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20212022
10 days From £2,895 per person

2022 Tour code: GZJ22

About the tour

Dramatic mountain scenery and beautiful lakes provide the setting for this magnificent holiday as we take the iconic Glacier Express through the Swiss Alps, journey on the Bernina Express, sit down to a mountaintop dinner and enjoy 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 today, we follow a route that takes us past deep-set evergreen forests, rushing mountain streams and flower-filled 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, Dinner
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 and nibbles before taking our seats for a wondrous show by nature, accompanied by delicious local food.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 5 - The Glacier Express

We take the famous Glacier Express to Zermatt, enjoying incredible views through the panoramic windows of our 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 infamous Matterhorn. After time at the top 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 after the got lost in thick fog. You could also take a gentle walk along one of the hiking trails, passing through the wildflower meadows which dominate the south side of the Zmutt Valley and accompanied the entire way 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, 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
Days 9-10 - Colmar and London

Boarding the train after breakfast, we travel to Basel via Visp. Here we catch the train to Colmar, our home for the night. Continuing our journey on Day 10, we travel by rail through France to Paris, connecting with the Eurostar service to London St Pancras.

Includes
  • Day 9 - 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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Reviews

4.8 stars4.8 / 5 · 16 reviews

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Les Mackey

4 stars

Submitted 11 Jul 2019

We were downgraded on the Glacier Express because of overbooking. This was not the fault of GRJ. At the last minute we were reinstated for most but not all of it. It meant we had to travel on later trains to the group. The train journey from Cologne to St Moritz was tiresome and involved changes of stations, trains etc due to the problems on German Rail. This was not the fault of GRJ. However, the journey took 13.5 hours. Our tour guide was brilliant, he did his utmost to get us there as quickly as he could. He was constantly cheerful no matter what was thrown at him. He is a credit to GRJ. Overall the holiday was superb. Lovely scenery, hotels.

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Mr R Belcher

5 stars

Submitted 18 Oct 2018

Everything was first class, except the London hotel

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Mr P Cowman

5 stars

Submitted 30 Sep 2018

The rail jurneys were the best i have been on in your great tours,plus first visit to Zermatt wonderfull

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Mr J Stratton

5 stars

Submitted 23 Sep 2018

Good weather, scenery, and hotels! The situation of the hotel in St. Moritz was fantastic, with views overlooking the lake and mountains. Enjoyed the excursions and the trip on the Bernini express. The hotel in Zermatt could not have been better with views of the Matterhorn from our balcony. Enjoyed our trip up Gornagratt and on the Glacier Express and made the most of our free day by exploring the surrounding countryside. Although the weather forecast hadn't been good, we were exoecting rain, in fact we had glorious sunny days! Even had snow during the night in St Moritz! Perfect!

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Mr M Korch

5 stars

Submitted 16 Sep 2018

Your best tour in my opion

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Mr G Wickens

5 stars

Submitted 16 Sep 2018

It was an excellent and well led tour

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