Canton of Grisons and Glacier Express (8 days)

8-day tour of Switzerland
  • 8-day rail tour
  • Day trip to Italy aboard the famous Bernina Express
  • Bergün to Zermatt by Glacier Express
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  • € 985 1st class
  • € 855 2nd class
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Stay in 2 different towns: authentic Bergün for 5 nights and car-free Zermatt for 2 nights. Take the panoramic Bernina Express train to Italy and back as a day trip from Bergün. Travel aboard another world famous train, the Glacier Express, from Bergün to Zermatt.

The train

  • Rhaetian Railway
  • Bernina Express
  • Glacier Express

Extras

Bahnmuseum Bergün, Lunch Glacier Express, Gornergrat (3089m) Check extras

Day to day


Day 1

Start your Canton of Grisons and Glacier Express rail tour from any location in Switzerland and travel by train to Bergün, an authentic mountain village in the Canton of Grisons (Graubünden). Bergün is situated on an altitude of 1350 meter above sea level and is surrounded by mountains. There are many hiking trails and other outdoor activities on offer. The hotel is closely located to the train station.

It is possible to add train tickets to Switzerland to your booking. Additional fees applicable.

Day 2

Free day in Bergün.

Day 3

Day trip (included in price) to Tirano in Italy by Bernina Express. A beautiful journey through the Alps, from snow capped mountains to the palm trees of Italy and back.
Overnight stay in Bergün.

50% Discount on train and bus travel during the other non-travel days of the rail tour.

Day 4

Free day in Bergün.

Day 5

Free day in Bergün.

Day 6

One of the world's greatest panoramic trains is on today's itinerary: the Glacier Express to Zermatt. It is a fascinating journey, during which the train traverses through the Swiss 'Grand Canyon', crosses the Oberalp Pass (2033m), crosses 291 bridges and passes through 91 tunnels. Overnight stay in Zermatt, at the foot of the iconic Matterhorn.
In winter, possible overnight stay in Täsch rather than Zermatt.

Day 7

A free day in Zermatt. The area around car-free Zermatt offers many outdoor activities, including hiking trails and skiing. A visit by cogwheel train to the Gornergrat mountain, one of the giants of the Swiss Alps at 3089m, is highly recommended.
Overnight stay in Zermatt.

Day 8

The final day of your rail tour will take you back to where you have started your journey (or where you wish to travel to). In case it fits your itinerary, travel along the Lötschberg railway between Brig and Spiez.

It is possible to add train tickets to an international destination to your booking. Additional fees applicable.

More info


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Included


  • All travel by (panoramic) train in Switzerland and Italy
  • Seat reservations (when possible) and surcharges for the Bernina Express and the Glacier Express
  • 5 Nights in Bergün: 2 person room with shower + toilet, half board
  • 2 Nights in Zermatt: 2 person room with shower + toilet, with breakfast
  • 50% Discount on train, boat and bus travel on extended days

Extensions


  • Additional nights in both towns of the rail tour can be added to the booking
  • Overnight stays in other cities (also outside Switzerland) before or after rail tour can be added as well

Surcharges


  • Single room €145
  • Lunch on the Glacier Express €40 p.p. (highly recommended!)
  • Excursion Gornergrat 3089m €39 p.p.

Departure


  • Daily departure. The Glacier Express does not run during the following period: 15.10.2018 - 09.12.2018 / 14.10.2019 - 08.12.2019. In case the Glacier Express does not run, you will travel by regional train and will have to change trains a number of times.
  • In winter, possible overnight stay in Täsch rather than Zermatt. Täsch is only 8 minutes by train from Zermatt.

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Extras

Extras

Add-on Alp Grüm

Located at an altitude of 2092m between Tirano and St. Moritz and only accessible by train, Alp Grüm is a unique place in the Alps. After a thorough renovation, the Alp Grüm Albergo Ristorante has recently opened its doors again. The hotel is situated in the former, traditional train station and offers colourful rooms with magnificent views and great mountain gastronomy. Enjoy the views (of Val Poschiavo and the Palü Glacier) and the serenity between the majestic mountains and alpine meadows. The hotel has two sundecks for relaxation and is also a great base for hiking. Recommended hikes are: via Belvedere along the train tracks to Ospizio Bernina (return by train), to the foot of the Palü Glacier or to Cavaglia (return by train).

This add-on includes 1 night accommodation in a 2 person room or single room with shower + toilet. Breakfast included. The hotel is open all year round, except during the following periods: 05.11.18 - 05.12.18 and 22.04.19 - 11.05.19.  

from €95 p.p.p.n.

Glacier Express lunch

For this optional 3-course lunch, your table will be set with fine linen. All food is freshly prepared in the restaurant car and served with care at your seat. Great food to compliment the stunning views. Highly recommended!

€40 p.p.

Add-on Furka cogwheel steam railway

The reopened historic railway Gletsch - Oberwald makes the entire Furka Pass from Realp to Oberwald accessible again. After the opening of the Furka Tunnel in 1982, this rail line fell into disrepair. Countless volunteers repaired this unique railway and renovated the rail carriages over a period of 28 years. Even the original steam locomotives, which had been sold to Vietnam were bought back.

The steam railway takes you above the tree line to alpine heights of 2163m to the Furka station. Most stations along the railway are remotely located and not accessible by car. The steam trains have 2nd class carriages and a small number of 1st class seats and open carriages! The atmosphere and scenery are fantastic.

 

Day 1 – travel to Andermatt by Glacier Express, stay in a hotel*** close to the station.

Day 2 – Travel by regional train to Realp (leave your luggage in Andermatt at the hotel / station). The Furka steam railway departs at 10:15, arriving in Oberwald at 12:30. Take the regional train back to Andermatt to collect your luggage. Continue your journey and take the Glacier Express to Zermatt.

In case you travel from Zermatt to St Moritz, you take the Furka steam railway on day 1.   

 

Furka steam railway days of service:
23 June to 8 July 2018: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays
9 July to 19 August 2018: daily
24 August to 7 October 2018: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays

from €229 p.p.

Excursion Gornergrat (3089m)

The excursion to the Gornergrat (3089m) is highly recommended. Even for Swiss standards, the views from the train and from the Gornergrat mountain are sublime. While gaining elevation, the sight of the iconic Matterhorn remains astounding. There are hardly any tunnels and the unobstructed views are breathtaking. It takes 33 minutes to reach the top, trains depart at least every half an hour.  

From the top (keep in mind that it is 10-15 degrees colder here than in Zermatt), 29 four-thousand-meter peaks can be seen including the Matterhorn, Dente Blanche, Monte Rosa and Dufourspitze, whereas three large glaciers shine in the distance. Enjoy the scenery and fresh mountain air from Hotel Kulm and its sundeck.

To fully enjoy this excursion we recommend you to take it easy and add an extra night's accommodation.

€44 p.p.