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Classic Glacier Express & Bernina Express

5 days From £1,545 per person

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2024 Tour code: CBI24

About the tour

Dramatic mountain scenery provides the setting for this magnificent holiday, travelling on the world renowned Glacier Express and Bernina Express through the Swiss Alps. You'll stay in Chur, Switzerland's oldest town - which is traffic free and feels like a step back in time, - and Brig, a charming Swiss town that sits at the foot of the Simplon Pass and gives fantastic access to the Alps. Explore this alpine wonderland by the romance of classic rail travel.

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Unforgettable Experiences

Glacier Express
Glacier Express
Climb high into the Swiss Alps on the iconic Glacier Express.
Bernina Express
Bernina Express
Trundle past tumbling waterfalls on the Bernina Express.
Stroll around Chur, Switzerland’s Oldest town.
Explore the heart of Switzerland from Brig.

What’s included

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Outbound Travel

Getting to Chur

Flight from London to Zurich

Begin your alpine adventure by flying from London to Zurich. On arrival, take the train from the airport to the old town of Chur. The train journey to Chur is an introduction to this region, revealing the pretty landscapes of Switzerland, as you make your way to the historic city.

Regional flights available

Rail London - Chur

Alternatively, choose to take the train from London to Chur. Starting at London St Pancras, travel by rail to Paris on the Eurostar. You'll change stations in Paris before catching the train to Basel and onward to Chur, arriving early evening.

Upgrades to First Class available


Day 1 - Chur


On arrival in Chur you'll transfer to your chosen hotel. Choose between one of our handpicked 4* hotels on a B&B basis. Chur welcomes you with its authentic alpine charm and quiet old town. Chur is the capital of Graubunden, and it's a joy to wander around, and discover the peaceful streets.

Bernina Express

Day 2 - Bernina Express to Italy

Bernina Express

Take to the rails on the historic Bernina Express, a route that, at 100 years old, has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. The journey meanders through dozens of tunnels and bridges, including the landmark Landwasser Viaduct, and winds above deep ravines and past idyllic waterfalls. Looping and spiralling through the rugged landscape of the Engadine Valley, the ascent takes you through the Albula Tunnel and over the Bernina Pass. The train begins its descent towards colourful Poschiavo, the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland, where pastel painted houses line the street, before crossing into Italy. At the Italian town of Tirano, you'll make your return journey to Chur where you'll be welcomed back to your hotel for the night.

Glacier Express

Day 3 – The Glacier Express

Glacier Express

Board the magnificent Glacier Express and get ready for a breathtaking journey of slow travel through this alpine landscape.

Your panoramic journey begins with a climb towards the winter ski resort of Andermatt. From here the train then climbs steadily upwards into the snow-capped mountains reaching the journey's highest point, before descending along the beautiful Rhone Valley aboard 'The Slowest Express Train in the World'. You'll travel through classic Swiss scenes of green meadows and dramatic turquoise river gorges, and arrive in Brig in the afternoon, a cosy alpine town with thermal baths and an historic old town. Enjoy one of Brig's many restaurants or choose to have lunch aboard the Glacier Express. Choose from a two course menu or a three course menu, on this atmospheric train.

Choose a classic carriage aboard the Glacier Express or upgrade to first class. First class gives you the added benefit of more space to stretch out and fewer passengers in your carriage and stunning views from panoramic windows.

Please note: There will be no Glacier Express trains running between 13th October to 7th December.


Day 4 - Brig


Enjoy a free day in Brig in the Canton of Valais, at the foot of the famous Simplon Pass which leads to the Italian border. Visit St. Sebastian Chapel and its 17th century Stockalper Castle, or choose from one of the optional excursions which are bookable at a supplement.

Inbound Travel

Day 5 - Brig to the UK

Flight from Zurich to London

Your tour ends today with your train back to Zurich airport. Sit back and relax and enjoy the incredible views one more time, before catching your flight back to the UK.

Rail Brig to London

Alternatively, continue your journey by rail from Brig taking the train to Geneva and then onward to Paris. Changing stations in Paris, you will join the Eurostar, arriving back at London St Pancras this evening.

Upgrades to First Class available

Additional information

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

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