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 of 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 onboard 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: 26

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 breathtaking mountain views 
  • Explore the town of Zermatt and marvel at the Matterhorn

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Itinerary

Day 1:  From the 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 or with the option to visit Birkenstock or the world famous transport museum.

Day 3: Lucerne

A day of leisure or activity, start the day with an optional guided trip to Mount Rigi with a paddle steamer ride across the lake and rack railway to see the panoramic views from this favourite spot of Queen Victoria. Descend the mountain by cable car to the lakeside town of Weggis.

Day 4: Lucerne to St. Moritz

Today we leave Lucerne for the stylish resort ofSt. Moritz. Our trip to St Moritz will be a day long outing; via stylish Zurich and a boat trip the whole length of Lake Zurich to the town of Rapperswill for lunch. We will then take mountain trains through the tunnels and over the bridges up to St Moritz, arriving late afternoon.

Day 5: St. Moritz to Tirano

This is a day trip from St. Moritz to Tirano. The Journey down to Tirano and the return journey will be in 1st class. There will be time in Tirano to explore and to have an Italian lunch.

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

Depart St Moritz on the famous 'Glacier Express' train on the approx. 8 hours journey to Zermatt. We have reserved a 1st class seat for you and lunch is also included on board.

Day 8: Zermatt

A free day to explore Zermatt and really soak up the traditional Swiss ambiance or take the optional excursion on the iconic Gornergrat railway with an optional guided walk after to see the Matterhorn reflected in mountain lakes. 

Day 9: Zermatt

Today's optional excursion is a gondola ride to the highest lift accessible place in Europe, the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise or a free day with the choice to explore independently this beautiful resort and surrounding areas. 

Day 10: Zermatt to the 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 person)
  • 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 - Sold out
  • 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 our terms 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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