Dramatic mountain scenery and beautiful lakes provide the
setting for this magnificent holiday as we travel in First Class on
the Glacier Express through the Swiss Alps, journey on the Bernina
Express, sample traditional foods and enjoy breathtaking views of
Journey in First Class aboard the Glacier Express, admiring the views from panoramic windows
Travel on the Bernina Express to Tirano, stopping along the way at Alp Grüm station for a glass of Prosecco
Ride the Gornergrat Mountain Railway to the summit of the Gornergrat and enjoy a walking tour of Zermatt
Take the cable car from Zermatt to Schwarzsee, where there's free time to explore
Discover local delicacies during a traditional Swiss lunch in Zermatt
Inclusive luggage transfers throughout 1x bag up to 25kg per hotel room
To arrange for a second suitcase up to 25kg (size and weight may vary) - prices start from £65 per bag. Just let us know at time of booking
Excursions & Entertainment
UK Tour Manager from start to finish
Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
Food & Drinks
16 meals including 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 6 dinners
What’s not included
Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged
Days 1-2 - London, Cologne and St Moritz
After meeting at our London St Pancras Departure Office, we
board the Eurostar to Brussels. We catch the high-speed train to
Cologne, where we stay for one night.
Continuing our journey on Day 2, we travel by
rail 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.
Day 1 - Eurostar meal, Dinner
Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 3-4 - The Bernina Express
We join the historic Bernina Express today, a rail route that
takes us by deep-set evergreen forests, rushing mountain streams,
and flower-filled Alpine meadows. The line has UNESCO World
Heritage status thanks to the efforts taken to build the track, as
well as for the breathtaking scenery it passes. Our ascent over the
Bernina Pass elevates us over 7,000 feet above sea level,
showcasing panoramic views across snow-capped peaks and turquoise
glacial lakes as we travel to Tirano in Italy via the spiralling
Brusio Viaduct. You have some free time to look around and perhaps
sample some delicious Italian treats.
On Day 4, you're free to explore St Moritz by
cable car, or go further afield, making the most of your St Moritz
and Swiss Travel Cards.
Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Breakfast
Day 5 - The Glacier Express
Today 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.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 6-8 - The Gornergrat Mountain Railway and Zermatt
We board the Gornergrat Mountain Railway today. Opened in 1898,
it's the highest open-air cogwheel railway in Europe and climbs to
the summit of the Gornergrat, at 10,134 feet. On a clear day, you
can see an astonishing 29 mountaintops. After time at the top to
enjoy the views over the Gornergletscher, the second largest
glacier in the Alps, we descend and enjoy a guided walking tour of
beautiful Zermatt. The pretty town is a car-free zone, with
timbered buildings and an English church dating back to 1870, and
is overlooked not just by the Matterhorn, but also Monte Rosa,
Switzerland's highest peak.
On Day 7, we travel by cable car to Schwarzsee,
the starting point of the Matterhorn glacier trail. With some free
time, you might like to stroll down to the chapel by the lake or
take a gentle walk along one of the hiking trails. We enjoy lunch
at a traditional restaurant, the perfect chance to savour some
classic Swiss specialties.
Day 8 is free once again. Perhaps climb the
Kleine Matterhorn by regional cable car or use your Swiss Travel
Card to journey 'across a hundred valleys' on the Centovalli
Railway, a narrowgauge line that winds over high bridges and past
sleepy villages to the town of Locarno, on the shores of delightful
Day 6 - Breakfast
Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 - 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The holiday was all that I had expected, well organised, well led and the weather allowed us to see all the views.
Mr R Belcher
Everything was first class, except the London hotel
Excellent holiday throughout!
Mr P Cowman
The rail jurneys were the best i have been on in your great tours,plus first visit to Zermatt wonderfull
Mr J Stratton
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!