Swiss Rail Adventure

Holiday Highlights

  • Scenic journey to Switzerland using the classic Rhine route
  • First class Swiss Travel Pass for unlimited travel whilst in Switzerland
  • No expensive excursions to pay for
  • Steam excursions on Brienzer Rothorn, Furka Bergstrecke & Blonay-Chamby Railways
  • Crocodile heritage train
  • Journey by privately chartered steam tram
  • Stays in Chur, Thun and Brig allow for exploring the local area
  • First class travel on Bernina and Glacier Express trains with reserved seats
  • 15 days from £3,840pp
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Tour Dates:
Friday 8 September to Friday 22 September 2023

This is a tour in which the pleasures of steam train travel are enhanced by their location. Lovers of rail travel, culture and nature will delight in the diversity of the locations and stunning scenery that Switzerland has in abundance.


Day 1 – London to Cologne

Lunchtime departure by Eurostar from London St Pancras to Brussels, then onwards by train to Cologne where we have an overnight stay.

Day 2 – Graubünden

Leaving Cologne after breakfast we head south to Basle. Reaching Basle we change trains for Chur and from this point on whilst in Switzerland, we will be travelling in first class using our unlimited travel pass which is provided as part of the holiday. We stay for 4 nights in this charming historic city and our hotel is in the traffic free area of the old town.

Day 3 – Swiss Crocodiles

This morning we make our way to Davos where we find the unlikeliest of creatures awaiting us, a Crocodile! One of these metal beasts, named as such because of their long 'noses' at each end, reminiscent of the snout of a crocodile, will haul us onboard a heritage train to Filisur and back in time for a lunch break at Davos. This afternoon is free to explore further or, if you're feeling energetic, take a hike to the Landwasser viaduct and photograph the afternoon train passing.  

Day 4 – Bernina Express

Enjoy a full day’s spectacular excursion on a return trip from Chur to Tirano on the Bernina Express, climbing across Europe’s highest railway Alpine pass at a height of over 2000m. The spirals and tunnels of the Albula section and the spiral viaduct at Brusio near the end of the line make this a day not to be missed. Reserved seats both ways in first class.

Day 5 – Free Time

Being the home of the UNESCO World Heritage Rhaetian Railways network, what better way to explore than taking one of their red trains into the surrounding area. You can visit Arosa, Davos and Klosters, all of which are within easy reach. Our excursion booklet, which will be sent to you prior to departure, provides lots of sightseeing suggestions and there will be an optional escorted excursion on offer.

Day 6 – Glacier Express

One of Switzerland’s most scenic rail journeys, delivering the best views through its panoramic windows, so sit back, relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery as we travel to Brig. We change trains and continue north to Thun, via the Lötschberg Base Tunnel. The region is home to the peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau and the 12th Century castle in Thun dominates the town. We have a 3-night stay here.

Day 7 – Brienzer Rothorn

The pretty little village of Brienz is only a short journey from Thun. From here the steam driven rack railway travels to the summit of the Rothorn, a journey of around an hour, and an altitude of approx 2250m. We have time for lunch before the descent.

Day 8 – Bern & the Steam Tram

A leisurely day excursion to Bern, with free time to explore, before enjoying a private charter on Bern’s unique steam tram.

Day 9 – Bernese Oberland

After a morning at leisure an easy transfer sees us in Brig in the Rhône Valley for a 5-night stay.

Day 10 – Furka Bergstrecke Steam

Travelling on a local service from Brig to Realp we arrive in time to embark on a full return trip by steam on what was once the original alignment of the Glacier Express route over the Furka Pass. Return late afternoon by local service to Brig.

Day 11 – Blonay-Chamby

We take the train to the Blonay-Chamby railway for a day of steam and nostalgia. The Blonay-Chamby railway is home to one of the best continental collections of historic metre gauge railway stock, mainly from former Swiss manufacturers or operating companies. Return to Brig early evening.

Days 12 & 13 – At Leisure

Using your Swiss Pass there are several metre gauge branch lines in the vicinity worth a visit or take the Centovalli route into Italy. An optional escorted excursion will be a full day to Zermatt with free time to allow the opportunity to take the Gornegrat Railway to the Summit, which rewards you with great views of the Matterhorn (additional charge on production of your pass).

Day 14 – Cologne

We depart Brig and make our way via Basle to Cologne where we have an overnight stay.

Day 15 – London

From Cologne we will make a connection in Brussels with Eurostar and we arrive back into London St Pancras early afternoon.

Please note that the details of the steam excursions may be subject to change.

Tour Route

Tour route map

Selected Hotels

Ibis Köln am Dom, Cologne

Hotel Freieck, Chur

Hotel Krone, Thun

Hotel Stockalperhof, Brig

Please note - hotels can be subject to change

Price Includes

  • Standard class rail travel to and from Basle
  • First class Swiss Travel Pass for unlimited travel on trains, postbuses, lake steamers, many city buses and trams
  • Bernina and Glacier Express supplements
  • Daily escorted excursions as listed in itinerary
  • Accommodation in good quality hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Services of a tour leader from London and throughout the tour

Price per person

Escorted holiday: £3,840
Single room supplement: £665
Deposit for this holiday: £100

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