Glacier Express Ski Adventure
Zermatt, Andermatt & St Moritz, Switzerland
At a Glance
A unique and exhilarating ski adventure
Experience the most dramatic and scenic way to travel in the Swiss Alps
Travel through the Rhine Gorge, over the 2,033m Oberalp Pass, through 91 tunnels and over 291 bridges
Ski three of Switzerland's best resorts - each with amazing and varied terrain
Dine in one of the best mountain restaurants in the world in Zermatt
Ski the uncrowded and challenging slopes of Andermatt
Enjoy the glitzy atmosphere of St Moritz, with its stunning lake views
Try to coincide your vacation with Zermatt Unplugged - a fabulous music festival held each April, with some top name singers and bands in a great venue on the ice rink, or often to be found in bars around the resort or even up the mountain.Scott Dunn team
The mountain restaurants in Zermatt are some of the best you'll find. Ask us to make reservations for you, as they're always busy.Scott Dunn team
Polo has been played on the frozen lake for 30 years, after two enthusiastic locals fell in love with the game whilst traveling in Spain. Watch out for a tournament whilst you're there, or for one of the many other sports played on the ice.Scott Dunn team
Did you know? There are 291 bridges and 91 tunnels on the journey from Zermatt to St Moritz...Kate Newman
We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation.
This itinerary takes you to three exhilarating but very different ski resorts in Switzerland, along one of the most spectacular routes in Europe, if not the world. The Glacier Express winds its way between Zermatt and St Moritz at such a sedate pace, it’s billed the slowest express train in the world, taking eight hours from beginning to end. It travels through some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable – through the Rhine Gorge, known as the Swiss Grand Canyon, over the mighty Landwasser Viaduct, past ancient villages, monasteries and abbeys, and at its highest point, 2,033m across the Oberalp Pass. The entire length of the line is narrow gauge and is surely one of the most dramatic ways of arriving at your destination. Sit back in comfort in spacious carriages, enjoy freshly prepared meals in the dining car and drinks served at your seat. Vast panoramic windows from table level to over the ceiling above you, allow the spectacular views to roll past, whilst friendly and attentive staff look after you. This is train travel how it should be.
The famously car free mountain village of Zermatt is one of the great ski resorts of the world, dominated by the mighty Matterhorn. Lovely long, wide runs and a wealth of challenging terrain, make it great for beginners, intermediates and experts alike. The run to Cervinia in Italy is the world’s longest ski run and is a great way to build up an appetite for lunch. Zermatt has a well-earned reputation as the home of the very best mountain restaurants. Here, we recommend the five* Zermatterhof – the grande dame and one of the original hotels in the village. Its refined atmosphere, splendid décor and exceptional service cannot fail to make an impression. It’s right in the center of the village, within easy reach of the resort’s three main ski areas, as well as the bars, restaurants and famously lively après ski. The restaurants and facilities are fabulous – we especially like the ice grotto.
From Zermatt, you take an early morning train and ride three hours to Andermatt, arriving just in time for lunch. Andermatt is a small, authentic and relaxed resort, popular with expert skiers and where the Swiss army trains. Skiing is divided across three uncrowded mountains, with large swathes of off piste and deep powder, easily making it a match for St Anton and Chamonix. The resort is dominated by the majestic, north-facing Gemsstock, with views from the top of 600 peaks, and with one of Switzerland’s best snow records, it usually ensures perfect powder late in the season. The Chedi, Andermatt is the best place to stay here. Opened in December 2013, this exclusive hotel offers the ultimate in luxury, with sumptuous rooms and incredible facilities. Guests can enjoy the relatively quiet slopes during the day, then relax in fabulous surroundings in the evenings with impeccable and discrete service at your fingertips. Large lounges with roaring open fires, a library, two exceptional restaurants and a simply stunning Spa are just a few of the things that await you. The Glacier Express leaves Andermatt late morning, so you can enjoy an exceptionally scenic lunch as you pull slowly towards St Moritz, arriving just in time for a cocktail.
One of the most glamorous and cosmopolitan ski resorts in the world, St Moritz is home to the legendary Cresta Run, polo on the frozen lake and a host of other extraordinary snow sports including golf and cricket. It also offers a great variety of ski terrain and is Switzerland’s largest interconnected region, with 350km of pistes, mainly favouring good intermediates with enough runs to keep experts happy. The further you travel from the main village, the emptier the slopes become. Visitors to St Moritz are overwhelmed by the spectacular scenery surrounding the village and further up in the mountains. St Moritz also boasts some excellent mountain restaurants, with a wide choice in the village. Here, you’ll stay in the magnificent gothic-inspired Badrutt’s Palace, with its spectacular views over the lake and Alps. Another impressive hotel, and set in extensive private grounds, it has been welcoming guests since 1896. Rooms and suites are furnished with antiques, lavish marble bathrooms and most have private balconies. The hotel is a gourmet destination in itself, with seven restaurants serving from the truly gastronomic to a simple pizza, ensuring you’ll never go hungry.
This is a suggested itinerary and Scott Dunn can design a trip to suit your schedule and how long you’d like to spend in each resort, taking into account the journey between each one. We have a wide choice of hotels in Zermatt, and St Moritz, together with the Chedi, Andermatt along the route. It’s worth noting that Zermatt and St Moritz are also two of the most popular resorts for those who don’t ski. So, non-skiers have a chance to experience three beautiful Swiss resorts, with the added bonus of some world class restaurants, spas, shopping, and many a sunny terrace.
Location & Directions
Zermatt, Andermatt & St Moritz, Switzerland
When to go
These three resorts offer excellent conditions throughout the season. Skiing is well under way by early December and even late November in Zermatt due to high altitude glacial terrain around 4000m. And when other resorts are turning to slush, the slopes around the Matterhorn remain in great shape. As the season progresses, lower runs offer great conditions too and the skiing below 2000m is appealing when it gets really cold. Andermatt often has good dumps of snow, keeping powder junkies happy, whilst St Moritz boasts 322 days of sunshine, and still manages to have some fabulous off piste skiing.The upper slopes in all resorts will have sub zero temperatures in December, January and February, giving over to warmer weather later in the season.