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Glacier Express . . . the Slowest Fast Train in the World!

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The Glacier Express from Zermatt to St. Moritz in Switzerland is one of the great train journeys in the world.

Travel on the famous Swiss mountain railways from St.Moritz to Zermatt and vice versa or from Piz Bernina to the Matterhorn. A 7 1/2 hour railway journey across 291 bridges, through 91 tunnels and across the Oberalp.

Pass at 2'033 metres in altitude. A panoramic trip through the Alps in the heart of Switzerland. The Glacier Express travels a beautiful route between the sights of the Graubünden holiday region, central Switzerland, including Lake Lucerne and Lucerne itself, the sunny Valais region with its glacier landscape, and the beautiful regions of the South. Travel in comfort through the unspoilt natural beauty of a landscape rich in ancient, fragrant mountain forests, peaceful Alpine meadows, rushing mountain streams and mountain valleys, soaked in tradition and centuries-old culture.

The Wilhelm Tell Express :
The Wilhelm Tell Express The Wilhelm Tell Express links two of Switzerland's most attractive regions: Central Switzerland and Ticino. New: Two daily connections from Central Switzerland to Ticino and in the opposite direction. The trip starts in Lucerne as you board a nostalgic paddle steamer or motor vessel and cruise to Flüelen on Lake Lucerne in about 3 1/2 hours.

While you enjoy a hot or cold dish in the first-class restaurant, you can watch sleepy bays, picturesque villages and historic landmarks such as the Rütli and the Tellsplatte glide silently by on the starboard and port side. In Flüelen, only a few steps away from the pier, our guests board air-conditioned, first-class panorama cars of the Swiss Federal Railways. The trip continues through the awesome Reuss Valley with its deep ravines and precipitous cliffs. The world-famous Gotthard line swiftly climbs from 470 to about 1100 metres above sea level to finally enter the 15-kilometer long Gotthard tunnel in Göschenen, Europe's most important north/south gateway.

Countless spiral and horseshoe tunnels, galleries and bridges testify to the remarkable achievements of the men who built this masterpiece of civil engineering. Then, after the 10-minute tunnel passage, you'll arrive in Ticino.

In the Leventina Valley, the Wilhelm Tell Express crosses breathtaking cantilevered bridges and passes charming villages on its way to Bellinzona. From here, the next leg is to Locarno or Lugano: It will be up to you to decide.

The Mont-Blanc Express :
A connection that has existed for almost a century offers the amateurs of strong sensations may possibilities.

Crossing sometimes vertiginous but always sumptuous pieces of scenery, the Mont-Blanc Express line climbs the slope defiantly and after 2480 meters at 200 ‰, it reaches Salvan, the village where Marconi's tests on wireless telegraph were crowned with success.

Some minutes later, the train arrives in Les Marécottes, more particularly known for its alpine zoo where bears, wolves, greyhounds and other wild species live together in a 35000-m2 space. In the wintertime, skiers and snowboarders head to La Creusaz and practice their favorite sport.

Before saluting the Trétien as we go along, we can also admire the beautiful gorges du Triège.Finhaut turns up behind a bend in the way. Ancient houses remind us the fact that the resort knew some glorious hours at the beginning of the century. Nowadays, it gladly welcomes families, and hikers have a magnificent network of walks at their disposal.

The Mont-Blanc ExpressIn Le Châtelard VS, the steepest funicular in the world (over 87%) is awaiting the most intrepid travellers. In less than 12 minutes, it leads them from 1357 to1821 meters of altitude. Then a little panoramic train takes them to the foot of the dam of Emosson, hugging breathtaking chasms. Finally, a mini-funicular allows them to reach the col de la Cueulaz from where they can enjoy of a view that cannot be obstructed of the Mont-Blanc.

Once on the other side or the frontier line, the composition heads to Chamonix, a high place for worldwide mountaineering. The hiking possibilities are numerous. Were it the ice sea, or the Montenvers or the Aiguille du Midi railway lines, the tourist is sure to spend privileged moments in the valleys of the Trient and of the Arve.

Pre - Alpine Express (Voralpen Express) :
The pre - alpine express is the most pleasant way of connecting Lake Constance and Lake Lucerne. This scenic train runs hourly from Romanshorn to Lucerne and back. The train features Air-conditioned cars, panorama windows in the first class and a bistro car.

Most trains offer a rail bar service, with its large choice of beverages, sandwiches and sweets. Most cars offer special areas for bike transport for those wishing to explore the lovely area by bike and then using the train for the longer distances. Enjoy he trip through the charming pre-alpine landscape with its rolling hills and storybook villages nestled in the valleys.

There are many places worth a visit, such as monastery and old town of St.Gallen (UNESCO world cultural heritage site), Mount Santis, Appenzellerland, Toggenburg, Children's zooRapperswill, Alpamare Pfaffikon SZ, Cloister Einsiedeln, animal Park Goldau, Mt.Rigi, the Swiss transport museum in Lucerne or boat trips on five different lakes (Lake Constance, Lake Zurich, Lake Aegeri,

Lake Zug and Lake Lucerne)

St.Bernard Express :
Just like the Mont Blanc Express, the St.Bernard Express also starts at Martigny.Pass through Val d' Entremont to Orsieres, from where a bus will take you to Champex - Lac, La Fouly or if it is summer (June to end of September) to the hospice on the Grand St.Bernard Pass. There visit the legendary Kennels where the dogs of the same name are bred, as well as the small local museum to view the Roman artifacts found here.

Leaving the plain of the Rhone, after a last admirative look at the Gianadda Fund Museum, at the roman Ampitheatre and at the Tour de la Bâtiaz, the convoy heads to Sembrancher.

It's where the composition divides in two. A train can lead to Orsières, which is the terminal station. Comfortable busses take over and take their passengers to various destinations. Champex-Lac, holiday resort open all year round; Val Ferret, the mountaineers' rendez-vous, or the hospice on the Grand-Saint-Bernard, standing half in Switzerland and half in Italy.

The second composition heads to another terminal station, Le Châble, in the valley of Bagnes, known for being the most widely spread commune in Switzerland! About 600 meters higher, at an altitude of 1500 meters, is the prestigious resort of Verbier.

Golden Pass Line :
Connect Central Switzerland and Lake Geneva with this attractive train ride. Depart from historic Lucerne and across Brunig Pass by Golden Pass Panoramic train, past flowerbeds and age - old chalets, and on to Interlaken. The Golden pass line continues towards Gstaad, favourite playground for the rich and the famous. Then the train makes an electrifying decent towards Montreux.Passing through vineyards and country estates to finally arrive at shimmering Lake Geneva.

Golden Pass Line Golden Pass Line Routes:
Brunig Panoramic Express -Lucerne-Interlaken
Salon Bleu: Interlaken - Spiez-Zweisimmen
Crystal Panoramic Express -Zweisimmen-Montreux.

Palm Express :
A trip on the Palm Express offers wonderful contrasts: after leaving St. Moritz, you will see the snowy peaks, larch forests and mountain lakes of the Upper Engadine, the jagged peaks of Bregaglia, the subtropical atmosphere of Lake Como in Italy, the pleasant little towns of Chiavenna and Menaggio, and finally Lugano - Ticino's busy "metropolis". The trip is just as good in the opposite direction, of course.

St.Moritz - Chiavenna
From St. Moritz, your air-conditioned Palm Express Postbus will first take you along the delightful lakes of the Upper Engadine, surrounded by sparse larch forests and towering peaks. After crossing the Maloja Pass, the road descends into the Bregaglia valley through numerous hairpin bends. Set among chestnut forests, the villages of this valley have a distinctive Mediterranean character.At Castasegna you cross into Italy. Shortly afterwards, on entering Chiavenna, you will have completed a 1500-metre descent. At the railway station in this pleasant North Italian market town (at the junction of the Maloja and Splügen pass roads), you can enjoy a real Italian espresso before continuing your journey.

Chiavenna - Lugano
Driving on into Italy, you will pass the Lago di Mezzola on your right. Soon after, you will get your first glimpses of the Y-shaped Lake Como (also known as Lario). Hugging the lake's shores are the resorts of Gera Lario, Domaso - home to a well-known surfboarding school - and Gravedona. This would be a wonderful place to relax for one or several days before continuing on your way.

Soon after climbing out of Menaggio - with superb views of Lake Como - we arrive at Porlezza on Lake Lugano, also called Ceresio. Further along the lake at Gandria we cross back into Switzerland. Gandria is famous for its grotti (rustic taverns) and its museum devoted to smuggling. A few kilometres further on we reach Lugano, the liveliest town in Ticino..

Napoleon Route Express :
Take the Centovalli Railway to Domodossola and its bustling market, and continue by Postbus over the Simplon to Saas Fee and the world's largest ice grotto. On the way, you'll pass a hotel where Napoleon stayed in 1806.

Napoleon Route ExpressDiscover an unforgettable trip by Post bus from Italian Domodossola to the Allain Glacier in he Valais.Ride through the Dreamy Centovilla Valley and continue the trip through wildly romantic valleys. Especially impressive are the high cliffs along the curvy route from Gondo all the way to the top of the mountain. Along the way you will see the Gabi Hotel (Simplon Pass) the charmingly restored hotel where Napoleon slept. Continue to Brig, where you will see the sun drenched terraces of the Belalp, Riederalp and Bettmeralp on the other side of the valley. In Brig, begin the ascent towards the Glacier village of Saas Fee; Saas Fee - the "pearl of the Alps" - is a car-free resort nestling at the foot of glaciers and a ring of 4000-metre peaks. It is also the home of Switzerland's ski champion Pirmin Zurbriggen. We highly recommend visiting the world's largest ice grottoes, situated 3500 metres above sea level. riding through gorges and calendar-perfect Valais villages. Once there, admire the many mountains that are 12000 ft high. You must however have valid documents to enter Italy.

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