the next two nights.

Day 4 - Exploring Zermatt
Zermatt

Enjoy a full day discovering Zermatt. Travel on the Gornergrat Mountain Railway, visit the Matterhorn Museum or just wander the quaint car-free streets.

Day 5 - The Journey Home
Flight home

Transfer to the railway station this morning for the train to Zurich or Geneva. From here you will travel back to the UK by air or rail.

Departure Dates

All prices are per person and assume full occupancy of the room.
Please always refer to the website for up-to-date prices and availability.

Trains
Eurostar
Eurostar

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
Glacier Express

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.

Hotels
What's included

Enhancing your tour

Upgrades

We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!

Rail and Hotel Upgrades
ICE train

Please call one of our Tour Advisors on 01904 734 358 to discuss upgrading your rail travel to First Class and/or upgrading your hotel to a 5-star option.

Flight upgrades
Flight upgrades

Flight upgrades are available. Please see the information regarding the types of upgrades offered by the various airlines we use in the Add-ons section of 'Things you should know' or call us for details.

London Hotels
London hotels

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 Board Star Weekday room rate Weekend room rate
Pullman London St Pancras B&B 4-star From £240 From £220
Comfort Inn Kings Cross B&B 3-star From £150 From £150
President Hotel B&B 3-star From £110 From £110

 

The prices above are from prices and are per room per night based on 2 sharing a twin/double room, subject to availability. Prices may change without prior notice. Booking conditions apply. If you would like a quote for your particular holiday please contact us on 01904 521900

UK rail connections
UK train tickets

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.

Estimated costs of return rail travel in the UK can be found on our add-ons page.

For an up to date quote from your local station, please ask one of our Tour Advisors.

Upgrade to Excellence Class on the Glacier Express
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 Coach & services:

Catering:

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