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Glacier Express All Inclusive in Winter

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An all-inclusive tour of wintry Switzerland

Discover the magnificent wintry setting of Switzerland on this fabulous tour. Enjoy an all-inclusive stay with visits to elegant St Moritz, charming Tirano and Arosa on some of the most iconic Swiss trains.

Highlights
  • Tiefencastel
  • Journey on the Bernina Express
  • Journey on the Arosa Line
  • Journey on the Glacier Express
  • Journey on the Albula railway line to St Moritz
  • Tirano, Chur & Basel
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
    Heritage Rail Excursions
  • 3* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Lunches
    Evening Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge

Glacier Express All Inclusive in Winter 2020Tour Details

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Day 1 Strasbourg
Strasbourg

London to Strasbourg

Meet your group at the Rail Discoveries dedicated Departure Office ahead of your Eurostar journey to Paris from where you will continue to Strasbourg for the night. Enjoy dinner in a local restaurant this evening.

Includes:
  • Dinner
Day 2 Tiefencastel
Tiefencastel

Tiefencastel

This morning be sure to see Strasbourg's magnificent cathedral in your free time. This Roman Catholic building is considered to be one of the best examples of high-Gothic architecture in Europe, and between 1647 and 1874 it was the world's tallest building. Alternatively you could visit Petite France, one of the historic quarters of Strasbourg. In the Middle Ages it was home to many of Strasbourg's craftsmen, such as millers and fishermen. In 1988 it was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. Today it is recognised for its wood panelled buildings along the river front.

Later you head south to Basel and join the efficient Swiss rail network for the journey to Tiefencastel. This small town only has around 250 inhabitants and retains its traditional Swiss charm, set against the rugged landscape of Switzerland's Albula district. Tiefencastel is home to St Stefan Church which was referenced in 1343 as a nationally important heritage site. In 1650 it was rebuilt by Capuchin monks.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 St Moritz
St Moritz

St Moritz

Travel to St Moritz today, along the UNESCO-listed Albula Line, which passes through stunning Alpine scenery. St Moritz, with its glistening frozen lakes, emerald forests, and towering mountains, is often referred to as Switzerland's original winter wonderland, and is favourite holiday destination for the celebrities and royalty. A luxury Alpine resort town in Switzerland's Engadin valley, it has hosted the Winter Olympics twice. You are free to explore the town on arrival. Perhaps visit Lake St Moritz, famous for hosting winter polo. You could also ride the funicular to Piz Nair, which regularly hosts world skiing championships.

If you have a more artistic bent of mind, perhaps pay a visit to the Segantini Museum, displaying the works of painter Giovanni Segantini. The architecture of the museum is such that the paintings are lit by several skylights, meaning the colours change depending on the time of the day and the angle of the light. You may not want to miss out on the gourmet delights that the various top-class restaurants this luxury ski resort has to offer.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 The Bernina Express
The Bernina Express

The Bernina Express

xperience an excursion on the Bernina Express this morning, one of the highlights of your tour. This remarkable railway line is over 100 years old and has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. Beginning in Tiefencastel, your journey offers breathtaking views of the snowcovered Alps as you travel through the dramatic landscape of Switzerland's beautiful Graubünden region. The route takes you 65 miles south, passing through multiple tunnels and impressive bridges, including the Landwasser Viaduct which crosses over the valley, and is surrounded by rugged mountains and frosted pine forests. Meandering through the alpine winter wonderland, the train enters the 5,955 foot long Albula Tunnel before climbing over the Bernina Pass at 6,669 feet.

The train also crosses the iconic Brusio Viaduct, an incredible spiralling bridge that lowers the train gracefully to the valley floor in order to continue your epic journey. Finally, you weave through the Engadine Valley to Tirano in northern Italy.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 At leisure
At leisure

At leisure

Your day is at leisure so why not take advantage of 50% fares with your included Rail Discoveries Tailor-made card and explore the beauty of the surrounding region? Or maybe take the cable car up into the mountains for breathtaking panoramas of the valleys below.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Free Day
Day 6 Chur
Chur

Chur and the Arosa Line

Today, you discover the charming lakeside town of Arosa, passing by some lovely historical landmarks, including the Obertor town gate and the famous Maltese Tower. Although the track starts fairly flat, the line soon begins to ascent steeply, eventually overcoming a height difference of 3,280 feet to reach your destination. The scenery surrounding the line becomes more wild and dramatic, as you take in the rocky scenery of the Graubünden canton before skirting the crystal clear waters of Obersee. Spend your time in Arosa at leisure before making the return journey.

Afterwards, take the train to Chur, Switzerland's oldest settlement. Chur is a quintessentially Swiss town, with superbly well-preserved medieval town walls. With a history dating back to 3900 BC, this small and beautiful town has a wealth of history waiting to be explored.

Discover the authentic Old Town, grouped around Martinsplat its home to the arcaded Rathaus - Town Hall - dating from 1464. Another sight well worth seeing is the incredible 12thcentury cathedral, which combines Gothic and Romanesque architecture to make for a truly striking building.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 The Glacier Express
The Glacier Express

The Glacier Express

Leaving Tiefencastel, travel on the iconic Glacier Express, one of the highlights of your tour. The 'slowest express train in the world' gently makes its way through glorious scenery. This striking natural beauty is revealed on your journey which, with it being winter, is transformed into a picture-postcard landscape of snowy meadows, frozen streams, and white mountaintops.

The train passes through icy forests, frozen rivers, and sparkling glaciers, which all play their part in creating the winter wonderland setting for which Switzerland is renowned. The train also features panoramic windows, allowing you to truly appreciate the surrounding Alpine scenery. Travel to Brig, and continue on the local rail service to Basel where you stay overnight.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 Eurostar
Eurostar

Return to London

After breakfast, check out transfer to the station where you connect with the TGV to Paris. Here join the return Eurostar service into London.

Includes:
  • Breakfast

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.

What’s included
  • Fully escorted by a UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Exclusive meeting point at our St Pancras Departure Office
  • Return rail travel
  • 7 nights' hotel accommodation with breakfast and dinner
  • 5 picnic lunches and beer, wine and soft drinks (7pm-9pm in Tiefencastel)
  • Journey on the Bernina Express
  • Journey on the Glacier Express
  • Excursions to St Moritz and Chur
  • Journey on the Arosa Line to Arosa

Not Included

  • Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged.

Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

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