Spectacular views and stunning scenery have made the Glacier
Express from Brig to Chur famous the world over. Shimmering winter
peaks and sugar-frosted forests provide a picture-postcard backdrop
to our wonderful winter rail adventure, taking in some of the very
best that Switzerland has to offer.
We depart St Pancras International by Eurostar for Paris after
meeting at our dedicated Departure Office. Traveling in Standard
Premier Class, we enjoy a light meal and drinks served during the
journey. In Paris, we change trains and continue to Strasbourg
where we spend the night.
Day 2 - To Switzerland in First Class
Spend a morning at leisure in Strasbourg. This excellent city,
located on the border between Germany and France takes its cultural
and architectural cues from both nations, adding a unique flavor
to its bustling streets. Dominated by a striking 15th century
Gothic cathedral with a famous astronomical clock, Strasbourg has a
wealth of narrow medieval streets, charming crooked houses and
vibrant town squares.
After our time in Strasbourg, we travel south into Basel,
Switzerland. Here we transfer by rail to Kandersteg for a
four-night stay. Kandersteg is in many ways a quintessential Swiss
town, high up in the Bernese Oberland and surrounded by resplendent
scenery of noble mountains and fl owering meadows. The glorious
valley in which the town is found, is well know for its wide range
of delightful trekking paths.
Day 3 - By mountain railroad to Zermatt
Today we experience the first mountain railroad journey of the
vacation as we travel to the charming, car-free resort of Zermatt.
We walk the short distance to the railroad station to board our
narrow-gauge train, heading through picturesque vineyards and
alongside the River Rhône. 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 small clusters of houses and
tiny hamlets that together form the region's village communities.
The spectacular approach to Zermatt takes us through 8 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 the ascent to the summit of
the Gornergrat by funicular railroad (supplement payable locally).
At over 10,000 feet (3,048m), the Gornergrat is a truly spectacular
place to visit in winter, offering dramatic vistas over the valley
Day 4 - A day at leisure
Today is at leisure, so why not use your GRJ First Class Swiss
Card for 50% of fares? Alternately, you can take the cable car to
climb the mountains to see the Oeschinensee Lake.
Day 5 - A day exploring the scenic Bernese Oberland
Today we travel to Interlaken, which enjoys an unparalleled
location in the heart of the Bernese Oberland region between Lakes
Thun and Brienz, and at the foot of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.
Your time here is free to explore, with many varied options
available. You could take the cable car to the summit of the
Schiltorn, or enjoy the ultimate mountain railroad journey to the
highest railroad station in Europe, Jungfraujoch, situated at 3,454m
above sea level (supplements payable locally). Alternatively,
Interlaken itself is a delightful town, where you can explore the
Höheweg, the town's charming main street, as well as the historic
casino and selection of shops.
Day 6 - First Class on the iconic Glacier Express
We leave Kandersteg today, traveling on the iconic Glacier
Express. We make the journey in First Class, enjoying unspoilt
views through panoramic windows - views of the snow-covered scenery
for which Switzerland is justly famous, intricate vineyards and
frosted forests rising up the hillsides towards towering mountain
peaks. The scenery is covered in a beautiful blanket of snow during
the winter months - mountain vistas are truly spectacular when the
sun shines and bounces off the fresh snow.
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'. We follow the
Rhône Valley and climb towards and through the Furka Base Tunnel.
We continue past the countless small villages that line our route,
nestled in the foothills of the surrounding mountains, before our
steep ascent over the Oberalp Pass - at 6,670 feet the highest
point of the route and where the views south include the distant
peaks of the Italian Alps. Our descent from Oberalp takes us along
the beautiful Rhine Valley and into Chur - Switzerland's oldest
town, for three nights at the Romantik Hotel Stern.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 7-8 - To Poschiavo and at leisure
Today, you are free to begin exploring at your own pace.
On Day 8, the narrowgauge Bernina Express
takes us from Chur to Poschiavo, a picturesque town in the
Italian-speaking region of Switzerland. Connecting Switzerland and
Italy via the highest mountain railroad in the Alps, the Bernina
Express rises to the challenges presented by snow, ice and steep
gradients to delight passengers with a 4-hour journey of
Of the 55 tunnels and 196 bridges that help the train negotiate
the trickier natural elements of the route, Solis Viaduct and the
famous Landwasser Viaduct are particularly spectacular. On arrival,
there's free time in Poschiavo to discover the delightful town
before we make the return journey.
Please Note: For
departure GEW2002 Day's 7 and 8 have
Day 7 - Breakfast
Day 8 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9 - Homeward bound
We leave Chur and travel by train via Basel to Paris. From here,
we connect with the Eurostar back to London St Pancras
International, where our tour concludes.
Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature
the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown
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 end point.
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