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8 days From £1,795 per person
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2024 Tour code: BSI24

About the tour

On this journey of a lifetime you'll experience nostalgic train journeys aboard the historic Bernina Express, a 100 year old route, the majestic Glacier Express which gifts astounding views, and the scenic Golden Pass Express. Explore the alpine towns of Montreux and the glitzy St Moritz, gaze upon Lake Garda, and discover these mountainous, picturesque regions through the romance of the rails.

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Unforgettable Experiences

St Moritz
St Moritz
Explore glamourous St Moritz
Bernina Express
Bernina Express
Travel on the Bernina Express on this 100 year old route
Glacier Express
Glacier Express
Experience the stunning Glacier Express to Zermatt
GoldenPass Express
GoldenPass Express
Take the glorious GoldenPass Express from Montreux to Interlaken

What’s included

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Outbound Travel

Getting to Switzerland

Flight from London to Zurich

Your great adventure begins today when you take your flight to Zurich either from the UK. On arrival in Zurich you'll take the train from the airport to Chur. From Chur your train journey rises into the majestic mountains before arriving in cosmopolitan St Moritz. The first winter sports destination in the world, St Moritz is well known for being the place where the rich and famous holiday, but it's also a place of outstanding alpine beauty.

Regional flights available

Rail London - St Mortiz

Alternatively, take the train all the way from London and enjoy a laidback railway travel experience. Take the Eurostar from London St Pancras and relax as your speedy and comfortable journey takes you to Paris Nord. From Paris Gare du Lyon you'll travel to Basel where you'll spend the night. The next morning you'll travel from Basel to Chur and from Chur you'll take the train up into the mountains to reach glamourous St Moritz.

Upgrades to First Class available

Bernina Express

Day 2 – Bernina Express

Bernina Express

Today you'll take a very special train journey aboard the Bernina Express, a 100 year old route that's been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. You'll make your way through tunnels and over bridges, including the landmark Landwasser Viaduct, with deep ravines below you and picturesque waterfalls by your window. The rugged landscape of the Engadine Valley passes by your window, before this historic route takes you through the Albula Tunnel and over the Bernina Pass, then descends towards Poschiavo, the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland. Colourful, pastel houses line the street as you continue on and cross into Italy. This spectacular journey ends in Tirano, where the return journey begins back to St Moritz where you'll spend your second night in your chosen hotel.

Glacier Express

Day 3 – Glacier Express

Glacier Express

You'll board the magnificent Glacier Express today, for an incredible journey through this alpine landscape. Travel in a classic carriage aboard the Glacier Express or upgrade to first class or excellence class. First class has the benefit of more space to stretch out and fewer passengers in your carriage, for extra leg room, while excellence class gives you a truly special journey. Guaranteed window seats, a five course menu with pairing wines for each course, and a dedicated concierge, makes excellence class a luxurious choice. Whichever class you choose, your carriage benefits from panoramic windows.

Beginning with a climb up to the winter ski resort of Andermatt, your journey continues its climb upwards into the snow-capped mountains. The train then reaches its highest point before descending along the beautiful Rhone Valley slowly and steadily. On 'The Slowest Express Train in the World', you'll travel through classic Swiss scenes of green meadows and turquoise river gorges, before arriving in the car-free town of Zermatt in the early evening. Optionally, at a supplement, you can choose to enjoy a two course, or three course, lunch onboard the historic Glacier Express train. On arrival in Zermatt, you'll transfer to your chosen hotel, either 3*, 4* or 5*, on a B&B basis.

Zermatt

Day 4 - Zermatt

Zermatt

Enjoy a free day in Zermatt today and explore this charming car-free village in the mountains. With breathtaking views of the iconic Matterhorn, you can travel by rail, on the Gornergrat Railway, or by cable-car, to the higher mountains, or take a walk around the village centre, where you'll find many restaurants, cafes and bars. Or, take one of the hiking trails nearby for a good walk. Alternatively, choose from of the optional excursions, available at a supplement.

Zermatt to Montreux

Day 5 – Zermatt to Montreux

Zermatt to Montreux

Following breakfast in your hotel this morning, you'll take the train from Zermatt to Montreux, stopping briefly in Visp along the way. Relax and watch the rolling landscapes pass by your window as your journey take you into the beautiful Rhone Valley, before arriving in the pretty lakeside town of Montreux. On arrival in Montreux you'll be transferred to your hotel. Choose between our 3*, 4* and 5* hotels, on a B&B basis. Relax in your hotel or take a walk around Montreux to get to know this pretty town better. Or choose one of our optional excursions for the afternoon, available at a supplement.

Montreux and the Golden Pass train

Day 6 – Montreux and the Golden Pass train

Montreux and the Golden Pass train

This morning you can enjoy some free time in Montreux. Go shopping, or take a walk by the lake and soak up the atmosphere. Stop for a coffee and watch the slow paced local life go by.

Then it's time to embark on a great journey aboard the GoldenPass Express. This captivating rail journey travels through the heart of Switzerland's stunning landscapes, showcasing the country's diverse beauty through panoramic windows. Enjoy lush valleys, serene lakes, charming villages, and majestic mountains, before arriving Interlaken, the gateway of adventure in the heart of the Bernese Oberland region. On arrival in Interlaken you'll be transferred to your hotel for the night. Choose from our 3*,4* and 5* hotels, which you'll stay in on a B&B basis.

Free in Interlaken

Day 7 – Free in Interlaken

Free in Interlaken

Enjoy a free day in Interlaken today and get to know the town between two lakes better. Take a boat trip on one of these beautiful lakes, or take a horse-drawn carriage ride around town. Wander the pretty streets and shop for Swiss souvenirs, or relax with a drink at one of the many cafes. Alternatively, choose one of our optional excursions, available at a supplement.

Inbound Travel

Day 8 – Homeward Bound

Flight from Zurich to London

Your epic adventure comes to its end today when you're transferred from your hotel in Interlaken to Zurich airport for your flight back to the UK.

Rail from Interlaken to London

Or, if you want to keep riding the rails, travel by train from Interlaken to Basel, from Basel to Paris Gare du Lyon, and from Paris Nord to London St Pancras aboard the Eurostar.

Upgrades to First Class available

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Bernina Express
The Glacier Express
The GoldenPass Line

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