Glacier Express Excellence Class
- 5 Days
- From £1,799
- Experience the world-famous Glacier Express in style with a journey in Excellence Class
- Stay in luxurious 5* hotels in Zermatt and St Moritz
- Use your First Class Swiss pass to get around
- Return flights from the UK to maximise your time in Switzerland
- Decide when you would like to travel
- Adapt the route to suit your plans
- Upgrade your hotels
- Add extra nights, destinations and/or tours
- Replace flights with train journeys
- First class rail travel
- Excellence class service on the Glacier Express from Zermatt to St Moritz
- Return flights from the UK to Switzerland
- 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 12 October and 12 December 2020. Between these dates, you can still make the journey of the Glacier Express using public trains.
Depart the UK today on your flight to Geneva. On arrival, take the train from the conveniently located station underneath the terminal and make your way 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 Zurich International Airport where you board your flight home. You could also fly out out of one of Milan’s airports with a journey via the spectacular Bernina Express and the shores of Lake Como. Please ask one of the team for more information and pricing.
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.