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Private Full-Day Glacier Express Train Tour from Basel

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Basel, Switzerland
Private Full-Day Glacier Express Train Tour from Basel

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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 3 more
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Take one of Europe’s most scenic rail journeys on a private full-day Glacier Express train tour from Basel. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the mountain-ringed town of Chur, and then settle into the world-famous Glacier Express. Travel through what’s known as Switzerland’s ‘Grand Canyon,’ passing wide valleys, mountain gorges, and wooden villages. Round-trip travel from Basel included.
  • Private full-day Glacier Express train tour from Basel
  • Explore the Old Town of Chur on a private guided walking tour
  • Wind through Switzerland’s ‘Grand Canyon,’ picturesque valleys, and soaring peaks
  • Climb to 6,669 feet (2,033 meters) at the Oberalp Pass
  • Round-trip transport from and to Basel, with hotel pickup and drop-off included
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local tourguide operated by Swiss Travel Guide for your party only
Headphones on the train
Information booklet about the journey
Assigned seat on the Glacier Express Chur-Brig route
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered


  • St. Johann cruise pier

Departure Time

8:00 AM
Meet your guide at your Basel hotel and make the roughly 2-hour journey by private, air-conditioned vehicle via Zurich to Chur.

The capital of the Graubünden canton and reputedly Switzerland’s oldest town, this pretty, mountain-framed city is one of the stops of the Glacier Express train.

On arrival, enjoy a private walking tour of the Old Town, delving into the cobbled lanes lined with medieval townhouses, churches, and fountains.

Afterward, head for the railway station to catch the Glacier Express train between Chur and Brig. Settle into a pre-arranged seat and admire the spectacular views on one of Europe’s most scenic rail journeys. If you wish, use the onboard headphones for commentary on the sights.

Absorb the scenery as you pass through the ‘Swiss Grand Canyon,’ an epic part of the Rhine gorge where the river carves through rocks.

Feel the train’s cogwheels engage as it climbs from 5,249 feet (1,600 meters) to 6,669 feet (2,033 meters) — your journey’s highest point — at the Oberalp Pass. Then, descend to 4,724 feet (1,440 meters) for a 20-minute stop at Andermatt, where you have time to disembark for photos.

Continue through the 9.3-mile (15-kilometer) Furka Pass tunnel and picturesque Goms Valley past traditional villages, pastures, and high mountain peaks.

Two hours from Andermatt, leave the train at Brig and enjoy a stroll around the pedestrianized quarter including its central square, stately houses, and baroque Stockalper Palace.

Then, catch an inter-city train via the Alps, Lake Thun, and Bern to Basel, where your tour ends.
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Full-Day Glacier Express Train Tour from Basel?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Private Full-Day Glacier Express Train Tour from Basel?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Private Full-Day Glacier Express Train Tour from Basel?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Full-Day Glacier Express Train Tour from Basel?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Glacier Express not a good title
, Sep 2021
Our tour guide was terrific. I love trains so I loved riding on one. However, you really should be more descriptive in your promo regarding this trip. First of all you do not see glaciers so why is it the Glacier Express and your promo should state that it is ONLY a train ride. You do not get off in any of the villages so it is just riding close to the Alps. Not through them. Lunch on board was delicious and the service on the train was excellent. Mostly we just loved our tour guide Oskar. He was so friendly and interesting. He was very informative.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hello Glenda Thanks for the feedback. The name "Glacier Express" is made by the train company, which promotes this train. That's why we take over this title. You're right, on this train you don't see a real glacier, but a lot of alpine peaks (especially on the Oberalp pass). From former history, the train passed the Furka pass, where there was a view to the Aare-glacier. Since 1982 the train runs on the safe base tunnel (all year long), the old route was accessible June to Sept only. And due to the climate change, the Aare glacier shrinked that much, that even from the street you can not see it any more. To see real glaciers in Switzerland (or what is still here from the glaciers), we recommend to travel to Gornergrat or Jungfraujoch, the two last places where you see glaciers. Kind regards from Switzerland
See Switzerland in a day!
, Aug 2019
This turned out to be a wonderful day with a private guide who was very personable. The ride on the train was great with lots of viewing windows. The food was good too!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Good morning Thank you for your feedback, hope to see you soon again in Switzerland. Kind regards Mike
This tour itself was great. Our tour...
Angela F
, Jul 2018
This tour itself was great. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and very nice! She spent the entire day with us, answered many questions and showed us around. The train ride was absolutely beautiful and I definitely recommend going on the Glacier Express. Especially if you only have a couple days to spend in Switzerland, this is a great way to see more of the country and relax with amazing views as well! Plus the food on the train was pretty good! The only thing I can say that is not so good is the fact that this website misled my husband and I, as the overview description for the tour states that a First Class train ticket is included for this tour and we did not sit in first class. Viator, please fix this information to avoid any customer disappointment. After speaking with a great customer service rep with Viator, he was able to make things right by sending us a partial refund for the first class ticket. I am very grateful for that! So besides that, you will love this tour!! Thank you Viator!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2018
Thanks for your feedback and for bringing the First-Class ticket issue to our attention! Please note, we are working with our local tour operator to correct this info as quickly as possible. Thanks again and we're glad you had a great time on your tour!

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