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2023 Tour code: GZJ23

About the tour

Dramatic mountain scenery and beautiful lakes provide the setting for this magnificent holiday as we travel First Class on the world renowned Glacier Express and Bernina Express through the Swiss Alps, enjoy a mountaintop dinner at sunset and breathtaking views of the Matterhorn.

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What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - London and Cologne

Our holiday begins at London St Pancras, where we meet to travel on the Eurostar to Brussels. From here, we continue by rail to the city of Cologne for an overnight stay.

Includes
  • Dinner
  • Eurostar Meal
Day 2 – St Moritz

Continuing our journey, we catch the train to Basel where we start our scenic climb through the Alps to St Moritz, set amidst majestic mountain peaks. We travel through countless tunnels and across numerous bridges, including the instantly recognisable Landwasser Viaduct. As the track clings to the mountainside, we wind our way above deep ravines and past rushing waterfalls, looping and spiralling through the rugged Engadine Valley to St Moritz. On arrival, we check into our hotel for a three-night stay.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - The Bernina Express

Joining the UNESCO-listed Bernina Express in First Class today, we follow a route that takes us past dense evergreen forests, rushing mountain streams and wildflower meadows. Our ascent over the Bernina Pass elevates us over 7,000 feet above sea level, showcasing breathtaking views from panoramic windows as we travel to Tirano in Italy via the spiralling Brusio Viaduct. Stopping along the way at scenic Alp Grüm, we enjoy a chilled glass of Prosecco amid the captivating backdrop of the surrounding mountains. With free time in Tirano before making the return journey, enjoy the opportunity to look around this town set deep within an Alpine valley and perhaps sample some delicious Italian treats.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 4 – St Moritz and a mountaintop dinner

You're free to explore St Moritz by cable car or go further afield today, making the most of your St Moritz and Swiss Travel Cards. We meet in the evening for a very special dinner. Nestled in the heart of the Alps, over 8,000 feet above sea level and boasting panoramic across the Engadine Valley, the Muottas Muragl Hotel is our destination for a sunset meal amid the mountains. Accessible only by its own private funicular railway, we ascend for pre-dinner drinks before taking our seats for a wondrous show by nature, accompanied by delicious local food.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - The Glacier Express

We take the famous Glacier Express to Zermatt, enjoying incredible views through the panoramic windows of our spacious First Class carriage. Leaving St Moritz, we descend towards the valley floor, crossing the famous Landwasser Viaduct and working our way along the upper Rhine Valley. A two-course lunch is served at during the journey as the train climbs steadily and steeply over the Oberalp Pass, the peak of the route, before crossing the spectacular gorge at Brig. From here we ascend once more, winding left and right on our approach to Zermatt, a tranquil mountain town nestled below the Matterhorn Mountain. We stay here for the next four nights.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 – The Gornergrat Mountain Railway

Boarding the Gornergrat Mountain Railway which, since it opened in 1898, has held the title of the highest open-air cogwheel railway in Europe, we're transported to the summit of the Gornergrat, 10,134 feet above sea level. On a clear day, you can see an astonishing 29 mountaintops, including the jagged peak of the Matterhorn. After time to enjoy the views over the Gornergletscher, the second largest glacier in the Alps, we descend for a guided walking tour of beautiful Zermatt. The pretty resort is a car-free zone, with timbered buildings and an English church dating back to 1870, and is overlooked by Monte Rosa, Switzerland's highest peak. This has made it a climbing mecca for many enthusiasts and, during our tour, we learn more about the town's mountaineering history.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 7 - Schwarzee

We travel by cable car to Schwarzsee, also known as Lac Noir, the starting point of the Matterhorn glacier trail. With some free time, you might like to stroll down to the chapel by the lake, dedicated to the Lady of the Snows who supposedly helped two walkers to safety who were lost in thick fog. You could also take a gentle walk along one of the hiking trails, passing through wildflower meadows which dominate the south side of the Zmutt Valley, accompanied by the ever-present Matterhorn. Back in Zermatt, we sit down for lunch at a traditional restaurant to a meal of delicious Swiss rösti.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 - Zermatt

With a free day to take advantage of your included First Class Swiss Travel Card, perhaps climb the Kleine Matterhorn by regional cable car or journey 'across a hundred valleys' on the Centovalli Railway - a narrow-gauge line that winds over high bridges and past sleepy villages to the town of Locarno, on the shores of delightful Lake Maggiore. If you prefer to stay local, Zermatt's climbing museum is well worth a visit, chronicling the attempts, and tragic failures, of decades of mountain exploration in the area

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 9 - Colmar

Boarding the train after breakfast, we travel to Basel via Visp. From here, we continue by train to the picturesque town of Colmar in the Alsace for an overnight stay.

Please Note: For departure GZJ2218 you will overnight at the Hotel Victoria in Basel.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10 – London

Returning to the station, we join the train to Paris. The final leg of our trip takes us on the Eurostar to London St Pancras.

Includes
  • Breakfast
  • Eurostar Meal

Additional information

Please Note

Please note: One of the excursions on this tour is at high altitude. If you have any medical conditions or concerns that could impact this part of the tour, we recommend you seek medical advice and talk to us. We want to make sure that any holiday you book is right for you.

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 Schweizerhof, St Moritz

Hotel Schweizerhof, St Moritz

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Hotel Sonne

Hotel Sonne, Zermatt

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Trains

Bernina Express
Centovalli Railway
Eurostar
The Glacier Express
Gornergrat Mountain Railway
Thalys

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Upgrades

Inclusive Luggage Upgrade
Upgrade to a lake view room in St Moritz
London Hotels
UK rail connections

Reviews

4.4 stars4.4 / 5 · 50 reviews

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Dr Robinson

5 stars

Submitted 14 Oct 2022

Fantastic service and a wonderful destination

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Neil

5 stars

Submitted 09 Oct 2022

Good quality throughout. Well organised tour manager super efficient. Highly recommended.

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R Williams

5 stars

Submitted 09 Oct 2022

A very well organised trip covering two of the world’s greatest rail journeys, the Glacier Express and the Berninia Express.

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Raymond Lenton

5 stars

Submitted 09 Oct 2022

Lovely trip although the glacier express was not quite what we expected. The room at the hotel in St Moritz was noisy late evening and early morning but the Hotel Sonne in Zermatt was lovely. Our tour manager was great and it was nice to have quite a bit of free time. Overall we would definitely go with GRJ again.

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Bhaskar Bhattacharyya

3 stars

Submitted 04 Oct 2022

All in all we did enjoy the trip. However the inclusive hotel food was cheap except the last meal we had in Colmar. For the money we paid we expected better. The choice of hotel in Zermatt is questionable for the type and age group of the people on this trip. It is situated on a hill and requires quite a hike to get to it. We did not enjoy that. One of the receptionists in this hotel was rude and her answers to our questions were patronizing. I felt that she had issues with dealing with people of colour. The Glacier express, which is the main draw for this tour is bit of a letdown. * hours on this train, even in first class, is too long and although the sceneries were beautiful but repetitive. I didn't spot any glacier on this train journey. We enjoyed Bernina express much more. Martha, our guide, was excellent. Informative, hard working and caring. Would I go again on a rail tour? Not very soon.

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Trevor Surgenor

5 stars

Submitted 03 Oct 2022

Tour manager- very competent, helpful and thoughtful. railway journeys - very comfortable and enjoyable; hotels - very good, though Sonne inconveniently far from MGB station (tour manager helped a lot here); DHL 'complementary' luggage service - very disagreeable. Note my recent conversation with your office .

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