The Glacier Express 2014
Enjoy magnificent views on the Glacier Express train
The Glacier Express is often known as the 'Orient Express of the Alps' and is also renowned for being the slowest express train in Europe. Travelling along the narrow-gauge railway, idyllic vistas unfold as you wind through striking ravines and snow-covered peaks. Travelling towards Zermatt, which is situated near the foot of the Matterhorn, you will enjoy a wonderful tour through Switzerland's most beautiful landscapes. The train features fantastic panoramic windows and a glass skylight which allows you optimum views of the Alpine scenery. Enjoy a glass of chilled wine as you sit back, relax and absorb the delights of this superb rail journey on board the Glacier Express train.
Day 1 - London to Lake Lucerne
We leave St Pancras International on a Eurostar for Paris. On arrival in the French capital we change trains and travel via Lausanne to Lucerne, for a four night stay at the 4* Seehotel Pilatus in the delightful village of Hergiswil, located on the shores of the lake.
Day 2 - Lucerne
Today's excursion is to nearby Lucerne. A delightful city thanks to its attractive lakeside setting, beautiful historic buildings and variety of shops, Lucerne is a pleasure to explore. We see the Chapel Bridge, the oldest preserved wooden bridge in Europe, and the famous Lion Monument. You may also wish to visit the Swiss Museum of Transport.
Day 3 - A day at leisure
Relax in the glorious surroundings of Lake Lucerne or you may wish to use your Treyn Tailor-Made Swiss Card for a 50% reduction on fares on public transport to venture further afield and discover picturesque towns and historic cities.
Day 4 - Lake cruise and Rigi Railway
Today we embark on a leisurely cruise across Lake Lucerne bound for Vitznau. Here we join the Mount Rigi Railway, Europe's first cog railway, as it climbs to the top of Rigi Kulm. On a clear day it is possible to see 13 of Switzerland's lakes, and as far as France and Germany. From Rigi Kulm we descend the opposite side of the mountain by cog railway to Arth Goldau, to join our train for our journey past pretty Lake Zugersee and back to Lucerne.
Day 5 - Glacier Express to Brig
We embark on a morning departure and make our way via Thalwil to Chur to board the world-famous Glacier Express - affectionately known as the slowest 'express' in the world. The journey traverses richly varied landscapes, from snow-capped mountains to peaceful meadows and dramatic passes. From Chur, it makes its way along the broad valley before it climbs towards the Oberalp Pass, the highest point of the route at 6,670 feet (2,033 m). It then descends to Andermatt and continues down the Rhône Valley to Brig, a small historic town situated at the foot of the Simplon Pass. Here we check into the 3* Hotel Ambassador for a two-night stay.
Day 6 - Zermatt
Enjoy the dramatic Swiss scenery today as we travel to the picturesque resort of Zermatt by mountain railway. Overlooked by the mighty Matterhorn, Zermatt is ideally situated for walks into the mountains or, if you have a head for heights, perhaps make the train journey up to the Gornergrat.
Day 7 - Brig to London
We travel by train from Brig, via Geneva to Paris and onward by Eurostar to St Pancras International in London.
These meals, where shown, are included in the price of your holiday.
Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.
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Explore Switzerland on the Glacier Express Train
Following the Matter Vispa River and the Rhône Valley you will be able to explore the beauty of Switzerland from the comfort of your seat. Be watchful for the remarkable waterfalls and enchanting castles which grace the landscape. Accompanying you throughout your journey will be one of our affable Tour Managers who is on hand whenever needed. However, if you would prefer to be self reliant they will happily fade into the background and allow you to enjoy the tour as you wish. Take a look at our train tours on the Glacier Express through Switzerland.