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Trip Overview

Take the trip of a lifetime on this nine-night rail adventure. On arrival in Switzerland take the train to Zermatt and the iconic Matterhorn mountain. Then, cross Switzerland on board the Glacier Express to St Moritz, then head south to Italy aboard the breath-taking Bernina Express. After spending three nights in Venice travel in luxury aboard the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express back to London. This vacation by rail is just right for those looking for something very special.

Highlights

  • Soak up the amazing views of the Matterhorn mountain in Zermatt
  • Ride the Gornergrat cog railway to the second highest train station in Europe!
  • Cross Switzerland aboard the Glacier Express
  • Relax by the lake in St Moritz
  • Navigate Alpine peaks and palm tree lined valleys on the Bernina Express
  • Fall in love with the canals of Venice
  • Enjoy a little bit of luxury on the historic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • Rail Travel as per the itinerary
  • One night aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express in a private Twin Cabin
  • Seat reservations on the Glacier and Bernina Express trains
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Zermatt
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in St Moritz
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Venice
  • 1 nights' hotel accommodation with breakfast in London
  • Day trip on the Gornergrat cog railway
  • Engadin card in St Moritz (May-Oct only)
  • Small group tour of the Doges Palace and Golden Basilica in Venice
  • Small group walking tour in Venice
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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 -WELCOME TO SWITZERLAND

On arrival in Zurich take a train from the airport to Zermatt via Visp, then head to your hotel for a two-night stay. (Overnight Zermatt) 

DAY 2 -GORNERGRAT DAY TRIP

At a time of your choosing take a ride up to 3090m above sea level on the historic Gornergrat cog railway. As the train climbs over bridges and through a fragrant forest of fir trees passengers are awarded with a spectacular view of the iconic Matterhorn mountain. At the top there are some gentle walking trails where you might catch a glimpse of a wild Chamois or Marmot, and when you are ready take the train back down the mountain and enjoy dinner in one of Zermatt's great local restaurants. (Overnight Zermatt) B

DAY 3 -THE GLACIER EXPRESS

After breakfast at your hotel make your way to the station for a journey aboard the slowest express train in the world. The Glacier Express takes you over 291 bridges and through 91 tunnels. The views from the panoramic windows you pass mountain peaks, deep gorges and idyllic mountain villages is often breath-taking. The eight hours onboard will fly bye before you pull into Zermatt for a two-night stay. (Overnight St Moritz) B

DAY 4 -ST MORITZ

From May - October your included Engadin card can be used for the funicular and cable-car ride to the vantage point of Piz Nair and some spectacular views across the Engadin valley. If you would prefer something a little more relaxed, take a scenic stroll around lake and enjoy the fresh alpine air. (Overnight St. Moritz) B

DAY 5 -THE BERNINA EXPRESS

Climb aboard the famous Bernina Express train from St. Moritz through the Swiss Alps as it makes its way to Tirano. From Tirano, catch a local train to Milan then a high-speed train to magical Venice. Along the way, you will experience why this journey is loved by so many travellers. (Overnight in Venice) B

DAY 6 - VENICE

Discover the rich history of Venice this morning with a skip the line tour of the Doges Palace and beautiful Golden Basilica. In the afternoon perhaps watch the world go by on St Mark's Square or treat yourself to a drink in Harry's Bar - the home of the Bellini. (Overnight Venice) B

DAY 7-VENICE

Spend a day at leisure in Venice today and explore at your own pace. Speak to any of our Travel Consultants should you like a trip out to the islands of Murano and Burano, or perhaps take a ride out to the Lido to relax on the beach. (Overnight Venice) B

DAY 8VENICE SIMPLON ORIENT EXPRESS

Take your included transfer from your hotel in Venice to the train station and board the luxurious Venice Simplon-Orient-Express for your overnight journey to London! Enjoy a delicious lunch and a welcome cocktail as the train passes through beautiful landscapes. Have your afternoon tea before being shown to your private compartment and in the evening, you will be served a wonderful four course dinner. Retire to your cabin, now transformed into a cosy bedroom, for a good night's rest. (Overnight onboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express) B, L, AT, D

DAY 9 -LONDON

Wake up to breakfast served in your cabin, then spend the remainder of your time relaxing onboard this historic train and watch the French countryside pass by. Enjoy a fine afternoon tea service on the British Pullman train before pulling into London Victoria, and from here head to your hotel for an overnight stay. (Overnight London)B, L, AT

DAY 10 - END OF TOUR

Check out of your hotel and make your way to the airport or speak to any of our Travel Consultants if you would like to extend your travels elsewhere. B

Hotel Butterfly Zermatt

Hotel Butterfly Zermatt

Hotel Butterfly enjoys a quiet location in the centre of car-free Zermatt, only 250 yards from the Gornergratbahn train station. The hotel is in a quiet sunny location, featuring great ambiance and outstanding food and service. Wellness with steam bath, Finnish and Infrared sauna. All rooms with balcony, work desk, wireless LAN, television with CNN.

Schweizerhof Hotel Zermatt

Schweizerhof Hotel Zermatt

An appealing Alpine chic boutique hotel, Schweizerhof Hotel and Spa, offers a Luxury 4* with 3 restaurants, Wellness area and Spa. Situated in the Bahnhofstrasse in the car-free Zermatt, the Hotel Schweizerhof offers you comfort, a concierge service and free WiFi. Close to the gornergrat railway station.

Hilton London Euston

Located in a wonderful Victorian building just a stone’s throw from Euston station, the Hilton Euston is in an ideal central London location, and just a 10 minute walk from St Pancras Railway station. Guests can dine in a choice of two restaurants, or make use of the stylish lounge bar or sun terrace. The hotel’s 150 rooms all feature marble bathrooms, air conditioning and Wi-Fi internet access.

Megaro London

The Megaro London is a unique hotel located in the heart of London's Kings Cross area. The hotel features 49 comfortable bedrooms and an on-site restaurant offering a menu of English and Italian cuisine. The sophisticated Megaro Bar is perfect for relaxing with a drink after a day's sightseeing. The Megaro is located opposite St Pancras station and just minutes from bus, tube and Eurostar.

Doubletree By Hilton London Victoria

Situated just a stone’s throw from Victoria Train Station, the DoubleTree by Hilton London Victoria is the perfect base for exploring the English capital. Just five minutes’ from Westminster Cathedral, or a 15-minute stroll down to St James’s Park and Buckingham Palace, the property combines an enviable location with warmly furnished rooms and wonderful amenities. Guests enjoy private bathrooms, satellite TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi. The hotel boasts a stylish restaurant serving seasonal European dishes.

Hotel Butterfly Zermatt

Hotel Butterfly Zermatt

Hotel Butterfly enjoys a quiet location in the centre of car-free Zermatt, only 250 yards from the Gornergratbahn train station. The hotel is in a quiet sunny location, featuring great ambiance and outstanding food and service. Wellness with steam bath, Finnish and Infrared sauna. All rooms with balcony, work desk, wireless LAN, television with CNN.

Parkhotel Beau Site

Parkhotel Beau Site

Hotel Beau Site is located in a quiet, yet central location in Zermatt, with beautiful views of the Matterhorn and within walking distance to the village centre for shopping and dining.

Riffelalp Resort

Riffelalp Resort

Feel relaxed in the beneficial mountain climate in the middle of fragrant pine and larch forests and with a spectacular view of the Matterhorn. Since the 19th century, guests have considered the Riffelalp as an exclusive place for peace and relaxation and they appreciate the diversity between sports activities, pleasant relaxation and the luxurious delights that the Riffelalp Resort 2222m offers. "A day well spent in the Alps is like some great symphony", said Mount Everest pionneer George Mallory. The British mountaineer enjoyed the high alpine freshness in the summer and was a five-star guest at Riffelalp high above Zermatt.

Arriving is an experience in itself. As the rack railway climbs and the commotion of the village is left behind, sit back, relax and enjoy the majestic view of the Matterhorn. In the summer, the highest tram in Europe waits at Riffelalp station to take you on what is probably the shortest tram ride in the world to the Riffelalp Resort. In the winter, our porter will be happy to pick you up on the skidoo. Or you can make use of the short walk through the picturesque forest to listen to the silence of Riffelalp for the first time.

Hauser Swiss Quality Hotel St.Moritz

The Hauser Hotel in St Moritz is a family-run hotel with 52 bedrooms. The hotel has a restaurant and terrace bar, and is famous for its "Engadine Nusstorte" (nut and caramel pie) which is available from the hotel confectionary and chocolate shop. The hotel is located in the centre of St Moritz.

Bauer Palazzo Hotel Venice

Located in the heart of the city, a short distance from the city’s main attractions and designer shops, BAUER PALAZZO it’s the only hotel with two different styles and souls: the wing overlooking the Baroque church of Campo San Moisè with its art-deco inspired interiors has a distinctive urban vibe, while the rooms located in the authentic 18th century palazzo combine modern luxury with sumptuous hand crafted Venetian fittings and furnishings, offering a spectacular vantage point in Venice on the Grand Canal.

Ai Mori D Oriente

The Ai Mori d'Oriente Hotel is a historic hotel set in a palace which was once home to Turkish merchants, known as the 'Mori'. The hotel and bedrooms are decorated in an exotic Byzantine style throughout; the Ai Mori d'Oriente also has a bar and a relaxing reading room. The hotel is located in one of the quietest parts of the city called Cannaregio, within walking distance of all the main sights.

Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli & Gran Canal

The Palazzo Giovanelli e Gran Canal is a historic hotel in the heart of Venice. Dating back to the 16th century, the property offers panoramic views over the Grand Canal and lies just two stops from Saint Mark’s Square on the water bus. The elegant rooms boast satellite TV, air-conditioning and elegant decor. The sophisticated lounges here are befitting of the hotel’s history – the palace was once home to the Doge of Venice and, later, Mozart’s family. The Venice Casino is just a two minute ride across the canal.

Sina Palazzo Sant' Angelo

Elegant and aristocratic, the Sina Palazzo Sant Angelo sul Canal Grande sits like a modern Atlantis on the Grand Canal between the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark’s Square.

Starhotels Splendid Venice

A luxury boutique hotel in Venice city centre, the Splendid Venice - Starhotels Collezione is as elegant as the city itself. Gondolas drift past the window. Cafés bustle in St Marks's Square. You have discovered the best location to experience the Venetian atmosphere in one of our 165 rooms and suites designed with luxury in mind.

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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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