Glacier Express Excellence Class
- 5 Days
- From £1,899
- Experience the world-famous Glacier Express in style with a journey in Excellence Class
- Stay in luxurious 5* hotels in Zermatt and St Moritz
- Travel by train in and out of Switzerland in First Class
- Decide when you would like to travel
- Adapt the route to suit your plans
- Upgrade your hotels
- Add extra nights, destinations and/or tours
- First class rail travel with seat reservations
- Private transfers between stations in Paris
- Excellence class service on the Glacier Express from Zermatt to St Moritz
- City maps and comprehensive directions to your hotels
- Clearly-presented wallets for your rail tickets, hotel vouchers and other documentation
- All credit card surcharges and complimentary delivery of your travel documents
PLEASE NOTE: The Glacier Express does not run between mid-October and mid-December. Between these dates, you can still make the journey of the Glacier Express using public trains.
Catch the Eurostar to Paris where your private transfer driver will be waiting to take you across to the Gare de Lyon. Here, board a high-speed TGV Lyria service to Lausanne and then take a connecting Swiss service along the shores of Lake Geneva passing vineyards and castles along the way.
The mountains dominate the skyline as you pull into the small town of Visp, where you transfer onto the single-track Matterhorn-Gotthard Bahn up to Zermatt. On arrival, check in at the impressive Mont Cervin Palace (or similar), at the foot of the iconic Matterhorn.
Zermatt is one of the most exclusive resorts in the Alps, popular on a year-round basis with skiers, hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts. The massive peak of the Matterhorn dominates the skyline – why not get a closer look by taking the famous Gornergrat Mountain Railway? Alternatively you may just choose to relax in the resort and enjoy the fresh mountain air.
Today is the highlight of your trip, as you board the new Excellence Class on the Glacier Express. The famous train that travels the spectacular route from Zermatt through to St Moritz boasts, as of 2019, two new Excellence Class carriages per train. From the red carpet welcome at the platform to the champagne aperitif on board, you are treated to a multiple-course sumptuous menu served throughout the journey. On arrival into St Moritz, you are met and transferred to the Kulm Hotel (or similar), where you have a 2-night stay.
Founded in Roman times thanks to its healing waters, the resort of St Moritz is known worldwide for its glitz, glamour and winter sports. The region, known as the Upper Engadine Valley, boasts over 300 days of sunshine per year. Shopping in the exquisite boutiques, taking a magical horse and carriage ride, or simply relaxing and enjoying the facilities of your hotel, how you spend your day is entirely up to you.
Today you bid farewell to St Moritz as you travel in First Class through the stunning landscape of eastern Switzerland, making your way to Basel where you connect back onto the high-speed line back to Paris. Again, you’ll be met by a private transfer driver who will take you and your luggage across to the Gare du Nord for your Eurostar service back to the the UK.
Typical hotels on this itinerary
A member of “Leading Hotels of the World”, the Mont Cervin Palace was opened in 1851. It is situated in the heart of Zermatt, boasting a pool and 1700 m² wellness and spa area where guests can indulge in a wide range of treatments. Most of the guest rooms face south and have a balcony or a patio with views of the Matterhorn.
Situated in the heart of St Moritz, the majestic Kulm Hotel offers stunning views over Lake St. Moritz. Facilities include an extensive spa and wellness area and a gourmet restaurant. One of the finest hotels in Switzerland, the Kulm is an ideal retreat for your stay in St Moritz.
You can travel from London to Zermatt and St Moritz to London by rail. It’s possible to make both journeys in a day, but they would be long days with multiple changes, so you may want to consider stopping off en route. Easy places to break your outbound and inbound journeys include Paris, Basel, Geneva or Strasbourg. Give us a call to get a tailor made quotation.