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Tirano to St. Moritz: Bernina Red Train Return Day-Ticket

1. Tirano to St. Moritz: Bernina Red Train Return Day-Ticket

Travel on the Bernina Express, the red fairy-tale on rails, and experience the magical countryside of Valtellina. Depart from Tirano and admire spectacular scenery as you cross the Alps from the Valtellina vineyards to the glaciers of the Bernina Pass. Enjoy panoramic views from the train's large windows, which have been gazed out of for over 100 years. Sit back and relax during this fairy-tale journey as the beautiful alpine landscape flows by before your eyes. Feel free to leave the train at any station and hop on the next train when you want to continue your journey. Ride all the way from Tirano to St. Moritz and back again. You can choose an optional cablecar ride to the Diavolezza Refuge to admire the mountain scenery.

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From Milan: Bernina Express Experience

2. From Milan: Bernina Express Experience

From up among sparkling glaciers and down to a land of palms, the Bernina Express offers a change of scene like no other. No other railway links north to south in such a wonderful manner on trains with glass-topped panoramic cars that traverse no fewer than 55 tunnels and 196 bridges, easily tackling inclines of up to 70 mm/m along the way. Come aboard for one of life’s finest cultural and natural-world experiences.  At 7:30 AM, depart by bus from Milan Piazza della Repubblica to the cosmopolitan city of St. Moritz Upon arrival in Saint Moritz, enjoy time at your disposal for a panoramic walk along the lake area, some shopping, or a sweet-tasting in one of the delicious local pastry shops. Discover the city at your own pace and find a spot to eat lunch at one of the many cafes or restaurants.  In the early afternoon, head over to the train station and get seated in one of the panoramic carriages on board the Bernina Express Train bound for Tirano. Admire the view as the train travels into the mountains. Gaze in awe at the stunning panoramas of the Morteratsch Glacier and the world famous Montebello Curve. Continue past the lakes of Lago Bianco e Laj Neir up to Alp Gruem. Arrive in Tirano before boarding a bus to make the return journey to Milan with a scheduled arrival of between 8:00 PM and 8:30 PM.

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From Basel: Glacier Express Day-trip with Private Guide

3. From Basel: Glacier Express Day-trip with Private Guide

Meet your tour guide at a pre-arranged time in the lobby of your hotel. Your guide will transfer you to the train station in Basel, where you will board an intercity train. This will take you via Zürich and along Lake Zürich to the south east of Switzerland. When you arrive in Chur, the oldest town in Switzerland, you will have the opportunity for a short walk around, schedule times depending. Back at the train station, you will take your seat in the panoramic train. The train departs at approximately 11:45am, at which time the lunch service will start. Pass through the famous Rhine gorge heading to Disentis, listening to audio comments on a headset. Simply ask your guide about availability. In Disentis, the train will start to climb to 2033m above sea level into a rough alpine landscape. After passing a lighthouse, the train will begin its descent on a steep track down to Andermatt, a village 1400m above sea level. The train will stop in Andermatt for 15 minutes, which gives you the chance to stop, stretch your legs, and breathe in the fresh Swiss air. The journey will continue through the 15km long "Furka" base tunnel, constructed in 1982 to save travel time from Andermatt to Brig. Your train will continue through the “Goms” valley in direction of Brig. This valley is known as a destination for summer hiking and winter sports. The time to Brig is approximately two hours. Once there, you will again have the opportunity to exit the train for a walk through the pedestrian zone and the palace "Stockalper".   Your guide will lead you to the right train in Brig, where you will board an intercity train. When your guide leaves you in Brig, they will handover all necessary tickets and information to you so you can continue your journey back to your hotel. 

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From Lucerne: Private Glacier Express Day Tour

4. From Lucerne: Private Glacier Express Day Tour

Start by meeting your tour guide at your pre-arranged time in the lobby of your hotel. Together with your tour guide, you will transfer to the train station in Luzern. You will board an intercity train, which will take you via Zürich and along the picturesque lake Zürich to south-eastern Switzerland. After one hour and 20-minutes, you will arrive in Chur, the oldest town in Switzerland. Depending on schedule, a short walk around with your tour guide will take place. Back at the train station, you will take your seat in one of the panoramic coaches of the Glacier Express. During your journey, audio commentary by headphone is available or you can simply ask your informative tour guide questions.   In Disentis, the train will start to climb to 2033-meters above sea level as a rough and scenic alpine landscape will pass by your window. On top of the Oberalp Pass, you will see a small lighthouse which your tour guide will entertain you with stories of. The train will start to descend on a steep track down to Andermatt, a village 1400-meters above sea level. The train will stop in Andermatt for 15-minutes, whilst here, you will have the chance to get off the train for some fresh air.  Your journey will continue through the 15-kilometer long "Furka" base tunnel and on through the “Goms” valley in the direction of Brig. This valley is known as a popular destination for summer hiking and winter sports. After a two hour trip you will arrive in Brig. Upon arrival, take the opportunity to hop-off the Glacier-Express train and walk around through the pedestrian zone and marvel at the palace Stockalper which your guide will take you on a tour of. Your tour guide will lead you to the right train in Brig, where you will board an intercity train. From this point, your friendly guide will say farewell to you in Brig and will hand over all necessary tickets and information to you. The train that you board will take you to Bern, where you have a direct connection to Luzern.

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Chur: Private 2-Hour Walking Tour

5. Chur: Private 2-Hour Walking Tour

Enjoy a tailored 2-hour walking tour of Chur, the oldest town in Switzerland. Stroll from the meeting point at the train station, through the Old Town, to the 800-year old cathedral. See and learn about Bishop's Court, and visit the famous administration building of the Rhaetian Railway. Discover Chur's charming town hall, and wander the town's winding medieval streets. Chur is forged in a deep valley carved by the Rhine, and its handsome town houses make for a picture postcard Swiss town. Breathe in the fresh mountain air as you stroll around the town, and enjoy an unforgettable day that's tailored to you!

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Switzerland: Private Guided Glacier Express Train Trip

6. Switzerland: Private Guided Glacier Express Train Trip

Journey from your hotel in Zürich, Luzern, Basel, Bern, or Interlaken to catch the Glacier Express train on the route from Chur to Brig. Enjoy stunning views on this panoramic train and commentary from your local guide. Be picked up by your local guide from your hotel. Board the Glacier Express train with your private tour guide and pass spectacular valleys and mountains on the Chur to Brig route. Cross 291 bridges, pass 91 tunnels, and climb to approximately 7000 feet (2033m) above sea level. Walk through Chur or Brig while waiting for your transfer. Spend 4 hours admiring the views. Let your guide show you the changing landscape and answer your questions about the country and its people.

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Chur: Art and Culture Discovery Tour

7. Chur: Art and Culture Discovery Tour

Discover how Chur, although being the oldest city in Switzerland, is legalizing graffiti art on some of its walls. Throughout your tour, and with a local guide, you will endeavor to discover some of these walls together. Thousands of history lovers from all over the globe visit Chur each year, either participating in one or more of the numerous cultural events or simply enjoying the buzzing community and the city ambience. On top of all this, street art also has a valid place in Chur. Whether you are visiting Chur as a returning tourist who wants to get to know the city a bit better or it is your first time, this experience is for you. As you walk the streets of Chur and take in the amazing street art, your guide will share with you the most significant cultural and historical insights as well as details of the colorful and multi-faceted Chur. All of this will be conducted as you dive deep into the world of art and culture of both this city and the country.

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Chur: Architectural Walking Tour

8. Chur: Architectural Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in Chur's rich history and impressive architecture on this private tour with a local guide. Discover the most impressive buildings in the city and learn about the history behind each of these on this educational walk. Join your guide on an adventure to discover the beauty of Switzerland's oldest city and find out more about Swiss culture from a local perspective. During your tour, become better acquainted with the local architecture and learn how it has changed over the years while still retaining its unique character. You will also be able to see how the city's development has created a unique blend of contemporary and medieval architecture.

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Chur: 2-Hour Historical Walking Tour

9. Chur: 2-Hour Historical Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in Chur's vibrant history on a walking tour with a passionate local guide. Meet your guide in the heart of the Old Town and embark on a journey through various time periods and their corresponding architectural styles as you discover some of the city's most important buildings. Learn more about how Chur has changed over time and get off the beaten track as you visit churches and much more. Discover the history behind the unique Alien Bar and the Malteser Tower as you encounter sites that a normal tour group would not visit. During the tour, benefit from the knowledge and experience of a local guide who will share with you insider tips and the city's best-kept secrets. Feel free to inform your guide of any particular interests or desires you may have as they will be happy to adjust the itinerary to your requirements.

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Chur: 2-Hour Photography Tour

10. Chur: 2-Hour Photography Tour

Discover the city of Chur through your camera lens in this unique city tour. Get an insider's perspective on the city and discover hidden gems most tourists don't get to see.  Stroll from a sculpture garden to the Rhine, stopping along the way for photo-opts at the best viewpoints. Learn the history of this city from a local guide, and get recommendations for your time in Chur. 

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What people are saying about Chur

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 5 reviews

Thanks to Laura and Bruno we had the best experience in Italy. We enjoyed this little trip very much, we felt special because they took care of us and gave us all their attention during the trip. We highly recommend to anyone who wants to visit Italy and we will definitely come back again.

very nice. we have added the supplement for the panoramic view for one route ... but to take pictures, the regional one is better

You can bring snowshoes or snowboarding and skis up the mountain and make stops along the railway to sight see.

the tour is definitely highly recommended! it is truly a unique experience!

A day to remember for the colors of autumn and the snow