Swiss Classic Tour with Bernina and Glacier Express

Swiss classic tour
 

Accompanied by an experienced Inghams' guide, this tour is an excellent introduction to Switzerland, designed for those seeking a true taste of this stunning country, covering three contrasting regions as well as unforgettable experiences on two of the most spectacular panoramic train journeys in the world. Choose 9 nights or extend your stay to 11 nights to include Lucerne. 1st class seats on all your rail transfers and lunch on board the Glacier Express is included. Travelling as part of a small group from 18-25 guests the beautiful lakeside setting of world-famous St. Moritz through to the ‘Matterhorn village’ of Zermatt, and then the dramatic scenery of Grindelwald in the Bernese Oberland. Guests have the option of continuing their tour to Lake Lucerne with its pedestrianised Old Town and nearby Mount Pilatus. Amongst the highlights are a day excursion on the spectacular ‘Bernina Express’ train from St. Moritz to Tirano on the Italian border, and the rail journey from St.Moritz to Zermatt on the ‘Glacier Express’ where we have arranged for you to enjoy lunch on board. Each of your transfers are by 1st class rail, and your luggage is transported for you between each resort, so all you need to do is sit back and admire the scenery. With a half-fare travel card for reductions on Switzerland’s superb transport network also included, you have plenty of opportunity to explore, cruise, hike, or simply relax in four of Switzerland’s contrasting ‘Cantons’.

 

Itinerary

Day 1 (Saturday)

Meet your guide at Zurich airport and transfer to the stylish resort of St. Moritz (approx. 3¾ hours). Check into your hotel. During your 3 night stay in St. Moritz, you have the opportunity to cool off in one of the region’s lakes, or take a day hike to Corvatsch or Corviglia for 360° views of the splendid Graubünden scenery, with its glacier and shimmering lakes – guests have FREE use of resort lifts included. The town offers plenty to entertain with gentle strolls down the main promenade, browsing the shops or for a delicious hot chocolate in one of the cafés.

Day 2 (Sunday)

Join the famous ‘Bernina Express’ panoramic train from St. Moritz for a day trip to Tirano on the Italian border. Part of the Rhätian railway, this winding mountain route is protected as a UNESCO world heritage site for its outstanding natural beauty. Reaching 2253m, passing through 55 tunnels, and crossing almost 200 bridges along the way, the train takes you ‘from mighty glaciers to swaying palm trees’ all in one day. You will have time to enjoy a stroll or optional lunch in Tirano before your return journey.

Day 3 (Monday)

Take an optional  day hike to Corvatsch or Corviglia for 360° views of the splendid Graubünden scenery - guests have unlimited use of resort lifts included. Or simply explore St. Moritz with its busy promenade lined with shops. Enjoy a hot chocolate in one of the pavement cafés.

Day 4 (Tuesday)

The highlight of your holiday. Join the famous ‘Glacier Express’ train to the mountain village of Zermatt (approx. 8 hours). We have reserved a 1st class seat for you and lunch is also included on board. Meadows give way to dense forests and tall dramatic mountains that can be snow-capped depending on the season. You’ll witness Switzerland’s most stunning mountain views as you pass through valleys and gorges, over bridges and beside lakes and glaciers.

Day 5 (Wednesday)

A free day to explore Zermatt. Take a walk through the traffic-free streets, discovering the many shops and cafés and explore the old part
of the village, home to more than 30 buildings constructed in the old traditional Alpine style.

Day 6 (Thursday)

Another free day with the choice to explore independently the 21 mountain cable-cars, cog railways and gondolas which open up a vast hiking network. Or join our guide on an optional excursion on the iconic Gornergrat railway in the shadow of the mighty Matterhorn.

Day 7 (Friday)

Today we leave Zermatt and transfer to Grindelwald in the Bernese
Oberland. We travel via Brig and the Lötschberg tunnel to Spiez then along the beautiful shores of Lake Thun towards the countryside of the Jungfrau region.

Day 8 (Saturday)

A free day to relax or enjoy the excellent walking opportunities here, with easy access from the village via cable-car or mountain train to the vast
Jungfrau region. Perhaps visit the neighbouring resort of Wengen.

Day 9 (Sunday)

Explore the region independently or join our guide on an optional excursion to Europe’s highest train station the Jungfraujoch

Day 10 (Monday)

Transfer back to Zurich airport for your return journey home (approx. 3 hours) or continue on to Lake Lucerne for an extended two nights’ stay.

Day 11 (Tuesday)

Walking tour of Lucerne’s quaint traffic-free streets in the old town to admire the frescoed buildings and historic monuments. In the afternoon,
free time to discover the region or perhaps take an optional boat ride on the stunning lake with the option to visit Mount Pilatus and Mount Rigi for superb views and walking terrain.

Day 12 (Wednesday)

Transfer back to Zurich airport for your return journey home (approx. 1 hour)

 

Inghams Plus

  • EARLY BOOKING OFFER SAVE at selected hotels on the tour. This discount has automatically been included in the price shown.
  • FREE SWISS POCKET KNIFE SOUVENIR
 

What’s included

  • Discount Travel Card - worth over £100
  • 9 or 11 nights half board throughout in 4 star hotels
  • Scheduled return flights from the UK to Switzerland
  • Services of an escorting tour guide throughout
  • 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 course lunch
  • 1st class rail transfers throughout (some change of trains required)
  • Time to relax and enjoy Zermatt with optional Gornergrat and Matterhorn excursions
  • Opportunity to explore Grindelwald and optional excursion to Jungfraujoch
  • Luggage transportation between each resort from St.Moritz to Zermatt, Zermatt to Grindelwald and Grindelwald to Lucerne (if applicable, one piece per person)
  • Walking options in St. Moritz with free unlimited use
    of lifts

All excursions marked 'optional' are not included in the holiday price and
are payable locally via your escorting guide. Please note we do not accept children under 12 (or infants) on this tour.

Accommodation

Please call our reservations team on 01483 79 11 11 to book this holiday

Prices per person from (£) 2018Swiss Classic Tour
 Holiday Code

CHXX3052 (11 nights) /

CHXX3053 (9 nights)

No. of nights9 or 11

Jun 23

Jul 7

Jul 21

Aug 4

Aug 18

Sep 1


£2,159 / £2,519

£2,199 / £2,569

£2,219 / £2,569

£2,209 / £2,569

£2,139 / £2,499

£2,149 / £2,499

Supplements per person per holiday

PB or PS WC incl; Superior room (Lucerne) £82; Sgl PB or PS WC £162; Single room (Lucerne) £209

Sgl=Single, PB=Bath, PS=Shower, incl=included

Prices include flights, resort transfers and accommodation. Flight supplements may apply. Prices and supplements are correct at time of going on the website and may vary up or down at time of booking.

 
Transfers
from ZURICH: 3 3/4hr by rail
Flights

Gatwick
Heathrow
London City

Luton
Birmingham
Manchester

Rail from the UK
Travel from St Pancras, Ashford or Ebbsfleet

Please call our reservations team on 01483 79 11 11 to book this holiday

General Terms and Conditions: All prices, offers and availability are correct at time of publishing, are subject to change & availability and can be withdrawn at any time. All offers are for 7 nights unless otherwise stated. All prices are per person based on maximum occupancy of a room or apartment and on the lowest priced departure point, supplements for other flights/airports may apply. The late booking fee of £30 per person applies to late bookings made within 14 days of departure.

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