The Glacier Express: A spectacular Swiss rail journey
Linking two famous holiday resorts - St. Moritz and Zermatt - in less than eight hours, this red and white train offers the ultimate in comfort and convenience, making getting there the best part of your journey. Choose to take this rail journey at any point during your stay in Switzerland, and with the use of your Swiss Pass Card, planning your pre and post-journey itinerary couldn’t be easier. Whether you begin your journey in St. Moritz – Switzerland’s glamour capital, or in the stylish resort of Zermatt – home of the mighty Matterhorn, be sure to make the most of some of the world’s most efficient railway systems.
"It’s hard not to be
absolutely humbled by
the incredible views and awe-inspiring scenery."
Sit back, relax and witness picturesque perfection as you traverse wide panoramas dominated by glaciers, snow-capped mountains and verdant valleys - many of which aren’t accessible to those travelling by coach or car - and enjoy a three-course meal served at your seat (included in your fare). You’ll see some of Switzerland’s most celebrated mountainscapes on this memorable journey - from the towering Matterhorn to the Gornergrat and the Gotthard Pass, home to the hidden sources of both the Rhone and the Rhine.
Valleys & Gorges
Pass through the spectacular scenery from lush meadows, keeping an ear out for the gentle sound of traditional cow bells, to the glass-like clear waters of the lakes, fed by glaciers locked high in the mountains. Highlights of the journey also include the city of Chur - home to the 400 metre-deep Rhine Gorge, known as the ‘Swiss Grand Canyon’ - and where the rapid waters of a mountain stream lap against craggy limestone cliffs.
Observe as scenes of rolling hills, historic fortresses, picturesque villages and hamlets unfold before your eyes. From most points in Zermatt, the Matterhorn commands the view, whilst the valley below makes for a pleasant place to wander and spot wild flowers and medicinal plants, used in bygone eras.
"Watch the stunning vistas and breath-taking valleys unfold before you as you gently wind through the many twists and turns."
Tunnels & Bridges
During your journey you’ll wind through 91 loop tunnels and cross 291 vertigo inducing bridges which includes the impressive 2033 metre-high Oberalp Pass, away from the roadside tourist traps.
In the Alpine metropolis of St. Moritz you’ll find the Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains, where a selection of beauty treatments, a separate ladies’ spa area and a glorious Alpine spa garden awaits in the indulgent Kempinski Spa. Set at the foot of the majestic Matterhorn, the stylish car-free resort of Zermatt lies at the heart of a popular hiking region, making it one of the world’s most attractive resort villages.
A tranquil spa hotel, the Grand Hotel Zermatterhof - exclusive to Kuoni in the UK - dates back to 1879 and features the Vita borni spa, boasting two steambaths, a fitness room, five massage rooms and a typically Swiss sauna. There’s a real vibe in the village of Zermatt, with streetside cafés serving freshly-made patisseries and of course, delectable Swiss confectionary.