8 Day | Glacier Express Holiday With Excellence Class

The most sought after seats in Switzerland, with 4 star hotel stays in Zermatt and St. Moritz

Glacier Express Excellence Class
Scenic views from the Glacier Express
Glacier Express Excellence Class

This is one of our 'Relaxing Two Centre' holidays, offering you the chance to stay in two resorts which complement each other, and which are connected by a scenic rail journey.  There are plenty of day trips to enjoy - free or heavily discounted with your Swiss Travel Pass - or you could simply relax amidst the beautiful scenery. The holiday can be adapted in various ways to suit you, including upgrading your hotel room, adding more resorts and rail journeys or changing the duration. This holiday is suggested as 8 days, but can easily be extended to a fortnight. 

Please call 0800 619 1200 for help with planning or email us at info@swissholidayco.com


"This itinerary offers the Glacier Express Excellence Class on the full journey across the Alps in around 8 hours between Zermatt and St. Moritz. There is one very special carriage on selected Glacier Express trains, offering exceptional service, 20 comfortable window seats and a VIP in-carriage Glacier Bar. The six course lunch - complemented by wines - is served by charming concierge staff. Included in the holiday is a day trip in the first class carriage of the Bernina Express, and stays in superb 4 star hotels in the resorts of Zermatt and St. Moritz."

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Call us on 0800 619 1200 or email us at info@swissholidayco.com

Day 1 - Arrive and explore Zermatt for 3 nights

Flight from the UK to Zurich airport with first class rail travel to Zermatt. Check in to your 4 star hotel for your 3 night stay and enjoy your first views of the Matterhorn mountain.

Day 2-3 - Zermatt & the Valais region

Zermatt is surrounded by awesome mountains, the most famous being the Matterhorn, which dominates this traditional alpine village. Enjoy your time in car-free Zermatt and be sure to experience one of the unmissable mountain journeys all available at half price, such as the network of cable cars to Klein Matterhorn - which at 3,883m is the highest sightseeing point in Europe. Try an alternative view from the idyllic lake of Schwarzsee at the foot of the Matterhorn, or take the cog railway to the pure air and mountain restaurants of the Gornergrat. You will not be disappointed by the views and walking routes in this stunning alpine region.

Day 4 - Glacier Express to St. Moritz travelling in the exclusive ‘Excellence Class’ carriage.

On the fourth day you will be welcomed aboard at the exclusive check-in to join the leisurely Glacier Express train on its journey to St. Moritz in the scenic Upper Engadin region. This wonderful journey takes around 8 hours in the comfort of your special panoramic coach where you will be greeted by a welcome drink. A fine, six course lunch is served at your table with accompanying wines included. Highlights of this classic route include the Oberalp Pass, Rhine Gorge and the Landwasser Viaduct before arriving in St. Moritz and checking into your 4 star hotel for your 4 night stay. 

Day 5-7 - St. Moritz and the Graubünden

During the summer months, your visit is greatly enhanced by the Engadin Card with free transport including mountain railways and cable cars. This gives you unlimited access to wonderful walks and excursions, including the excellent panoramic walk at Alp Languard with views over the Bernina massif. Other recommendations include the funicular to Corviglia, connecting to the cable car to Piz Nair at 3,057m. We include a first class day trip on the Bernina Express from St. Moritz to Tirano in Italy. This stunning rail journey crosses the Alps from towering glaciers and high mountain lakes to swaying palms of Italy - with time to enjoy an Italian lunch!

Day 8 - Last day

Time for a last look around St. Moritz before you take your first class train to Zurich airport for your flight to the UK.


2024 Guide Prices

3 nights in Zermatt and 4 nights in St. Moritz

Available all year except 13 October-6 December.

Prices from £2,327 per person staying in 4 star hotels

Half board prices: add from £389 per person.

nb During the ski season, we may offer 3 star hotels, as some 4 star alpine hotels require a 7 night stay. 


Your holiday price includes

Booking Conditions
  • Scheduled return flights from London to Zurich including taxes and hold baggage (flights available from around the UK)
  • 8 day 1st class Swiss Travel Pass covering all rail journeys described and many more
  • 7 nights' four star bed and breakfast accommodation as described based on two people sharing
  • Excellence class reserved seats on the Glacier Express Zermatt-St. Moritz including lunch
  • 1st class reserved seats on the Bernina Express day trip to Tirano
  • Engadin Card (during the summer months) offering free transport including mountain railways, cable cars and buses around St. Moritz
  • Fully detailed itinerary sent with all tickets
  • Financial protection ATOL 3148
The Swiss Travel Pass is valid on trains, PostBuses, boats, scenic trains and some mountain journeys as described. Travel on other mountain railways/cable cars is up to 50% reduction. Optional excursions may not operate year round. Call us on 0800 619 1200 or email us at info@swissholidayco.com

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Swiss Trail Pass

Your holiday includes a Swiss Travel Pass, covering the rail journeys below as well as many scenic excursions

Glacier Express Excellence Class

Your scenic train journeys

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Excellence Class video

A view of the Excellence Class experience

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Glacier Express on the Landwasser Viaduct
Not quite the perfect holiday? We can tailor make it to suit you:
  • Change the direction of travel
  • Add extra nights along the way
  • Add on lakes & mountains excursions
  • Include dinner on a half board basis
  • Upgrade to superior hotel rooms
  • Upgrade to 1st class rail for extra comfort
  • Bespoke prices available throughout 2024
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