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First Class Glacier Express at Christmas

4.7 stars(3 reviews)
Small Group

Enjoy the beautiful landscape of Switzerland

9 days Sold out

2020 Tour code: GEX21

About the tour

Our festive rail holiday is a fantastic way to experience exciting train journeys on the Glacier Express and Bernina Express. Enjoy wonderful excursions and explore the beautiful winter landscapes of Switzerland.


What’s included


Days 1-2 - London, Strasbourg and Switzerland

We meet at our Departure Office in London St Pancras before boarding the Eurostar to Paris. We change trains and continue to Strasbourg for the night. On Day 2, we explore the city's Christmas market before continuing to Brig.

  • Day 1 - Eurostar Meal, Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 3-5 - By mountain railway to Zermatt and the Glacier Express

Today, we board a narrow-gauge train, travelling along the River Rhône to Visp. Here, we join the mountain railway to the traffic-free resort of Zermatt, below the peak of the Matterhorn. On Day 4, we have free time in Brig to explore our surroundings. Day 5 begins with a journey on the iconic Glacier Express - the 'slowest express train in the world'. The panoramic windows allow us to look out over a veritable winter wonderland, while enjoying lunch served at our seats. Our journey finishes in Chur.

  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 4 - Breakfast
  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Lunch
The Glacier Express
Days 6-7 - Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

On Christmas Eve, we travel by train to Lucerne, an ancient lakeside city. The festive atmosphere here adds an almost magical touch, as you take in the illuminated streets and decorated plazas. In the evening, we begin our celebrations with a 5-course dinner with wine and carol singing by the Christmas tree. Day 7, Christmas Day, is at leisure ahead of a festive dinner in the hotel.

  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 8-9 - The Bernina Express and London

Today is Boxing Day, and we enjoy a trip on the narrow-gauge Bernina Express, that takes us from Chur to Poschiavo, past soaring pine forests and inimitable peaks. Following time in Poschiavo, we return to Chur. On Day 9 we leave Chur, heading to Paris via Basel, where we continue to London.

  • Day 8 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 9 - Breakfast
The Bernina Express

Additional information

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

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.

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.


Hotel Ambassador, Brig

Hotel Ambassador, Brig

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Romantik Hotel Stern, Chur

Romantik Hotel Stern, Chur

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4.7 stars4.7 / 5 · 3 reviews

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Ms M Kennedy

4 stars

Submitted 18 Apr 2019

Delightful holiday overall, but there was a surprisingly long trek, dragging luggage to pick up the coach for transfer between stations at Paris, no problem for us but some of the less mobile guests struggled. Very poor meal in Strasbourg on the first night

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Mr R Davidson

5 stars

Submitted 19 Jan 2018

Everything went smoothly and was problem free

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Mr G Watt

5 stars

Submitted 12 Jan 2018

Got lucky with the weather

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