Glacier Express & Bernina Express

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1 Jul 2018 - 22 Sep 2018
Duration: 6 nights departing 1st July or 16th September
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EXPERIENCE THE SWITZERLAND HIGHEST RAILWAY ACROSS THE ALPS

Switzerland is renowned for its world-class rail travel and these two journeys are no exception. The Glacier Express, affectionately known as the slowest express train in the world, offers spectacular views as it carves its way through the heart of the Swiss Alps. The Bernina Express is the highest railway in the Alps, passing glistening glaciers over 2,000 feet above sea level before descending to the swaying palm trees of Italy. Both claim to be the ‘most scenic’, so this is the chance to make your own decision while staying in a the mountain resort of Davos.

DAY 1: LONDON – BASEL

We journey from London to Paris by Eurostar and continue by rail to Basel where we check in at our overnight hotel.

DAY 2: BASEL – DAVOS

After breakfast we have free time to explore the old university town Basel. This beautiful Swiss city lies on the banks of the river Rhine, at the point where the countries of Switzerland, France and Germany meet. This afternoon we continue our rail journey to Davos, our base for the next five nights.

DAY 3: BERNINA EXPRESS

Today we join the Bernina Express for a spectacular journey across the Alps. The route passes through tunnels and across bridges, reaching a height of 2,253 metres above sea level, before a steep descent towards the Italian border and the swaying palms of Tirano. A particular highlight of the journey is the Brusio spiral viaduct, a true masterpiece of bridge engineering. After some free time to explore Tirano we take the Bernina Express back across the Alps to Davos.

DAY 4: DAVOS

Today is free for you to relax in our lovely mountain resort, which is the highest town in the Alps. Travel to nearby town of Klosters and the mountains of Parsenn, Jakobshorn, Rinerhorn and Madrisa are all easily reached via lifts, cable cars and funicular railways, and there’s the Schatzalp ‘magic mountain’ that can be accessed by its very own funicular railway, so it’s a good day to make use of your included Swiss travel card.

DAY 5: GLACIER EXPRESS

This morning we step aboard the legendary Glacier Express in the resort of Filisur and set off on an unforgettable journey. Taking around 3½ hours, the route passes through untouched mountains, past Switzerland’s oldest town, along the deep Rhine Gorge, through stunning valleys and across countless bridges, as it winds its way across the Swiss Alps. We alight from the train in the mountain village of Andermatt and enjoy some free time before taking the local trains back to Davos.

DAY 6: DAVOS

Enjoy a final day at leisure in Davos and use your travel card or take advantage of the leisure facilities in our hotel.

DAY 7: DAVOS – LONDON

We bid farewell to the Swiss Alps and travel by rail to Zurich for our return flight to London.

PRICES (BASED ON 2 PEOPLE SHARING A TWIN ROOM):

1st July 2018: £1295
16th September 2018: £1345
Single supplement: £155
Deposit: £250

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Eurostar from London to Paris
  • Connecting rail/coach journeys
  • Flight from Zurich to London Heathrow
  • One night’s bed and breakfast in Basel
  • Five nights’ half board accommodation in Davos
  • Klosters and Davos travel card
  • Services of our Tour Manager

Plus the following excursions:

  • Return journey on the Bernina Express
  • Visit to Tirano, Italy
  • Journey on the Glacier Express
  • Visit to Andermatt, Switzerland

Optional meal on the Glacier Express: £30

GAIA HOTEL, BASEL

This 4 star family run hotel, is only a short walk from the train station and a 10-minute walk from the historic town centre. All the bedrooms are elegantly furnished and have telephone, air conditioning, tea/coffee maker, minibar, a flat-screen TV with satellite and free WIFI. There is also a restaurant, bar/ lounge area.

HOTEL MEIERHOF, DAVOS

The Hotel Meierhof is a 4 star hotel, located next to the famous Parsennbahn cabin car in Davos Dorf. The en suite bedrooms have safety deposit box, TV, minibar, hairdryer and free WIFI. Hotel facilities include “Jarno” the à la carte restaurant, the dining room, a bar, library, media corner and outside there is a small outdoor bar in the lounge area.