From Palm Trees to Glaciers. The Bernina Express runs through the ancient landscape of Graubünden making short work of the 55 tunnels, 196 bridges and steep inclines along the way. Special observation cars will let you admire the route as well as the mighty glaciers and viaducts from the comfort of your seat. Add some southern charm by starting your journey in Ticino on the Bernina Express Bus to Tirano.
Classic Bernina Express
Part of the UNESCO World Heritage
Itinerary – Classic Bernina Express
Rail transfer from Zürich to Lugano. The traffic-free historic town centre of Lugano is set in a bay on the northern side of Lake Lugano, surrounded by mountains. The numerous Lombardy style buildings, the exclusive museums, the mountains, lake and a packed calendar of events all invite visitors to see the sights and soak up the relaxed atmosphere.The Belvedere Gardens, by the lakeside promenade, boasts not only camellias and magnolias but also countless sub-tropical plants and modern works of art. Overnight in Lugano.
Spread along the crescent shaped bay of Lake Lugano the town offers Mediterranean flair and ambience. Explore Lugano’s historic town centre, modern architecture and beautiful parks. Enjoy a stroll along the lakeside or take an excursion by boat to the picturesque fishing village of Gandria and be enchanted by the winding, cobbled streets and its location directly on the lake. Overnight in Lugano.
Board the red Bernina Express coach at Lugano main station for a journey through Italy to the Graubünden region of Switzerland. Travel along the banks of Lake Como and through the vineyards of Velting before reaching the border town of Tirano. Here you change onto the narrow-gauge Bernina Express and enjoy one of the most impressive scenic rail journeys.
Travel over circular viaducts and through winding tunnels passing through Brusio and Poschiavo.
Ascend the spectacular Bernina Pass to more than 2,253m (7,391ft) passing snow covered mountain peaks and glaciers before descending towards St. Moritz. Overnight in St. Moritz.
St. Moritz, world famous chic holiday resort, is located at 1856 metres above sea level and surrounded by the beautiful lake landscape of the Upper Engadine. St.Moritz has reportedly around 322 days of sunshine per year – ideal weather to discover the resort and its surroundings. Take advantage of the included Half Fare Card to use the local mountain railways. Do you want to explore further afield? Why not visit the picturesque mountain villages of the Lower Engadine such as Scuol, Samnaun or Zernez? Overnight in St. Moritz.
Rail transfer to Zürich and return journey home.
From glaciers to palm trees via a UNESCO World Heritage site.
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Daily Departures 30 Mar – 26 Oct
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Boat Trip from Lugano to fishing village of Gandria
- Return flights from UK to Switzerland in economy class including 1 piece of hold luggage and all taxes
- Rail travel in 2nd or 1st class as per programme, incl. half-fare card
- Ticino Ticket including transport on local buses and trains
- St. Moritz Card incl. transport on local buses and mountain railways
- 4 nights’ accommodation in selected category
- Daily breakfast
- Local taxes
- Seat reservation on Bernina Express
- Souvenir gift
- Digital Swiss Coupon Pass
- Travel documentation