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Journey to the roof of the Alps and enjoy fabulous scenery from alpine meadows to stunning lakes and picture-postcard towns and villages on this wonderful 7 night holiday.

Price:

From £1495.00 per person (based on two people travelling together)

Duration: 8 days or tailor-made to your specific requirements
Departures: The Glacier Express departs year round and is tailor-made just for you. Dates in the Summer Season is from April to October 2016
Start point: London
End point: London
 

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>> Watch Greentraveller's video of Florence Fortnam's Grand Train Tour of Switzerland travelling from Zurich to St Moritz and Lucerne via some of the most scenic train rides in the world, including the Bernina Express, the Glacier Express and the cog railway up Mount Rigi. In between the train rides, she visited world class museums, climbed mountains on an electric bike, crossed Lake Lucerne by paddleboat, and recuperated in some of Switzerland's best mountain spas.

>> Watch Greentraveller's video of Richard Hammond' Grand Tour of Switzerland by train during which he took the Glacier Express and the Jungrau railway - the highest altitude railway in Europe (and where the men that helped build it were given rations of a litre of wine a day and two cigars!): Grand Tour of Switzerland

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Detailed description of Planet Rail's 'Glacier Express & Scenic Switzerland by First Class rail' trip

Enjoy First Class Rail on this fabulous journey to the roof of the Alps and enjoy fabulous scenery from alpine meadows to stunning lakes and picture-postcard towns and villages on this wonderful 7 night holiday. Our included Swiss Rail Pass allows you to make the most of Switzerland’s majestic beauty and breathtaking scenic rail journeys. Experience 3 of Switzerland’s most scenic and world-renowned rail journeys on this fantastic 7 night holiday.

Holiday Highlights

 The world famous Glacier Express
 Bernina Express - where you can see more glaciers than on the Glacier Express!
 Poschiavo
 Stunning lakeside Montreux
 Château de Chillon (payable locally)
 Bernese Oberland
 The Jungfrau – Top of Europe (supplements apply) - the highest altitude railway in Europe
 Golden Panoramic Express (small supplements apply)
 On the return journey you'll see the scenic Rhine Gorge, Cologne and its famous Cathedral just outside the main train station

Accommodation

Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic (4*), Montreux. The traditional Belle-Époque 4-star hotel, originally built in 1870 is located right in the centre of Montreux, just a few steps from the Railway Station. The hotel has 140 rooms and benefits from fabulous views of Lake Geneva and the Alps from its summer terrace. All the comfortable en suite rooms in this stylish hotel feature air conditioning, TV, minibar, radio and telephone.

Romantik Hotel Stern (3*), Chur. This historic hotel is located in Chur’s old town. The combination of traditional features and modern comforts, with its restaurants, bar and lounge, make this family-run hotel a cosy, and attractive choice. All the comfortable en suite rooms feature TV, minibar, air-conditioning, radio, internet connection and telephone.

Wyndham Köln Hotel (4*), Cologne. This modern hotel is situated directly opposite the station, close to the iconic cathedral in the centre of the city. The hotel features a comfortable bar, lounge and restaurant. All en suite bedrooms are well-equipped with a telephone, wireless internet access, satellite, minibar, hairdryer, trouser press, safety deposit box and tea and coffee making facilities for a welcome morning cuppa.

What price includes

 
  • First Class rail travel Standard Premier service on Eurostar
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast each day
  • Reservations on the Glacier Express and Bernina Express
  • Lunch on the Glacier Express
  • Swiss Half-Fare Card
  • Private taxi transfer across Paris
 

Location

 

Plan your journey by train

Meeting point:
London St Pancras International Station

Nearest train station to meeting point:
London St Pancras

Transfer to meeting point:
Operator collects guests from station
St Pancras station is connected both to the national and international train network and London underground (Kings Cross St Pancras station)

 
Plan your journey by train back from London St Pancras
 

Plan your journey by train

Finish point:
London St Pancras International Station

Nearest train station to finish point:

Transfer to finish point:
Operator drops guests off at station

 
Plan your journey by train back from London St Pancras