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Swiss Alps by Rail - Bernina Express

7-day tailor-made holiday from £1,475 pp incl. flights


Short description

See high Alpine passes, viaducts, glaciers and lakes on this weeklong rail journey through the heart of the Swiss Alps


  • Explore the best of Switzerland by rail
  • Enjoy a ride on the famed Bernina Express
  • Take in chocolate-box villages and high-mountain passes
  • Enjoy city fun in lively Zurich
  • Make the most of a range of included travel passes

In Brief

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


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

Visit Zurich, St. Moritz and Lugano on this breathtaking adventure through some of central Europe's most spectacular landscapes, taking in awe-inspiring views of Switzerland's mighty glaciers, and a link between the towering beauty of the Alps and the joie de vivre of the south. This seven-day tour also includes a trip on board Switzerland's famous Bernina Express, with UNESCO World Heritage status, the Rhaetian Railway's spectacular Albula and Bernina Line operates on the world's highest-altitude railway, traversing the Alps, linking the north of Europe to the south.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1

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 Steffani, 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 Steffani, St. Moritz

Meals: B

Day 4
Bernina Express: St. Moritz/Lugano

After breakfast board the the narrow-gauge Bernina Express at St. Moritz station and enjoy one of the most impressive scenic rail journeys in Switzerland. Climbing over the spectacular Bernina Pass to more than 2253 metres, taking in stunning views of snow covered mountain peaks and glaciers, you will descend towards Poschiavo and Brusio. Passing over viaducts and pass through winding tunnels before reaching Tirano in Italy, the end of the Bernina Express rail line, change onto the Bernina Express Bus which will take you onwards to Ticino, through the vineyards of Veltlin and along the banks of Lake Como to Lugano - southern Switzerland's largest town.

Stay: Lugano Dante Centre, Lugano

Meals: B

Day 5

Set in a bay on the northern side of Lake Lugano, surrounded by numerous mountains, the traffic-free historic town of Lugano is a joy to discover. The numerous Lombardy style buildings, the exclusive museums, the mountains, lake and packed calendar of events allow you to soak up the sights and relaxed atmosphere.

The lakeside promenade takes in Belvedere Gardens, where the parkland boasts not only camellias and magnolias but also countless sub-tropical plants and modern works of art, also take a short funicular ride from the city to the summits of Monte Salvatore or Monte Bre for panoramic views and leisurely walks.

Stay: Lugano Dante Centre, Lugano

Meals: B

Day 6

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

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.

Accommodation rating: Superior

7-day tailor-made holiday from £1,475 pp incl. flights

Superior with 2nd class

High Season

from £1,475 pp. incl. flights

Low Season

from £1,585 pp. incl. flights


  • Complimentary UK airport departure lounge access
  • Return flights from UK to Zurich
  • Return airport transfers
  • 6 nights accommodations B&B
  • Train ride Zurich-St. Moritz in 2nd class inc. sea reservation
  • Bernina Express seat reservation
  • Swiss Travel Pass
  • St. Moritz Travel Card (incl. transport on local buses and local mountain railways and cable cars
  • Ticino Ticket - allowing free transport throughout Ticino district
  • Detailed itinerary and travel documentation

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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