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Inclusive Glacier Express

(Tour code: EGJ6)Discover the majestic Swiss Alps by First Class rail

Beautiful scenery and spectacular views have made the Glacier Express famous the world over. On this magnificent rail tour, we also visit pretty Lake Lucerne and travel to Zermatt to enjoy views of the imposing Matterhorn, whilst enjoying superb value with picnic lunches and dinner included each day in Switzerland.

Tour Highlights
  • Chur, Switzerland’s oldest town
  • The Bernina Express
  • Poschiavo, Lucerne and Brig
  • The iconic Glacier Express
  • The Matterhorn
  • Historic Brig
  • Zermatt
  • GRJ First Class Swiss Travel Card for 50% fares
  • Dinner every evening
What’s Included (Full details)
  • First Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
    Eurostar Meal
    Heritage Rail Excursions
  • 3* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Lunches
    Evening Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

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.

By train to Germany and Switzerland
Days 1-2

To Switzerland

We depart St Pancras International by Eurostar for Brussels after having met our group and Tour Manager at Great Rail Journeys' exclusive departure office. As we travel in Standard Premier Class, a complimentary light meal and drinks are served on board. On arrival in Brussels we change for the service to Cologne, where we spend tonight close to the station, the Rhine and the city's Gothic cathedral. On Day 2 we leave Cologne by train for Switzerland, enjoying the scenery along the Rhine Gorge, with its many fairytale castles nestled amongst lush vineyards. We journey to Zürich, where we join the train to Chur, for four nights at the Romantik Hotel Stern. Located in Switzerland's oldest town, the 3-Star superior hotel has a long and distinguished history and has been welcoming guests for over 300 years.

Please note: On Day 1, departure group EGJ608 will be staying overnight in Mannheim at the Martim Hotel.

  • Day 1 - Eurostar meal, dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, dinner
Bernina Express
Day 3

The Historic 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 engineering that was required to create the line, as well as for the amazing scenery through which it travels. 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 rushing 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 than 7,000 feet. We then begin our descent towards Poschiavo, entering the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland before arriving at our destination. Pastel-coloured houses line the streets of picturesque Poschiavo, where we have time for lunch before enjoying the journey in the opposite direction. A picnic lunch is provided each day in Switzerland.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • The Bernina Express
Arosa Express
Day 4

A free day to explore the Eastern Swiss Alps

Today is free to spend at leisure, which presents a superb opportunity for you to explore the area by mountain railway, with 50% discounts available using your included GRJ First Class Swiss Travel Card. The wild, rugged and rocky landscape of the glorious Graubünden region is waiting to be discovered, with superb railway journeys available from Chur that take you over, around and across the dramatic valleys which make this one of the most attractive cantons in Switzerland.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Free Day
Lake Lucerne
Day 5

Lake Lucerne

Today we take a train to the beautiful town of Lucerne, known for its cobbled streets and ornate churches. Your time in Lucerne is free to explore. Stroll through this pretty town, and see the famous Kapellbrücke, a 14th century wooden bridge that separates Lucerne's Old Town and New Town. The Swiss Transport Museum, the largest transport museum in Europe, is well worth a visit. Alternatively, travel on the Pilatus or the Rigi mountain railways.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Lucerne
The Glacier Express
Day 6

The Glacier Express

We leave Chur today, travelling from the rocky landscape of the Graubünden canton to the fantastic sunny Valais on the iconic Glacier Express. We make the journey in First Class, enjoying unspoilt views through panoramic windows - views of the scenery for which Switzerland is justly famous; lush green meadows, intricate vineyards and verdant forests rising up the hillsides beside the track towards towering snow-capped peaks. A two-course lunch is served at our seats during the journey, followed by tea and coffee - the perfect accompaniment to our time on board 'the slowest express train in the world'. We travel along the beautiful Upper Rhine Valley, climbing steadily and then steeply as we make our way up and over the Oberalp Pass, the distant peaks of the Italian Alps in view to the south. At 6,670 feet, the Oberalp Pass is the highest point of the route. From here we descend past the countless small villages that line our route, nestled in the foothills of the surrounding mountains, before travelling through the Furka Base Tunnel and into the Rhône Valley.

The final part of our journey takes us through expansive vineyards that line the surrounding hillsides. Our destination is small, historic Brig, a charming town situated at the bottom of the Simplon Pass. Brig is an ideal base from which to explore this region of southern Switzerland by mountain railway, and we spend the next three nights here at the Hotel Simplon, nestled in the heart of Brig's Old Town

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • The Glacier Express
Day 7

Mountain railway excursion to Zermatt

Today we experience the first mountain rack railway journey of the holiday as we travel to the charming, car-free resort of Zermatt. We walk the short distance to Brig railway station to board our narrow-gauge train, heading south through picturesque vineyards and alongside the River Rhône to Visp. From here we join 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 eight tunnels and across 42 bridges, the gradient of the ascent requiring cogwheels to be engaged. Finally we reach the grandiose scenery of Zermatt, nestled below the tilted peak of the Matterhorn. In Zermatt you are free to explore.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Excursion to Zermatt
Day 8

A free day to explore the Western Swiss Alps

Your free day in Brig presents another fantastic chance to explore the Swiss Alps and the town itself has plenty to offer. Perhaps visit the impressive Stockalper Palace, completed in 1678, with its beautiful Baroque gardens and whimsical bauble-like domes perched precariously atop its square stone towers. Brig's two stunning churches, Spiritus Sanctus on Simplonstrasse and the 15th century Chapel of St Sebastian in St Sebastian Square, are also well worth a visit. For a relaxing day, enjoy a stroll along Brig's twisting medieval alleyways and pedestrianised streets. The cobbled Stadtplatz is a particular treasure here, you can enjoy beautiful architecture and al fresco cafes with an Italian feel, influenced by Brig's close proximity to the Italian border.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Free Day
Day 9

Journey Home

Today we begin our journey home. Departing Brig, we travel west along the shores of Lake Geneva to Geneva itself, where we join our TGV bound for Paris. In Paris we change stations, and connect with the Eurostar back to London, where our holiday concludes.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
  • Eurostar Meal

Please note

Please note that whilst every departure of Inclusive Glacier Express will feature the same excursions, the order of the itinerary may differ from that given above.


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