In an area that seamlessly combines historic value with stunning natural beauty, St Moritz will play host for your seven night stay in the Engadine. Explore the region by rail and on foot, taking in the views across flourishing forests, snow-capped mountains, and tranquil lakes. This single centre holiday ensures you have ample time to truly enjoy the atmosphere of St Moritz.We recommend travelling to Switzerland by train from London to St Moritz, via Paris, Basel, and Chur. Return flights from the UK with rail travel in Switzerland can also be arranged. Your destination is St Moritz, in the shadow of the Suvretta Mountain and on the shores of the startlingly beautiful Lake St Moritz. Use your time here to explore the surrounding mountain peaks on foot or by funicular, rack railway, or cable car, taking in the views across the Engadine Valleys, the castles perched on high rocks, and the small villages almost completely hidden by forested mountain slopes. St Moritz itself has always been a particularly popular Swiss winter destination, but its value extends into the summer months, as the snow thaws to reveal a network of hiking trails and transforms the town itself into a chic collection of boutique shops and cafes, and gourmet restaurants. One of the highlights of your stay here will be the fantastic rail journeys that sit just on your doorstep, be it the local services that meander through the valleys, or the grand Bernina Express, one of the most iconic rail journeys in Europe. Click here to download a full PDF itinerary.Day-by-day summaryDAY ONETravel from London to St Moritz by rail on your first day; or fly into Zurich and travel the rest of the journey by rail. The Eurostar leaves in the morning for Paris, where you change to a TGV train headed to Basel. Here, change for Chur, and then join the Bernina railway line to St Moritz. Check into your resort hotel.DAYS TWO TO SEVENSpend seven nights enjoying the highlights of the Engadine, first making the most of your three day rail pass to explore the surrounding villages, lakes, and mountains, and taking a trip on the iconic Bernina Express.DAY EIGHTOn your eighth day, board an early morning train from St Moritz back to Chur, Zurich, and Paris. Spend up to two hours in Paris before catching your connection back to London, arriving in the early evening. Choice of hotelsHotel Schweizerhof – 5 starKempinski Grand Hotel des Bains – 4 starPricesBy rail from the UK staying in a 4-star hotel (Hotel Schweizerhof), from £1,920 per person with standard class rail travel for the duration of your holiday. Upgrade to first class from £440 per personBy air from the UK to Zurich staying in a 4-star hotel (Hotel Schweizerhof), from £1,780 per person with standard class rail travel within Switzerland. Upgrade to first class from £240 per personBy rail from the UK staying in a 5-star hotel (Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains), from £2,360 per person with standard class rail travel for the duration of your holiday. Upgrade to first class from £440 per personBy air from the UK to Zurich staying in a 5-star hotel (Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains), from £2,220 per person with standard class rail travel within Switzerland. Upgrade to first class from £240 per personWhat’s included:Rail travel London to Switzerland via Basel in standard/ second class (first class can be booked at a supplement) return, or scheduled return flights from the UK to Geneva3 days Swiss rail pass for travel on 3 consecutive days7 nights’ bed and breakfast in your resort hotelWhat’s not included:Transfers in ParisTransfers in Switzerland station to hotel unless offered by your hotelOptional extensions:Combine this holiday with one of our Iconic Swiss Rail Journeys or another long stay in a different part of the country.
St Moritz is situated in the southeast of Switzerland, in Grisons and the Engadine. At 1,822m above sea level, it is easy to see why St Moritz is popular in the winter; yet, this altitude also means excellent access to breath-taking vantage points and high-altitude rocky pathways, without compromising on proximity to three sublime lakes and a modern, chic town centre. Its population of only just over 5,000 people suggests the great extent to which St Moritz has retained its authentic Swiss character and peaceful atmosphere.Places of interest in the Engadine:• Via Serlas – the main shopping street in St Moritz• St Moritz’s leaning tower – a remnant from the Mauritius Church, which was built in the 1500s• Engadine Museum – insight into regional architecture as well as history• Segantini Musem – dedicated to a local artist• Piz Nair – standing at 3,057m above sea level, the summit offers fantastic views of the lakes and valleys; it can be accessed by a three hour hike or by funicular railway followed by cable car• Piz Corvatsch – accessible via cable car from Surlej• Celerina – home of the Cresta Run, and just a 30 minute walk from St Moritz; the bobsleigh run is the oldest in the world• Silvaplana – on a stretch of land that separates two lakes, Silvaplana is a hub for water sports• Sils – separated into two parts, ‘Baselgia’ and ‘Maria,’ Sils was a favourite of Friedrich Nietzsche (the Nietzsche Haus is open to the public)• Corviglia – a funicular railway will take you from St Moritz, through Chantarella, to Corviglia, where there are a number of gourmet restaurants and great access to the Piz Nair• Muottas Muragl – the site of the first funicular railway in the Engadine, built in 1905• Zuoz – comprised of typically Engadine houses with sgraffito designs, with a very historic central square; the key to the town’s prison tower can be borrowed from the tourist office• Mustair – home of the 8th century Abbey of St John the Baptist, which holds unique Carolingian paintings• Guarda – very well preserved village with narrow cobbled streets, sgraffito houses, and fantastic views• Tarasp Castle – on the way to Scuol; it rises majestically on top of a rocky bluff in the very middle of a verdant valley. • Bernina Express – take a trip on the iconic Bernina Express, travelling north to Davos and Chur, Switzerland’s oldest city, or south across the Italian border to the secluded small town of Tirano• Swiss National Park – 169sqkm of spectacular mountain and wooded scenery; perfect for observing animals and birdlife, including Ibexes and Marmots; visitors must stick to the paths at all times; the village of Zernez is know as the ‘Gateway to the Swiss National Park,’ and so makes an excellent starting point• Staz forest – romantic carriage rides take you through the forest and around the townLocal sports suggestions:• Hiking and walking along the 120km of hiking trails• Tennis and Squash in St Moritz• Horse-riding in St Moritz• Water sports – windsurfing is best on windy Lake Silvaplana, but also available on Lake St Moritz• Inn Valley gorges – these winding waterways are perfect for rafting in the summer months• Golf – on the 18-hole course in Samedan• Fishing – permits available from the Hotel Eden• Tobogganing in Cresta• Ludains Ice Arena – this rink is open throughout the summerThe abundance of available activities, from exploring picturesque villages to scenic walks and hiking, will ensure that each of your days in the Engadine is unique and memorable. This seven night rail holiday allows you to make the most of this variety and get to know the region in-depth.Click here to download a full PDF itinerary.
As part of this single centre rail touring holiday, we include a seven night stay at the Hotel Schweizerhof or the Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains in St Moritz. Other options in St Moritz and the Engadine are available on request, and additional nights can be added here or in other destinations.Hotel Schweizerhof St MoritzDesigned in the Belle Epoque style, the four star Hotel Schweizerhof St Moritz has been hosting guests for over 100 years. Ever the popular destination, the hotel allows you to make the most of the fresh Alpine air, stunning panoramas, and plethora of cultural and sporting activities on offer in St Moritz. Inside, the interior design is kept simple to keep the focus on the rich blues and greens of the views, with elements that hark back to the hotels’ origins and elements that suggest cutting-edge style. The guestrooms revolve around a neutral palette, with large windows that flood them with light, around which, in higher category rooms, cosy seating areas cluster. In all rooms, furnishings crafted from rich Swiss wood add classical warmth and a touch of local tradition. All of this is brought together by the bold red or blue of the bed throws and a little of what the hotel owners call ‘St Moritz glitz.’ In Restaurant Acla, which again blends classical wooden pieces with sleek monochromatic furniture, regional specialities are served alongside flavoursome international dishes. Try the Tafelspitz, made famous by the Habsburgs; aromatic coffee in the Acla Giardino; a grand breakfast between the high walls and beside the vast windows of the Segantini Saal; or Alpine specialities in the homely Alphutte Clavadatsch mountain lodge when it starts to get cooler. One of the highlights of your stay here will be the use of the relaxing spa facilities. Sit back in the solarium, taking in the views, in the sauna after a long day out, or enjoy a massage to revitalise your muscles after a brisk hike across the mountainsides. Finish off your day with a walk around the open-air rooftop terrace, which offers unrivalled views across the lake, the mountains, and the town of St Moritz itself.Click here for more information about the Hotel Schweizerhof.Kempinski Grand Hotel des BainsThe luxurious five star Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains was the first hotel to be built in St. Moritz. It was constructed in 1864 at the source of the Mauritius springs, used since Mediaeval times for their therapeutic benefits and which inspired the early development of this now famous spa resort. Offering traditional elegance in a breath-taking Alpine location, the hotel is spectacular and exhibits exquisite attention to detail in every aspect of its Italian palazzo-style design. Set against the imposing backdrop of the eternally snow-capped mountains, the turrets and two main towers of this fairytale castle strike a dramatic silhouette against the clear blue skies. Antique furniture and paintings, intricate cornicing detail and delicate chandeliers heighten the sleek grandeur and ambience of the Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains. The impressive lobby has high ceilings, marble floors, and white stucco detailing worthy of a palatial residence, and the restaurant and bar Enoteca La Vigna features a 19th Century tiled stove and original frescoes which have been carefully restored to their original beauty, based on the photographs and etchings that similarly informed all of the restoration work on the hotel. Classicism and modernity have been seamlessly blended with the creation of the new Spa building, which also houses 14 suites. The extensive 2500 square metre St. Moritz Spa pays homage to the therapeutic powers of the Alpine environment in every aspect of design. Wood, water, stone, and natural lighting in every treatment room create a truly organic ambience which is similarly echoed in the styles and characteristics of the therapies. The swimming pool, heated to an inviting 29 degrees Centigrade and classically designed with an Art Deco edge to the simple black and white colour scheme, backs onto the imposing rock face of the mountainside. Fine dining is an essential feature of the Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains. ‘Les Saisons’ offers international and seasonal cuisine; guests can select from an appetising array of a la carte dishes or from the gourmet menu which changes daily. ‘Ca d’Oro,’ awarded an impressive 15 Gault Millau points, specialises in innovative variations on traditional Italian dishes. Its combination of traditional sophistication, superior service, contemporary furnishings, and vibrant modern paintings creates an ambience which is both comfortable and stylish. The guestrooms are modern and welcoming, using the warm tones of cherry wood and a soft colour palette to soothe and contrast with the brilliance of the natural landscape outside. For the ultimate indulgent experience there are two opulent suites; located in the towers of the hotel, they are flawlessly appointed in refined colour schemes of golden tones, rich reds, and champagnes befitting royalty. The Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains offers the discerning guest a luxurious pampering experience in an idyllic location throughout the year.Click here for more information about the Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains. Click here to download a full PDF itinerary.
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