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Traditional Glacier Express

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Explore the stunning Swiss Alps by rail

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8 days From £1,495 per person
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2021 Tour code: GYJ21

About the tour

Stunning scenery regales us as we travel by rail through the heart of the Swiss Alps on the world-famous Glacier Express. Journey on mountain railways, explore charming Swiss towns, and soak up dramatic Alpine views as we're immersed in the rich culture and natural beauty of Switzerland.


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Days 1-2 - Strasbourg and Chur

We meet at our Departure Office in St Pancras and board the Eurostar to Paris, continuing by rail to Strasbourg for the night. After a free morning in Strasbourg we begin our journey into Switzlerand, railing to Basel and onwards to Chur, Switzerland's oldest town at over 5,000 years old.

  • Day 1 - Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Discovering Chur

Enjoy a free day in historic Chur and the surrounding region. The wild landscapes of the Graubünden region are waiting to be discovered, with superb railway journeys available from Chur that take you around one of Switzerland's most attractive cantons. Or you could explore Chur itself, which as the first settlement in Switzerland, has a wealth of history to uncover. Enjoy a stroll though the Old Town, which harks back to medieval times, maybe finding a quaint café to relax in.

  • Breakfast
Day 4 - The Bernina Express to Poschiavo

Today's excursion is on the panoramic Bernina Express along the Bernina Line, passing mighty glaciers, rushing mountain streams and flower-filled Alpine meadows. The line is over 100 years old and has UNESCO World Heritage Status - a testament to the incredible civil engineering required to create the line, as well as the breathtaking scenery through which it travels. Travelling south through tunnels hewn out of rock and over 196 bridges, including the incredible Landwasser Viaduct, the track clings to the mountainside as we wind above deep ravines and past idyllic waterfalls. We emerge from the Albula Tunnel and traverse the mighty Bernina Pass, arriving in Poschiavo in the Italian speaking region of Switzerland. We have free time in this picturesque town before our return journey.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Bernina Express
Day 5 - The Glacier Express

Journeying through the craggy landscapes of the Graubünden canton, we make our way to the fantastic sunny Valais aboard the iconic Glacier Express - 'the slowest express train in the world'. The entire journey is accompanied by panoramic views of the scenery for which Switzerland is famous; sloping meadows, broad vineyards, and dense forests rising up the hillside towards towering, snow-capped peaks. We travel along the beautiful Rhine Valley, climbing steadily and then steeply as we make our way up and over the Oberalp Pass, the highest point of the route. From here, we descend into the flourishing Rhône Valley, where vineyards line the hillsides. Arriving in Brig, we transfer to a local railway for a journey to Kandersteg. This resort town is surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery and is one of Switzerland's unspoilt gems. We stay here for three nights.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Glacier Express
Day 6 - To Zermatt by mountain railway

Today we visit the charming, resort of Zermatt. We travel to Brig to join a narrow-gauge train which takes us alongside the River Rhône to Visp. Here, we join the mountain track for the steep ascent to Zermatt, passing charming scenery. The approach to Zermatt takes us through eight tunnels and across 42 bridges, the gradient of the ascent requiring cogwheels to be engaged. Finally we reach Zermatt, nestled below the tilted peak of the instantly recognisable Matterhorn, where you have some free time. You could ascend to the summit of the Gornergrat by funicular railway (payable locally), a six-mile journey that boasts the title of the highest open-air railway on the continent.

  • Breakfast
Days 7-8 - Oeschinen Lake and London

We travel to the crisp and peaceful waters of Oeschinen Lake near Kandersteg, cradled in the Oeschinen Valley. An oasis of calm at the heart of the Bernese Oberland, this is Switzerland at its pristine best. To get here, we board the Oeschinensee cable car* which carries us up through the mountains, offering staggering views below as we rise above the peaks. We walk from our departure point to the lake, where you have free time to soak in the Alpine panorama which surrounds you.

*Lake Oeschinen cable car does not operate until mid-May. Departures before 10 May will enjoy a day trip to Interlaken by rail

  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 8 - Breakfast
Oeschinen Lake

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.


Hotel Freieck, Chur

Hotel Freieck, Chur

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Hotel Bernerhof, Kandersteg

Hotel Bernerhof, Kandersteg

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Bernina Express
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Submitted 21/10/2019

Great organisation, itinerary and hotels. Guide was fantastic and very considerate to all Clients especially as some of them had problems with their mobility and needs

Mrs J Davis

Submitted 18/09/2019

Everything was more than expected. I had forgotten how stunning Switzerland is. I filled in the questionnaire on the homeward train and that tells you how great I found the holiday.


Submitted 18/09/2019

Well organized train schedualand good choice of sights

Mr K O'Donnell

Submitted 16/09/2019

Excellent trip we'll planned and organised.

Mrs C Cameron

Submitted 02/09/2019

Good holiday, very enjoyable

Mrs R Dunn

Submitted 08/10/2018

Excellent organisation thoroughly enjoyable no stress

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