A SWISS SKI SAFARI VIA THE GLACIER EXPRESS
Ever dreamed of taking a beautiful train journey to some of the most spectacular ski resorts in the world? We have.
There’s something extra luxurious about the idea of train travel – the romance of relaxing in the train cars, the adventure of looking out the window and drinking in all the views.
The Glacier Express is the ultimate train journey for those looking to explore Switzerland in style. This scenic train goes directly from Zermatt to St Moritz, with panoramic windows that go all the way to the ceiling of the train, making the most of the views over the Alps. You can listen to information about your route via the train’s provided headphones, and meals you’ve selected will be served at your view side seat.
Don’t be fooled by the name - this famous train is often referred to as the world’s most slow-moving express train. The journey between resorts takes eight hours thanks to the train’s journey along more than 290 bridges and 91 tunnels, reaching 2033m at its highest point.
The best part? The journey rewards you with a visit to two of Switzerland’s most incredible resorts – Zermatt and St Moritz. Arriving by train is convenient and comfortable, letting you kick off your European ski adventure in style and peace.
Mountain lovers will be thrilled to arrive in Zermatt. Located at the base of the Matterhorn, one of the world’s most famous peaks, this resort is all about the glorious views – and, of course, the skiing. With 54 lifts and 360km of terrain spread out over three different skiing areas, and the ability to cross over to Italian ski fields, you’re unlikely to get bored of the piste on offer here.
For the extra-adventurous, take advantage of Zermatt’s paragliding or heli skiing, and be sure to visit the Matterhorn glacier paradise, which can be reached by cable car at the incredible height of 3883m.
Of course, when it’s time to relax in the evening, you’ll need to embrace what the Swiss do best… après. Preferably with a fondue, a mulled wine and some beautiful Swiss chocolate by your side. You’ll have an easy time of it in Zermatt, with plenty of restaurants to choose from in the charming village.
As one of Europe’s most famous resorts, St Moritz has earned its reputation through excellent skiing, great accommodation options and a shopping village that’ll make your inner shopaholic very happy (although your credit cards may end up very sad). With 56 lifts, over 350km of terrain, and five different ski areas, you’ll find terrain to suit all levels of skiers and snowboarders – all featuring those breathtaking views that make Switzerland so well-known. The views are arguably even more stunning when night skiing.
there are a heap of activities on offer in St. Moritz, covering everything from snow cricket to snowshoeing, Nordic skiing and horse-drawn carriage rides. We recommend living your ultimate Swiss-celebrity life by booking in for a spa treatment or heading out to one of the nightclubs in the evening.
The Chedi, Andermatt
Prefer to stop over on your train journey between Zermatt and St Mortiz? The Chedi at Andermatt is as five-star and deluxe as it gets in Switzerland. With a blend of Swiss and Asian inspiration in its lodging style, and four restaurants and bars on-site alongside a spa area and health club, it makes for the perfect stopping point to relax and re-invigorate. Andermatt itself offers great skiing with a number of new lifts under construction. If you're looking to give your legs a rest go for a stroll around the traditional village and explore the local shops and restaurants on offer.