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20222023
10 days From £2,995 per person

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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Reviews

4.3 stars4.3 / 5 · 44 reviews

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Mr Andrew Barber

5 stars

Submitted 28/Sep

We've been with Great Rail three times before. Blessed with good weather and a particularly good Tour Manager we had an excellent time on this trip. The hotels we're good and travel arrangements as good you'd expect from Great Rail. We enjoyed our time in St Moritz, but Zermatt was the real highlight so we're glad our tour went to Zermatt last. Colmar on the way home was a delightful surprise and we may well return for a weekend. Very pleased with this holiday.

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Lorraine

3 stars

Submitted 23/Sep

I have travelled with GRJ in the past and it was such a good experience that I booked to go with them again; sadly, this was nowhere as good an experience. I am not sure if they are understaffed or are trying to cut costs, but although we were staying in 4* hotels, the food tariff we were on was definitely not 4*. There was no choice of menu (other than a vegetarian option) and we were separated from the other residents in the hotels at mealtimes. The itinerary stated we would be having a traditional Swiss lunch; it was agreed that we did not get this and only when questioning the rep afterwards, was we told it was because the venue had, had to be changed. The facilities were not as stated on the itinerary, but I was told this was it was up to the hotels to alert GRJ and not for GRJ to check the hotels & facilities before sending this information out to the customer. There were numerous problems with the luggage company and I had to chase GRJ many times to get things sorted. This was not a cheap holiday and I expected a better service

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Garfield and Sarah Lewis

5 stars

Submitted 22/Sep

An excellent holiday, well worth the money. St Moritz was a little dull and quiet, and really quite small, just a collection of VERY upmarket shops, but was a good base for trips. Zermatt was fantastic, full of life, plenty of small bars and cafes, and plenty of local things to do, and places to visit. Our courier, Gilly, was fantastic, with loads of ideas and help (eg. when the train decided not to stop at our station on the way home). The Hotel Sonna in Zermatt was fantastic, with the most sophisticated bathroom I've ever been in, as were all the trips on the Bernina and Glacier Express. Can't recommend the holiday enough, and we may well repeat it again.

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Marcia

4 stars

Submitted 20/Sep

A great Swiss holiday experience. The hotels were good, albeit in Zermatt, the hotel was up an incline cans away from the town. Most of the meals were 4 star standard and the Glacier and Bernina Express journeys were excellent.

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B Butler

5 stars

Submitted 15/Sep

This was one of the very best Great Rail holidays that I have done

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Tony

4 stars

Submitted 14/Sep

A holiday was mostly excellent and the guide superb. The only reason a 5 rating wasn't awarded was the state of the Hotel Bristol in Colmar. The parts we were allocated never formed part of a 4star hotel in a month of Sundays. See photograph of our bedroom. I would have expected Rigsby to be in charge.

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