See high Alpine passes, chocolate-box villages and lush mountain valleys on this weeklong rail journey through the heart of the Swiss Alps
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This seven-day tour also includes a trip on board Switzerland's famous Glacier Express, known as the world's slowest express train, which chugs its way past an ever-changing vista of snow-dusted peaks, dense mountain forests, rushing rivers and pretty Alpine meadows at an average of just 22 miles per hour.
Day by day itinerary
Arrive and transfer to the Swissotel Zurich, whose spectacular rooftop infinity pool is not to be missed. Spend the rest of the day admiring the lake and mountain views, or perhaps take an optional sightseeing tour with a private guide and driver.
Stay: Swissotel Zurich
No meals included
Transfer to the train station in Zurich and travel by train to the medieval town of Chur, where you'll catch the Bernina Express, known affectionately as the 'red train', to the chic ski resort of St Moritz, all the while passing through beautiful mountain scenery including the Albula gorge. Transfer to the Hotel Schweizerhof where you'll spend the night.
Stay: Hotel Schweizerhof
Glacier Express: St. Moritz/Zermatt
After breakfast board the Alps' most famous train the Glacier Express for the 179-mile journey to Zermatt. Often called the slowest express train in the world, the Glacier Express takes you past snow-dusted peaks, dense forests, rushing rivers, Alpine meadows and Swiss mountain villages at near glacial speeds, giving you plenty of time to savour the ever-changing scenery from the comfort of your Panorama Car, which even has windows in the roof. On arrival in Zermatt, at the foot of Mount Matterhorn, you'll transfer to the Alpen Resort Hotel.
Stay: Alpen Resort
Spend the morning in Zermatt, a traffic-free mountain town that to its credit has clung on to its chocolate-box chalets, around which have emerged an astonishing array of restaurants and après-ski bars. Towering above the town stands the snaggletooth peak of the Matterhorn, as synonymous with Switzerland as the Eiffel Tower is with France. In the afternoon take the train to Interlaken, a picturesque town positioned, as its name suggest, between two Alpine lakes. Stay at the Hotel du Lac, an incredibly atmospheric hotel that has been in the same family for five generations.
Stay: Hotel du Lac
A cogwheel train takes you to Jungfraujoch, the "Top of Europe", Europe's highest train station, at an elevation of 3,444m. A year-round winter wonderland of snow and ice and spectacular Alpine views await visitors for an unfortgettable experience, we recommend taking the lift from the station to the Sphinx Observatory, whose viewing deck offers fabulous views of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau summits, before returning to Interlaken for the night.
Stay: Hotel du Lac
The morning is free to spend at your leisure. Around noon you board the Brünig Express to Lucerne, taking the scenic route past three lakes and spend your final night in Zurich before transferring to the airport the following day.
Stay: Swissotel Zurich
Transfer to the airport in time for your flight back to the UK and continue your onward journey home.
Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.
Valid for travel: daily 1 April - 31 October 2019
- Complimentary UK airport departure lounge access
- Return flights from UK to Zurich
- Private airport transfers
- 6 nights accommodation B&B
- Train ride Zurich-St Moritz and Zermatt-Zurich in 2nd class inc. seat reservation
- Train ride St Moritz-Zermatt on Glacier Express inc. reserved seating in 2nd class
- Transfers in St Moritz and Zermatt (train station-hotel and vv)
- Train ride Zermatt-Interlaken-Jungfraujoch-Interlaken inc. reserved seating in 2nd class.
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Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.
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