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Enjoy the beautiful landscape of Switzerland

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2019 Tour code: GEX20

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.

Highlights

What’s included

Itinerary

Days 1-2 - Strasbourg and Switzerland

We meet at our Departure Office in St Pancras International, before boarding the Eurostar to Paris, travelling in Standard Premier Class. We change trains and continue to Strasbourg, where we overnight. On Day 2, we enjoy a morning at leisure before travelling to our destination, Brig.

Includes
  • Day 1 - Eurostar Meal, Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Eurostar
Days 3-4 - By mountain railway to Zermatt

Today, we board a narrow-gauge train, travelling through picturesque vineyards and alongside the River Rhône to Visp. Here, we join the mountain railway to the charming resort of Zermatt, nestled below the peak of the Matterhorn. On Day 4, we are at leisure. Why not make use of the included Swiss Travel Card, giving you 50% off local rail fares?

Includes
  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 4 - Breakfast
Zermatt
Day 5 - First Class on the Glacier Express

We leave Brig today, travelling on the iconic Glacier Express - the 'slowest express train in the world' - in First Class. The panoramic windows allow us to look out over a veritable winter wonderland of towering peaks and spectacular gorges, while enjoying lunch served at our seats. Our journey finishes in Chur.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch
The Glacier Express
Days 6-7 - Christmas Eve in Lucerne and Christmas Day

On Christmas Eve, we travel by train to Lucerne, an ancient lakeside city of cobbled streets, squares, and the famous Kapellbrücke bridge. The festive atmosphere here adds an almost magical touch, as you have time to wander the illuminated streets and decorated plazas. In the evening, we begin our celebrations with a five-course dinner that includes wine and carol singing by the Christmas tree. Day 7, Christmas Day, is at leisure ahead of a Festive dinner at the hotel.

Includes
  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
Lucerne
Day 8 - The Bernina Express

Today is Boxing Day, and we enjoy a trip on the narrow-gauge Bernina Express, that takes us from Chur to Poschiavo. This stunning railway is delightful, from the rolling green meadows and ancient mountains, to the rushing mountains streams and the deep pine forests. Following time in Poschiavo, we return to Chur

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
The Bernina Express
Day 9 - Homeward Bound

Today, we leave Chur, heading to Paris via Basel where we join the Eurostar to London.

Includes
  • Breakfast
The Rhine

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.

Hotels

Hotel Ambassador, Brig

Hotel Ambassador, Brig

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Romantik Hotel Stern, Chur

Romantik Hotel Stern, Chur

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Trains

Bernina Express
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The Glacier Express

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