Glacier Express: 2 Weeks

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Trip Details

Route: London Paris Zurich St Moritz Zermatt Interlaken Geneva Paris London

Duration: 14 nights

Transport: This route is a 15 day trip taking you from London to Switzerland’s most charming cities – surrounded by breathtaking scenery of the mountains. All 14 nights of the trip will be in your accommodation and you’ll travel by train during the day. Start your trip from your nearest UK station for free!

Sustainability: This trip only creates 14kg of carbon emissions! To fly the same route would cost 333.79kg.

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Have a yearning for that fresh alpine air? The best chocolate? The biggest mountains? Then our Swiss Glacier Express 2-week route is the perfect fit for you! Journey from the UK, via Paris, and explore the magnificent mountains in the Swiss Alps with scenic trains like the Glacier Express and plenty of activities to choose from.

Trip Description

Stunning Swiss landscapes galore!

Start your Swiss Explorer route off with a quick hop, skip and a jump across the channel to Paris where the Eiffel Tower and a coffee on the Champs-Elysees await you. After indulging in some Parisian cuisine and a glass of French red, your next stop is the city of Zurich.

Check out some of the many Zurich lakeside watering holes and get lost in the pretty old town district whilst you search for the perfect coffee and chocolate combo – Swiss chocolate is famous for a reason! Zurich is great all year round but if you’re visiting in the summer, take advantage of the warm weather and have a dip in the lake.

Your next destination awaits in the mountains of St Moritz! Your first true Swiss apline stop for the trip. From the mountain tops to the bottom of the lakes, there’s a wide range of things to see around St Moritz, and if you visit in the winter, it’s a skiing paradise!

Now let’s take a ride on a very unique and special train, the Glacier Express! The Glacier Express offers a slow and scenic journey through the alps from St Moritz to Zermatt, with panoramic windows in each train cabin. At the end of your transformative journey, you will arrive in Zermatt, which hosts the most famous Matterhorn – also known as the ‘Toblerone mountain’.

Next up is Interlaken and you’re now well and truly into the mountains. This picturesque city has mountain peaks as its backdrop and is just a few cable car rides away from the Schilthorn summit – James Bond fans will recognise these views from the 1969 film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

Staying there in winter? Get down to the Winter Wonderland ice skating circuit and show off your skills! Interlaken is also the perfect spot for snow bunnies, with several ski stations and resorts all within easy reach.  

All year round, why not try paragliding over the town? Even if the thrill doesn’t take your breath away, the stunning scenery is sure to! If this seems a bit much for you then keep you feet on the ground and check out the surrounding valleys instead where innumerable charming and picturesque mountain villages are all served by regular public transport.

From there, it’s Geneva boasts some of the most spectacular scenery of any European city as it’s surrounded by the Alps and the highest peak of them all – Mont Blanc. Take in the natural beauty whilst relaxing or strolling along Lake Geneva, before making your way back home via another night in Paris.

What's Included?

  • All overland transport tickets from the first to the last city, as shown in the key.
  • Any Interrail or Eurail passes if required, based on the best value for you.
  • Compulsory seat reservations on high-speed rail, night trains or ferries.
  • Accommodation in top-rated, centrally located hostels or hotels, tested by us
  • Walking directions between the stations and your booked accommodation.
  • Ride the Glacier Express between St Moritz & Zermatt
  • A personalised travel booklet with maps, language guides, top tips, and more.
  • Exclusive discounts on attractions across Europe.
  • Peace of mind with alternative travel included if there is a strike or similar disruption.
  • Access to our 24hr emergency phone number while you’re away.
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London

London may be huge, but Central London can be walked all over, from the quirky pop-up stalls of the south bank to the glitz of the West End and out to Hyde Park. The buzzing cosmopolitan nature of the city makes it one of the most culturally diverse in the world.

Fancy staying in the capital for a few nights? Get in touch for a custom route!

Highlights

  See Buckingham Palace

  Hop on the London Eye for views across the city

    Eurostar to Paris – 4 hours    

Paris (1 night)

Paris is a byword for romance, a synonym for style and the epitome of elegance. The pride of France and one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Paris needs little introduction, from the Eiffel Tower to the Pont Neuf, bedazzling visitors and oozing charisma at every turn.

Highlights

    See the Mona Lisa at the Louvre

    Watch a cabaret act at the famous Moulin Rouge

    Experience the colourful nightlife of the Marais

    Train to Zurich – 4.5 hours

Zurich (2 nights)

Being a city in a historically neutral country means that the medieval centre of Zurich is untouched by war damage, unlike many of its European neighbours. The city has a lot more going for it than the banks it is associated with, and a walk along the picturesque lake Zurich is a must.

Highlights

    See the glass-stained windows of Fraumünster

    Go to the Lindt chocolate factory outlet

    Go window-shopping on Bahnhofstrasse

    Trains to St Mortiz – 4.5 hours

St Moritz (3 nights)

St Moritz lies in the Oberengadin (upper inn valley) and is surrounded by magnificent Swiss alpine peaks. Known for their curative mineral springs, you’ll be able to find lots of different spas, or bad as they are known in Switzerland!

Highlights

    Take the Corviglia Funicular

    Walk around the beautiful St. Moritz Lake

    Ride the St. Moritz-Celerina Olympia Bob Run

    Glacier Express to Zermatt – 7.5 hours

Zermatt (3 nights)

Zermatt sits in the German part of Switzerland. with many wonderful ski villages and of course the famous Matterhorn, Zermatt is the Switz outdoors at it’s imposing best.

Highlights

    Visit the Matterhorn Glacier Palace

    Watch sunrise at Lake Stellisee

    Hike the 5 Lake Trail

    Train to Interlaken – 2.5 hours

Interlaken (2 nights)

Interlaken is truly a hidden Swiss gem, a pretty little town nestled in between two gorgeous lakes and a valley of three snow-capped peaks, it has earned a reputation for adventure sports like paragliding and an exciting apres-ski scene to rival that of any other Alpine resort.

Highlights

    Jump off the mountain to paraglide over town

    Go skiing at a number of renowned local ski stations

    Test your skating skills on the impressive ice circuit

    Trains to Geneva – 3.5 hours

Geneva (2 nights)

Geneva lies at the southern tip of charming Switzerland and is surrounded by the Alps, offering spectacular views of Mont Blanc and Europe’s biggest mountains all year round. The city is the perfect place to experience contemporary art and culture before relaxing by the glittering Lake Geneva.

Highlights

    Climb the steps of the Cathedral’s towers for spectacular views of the city and lake.

    A must see is the Jet d’Eau in Lake Geneva. Best in the evening.

    Relax and take in the scenery by the lake or people watch in one of the many cities cafes.

    Trains to Paris – 3.5 hours

Paris (1 night)

Arrive back in the French capital for the night and tick off anything you didn’t get round to doing first time around here.

Highlights

    Watch the sunset from the Montparnasse Tower

    Visit the Eifel Tower at night to see it twinkle

    Take a picnic to Sacre Coeur

    Eurostar to London – 4 hours

London

Finish your trip back in the UK’s enigmatic capital city, or continue your onward journey home to your nearest UK station for free using your Interrail pass!

How to get there

You can use your Interrail pass to travel to London from your nearest UK train station for free on the same day as your Eurostar to Paris!