A Luxury Alpine Train Journey Through Switzerland
Experience Gstaad, Zermatt, Andermatt, St. Moritz and Ticino by rail
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- Luxury accommodation throughout
- Private transfers and rail journeys
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At a glance
Journey through some of Switzerland‘s most picturesque southern towns and cities in romantic style aboard its spectacular trans-alpine railway network.
Begin in German speaking Gstaad, one of the most exclusive ski resorts come winter time that returns to traditional rural ways in the green summer months. Here you’ll experience traditional cheese making in the high pastures above the village and along the first only suspension bridge to connect two mountain peaks.
Then take the GoldenPass train to Montreux before crossing the Pennine Alps to fairy tale Zermatt in the shadow of the Matterhorn. From here, the famed Gornergrat train ascends from 1604 m (5262 feet) to 3089 m (10135 ft) for one of the finest views in Switzerland.
The Glacier Express is another iconic rail journey, winding eastwards to St. Moritz, with a night in Andermatt, and traversing the Landwasser Viaduct. Spend two nights in this sunny town, partaking in a little stand up paddle boarding in the Engadine Valley, before a final rail journey south on the Bernina Express, following a route that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Your last stop is the Canton of Ticino, a bright, Italianate place of glamorous lakeside towns and rustic mountain villages, where you’ll explore some of its most scenic valleys and the castles of Bellinzona
Example Trip Itinerary
Meet and greet at Geneva airport
Private transfer to your hotel in Gstaad
Accommodation in Gstaad
- 56 rooms and suites
- Michelin-starred restaurant
- Swiss and Japanese restaurants
- Bar and lounge
- Outdoor and indoor pool
Completed in 2012, the Alpina Gstaad was the first new hotel to be built in over a century and is fast redefining the Alpine experience. Discrete and cosmopolitan, it has received numerous awards since opening. Swiss heritage is reflected in the rooms and suites which feature classically carved ceilings and timber-clad walls as well as decorative accessories such as the traditional leather straps used to hold cowbells. Some rooms have private terraces boasting views over the foothills of the Bernese Alps or the glorious Diablerets mountains. Restaurant Sommet has been awarded a Michelin star for its innovative and immaculately presented dishes, whilst MEGU offers creative Japanese cuisine. The warm atmosphere of the Swiss Stübli is an ode to authentic local favourites such as fondue and raclette. After a day exploring the hiking trails, sit back and relax with a glass of wine or expertly mixed cocktail at the lounge and bar, where large open windows mean you will never feel too far away from the enchanting pastoral meadows and majestic mountains. The wine cellar is home to 1,700 vintages from across the world. The Six Senses Spa is a haven of peace and tranquillity, offering a range of treatments inspired by Asian wellness traditions. There is also an indoor and garden pool, hammam, a gym, two Jacuzzis and a yoga studio.
Located near the alpine passes in one of Switzerland’s most beautiful regions, Gstaad is a small village known for its high-profile guests, luxury hotels and high-end restaurants. The crisp mountain air, soaring peaks and lush alpine scenery make this a wonderful place to explore the great outdoors. Don your walking boots and discover the 300km of hiking trails, or sit back and relax in one of the cable cars that wind their way through moors, valleys and gorges.
In the village itself you’ll find boutiques, art galleries and shops as well as picture-perfect chalets fitted with charming wooden shutters and window boxes overflowing with flowers. Gourmet restaurants abound along with those focusing on more traditional Swiss cuisine and there are plenty of places to stop and drink in coffees and aperitifs as well as the spectacular views.
The farmers in the Swiss mountains move up to higher altitudes with their cows during the summer months, heading to the best pastures which cannot be reached during winter. Many of them live in different alpine huts during summer, where they can take care of the cows. Instead of bringing the fresh milk down to the dairy in the valley every morning, the farmers themselves produce cheese in their huts.
You will head out early in the morning to an apline hut and unlock the secrets of cheese production using the freshest millk from local cows. You can even lend a hand yourself, before sitting down to enjoy a traditional breakfast with the farmer.
Take a cable car to up to Glacier 3000, for a ride over the glacier by the Snow Bus and a walk along an ice track to the spectacular Peak Walk by Tissot, the first and only suspension bridge to connect two mountain peaks. You can also have lunch at Refuge l'Espace, a cliff side restaurant with incredible views.
The Jungfraujoch is an alpine viewing point located in between the well-known mountains Mönch and Jungfrau. From Grindelwald, take the cog train to Europe's highest train station, at an impressive 3,454m where spectacular views across the surrounding mountains await. Together with your private mountain guide, you will then hike across the glacier to the Mönchsjoch hut, before returning and taking the train back to Grindelwald.
Private transfer to Gstaad train station
Board the GoldenPass train and enjoy a scenic journey through breathtaking alpine scenery.
Private transfer to Zermatt
Accommodation in Zermatt
- 150 rooms
- Numerous dining options including Michelin starred Ristorante Capr
- Two bars and a cigar lounge
- Expansive spa
The unmistakably Swiss Mont Cervin Palace is a Zermatt landmark, a place of quaint charm and warm hospitality. 150 rooms are of the highest quality, all with a fantastic view of the Matterhorn or the snow-capped ‘four-thousanders’. The rooms are spread between three buildings, elegant in the main building, chalet style in Le Petit Cervin with family apartments in the Résidence. Guests can enjoy not only the hotel’s dining venues, including the Michelin-starred Ristorante Capri, Grill Le Cervin, Le Restaurant and Japanese Myoko, but also at other Zermatt establishments that are part of the Dine Around scheme. There are also two bars, wine cellar and cigar lounge. The expansive spa features a large pool, sauna, fitness centre, massage and beauty therapists, and a well equipped fitness centre.
Zermatt is a fairy tale village in every sense. Traditional alpine architecture abounds with wooden shutters adorning windows and pine lodges stretching up the valley side. With a ban of combustion engines in town, horse-drawn carriages can be seen trotting along the avenues while others choose to hop on bicycles to make their way around. Dominating the valley is the Matterhorn its emblematic, triangular peak composed of four sheer sides facing north, south, east and west. The mountain is solitary in its great size, dominating the distant skyline long before the first summit in 1865. For those who are not experts at scaling these great heights, there are a couple of railway and cable car facilities that travel part way up the 4,478m (14,692 foot) ascent.
The steep Gornergrat railway is the highest open-air railway in Europe, offering fantastic sweeping views of Zermatt. After the Riffelberg stop, where there is a very good view of the Matterhorn, you can see Monte Rosa and its glacier. Enjoy the breathtaking panorama of the numerous tongues of ice and the Valais. The excursion can be rounded off by the ascent first to Hohtälli, then to Stockhorn in two successive cable-cars. If you don't suffer from vertigo, walk from Gornergrat to Hohtälli, following a narrow mountain path for truly breathtaking views.
The pyramid of the Matterhorn dominates the center of Zermatt, situated in the Nikolaital Valley. The mountain has strongly influenced the development of this old mountain village, 'discovered' a century ago by the British and launched as a resort in 1855 by the Seiler, a family of hotel-keepers. Zermatt is renowned as an important mountaineering center, with a dozen peaks over 4000m within easy access of the resort. It is popular with visitors of all nationalities. The resort is traffic-free, with the exception of small electric vehicles and horse-drawn carriages and sleighs.
The Gorner gorge, a short walk from Zermatt, is a place of exceptional natural beauty. The wooden walkways leading between the towering cliffs provide a dramatic insight into the power of nature. Since the last ice age, the waters of the Gornervispe have carved an ever deeper chasm. Access for tourists was created back in 1886 and 1887. The rock, greenish serpentinite, is about 220 million years old.
Private transfer to Zermatt train station
Board the world famous Glacier Express train for one of the world's most panoramic rail journeys. Crossing hundreds of bridges and passing through dozens of tunnels, today you will undertake the first half of the trip to Andermatt, a journey of a little under four houses, travelling on the Mattertal line and Furka section of the route.
Accommodation in Andermatt
- 123 rooms and suites
- Three restaurants
- Bar and living room
- Indoor and outdoor pool
Lost in the valleys and high Alpine regions of Andermatt, the Chedi Hotel is an opulent oasis of luxury and sophistication. A unique blend of Japanese and Swiss design, the dark wood and natural stone provide a warm and welcoming getaway from the sheets of snow that decorate the village in the winter, and the perfect place to soak up the beautiful scenery in summer. Rooms and suites are cosy and warm with soft leather chairs and large bath tubs to sink into at the end of the day. Some of the suites come with private balconies from where you can look out across Andermatt’s iconic peaks. Culinary treats abound with several dining options available to guests. The Japanese Restaurant prepares authentic sushi, sashimi and tempura while The Chalet serves traditional Swiss fare in a timbered restaurant complete with red and white tablecloths and old posters of Andermatt. Take a seat in front of the roaring fire and wrap yourself in a blanket in the lounge during winter, or head to the courtyard and enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine in the shadow of Gemsstock Mountain in summer. After a day exploring the deep gorges and mountain paths, relax with a treatment at the spa, take a dip in the indoor or outdoor pool or let off some steam in the Finnish sauna. There is also a fully equipped gym and the option to take yoga classes or train with a personal trainer. There are numerous snow activities to get to grips with while in the warmer summer periods there are over 500km worth of hiking routes to tackle. Explore paths that will take you across remote natural treasures, lonely mountain lakes and onto icy peaks.
Enjoy an evening in the Alpine village of Andermatt. The village’s narrow streets are lined with traditional chalets and up the Ursern Valley you'll find the Devil’s Bridge, which spans the sheer Schöllenen Gorge.
Private transfer to Andermatt train station
Enjoy a particularly scenic half of the Glacier Express line, travelling east through the mountains from Andermatt to St. Moritz and crossing the famous Landwasser Viaduct en route on a journey that takes five hours.
Private transfer to your hotel in St. Moritz
Accommodation in St. Moritz
- 70 rooms
Situated at the foot of Mt Corvatsch, the Nira Alpina is a chic mountain retreat with plenty of quirky touches. All of the 70 rooms and suites feature large terraces or balconies with panoramic windows overlooking the Engadin mountains. Decor is the perfect blend of traditional and contemporary with natural materials such as Swiss Spruce, Italian stone and suede used throughout. Granite bathrooms feature waterfall showers and deep baths, perfect for sinking into after a day on the slopes or hiking trails. St Moritz is known for its high-end restaurants Nira Alpina doesn’t disappoint. Embark on a tour of the world’s culinary hot spots at Stars restaurant or enjoy a cosy meal at the trattoria with its authentic stubli surroundings. Head to the rooftop bar for panoramic views of the snow-covered Engadin valley or the Pichalain apres-ski hut for a special dinner or drinks. Relax and unwind at the Nira Spa which features a relaxation room with coloured mood lighting, steam room, sauna, vast whirlpool and fully-equipped gym.
With backdrops of breath-taking forests blanketed in snow, and dramatic peaks cutting into cobalt skies, lakeside St. Moritz is as picturesque an alpine destination as you could imagine. In the eastern Swiss canton of Graubünden, it is the original alpine playground, attracting royalty and the rich for over 150 years, and is more than equipped to cater for the rarefied crowds both in the winter and sun drenced summers.
Enjoy a private Stand Up Paddle Boarding lesson on one of the beautiful Engadine lakes.
Private transfer to St. Moritz train station
One of the most spectacular ways to cross the Alps, the Bernina Express from St. Moritz to Tirano links up regions with different languages and cultures on a wonderfully scenic route that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Private transfer to your Ticino hotel
Accommodation in Ticino
- 78 rooms and suites
- Three restaurants
- Indoor pool
- Children's playgrund
Surrounded by forested mountain slopes and snowy peaks, the Castello del Sole E is found on a 14-hectare estate that boasts beautiful landscaped gardens that roll down towards Lake Maggiore. The original buildings date back to 1532 and it has retained its old-world elegance while offering everything you would expect from a contemporary luxury hotel. The 78 rooms and suites are spread across the main building and the Locarno and Ascona pavilions. The majority come with views of the park that stretches down to the shores of Lake Maggiore. Some are decorated in warm Mediterranean colours while others are more simplistic in design with exposed stone walls and a monochrome colour scheme. Dining is a pleasure, with three restaurants offering everything from fine dining to casual meals on the terrace. Enjoy a cocktail or after dinner drink at the bar or in the quaint inner courtyard. With the mesmerising waters of Lake Maggiore just metres away, guests will no doubt want to explore this watery wonderland. The hotel has its own private beach – a bar and terrace means refreshments are always on hand as well as pedal boats, paddle skis and motorboats if you feel like an aquatic adventure. The small marina adjoins a WWF bird sanctuary, a popular activity for adults and children alike. There is a spa with a sauna, indoor pool and Jacuzzi for when you want to simply drift away, and for little ones there is plenty to do with a playground, donkey farm and organised treasure hunts.
Sharing more of its border with Italy than Switzerland, Italian is the only official language in Ticino, and great swathes of culture, culinary tradition and history are shared with neighbouring Lombardy and Piedmont. As well as forest covered mountains, water defines the region, the canton taking its name from the Ticino River that flows southwest into the Po, and centred around the two great transfrontier lakes – Lugano and Maggiore – with their deep blue waters fringed by colourful towns and snow-capped peaks. The city of Lugano itself has picturesque boulevards lined with palm trees and stunning views of the Alps, and, as with sophisticated Locarno by Maggiore, is a great base from which to explore the region. There are some 4000km of hiking trails snaking out across the mountains, wild swimming in the beautiful Valle Verzasca, boating, mountain biking and rustic villages to discover. The Italian cities of Como and Varese are easily reachable too.
Enjoy a full day tour to the regions most beautiful valleys such as Valle Bavona, Valle Verzasca and Valle Maggia. Bavona Valley, which branches off from the Maggia Valley, is characterized by its wilderness and rustic villages, while Verzasca runs with incredible clear emerald water and Maggia is dotted with small picturesque stone houses, vineyards and dairy farms.
Historic Bellinzona, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an inevitable point of passage for trans-Alpine traffic taking the routes through St Gothard, Lukmanier or San Bernardino on the Italian side of the Alps. It has gone from being a thousand-year-long stronghold defending Tessin to being the canton's administrative capital. The castle has three castles, two of which - Castelgrande and Castello di Montebello - were once joined by walls that can still be seen, give an idea of the fortified buildings that once protected the city.
Private transfer to Milan airport
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