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Enjoy a wonderful festive rail adventure and ring in the New Year in style.

9 days From £2,295 per person

2021 Tour code: GEN22

About the tour

Snow-bound views and stunningly seasonal scenery have made the Glacier Express famous at this time of year, while glistening winter peaks and sugar-frosted forests provide a picture-postcard backdrop as we explore local resort towns, journey on the Bernina Express and celebrate the New Year in Chur.

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What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - London and Strasbourg

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 enjoy a morning at leisure to explore this delightful city before travelling to Brig.

Includes
  • Dinner
  • Eurostar Meal
Day 2 – Strasbourg Christmas market and Brig

Our day begins with free time to explore Strasbourg. Afterwards, we take the local railway for a wonderful journey over the imposing Kander Viaduct, through the old Lötschberg tunnel and past soaring mountain peaks to the town of Brig. A historic town in the Valais canton, Brig dates back to the Roman era and we enjoy a three-night stay here. With free time in the afternoon, the cobblestones of the Stadtplatz are well worth visiting, capped by the remarkable Stockalper Palace - built in the 17th century by a prosperous silk merchant.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Zermatt

We visit the charming, car-free resort of Zermatt, where we board a narrow-gauge train heading south through wintry vineyards and alongside the River Rhône to Visp. From here, we join the mountain track for our steep journey to Zermatt. The spectacular approach takes us through eight tunnels and across forty-two bridges as the Matterhorn comes into view. On arrival, you're free to spend your time as you choose. One option is to make the ascent to the summit of the Gornergrat by funicular railway. Running for just under six miles, the route travels to the mountain's peak where you can enjoy stunning views across to the Matterhorn. Alternatively, you could visit the town's fascinating climbing museum.

Includes
  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 4 - Breakfast
Day 4 - Brig

Day 4 is free in Brig and you could make the most of your Swiss Travel Card by taking 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'.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 5 – New Year’s Eve on the Glacier Express

We leave Brig, travelling on the iconic Glacier Express to Chur, Switzerland's oldest town and our base for four nights. Switzerland's striking natural beauty is revealed on our journey, which is transformed into a picture-postcard landscape of snowy meadows, frozen streams and white mountaintops. The Glacier Express passes icy forests and frozen rivers, all playing their part to create a jaw-dropping winter wonderland setting, as we marvel at the Alpine scenery from our panoramic windows. Unmissable views come as we travel over the Oberalp Pass, the highest point on the route, and make our way through the Rhine Gorge to Disentis. At our hotel in Chur, this evening we celebrate the coming of the New Year with a special gala dinner.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 – New Year’s Day in Chur

New Year's Day is free for you to look around Chur, a destination with a history dating back over 5,000 years. Its quaint Old Town boasts some fantastically-preserved medieval buildings and is entirely traffic-free, making it the ideal place to explore on foot. It's here you'll find the city's 800-year-old Cathedral of Assumption, as well as the terracottafronted Bishop's Palace. And once you've marvelled at the historical landmarks and wintry mountain setting, back at the hotel we sit down to a traditional festive dinner with all the trimmings.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - Lucerne

We make our way by rail to Lucerne, situated on the shores of Lake Lucerne at the foot of the Swiss Alps and known for its cobbled streets and ornate churches. Your time here is free to explore, so why not enjoy a stroll through the town to see the famous Kapellbrücke, a 14th-century wooden bridge that separates Lucerne's Old and New Town? The Old Town is situated north of the River Reuss and has rich in history. Houses decorated with frescoes line the picturesque squares, with several half-timber structures and the remnants of the old town walls a reminder of just how old Lucerne is. The Jesuit church, dating from the 17th century, is regarded as Switzerland's first baroque building and the twin towers of the Hofkirche form an integral part of the townscape. Alternatively, travel on the Pilatus or Rigi mountain railways or enjoy a paddle steamer cruise across Lake Lucerne using your Swiss Travel card for 50% fare reductions.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 8 – The Bernina Express and St Moritz

We take the Bernina Express to Poschiavo, enjoying a seasonal journey over the Alps, admiring views of ancient castles and the magnificent, mountain-ringed Lake Bianco as we wind above deep ravines and past idyllic waterfalls, emerging from the Albula Tunnel and crossing the mighty Bernina Pass. After some free time in Poschiavo, we make our way back along the line to St Moritz, a resort town that epitomises Swiss lakeside glamour, boasting an abundance of fascinating history, culture and natural beauty. Here, you'll find gourmet restaurants galore and boutique shopping streets. At this time of year, St Moritz is transformed into a wonderland of frosted forests, frozen lakes and freshly-fallen snow, the ideal setting to discover the Grand Town's age-old history or take a stroll through the sugar-dusted Staz Forest.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9 – Chur and London

Departing Chur by train, we travel to Paris via Basel for the Eurostar back to London St Pancras.

Includes
  • Breakfast

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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Hotel Stern, Chur

Hotel Stern, Chur

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Bernina Express
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Mrs C Sandall

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Submitted 20 Jan 2018

A fantastic trip in a beautiful country, expertly led.

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