Switzerland: Glorious Glacier Express

  • Tours & Multi-centres in Switzerland

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.

Tour highlights

  • Enjoy a fairy tale train ride across Southern Switzerland on the Glorious Glacier Express
  • Explore Lake Thun by boat, discover the many romantic castles, vineyards and festivals dotted around the Lake
  • Take the Gornergrat railway to the Matterhorn glacier paradise featuring a cinema lounge, glacier palace, year round ski piste, observation deck and Europe's highest gondola lift. (extras payable locally)
  • Visit Harder Kulm viewing platform with stunning views of Interlaken and the surrounding mountains
  • Visit Jungfraujoch – take the ultimate train journey to Europe's highest railway station at 3,454m, including breathtaking views, the 14km long Aletsch glacier and Ice Palace. (extras payable locally)
  • Visit the Grande Dixence Dam – the tallest dam in Europe
  • Relax in the Schlappin valley and explore beautiful meadows and the traditional mountain hut Bergaus Erika
  • Learn about the chocolate manufacturing process and produce your own chocolate bar at Confiserie Schneider
  • Opportunities to visit museums – learn about the Matterhorn’s first ascent or mining in Graubüden
  • Services of an Inghams Rep in each resort

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Itinerary (suggested)

Day 1: UK to Interlaken

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

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2: Interlaken

Interlaken sets you up for many options of adventure and sightseeing as you’re based in the heart of theBernese Oberlandwith its impressive snow-capped mountains as a stage backdrop for your stay. Take an optional boat cruise on LakesThunor 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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Interlaken

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Interlaken / Interlaken to Zermatt

Guests staying 10 nights travel toZermatt(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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Interlaken to Zermatt / Zermatt

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Zermatt

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Saas-Fee Trip / Zermatt

Take a minibus transfer toSaas-Fee(Fridays) and experience this 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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Glacier Express Railway

The crowning highlight of your holiday, a full day excursion on board the famous ‘Glacier Express’ train for your journey to eitherDavosor 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 ofGraubünden.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Davos / Klosters

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Davos / Klosters

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11: Davos / Klosters

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).

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12: Davos / Klosters to UK

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

Meals included: Breakfast

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Your holiday includes

  • Return flights from UK
  • Discount Travel Card - worth £100
  • 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

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.

Your holiday excludes:

  • All excursions marked 'optional'
  • Upgrade to 1st class on all four of your scenic rail transfers within Switzerland for just £72 (pre-bookable)
  • Lunch on the Glacier Express with a simple 3 course set menu (approx. Sfr43, payable locally, please request at time of booking)
  • Any extras, drinks, gratuities and personal expenses

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

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Hotels

★★★ City Hotel Oberland, Interlaken

★★★★ Hotel Metropole, Interlaken

★★★+Hotel Perren, Zermatt

★★★★+ Hotel Mirabeau, Zermatt

★★★Hotel SportKlosters / Davos

★★★★★ Hotel SeehofKlosters / Davos

2020 Departure dates

  • Any Wednesday or Saturday throughout the summer from 17 June

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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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