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Glacier Express & St Moritz

(Tour code: GZJ17)Stunning views on a classic rail journey

Dramatic mountain scenery and beautiful lakes provide the setting for this magnificent tour, as we take the iconic Glacier Express through the Swiss Alps, staying in glamorous St Moritz, and Zermatt, where we enjoy breathtaking views of the Matterhorn.


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Tour Highlights
  • The Glacier Express
  • The Bernina Express
  • Zermatt including a guided tour
  • The Gornergrat Mountain Railway
  • Lake Maggiore
  • Cruise to Isola Pescatore
  • Tirano in Alpine Italy
  • GRJ First Class Swiss Travel Card
  • St Moritz Travel Pass
What’s Included (Full details)
  • First Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
    Eurostar Meals
    Heritage Rail Excursions
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • GRJ First Class Swiss Travel Card
    St Moritz Travel Pass

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

All departures on this tour depart on Eurostar after 12pm, allowing morning travel into London from most of the UK. 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

London to Cologne

After a drinks reception, we board the Eurostar at our St Pancras Departure Office, travelling to Brussels before continuing on to Cologne in First Class, where we overnight.

  • Dinner
  • Eurostar Meal
St Moritz
Day 2

To St Moritz

Today we depart Cologne and travel to Basel , before we start the scenic ascent through the Alps to St Moritz, set at 6,000 feet amidst majestic mountain peaks. We travel through countless tunnels and across numerous bridges, including the instantly recognisable Landwasser Viaduct, an architectural treasure. The track clings to the mountainside as we wind our way above deep ravines and past rushing waterfalls. Looping and spiralling through the rugged landscape of the Engadine Valley, our ascent takes us through the Albula Tunnel then down to the Upper Engadine valley. On arrival in St Moritz we walk to the Hotel Schweizerhof for a three-night stay. Situated in the centre of St Moritz, this beautifully appointed 4-Star hotel benefits from a piano bar, spa and original Belle Epoque surroundings.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Bernina Express
Day 3

Over the Bernina Pass to Tirano

From St Moritz we join the historic narrow-gauge Bernina Express, a railway journey on the superb Bernina Line which passes mighty glaciers, rushing mountain streams and flower-filled Alpine meadows. The railway line has been rewarded with UNESCO World Heritage Status - due to the incredible civil engineering that was required to create the line, as well as for the breathtaking scenery through which it travels. The track clings to the mountainside as we wind our way above deep ravines and past rushing waterfalls. Our ascent takes us over the Bernina Pass to an altitude of more than 7,000ft. Enjoy breathtaking views of the snowcapped peaks and turquoise glacial lakes as we travel to Tirano in Italy, traversing the spiralling Brusio Viaduct en route. You have some free time in Tirano before we return to St Moritz.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • The Bernina Express
St Moritz
Day 4

At leisure in St Moritz

Today you are free to explore St Moritz by cable car, free of charge using your St Moritz Travel Card. Synonymous with glamour, the prestigious resort of St Moritz also claims to be one of the first towns in Europe to popularise winter sports. You may wish to ascend the Diavolezza at 9,970 ft, which boasts stunning views over the surrounding peaks. Alternatively explore the mountains further afield with 50% fares using your Swiss Travel Card.

  • Breakfast
  • Free Day
Glacier Express
Day 5

First Class aboard the Glacier Express

Today we take the famous Glacier Express narrow-gauge train along the iconic route from St Moritz to Zermatt, enjoying the incredible views through the panoramic windows of our First Class carriage. Our journey takes us through the classic landscapes which have made Switzerland famous; from the jagged mountain peaks to the flower-filled meadows below, and from the sprawling vineyards to dense woodland dotted along the hillsides. On leaving St Moritz we descend towards the valley floor, emerging from a rock tunnel to cross the famous Landwasser Viaduct and into the upper Rhine Valley. 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', whilst you watch stunning scenery pass slowly by. The train climbs steadily and steeply up and over the Oberalp Pass, the peak of the route, and spirals downwards past countless villages, before crossing the spectacular gorge at Brig. From Brig we ascend once more, as we wind left and right, passing small hamlet communities, rushing mountain streams, and spectacular waterfalls. The approach to Zermatt takes us across 42 bridges and through 8 tunnels, before finally we reach the grandiose scenery of this tranquil mountain town, nestled below the tilted peak of the Matterhorn. Our base here for the next four nights is the fabulous Parkhotel Beau Site.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • The Glacier Express
Day 6


Today we ascend the Gornergrat Mountain Railway, opened in 1898, the highest open-air cogwheel railway in Europe. The train climbs to the summit of the Gornergrat at 10,134 ft and offers spectacular views of the Matterhorn; on a clear day at the top you can see 29 snow-capped peaks of more than 4000 metres. After some time at the top to enjoy the scenery and views over the Gornergletscher, the second largest glacier in the Alps, we descend and enjoy a guided 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 known as a popular ski resort.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Journey on the Gornergrat Mountain Railway
  • Tour of Zermatt
Day 7

Stresa and Lake Maggiore

Today we travel by train to Domodossola in Italy, where we take a coach to Stresa, on the shore of Lake Maggiore. On arrival, we take a cruise across Lake Maggiore to the charming island of Isola Pescatore, a wonderfully atmospheric rustic fishing village boasting some fantastic restaurants and shops. The island measures just 350 metres in length and is 100 metres wide, and only has a population of around 50 people. Of particular note is the pretty chapel of San Vittore. We return to Zermatt for dinner this evening.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lake Maggiore cruise
Centovalli Railway
Day 8

Exploring Zermatt

Today is free for you to explore Zermatt. Perhaps relax and take advantage of the hotel's excellent pool and spa facilities, enjoy a walk along one of the many marked trails or climb the Kleine Matterhorn. Another option is to use your First Class Swiss Travel Card to explore further afield. The card allows 50% fares on most trains, buses and lake steamers. Among the most popular options available to you is a 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, located on the shores of delightful Lake Maggiore.

  • Breakfast
  • Free Day
Days 9-10

To Colmar and London

Today we begin our journey home. We travel via Visp to Basel, then join the onward service to Colmar, where we spend the night. On Day 10 we travel through France to Paris. Here we connect with Eurostar to London.

  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 10 - Breakfast, Eurostar Meal

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