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Glacier Express

For over 90 years, the Glacier Express has been the premier way to experience the Swiss Alps. This train was introduced in 1930 as the final link for the Visp-Zermatt-Bahn, Rhaetian Railway, and Furka Oberalp Bahn to connect the resort towns of Zermatt and St. Moritz. Tourism had been on the rise in the Swiss Alps since the late 1800s when wealthy Europeans and traveling elites from other countries discovered the sheer majesty of the region. Once-sleepy mountain towns transformed into resort destinations complete with all the modern amenities travelers could hope for, except for easy transit between scenic areas.

The views from the Glacier Express are simply breathtaking, no matter which service class travelers select. As the train departs from Zermatt, the ever-impressive Matterhorn looms overhead. Towering rock walls surround the tracks as the route descends into the Matter Valley and approaches the cities of Visp and later Brig. The second leg of the journey begins as the Glacier Express ventures across the River Rhone and approaches the highly scenic Upper Rhone Valley.

The Glacier Express is only an "express train" in the sense that it connects some of the most enticing destinations in Switzerland on one cohesive line. Guests looking to experience these cities or immerse themselves in the Swiss Alps' splendor are treated to a journey like no other on this iconic train.

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Glacier Express over Stone Bridge
Escorted
4.1 stars(17 reviews)
2023MayJunJulAugSep
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Landwasser Viaduct Glacier Express
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4.3 stars(10 reviews)
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$2,735 pp
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Jungfrau Railway
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Glacier Express in the Goms Valley
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Glacier Express
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Small Group
2023AprMayJunJulAugSep
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Vineyards In Lavaux
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2023JunJulAugSep
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  • DestinationAustria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Switzerland
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Cochem, Germany
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2023Aug
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Glacier Express
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2023MayJunJulAugSep
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  • DestinationGermany, Switzerland, The Netherlands
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Best of Switzerland by Rail
24 Oct 2022
Switzerland
5 stars
“Our tour manager, Oliver Treacy was excellent and accommodating to our travelers. Would like to have him again on a trip. It would have been helpful for him to use the radios when speaking so those with difficulty could hear easily. I would have liked more local specialists and staying in each place x2 nights to see the city we were in. It was wonderful NOT to feel rushed in the mornings with bags and early leaving times as we have experienced on coach tours.
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Grand Train Tour of Switzerland - An Escorted Experience
12 Oct 2019
QUINTON and TSUYAKO TURNER
5 stars
“Excellent Tour with exceptional guide!
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Grand Train Tour of Switzerland
22 Oct 2022
MARY SALO
4 stars
“The trip itself was 5 star, the only reason I rated it down was I felt there could have been more communication prior to the trip. The trains are fabulous and Switzerland is beautiful!
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