Stunning scenery and spectacular views regale us as we travel by
rail through the heart of the Swiss Alps on the world-famous
Glacier Express. We enjoy mountain railroads, charming towns, and
dramatic Alpine scenery on this tour through the sublime landscapes
After meeting at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras,
we board the Eurostar to Paris, continuing on by high-speed rail to
Strasbourg, where we overnight.
Please Note: For departures GYJ2002, GYJ2006,
GYJ2014 & GYJ2015 you will overnight in
Please Note: For departure GYJ2012 you
will overnight in Colmar
Please Note: For departures GYJ2007, GYJ2009 &
GYJ2016 you will overnight in Colmar
Day 2 - On to Chur
Enjoy a morning at leisure in the Alsatian town of Strasbourg,
before we begin our onwards journey into Switzerland, to Basel and
onwards to Chur, Switzerland's oldest town at over 5,000 years
Day 3 - Discovering Chur
Your day is free to explore historic Chur and the surrounding
region, making it the perfect opportunity to discover the area by
mountain railroad. The wild, landscapes of the Graubünden region are
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 attractive
cantons. Chur itself, as the first settlement in Switzerland, has a
wealth of history to uncover. The Old Town, which harks back to
medieval times, brushes shoulders with an old Roman neighbourhood,
and in various sites across the city there are a number of museums
detailing the varied history of Chur.
Day 4 - The Bernina Express to Poschiavo
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 travels.
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 feet.
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 5 - The Glacier Express to Kandersteg
We leave Chur today, traveling from the rocky landscape of the
Graubünden canton to the fantastic sunny Valais on the iconic
Glacier Express - 'the slowest express train in the world'. Our
entire journey is accompanied by views of the scenery for which
Switzerland is justly famous; sloping meadows, broad vineyards
lined with lush greenery and dense forests rising up the hillside
beside the track 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
distant peaks of the Italian Alps in view to the south. At 6,670
feet, the Oberalp Pass is the highest point of the route.
From here we descend past the countless small villages that line
our route, nestled in the foothills of the surrounding mountains,
before traveling through the Furka Base Tunnel and into the
flourishing Rhône Valley. The final part of our journey on the
Glacier Express takes us through expansive vineyards that line the
surrounding hillsides to the small town of Brig.
Here we take the local railroad for a wonderful journey over the
imposing Kander Viaduct, through the old Lötschberg tunnel and past
soaring mountain peaks to the town of Kandersteg. The resort of
Kandersteg is one of Switzerland's truly unspoilt gems - a
picturesque destination surrounded by breathtaking mountain
scenery. We check in for three nights at the Hotel Bernerhof.
Day 6 - Mountain rail excursion to Zermatt
Today we visit the charming, car-free resort of Zermatt. We
travel to Brig to 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 small clusters of houses and tiny hamlets that together form
the region's village communities.
The spectacular 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 the
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 10,135ft
above sea level.
Day 7 - Oeschinen Lake
We travel today 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.
Please note: Lake Oeschinen cable car does not operate until
mid-May. Departures before 10 May will enjoy a day trip to
Interlaken by rail
Day 8 - Return to London
We depart Kandersteg today for Paris, traveling via Brig and
Lausanne. Once in Paris, we join the Eurostar service for the
return journey to London St Pancras.
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.