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1930s Pullman Glacier Express

(Tour code: PSJ6)Enjoy a luxury rail holiday in Switzerland

During this 10-day tour to St Moritz and Zermatt, we relive the golden age of Swiss rail travel as we ride on the Pullman Glacier Express train. Travelling in restored carriages from the late 1920s and early 1930s, we enjoy impeccable Swiss hospitality and unbeatable Alpine views on this remarkable two-day journey.

Tour Highlights
  • Cologne
  • St Moritz
  • Bernina Express
  • Historic 1930s Pullman Glacier Express
  • Steam railway across the Furka Pass
  • Andermatt and Zermatt
  • Gornergrat Mountain Railway
  • St Moritz travel pass and GRJ Swiss Travel Card
  • Traditional Fondue or Raclette Lunch
What’s Included (Full details)
  • First Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
    Eurostar Meals
    Heritage Rail Excursions
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Selected Porterage
    Optional Bag Concierge

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

All departures on this tour depart on Eurostar after 12pm, allowing morning travel into London from most of the UK. 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.

Days 1-2

First Class rail to Cologne and St Moritz

After meeting at our dedicated departure office in St Pancras, we travel on the Eurostar to Brussels. On arrival, we change trains and continue our journey by highspeed train in First Class to Cologne, where we spend the night. Day 2 Today we travel along the scenic Rhine Gorge, past vineyards and fairytale castles, before we start the scenic ascent through the Alps to St Moritz, set in the heart of Graubünden. On arrival in St Moritz we walk to the Hotel Monopol for a three-night stay

  • Day 1 - Eurostar Meal, Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Bernina Express
Day 3

Over the Bernina Pass to Tirano

This morning we join the historic narrow-gauge Bernina Express, a railway journey on the superb Bernina Line which passes mighty glaciers, rushing mountain streams and flower-filled alpine meadows. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the snow-capped peaks and turquoise glacial lakes as we travel to Tirano in Italy. You have some free time in Tirano before we return to St Moritz. Despite having a population of just 10,000, Tirano is considered a city because of the historic walls built to protect it. Whilst in the city, you may wish to visit the stunning Madonna di Tirano, a shrine dedicated to the alleged appearance of the Blessed Mother to Mario Degli Omedoi on September 29, 1504.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • The Bernina Express
St Moritz
Day 4

A day at leisure exploring St Moritz

Today you are at leisure to explore St Moritz by cable car, free of charge using your St Moritz Travel Card. You may wish to ascend the Diavolezza at 9,970 feet (3,039m), which boasts stunning views over the surrounding peaks, or explore the mountains further afield by cable car or mountain railway with 50% fares using your Swiss Travel Card.

  • Breakfast
  • Free Day
Swiss Pullman
Day 5

The Pullman Glacier Express

This morning we leave St Moritz on the first leg of our fabulous journey aboard the historic Pullman Glacier Express train - without a doubt the highlight of our time in the Swiss Alps. Our two-day journey follows the Albula and Bernina railway lines, both of which have been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. The two railway lines are superb examples of Switzerland's incredible mountain railway network - the Albula Line on its own is 67km long and passes through 42 tunnels and over 144 viaducts and bridges, each one a stunning feat of railway engineering.

From St Moritz the Pullman train climbs up and through the Albula Tunnel, before reaching the highest point of this section of the line, at 1,789 metres above sea level. The train then descends through one of the most remarkable and intriguing sections of railway line in the world, spiralling through the inside of mountains, twisting and turning over curved viaducts and crossing over itself several times as the line descends 417 metres. Soon, we are spiralling upwards once more, before appearing from a tunnel onto the magnificent curving Landwasser Viaduct, one of the most recognisable sections of railway in the world.

We eventually reach Thussis, where we disembark the Pullman train and enjoy an excursion to the Romanesque Church of St Martin in the small village of Zillis. We re-board our train for a gourmet lunch in the 1930s dining car, enjoying the views of the picturesque Rhine Gorge on the next section of our journey. Returning to the train, we continue to Disentis, where we visit the historic Benedictine monastery. We spend the night in Andermatt at the Monopol Hotel.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Excursions
  • Pullman Glacier Express
View of the Matterhorn from Zermatt
Day 6

The Pullman Glacier Express

This morning we reboard the Pullman train and continue our wonderful journey. We travel from Andermatt to Realp, where we change trains, boarding the steamhauled Furka Railway to Oberwald. This memorable steam journey takes us along the route of the original Glacier Express. From Oberwald we continue higher into the mountain by cable car, climbing to Eggishorn, where we are treated to impeccable views of the mighty Aletsch Glacier. We reach Fiescher Alp, where we pause for a delicious Swiss lunch, enjoying Fondue, Raclette or other traditional local dishes. We return to the Pullman Train after lunch to complete our two-day Glacier Express adventure, joining the mountain track for the steep ascent to Zermatt. The train clings to the track as we wind left and right, ascending past small clusters of houses and tiny hamlets that together form the region's village communities. The spectacular approach to Zermatt takes us through 8 tunnels and across 42 bridges. Finally we reach the grandiose scenery of Zermatt, nestled below the tilted peak of the instantly recognisable Matterhorn. We check in to the Hotel National, our base for the next three nights.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Pullman Glacier Express
  • Furka Railway
  • Cable Car to Eggishorn
Gornergrat Mountain Railway
Day 7

Zermatt and the Gornergrat Mountain Railway

Today we ascend the Gornergrat Mountain Railway (Single Class) to the summit of the Gornergrat Mountain, which at 10,134 feet (3,089m) offers spectacular views of the Matterhorn. After some time at the top to enjoy the scenery and views over the Gornergletscher, we descend back to Zermatt, where we enjoy a guided walking tour. The pretty town is a car-free zone, with timbered buildings and an English church dating back to 1870, and is known as a popular ski resort.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Gornergrat Railway
  • Walking Tour of Zermatt
Day 8

A day at leisure using your GRJ First Class Swiss Travel Card

Today is free for you to explore Zermatt. You may wish to visit the Matterhorn Museum and learn some of the history of this famous mountain and those that have tried to tame its mighty peak. Alternatively, perhaps relax and take advantage of the hotel's excellent facilities. You could also explore further afield, using your First Class Swiss Card for 50% fares on most trains, buses and lake steamers.

  • Breakfast
  • Free Day
Days 9-10

To Colmar and London

We descend from Zermatt to Visp, where we change trains and travel through Switzerland to Basel. Here we join the train to Colmar, where we spend the night. On Day 10 we travel by train through the rolling French countryside to Paris, where we connect with Eurostar to London.

  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 10 - Breakfast, Eurostar Meal

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