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Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan

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Milano, Italy
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icon12 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more
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Overview

Board the Bernina Express, the historic red Swiss mountain train, for a ride along one of the most beautiful railway routes in the world. After a coach ride from Milan to Tirano, board the train to travel on the UNESCO-listed Bernina Express route with its unsurpassed alpine views. Look out at the Swiss Alps as you ride along the Bernina Pass to St Moritz, and then enjoy free time to explore the chic mountain town before your return to Milan.
  • Rail tour from Milan aboard the Bernina Express
  • Take a scenic coach tour to Tirano, located at the foothills of the Swiss Alps
  • Travel by train through the Bernina Pass to elegant St Moritz
  • Pass stunning alpine scenery, including glacial lakes
  • Enjoy free time to explore Tirano and St Moritz
  • Learn about the region from a guide as you travel

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Ride one of the world’s most scenic mountain trains to St. Moritz and be back in Milan by dinnertime.
Well known by its moniker ‘the Little Red Train,’ the Bernina Express was designed to climb the Swiss Alps with ease. A testament to engineering work completed more than a century ago, the train is still able to complete the cliff-clinging Bernina Pass on a route that now has UNESCO World Heritage status.

Travel from Milan to Switzerland in the morning, and relax on your coach journey to Tirano. After some free time in the town, board the Bernina Express and gaze out of your window as the historic train passes through the idyllic stretches of Northern Italy and the Swiss Alps.

Ride over the spiral viaduct of Brusio, and along the Bernina Pass to Engadin. Watch the scenery change from windswept gorges and snow-clad glaciers to the chic chalets of St Moritz.

Hop off the train to enjoy free time in the town. An elegant vacation spot that’s popular for winter sports, St Moritz has a bounty of attractions to keep you busy. Stroll the lake, ogle the snow-specked mountains that ring the town, enjoy lunch or browse the local chocolatiers to sample Swiss chocolate. All food is at your own expense.

In the early evening, return to Milan by coach. Your tour of Northern Italy and Switzerland finishes with a drop-off at the start point.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Brusio Spiral Viaduct
Your journey continues taking you over the spiraling Brusio viaduct and through the Bernina Pass (2253 meters above the sea level) into the Engadin Valley before arriving at St. Moritz. Along the way you'll pass wild gorges and icy glaciers, cross soaring bridges and shoot through loop tunnels. This north-south Alpine crossing offers breathtaking views and stunning scenery as you travel over boldly curved viaducts and through winding tunnels.The view goes around while the train winds up to the heights of the famous circular viaduct of Brusio,with a 90-degree curve.
Pass By:  
Bernina Express
The station "Ospizio Bernina" lies at 2253 m a.s.l., making it the highest-altitude station on the Rhaetian Railway. From the train you will se the Alp Grum, the Palu Glacier and the Lake Palu.
Stop At:  
Lake St. Moritz
After the train journey you will visit the exclusive resort of St. Moritz, stopping at Swizerland’s best chocolate house and enjoy free time to explore the ‘Top of the World’ before returning to Milan by air-conditioned coach.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Santuario della Beata Vergine di Tirano
Your journey starts amid the palms of Tirano, northern Italy. You will visit the church of Madonna of Tirano, one of the most beautiful churches in the region of Valtellina.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included

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St Moritz!
Paul_L
, Mar 2020
Such an amazing train journey through the alps. Stunning views. Comfortable bus ride and wonderful guide.
star-4
Very Nice but be aware you can't eat on the bus
Isela_P
, Feb 2020
Everything was good, the sceneries amazing, well organised, the only thing is We weren't allow to eat on the bus, the tour starts at 7pm me and my friends were starving and we had to wait until we arrived to a town just to eat a croissant and coffee, will be good if people know in advice this specially if you travel with children so you can prepare and eat something before you go in to the bus.
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Worth the money, not the time.
shanegk
, Feb 2020
The rides through the alps via train and bus were beautiful and well worth the fee. However, the multiple stops were rushed and unnecessary and offered little in terms of food/drink. Overall, the tour was unorganized, rushed, and we felt like it was a waste of a full Day of our vacation. Do a day or two in cinque terre instead.
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Worst tour experience in whole Italy just because of tour guide
varund256
, Feb 2020
We took the tour via travel agency Zani Viaggi. The tour guide was terrible who was not even able to complete the sentences in English. Secondly, he was too rude to be a tour guide who was constantly yelling at the tourists and was not willing to stop the bus for bathroom breaks as well (no matter how urgent is it for anyone). He even has the audacity to skip giving us the feedback forms just to avoid a bad review.
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Beyond Expectation
psutton
, Jan 2020
For me this was the best one-day tour I have ever experienced. Sarah is an outstanding guide and maximised photo opportunities by warning us when each new dramatic photo opportunity was about to evolve. This is a Jam-packed tour where you are occupied for the full 12 hours, viewing one jaw-dropping scene after another guided by someone who is as passionate about the tour and what you see, as they were the first time they saw it themselves....totally understandable as you take in the most breath-taking scenery you are ever likely to see. The schedule is tight and I would have liked more time in St Moritz, but it has given me the incentive to return to do exactly that...
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Third best of swiss
dramitkeshav
, Jan 2020
The trip includes a train trip and a return through bus. There are two stops a. At some restaurant and b. From where one begin the train journey. Train trip was wow...but the stoppage at two points before the journey reduces the time to stay at Saint moretz as it's hardly 1 hour and once cannot see anything to satisfaction over there. One even cannot go to city and come back in that time. So it feels like your are dropped to make point and picked up immediately. That's had to be atleast 2-3 hours for make the trip more exciting. BERNINA train journey was brilliant and one can open windows to see if the amazing outside views. Only if the trip removes the earlier two stoppages and increase the time at saint moretz this tour would have 5 stars. Also the name Bernina is not on the train and we see it's on some other coatches which are basically first class coaches. So it seems another red train and not bernina as in pictures one cannot claim to any that it is bernina express except from the views one see. There are two turns which are attractive on way and rest is snow. There not much tunnels and views or bridges in the way as was told in earlier reviews. So be prepared that one see only few things and not that much as was told in reviews. I prefer joungfrough or titlis tour over this one as it's not as worth as those tours when you go for comparison. Overall swiss is most wonderful of world so no one can say anything thing against it. I love swiss always. I recommend one to take bernina and stay over night at saint moretz and come back next day to have complete satisfaction of the place. There is much more in saint moretz than just take picture in front of banner of saint moretz and come back. Further there are routes other than the one we had taken and it is important to explore all those route instead of going and coming back on same route and one should explore those too
star-5
I thought I’d died and gone to heaven!
shazzawest1
, Jan 2020
Breathtaking views, pure mountain air, comfort and warmth aboard the train, amazing talented informative tour guide (Michael-Angelo) and good value for money- this trip has been a dream come true! Would do it again over and over and never tire of the experience
star-5
Great tour
azrinahamid
, Jan 2020
Great tour with fantastic view and comfortable ride. Our tour guide , Inna was good and accommodative. We started our journey at 7am by coach and stop at Tirano for lunch at about 11.30am. We chose pre ordered set lunch proposed by the tour guide and I think that was really a good idea as we do not have much time to look for places to eat. At about 1pm we leave Tirano with Bernina Train and the ride was fantastic and the view was spectacular. We arrived at St Moritz but was given only one hour to walk around, I think that is really short. We need more time in St Moritz to enjoy the view. Nevertheless, the trip was worth.
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Wonderful St Moritz
Voyager453378
, Dec 2019
This tour with our guide Simone was wonderful - bus driver excellent and lunch amazing - it was a great tour we loved every minute
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Fantastic!
Sue W
, Dec 2019
Amazing sights! Went through a huge snow storm on the way up to St Moritz. Beautiful. The town was very quiet as it was off season but we were so pleased that we made this trip. A really fun day!

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