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An all-inclusive journey through the Swiss Alps, this vacation explores the scenic rail lines of Switzerland, including the pinnacle of them all, the Glacier Express.

9 days From $2,395 per person
Travel among a group of like-minded travelers led by a professional tour manager

2023 Tour code: GR-TFSA-23

About the tour

In a country as scenic as Switzerland, it is no wonder that scenic railways abound. Soak in the breathtaking scenery from four fantastic lines on this unforgettable vacation based out of Tiefencastel in the gorgeous Albula Valley. Ride the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Albula Line to St. Moritz, venture past dramatic peaks and glistening lakes en route to Tirano, Italy, aboard the Bernina Express, and enjoy views of Lake Obersee from the Arosa Line. All these railways build anticipation for the crowning jewel of this vacation: a journey to Brig on the "world's slowest express train," the Glacier Express. At the end of each line, quintessential towns welcome you to enjoy the Swiss Alps.

Before visiting Switzerland, enjoy a free morning in Strasbourg, France, which has switched hands between the French and the Germans several times. The heritage of both is evident in the architecture, lands, and artwork found throughout the city. From here, continue to Tiefencastel, Switzerland, your lovely base. From here, embark on day trips to refreshing destinations with ample free time to soak in the wonders of Switzerland. Enjoy the immense history and traditional architecture. Marvel at sweeping views over snow-capped peaks and wide-stretching valleys. Museums, cathedrals, and attractions large and small invite your exploration. Even better, with your Swiss Travel Card in hand, you are free to explore at leisure in the destinations surrounding Tiefencastel. Panoramic views and unforgettable adventures await.

Highlights

What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - London & Strasbourg

From London St Pancras, take the Eurostar to Paris. Here, change trains and continue to Strasbourg where you spend the night in a local hotel.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 - Tiefencastel

Strasbourg offers an enticing blend of French and German culture, and you have some time this morning to take it in. Perhaps visit the Cathédrale Notre-Dame, a striking Gothic wonder, or take a walk along the Rhine River. This afternoon you continue to Tiefencastel, a pretty village in Switzerland's Graubünden region, for a six-night stay.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Tiefencastel

You have free time in Tiefencastel and there's plenty here to discover. The town is nestled within Parc Ela, Switzerland's largest natural park, and there are a number of marked walks nearby, perfect for talking in the scenery at your own pace. In the town, the Swiss heritage-listed Church of St Stefan, dating back to 1343 and adorned with original paintings and wood carvings, is a must-see. If you'd rather explore further afield, you can make the most of your included Swiss Travel Card for reduced fares.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 - St Moritz & the Albula Line

Head to stunning St Moritz, soaking up the Alpine views on the way from aboard the UNESCO-listed Albula Railway. The line winds through the steep valleys in spiralling loops, immersing you in incredible scenery of towering trees, rugged mountainsides and deep valleys. You arrive in St Moritz, a ski resort world-famous for its glitzy boutiques, grand hotels and glamorous cafés, all surrounded by soaring mountain peaks and evergreen forests. With some free time to explore, you could indulge in a little shopping, pause to sip a cocktail in a chic bar or join the Diavolezza cable car for breathtaking views over the Mortasch Glacier.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 - The Bernina Express

Enjoy one of the highlights of your trip, a journey on the spectacular Bernina Express. Admire the scenery as you cross steep ravines and pass dramatic waterfalls and glittering glaciers. Enter the Albula Tunnel, one of the highest tunnels in the Alps, before crossing the Bernina Pass and traversing the famous Brusio Viaduct on the way to Tirano in northern Italy. You have free time in this pretty town; perhaps visit the church, Santuario della Beata Vergine di Tirano, with its ornately frescoed interior, or enjoy a taste of Italy with a glass of local Italian wine.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 - Chur & the Arosa Line

Take the train to Chur where you join the Arosa Line for a stunning journey that crosses the Langweiser Viaduct, a distinctive bridge spanning a vast, forested gorge. You reach the traditional Swiss town of Arosa, overlooking the crystal-clear waters of Lake Obersee. There's free time to look around before returning to Chur, Switzerland's oldest town. There's plenty to discover in Chur, and you have time to explore at your own pace. Wander through the historic centre, home to a 12th-century Romanesque and Gothic cathedral and the arcaded Rathaus, or Town Hall, or visit one of the local museums.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 - Tiefencastel

Today is free, giving you another chance to take advantage of your included travel card. The Swiss rail network is known as one of the most efficient in the world, and combined with Switzerland's fantastic scenery, there's no better way to discover the country's natural beauty. One great option is to visit the Albula Railway Museum in nearby Bergün, where you'll learn all about the fascinating history and construction of the Albula Railway. If you enjoy golf, another option is to visit one of the most beautiful golf courses in the Alps, at nearby Alvaneu, with a modern spa and sulphurous baths.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 - The Glacier Express & Basel

Experience an unmissable Swiss rail adventure today as you journey on the iconic Glacier Express through dramatic ravines and snow-covered peaks. Affectionately referred to as the 'slowest express train in the world', this relaxed journey is about as scenic as it gets, with panoramic train windows serving as the perfect picture frame. Enjoy the experience as you glide past ever-changing vistas of mountain vineyards, wildflower meadows and pines that rise to meet the mountains. After snaking through the beautiful Rhône Valley, the Glacier Express makes its final approach into Brig, and your unforgettable journey draws to a close. Change trains, making your way to Basel for a relaxing final evening.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 - Basel & London

This morning you take the train to Paris, where you board the Eurostar back to London St Pancras and your holiday comes to an end.

Includes
  • Breakfast

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.

Trains

Bernina Express
The Glacier Express
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