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Trip Overview

Discover one of the most stunning rail journeys in all of Europe on this five-day scenic Swiss excursion from London, which includes a ride on the world-famous Bernina Express. Start by spending some time discovering the cosmopolitan city of Zurich, with its contrast of modern skyscrapers and historical buildings. Then take the train on a scenic journey to Chur, and discover the old-world charm of this classic Swiss town. From Chur, spend a memorable day taking the Bernina Express to Tirano, marveling at the impressive views along the way.

Highlights

  • Enjoy two nights exploring the beautiful, cosmopolitan city of Zurich
  • Discover the charming city of Chur before traveling through the iconic Swiss Alps aboard the Bernina Express

 PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Rail travel throughout as per itinerary
  • 2 nights’ hotel stay with breakfast in Zurich
  • 2 nights’ hotel stay with breakfast in Chur
  • City Tour including Cable-car ride and lake cruise in Zurich
  • Three-day Swiss Pass
  • Bernina Express roundtrip tickets from Chur to Tirano
Trip Map

Why Not...

Extend your trip or try this package in reverse. Call a Rail Expert for details.

Disclaimer:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

DAY 1 - LONDON TO ZURICH
Take a direct Eurostar from London to Zurich. On arrival, check in at your hotel for a two-night stay and spend the afternoon exploring this cosmopolitan, elegant city. Situated on the banks of the River Limmat, Zurich is home to an impressive number of art galleries and museums, including the Swiss National Museum and the Kunsthaus. Spend the evening by the lake in the old town district of Niederdorf, famous for its bars, restaurants, lounges and fashion shops. (Overnight in Zurich)

 DAY 2 – ZURICH
After breakfast at your hotel this morning, explore the old town's classical Swiss architecture, including the stunning Baroque Jesuit church and the medieval Chapel Bridge.  In the afternoon embark on a half day sightseeing tour aboard a comfortable coach taking in the old town highlights as well as the surrounding area.  Ride the cable car up to the nearby vantage point of Felsenegg for some spectacular views and photo opportunities before returning to the city via a relaxing ferry ride on Lake Zurich.(Overnight in Zurich) B

DAY 3 – ZURICH TO CHUR
Spend the morning enjoying breakfast then travel by train to Chur, the oldest city in Switzerland. Enjoy wandering around the Old Town or visit the lovely Cathedral of the Assumption, and enjoy the interesting galleries and authentic Swiss eateries that dot the city. (Overnight in Chur) B

DAY 4 – BERNINA EXPRESS
After an early breakfast, depart from Chur on the Bernina Express to Tirano via St Moritz. The train crosses the Alps and offers breath-taking views from the panoramic carriages. Ride over spectacular viaducts, through sheer rock gorges and switch-back tunnels, alongside mountain streams and glaciers. Be sure not to miss the impressive Landwasser Viaduct, which will appear on your right just before St Moritz. The train climbs up the 7,400 feet high Bernina Pass and the entire trip is narrated. Food is available to buy on the train. This whole area is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy lunch in Tirano at the end of the line, or stop a little earlier in Poschiavo which has a lovely choice of cafés and restaurants before returning for your second night in Chur. (Overnight in Chur) B

DAY 5 – DEPART CHUR
After breakfast this morning, check out of your hotel and continue with your travels using your Swiss Pass. If you wish to extend your vacation, perhaps with an additional day in a different city, one of our Rail Consultants will be happy to assist you with the details. B

 MEAL GUIDE: B - BREAKFAST, BR - BRUNCH, L - LUNCH, AT - AFTERNOON TEA, D -DINNER

ABC Hotel Chur

The ABC Chur is a modern boutique hotel with 40 comfortable and contemporary bedrooms. There is a cosy lobby bar where you can enjoy a night-cap in the evening, as well as a spa-lounge with a fitness centre, sauna and steam bath. The hotel is close to the main railway station, in the centre of Chur.

Romantik Hotel Stern Chur

The Romantik Hotel Stern is a historic hotel with 64 comfortable and modern bedrooms. The hotel has a traditional Swiss restaurant called the Buendner Stube which offers a menu of seasonal dishes from locally sourced produce. The hotel is situated in the centre of Chur, close to the Old Town.

Swiss Night Am Kunsthaus Zurich

The Swiss Night am Kunsthaus is located within a quiet residential district and is close to the Kunthaus Museum and the Opera of Zurich. Lake Zurich is just a short walk away and all 46 bedroms are light, airy and spacious. The hotel also benefits from a fitness centre.

Du Theatre Zurich

The Hotel du Théâtre in Zurich is a historic hotel which was a theatre during the 1950s. The hotel has 50 individually designed, contemporary bedrooms as well as a cinema and audio book library in honour of the hotel's theatrical past. The contemporary lounge restaurant, la suite serves local specialities along with great city views. The hotel is in the centre of old Zurich, a short walk from the train station.

Helmhaus Zurich

The Helmhaus Hotel in Zurich is a modern boutique hotel and is centrally located in Zurich's old town. The hotel has 24 stylish bedrooms, each has been renovated and some offer views over the lake of Zurich. Located in the historic city centre and close to all of Zurich's major sights, the Helmhaus Hotel is the perfect hotel for exploring this charming city!

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Disclaimer:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

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