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While the temperatures are cold, warm your heart in the beloved cities of the Swiss Alps, traveling between destinations aboard two widely known mountain railways, the Glacier Express and the Bernina Express.

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2023 Tour code: GR-GEWA-23

About the tour

Switzerland's alpine beauty is well-versed; travelers visit from all corners of the globe to see the idyllic villages from yesteryear and the stunning resort towns tucked within the peaks and valleys of one of the world's most impressive mountain ranges. Though beautiful at any time of the year, under the shroud of winter, this country becomes a breathtaking winter wonderland - a wonderland that beckons your discovery on this 9-day guided tour. Our time in Switzerland is split between two fantastic cities: Brig and Chur. From Brig, venture to incredible destinations, such as the resort town of Zermatt; Spiez, with its ancient castle; and the lakeside village of Thun. The Glacier Express guides us through the spectacular Rhine Gorge, which is often referred to as the Swiss Grand Canyon for its dramatic scenery, to Chur. Our home base here is the Romantik Hotel Stern, an inn that boasts well over 300 years of history. Enjoy free time to explore Switzerland's oldest city independently as well as a ride to Poschiavo and St. Moritz aboard the Bernina Express. Scenes of mountains and villages dusted with snow adjoin with memorable excursions and wonderful destinations to make this wintertime trip one that leaves a lasting impression. 

Highlights

What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - To France

Arrive at London St. Pancras and meet your Tour Manager and fellow travelers at our dedicated Departure Office. Together, we board a high-speed  Eurostar train bound for Paris, and on arrival, we switch trains to continue the journey to Strasbourg. We arrive late this afternoon and transfer to our centrally located hotel to freshen up before dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight Strasbourg.

Includes
  • Dinner
  • Eurostar Meal
Day 2 - To Chur By Rail

We continue our rail journey to Switzerland, arriving in the quaint town of Chur - our home for the next three nights. Chur is the country's oldest town and is home to a number of historic attractions, including a 12th-century church, the 15th-century town hall and Martinsplatz, found in the heart of the Old Town. Overnight Chur. 

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - The Bernina Express and St Moritz

We take the Bernina Express to Poschiavo, enjoying a seasonal journey over the Alps, admiring views of ancient castles and the magnificent, mountain-ringed Lake Bianco as we wind above deep ravines and past idyllic waterfalls, emerging from the Albula Tunnel and crossing the mighty Bernina Pass. After some free time in Poschiavo, we make our way back along the line to St Moritz, a resort town that epitomises Swiss lakeside glamour, boasting an abundance of fascinating history, culture and natural beauty. And, what with it being winter, St Moritz is transformed into a wonderland of frosted forests, frozen lakes and freshly-fallen snow. Overnight Chur. 

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - At Leisure in Chur

Enjoy a free day to look around Chur, a destination with a history dating back over 5,000 years. Its quaint Old Town boasts some fantastically-preserved medieval buildings and is entirely traffic-free, making it the ideal place to explore on foot. It's here you'll find the city's 800-year-old Cathedral of Assumption, as well as the terracotta-fronted Bishop's Palace. And once you've marvelled at the historical landmarks and wintry mountain set- ting, there's nothing better than spending a couple of hours warming up in a cosy café, sampling some of the local specialities such as crisp potato röstis and buttery pork schnitzel. Overnight Chur.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 5 - The Glacier Express

We leave Chur, travelling on the iconic Glacier Express to Brig, our base for four nights. Switzerland's striking natural beauty is revealed on our journey which, with it being winter, is transformed into a picture-postcard landscape of snowy meadows, frozen streams and white mountaintops. The Glacier Express passes icy forests and frozen rivers, all playing their part to create a jaw-dropping winter wonderland setting, as we marvel at the Alpine scenery from our panoramic windows. Unmissable views come as we travel over the Oberalp Pass, the highest point on the route, and make our way through the wintry Rhine Gorge to Disentis. Overnight Brig.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Zermatt

We visit the charming, car-free resort of Zermatt, where we board a narrow-gauge train heading south through wintry vineyards and alongside the River Rhône to Visp. From here, we join the mountain track for our steep journey to Zermatt. The spectacular approach takes us through eight tunnels and across forty-two bridges as the Matterhorn comes into view. On arrival, you're free to spend your time as you choose. One option is to make the ascent to the summit of the Gornergrat by funicular railway. Running for just under six miles, the route travels to the mountain's peak where you can enjoy stunning views across to the Matterhorn. Alternatively, you could visit the town's fascinating climbing museum. Overnight Brig.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 - At Leisure in Brig

A historic town in the Valais canton, Brig dates back to the Roman era and your day is free to explore further. The cobblestones of the Stadtplatz are well worth visiting, capped by the remarkable Stockalper Palace - built in the 17th century by a prosperous silk merchant. Alternatively, you could make the most of your Swiss Travel Card , taking the train along the Rhône Valley to Montreux, on the shores of Lake Geneva. Here, you can join either the GoldenPass Line panoramic train to Gstaad or the Centovalli Railway for a journey across '100 valleys'. Overnight Brig.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 8 - Mürren and a lake cruise

Travelling by train to the picturesque mountain village of Mürren, you have free time to look around. You could continue into the mountains by cable car, ascending to the peak of the mighty Schilthorn to marvel at a skyline of famous peaks, including the Jungfrau, Mönch and Eiger and even Mont Blanc on a clear day, wander through the charming streets or make a visit to the outdoor ice rink. We return to Brig by boat, cruising from Interlaken across Lake Brienz. Overnight Brig. 

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9 - Tour Conclusion

Departing Brig, we travel by local railway for a wonderful journey over the imposing Kander Viaduct, through the old Lötschberg tunnel and past soaring mountain peaks to Basel. Continuing to Paris, we board the Eurostar back to London St Pancras.

Includes
  • Breakfast
  • Eurostar Meal

Additional information

Departure times

Departure times vary based on selected rail vacation. This information will be provided in your final documents. For more information please speak with your rail specialist.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular vacation with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Hotel Ambassador, Brig

Hotel Ambassador, Brig

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Romantik Hotel Stern, Chur

Romantik Hotel Stern, Chur

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Trains

Bernina Express
Centovalli Railway
Eurostar
The Glacier Express
The GoldenPass Line
Gornergrat Mountain Railway
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