Glacier Express Panoramic Train Round Trip from Zürich With Private Guide

Duration: 10 hours
Destination: Switzerland, Zürich, Zurich

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  • 10 hours
  • Zurich
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Travel on the worldwide known "Glacier-Express-Train" with your private tour guide, just you and your guide! Enjoy a round trip by train and spend four hours on the panoramic coach from Chur to Brig, crossing 291 bridges, passing 91 tunnels and climb up to approximately 7000 feet (2033m) above sea level by train. Enjoy the travel on the Glacier-Express while passing spectacular valleys and mountains. According your preferences, a short walk around in Chur or Brig can take place (while transfer times to/from Glacier Express)
Our tourguide accompanies you on this tour from the starting point, shows you the changing landscape and answers your questions about the country and its people. The tour guide knows the way and shows you a few places away from the tourist flow.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Lake Zurich, Zurich Switzerland

The elongated, slightly curved shape of Lake Zurich resembles a banana. The lake is around 28 kilometers long from Rapperswil to Zurich

Pass By: Walensee, Unterterzen, Walenstadt 8880 Switzerland

The Walensee is a lake in the eastern Prealps in Switzerland and is located in the cantons of St. Gallen and Glarus.

Pass By: Sargans, Sargans, Canton of St. Gallen

Sargans is located at the intersection of the Alpenrheintal, which bends here from the southeast to the northeast, and the Seeztal, which connects the valley of the Alpenrhein to Lake Zurich without any significant difference in altitude.

Stop At: Chur, Chur, Canton of Graubunden, Swiss Alps

Chur is a city in the Alps and the capital of the canton of Graubünden in eastern Switzerland. In the car-free old town, winding streets lead to the three-aisled 13th-century Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in the courtyard of the Bishop's Palace.
Here the Glacier Express journey starts.

Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Ruinaulta Rheinschlucht, Rheinschlucht, Versam 7104 Switzerland

The Ruinaulta or Rhine Gorge is a gorge of up to 400 meters deep and around 13 kilometers long in the Vorderrhein between Ilanz and the mouth of the Hinterrhein near Reichenau in the canton of Graubünden

Pass By: Ilanz, Ilanz, Canton of Graubunden, Swiss Alps

Ilanz/Glion is a small town in the municipality of Ilanz/Glion in the Surselva region of the Swiss canton of Graubünden

Stop At: Disentis, Disentis, Canton of Graubunden, Swiss Alps

The winter sports and health resort is located in the upper part of the Surselva. At the end of the 17th century, a new monastery complex was built in the baroque style. The Glacier Express train stops here for 10 minutes

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Oberalp Pass, Oberalp-Passstrasse, Andermatt 6490 Switzerland

The Oberalp Pass connects the villages of Sedrun in the Surselva in the canton of Graubünden with Andermatt in the Urseren Valley in the canton of Uri in Switzerland

Stop At: Andermatt, Andermatt, Canton of Uri, Swiss Alps

Andermatt is a village in the Ursen Valley of the Swiss Alps. The cable car takes visitors to the Gemsstock ski area and a chairlift connects the village with the easier slopes on the Nätschen. North of Andermatt one of numerous hiking trails leads to the Teufelsbrücke over the Schöllenen Gorge. The Glacier Express train stops here for 10 minutes.

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Furka base tunnel, 3999 Obergoms VS, Switzerland

The Furka Base Tunnel is a 15.38 km long railway tunnel opened in 1982, connecting Oberwald in the canton of Valais and Realp in the canton of Uri. The base tunnel replaces the old Furka mountain route.

Pass By: Oberwald, Oberwald, Canton of Valais, Swiss Alps

Oberwald is the first village at the beginning of the Goms. It lies at the foot of the Furka Pass and Grimsel Alpine passes. The hamlet of Gletsch, which is not inhabited all year round, and the Rhone Glacier are also located in the area of the former municipality of Oberwald.

Pass By: Goms, Switzerland

The highest valley section of the Upper Valais between the source of the Rhone and the valley step of Grengiols near Brig is called Goms. It is the easternmost part of the canton of Valais. In the east it is limited by the Furka Pass between Galenstock and Pizzo Rotondo and in the west by the Weisshorn. The uppermost part of the valley is still called Obergoms.

Stop At: Brig, Brig, Canton of Valais, Swiss Alps

Brig is an alpine town in the canton of Valais in southern Switzerland. It lies at the foot of the Simplon Pass, which leads to the Italian border. A stop on the Glacier Express train, Brig is known for its thermal baths, the Sebastian Chapel and the 17th-century Stockalper Castle.
At Brig you leave the Glacier Express train and after the city visit, you travel back to your origin departure point by regular intercity train. From Brig to Bern it takes one hour, from Bern to Zürich/Basel or Luzern another hour.

Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Lötschberg Basistunnel, 3940 Steg-Hohtenn, Switzerland

The Lötschberg Base Tunnel is a 34.6-kilometre-long railway tunnel that crosses under the northern Alpine chain at the Lötschberg between Frutigen in the Bernese Oberland (Canton of Bern, Switzerland) and Raron (Canton of Valais, Switzerland) and was put into operation in 2007. This base tunnel is part of the Lötschberg-Simplon axis of the New Rail Link through the Alps (NRLA), which runs from Basel via Bern-Thun-Spiez to the Lötschberg and on via Brig-Simplon-Domodossola to Milan and Novara-Genoa, and next to the one running parallel Gotthard axis forms a second route for the transalpine rail freight traffic of the European Corridor (Rotterdam-Genoa).

Pass By: Thunersee, Thun Im Berner Oberland Bernese Oberland, Thun 3600 Switzerland

Lake Thun is a fjord lake in the Bernese Oberland on the northern edge of the Alps.

Pass By: Bern, Bern, Bern Mittelland District, Canton of Bern

Berne is called the "Federal City" and functions as the capital of Switzerland. As the seat of the city and large parts of the cantonal and federal administration, it is the largest center of public administration in the country

  • One Day Train Pass for the Travel Day in 2nd class
  • Travel on scheduled train from Zürich to Chur 2nd class (1.5 hours)
  • Glacier Express train travel from Chur to Brig (4 hours) incl. seat reservation in 2nd class
  • 3-course lunch served at your seat (vegetarian option available)
  • Headphones and written information available on board the Glacier Express train
  • Return travel by scheduled train from Brig to Zürich (2 hours) in 2nd class
  • Swiss tourguide for your party only
  • all taxes and fees

  • Drinks
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Departure Point

Zürich Tourist Information, Hauptbahnhof, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

Departure Time

08:20 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


10 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews


31 Dec, 2022

This is a completely overpriced trip, with La Vacanza Travel using a local company to provide the guides. Apparently the two don't talk and any problem that occurs, they point fingers at each other. Anyone can easily book the same trip for 1/3 to 1/4 the price. Trains run easily and regularly from Zurich to Chur and then add the Glacier Express train from Chur to Brig. The guide only makes sure you get to the right trains and they are easy to do. Plus our reservation clearly had included lunch on the Glacier Express train and we had to pay extra and neither La Vacanza Travel or the local company providing the service would accept responsibility.

Johnny M

27 Dec, 2022

The meeting information they sent to us the day before the trip was wrong…it said to go to the train station tourist office and meet that morning…. After waiting there and getting very concerned, I called the hotel we were staying at to ask their advice, and they said the guide was at the hotel looking for us! If I had not called the hotel we would have missed the entire thing and we would probably have lost our $1099 ! The Tour operator never answered their phone all morning while I was trying to call. They blamed the issue on La Vacanza Travel. Our itinerary said in writing that lunch on the train was included… again the tour operator said it was not. and again blamed La Vacanza Travel , so we were out another $125 for an average lunch with lousy service. Lesson learned … don’t book through La Vacanza Travel, do your research and book your own trains and save hundreds!


10 Oct, 2022

Nothing it was boring 4 hours of seeing the same thing. Our guide was fantastic but the tour itself is boring. Lunch was part of the package but it was never provided we paid almost two thousand for a party of four for a plain train ride. We sent an inquiry as to why the full package was never provided but to date we have not received any justification to the cost of the tour


05 Aug, 2022

This tour is not at all as described on the tour site. We expected a breezy day through the country side with a guide that would accentuate the experience. The train made several stops throughout the day to allow for other trains to pass (one shared track) on several stops it was in dark tunnels. Not exactly an opportunity to see the sites. Our guide, although a very sweet man, fell asleep during the tour. Our takeaway...too expensive, not what expected and we would not recommend. I would recommend downloading the SBB train app and routing your own tour between your destinations. The trains are much less expensive (even for 1st class) the sites are as good or better than what we saw on the Glacier Tour.


28 Jun, 2022

It was a wounder full journey in a wounder full sunny day through a spectacular pass. Our English speaking guide Michel was very good and professional. He was very much on time and explained the various flora and faunna of the regions nicely. Would recommend to make this trip to everybody who loves to see the scenic beauty and remoteness of Swiss Alps

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