Experience

Switzerland by rail

7 nights from £1,495pp

Offer highlights

This adventurous twin-centre Swiss rail holiday if perfect for those wanting to explore Switzerland in all its glory. You’ll have ample time to explore the majestic Swiss Alps cloaked in their winter finery as well as enjoying a trip on the famous Glacier Express, one of the most scenic ‘express’ trains in the world.

 

  • Zermatt and the Matterhorn
  • Bernina Express
  • Historic Chur
  • Journey on the Glacier Express

 

Itinerary

Day 1 – by train to France

We meet at our dedicated Departure Office at St Pancras before boarding the Eurostar to Paris. We change for the high-speed service to Strasbourg where we stay for the night.

 

Day 2- Onward to Switzerland

We leave Strasbourg by train for Switzerland. Our journey takes us across the border and travelling via Basel, we join the superb Swiss railway network, famous for its efficiency and punctuality. We make our way to Chur, Switzerland's oldest town with over 5,000 years of settlement history for you to explore.

 

Day 3 – A day at leisure exploring Chur

Your day is free to explore historic Chur and the surrounding region. Take time to stroll through the medieval cobbled alleyways and squares of the Old Town, and visit the 12th-century cathedral, a blend of Gothic and Romanesque styles. Today is a superb chance for you to discover the area by mountain railway using your included Swiss Card for 50% fares.

 

Day 4 – Over the Bernina Pass to Poschiavo

Our excursion today takes us on the Bernina Express, a journey on the superb 100-year-old Bernina Line that passes mighty glaciers and sloping Alpine meadows laden with snow. We travel over the incredible Landwasser Viaduct, and cling to the mountainside, winding above deep ravines and past frozen waterfalls. We have time for lunch amongst the pastel-coloured houses of quaint Poschiavo, before our return journey to Chur.

 

Day 5 – The iconic Glacier Express to Kandersteg

We leave Chur today, travelling from the rocky landscape of the Graubünden canton to the fantastic 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; beautiful, snow-covered pastures, and frosted forests rising up the hillsides beside the track towards towering snow-capped peaks. 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 railway for a wonderful journey over the imposing Kander Viaduct, through the old Lotschberg tunnel and past soaring mountain peaks to the town of Kandersteg. 

 

Day 6 – Narrow-gauge mountain railway to Zermatt

Today we travel to the charming, car-free resort of Zermatt. We travel to Brig to join a narrow-gauge train, heading south through dramatic valleys and alongside the River Rhône to Visp. From here we join the mountain track for the steep ascent to Zermatt. 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 snowy tilted peak of the instantly recognisable Matterhorn. In Zermatt, you are free to explore.

Day 7 – A day at leisure in the Eastern Swiss Alps

Today is free for you to explore Kandersteg, renowned for its breathtaking views and scenic trails. You could take the cable car up to the stunning Oeschinen Lake. The lake is frozen in winter, and offers incredible vistas. Or, explore the wider region using your Swiss Travel Card for 50% fares. We particularly recommend travelling along the Rhône Valley to Montreux. From here you can enjoy a cruise on Lake Geneva or join the GoldenPass Line panoramic train for the journey over the Golden Pass to Spiez. Otherwise travel to Interlaken, a charming town situated between Lakes Thun and Brienz.

 

Day 8 – Through France to London by rail

We depart from Kandersteg, and travel by train via Brig and along the shores of shimmering Lake Geneva, before joining a direct TGV service to Paris. After crossing Paris by coach, we connect with Eurostar to London.

What's included

  • Standard class rail
  • Heritage rail excursions
  • Breakfast every day
  • Selected evening meals
  • Selected porterage
  • 3* accommodation
  • An escorted experience and all travel arrangements
  • 12 meals including 7 breakfasts and 5 dinners
  • Upgrade to Standard Premier Class on Eurostar from £85 per person per way

When can I go?

This offer is based on departing on 11th January 2020. For alternative dates, please speak to your Personal Travel Consultant.

 

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