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Swiss Wonders on the Glacier Express

Switzerland in 7 Days, 6 Nights in Destination

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Spend a week traveling through Switzerland, crossing mountains, lakes, and linguistic borders on this fun-filled tour with plenty of time for independent exploration. See more than just the Matterhorn!

Trip Highlights

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    Bern
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    Gruyeres
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    Interlaken
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    Lausanne
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    St. Moritz
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    Zermatt
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    Zurich

Included

  1. All flights

  2. Accommodation

  3. Some transfers

  4. Activities

  5. Breakfast only

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  1. Departures available until October 2024

  2. Available Group tours

  3. Solo travelers from + £ 730

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  • Accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels.
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Accommodation: 6 Nights

Itinerary

Begin in Zurich, Switzerland's biggest city and an excellent base to explore the country. Head to the mountains, first visiting the ski-mecca of St. Moritz. Take the famous Glacier Express to Zermatt, admiring panoramic views of the Alps. Continue towards lakeside Lausanne, then enjoy walking tours in quaint Gruyères and Bern. Spend your final day in Interlaken before returning home.

1st Day: UK/Ireland - Zurich
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Ready to discover the spectacular cities and landscapes of Switzerland? Arrive at your departure airport, ready to catch a flight to Zurich*. Touch down in Zurich, famous for being the global center of finance on the north shore of the beautiful lake with the same name. Self-transfer** to your hotel. 

The rest of the day is free to enjoy at your leisure. Why not walk around the historic old town and enjoy a warm beverage in one of the many cafes or enjoy an international array of gastronomic offerings from restaurants across the city? Overnight stay in Zurich.

*If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

**Airport transfers are not included. You will have the option to add a transfer from the airport to your hotel for an additional cost in the next step of the booking process.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Hotel Montana Zurich or similar
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1262 Reviews

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2nd Day: Zurich - Chur - St. Moritz
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Breakfast at the hotel. Set off on your journey through Switzerland, boarding a private coach bus bound for Chur. After about two and a half hours, arrive and spend some free time exploring the city. Known as the oldest Swiss city, Chur contains many interesting sights from its medieval Old City to the Chur Cathedral, home to paintings by the famed artist Albrecht Dürer. After a pleasant time in Chur, return to board the coach and head to St. Moritz. About two hours drive away, this sumptuous mountain town attracts world-class skiers. Transfer to the hotel, and after check-in, the rest of the evening is free to explore St. Moritz as you please. Overnight in St. Moritz.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Reine Victoria or similar
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341 Reviews

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3rd Day: St. Moritz - Zermatt
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Breakfast at the hotel. Say goodbye to St. Moritz as you transfer to the train station, this time towards Zermatt. But this is no ordinary journey: you’ll be traveling on the Glacier Express! This iconic train crosses some of Switzerland’s most beautiful scenery, offering privileged views of the rugged mountains.

Located at the foot of the iconic Matterhorn peak, Zermatt has gained fame as a center of mountaineering and skiing. Indeed, the Matterhorn is a symbol of Switzerland itself. Once you notice it, you’ll start seeing references all over the country! Zermatt prizes their views so much that combustion-engine vehicles are completely banned to prevent any air pollution from obstructing the Matterhorn. Arrive and check in at the hotel for the evening. Overnight in Zermatt.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Hotel Continental Zermatt... or similar
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193 Reviews

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Activities

included
Glacier Express Panoramic Train

Light

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4th Day: Zermatt - Tasch - Lausanne
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Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a free morning in Zermatt to explore the town on foot or admire views of the Matterhorn.

Later, your tour of Switzerland continues with a transfer to the train station, then a quick 12-minute jaunt to the town of Täsch. As this is the nearest town accessible to combustion engines, a private coach will pick you up here for the under-three-hour journey to Lausanne. Located on Lac Léman, Lausanne has long been an idyllic hideout for the ultra-wealthy and even exiled royals. Notice that the local language has changed–unlike your previous stops, the majority here speak French, not Swiss German! Transfer to the hotel to relax for the evening. Overnight in Lausanne.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Movenpick Hotel Lausanne or similar
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1686 Reviews

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5th Day: Lausanne - Bern - Lausanne
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Breakfast at the hotel. Depart by coach for Gruyères, an alpine town best-known for its castle and its eponymous cheese. Enjoy a walking tour of the city center, admiring the charming streets and majestic architecture. Break for an independent lunch–why not try a famous Swiss fondue, complete with Gruyère cheese? After lunch, get back on the coach and depart for Bern. Though not officially Switzerland’s capital, Bern is home to the federal government. Enjoy another walking tour through the medieval core of the city, an official UNESCO World Heritage site. After your tour, return to Lausanne for a free evening. Overnight in Lausanne.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Movenpick Hotel Lausanne or similar
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1686 Reviews

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Activities

included
Walking Tour of Gruyeres

Moderate

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Walking Tour of Bern

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6th Day: Lausanne - Interlaken - Zurich
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Breakfast at the hotel. Get an early start, heading off to Interlaken by coach. With a name meaning “between lakes,” it’s no surprise that Interlaken is known as a center of winter sports and outdoor recreation. You’re free for the rest of the day to enjoy this resort town as you prefer. Ascend to the Harder Kulm viewpoint or take a boat ride on Lake Bienz. Alternatively, you could join our optional Jungfraujoch excursion*. In the evening, reunite with the group in Interlaken and head to Zurich by coach. Overnight in Zurich.

*Optional Jungfraujoch excursion: Take an extraordinary journey to the stunning Jungfraujoch peak in the Bernese Alps. Begin your ascent in a typical gondola, stopping in Eigergletscher. From there, you will take the train further up, providing stunning views as you travel more than 3,000 meters high. Arrive at Jungfraujoch and enjoy an included three-course lunch in the local style. Spend an hour sightseeing before returning to Interlaken in the afternoon.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Hotel Montana Zurich or similar
tripadvisor rating

1262 Reviews

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Activities

Optional
Full-day excursion to Jungfraujoch

Moderate

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7th Day: Zurich - UK/Ireland
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Breakfast at the hotel*. Bid farewell to the charming culture and unforgettable landscapes of Switzerland. At the indicated time, self-transfer to the airport for your return flight back to the UK/Ireland. Arrive in the UK/Ireland and end of your trip**.

*Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

**Depending on the return flight schedule, you may arrive in the UK/Ireland the next day.

Included activities

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It is not guaranteed that you will be able to buy lunch directly on the train as the availability is limited. We recommend to take your own food for the train journey.

Glacier Express Panoramic Train

Included activity for day 3 in Zermatt

The Glacier Express route through the Alps takes just under eight hours from Zermatt to St. Moritz and boasts spectacular panoramic views, bridges and tunnels.

Duration 07:30h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Light

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Included

Walking Tour of Gruyeres

Included activity for day 5

Marvel at the charming cheese village, Gruyères, on this walking tour where you will stroll down cobblestone streets and its fountains.

Duration 01:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Walking Tour of Bern

Included activity for day 5 in Bern

Get to know the capital of Switzerland in this walking city tour where you will get to discover every major key point of the city, including the picturesque Old Town, declared a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site.

Duration 01:30h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Available Activities

Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
Optional

Full-day excursion to Jungfraujoch

Suggested activity for day 6 in Interlaken

Ascend to the Jungfraujoch viewpoint in the Swiss Alps, taking both a gondola and a train up the mountain. On arrival, enjoy a delicious three-course lunch and free time to explore.

Duration 06:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

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The price includes

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    Included in all our trips. more information
  • Departures from main UK/Ireland airports.
  • International flights: UK/Ireland - Zurich - UK/Ireland.
  • Glacier Express Panoramic Train.*
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  • 6 nights accommodation in Charm & Superior category hotels.
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  • 6 breakfasts.
  • Long-distance coach included between cities.
  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
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  • Air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • Walking tour in Gruyeres & in Bern.
  • ATOL protection.
  • A professional English-speaking tour manager will be travelling with the group from day 2 to day 6.

*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Tax, meals, drinks and any other services not mentioned in what's included. 

*The Glacier Express ticket does not include meals. It is not guaranteed that you will be able to buy lunch directly on the train as the availability is limited. We recommend to take your own food for the train journey.

Important: Airport transfers are not included. You will have the option to add a transfer from the airport to your hotel in the next step of the booking process.

Tips are not included. Although tipping is not mandatory, we highly recommend an average of between 2 and 5 CHF per person per day for the guide as well as for the driver. Keep in mind that tipping is an important part of Switzerland culture and customary in this line of work.

Important note: We cannot guarantee seats together on the train, so you may have separate seats within your group.

Train tickets included in the program are in 2nd Class.


  • Entry requirements

    Valid passport required.

  • Visa

    No visa is required to enter the country.

  • Currency

    Swiss Franc.

  • Language

    German, French and Italian.

  • Electricity

    220 V. Adapter required.

  • Health

    There are no mandatory vaccinations.

  • Time zone

    UTC +1

  • Other useful information

    The Swiss drive on the right-hand side of the road.

  • Tourist Office website

    www.myswitzerland.com/

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline's website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

Babies: 0-2 years.

Children: 3 -12 years.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or canceled without prior notice.

If you have reduced mobility, require the use of a wheelchair, or you would prefer this tour to be a private experience for you and your group, you must contact our Experts at +44 20 8068 3176 before booking to ensure that your needs can be met.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

While on the road, it is highly unlikely that the vehicle will be equipped with wifi or bathroom facilities, though rest stops will be made for long trips. We recommend purchasing a new SIM card at the airport or placing an e-SIM before travel to guarantee internet connection.

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