Spend Christmas in the Alps, surrounded by beautiful, snow-topped peaks. This holiday is the perfect way to enjoy incredible winter scenes, while relaxing in our historic hotel and from the warmth of a train, traversing two of the world’s most loved rail journeys. This holiday offers the opportunity for you to view magnificent mountain peaks, beautiful winding valleys, the Rhine Gorge and the Palü glacier from the impressive tracks of the Bernina Express and Glacier Express. Visit Switzerland’s oldest city, Chur, and taste a traditional Valtellina lunch on your excursion to Italy.
4 nights in hotel (accommodation as specified or similar)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow Airport for a direct, scheduled Swiss International Air Lines flight to Zurich. On arrival we transfer to the world-renowned ski resort of Davos. Arrive at the Steigenberger Grandhotel Belvédère (5T), where the remainder of the day is free to enjoy the stunning surroundings.
Day 2 Chur
This morning we take a coach to Chur, Switzerland’s oldest city, inhabited since 3000 BC. Its beautiful position, surrounded by the Alps, has made this spot a gateway for important trade routes and an enviable settlement for Celts, Romans, Ostrogoths and Franks, who have all left their mark here. Although a fire almost destroyed the city in 1464, many artefacts survived, including the 800-year old cathedral and gruesome tales of civil war. A guided city tour takes us through the twisting alleys of the largely traffic-free Old Town. Historic buildings, numerous boutiques, restaurants, bars, museums and galleries all add to the Christmas atmosphere. Enjoy some free time to explore and enjoy lunch before returning to Davos. You may have time to relax at the hotel or venture into or around the town, with countless hiking trails nearby, before a delicious dinner of cheese fondue, a popular dish at Christmas gatherings.
Day 3 Christmas Eve - Bernina Express
A short drive takes us to Filisur, where we board the famous Bernina Express to Tirano. This remarkable train journey passes through no fewer than 55 tunnels, and crosses 196 bridges and the famous circular viaduct of Brusio. Our journey is instantly impressive, taking several spiral loops to gain height for the Albula tunnel. After crossing high alpine landscape into Italy, we climb higher to the 2253-metre Bernina Pass, before our dramatic descent takes us snaking through countless curves and the Brusio spiral viaduct - keep your eyes open for the magnificent Palü glacier and Lake Poschiavo. In historic Tirano, we disembark to enjoy a typical Valtellina lunch, including bresaola and pizzoccheri. Enjoy the delightful old town centre before we return to Davos by coach, stopping along the way for photographs. Back at the hotel, on the evening when Christmas trees are traditionally decorated and presents opened, we enjoy a wonderful Christmas buffet.
Day 4 Christmas Day - Glacier Express
After breakfast we take a scenic drive through central Switzerland to the traditional Swiss resort of Andermatt, where we board the world-renowned Glacier Express to Filisur. The ‘slowest express train in the world’ takes you through stunning views of the impressive snow-covered Alpine landscape, climbing up to the 2033-metre high Oberalp Pass and down into the beautiful Rhine Gorge, following the winding river. While we enjoy incredible scenes of dramatic mountains and hidden caves, a delicious three-course lunch is served at your seat. On arrival in Filisur, our coach will take us back to our hotel in Davos, where a typical Christmas Turkey dinner will be served tonight.
Day 5 Davos - Zurich - London
Today we transfer to Zurich Airport for a direct, scheduled Swiss International Air Lines flight to London Heathrow Airport. On arrival you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.