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Bernina Express

Steeped in history and showcasing Switzerland's insanely beautiful landscapes at every turn, the  Bernina Express  is easily one of the most scenic rail journeys in Switzerland, if not the world. Each stretch of the 76-mile route presents a new perspective on the country, from the steep peaks of the Swiss Alps to sparkling lakes and charming alpine villages. The train passes by quaint old buildings and crosses impressive engineering feats, including the spectacular Landwasser Viaduct. Fifty-five tunnels burrow through the mountainsides, and 196 bridges and viaducts offer an elevated view over the fantastic scenery. From Chur, Switzerland, to Tirano, Italy, this route is what dreams are made of.   

From the carefully carved mountain tunnels to the towering viaducts and a sense of harmony with the surrounding landscape, the Albula and Bernina portions of the  Rhaetian Railway's  Bernina Express  route are endlessly impressive. In fact, the artful architecture and immense history even earned these spectacular lines UNESCO World Heritage designation in 2008. One ride aboard the train makes it easy to see why. Sizable panoramic windows present all the grandeur that surrounds the  Bernina Express. Passengers may select from either First or Second Class for the journey. Each option unlocks the ever-changing scenery of southeastern Switzerland and northern Italy from plush seats in climate-controlled cabins.   

The train departs in every season, so these memorable sights are available no matter the season. A journey of extraordinary heights and even more impressive landscapes lies ahead on the  Bernina Express. 

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Kleine Scheddeg to the Jungraujoch
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Glacier Express in the Goms Valley
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Glacier Express over Stone Bridge
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Landwasser Viaduct Glacier Express
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Glacier Express & St Moritz
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Glacier Express
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Grand Alpine Explorer
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Engadine Valley
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Jungfrau Railway
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First Class Glacier Express in Winter (Brig-Chur) 2016
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Classic Glacier Express
15 Jun 2024
JOANNE HELLEN
5 stars
“It went above my expectations, the guild was very good, we had unexpected cancelations on booked trips that she was able to navigate around and get us where we needed to be. The food good and rooms were nice. Switzerland rocks!
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Zermatt & St. Moritz featuring Glacier Express
20 May 2024
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“Breathtaking views! On time, clean, and a very smooth ride through the Alps! I highly recommend!
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Grand Train Tour of Switzerland in Winter
30 Apr 2024
Chris M
5 stars
“For context, we live in New Zealand and booked to do this trip in March 2020, but Covid got in the way. We thought that was it, we'd never get to go. We were given a credit by Vacations By Rail (VBR) as many other companies did. Then, for global, cost and personal reasons, we could not do this trip until this year. Now I have to say, VBR went above and beyond to keep the dream alive. Their team (Hilary, Charles, Gabrielle and others) were very supportive and got us on tour in March 2024 and it was just fantastic. The itinerary was very well planned, presented and easy to follow. It gave us time and options along the way. The 15-day SwissPass, SBB (Swiss Rail) and their SBB App were the magic that unlocked so many things to do. We used it heaps in Zurich and the surrounding regions where we had 6 days. We used it to visit museums, take Lake Cruises, Trains, Buses and Trams everywhere all included. A free tour of Chillon castle in Montreux (great to do, get the audio guide) etc... The hotels were great. Zurich, Old Town, Hotel Wellenberg great location and staff, Zermatt Alpenhof, brilliant, was the best we stayed in. Great hotel, luxury, location and restaurant (ask them to pick you up from the station, good to know). Same at the Crystal in St Moritz, give them a call. Interlaken Royal St George was pure luxury. Beautiful place. And many more. All an excellent experience. As you can see we really enjoyed this trip and have nothing but praise for how VBR looked after us for four years and then with their excellent tour, meticulous planning and great choices of destinations and hotels. And all by email and a few calls from Chicago 13,000kms away. Thanks again. We couldn't ask for more and will remember this one for quite a long time. Chris & Helen Some things we learnt along the way; - Switzerland shops and supermarkets are shut on Sundays except for small grocery stores, cafes, pubs and restaurants etc - If you are travelling in March/April just think about the impact Easter may have on your travels and day. Otherwise, great time of the year to travel. Not too many tourists and skiers. Not weather extremes either - Ask the hotels about pickups from stations. - Check the local attractions in and around Zurich. Some great places to see - The Zurich Tourism office in Zurich's Hauptbahnhof is very good and well worth a visit for ideas and savings, oh and free WiFi as is SBB - Have some change as they charge for the public bathrooms, 2CHF. Many have PayWave.
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Grand Alpine Explorer
06 Oct 2023
Renae Hinchey
5 stars
“Wonderful trip! Such beauty to see and the view from the trains were exceptional. Our guide made it easy for us to catch the right trains and enjoy the many stops we made. Hotels and food were great.
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Grand Train Tour of Switzerland - An Escorted Experience
19 Jun 2024
Julie Birdsong
4 stars
“Here are the things my husband and I discussed as positives and items for consideration in making improvements for future client happiness: We were surprised by the lack of information we received prior to the trip. We have traveled with quite a few different companies and all of them have provided either paper packets or online tools with great information to resolve questions or concerns before they become problems in trip preparation. I had to place a couple of calls to try to get questions answered. I commented to friends and family before leaving home I had serious concerns about what I had gotten us into! The Itinerary was excellent and Switzerland did not disappoint with beautiful scenery everywhere. We select trips based on itineraries so hats off to VBR for assembling this great itinerary. John Coppen did a commendable job spending time with travelers individually. He was most personable and a pleasure to talk to. We could have benefitted by more local guides to point out upcoming sites while on trains. When this was done once or twice, it added value. This could have been the nature of this tour since it was escorted yet independent. John did reinforce this in our intial group meeting. After riding the rails and bus all day, the bus should have driven the mostly senior crowd to the hotel in Montreux. That was much too long a walk after a long day for some of the group. Fondue dinner was inadequate, in fact some travelers went to dinner afterward. The main course of bread and cheese came up short. In the included dinner in Lucerne, the waiter asked people if they wanted beer, white, or red wine (like it was tea and coffee). Everyone assumed beer and wine were provided because of that. To our surprise at the end of the dinner the hotel billed people individually for wine. Needless to say many were upset at the lack of communication. There were several instances of confusion over train platforms and a general sense that John had to deal with surprises, not his fault. One time, the situation caused the entire group to run from platform one to platform seven including down some steep stairs and up a steep ramp. I was basically running. We cut it very close and some folks were pretty worn out by it. This particular time was because of an incompetent Swiss Rail worker who gave John misinformation. John would not have had to question the data he had from the parent company had he not had several times previously when the information the company gave him did not match the actual train schedule data. Overall breakfasts are fine but provided dinners were average at best. Dispite some the above stated concerns the trip was worth taking and will give us lasting memories of time spent in Switzerland touring by rail. We do recommend this tour to others, but hope communication issues improve for future travelers!
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Best of Switzerland by Rail
16 Jun 2024
ANDREW Eisenstein
4 stars
“Excellent tour and tour guide. Opportunity for a great over-view of Switzerland and it's scenic trains. Nice hotels but the rooms were mid-range priced rooms, not upper-class rooms. Dinners provided by the tour were very poor. One night we were given a chance to select our preference between goulash and turkey and most people selected goulash but, when we arrived, only turkey was available. Limiting choices to only 2 items was not very good to begin with but, only providing turkey in Switzerland was ridiculous. How many Americans travel to Switzerland to have turkey for dinner? 2 dinners were provided in Zurich (both at the same restaurant) and the choices were limited to 3 not very attractive items. We skipped the second dinner. The tour guide was great, providing a great deal of commentary and direction throughout the tour. The tour was flexible and allowed people to do other things on their own if they didn't want to do the scheduled event. The train accommodations were very good and the train rides were comfortable and scenic. I would have expected a tour run by the train company would provide first class seat tickets (they did not) but, the second class arrangements were fine. And, providing the full Swiss travel pass (instead of the half pass that they said they would provide) to everyone was a nice touch. Overall, we were very happy with our tour.
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Switzerland by Rail: Glacier Express, Jungfrau & Bernina Express
13 Jun 2024
MICHAEL LEWIS
4 stars
“Easy to utilize independently, all stops and stays went smoothly. Our only issue was one of the 3 star hotels was not. It was easily a 2 star and could be difficult for a person with mobility issues to utilize. Also entire cable car, or bus pass included for Schilthorn visit failed to work. Every change or attempt to utilize the 6 car changes had to be overridden by a station employee. Planning was excellent and timing was perfect for all train trips, excursions and stays.
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Grand Train Tour of Switzerland
08 Jun 2024
Jean Lazaroo
4 stars
“All rail and hotel bookings worked well. However, the tour was a little too long. Two of the hotels were not up to standard, namely Hotel Reine Victoria, St Moritz (tired and shabby, room smelled of stale cigarette smoke) and Hotel Wilden Mann, Luzern (faded non-matching furnishings, cold room which staff declined to address). The latter also tried putting me in a claustrophobic box of a room which I steadfastly refused. It was tiny with low ceilings and heavy drapes. I was offered another room which was small but more comfortable. I understand it is an ancient hotel and attempts have been made to retain the characteristics of the combination of seven 500 year old houses but surely, the guests' comfort should be paramount.
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