The Best of Switzerland

With its stunning mountains, fascinating old towns, beautiful lakes, and long history, Switzerland is the perfect holiday offering something for everyone. On this Best of Switzerland tour, you will experience some of its most beautiful scenery and interesting cities, with overnights in Zurich, St. Moritz, Lugano, Zermatt, the Lake Geneva area, and Lucerne.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive In Zurich, Switzerland

Welcome to Zurich! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: Swissôtel Zurich

Day 2: Zurich – Vaduz, Liechtenstein – St. Moritz, Switzerland

DisDiscover Zurich’s well-preserved Old Town with its medieval guild houses during your orientation walk, and stop at the famous Sprungli Confectionery to taste the traditional Chocolate Pralines. A scenic drive following Lake Zurich and Lake Walen into the high Alps leads you to the tiny Principality of Liechtenstein, clutched between Switzerland and Austria, with a surface of just 62 square miles. Stop in the capital, Vaduz, and take pictures of the castle, the official residence of the prince, overlooking the town. Return to Switzerland, and ascend the Rhine Valley into the mountainous Grisons, a canton where three of the country’s four languages are spoken. The 7,504-foot Julier Pass, an important Alpine road since Roman times, leads to the Engadine. This valley is considered by many as the most beautiful mountain area in the world, with deepblue lakes, airy larch forests that turn golden in the fall, mountain peaks exceeding 12,000 feet, and quaint villages with massive white stone houses in the characteristic Grisons style. This afternoon, arrive in St. Moritz, the elegant resort that hosted the two Winter Olympics.

Hotel: Laudinella

Day 3: St. Moritz – Lake Como, Italy – Lugano, Switzerland

Take in a gradual change of scenery as you descend towards the enchanting shores of Italy’s Lake Como and on to the southern tip of Switzerland. The vegetation south of the Alps is Mediterranean: chestnut groves, vineyards, and olive and fig trees are a stark contrast to earlier today as you were within walking distance of glaciers. Afternoon arrival in the popular town of Lugano allows time for shopping under the arcades of Via Nassa or sipping an espresso on flower-festooned Piazza Riforma. To truly appreciate splendid Lake Lugano, an optional boat ride is available, followed by dinner at a traditional “grotto” restaurant.

Hotel: De La Paix

Day 4: Lugano – Stresa, Italy – Täsch, Switzerland – Zermatt

Depart from Lake Lugano to the Italian shore of Lake Maggiore for a break in Stresa, the “Pearl of the Lake.” An optional boat ride to enchanting Isola Bella can be arranged. Continue over lofty Simplon Pass into the Swiss Valais, an area renowned for its excellent wines and great mountain resorts. To reach the most famous of them, leave the coach behind in Tasch and board a Mountain Train to climb the last few miles up to car-free Zermatt, a picturesque cluster of rustic chalets beneath the Matterhorn.

Hotel: Pollux or Ambassador

Day 5: Zermatt – Lake Geneva

This morning, you can join an optional excursion to Klein Matterhorn for spectacular views of the surrounding Alps. Later, drive through the vineyards and apricot groves of the lower Rhone Valley, and arrive at beautiful Lake Geneva.

Hotel: Eurotel Montreux

Day 6: Lake Geneva – Berne – Lucerne

In the stately capital of Berne, your guided tour starts at the Bear Park, followed by a panoramic view of the city from the Rose Garden. Next, enjoy a walking tour through the beautifully preserved medieval Old Town. Witness the hourly parade of painted figures at the Clock Tower and take pictures of ornate, floweradorned fountains. See life in rural Switzerland and look forward to a special lunch at a traditional Swiss Working Farm. Cross the Brunig Pass that connects the Bernese Oberland to central Switzerland and arrive in picturesque Lucerne. An optional dinner excursion to a folklore party is complete with yodeling for classic Alpine merrymaking.

Hotel: Romantik Hotel Wilden Mann, 2 nights

Day 7: Lucerne

Follow your Tour Director for a pleasant walk and admire Thorwaldsen’s impressive Lion Monument, dedicated to the Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France during the French Revolution. Walk along ornate patrician houses of the walled Old Town, then cross the famous covered Chapel Bridge to the Jesuit Church, the first large baroque church built in Switzerland on the north side of the Alps. Afterward, another true Swiss experience: a trip to the top of Mount Pilatus, the “Guard of Lucerne,” where you receive a special Souvenir Cap to always remember this experience! Tonight, a farewell dinner awaits for a proper auf Wiedersehen.

Day 8: Lucerne – Zurich Airport

Morning transfer to Zurich Airport in time for homebound flights leaving no earlier than 10 am.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 12$3,889.00Price on Application
April: 19, 26$3,929.00Price on Application
May: 03, 10, 17, 24, 31$3,929.00Price on Application
May: 07, 14, 21, 28$3,959.00Price on Application
June: 04, 11, 18, 25$3,959.00Price on Application
June: 07, 14, 21, 28$3,929.00Price on Application
July: 02, 09$4,039.00Price on Application
July: 05, 12$4,009.00Price on Application
July: 16, 23$3,959.00Price on Application
July: 19, 26$3,929.00Price on Application
July: 30$3,949.00Price on Application
August: 02, 09, 16, 23, 30$3,929.00Price on Application
August: 06, 13$3,949.00Price on Application
August: 20, 27$3,959.00Price on Application
September: 03, 10$3,959.00Price on Application
September: 06, 13, 20, 27$3,929.00Price on Application
September: 17, 24$4,019.00Price on Application
October: 04$3,889.00Price on Application
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
Transport: Departure Transfer & First-class, air-conditioned motorcoach
Rail: Mountain Train to Zermatt
Accommodation: 7 nights accommodation
Guide: Professional Travel Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Grand Tour of Switzerland

With its unspoiled scenery, majestic peaks, fascinating old towns, sparkling lakes, rich history, and cities with a cosmopolitan flair, Switzerland is the perfect destination offering something for everyone. On this Grand Tour of Switzerland, you’ll experience some of its most beautiful scenery and interesting cities with overnights in Zurich, St. Moritz, Lugano, Zermatt, the Lausanne area, and the Lucerne area.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive in Zurich, Switzerland

Check into your hotel in Zurich and start exploring with the assistance of your CosmosGO app. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Hotel: Novotel City West or Zuri by Fassbind

Day 2: Zurich – Appenzell – Liechtenstein – St. Moritz

A sensational drive today takes you through some of Switzerland’s most renowned cantons. Stop in Appenzell to see the Old Town with its 16th-century Town Hall. Continue to the minute Principality of Liechtenstein for a visit of its tiny capital, Vaduz. Pass through scenic “Heidiland” and into the Rhine Valley before ascending mighty Julier Pass. Soon, you’ll be in the heart of Switzerland’s largest canton, the Grisons, where you’ll marvel at some of the world’s best alpine views. Spend the next two nights in glamorous St. Moritz, host of two Winter Olympic Games (1928 and 1948) and the premier winter retreat of European royalty, celebrities, and the international jet set for more than a century.

Hotel: Sporthotel Baren, 2 nights

Day 3: At Leisure In St. Moritz

Enjoy a whole day to explore this scenic Engadine valley resort. Renowned for its stunning forest, lake, and mountain setting and an average of 322 days of sunshine per year, St. Moritz is comprised of two villages separated by a mile of lake shore- St. Moritz Dorf and St. Moritz Bad. Extending up the slope from the lake, terraced Dorf is a tapestry of grand hotels, upscale boutiques, and traditional Engadine architecture, characterised by arched wooden doors, small deep-set windows, and artistically etched facades. Neighbouring Bad is known for its ice rink, mineral and mud baths, and energetic nightlife.

Day 4: St. Moritz – Bernina Express Train To Tirano, Italy – Lugano, Switzerland

One of Europe’s most spectacular train rides, the Bernina Express begins today in St. Moritz, whisking you across lofty Bernina Pass via the Swiss Poschiavo area to Tirano in the italian Valtellina. Here, rejoin your coach and journey to the shores of sparkling Lake Lugano.

Hotel: Ibis Lugano

Day 5: Lugano – Lake Maggiore, Italy – Täsch, Switzerland – Zermatt

Discover the highlights of charming, subtropical Lugano before travelling to Lake Maggiore, italy’s second-largest lake. Consider joining the optional boat trip to visit to the garden island of isola Bella with its splendid 17th-century palazzo (palace). Return to Switzerland via picturesque Simplon Pass and hop aboard a train in Tasch for the only connection to car-free Zermatt, a resort surrounded by Switzerland’s highest mountains- including the celebrated Matterhorn.

Hotel: Perren or Best Western Butterfly

Day 6: Zermatt – Lausanne Area

Time to stroll through town and maybe take a break to sample the local fare, like raclette, fondue, or hand-made chocolate. Perhaps shop for an authentic Swiss watch or Swiss Army knife. Then, take the train back to Tasch, where you will rejoin the coach and continue your journey through the vineyards and apricot groves of the lower Rhone Valley to crescent-shaped Lake Geneva, one of Europe’s largest lakes.

Hotel: Novotel Lausanne, 2 nights

Day 7: Lausanne Area

Spend either a whole day at leisure exploring Lausanne and its environs, or join an optional excursion to charming Geneva with its cobblestoned Old Town and the Palais des Nations, European headquarters of the United Nations.

Day 8: Lausanne Area – Gruyères – Berne – Interlaken – Lucerne Area

The first stop today is in picturesque Gruyeres to visit a local Cheese Factory. Then, on to Berne, Switzerland’s charming 12th-century capital. The Old Town is a showcase of medieval architecture, arcaded shops, artistic fountains, and the landmark Zytglogge (clock tower), an ornate animated astronomical clock built in 1530. Travel on, skirting the shores of Lake Thun, and stop in the renowned resort of interlaken for a visit before crossing Brunig Pass to Lucerne. Tonight, why not join an optional folklore evening, complete with yodeling and alphorn blowing?

Hotel: Drei Konige or Ibis Styles

Day 9: Lucerne Area – Zurich

Discover the wonders of Lucerne, a city straight out of a storybook. Situated on Lake Lucerne beneath the snowcapped Alps, Lucerne highlights include cobblestone streets lined with frescoed homes, the world-famous Chapel Bridge, and the poignant Lion Monument. Perhaps choose from a wonderful selection of optional activities-the most popular is an excursion to mount Stanserhorn. Return to Zurich for an overnight.

Hotel: Novotel City West or Zuri by Fassbind

Day 10: Zurich

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
March: 28$2,879.00$3,513.00
April: 11$3,029.00$3,663.00
April: 25$3,169.00$3,803.00
May: 09, 23$3,169.00$3,803.00
June: 06$3,169.00$3,803.00
June: 13, 27$3,209.00$3,843.00
July: 11, 18, 25$3,169.00$3,803.00
August: 01, 08$3,169.00$3,803.00
August: 22$3,209.00$3,843.00
August: 19$3,169.00$3,803.00
September: 05$3,169.00$3,803.00
September: 12$3,209.00$3,843.00
September: 19$3,169.00$3,803.00
September: 26$3,069.00$3,703.00

Meals: 9 breakfasts, 4 dinners
Transport: First-class, air-conditioned motorcoach
Rail: Bernina Express: St. Moritz - Tirano
Alpine Train: Tasch - Zermatt - Tasch
Accommodation: 9 nights accommodation
Guide: Professional Travel Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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