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Hop-on Hop-off rail journey through Grisons

Alpine Train Circle by Private Selection Hotels & Tours

from CHF 929.- for 4 nights
Price per person in double room
The offer is valid from 24 June to 14 October 2020 (last date of arrival).

Experience the most spectacular highlights of the Grisons railway world! Lean back and enjoy the view of mountains, lakes and glaciers through the panoramic window of the Rhaetian Railway. Over sophisticated engineering structures and through beautiful natural and cultural landscapes - get on and off wherever you like. Whether it's a hike through the Rhine Gorge or a Pizzoccheri in Poschiavo - with the graubündenPASS in your pocket, the entire RhB rail network, all post bus lines in the canton, regional buses and some mountain and cable cars are open to you! In the evening, let the impressions in the spa and wellness area of the Grisons Private Selection Hotels take effect on you and enjoy culinary creations made from local products, accompanied by a fine drop of wine from the wine cellar!

1st Day: Welcome to the Regio - through the Rhine Gorge to Davos.


The best place to start your journey is Andermatt - the ideal starting point for your Graubünden discovery tour. The train climbs leisurely towards the Oberalp Pass. The Rhine has its source nearby. Its source lies at the small, mystical Tomasee lake at the foot of Piz Badus. The Rhine connects the Alps with the North Sea and is one of the most important rivers in Europe. So it was that, in the spirit of this connection between mountain and sea, the highest lighthouse in the world (2046 metres above sea level) is located on the Oberalp Pass. The next section of the route takes you into the Rhine Gorge. Ruinaulta is what the locals call the monumental gorge between Ilanz and Reichnau in Romansh. The gorge was formed 10,000 years ago by the Flims landslide and today forms a unique natural backdrop: turquoise-green water and rock faces up to 350 metres high. Enjoy lunch in Chur before continuing on the Albula line to Filisur. Here we recommend a round trip on the "Landwasser Express" Tschutschubahn. You reach Davos by nostalgia train. A historic journey with train compositions from the 1920s will make your railway lover's heart beat faster!

What a railway experience day! Round it off with relaxing hours and a treat for the palate at the Grischa Hotel**** in Davos Platz.

Tips for your day's programme:
  • Moderately difficult mountain hike from the Oberalp Pass to Lake Toma, the source of the Rhine, of approx. 4-5 hours (see map material).
  • Easy impressive hike from Valendas to Versam in the heart of the Rhine Gorge (see map material)

Upgrades/additional services:

  • Seat reservation panorama train Glacier Express Andermatt-Davos (incl. nostalgia train).
    8 May to 24 October 2021, CHF 43 per person Andermatt from 11.54 h / Davos Platz from 15.50 h
  • Round trip with the Tschutschubahn Landwasser-Express: CHF 15.- per person
    12 May to 30 June 2021 Wednesday to Sunday,
    1 July to 17 October 2021 daily,
    20 to 31 October 2021 Wednesday to Sunday,
    each from Filisur railway station 11.15 hrs to 12.45 hrs or 13.15 hrs to 14.45 hrs,
    1 July to 30 September 2021 additionally from 3.15 p.m. to 4.45 p.m.
  • Luggage transport from Andermatt to Davos: price on request

Arrival by public transport to Andermatt:
From Zurich and Lucerne you can reach Andermatt in +/- two hours via Erstfeld and Göschenen.
From Valais you can reach Andermatt with the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn on the beautiful route of the Glacier Express through the Goms and the Furka Tunnel.
From Ticino, you can reach Andermatt through the Gotthard tunnel via Göschenen.

Please note that the ticket for the journey to Andermatt is not included in the offer.

Arrival by car:
You have the possibility to park your car at the P+Rail in Chur. The cost of a parking space is CHF 12 per day. For the excursion to the Rhine Gorge from Chur, we recommend the return journey to Ilanz (e.g. with the Rhine Gorge Adventure Train. This runs every Saturday and Sunday:
8 May to 31 October, Chur departs 08.34 / Ilanz arrives 09.23 - Ilanz departs 09.50 or 15.58 / Chur arrives 10.30 or 16.45).

2nd Day: Pure nature in the Engadine


After a hearty breakfast with a selection of abundant natural products from the region, you hand in your suitcase at the reception and start weightlessly - with only your day's luggage on your back - into your next Graubünden railway and nature experience. From Klosters, you travel through the Vereina Tunnel from Prättigau into the Engadine. Rustic, typical Engadine mountain villages adorn the landscape along the track. For nature lovers, we recommend an excursion to the Swiss National Park. The National Park Centre is located in Zernez. Learn more about the fauna and flora, the history and the inexhaustible diversity of nature. You can experience the National Park and especially its flora and fauna at first hand on a 3-hour round hike into the valley with the most wildlife in the park - the Val Trupchun - our tip!

End your day tour in Zuoz, high above the rooftops at the Hotel Castell****S. Here, art enthusiasts encounter an extraordinary collection of artworks, relaxation seekers pure relaxation in a fascinating world of light and steam - be it in the hammam or Japanese rock bath - and gourmets taste perfection and harmony.

Tips for your daily programme:
  • Visit Swiss National Park Centre Zernez
  • Hike Val Trupchun: see map material
  • Guided art tour by the hotel management at the Hotel Castell, every Thursday at 5.00 p.m. (registration required)

3rd Day: On the Bernina line into Val Poschiavo


Freshly invigorated by the coffee specialities and egg dishes, you tackle the next railway adventure. The most spectacular Alpine crossing begins in St. Moritz. On the route of the Bernina Express you meander harmoniously past lakes, mountains and glaciers through the Engadine mountains. The roof of the RhB, the Ospizio Bernina, is enthroned at 2253 metres above sea level. Masterly construction engineering and line management give the line its UNESCO character. The circular viaduct at Brusio is clear proof of this.
So many impressions make you hungry. We recommend lunch in the picturesque village centre of Poschiavo. Be sure to choose one of the 13 inns that have signed the "100% Valposchiavo" charter. Here, local products find a very special place on the menu. Labelled dishes guarantee a composition of 100% local raw materials! The classic: fine pizzoccheri and a glass of Valtellina wine!

On the way back, enjoy the view of the unspoilt Alpine panorama once again. Enjoy a drink in the beautiful mountain scenery. Either in Celerina near St. Moritz at the Cresta Palace Hotel****S or in Pontresina at the Hotel Saratz ****S! Relaxing spa moments and upscale culinary delights await you at both hotels!

Tips for your day programme:
  • Ride in the open observation car, daily from 28 June to 8 September 2021:
    Pontresina departing 10.08 / Poschiavo arriving 11.47
    Poschiavo departs 13.37 / Pontresina arrives 14.53
  • Visit to the Caviglia glacier mill
  • Lunch in a restaurant "100% Valposchiavo": Info and participating restaurants
  • Guided tour of Poschiavo village (reservation required)
  • Adventure trip on the nostalgic train from Pontresina to Alp Grüm and back (no extra charge)
    14 July to 12 August 2021, Wednesdays & Thursdays.

Upgrades/additional services:
  • Seat reservation for the Bernina Express panoramic train: CHF 16 per person each way:
      28 June to 8 September 2021
      Pontresina departing 10.08 / Poschiavo arriving 11.47
      Poschiavo departs 13.37 / Pontresina arrives 14.53

4th Day: On the Albula line over architectural works of art


After dropping off your luggage and enjoying a hearty breakfast, you board your next railway experience: the Albula line. Here, the red railway overcomes a difference in altitude of 1000 metres, and thanks to the Solis Viaduct, Landwasser Viaduct and the helical tunnels between Bergün and Preda, it does so without a cogwheel. The line has existed since 1903 and thus dates from the time of the railway pioneers. Like the Bernina line, the showpiece of the Albula line is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Be sure to visit the Albula Railway Museum in Bergün and learn about the background of the historic railway line. You can enjoy lunch in the "Büfèt" on original seating furniture from various dining and saloon cars. Take a digestive walk through the picturesque village of Bergün. Afterwards, the last section of the Albula Line awaits you: past Filisur, Tiefencastel and Thusis to the Alpine metropolis of Chur. On this section, the 65-metre high and 136-metre long Landwasser Viaduct delights with its beauty and boldness - one of the most elegant bridge constructions in Graubünden and the most photographed work of art on the Rhaetian Railway. Once you arrive in Chur, another railway highlight awaits you: the Arosa Line. Within an hour, the red train takes you from the city to the mountains. While you stroll past the city wall, the Maltese Tower and the Upper Gate at the beginning, the train meanders through untouched mountain scenery minutes later. The mountain railway seems to float on the Langwieserviadukt over the Plessur. In just one hour you climb 1,000 metres in altitude and reach the Swiss holiday paradise of Arosa.

Breathe in the fresh mountain air on your walk to the Waldhotel****S. Enjoy the deep warmth in the sauna area and let the impressions of this spectacular railway adventure settle as you float in the water. The Genusshotel will spoil you in its restaurants in 5 courses, accompanied by a fine drop of wine from the wine cellar. Whether traditional Graubünden fare or creatively prepared delicacies from all over the world. Up here, the culinary wealth of ideas knows no bounds.

Tips for your day programme:
  • Visit and lunch at the Albula Railway Museum (admission CHF 15.- per person) in Bergün
  • Visit Infoarena Albula Tunnel
  • Moderately difficult hike Preda - Bergün on the Albula Railway Experience Trail (approx. 2h30) (see map material)
- Insider tip: Hike to Lake Palpuogna: approx. 45min from Preda or as a stage of the Via Albula from Spinas
     to Preda in 4h30 - medium-difficulty mountain hike (see map material)
- Visit to Arosa Bärenland (tickets available at the hotel reception for CHF 5.- per person): Info

5th Day: Final stop - have a good journey home!


Have breakfast like in the royal palace: a rich, healthy and tasty selection of products await you at the delicious breakfast buffet. Your bread is baked during the night in the in-house kitchen - it doesn't get any fresher than that! If you still want to go on an excursion in the mountains, you can of course leave your luggage at the Waldhotel. During your journey home via Chur, enjoy once again the floating feeling on the Langwieserviadukt and the last panoramic views of the breathtaking Graubünden mountains!

Tips for your daily programme:
  • Visit to Arosa Bärenland (tickets available at the hotel reception for CHF 5.- per person)
  • Pedalo ride on the Obersee, mountain railway ride up the Weisshorn and much more with the Arosa All Inclusive Card
  • Moderately difficult mountain hike on the Walser Trail Arosa - Medregen - Sapün - Langwies (approx. 5h)
  • (see map material)
  • Ride in the open observation car to Chur on your journey homedaily
    from 13 June to 25 October 2020
    Arosa departing 11.49 h / 15.49 h
    Chur arrival 12.53 h / 16.53 h

Included services


  • 4 nights in the following Private Selection Hotels
    1 night at Grischa Hotel Davos**** in Davos Platz
    1 night at Hotel Castell****S in Zuoz
    1 night at the Cresta Palace Hotel****S in Celerina/St.Moritz or at the Hotel Saratz****S in Pontresina
    1 night at the Waldhotel****S in Arosa
  • Rich breakfast buffet in the morning
  • 4-5-course menu in the evening, as part of half board
  • Free access to the spa and wellness world in all hotels (except Hotel Grischa)
  • 3x luggage transport from hotel to hotel (1 piece of luggage à 20kg per person)
  • graubündenPASS valid from Andermatt for 5 days (redeemable within 14 days) for free travel on public transport in the whole canton - including arrival and departure day!
  • Arosa Card for free travel on the Arosa/Lenzerheide mountain railways
  • Tips on places of interest and rail adventure trips along the route
  • Hiking suggestions including interactive route app

Important information: Please note that the Bernina and Glacier Express panoramic trains are NOT included in the offer. The offer is designed for the regular trains, but they run on the same route. We cannot reserve seats on these regular trains and therefore cannot guarantee panoramic windows. On the other hand, you have the flexibility to get on and off wherever you want - for example for a hike in the Rhine Gorge - and are not bound to fixed timetables of the panorama trains.

Prices


Prices per person for 4 nights:

With GA (SwissPass):
  • CHF 1'035.- per person in a double room
  • CHF 1'184.- per person in a single room
With the Half-Fare Card :
  • CHF 1'175.- per person in a double room
  • CHF 1'325.- per person in a single room
Without discount:
  • CHF 1'215.- per person in a double room
  • CHF 1'365.- per person in a single room

Possible additional services at an extra charge and subject to availability:

  • Surcharge graubündenPASS 1st class with half-fare card: CHF 61.- per person
  • Surcharge graubündenPASS 1st class without reduction: CHF 78.- per person
  • Seat reservation Glacier Express at CHF 49.- per person
  • Tschutschubahn "Landwasser-Express" at CHF 15.- per person
  • Seat reservation Bernina Express at CHF 16.- per person AND way ( to Poschiavo and back: CHF 32.- per person)
Prices for the year 2022 on request.

Options for extending your stay


Do you particularly enjoy a Graubünden destination? We will be happy to book additional nights for you at your preferred hotel.

We also recommend a stay at one of the other Graubünden Private Selection Hotels:

Hotel Schweizerhof Lenzerheide****S: Do you enjoy walking? Then we recommend the wonderful hike from Arosa to Lenzerheide. The most beautiful route takes about 6 hours (including the shortcut with the mountain railway from Parpaner Rothorn) and leads past the two deep clear mountain lakes Schwelli- and Älplisee. (see map material)
Hotel Vereina****S in Klosters

Reserve

Would you like to book this offer? Then contact us via phone +41 41 368 10 05, send us an e-mail at info@privateselection.ch or fill in the enquiry form.

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The Private Selection Hotel Service AG is part of the guarantee fund of the Swiss tourism sector and ensures the repayment of your deposit paid in connection with the booking of a package as well as your return journey. For further details kindly ask Private Selection Hotels or on www.garantiefonds.ch.