Fabulous Family Train Tour of Switzerland

Holiday Highlights

  • Classic Rhine valley route southbound
  • Bernina Express
  • Glacier Express
  • Fabulous Views through the Swiss Alps
  • Swiss Pass providing unlimited travel within Switzerland
  • Visit to Zermatt with possible extra excursion on Gornergrat railway
  • A chance to view the famous Matterhorn
  • 9 days from £4,560 for family of four

This is a wonderful family holiday that will give your children a taste of the Continent and in particular Europe's magnificent mountains in Switzerland, including the Matterhorn. An unforgettable rail journey that delivers amazing views and feats of railway engineering and excellence.


Day 1 – London-Brussels-Cologne

The holiday begins when you step aboard the Eurostar train and travel via Brussels to Cologne for an overnight stay with time to enjoy the city and its famous cathedral.

Day 2 – Cologne-Hug the Rhine-Basel-Chur

A day spent enjoying the wonderful views as you travel by train along the classic rail route which follows the River Rhine between Germany and Switzerland before arriving at the charming city of Chur, your base for the next 3 nights.

Day 3 – Free Day with Rail Pass (kids under 16 free!!!!!)

A day to make the most of your Swiss Pass with unlimited travel on trains, trams, postbuses and lake steamers. You can visit the nearby resorts of Arosa and Klosters or take the children to the nearby Heidi Village and introduce them to this classic story.

Day 4 – Bernina Express Return

Chur is the home of the UNESCO World Heritage Rhaetian Railway and its famous Bernina Express runs a full-day return excursion from Chur to Tirano in Italy - a route which is the only North-South Alpine rail crossing with a summit rising to 2,253 metres and boasting numerous spiral tunnels and viaducts – great views and a memorable rail journey.

Day 5 – Glacier Express to Brig

Take the slowest express train in the world – the Glacier Express to Brig. The speed and the huge windows of the train allow you to savour the fabulous views as you travel over the Oberalp Pass before arriving in Brig for a 3-night stay.

Day 6 – Free Day with Rail Pass

Use your Swiss Pass to enjoy the sights and area around Brig that lie within the Rhône Valley.

Day 7 – Brig to Zermatt and Matterhorn

A return journey to Zermatt, the home of the Matterhorn. Optional journeys include travel by rack railway into the mountains on the Gornergrat Railway or a ride on the Kleine Matterhorn cable car. Extra charges apply for optional journeys.

Day 8 – Brig-Basle-Cologne

Travel home by train via Cologne for an overnight stay, providing another scenic journey along the Rhine.

Day 9 – Cologne-Brussels-London

By train to Brussels to connect with your Eurostar train home.

Selected Hotels

Eden Hotel Früh am Dom, Cologne

Hotel Freieck, Chur

Hotel Ambassador, Brig

Please note - hotels can be subject to change

Price Includes

  • Standard class Eurostar return London to Brussels
  • Standard class rail return Brussels to Basel
  • Seat reservations
  • Standard class Swiss Passes for 2 adults for unlimited travel on trains, lake steamers, postbuses and many city buses. Children travel free accompanied by parents
  • 3* city centre hotels in en suite rooms and including breakfast


From £4,560 for 2 adults and 2 children under 12 in a family room

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