The Swiss Alps are home to some of the world’s most magical destinations, from boutique cities and alpine resort towns to jagged peaks and rocky ridges. With Railbookers’ Grand Glacier Express–Excellence Class journey, you’ll have the chance to experience it all in just six days. The customizable trip can be tailored to your preferences and interests, and departs whenever works for you (see special offer St. Moritz). Along the way, you’ll visit Zurich, Zermatt, and St. Moritz, stopping to savor local food, landscapes, and more in each place.
To get from Zermatt to St. Moritz, you’ll take the renowned Glacier Express, one of the most luxurious trains in Switzerland. You’ll ride in Excellence Class, an upscaled first-class experience which pampers guests with stunning views from a guaranteed window seat, plus a welcome desk and personal check-in on the platform, an on-board concierge, luggage service, and some refreshing aperitifs. As you cross 291 bridges and travel through world-heritage sites and 91 tunnels en route to St. Moritz, remember to gaze out the window from your comfortable seat for a remarkable perspective on the Swiss Alps.
Whatever you decide to do at each stop, Railbookers will make sure you travel in style. Everything from the luxury train travel to hotel stays with breakfast are included in your journey.
Itinerary / 5 DAYSPLAN YOUR TRIP
You’ll have your choice of hotel for the night, whether it’s the historic Du Theatre Zurich with its 1950s theater and restaurant serving local specialties, or the family-run Schweizerhof Hotel Zurich, known for its butler service, welcome cocktails, fresh fruit in the guest rooms, and Champagne buffet breakfast. You could also pick the Swiss Night am Kunsthaus Zurich, located in a quiet residential district close to the Kunsthaus Museum (art museum) and Opera of Zurich, the family-owned Hotel St. Gotthard Zurich, or the boutique Helmhaus Zurich, a stay in the Old Town that’s close to all the major sites.
After checking in to your hotel, spend the evening by the lake in the Old Town district of Niederdorf, famous for its lively restaurants, bars, and lounges.
DAY 2Zurich to Zermatt
DAY 3Gornergrat day trip
Back in Zermatt, you’ll have the rest of the day to explore on your own. Walk along Bahnhofstrasse and around town, taking in the charming buildings and dazzling views, and sample some local cuisine at spots like Chez Vrony and Restaurant Findlerhof. Learn more about the first ascent of the Matterhorn some 150 years ago at Zermatlantis Matterhorn museum.
DAY 4Glacier Express from Zermatt to St. Moritz
Once in St. Moritz, you’ll check in to the centrally located Art Boutique Hotel Monopol or Hauser Swiss Quality Hotel, a family-run spot with 52 cozy guest rooms. Also on site at the Hauser is a terrace bar and restaurant as well as a confectionery shop famous for its Engadiner Nusstorte (a traditional nut-and-caramel pie). If you’re staying between May and October, be sure to pick up your Engadin Card from the front desk—it’s good for free use of the local cable cars and mountain railways while in town.