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First Class Glacier Express in Winter

(Tour code: GEW17)Discover Zermatt, Interlaken and Poschiavo

Spectacular views and stunning scenery have made the Glacier Express from Brig to Chur famous the world over. Shimmering winter peaks and sugar-frosted forests provide a picture-postcard backdrop to our wonderful winter rail adventure, taking in some of the very best that Switzerland has to offer.

Tour Highlights
  • Kandersteg
  • Zermatt and the Matterhorn
  • Interlaken and views of the Jungfrau
  • A journey on the iconic Glacier Express
  • Chur, Switzerland’s oldest town
  • A journey on the fabulous Bernina Express
  • Poschiavo
  • Rail journey along the scenic Rhine Gorge
  • GRJ First Class Swiss Travel Card
What’s Included (Full details)
  • First Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
    Eurostar Meals
  • 3-4* Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Selected Porterage
    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.

Day 1

First Class rail to Strasbourg

We depart St Pancras International by Eurostar for Paris after meeting at our dedicated Departure Office. Travelling in Standard Premier Class, we enjoy a light meal and drinks served during the journey. In Paris we change trains and continue to Strasbourg where we spend the night.

  • Dinner
  • Eurostar Meal
Day 2

To Switzerland in First Class

Spend a morning at leisure exploring the half-timbered houses of Strasbourg's historic centre, before we travel south into Switzerland to Basel. Here we join the famously efficient Swiss rail network, which takes us on a wonderful journey into the Swiss Alps to the beautiful town of Kandersteg for a four-night stay at the welcoming Hotel Bernerhof.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3

By mountain railway to Zermatt

Today we experience the first mountain railway journey of the holiday as we travel to the charming, car-free resort of Zermatt. We walk the short distance to the railway station to board our narrow-gauge train, heading through picturesque vineyards and alongside the River Rhône. 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 8 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 instantly recognisable Matterhorn. In Zermatt you are free to spend your time as you choose. One option that you will find hard to resist is the ascent to the summit of the Gornergrat by funicular railway (supplement payable locally). At over 10,000 feet (3,048m), the Gornergrat is a truly spectacular place to visit in winter, offering dramatic vistas over the valley below.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Excursion to Zermatt
Bernese Oberland
Day 4

A day exploring the scenic Bernese Oberland

Today we travel to Interlaken, which enjoys an unparalleled location in the heart of the Bernese Oberland region between Lakes Thun and Brienz, and at the foot of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Your time here is free to explore, with many varied options available. You could take the cable car to the summit of the Schiltorn, or enjoy the ultimate mountain railway journey to the highest railway station in Europe, Jungfraujoch, situated at 3,454m above sea level (supplements payable locally). Alternatively, Interlaken itself is a delightful town, where you can explore the Höheweg, the town's charming main street, as well as the historic casino and selection of shops.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Excursion to Interlaken
GoldenPass Line
Day 5

A day at leisure in the Western Alps

Your day is free to explore this beautiful region, using your GRJ First Class Swiss Travel Card which gives 50% reduction on rail fares. We particularly recommend travelling along the Rhône Valley to Montreux on the shores of Lake Geneva. Here you can join the GoldenPass Line panoramic train to make the spectacular trip to the chic winter resort of Gstaad, a favourite destination of the rich and famous. Alternatively, a journey on the Centovalli Railway across 'a hundred valleys' is an excellent choice for the day.

  • Breakfast
  • Free Day
Glacier Express
Day 6

First Class on the iconic Glacier Express

We leave Kandersteg today, travelling on the iconic Glacier Express. We make the journey in First Class, enjoying unspoilt views through panoramic windows - views of the snow-covered scenery for which Switzerland is justly famous, intricate vineyards and frosted forests rising up the hillsides towards towering mountain peaks. The scenery is covered in a beautiful blanket of snow during the winter months - mountain vistas are truly spectacular when the sun shines and bounces off the fresh snow. 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 follow the Rhône Valley and climb towards and through the Furka Base Tunnel. We continue past the countless small villages that line our route, nestled in the foothills of the surrounding mountains, before our steep ascent over the Oberalp Pass - at 6,670 feet the highest point of the route and where the views south include the distant peaks of the Italian Alps. Our descent from Oberalp takes us along the beautiful Rhine Valley and into Chur - Switzerland's oldest town, for three nights at the Romantik Hotel Stern.

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

Over the stunning Bernina Pass to Poschiavo

Today, the narrow-gauge Bernina Express takes us from Chur over viaducts and bridges, past frozen waterfalls and deep ravines before ascending the Albula Pass. The ascent loops into the Engadine Valley before climbing even higher over the Bernina Pass to more than 7,000 feet (2,134m), often above the clouds which hang in the snow-frosted valley below. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the snow-capped peaks as we travel to Poschiavo, a picturesque town in the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland. You have some free time here to discover the delightful town before we return.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • The Bernina Express
Day 8

Exploring the Eastern Swiss Alps

Set against a breathtaking backdrop of towering mountains, Chur is the oldest town in Switzerland and a pleasure to explore. Alternatively, use your GRJ First Class Swiss Travel Card for a 50% reduction on rail fares, perhaps to make the spectacular train journey on the Arosa Line to the mountain resort of Arosa, or to travel to the lakeside city of Lucerne.

  • Breakfast
  • Free Day
Day 9

Along the scenic Rhine Gorge to Cologne

We leave Chur and travel by train, via Zurich into Germany. Our journey continues up the stunning Rhine Gorge, past fairytale castles and vineyards to Cologne. We arrive late afternoon and spend one night close to the Rhine and the city's magnificent Gothic Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10

Through Brussels to London by First Class rail

Today we leave Cologne and travel on the high-speed rail service to Brussels. In the Belgian capital we connect with the Eurostar, for St Pancras International.

  • Breakfast
  • Eurostar Meal

Please note

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


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