Snow on the Alps

Holiday Highlights

  • First Class Swiss Pass for unlimited travel whilst in Switzerland
  • No expensive excursions to pay for
  • Stays in Chur and Lucerne
  • Centrally located hotels allowing easy access on free days with your travel pass
  • Reservations in First Class on Glacier and Bernina Express trains
  • Dinner in one of the heritage dining cars operated by Rhaetian Railways
  • Arranged optional escorted excursions on free days
  • 10 days from £2,650pp
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Tour Dates:
Tuesday 13 February to Thursday 22 February 2024

Majestic mountains, breathtaking Alpine scenery and world famous UNESCO Rhaetian Railways journeys make this escorted winter tour unforgettable and truly special. Enjoy organised excursions or explore independently with a First Class Swiss Travel Pass.


Day 1 – To Cologne

Depart on mid-morning Eurostar from London St Pancras to Brussels, then onward to Cologne for an overnight stay.

Day 2 – Onward to Chur

By rail to Basle. From here our rail travel in Switzerland will be in First Class using the Swiss Travel Pass provided. We leave Basle and travel to Chur where we will stay for 4 nights.

Day 3 – Time to Explore

Using your Swiss Travel Pass a free day allows you the chance to explore Chur and the surrounding area using the UNESCO World Heritage Rhaetian Railways network. The city of Chur is the capital of the Graubünden region and is ideally situated for visiting the nearby resorts of Arosa and Davos. It is Switzerland’s oldest city and has a car-free pedestrianised old town. There will also be an optional escorted excursion on offer.

Day 4 – Bernina Express

Today you have the option of joining a full day escorted excursion from Chur to Tirano travelling in First Class on the Bernina Express route with its spirals and tunnels and reaching an altitude of more than 2000m. The return journey will be via St Moritz in order to have dinner on the train as we travel back to Chur.

Day 5 – Chur at Leisure

A second day at leisure and again, there will be the offer of an optional escorted excursion (at no extra cost).

Day 6 – Glacier Express

Transfer by rail in First Class on the famous Glacier Express to Andermatt for more incredible views from the train, then onwards to Lucerne for a 3-night stay.

Days 7 & 8 – Lucerne at Leisure

Free days based in Lucerne with the use of your Swiss Travel Pass. The town is known as the gateway to central Switzerland and sits on the edge of the lake. There will be optional escorted excursions on offer each day but, if you prefer to be independent, your experienced tour leader will help with ideas and planning.

Day 9 – To Cologne

Depart Lucerne after breakfast and travel by train via Basle to Cologne for an overnight stay.

Day 10 – Home to London

Taking the morning direct ICE train to Brussels we make a connection with the Eurostar service to London St Pancras.

Tour Route

Tour route map

Selected Hotels

CityClass Hotel Europa am Dom, Cologne

Hotel Freieck, Chur

Hotel Central Luzern, Lucerne

Please note - hotels can be subject to change

Price Includes

  • Standard Class travel to and from Switzerland
  • First Class Swiss Pass for unlimited travel on trains, postbuses, lake steamers and many city buses and trams
  • Daily optional escorted excursions
  • Glacier and Bernina Express supplements
  • Evening meal in dining car
  • Accommodation in good quality hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Services of a tour leader from London and throughout the tour

Price per person

Escorted holiday: £2,650
Single room supplement: £460
Deposit for this holiday: £200

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  • UK's first rail tour operator to run an overseas escorted rail holiday in 1974
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