Spectacular views and stunning scenery have made the Glacier
Express famous the world over. Discover the Alps by mountain
railway and sample unique Swiss wines amid the atmospheric setting
of Spiez Castle on a holiday that also includes relaxing lake
cruises and a jaunt to Italy.
Travel through the beautiful landscapes of Switzerland on board the Glacier Express
Journey on the Bernina Express over the Alps to Italian speaking Poschiavo
Visit Spiez Castle and enjoy a Swiss wine tasting on the castle's private terrace
Take a relaxing cruise along the waters of Lake Thun
Explore the mountain resorts of Chur, Zermatt, Brig and beyond with your Swiss Travel Card
First Class rail travel unless otherwise described, Standard Premier Class on Eurostar journeys with a light meal and drinks
8 nights' 4-Star hotel accommodation
3 nights at the Romantik Hotel Stern in Chur, and 4 nights at the Ambassador Hotel in Brig
Inclusive luggage transfers throughout 1x bag up to 25kg per hotel room (size and weight may vary)
To arrange for a second suitcase up to 25kg (size and weight may vary) - prices start from £65 per bag. Just let us know at time of booking.
Excursions & Entertainment
Swiss Travel Card, permitting 50% discounted fares on free days for rail, boat and most mountain railway journeys
The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
Food & Drinks
15 meals including 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 6 dinners
What’s not included
Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged
Days 1-2 - London and Chur
After meeting at our London St Pancras Departure Office, we
board the Eurostar to Paris. Making our way to either Strasbourg or
Colmar for the night, on Day 2 we continue to Chur
by rail (Standard Class), Switzerland's oldest town. We spend the
next three nights here.
Day 1 - Eurostar Meal, Dinner
Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 3-4 - The Bernina Express
Today's excursion takes us on the historic Bernina Express - a
railway journey on the superb Bernina Line that passes mighty
glaciers, rushing mountain streams and flower-filled Alpine
meadows. The railway line is over 100 years old and has been
rewarded with UNESCO World Heritage status as a testament to the
incredible civil engineering that was required to create the line,
as well as for the breathtaking scenery through which it
From Chur we head south, travelling through 55 tunnels and over
196 bridges, including the instantly recognisable Landwasser
Viaduct, an architectural treasure. The track clings to the
mountainside as we wind our way above deep ravines and past idyllic
waterfalls. Looping and spiralling through the rugged landscape of
the Engadine Valley, our ascent takes us through the Albula Tunnel
and over the Bernina Pass to an altitude of more the 7,000
We then begin our descent towards colourful Poschiavo, entering
the Italianspeaking region of Switzerland before arriving at our
destination. Pastel-coloured houses line the streets of picturesque
Poschiavo, where we have time for lunch before our journey in the
opposite direction, arriving back in Chur in time for dinner.
Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Breakfast
Day 5 - The Glacier Express
We board the iconic Glacier Express today, leaving behind the
rocky landscape of the Graubünden canton as we travel towards sunny
Valais. Our journey takes us through undeniably Swiss scenes of
meadows, vineyards, dense forests, and snow-capped mountains. We
amble along the beautiful Rhine Valley aboard the 'slowest express
train in the world', soaking up the scenery from our panoramic
carriages as we crossing the Rhine Gorge and climbing up to the
Oberalp Pass, the highest point of our journey at 6,670 feet. After
descending past isolated hamlets, we emerge from the Furka Base
Tunnel into the scenery of the lush Rhône Valley and the vineyards
surrounding Brig. We walk to our hotel from the station, checking
in for a 4-night stay at the family-run Hotel Ambassador.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 6-7 - Zermatt
Today we visit the charming, car-free resort of Zermatt. Joining
the narrow-gauge train (Standard Class) south, we travel alongside
the River Rhône to Visp, where we change tracks for the steep
ascent to Zermatt. The approach takes us through eight tunnels and
across 42 bridges, the gradient of the ascent requiring cogwheels
to be engaged. Finally, we reach the lofty scenery of Zermatt,
nestled below the tilted peak of the instantly recognisable
Matterhorn. Enjoy some free time to look around, a popular option
is a ride to the summit of the Gornergrat by funicular railway
(payable locally). From the top, admire uninterrupted views of the
Matterhorn, a pyramid set against a crisp Alpine sky. You could
also visit the fascinating climbing museum, chronicling both
successful and unsuccessful attempts to scale the Matterhorn.
With free time on Day 7, make the most of your
Swiss Travel Card and perhaps take the train along the Rhône Valley
to Montreux, on the shores of Lake Geneva. Here you can join either
the GoldenPass Line panoramic train to Gstaad or the Centovalli
Railway for a journey across '100 valleys'.
Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - Breakfast
Days 8-9 - Spiez Castle and London
We take the train (Standard Class) to Spiez Castle today, in the
town of Spiez and overlooking the waters of Lake Thun. A Swiss
heritage site dating back to the 10th century, this impressive
castle and its decorative gardens play host to our unique Swiss
wine tasting, enjoyed on a private terrace against a backdrop of
the surrounding lakes and mountains. This is followed by a scenic
cruise on Lake Thun as the evening draws in.
Our holiday comes to an end on Day 9. After
breakfast, we take the highspeed train to Paris, travelling via
Geneva (Standard Class). In the French capital, we join the
Eurostar back to London St Pancras.
Please note: One of the excursions on this tour
is at high altitude. If you have any medical conditions or concerns
that could impact this part of the tour, we recommend you seek
medical advice and talk to us. We want to make sure that any
holiday you book is right for you.
Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be
found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices
& Availability' button. 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.
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.
Great experiences, wonderful scenery, well organised, great Tour Manager, friendly group, no problems.
Mr H Woollacott
Absolutely fantastic. We enjoyed it from beginning to end. Paul our tour manager was superb with an extensive knowledge. Of Switzerland.
Mrs R Nicholls
This was our first trip with great Rail Journeys and it was an excellent experience. Paul Parmenter was a superb tour guide and was passionate about Switzerland which shone through. There was 32 people on the trip who all got on very well couldn't have asked for better.
The tour exceeded my expectations in accommodation (except Strasbourg although their breakfast was one of the best. I just had a bad room - No.215.), In fact, everything first class. Other passengers on the tour were congenial, and the weather was perfect!!! Portering one's luggage, especially Paris between stations, was a bit tricky but not impossible.
Tour delivered everything it promised and more.
Mrs C Davis
So many beautiful rail journeys viewing magnificent scenery. Meeting welcoming people.and staying in hospitable hotels. Plenty of time to explore areas at own place. Our tour manger was superb.