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The Glacier Express Holidays

Travel from Zermatt to St Moritz

The Glacier Express is undoubtedly Switzerland's best known train. The 180-mile trip from St Moritz to Zermatt lasts around eight hours winding its way through some of Europe's most beautiful scenery. Beginning in St Moritz, the Glacier Express begins its ascent towards the Oberalp Pass, which at 6,670 feet is the highest point on the line, before emerging in the village of Andermatt. The train then makes its way through the Furka Base Tunnel before climbing upwards towards Brig, travelling via Betten, Grengiols and Oberwald. Following the path of the Rhône Valley to Visp, the shadow of the Matterhorn soon looms over you as you glide into Zermatt.

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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 £795 pp

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Highlights of Switzerland

Discover the joys of rail travel through the Alps and spend a picturesque eight days exploring the many delights of Switzerland. You'll also have the chance to savour journeys aboard two of the worlds most famous railway line, the Glacier Express and the Jungfrau Railway.

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8 days from £1,375 pp

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Grand Tour of Switzerland by Rail

Discover the beauty of the Swiss Alps on this comprehensive holiday in Switzerland, taking in Basel, Zermatt and the Matterhorn, St Moritz and Lausanne. Join us on the famous Glacier Express train or take an optional excursion on the Bernina Express to Italy. Tailor your holiday with First Class Rail Travel and 5-star hotels, and make the most of your time in Europe.

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8 days from £1,690 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 £1,745 pp

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Points of Interest on the Route

The only times at which there is little of interest to observe from the Glacier Express is when the train is passing through one of the ninety-one tunnels which lie along its route. Otherwise, passengers enjoy a constantly-changing vista of Switzerland's most breath-taking landscapes as they traverse imposing snow-clad mountain ranges, skirt the shores of vast lakes and pass through rolling Alpine wildflower meadows.

Highlights of the route include the ascent of the Oberalp Pass, the highest point on the line at 2,033 metres above sea level, the stunning Rhine Gorge through which the train travels alongside the river and the remarkable - and famous - Landwasser Viaduct, a vast and curving limestone structure of six arches which spans the Landwasser River sixty-five metres below and leads the Glacier Express directly into the adjoining Landwasser Tunnel. 

Enhance your Experience with Two Classes

Those making the spectacular journey between Zermatt and St. Moritz on the Glacier Express benefit from a wide range of Great Rail Journeys itineraries.

Second-class carriages are comfortable, light and spacious and are designed to carry a maximum of forty-eight passengers via a configuration of twelve tables, six on either side of the carriage, each seating four passengers. Second-class carriages benefit from large panorama windows which extend into the ceiling of the carriage.

The more expensive First-class carriages carry a maximum of thirty-six passengers, offering six four-seat tables and six two-seat tables. As a result, First-class carriages are more spacious and offer larger seats with greater leg room. The panoramic windows in First-class carriages are also larger.

Travellers in both classes can enjoy a two or three-course lunch with at-seat service. First-class carriages are served before Second-class carriages. Additional snacks and drinks can be ordered in The Panorama Bar carriage at the centre of the train for delivery to your seat in either class.

Carriages in both classes are air-conditioned.

More about the Glacier Express

Each Glacier Express train consists of two First-class carriages, a carriage containing a bar and toilets, and three Second-class carriages.

Between 2006 and 2009, every item of the Glacier Express's rolling stock was renewed to ensure that travellers enjoyed comfort and facilities of the highest standards.

Since 2005 the Glacier Express has carried around a quarter of a million passengers each year.

Although the Glacier Express began operation in 1930 it only ran during the summer months until as recently as 1982 when construction work was completed to ensure that the train could safely negotiate the Furka Pass and the Oberalp Pass in winter.

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