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Glacier Express: 2 Weeks

14 nights

Stunning Swiss landscapes galore!

Craving the crisp alpine air, delectable chocolate, and towering peaks? Look no further than our Swiss Glacier Express 2-week adventure! Embark on a thrilling journey from the UK, passing through Paris, to immerse yourself in the breathtaking Swiss Alps. Marvel at the stunning landscapes from iconic scenic trains like the Glacier Express and indulge in a plethora of exciting activities along the way.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

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

Nights: 14

Countries Visited: 3

Transport: Train

Sustainability: This trip creates 14kg of carbon emissions. Flying the same route would create 333.79kg.

Reviews:    All independent reviews

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.

– Train tickets from the first to the last city on the route, as shown in the map.

– Any Interrail or Eurail passes if required, based on the best value for you.

– All possible seat reservations – not just the compulsory ones!

– Accommodation in top-rated, centrally located hostels or hotels – tested by us

– Walking or public transport directions between the stations and your booked accommodation.

– Travel Disruption Protection – alternative travel included if there is a strike or similar disruption.

– 24hr emergency phone number to use while you’re away.

– Personalised travel pack with your travel times, accommodation information, directions, language guides and things to see and do in each location.

– Exclusive discounts on attractions across Europe.

 

Trip Details

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

Nights: 14

Countries Visited: 3

Transport: Train

Sustainability: This trip only creates 14kg of carbon emissions. Flying the same route would create 333.79kg.

Reviews:    All independent reviews

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?

Itinerary

London

Central London, despite its sprawling size, invites exploration on foot, whether you’re meandering through the quirky pop-up stalls along the South Bank or immersing yourself in the glamour of the West End. Strolls through Hyde Park unveil the city’s diverse and vibrant cosmopolitan character, solidifying its reputation as one of the world’s most culturally rich destinations.

Considering extending your stay in this dynamic capital? Get in touch with us for a custom route that allows you to delve even deeper into the London experience.

Highlights

  See Buckingham Palace

  Hop on the London Eye for views across the city

    Eurostar to Paris – 4 hours    

Paris (1 night)

Paris, the very embodiment of romance, a symbol of style, and the pinnacle of elegance. It’s the jewel in France’s crown and stands as one of the most breathtaking cities on the globe. Paris requires no elaborate introduction; it captivates with its iconic Eiffel Tower and the timeless charm of Pont Neuf, enchanting every visitor with its charismatic allure.

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)

Zurich, nestled in a historically neutral country, boasts a medieval centre that stands untouched by the ravages of war, setting it apart from many of its European counterparts. This city, often linked to its banking reputation, has a treasure trove of attractions waiting to be discovered. Don’t miss a leisurely stroll along the picturesque Lake Zurich, an absolute essential.

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 is nestled in the Oberengadin, the upper inn valley, and is enveloped by the majestic peaks of the Swiss Alps. Renowned for its therapeutic mineral springs, you’ll discover an array of spas, locally known as “bads” in Switzerland, where you can unwind and rejuvenate amid the stunning alpine scenery.

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)

Situated in the German-speaking region of Switzerland, Zermatt is surrounded by charming ski villages and, of course, the iconic Matterhorn. Zermatt showcases the best of Switzerland’s great outdoors in all its grandeur.

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)

Nestled in the heart of Switzerland, Interlaken is a hidden Swiss gem, a charming town cradled between two stunning lakes and surrounded by three majestic snow-capped peaks. This picturesque destination has earned a reputation for adventure sports like paragliding and boasts an exciting après-ski scene that rivals 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)

Nestled at the southern tip of charming Switzerland and surrounded by the majestic Alps, Geneva offers spectacular views of Mont Blanc and Europe’s largest mountains throughout the year. This city is the ideal place to immerse yourself in contemporary art and culture before unwinding by the shimmering 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!