Spectacular views and stunning scenery have made the Glacier
Express from Chur to Brig famous the world over. Discover Zermatt
by mountain railroad, visit Spiez Castle, take a journey on the
Bernina Express, and explore the Alps at your own pace during this
popular mountain vacation.
Enjoy journeys on 2 remarkable Swiss railroads, the Glacier Express to Brig and the Bernina Express to Poschiavo
Venture into the marvellous countryside around Switzerland, traveling by bus, rail and boat with your Swiss Travel Card for 50% off fares
Enjoy a wine tasting at Spiez Castle overlooking one of Switzerland’s prettiest lakes
Pay a visit to enchanting Zermatt and enjoy free time to explore its cobbled streets and thriving plazas, almost all of which are pedestrianised
After meeting your group and Tour Manager at our St Pancras
Departure Office, we board the Eurostar to Paris, continuing by
train to Strasbourg for an overnight stay. The following day, we
continue to Basel and then on to Chur, Switzerland's oldest
Please Note: For departures GEJ2003, GEJ2007,
GEJ2008 & GEJ2013 you will overnight in
Day 1 - Eurostar Meal, Dinner
Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - The Bernina Express
Today's excursion takes us on the historic Bernina Express - a
railroad journey on the superb Bernina Line that passes mighty
glaciers, rushing mountain streams and flower-filled Alpine
meadows. The railroad line is over 100 years old and has been
rewarded with UNESCO World Heritage status as a testament to the
incredible civil engineering that was required to create the line,
as well as for the breathtaking scenery through which it
From Chur we head south, traveling through 55 tunnels and over
196 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 idyllic
waterfalls. Looping and spiralling through the rugged landscape of
the Engadine Valley, our ascent takes us through the Albula Tunnel
and over the Bernina Pass to an altitude of more the 7,000
We then begin our descent towards colorful Poschiavo, entering
the Italianspeaking region of Switzerland before arriving at our
destination. Pastel-coloured houses line the streets of picturesque
Poschiavo, where we have time for lunch before our journey in the
opposite direction, arriving back in Chur in time for dinner.
Day 4 - At leisure in Chur
Your day is free to explore historic Chur and the surrounding
region. Today is the perfect opportunity to discover the area by
mountain railroad, using your included Swiss Travel Card for 50%
fares. The wild, rugged and rocky landscape of the glorious
Graubünden region is waiting to be discovered, with superb railroad
journeys available from Chur that take you over, around and across
the dramatic valleys that make this one of Switzerland's most
Day 5 - Aboard the Glacier Express to Brig
We board the iconic Glacier Express today, often referred to as
'the slowest express train in the world.' Leaving Chur, we leave
behind the rocky landscape of the Graubünden canton as we journey
towards sunny Valais.
The journey lets us experience some of the most impressive Swiss
landscapes as the train traverses meadows, vineyards, and dense
forests, with snowcapped peaks forming the backdrop of the entire
journey. We travel along the beautiful Rhine Valley, crossing the
Rhine Gorge or the 'Swiss Grand Canyon' - as tourists often fondly
call it. We climb up to the Oberalp Pass, the highest point of our
journey at 6,670 feet. From here we descend past hamlets before
crossing the Furka Pass via the Furka Base Tunnel, and into the
Rhône Valley. During our journey, we enjoy a 2-course lunch on the
The final part of our journey on the Glacier Express takes us
through the expansive vineyards that line the surrounding hillsides
of Brig. Brig is a historic town in the Valais canton and dates
back to the Roman era. With a little free time here, the
cobblestones of the Stadtplatz are well worth visiting, capped by
the remarkable Stockalper Palace - built in the 17th century by a
prosperous silk merchant.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 - To Zermatt
Today we visit the charming, car-free resort of Zermatt. We join
a narrow-gauge train, heading south through picturesque vineyards
and alongside the River Rhône to Visp. From here we join the
mountain track for the steep ascent to Zermatt. The train clings to
the track as we wind left and right, ascending past tiny hamlets
that together form the region's village communities. 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 the grandiose scenery of Zermatt, nestled below
the tilted peak of the instantly recognisable Matterhorn.
In Zermatt, you are free to spend your time as you choose. One
option that you will find hard to resist is an ascent to the summit
of the Gornergrat by funicular railroad (payable locally). Running
for just under six miles, the route travels from Zermatt to the
summit of the Gornergrat, some 10,135 feet above sea level. From
here, there are uninterrupted views of the Matterhorn, a pyramid
set against a crisp Alpine sky.
Day 7 - At leisure in Brig
Your day is free to explore this beautiful region, using your
GRJ First Class Swiss Travel Card which gives 50% reduction on rail
fares. We particularly recommend traveling along the Rhône Valley
to Montreux on the shores of Lake Geneva. Here you can join the
GoldenPass Line panoramic train to make the spectacular trip to the
chic winter resort of Gstaad, a favourite destination of the rich
and famous. Alternatively, a journey on the Centovalli Railroad
across 'a hundred valleys' is an excellent choice for the day.
Day 8 - Spiez Castle
Today we travel to Schloss Spiez or Spiez Castle, in the town of
Spiez, overlooking the waters of Lake Thun. A Swiss heritage site
dating as far back as the 10th century, this impressive castle and
its decorative gardens play host to us as we wander its halls and
enjoy the Alpine sunshine. In a special moment, we sit down to a
wine tasting against a spectacular backdrop of mountains and the
lake's blue surface.
Day 9 - Return to London
Today we begin our journey home, walking to the station for the
high-speed rail service to Paris via Geneva. Once in the French
capital, we transfer to the Eurostar service to London St
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
vacation you book is right for you.
For this tour, we recommend arriving to, and departing from,
London Gatwick or London Heathrow airport (LGW or LHR). London
Gatwick is approximately 30 miles from your start and end point,
and London Heathrow is approximately 19 miles from your start and
It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport,
visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your
itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot
travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with
any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.
You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses
which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any
passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.
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.
Great experiences, wonderful scenery, well organised, great Tour Manager, friendly group, no problems.
Mr H Woollacott
Submitted Oct 22, 2019
Absolutely fantastic. We enjoyed it from beginning to end. Paul our tour manager was superb with an extensive knowledge. Of Switzerland.
Mrs R Nicholls
Submitted Oct 14, 2019
This was our first trip with great Rail Journeys and it was an excellent experience. Paul Parmenter was a superb tour guide and was passionate about Switzerland which shone through. There was 32 people on the trip who all got on very well couldn't have asked for better.
Submitted Oct 13, 2019
The tour exceeded my expectations in accommodation (except Strasbourg although their breakfast was one of the best. I just had a bad room - No.215.), In fact, everything first class. Other passengers on the tour were congenial, and the weather was perfect!!! Portering one's luggage, especially Paris between stations, was a bit tricky but not impossible.
Submitted Oct 13, 2019
Tour delivered everything it promised and more.
Mrs C Davis
Submitted Jul 14, 2019
So many beautiful rail journeys viewing magnificent scenery. Meeting welcoming people.and staying in hospitable hotels. Plenty of time to explore areas at own place. Our tour manger was superb.