Glacier Express Ski Safari
A classic rail adventure with skiing beneath the Matterhorn, glitz in St Moritz, and a breath-taking train journey through the Swiss Alps.
This luxury rail adventure combines world-class skiing with sparkling mountain scenery and gourmet cuisine. Travelling entirely by train gives you plenty of opportunities to take it all in.
In Zermatt, you can enjoy the expansive terrain and excellent snow, or cruise down easier pistes to the Michelin star mountain restaurants. St Moritz is equally appealing, with scenic slopes overlooking the lake, luxury hotels and fantastic fine-dining.
Travelling between these iconic resorts on the Glacier Express is a real highlight, and the full-day journey includes lunch with panoramic views. Flying in and out of Zurich, you could also spend a night in Switzerland’s largest city.
Our Marketing Manager, Tara, treated herself to a pre-Christmas Glacier Express Safari in December '14. Read her first-hand account.
Our classic itinerary runs from Zermatt to St Moritz, but it’s also possible to travel in reverse. For the best experience, we recommend upgrading to first class.
Ten days is perfect for this ski safari, and we’ve created a sample itinerary to suggest how you could best divide your time. However, all our holidays are completely customisable, so you could spend more/less time in each resort, or visit alternative stops on the Glacier Express. Just ask our team for advice.
Zurich and Zermatt
Zurich - Fly into Zurich and either spend a night in the city or travel directly to Zermatt on first class rail. Zurich’s historic churches are among the city highlights, and the direct train to Zermatt takes just over three hours.
Zermatt - Spend seven days enjoying Zermatt’s fabulous off-piste and Michelin-starred restaurants. You could even ski into Italy for an authentic pasta lunch. We recommend staying at the 4* Matterhorn Focus - a design hotel with stunning views and exceptional spa facilities.
The Glacier Express
Leave Zermatt in the morning and arrive into St Moritz in the late afternoon. On route, you’ll see twinkling glaciers, dramatic gorges and cross the famous Landwasser viaduct. Lunch and schnapps are served, and an English audio guide keeps you informed along the way.
In stylish St Moritz you’re treated to a world-class ski area, historic town and fine-dining restaurants. The best place to stay is the ski-in ski-out 4*+ Nira Alpina - right by the slopes, it’s more appealing than some of the flashier options in town.
When it’s time to go home, your train departs from St Moritz and travels directly to Zurich.