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Swiss Glacier Express and the Bernina

Swiss Glacier Express and the Bernina

Two of the world's greatest railway journeys on one tour! Enjoy the classic Glacier Express journey across the Swiss Alps, followed by the Bernina Express in its full glory. Not forgetting Lausanne, Montreux and St Moritz, plus stays on Lake Geneva and in the Engadin Valley.

8 Days From £1699

 

DEPARTS

Thursday 4 June 2020

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover the ‘Olympic City’ of Lausanne

  • Stay in a lakeside hotel by Lake Geneva

  • Cruise across Lake Geneva to visit Château Chillon

  • Stroll along the picturesque lakeside in Montreux

  • Enjoy time to explore destinations independently with a free transport card

  • Admire the scenery from the world famous Swiss Glacier Express with lunch provided

  • Stay in Pontresina in the beautiful Upper Engadin Valley close to the Bernina Pass

  • Marvel at the equally spectacular Bernina Express train journey

  • Take in great views of the Upper Engadin Valley from the Muottas Muragl funicular

  • Visit stylish St Moritz

  • Witness two of the world’s great railway journeys on one tour

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • Dinner every evening plus 1 lunch

  • Local transport pass

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

DAY 1

Travelling by Eurostar from London, we change stations in Paris, continuing our journey to Basel, just across the Swiss border. Here we take the Intercity service to Lausanne via Bern, arriving in the lakeside area of Lausanne and our hotel, the Hotel au Lac, in time for dinner.

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DAY 2

Today is yours to spend at leisure in Lausanne. You may wish to visit the Olympic Museum in this Olympic year and see exhibits from games throughout over 120 years of history. With an included Lausanne transport ticket you can venture further into the city and visit one of the several other museums this city has to offer or head to Lausanne Cathedral, the choice is yours.

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DAY 3

This morning we transfer to Montreux for some free time in Lake Geneva's most celebrated resort. We then transfer to Château Chillon, perched dramatically at the water's edge against a stunning mountain backdrop. We include entrance to the castle before continuing by boat cruise to Lausanne.

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DAY 4

One of the great railway journeys of the world awaits today. First we leave Lake Geneva by train, heading round the lake and through the mountains to Brig. Here we join the iconic Glacier Express, one of the world's great scenic railway journeys, connecting the Valais Canton with Graubünden. This is an amazing journey and we enjoy it in style, with lunch served to our seats. Known as 'the slowest express train in the world', take your time to marvel at the ever-changing mountain vistas outside your window, as the train follows the course of the Rhône river, then climbs through the Furka Base Tunnel en route to the Oberalp Pass, the highest point on the line at over 6,000 feet. The train then continues through the UNESCO World Heritage Albula Line, a masterpiece of railway engineering of tunnels, spirals and viaducts, including the often photographed Landwasser Viaduct, before reaching Pontresina in the Upper Engadin Valley, where we spend three nights at the Hotel Schweizerhof.

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DAY 5

This morning we spend time in the stylish mountain resort of St Moritz, set amidst a splendid alpine backdrop, before continuing to Punt Muragl, the base station of the Muottas Muragl funicular. We enjoy a ride on the funicular. At almost 2,500 metres above sea level, from the top there are spectacular views to be seen of the entire Upper Engadin Valley.

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DAY 6

Having sampled the Glacier Express, today is an equally impressive experience - the Bernina Express. Many aficionados rate this journey even better than the Glacier Express! From our base in the Engadin Valley, we climb high over the Bernina Pass and through hairpin bends on a journey towards the sunny south of the Alps on our way through the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland, finally crossing the border into Italy itself. We enjoy a little free time and maybe chance to enjoy an espresso in the Italian city of Tirano, before returning through the majestic Alpine scenery to Pontresina.

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DAY 7

Today is free for you to spend at leisure. The included Engadin Card gives unlimited travel on local public transport as well as a number of cable cars and funiculars to transport you to the peaks of the area, affording stunning views.

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DAY 8

Farewell to Pontresina, as we head across Switzerland to Basel. Travelling through France, we change stations in Paris to meet our Eurostar to London St Pancras.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

HOTELS

Hotel Au Lac, Lausanne

A 3-star hotel with an enviable location, the belle epoque style and era Hotel Au Lac is situated beside Lake Geneva, just a short ride away from the train station and city centre using your Lausanne Transport Card. The hotel boasts a restaurant, and rooms are equipped with tea and coffee making facilities.

 

Hotel Schweizerhof, Pontresina

A 3-star hotel in the centre of Pontresina offering a genuine and friendly atmosphere as well as an attentive service. Family-run and offering two restaurants plus a hotel bar.

 

FARE

From London St Pancras International:

 

Standard Class rail travel to/from Switzerland, including Standard Eurostar

 

£1699

First Class rail travel to/from Basel, including Standard Premier Eurostar

 

£1999

Tour Base Fare Joining & Leaving at any Swiss airport, rail station or at the hotel

 

£1449

Single Traveller Supplement

£225


 

7 nights’ bed, breakfast & evening meal plus one lunch

 

Eurostar and rail travel to and from Switzerland in the class of your choice

 

All excursions as detailed

Lausanne & Engadin Transport Cards

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

Hotel Porterage

 

GUARANTEED FARE

 

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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