Itinerary Highlights
    • Improve your technique and visit some of the lesser-skied slopes with an expert instructor while enjoying a three-day Zermatt ski pass
    • Take your pick from over 50 mountain-top restaurants in a resort that prides itself on its foodie credentials
    • Wind your way through the Swiss countryside and alpine scenery on one of Europe’s most scenic train journeys
    • This trip can be done entirely or partially by train

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Enjoy a supremely scenic train ride from London to Zermatt in Switzerland for a five-day, foodie ski break on some of Europe's most beautiful slopes. Beginning with a trip to Paris on the Eurostar, you’ll make your way to Lausanne for a night before boarding a train bound for Zermatt. Marvel at the stunning alpine scenery along the way (more of which awaits in Zermatt). The next three days will be spent taking in the spectacular sights on the ski slopes, eating lots of delicious food and throwing yourself into some sensational après-ski on this bucket-list itinerary.


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London to Lausanne

The first day of your London to Zermatt by train ski itinerary begins at London St Pancras, so grab yourself a coffee and a croissant before climbing aboard the Eurostar to Paris. The train departs mid-morning and takes two hours and 20 minutes to reach Paris, rushing through the tunnel before bursting into the French countryside and on to Paris. On arrival at Paris Gare du Nord, it's an easy two-stop hop on the RER (Paris metro) to Gare de Lyon. If you want to start the trip in style, we can factor in a more significant gap between trains for you to enjoy a delicious lunch at the wonderfully over-the-top Le Train Bleu restaurant.

It's then time to jump aboard the TGV-Lyria high-speed train to Lausanne, which takes four hours, passing the mountain-framed shimmering Lake Geneva before pulling into Lausanne station. Make your way to your hotel for the night, before enjoying dinner in this charming Swiss city.

Here, we're recommending the slower, more sedate option. But if you fancy reaching Zermatt more quickly? It’s also possible to travel from London to Zermatt by train in one day. Take an early Eurostar train (we’re talking 7am early), forego a civilised lunch at Gare de Lyon, and you can be in Zermatt in time for supper.


A Scenic Ride to the Slopes

It's an early start this morning as your train to Zermatt leaves Lausanne just before 9am, so grab a quick breakfast and make your way to the station. The journey takes about three hours in total, with a quick change in Visp onto a smaller narrow-gauge train, but with the unbelievable scenery to gaze at through the window (try to sit on the left to make the most of it), you’ll find yourself wishing the journey was longer. Snake through the towering mountains that seem to disappear into the sky and pass by quaint villages as you make your way up to Zermatt, where you’ll arrive just before lunch.

On arrival, check in to your hotel, where the Concierge can help you collect ski gear and passes. We’ve included a three-day Zermatt ski pass in your itinerary, so if you want to hit the ground running, head straight for your first afternoon on the slopes. Alternatively, have your first taste of the (excellent) Zermatt foodie scene with a high-altitude lunch.

After you've had your fill of snow, it's time to enjoy the après ski. Most of Zermatt's later evening entertainment is under one roof, that of the Hotel Post, with its five bars and clubs. Warm up with a Swiss Mojito (Poire Williams, ginger ale, lime, mint and sugar) in the laidback Papa Caesar lounge before heading to the barrel-vaulted brick cellars of the Broken Bar for dancing on wine barrel tables to 80s Europop.

If you’d rather have a relaxed morning to explore Lausanne before heading to Zermatt, this can be arranged too. This itinerary also works well in summer, swapping skiing for spectacular hiking and mountain biking.



After breakfast, you can appreciate Zermatt in all its glory with the help of an expert ski instructor. This picture-perfect resort in the shadow of the Matterhorn is almost stupidly idyllic, from its car-free (except the odd electric cab and bus) cobbled streets to the charming old chalets that line them. Aside from aesthetics, Zermatt is home to outstanding high-altitude skiing across 220 miles of marked runs, as well as excellent off-piste. Benefitting from near guaranteed snow from November through to April, the local glacier means skiing throughout spring and summer is possible too.

Today, you'll be in the hands of a knowledgeable ski guide who will take you to Zermatt's most beautiful slopes. Offering as much or as little ski instruction as you like along the way, this is the perfect chance to improve your technique. Worked up an appetite? Zermatt is arguably as well known for its gastronomic delights as for its skiing, so stop for lunch in a mountain lodge, and you won’t be disappointed.

Work off the lunchtime excess with a few more runs before returning to the resort for an après-ski drink in the small but perfectly formed Harry's Ski Bar, which has been, by turns, a house, a glorified chicken coop and now the most buzzing bar in town. Lederhosen-wearing bar staff and skiers straight off the ski bus come as standard, and when it's packed inside you can order from the patio bar. Come dinner, our Dossier is on hand with insider tips on the best of the resort’s restaurants. We recommend Chez Vrony as your first port of call, a charming farmhouse where the equally charming owners dish up home-grown produce.


Skiing (and Eating) in Zermatt

Today is yours to ski until your heart's content. While conditions in Zermatt are generally more reliable than most, some ski areas don't even open until the end of January. Exhibit A is the Stockhorn, which takes longer to build up the necessary snow reserves. It's well worth the wait, though, with enough moguls and deep stuff to keep the biggest bump monkeys and powder-hounds happy. Make sure to appreciate the views; they are impossible to tire of. Zermatt is surrounded by some 38 12,000ft plus peaks and, as you'd imagine, any number of viewing points. One of the best is from the top of the Europe's highest cable car to the summit of the Theodul glacier. From here it's possible to the see the highest peaks in Italy (Gran Paradiso), France (Mont Blanc) and Switzerland (Monte Rosa) and a south-facing view of the Matterhorn.

For lunch, we recommend Findlerhof, further down the Sunnegga piste from Chez Vrony. The views of the Matterhorn from the sun terrace are nearly as excellent as the food and service from the team, led by owners Franz and Heidi. Try the braised lamb washed down with whatever excellent local wine Franz recommends.
This evening, take your pick from hundreds of excellent restaurants. If we had to choose one, it would be 1818 (once the hugely popular Heimberg), a charming chalet that retains many of the traditional features of one of the oldest buildings in town. Local architect Heinz Julen has added tasteful contemporary touches from the art to the lighting and chairs. The food also blends the traditional and modern, so expect exceptional sushi and tagliata steak cooked on the charcoal oven.


Zermatt to London via Paris

After an early breakfast it's time to wave goodbye to dreamy Zermatt and start your return journey. Leaving Zermatt at around 8am, you'll enjoy the narrow gauge train ride back down to Visp, then change onto the InterCity train to Lausanne, which takes under two hours. There's plenty of time to change platforms to catch the high-speed train to Paris, arriving in the French capital four hours later. As before, hop on the RER for two stops from Gare de Lyon to Gare du Nord. We recommend breaking up the journey with an early supper at Terminus Nord bistro at Gare du Nord (we can arrange a later Eurostar service for you). When you do board the Paris to London train, it’s a two-hours-and-20-minute ride back to London.

A Rough Idea of Price

Dependent on season, accommodation and activities
The estimated cost for this trip starts from £2,000 to £2,900 per person. The final cost of the trip depends on the way we tailor it especially for you. The final cost varies according to several factors, which include the level of service, length of trip and advance booking time. The exact price will be provided on your personalised quote. The average starting price for this trip is £2,300 per person.
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