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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.

From Milan: Bernina Express with Panoramic Carriages

2. From Milan: Bernina Express with Panoramic Carriages

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. In the morning, depart by bus from Milan Piazza della Repubblica to the cosmopolitan city of St. Moritz. Upon arrival, enjoy time at your disposal for a panoramic walk along the lake area, some shopping, or sweet-tasting in one of the delicious local pastry shops. In the 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. Experience one of life’s finest cultural and natural-world experiences on a train that traverses no fewer than 55 tunnels and 196 bridges, easily tackling inclines of up to 70 mm/m along the way. Admire the view as the train travels into the mountains. Gaze in awe at the 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 in the late evening.

Chur: Private 2-Hour Walking Tour

3. 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!

Glacier Express Train Roundtrip Private Tour from Interlaken

4. Glacier Express Train Roundtrip Private Tour from Interlaken

Travel on the worldwide known, Glacier-Express-Train, with a 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. Cross 291 bridges, pass through 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. If you like, enjoy a short walk around in Chur or Brig with many local facts and histories provided by your guide. Admire the changing landscape, and ask any questions about the country and its people. Get off the beaten tourist track, and enjoy an intimate, guided, experience in Switzerland.

From Basel: Glacier Express Day Tour with Private Guide

5. From Basel: Glacier Express Day Tour 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. Pass through the famous Rhine gorge heading to Disentis, listening to audio comments on a headset. 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 hand over all necessary tickets and information to you so you can continue your journey back to your hotel. 

Chur: Art and Culture Discovery Tour

6. 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.

Glacier Express Train Roundtrip Private Tour from Luzern

7. Glacier Express Train Roundtrip Private Tour from Luzern

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. Enjoy the travel on the Glacier-Express while passing spectacular valleys and mountains, crossing 291 bridges, passing 91 tunnels, and climbing up to approximately 7000 feet (2033m) above sea level by train. According to your preferences, a short walk around in Chur or Brig can take place.Allow your guide to accompany you, showing you the changing landscape and answering your questions about the country and its people. Take the chance to see a few places away from the tourist flow.

Chur: 1-Hour Express Discovery Walk

8. Chur: 1-Hour Express Discovery Walk

Fall in love with Chur throughout an hour-long tour of this scenic city. Discover Chur during a short but sweet excursion during which you will learn the most intriguing facts about the history, the local lifestyle, and the contemporary transformation of the city. You will begin by meeting near the train station, from where your stroll begins. By seeing Chur through the eyes of a local, you will discover what everyday life looks like whilst finding out where the city gets its characteristic ambience. As you walk through the city you will discover its parks, monuments, and historical architecture with a local. This is your best chance to receive insider tips about the best cafes, restaurants, and bars to visit during your time here, and to find out how to make the most out of your visit.

Chur: 2-Hour Photography Tour

9. 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. 

Chur: 2-Hour Historical Walking Tour

10. 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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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 5 reviews

The experience was very nice and the landscapes are breathtaking. We arrived in St. Moritz at 12 and at 14.48 we had the Bernina train, perhaps a little short time to eat and do things calmly, even if the city is not very big. The Bernina train is very beautiful up to Alpe Grunn then in fact the landscape is monotonous and I expected better from the helical viaduct, I probably did not appreciate it because the meadows were not yet green. Recommended

It was fabulous...tirano is a lovely town and the bernina express is easy to find. The scenery is mind blowing and the seating very comfortable. Make sure you bring food and water with you as we ended up getting off in St moritz and it was wonderful but expensive. Would highly recommend it. Also it's a very long day so books and earphones too

It was a great experience! The views were breathtaking! The train and the stops right on schedule. Would do it again if the opportunity came up. Highly recommended!

The Panoramic train is a thing on its own. The views are spectacular and the ride is awesome. Loved every single minute of it.

Confortable seats at the train. Duration of the trip from Tirano. Astonishing views.