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The Glacier Express, Viaduct bridge, the Rhaetian Railway, Switzerland

Swiss Alps by Rail - Glacier Express

7-day tailor-made journey from £1,275 pp incl. flights

Summary

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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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In Brief

  • 1 Night Zürich
  • 2 Nights St Moritz
  • 2 Nights Zermatt
  • 1 Night Zürich

About

Recommended for:
City | History & culture | Natural world | Rail journey

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

Day 1
UK/Zurich

After enjoying complimentary airport lounge access, fly to Zurich and transfer to the Hotel Marktgasse, a 15th century building in the midst of the picturesque old town, close by to the river Limmat, Lake Zurich and the main train station. 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: Hotel Marktgasse, Zurich


Meals: B

Day 2
Zurich/St. Moritz

Transfer to the train station in Zurich and travel by train to chic, elegant and exclusive St. Moritz, located at 1856 metres above sea level and surrounded by the lake landscape of the Upper Engadine. With 322 days a year of sunshine and glamorous cosmopolitan air, St. Moritz attracts the rich and famous to its hotels and revitalising spas. Indulge in some of the best cuisine Switzerland has to offer in the beautiful old town.

Stay: Hotel San Glan, St. Moritz


Meals: B

Day 3
St. Moritz

The Upper Engadine is yours to explore today; take advantage of the included Swiss Card and enjoy one of the many top excursions in the region. The Swiss National Park, a particularly impressive piece of Alpine landscape, is a stunning slice of pure nature. Walk along the marked hiking paths and take in the amazing scenery over the Engadine region. Alternatively, take one the many cable cars from St. Moritz itself to the mountain stations and enjoy a typical Swiss meal at 3000 metres looking over the famous town.

Stay: Hotel San Glan, St. Moritz

Meals: B

Day 4
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 Hotel Sunstar.

Stay: Hotel Sunstar, Zermatt


Meals: B L

Day 5
Zermatt/Gornergrat/Zermatt

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. 

Enjoy an included excursion to the Gornergrat, a cogwheel train has transported passengers from the station in Zermatt to an altitude of 3089 metres since 1898, across stunning bridges, through galleries and tunnels, idyllic forests, past gorges and mountain lakes. The iconic view from the Gornergrat platform is dominated by the Matterhorn along with another 29 four-thousand metre peaks forming an impressive mountain panorama completed by the Gorner glacier, stop along the way to enjoy hiking and walking trails before return back to Zermatt.

Stay: Hotel Sunstar, Zermatt

Meals: B

Day 6
Zermatt/Zurich

The morning is free to spend at your leisure. Around board your train, taking the scenic route past three lakes and spend your final night in Zurich before transferring to the airport the following day.

Stay: Hotel Marktgasse, Zurich


Meals: B

Day 7
Zurich/UK

Transfer to the airport in time for your flight back to the UK and continue your onward journey home.

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Pricing

Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Superior

7-day tailor-made journey from £1,275 incl. flights

Superior with 2nd class

Low Season

from £1,275 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £1,630 pp. incl. flights

Valid for travel: The Glacier Express does not operate 14 Oct - 08 Dec

Includes:

  • 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
  • Glacier Express seat reservation in panoramic carriage
  • Glacier Express 3-course lunch reservation
  • Swiss Travel Pass
  • Souvenir gifts in selected locations
  • Zermatt to Gornergrat Railway in 2nd class (return ticket)
  • Transfers in St Moritz and Zermatt (train station-hotel and vv)
  • Train ride Zermatt-Zurich inc. reserved seating in 2nd class

Extras: Optional excursions can be added to the itinerary

  • Diavolezza
  • Muottas Muragl


Terms & Conditions

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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