Country Roads of Switzerland

An intimate journey of discovery amid stunning Alpine panoramas. This itinerary includes riding on the famous Glacier Express and staying in some of Switzerland’s most enchanting hotels.

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

Day 1: Welcome to Lucerne

Welcome to Switzerland, a land of snow-capped summits and romantic lakes that has attracted poets, musicians and travellers for centuries. On arrival at Zürich airport, transfers leave for your hotel in Lucerne at 09:30 and 13:30. Meet your Travel Director and travel companions at 18:00 for drinks, followed by a pleasant Welcome Dinner with wine at a local restaurant.

Day 2: Ascend the summit of Mount Stanserhorn

Step aboard a funicular railway and open-top cable car for a spectacular journey to the summit of the stunning Mount Stanserhorn. Admire unrivalled views of the surrounding mountains and, on a clear day see as far as Alsace in France and the Black Forest in Germany. Explore Stanserhorn with Insight Choice. Meet a Swiss Ranger and learn about the local wildlife. Alternatively, walk through the Stanserhorn marmot park and along the Rock-Gipfelweg trail leading to the summit. At the highest point you can enjoy a breathtaking 360 degree panorama. Return to the beautiful 14th century city of Lucerne to see its storybook wooden bridges, Baroque church and sorrowful Lion Monument. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure to walk along the lake or perhaps shop for a special timepiece or chocolate.

Day 3: Bern, Gruyères and Montreux

In Bern, your Local Expert is a local English teacher, who shows you the Bear Pits, Cathedral of St. Vincent, Federal Palace and floral displays. Gather at the clock tower to watch the mechanical procession of painted figures before viewing the Ogre Fountain. Your travels continue into the wide, green valleys of the Vaud Alps with snowy summits filling the horizon. Continue through vineyards and alpine meadows to the fortified town of Gruyères, that gives its name to the well-known cheese. Enjoy time on your own to explore the pretty main street and 13th century castle. From Montreux, travel along the shores of Lake Geneva to visit Domaine Bovy and admire the stunning panorama overlooking the lake. Savour a tasting of these tantalising, local wines and delight in a delicious Farm-to-Table light dinner.

Day 4: Lake Geneva & the Swiss Countryside

On the western bay of Lake Geneva, a Local Expert will show you the medieval Chillon Castle, former home to the Counts of Savoy, immortalised by Lord Byron’s ‘Prisoner of Chillon.’ Keep a look out for where the writer is rumoured to have left his mark. Return to Montreux where the rest of the day is free for you to explore on your own or relax as you wish at your quayside hotel.

Day 5: Geneva and Scenic Lake Cruise Experience

Follow the shores of the lake to the international city of Geneva, seeing the Jet d’Eau and Floral Clock. Next, relax in first-class comfort on the waters of Lake Geneva during a highlight cruise. This evening, enjoy time at leisure on the promenades of your lakeside resort.

Day 6: Martigny, Sion and Zermatt

Journey into the upper Rhône Valley to Martigny to view the Roman Amphitheatre. Continue to the town of Sion, dominated by two rocky peaks, each crowned with episcopal fortresses, and see the cathedral and Old Town Hall. Complete your journey via cogwheel train to the traffic-free mountain resort of Zermatt. This evening, take your pick from a selection a local restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening. Perhaps you will delight in the typical Swiss dining experience of fondue?

Day 7: Zermatt at Leisure

Zermatt in summertime offers many leisure possibilities: try swimming, hiking or relaxing in the fresh alpine surrounds. Perhaps take a trip to the Klein Matterhorn, see the Matterhorn from the church bridge or sample the delicious cakes known as Kuchen?

Day 8: The Italian Lake District to Baveno

Descend to Täsch for a scenic drive through Brig where you’ll commence your ascent of the Simplon Pass, taking in magnificent views over the Alps from the 2,000-metre summit. Cut through northern Italy, stopping along the shores of Lake Maggiore. The afternoon is at your leisure. Perhaps join an excursion to the stunning Isola Bella?

Day 9: The Glamour and Glitz of St. Moritz

Journey along the shores of Lake Maggiore, and head north to the three castles at Bellinzona to meet your Local Expert, Julia Guidotti, for a fascinating insight into this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Originally from the midwest of the USA, Julia was married in Ticino – the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland of which Bellinzona is the capital. Having lived in the area for many years, Julia is passionate about this city and is always keen to share her knowledge and delighted to assist with any questions you have about the region. Your travels continue through the Grison Region, travelling via San Bernardino and the town of Tiefencastel, as you follow the young Rhine River. Head east towards the Julier Pass and the glamorous resort of St. Moritz, set in the Engadine Valley with the majestic Grisons Alps towering above.

Day 10: Leisure Time in St. Moritz

Enjoy a day at leisure to jostle with the jet-setters in the elegant boutiques or take an exciting train journey over the Bernina pass. To help you make the most of your day, your Travel Director will provide you with a mountain railways pass, offering free travel on all cable cars, funiculars and chairlifts (when available) in Engadine St. Moritz.

Day 11: The Glacier Express

Step aboard the Glacier Express to experience one of the world’s great railway journeys. Cross the Landwasser Viaduct before heading down through the Oberalp Valley to rejoin the coach at Andermatt. Drive through the dramatic Schöllenen Gorge passing the Devil’s Bridge. Marvel at the Wetterhorn Peaks as you travel along the Grindelwald Valley. Follow the sparkling Lütschine River to Lauterbrunnen, at the head of the Valley of Waterfalls, and see the Staubbach Falls plunge 300 metres from the plateau above.

Day 12: Grindelwald at Leisure

Enjoy a day at your leisure to explore Grindelwald further. Perhaps take a cogwheel train ride to the summit of the Jungfrau mountain?

Day 13: Rural Switzerland to Zürich

Take in the spectacular lake views, as you journey to Brienz, famous for its woodcarving traditions. Visit the Jobin Swiss Woodcarving Centre to trace the history of the trade back to the early days of the 19th century. Continue over the Brünig Pass and drive alongside the lakes of Lungern and Sarnen to return to Zürich. See the Bahnhofstrasse, Grossmünster, River Limmat and Frauenmünster on an orientation of the city with your Travel Director. Join your travel companions at a local restaurant. Your Celebration Dinner is accompanied with wine – raise your glass to toast to your adventures.

Day 14: Depart Zürich

Enjoy a complimentary transfer to the airport by hotel shuttle.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 12$6,850.00Price on Application
April: 19$6,895.00Price on Application
April: 26$6,925.00Price on Application
May: 03, 05, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31$6,495.00Price on Application
June: 02$6,925.00Price on Application
June: 07, 09, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30$6,875.00Price on Application
July: 05, 07, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28$6,875.00Price on Application
August: 02, 04, 09, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30$6,875.00Price on Application
September: 01, 06, 08, 13, 15$6,925.00Price on Application
September: 20$6,850.00Price on Application
September: 22, 27$6,775.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 13 breakfasts, 5 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers, Luxury air-conditioned coach & cruise
Rail:Glacier Express: St Moritz - Andermatt
Accommodation: 13 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
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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Best of Switzerland

Get a slice of Switzerland on this breathtaking trip, guiding you seamlessly through mountainous landscapes, serene lakes and picturesque towns. Switzerland’s indigo lakes and imposing Alpine backdrop seem to go on forever as you explore sophisticated cities, an ancient castle and the shores of Montreux.

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

Day 1: Arrive Zurich

Welcome to the sophisticated Swiss city of Zurich – a flawless blend of fascinating heritage and modern spirit. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and orientation in this beautiful lakeside setting.

Hotel: Mövenpick Regensdorf

Day 2: Zurich – Berne – Lake Geneva (Montreux)

We leave the bright lights of Zurich behind and stop in Bern with its Old Town, admiring its medieval streets, ornate fountains and arcaded walkways. Journeying to Lake Geneva, we arrive in the resort town of Montreux, set against the pristine backdrop of snow-covered peaks and vineyards. After lunch, consider joining an Optional Experience to cruise Lake Geneva, including a visit to the Charlie Chaplin museum in his former estate, Manoir de Ban.

Hotel: Eurotel

Day 3: Lake Geneva (Montreux) – Chillon – Zermatt

This morning, we visit Chillon Castle, immortalised by Lord Byron’s ‘Prisoner of Chillon’. For nearly four centuries, this water fortress was the residence of the Counts of Savoy and an important stop for traders. Our next stop is the 15th-century vineyards of Cave Champ de Clos in Chexbres, a UNESCO world heritage site where we’ll ‘Connect With Locals’ over a ‘Be My Guest’ lunch. Continue your journey to the resort town of Zermatt, set against the backdrop of the snow-capped Matterhorn.

Hotel: Mirabeau or Ambassador, 2 nights

Day 4: Zermatt Free Day

Spend the day soaking up the crisp mountain air and panoramic alpine vistas. You have a full day on your own to explore the town, or simply relax in beautiful surrounds. Consider an Optional Experience to the Klein Matterhorn for the most spectacular mountain views or explore the heritage of what was once a remote mountain village.

Day 5: Zermatt – Baveno Free Time

Departing Switzerland, we travel to the lakeside town of Baveno on Italy’s Lake Maggiore. Spend the rest of the day indulging in the laid-back lakeside atmosphere or consider joining an Optional Experience to Isola Bella, one of the lake’s Borromean islands, with its palazzo and exquisite gardens.

Hotel: Simplon

Day 6: Baveno – St. Moritz

We travel through the scenic Italian countryside, crossing the Swiss border into the scenic Upper Engadine Valley. We stop in the fortified town of Tirano, where we will board our train and wind our way through scenic landscapes en route to the stylish resort town of St. Moritz. This evening, enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers.

Hotel: Reine Victoria

Day 7: St. Moritz – Lucerne Orientation and Free Time

Journeying through lush green landscapes, past Lake Zurich, we arrive in lakeside Lucerne. Pay tribute to the brave Swiss Guards, who lost their lives defending King Louis XVI at the Lion Monument, and cross the iconic wooden Chapel Bridge before strolling past the city’s colourful façades. Consider joining a cruise on the tranquil lake waters and then ride the world’s first CabriO cable car to the top of Mount Stanserhorn.

Hotel: Grand Europe, 2 nights

Day 8: Brienz and Interlaken Excursion

We travel to Interlaken at the heart of Switzerland, which lies in the shadow of the Jungfrau Mountain. Stopping in the village of Brienz en route, we’ll ‘Dive Into Culture’ and gain insights into the centuries-old tradition of wood carving for which this village is so famous. Spend some time on your own and enjoy superb views of the peaks of the Bernese Oberland. This evening, we enjoy a Farewell Dinner with our fellow travellers and Travel Director toasting the highlights of Switzerland we’ve enjoyed along the way.

Day 9: Lucerne – Depart Zurich

As our journey through the Best of Switzerland comes to an end, we bid our newfound friends a fond farewell.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 04$3,525.00$4,165.00
April: 11, 18, 25$3,695.00$4,525.00
May: 02, 09, 16, 23, 30$3,695.00$4,525.00
June: 06, 13$3,695.00$4,525.00
June: 20, 27$3,695.00$4,335.00
July: 04$3,695.00$4,335.00
July: 11, 18$3,895.00$4,535.00
July: 25$3,695.00$4,335.00
August: 01, 08, 15, 22. 29$3,695.00$4,335.00
September: 05, 12$3,725.00$4,365.00
September: 19, 26$3,725.00$4,555.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Rail:Rail Ticket: Tirano - Pontresina
Accommodation: 8 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
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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