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Discover captivating towns and incredible mountain railways

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9 days From £2,395 per person

2022 Tour code: KLS22

About the tour

From the Swiss village of Klosters, we discover breathtaking Alpine beauty aboard some of the country's most impressive railways. Enjoy a lofty journey aboard the Schatzalp Funicular Railway and soak up the views of Northern Italy from the Bernina Express before the highlight of our holiday, the Glacier Express to Brig.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London and Colmar

Our tour begins as we meet at London St Pancras for the Eurostar service to Paris. Changing trains in the French capital for Colmar, a pretty Alsatian town close to the German border, we check into our hotel for the night on arrival.

Includes
  • Dinner
  • Eurostar Meal
Day 2 - Klosters

Enjoy a free morning to do a bit of sightseeing in Colmar. The cobbled lanes and crooked half-timbered buildings are filled with a quaint charm, and you could stroll through the idyllic, flower-filled canal quarter of 'Petite Venise' before we continue our journey to Switzerland. Travelling by rail to Basel, we change trains in Landquart for the Alpine resort-village of Klosters, a famous ski resort renowned as a long-favoured holiday destination of the British Royal Family. Our home for the next six nights is the delightful 4-Star Hotel Alpina in the heart of the town.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Kesslerhof

We visit a dairy farm in nearby Kesslerhof this morning, meeting the animals, as well as the family who run the farm, on a tour. Afterwards, we get to taste some of the delicious free-range produce amid glorious Alpine scenery. The rest of your day is free in Klosters. Take some time to soak in the peaceful mountain atmosphere as you discover streets filled with traditional wooden chalets, traditional restaurants and cafés and a number of stylish boutique shops. You could also make the most of your tour Davos Klosters Travel Card, which provides free travel on local cable cars for convenient access to the surrounding mountains.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - The Bernina Express

We take the train to nearby Davos Platz, where our journey on the spectacular Bernina Express begins. Connecting Switzerland and Italy via one of the highest mountain railways in the Alps, the narrow-gauge Bernina Express rises to the challenge of steep gradients, delighting us with a journey of breathtaking beauty. We pass rushing mountain streams, pretty flowering meadows and snow-capped peaks on our way to Tirano, travelling along the banks of Lake Como and through the vineyards of Velting not long after crossing the Italian border. You have free time here to explore before our return journey to Klosters.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Filisur

Boarding a local vintage train, we make our way to the small village of Filisur. Here, you could join us for an optional short walk through the countryside to the base of the Landwasser Viaduct, a must-see for all railway enthusiasts and an awe-inspiring feat of engineering. With its 200-foot high pillars, this viaduct is as elegant as it is inspiring, transporting trains across the babbling river below and into the rugged Landwasser Tunnel, via its vast and curving limestone archways. Watch in awe as local trains travelling along the Rhaetian Railway pass by 213 feet above our heads.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 – The Schatzalp Funicular Railway

We discover Schatzalp today, also known as 'The Magic Mountain'. Boarding the Schatzalp Funicular Railway for a four-minute journey to historic Schatzalp, 984 feet above the town, at the summit we visit the botanical gardens. The Alpinum is home to thousands of different species of flora from mountain regions across the world, including China, New Zealand and Tibet, and we tour the displays with the garden's director. Back in Klosters this evening, we enjoy pre-dinner drinks at our hotel ahead of an expert talk about the British royal family with Clair Southwell, who's worked closely with The Prince of Wales and his family for decades. A skiing resort that the Windsors have visited many times, Clair once managed Klosters' ski school, where she was head-hunted for a position at St James's Palace.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - Klosters

With another free day, you could spend a day amid nature exploring some of the 434 miles of hiking trails which begin in the village or perhaps use your travel card to visit the nearby town of Davos, starting point of many mountain cable cars and also home to a scenic lake where you can brave a bit of wild swimming. Alternatively, you could discover historic Chur or take a scenic rail trip along the acclaimed Arosa Line.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 – The Glacier Express and Basel

We enjoy a highlight of our holiday today, a journey on the renowned Glacier Express. We join 'The Slowest Express Train in the World' in St Moritz, making the most of the sprawling Alpine landscapes from our panoramic windows as we travel through jaw-dropping mountain scenery, crossing the famous Landwasser Viaduct and traversing the terrain of the Upper Rhine Valley. The train crosses the Oberalp Pass, the highest point of the route, before descending to the town of Brig. We also enjoy a two-course lunch during our time on board. In Brig we change trains for Bern, continuing to Basel where we spend the night.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 - London

After breakfast at our hotel this morning, we bid a fond farewell to Switzerland. From Basel, we travel by rail to Paris, where we board the Eurostar service to London St Pancras. On arrival, your tour concludes.

Includes
  • Breakfast
  • Eurostar Meal

Additional information

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.

Hotel

Hotel Alpina

Hotel Alpina, Klosters

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Trains

Bernina Express
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The Glacier Express
Schatzalp Funicular Railway
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Mr L Whiteing

5 stars

Submitted 23 Oct 2019

Very good tour new place to stay, tour manager was superb, enjoyed the hotel very much food excellent except the picnic lunch which was good at the beginning but buy the end it was stale day before left over sandwiches

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Mr M Smith

5 stars

Submitted 24 Jul 2019

Very good Hotels Enjoyable Railway Journeys

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