Switzerland: Swiss Classic Escorted Tour with Bernina and Glacier Express

  • Tours & Multi-centres in Switzerland

Escorted by an experienced Inghams guide, this 10-day tour is an excellent overview to Switzerland's special highlights. Designed for those seeking a true taste of this stunning country, including unforgettable experiences on two of the most spectacular panoramic journeys in the world: the ‘Bernina’ and ‘Glacier Express’. Travelling as part of a small group up to 26 guests and featuring the beautiful lakeside setting ofLake Lucerne,with its pedestrianised Old Town and nearby Mount Pilatus. Experience the world-famous St. Moritz and ride on board the Glacier Express to the ‘Matterhorn village’ ofZermatt, and then the option to continue on to the dramatic scenery of Grindelwald in theBernese Oberland.

Maximum Group Size: 50

Tour highlights | Itinerary | Your holiday includes | Hotels | Departure dates

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Tour highlights

  • See the best of Switzerland's natural beauty on scenic journeys passing lakes, mountains and countryside
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Lucerne's old town and discover its medieval architecture 
  • Experience one of the most renowned train journeys in the world: the "Bernina Express"
  • Ride on the "Glacier Express" to admire breath taking mountain views 
  • Explore the town of Zermatt and marvel at the Matterhorn

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Itinerary

Day 1: UK to Lucerne

Arrive at Zurich airport and transfer to the lakeside resort ofLucerne(approx. 1 hour) where you will meet your guide. Check into your hotel and meet your fellow travellers.

Day 2: Lucerne

Walking tour of Lucerne’s quaint Old Town with its traffic-free streets and frescoed buildings and historic monuments including the must-see ‘Chapel Bridge’. In the afternoon, free time to discover the region, perhaps take a boat ride on the stunning lake with the option to visit Mount Pilatus and Mount Rigi for walking terrain and superb views.

Day 3: Lucerne

A day of leisure or activity as there are excellent hiking opportunities here, with easy access from the city via boat and mountain transport to the vast Lake Lucerne region. Perhaps visit the neighbouring resorts ofWeggisorVitznauwhilstInterlakenwith its lakesThunand Brienz, is also within easy reach.

Day 4: Lucerne to St. Moritz

Today we leave Lucerne for the stylish resort ofSt. Moritz(approx. 4 hours). Relax this afternoon with a gentle stroll down the main promenade, browse the shops and enjoy an optional delicious hot chocolate in one of the many cafés.

Day 5: St. Moritz to Tirano

This is a day trip from St. Moritz to Tirano. The Journey down to Tirano will be in 2nd class and the return journey will be in 1st class. 

Day 6: St. Moritz

A free day to explore St. Moritz’s splendid Engadine countryside and cool off in one of the region’s lakes. Perhaps take a day hike to Corvatsch or Corviglia for inspiring 360° views along a panoramic trail – guests have unlimited use of resort’s mountain transport included.

Day 7: St. Moritz to Zermatt

The journey from St. Moritz to Chur will be on a standard train where you will change to the Glacier Express. Trains depart at 2 minutes past the hour from St Moritz and the journey time is 2 hours to Chur. At Chur you will take the Glacier Express, number 907, which departs Chur at 14.16 and arrives into Zermatt at 20.10. Lunch will be available to you from Chur to Zermatt and you will arrive into Zermatt in time for dinner at your hotel.

Day 8: Zermatt

A free day to explore Zermatt and really soak up the traditional Swiss ambience. Take a stroll through the enchanting traffic-free streets, discovering the many shops and cafés and discover the Old Village known as ‘Hinterdorf’ home to more than 30 buildings over 500 years old constructed in the traditional style of barns and stores of Upper Valais.

Day 9: Zermatt

Another free day with the choice to explore independently the 21 mountain cable cars, cog railways and gondolas which open up the vast hiking network or join our escorting guide on an optional excursion during your time in Zermatt. Today we enjoy a journey on the iconic Gornergrat railway and marvel at the backdrop of the Matterhorn.

Day 10: Zermatt to UK

Transfer to Zurich airport for your return journey home (approx. 3 hours) or extend your stay and transfer to the Alpine ‘Eiger village’ ofGrindelwaldin the Bernese Oberland.

If you'd like to extend your stay, please call us. There are options to stay extra nights in Zermatt or add on additional nights in Grindelwald or Interlaken. 

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Your holiday includes

  • Return flights from the UK
  • Discount travel card worth over £100
  • 9 nights half board in 4-star hotels; all rooms with private facilities
  • Full day excursion on the spectacular Bernina Express train from St. Moritz to Tirano
  • Full day excursion on the famous Glacier Express train from St. Moritz to Zermatt with 3 courses lunch included
  • 1st class rail transfers throughout (change of trains required)
  • Services of an experienced Inghams tour guide and Inghams representative in a resort
  • Inter-resort luggage transport (one item per pesron)
  • Walking opportunities in St. Moritz with free unlimited use of lifts
  • Hotel tax included

Your holiday excludes:

  • All excursions marked optional are payable locally
  • Gornergrat Rack Railway excursion (approx CHF 43 per person)
  • Matterhorn Glacier Paradise (approx. CHF 50 per person)
  • Any extras, drinks, gratuities and personal expenses

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Hotels

★★★★ Romantik Hotel Wilden Mann, Lucerne (3 nights)

A charming, comfortable hotel located right in the heart of Lucerne's beautiful historic old town. Dating back to 1860, the hotel has many original features and the rooms are individually-styled to give a traditional charm and boutique feel. The railway station and harbour for excursions are only 8 minutes' walk away.

★★★★ Hotel Monopol, St. Moritz (3 nights)

This welcoming hotel has a relaxed atmosphere and boasts fabulous views over the resort. It enjoys a convenient central location close to the amenities and just a short walk from the Corviglia funicular.  A little oasis of luxury with 73 spacious rooms, a rooftop spa and outstanding service. Restaurant Mono offers Italian-Mediterranean cuisine.  

★★★★+ Parkhotel Beau Site, Zermatt (3 nights)

Fantastic location just 3 minutes' walk (300m) to Zermatt's main street and 5 minutes' to the Sunnegga lift for access to the hiking area. Guests here can marvel at some of the best views over the village and towards the Matterhorn from it's slightly elevated position. Rooms are well-furnished and have a bath, bathrobes and slippers, satellite TV, minibar, telephone, hairdryer, radio and safe and Wi-Fi. 

Departure dates

  • 20 June 2020
  • 18 July 2020
  • 15 August 2020
  • 05 September 2020

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Our tours are subject to minimum numbers and with that in mind, the tours and their itineraries may be subject to change. Where this becomes necessary, and where practicable, we will take the steps as outlined in clause 5 of ourterms and conditions.

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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