Swiss Glacier Express

Discovering the best of Switzerland by rail, coach & steamboat

Base Fare:
$12,450 per guest, double occupancy

Early Reservation Bonus on 2019 departures:

Save 5%* per guest
Reserve by January 31st to qualify

Your Journey includes

Spectacular rail journey aboard the Glacier Express
Stunning scenery, rugged mountains, picturesque lakes, lush valleys, quaint towns
Most meals included
11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners
11 nights in outstanding hotels
Porterage of one piece of luggage
Round-trip airfare from Toronto with Air Canada (air gateways available across Canada)
Private car home pick up & return service

Swiss Glacier Express

From mighty glaciers and remote valleys to iconic peaks and villages, this 13-day journey has been called the “ultimate Swiss experience.” Stroll the avenues of the gorgeous town of Ascona while looking out over Lago Maggiore. Board the world-famous Glacier Express for a spectacular rail journey that carries you over the Oberalp Pass and Landwasser Viaduct. Watch the serene water shimmer as you cross the Kapellbrücke, a covered wooden footbridge built in 1333. Your journey will immerse you in Swiss culture, allowing you to embrace the legends and myths of ancient mountain tales in intimate settings.

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Base Fare:
$12,450 per guest, double occupancy

Combine this Journey with our Amsterdam to Basel River Cruise and SAVE! 

Signature inclusions

Before you travel

  • All taxes, port and service charges
  • Complete information and assistance before your journey
  • Branded overnight carry-on bag or backpack
  • Private car pick-up service or overnight at the Toronto Airport Hilton (or a credit instead of those services)

During your Journey

  • 24/7 professional Journey Manager services
  • Services of local guides
  • All gratuities
  • Porterage for one piece of baggage
  • Most meals as listed
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees as listed

Memorable activities

  • Experience the world-famous Glacier Express and a firstclass journey across spectacular landscapes
  • Be awe-struck by breathtaking vistas throughout the journey
  • Embark on beautiful boat cruises on Lake Lugano, Lago di Como and Lake Lucerne
  • Visit scenic towns including Ascona, Bellagio, St. Moritz, Zermatt and Lucerne
  • Board the cog railroad & climb 1,300 metres up to the Rigi-Kulm for lunch

Outstanding accommodation

  • 11 nights in outstanding hotels:
    • 3 nights in Lugano
    • 2 nights in St. Moritz
    • 2 nights in Zermatt
    • 2 nights in Grindelwald
    • 2 nights in Lucerne

Comfortable transportation

  • Round-trip airfare from Toronto with Air Canada
  • Air gateways available across Canada

 

BEGIN YOUR JOURNEY WITH OUR Amsterdam to Basel River Cruise AND SAVE!
Experience the luxury & intimacy of the privately chartered Da Vinci riverboat as you sail along the mighty Rhine & quiet Mosel Rivers. Discover historic cities, explore quaint towns, embrace rich culture & enjoy incredible scenery on this signature river cruise.

CANADIAN DOLLARS PER GUEST

  • TWIN: $12,450
  • SINGLE: On Request 
Interested in the Ultimate European Experience? Combine this Journey with our Amsterdam to Basel River Cruise and SAVE!

EARLY RESERVATION BONUS

Reserve your journey before January 31, 2019

AND SAVE UP TO 5%

ERB: SAVE 5%

Reserve one of our journeys prior to the early reservation date and pay 95% of the published fare at the time of your reservation by cheque or electronic bank transfer and we will deduct the remaining 5% off your journey’s fare.

ERB flex: SAVE 2%

Reserve one of our journeys prior to the early reservation date and pay 98% of the published fare at the time of your reservation by Visa, Mastercard or American Express and we will deduct the remaining 2% off your journey’s fare.

Should you not take advantage of the Early Reservation Bonus and decide to pay by cheque or electronic bank transfer at time of final payment, we will deduct $200 off your journey’s fare.

Please note: A deposit cheque and a post-dated final payment cheque are not considered payment in full. Final payment date is 120 days (or more, depending on the journey) prior to departure. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer, unless noted otherwise.

All fares are for departure from Toronto. Other gateways available. These journey fares include the current known fuel surcharges. Additional charges may apply at final payment date. 

Travel Insurance 
Peace of Mind travel always involves the proper insurance coverage. We strongly recommend you have insurance coverage in place to proect you in the event of an unexpected incident. Cancellation / Interruption Emergency Medical Seniors Emergency Medical Annual Medical Plan All Inclusive Annual Plan Baggage and Personal affects Contact our office and speak with our friendly insurance experts.

Custom flight itineraries 
Do you want something different than our included air program? We are happy to help design a custom itinerary, just for you.

Pre Post overnights in Toronto 
We have a special agreement with our Toronto Airport hotel that includes 2 weeks of parking.

Journey Itinerary

Day 1

DEPART FOR ZURICH, SWITZERLAND

Enjoy a private car ride to the airport. Guests departing from the Toronto airport are assisted with their check-in. Meet your Journey Manager and fellow travellers and board your flight to Zurich, Switzerland.
Overnight flight

Please note, for clarity amongst all travellers, the days here are numbered to match the itinerary departing from Canada. Day 02 here will be day 16 for those guests joining us following the Amsterdam to Basel river cruise

Day 2

ZURICH

Our local guide greets our guests arriving from the Amsterdam to Basel river cruise and also those arriving from Canada at Zurich airport. Together, we all begin our journey with a relaxing drive to Lake Lucerne for lunch before continuing on a scenic drive through Urnerland and the Gotthardtunnel to Tessin and to Lugano in Southern Switzerland. On arrival, unwind before a casual welcome dinner. (L,D)
Hotel International Au Lac Lugano (3 nights)

Day 3

LUGANO & LAGO MAGGIORE

Lago Maggiore is a pristine lake boasting sweeping mountain views and shining blue waters. We depart Lugano this morning for a scenic drive alongside this enchanting lake. We continue to Ascona, one of the most beautiful places in Switzerland, to enjoy lunch in the old town. Stroll the avenues in this gorgeous town before returning to Lugano via Monte Ceneri. This evening, board an intimate boat for a cruise on Lake Lugano where we enjoy dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 4

VILLAS OF LAGO DI COMO & LUNCH IN BELLAGIO, ITALY

Few places are as romantic as Lago di Como, and even fewer are as beautiful as Bellagio. We cruise past many splendid villas, including Villa Carlotta and Villa Oleandra (Mr. Clooney’s private retreat). Over a leisurely lunch, take in the sweeping views of Bellagio, crown jewel of the area. Enjoy some free time before boarding the local ferry to cross the lake to Menaggio. Our coach joins us for the return drive to Lugano. (B,L,D) 

Day 5

OVER THE MOUNTAINS & THROUGH THE VALLEYS TO ST. MORITZ

An exceptional journey takes us through mountain valleys, along glittering lake shores, and over magnificent mountain passes. Enjoy the spectacular San Bernardino Pass, Mala, Julier Pass, and Engadin before arriving in glorious St. Moritz where we settle into our family-owned hotel. After lunch, explore the town at your own pace. Enjoy dinner at our hotel. (B,L,D)
Hotel Schweizerhof, St. Moritz (2 nights)

Day 6

OVER THE BERNINA PASS & CABLE CAR TO MUOTTAS MURAGL

Enjoy an incredible day on a breathtaking rail journey over the Bernina Pass to Poschiavo. We cross the Alps on board the Bernina Express and absorb the breathtaking vistas, gliding over graceful viaducts, through galleries hewn into the sheer rock, and along rushing mountain streams. The entire trip is narrated, and technical buffs will enjoy knowing that the train climbs to a height of 2,253m without the help of a rack-and-pinion mechanism. From Poschiavo, we continue to Muottas Muragl and board the cable car to the restaurant at the top for lunch. The views over the lakes of Engadin are endless as we dine on local fare. We return to our hotel for an afternoon and evening at leisure. Enjoy dinner at our hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 7

GLACIER EXPRESS TO ZERMATT

Today is a day to remember. We board the Glacier Express and settle in to our first-class panoramic car for a spectacular rail journey to Zermatt. This world-famous railway travels through some of the most beautiful and breathtaking scenery in Switzerland. Our seven-hour trek follows the Rhine river, taking us through 91 tunnels, across 291 bridges, and over the Oberalp pass at its highest altitude of 2,044m. The journey’s signature structure, the Landwasser Viaduct, is one of the most photographed bridges in Europe due to its enormity and delicate beauty. Indulge in lunch on board. Later this afternoon, we arrive in Zermatt, where a short walk brings us to our hotel for dinner. (B,L,D)
Hotel Sonne, Zermatt (2 nights)

Day 8

FREE TIME IN ZERMATT OR EXCURSION TO GORNERGRAT

Enjoy free time in Zermatt, an internationally renowned ski town located at the foot of the Matterhorn. Here, you can relax, explore, or wander the quaint streets. For those who are a little more adventurous, an optional excursion to Gornergrat is offered today. Take a breathtaking drive up the Gornergrat to a height of 1,500m for a spectacular view of more than twenty 4,000m peaks, including the Matterhorn and the Weisshorn. With its sunny viewing platform that can be reached throughout the year, the Gornergrat has been a top tourist destination in Switzerland for more than 100 years. Return to Zermatt to enjoy free time over lunch and in the afternoon. Your Journey Manager is available for any local restaurant recommendations. Enjoy dinner at our hotel. (B,D)

Day 9

FAIRY TALE SCENERY

We board our train in Zermatt for a relaxing journey to Täsch. Here, our coach transports us into a fairy tale wonderland through the Canton Wallis to Montreux. Located on Lake Geneva and protected by 2,000m mountain peaks, Montreux is famous for its mild climate and subtropical vegetation. Prepare yourself for one of the most beautiful rail journeys in Switzerland as we board the narrow-gauge railway, the famous Panoramic-Express, to travel through spectacular mountain scenery to the famous resort town of Gstaad. On arrival, stretch your legs with a short walk and enjoy a hearty lunch. This afternoon, a picturesque coach ride takes us through the Simmental to Interlaken and Grindelwald. We return to our hotel for dinner. (B,L,D)
Hotel Schweizerhof, Grindelwald (2 nights)

Day 10

TRAIN JOURNEY TO THE JUNGFRAUJOCH, THE TOP OF EUROPE

The journey to the Jungfraujoch, or the “Top of Europe”, is the highlight of every visit to Switzerland. At a height of 3,454m, Europe’s highest altitude railway introduces visitors to a high-alpine world of ice, snow, and rock that can be marvelled at from various vantage terraces. The scenery today is absolutely amazing! On clear days, views extend as far as the Vosges mountains in France and Germany’s Black Forest. On the return trip, we stop in Kleine Scheidegg for lunch amongst some of the most beautiful views in Switzerland. Enjoy dinner at our hotel and reflect upon this extraordinary day. (B,L,D)

Day 11

LAUTERBRUNNEN, INTERLAKEN & THE BRÜNIG PASS TO LUCERNE

Depart Grindelwald and enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds of life in the Swiss Alps as we travel to Interlaken. We make our way through stunning scenery, including flower-covered chalets and mystical landscapes, along Lake Brienz and over the Brünig Pass to Sachseln for lunch. After a short journey, we arrive in the magical city of Lucerne, where a sightseeing walk takes us over the famous Chapel Bridge, the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe. Enjoy dinner at our hotel. (B,L,D)
Hotel Wilden Mann, Lucerne (2 nights)

Day 12

CLASSIC BOAT TO VITZNAU WITH COG RAILROAD TO RIGI-KULM

One famous saying amongst the Swiss is that if you have not cruised on Lake Lucerne, you have not lived. After enjoying the unparalleled scenic variety of the lake, we journey to Vitznau, an idyllic holiday resort at the foot of the Rigi. Here, we transfer to the Vitznau-Rigi Railway, the world’s first rack-and-pinion railway, for a ride to the Rigi-Kulm at a height of 1,300m. Take in the incredible views and enjoy lunch before boarding our return train to Goldau. We return to Lucerne later this afternoon and enjoy a farewell dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 13

HOME

Today, we make our way to Zurich to bid “auf wiedersehen” to our new friends and make our way to the airport for our flight home. Enjoy our private car to your home. (B)

B : Breakfast L : Lunch D : Dinner

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Journey Highlights





Zermatt and the Matterhorn

Nestled under the watchful eye of the majestic Matterhorn, Zermatt is truly unique. This car-free city is a popular destination for those looking to slow down and savour the tranquility of mountain life. Frequently visited by those who enjoy winter sports, this quaint village also offers adorable shops and cafes to explore as you look out at the surrounding fields, peaks, and valleys. If you crave a broader view of the nearby Matterhorn, drive 1,500 meters up the Gornergrat ridge for a breathtaking view of more than twenty 4,000-meter peaks, including the Matterhorn and the Weisshorn.

Lucerne

With its pristine setting along the shores of Lake Lucerne in central Switzerland, the city of Lucerne is surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenes. Saunter down Kapellbrücke, one of the most famous bridges in the world and the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe. Diagonally spanning the Reuss river, it houses a number of interior paintings dating back to the 17th century. The lake itself is another main attraction of Lucerne, and the locals say that if you have not cruised on Lake Lucerne, you have not lived. As such, a scenic cruise on this gorgeous lake is a must!

Lake Como

Few places are as romantic as Lake Como in Italy. Also known as Comersee, the lake is not only a spectacular area of natural beauty but is also rich in history, having been appreciated for its loveliness since Roman times. Your cruise on the lake will show you the most splendid villas, such as Villa Carlotta and perhaps that of Mr. Clooney. Then, stop at Bellagio for lunch on an intimate terrace. Whether on the shores of this lake or the water itself, the unique beauty that has enchanted generations is sure to capture your heart.

Swiss Glacier Express

The Swiss Glacier Express connects the mountain resorts of St. Moritz and Zermatt, with countless peaks and villages to stop at and admire along the way. There is no better way to experience the glory of the Alps than by the Swiss Glacier Express, rumbling along the tracks over majestic mountain ridges and valleys dotted with quaint Swiss houses. The scenery you’ll pass seems to have sprung right out of a fairy tale, leaving you enchanted with the incomparable Alps and the welcoming people who live within them.

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