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Switzerland: Glorious Glacier Express

  • Bernese Oberland, Switzerland, Interlaken

Combining stays in three contrasting areas of Switzerland, this 3 centre independent rail holiday gives you a fantastic overview of Switzerland’s varied scenery and also includes a journey on one of the most famous train lines in the world – the dramatic ‘Glacier Express’. Passing icy glaciers, snow-dusted peaks, rushing rivers and rural hamlets, the journey from Zermatt to Davos/Klosters is an unforgettable holiday experience. You can sit back, relax and admire the spectacular scenery - The panoramic carriages ensure you do not miss a thing! On board, you can choose to have lunch (must be requested at the time of booking) or plan your own picnic. A minibar service for drinks and snacks is also available on the train. Your Inghams Representatives are on hand in each resort to help you make the most of your stay.

For more information or to book our Glorious Glacier Express Tour call 01483 79 11 11

Itinerary

Day 1 (Wednesdays or Saturdays)

Arrive on your chosen flight into Switzerland and take the scenic rail transfer from the airport to Interlaken (approx. 2 ½ hours from Zurich or approx. 3 hours from Geneva). Check into your hotel and meet your Inghams Representative.

Day 2 (Thursday or Sunday)

Interlaken sets you up for many options of adventure and sightseeing as you’re based in the heart of the Bernese Oberland with its impressive snow-capped mountains as a stage backdrop for your stay. Take an optional boat cruise on Lakes Thun or Brienz and visit the nearby Giessbach waterfalls and historic Thun with its striking castle featuring 900 years of history and permanent exhibition showcasing centuries-old town development.

Day 3 (Friday or Monday)

Today head into the mountains of the Jungfrau massif and experience this spectacular landscape. Home to the Jungfraujoch with unique views of the Mittelland up to the Vosges and across to the UNESCO Aletsch glacier, the longest in the Alps at 23km. There will be a time in the afternoon to enjoy an optional visit to the pretty mountain village Mürren and journey up the Allmendhubel funicular and enjoy a gentle stroll back to the village past scenic meadows before travelling by train back to Interlaken.

Day 4 (Saturday or Tuesday)

Guests staying 10 nights travel to Zermatt (approx. 2 ½ hours) otherwise continue your stay for one extra night in Interlaken. Staying local today take a journey up the Harder Kulm to experience the best views of Interlaken and step on the ‘Two-lake Footbridge’ inaugurated in October 2011, with panoramic views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau as well as Lakes Thun and Brienz.

Day 5 (Sunday or Wednesday)

Guests staying 11 nights travel to Zermatt for their three-night stay. Zermatt’s hiking area is opened up by the 21 mountain lifts and choose from hundreds of route options, the Peak Pass (3 days from £113) gives access to all and opens up this vast walking area above this world-famous village. There is plenty to see and a must trip is a journey on the Gornergrat railway – you will be amazed by the stunning views of the glaciers and the Matterhorn. Back in the village, treat yourself to a delicious hot chocolate or cream cake in one of the many charming cafés along the main street.

Day 6 (Monday or Thursday)

Staying local today, perhaps take a ramble along the Matterhorn trail which starts at Schwarzsee and goes through meadows down to Staffelalp a sheep rearing farming hamlet through the shaded woods down to the Grand Dixence Dam which is a stunning sight with its turquoise waters. Catch the gondola down from Furi and spend the afternoon at Zermatt’s museum, known for its insight into the first ascent of the Matterhorn.

Day 7 (Tuesday or Friday)

Join our optional full day excursion to visit Saas-Fee (Fridays) and its quaint car-free village with various walking trails that start at resort level. Alternatively, stay local in Zermatt and take an optional journey up the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise for breath-taking views from the observation platform.

Day 8 (Wednesday or Saturday)

The crowning highlight of your holiday, a full day excursion on board the famous ‘Glacier Express’ train for your journey to either Davos or Klosters for a 3 or 4-night stay (approx. 8 hours, change of train required). This journey on the ‘slowest express train in the world’ takes you past glaciers, over bridges and viaducts, and through unspoilt mountain forests to the charming canton of Graubünden.

Day 9 (Thursday or Sunday)

Spend the morning relaxing in the hotel’s spa and explore the village. Switzerland is famous for its chocolate and this afternoon learn about the manufacturing process of Schneider’s chocolate with a guided tour through the Confiserie Schneider and produce your own chocolate bar (day of operation subject to change). Alternatively, visit Schatzalp's own Alpine garden and follow the trail back to resort.

Day 10 (Friday or Monday)

Full day trip to Schlappin valley surrounded by meadows with a traditional mountain hut Berghaus Erika set within the small hamlet boasting the best views of the valley from its terrace. Take a stroll beside the stream and spot Alpine flowers in the most peaceful of surroundings.

Day 11 (Saturday or Tuesday)

Guests staying 10 nights depart to Zurich airport (approx. 2 ½ hours) for your flight home. Guests staying 11 nights can enjoy a guided tour of Davos including the Town Hall and church of St. Johann. Otherwise visit Zügenschlucht Gorge - once the route taken by coaches travelling to Davos, now home to impressive waterfalls and the Graubünden Mining Museum (day of operation subject to change).

Day 12 (Sunday or Wednesday)

Guests staying 11 nights transfer to Zurich airport (approx. 2 ½ hours) for your flight home.

What’s included

  • Discount Travel Card - worth £100
  • Scheduled return flights from the UK to Switzerland
  • 2nd class rail transfers within Switzerland (some change of trains required, 1st class upgrade possible)
  • Services of Inghams Representatives in each resort
  • Full day excursion on the famous Glacier Express train
  • Accommodation with breakfast and dinner daily. All rooms with private facilities
  • Walking opportunities in Davos or Klosters with unlimited use of the lifts and buses

Please note: This is an independent rail holiday and guests are free to choose their own itinerary in each resort. The above is only a suggested itinerary and excursions marked ‘optional’ are not included in the price of your holiday. An Inghams Representative is based in each resort and will provide advice and offer optional excursions and walking passes.

Tour Excludes:

  • Upgrade to 1st class on all four of your scenic rail transfers within Switzerland for just £72 (pre-bookable)
  • Enjoy lunch on the Glacier Express with a simple 3 course set menu (approx. Sfr43, payable locally, please request at time of booking)

NB. Places are limited and cannot be guaranteed. Special diets, including vegetarian, cannot be catered for.

Departure dates & prices for 2019

  • June, July, August & September
  • 10 nights = 3 nights in Interlaken, 4 nights in Zermatt & 3 nights in Klosters or Davos: Prices from £1,289
  • 11 nights = 4 nights in Interlaken, 3 nights in Zermatt & 4 nights in Klosters or Davos: Prices from £1,499

Your Hotels

Interlaken  City Hotel Oberland ★★★ or Hotel Metropole ★★★★

Zermatt  Hotel Perren ★★★+ or Hotel Mirabeau ★★★★+

Klosters / Davos  Hotel Sport ★★★ or Hotel Seehof ★★★★★

Departure flights to Zurich from:

  • Heathrow, Luton, London City, Birmingham & Manchester
  • Or indirect flights via Amsterdam from regional airports available on request
  • Flight supplements may apply

For more information or to book our Glorious Glacier Express Tour call 01483 791 111
This accommodation is not available to be booked online, please call our Reservations Team on 01483 791111 to book or for further information
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