All About Europe

What do you want from your All About Europe tour—historic treasures, amazing architecture, scenic beauty, and exciting cities? Whatever it is, this European vacation offers it to you! You’ve heard about gladiator contests in ancient Rome—now’s your chance to visit the Colosseum where the contests took place. You’ve seen photos of the Leaning Tower in Pisa—now’s your chance to take a photo of yourself pushing back at it. You’ve heard of the French Riviera—now’s your chance to drive along both the French and Italian Rivieras. You’ve watched the Olympics—now’s your chance to visit the birthplace of the Olympic Games in Greece. You’ve heard how gorgeous the Swiss Alps are—now’s your time to see them in person. You’ve heard how the former communist countries in Eastern Europe have transformed into wonderful vacation destinations—now’s your time to visit Budapest, Bratislava, Sofia, and Belgrade to see for yourself.

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

Day 1: Arrive In London, England

Check into your hotel. in the afternoon, you may want to start exploring the lively British capital. Uniformed hosts and the CosmosGO app are available to help you make the most of your stay.

Hotel: Novotel London West, 2 nights

Day 2: London

Enjoy free time for independent activities. Take a panoramic tour of London’s famous landmarks, visit the Tower of London, or choose an excursion to Windsor Castle. Tonight, we recommend our optional “Taste of London” excursion with dinner, followed by a guided illumination cruise on the Thames River.

Day 3: London – Paris, France

Transfer to the railway station and board the Eurostar Train to Paris with your Tour Director. Transfer to your hotel.

Hotel: Kyriad Bercy Village, 2 nights

Day 4: Paris

Enjoy a day of sightseeing in Paris starting with an included guided tour to see the sites and monuments.

Day 5: Paris – Chateaux Country – Tours – Bordeaux

Travel south to Blois and along the Loire Valley, stopping in Tours to see the well-preserved historic centre. Continue to Poitiers, beautifully situated on a rocky plateau. South again to the Grande Champagne wine-growing area. Spend the night in Bordeaux on the banks of the Garonne.

Hotel: Kyriad Prestige

Day 6: Bordeaux – Carcassonne – Barcelona, Spain

From the vineyards of the Gironde and the Garonne, travel eastward to Carcassonne in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Spend some time to admire what is perhaps the best-preserved medieval fortified town in Europe. Later, cross the Spanish border and travel through Catalonia to Barcelona.

Hotel: Porta Fira, 2 nights

Day 7: Barcelona

Your guided city tour includes a drive around Montjuic to see the Olympic Stadium and a panoramic view of the port and city. Continue to the city centre to Plaza Catalunya and Paseo de Gracia to admire the greatness and eccentricity of Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces (entrance fees not included).

Day 8: Barcelona – Arles, France – French Riviera

Back in France, head into the vineyard-covered region of the Herault for a stop in Arles. This is where Vincent van Gogh lived from 1888-1889, and produced more than 300 paintings and drawings. Continue skirting the stunning shoreline of the Mediterranean to arrive in the heart of the world-famous French Riviera.

Hotel: Ibis Styles Vieux Port at Nice, 2 nights

Day 9: French Riviera

A full day at leisure allows you to take advantage of everything the splendid Cote d’Azur has to offer. You might like to explore the Old Town, climb up Castle Hill for panoramic views of Nice, or spend some time in the Marc Chagall National Museum. Tonight, consider joining our optional Monte Carlo by Night excursion to the nearby Principality of Monaco.

Day 10: French Riviera – Venice Area, Italy

Enjoy a scenic drive along the French and italian Flower Rivieras. Then, cross the fertile Po River plains to the shores of the Adriatic to reach the Venice area.

Hotel: Poppi at Mira, 2 nights

Day 11: Venice Area

Your day begins with a Boat Ride to monumental St. Mark’s Square. Time at leisure here enables you to explore and absorb the unique atmosphere of this unforgettable city built on water. Watch a skilled Glassblower at work. How about a romantic optional gondola trip?

Day 12: Venice Area – Florence

Today, cross the verdant Apennine hills into italy’s most popular region-Tuscany! Arrive in Florence, the renowned “Cradle of the Renaissance.” An included walking tour with a Local Guide features all the most important sites, including Piazza della Signoria and the copy of the “David” by Michelangelo.

Hotel: Italiana Resort

Day 13: Florence – Pisa – Rome

Today, hop on a mini train in Pisa to see the famous Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Hotel: Oly Hotel, 2 nights

Day 14: Rome

The “Eternal City” is steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts with St. Peter’s Square and Basilica. Other highlights are the iconic Colosseum, the largest amphitheatre ever built, and Circus Maximus.

Day 15: Rome – Ancona (Embarkation) – Overnight Ferry Crossing To Patras, Greece

A day of scenic beauty awaits as you travel through the rugged Apennines past quaint, old-world villages on your way to Ancona on the Adriatic Sea. This afternoon, embark an overnight ferry for your Mediterranean Sea crossing.

Hotel: Overnight Ferry

Day 16: Patras (Disembarkation) – Olympia

Awaken surrounded by fresh sea air this morning as you cross the Mediterranean. This afternoon, disembark in Patras and make your way south for a visit to Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games, first held in 776 BC.

Hotel: Olympia Palace

Day 17: Olympia – Tripoli – Athens

This morning, discover the Olympia archaeological site with a Local Guide. Learn about the sacred precinct of Zeus, whose temple once housed a statue that was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Later, travel through the mountains of Arcadia into the heart of the Peloponnese peninsula. Cross the mighty Corinth Canal, then to Athens, capital of Greece and one of the world’s oldest cities. This evening, bask in the lively atmosphere of the old Plaka district with its welcoming tavernas and festive bouzouki music, or you could choose to join an optional Greek dinner.

Hotel: Ilissos or Acropolis Select, 2 nights

Day 18: Athens

The cradle of Western civilisation and birthplace of democracy, Athens offers so much to see and experience. included city sightseeing this morning features the highlights and a visit to the Acropolis and the Parthenon. Later, explore the shops and museums or spend the afternoon swimming off the coast.

Day 19: Athens – Delphi – Thermopylae – Thessalonika

On the way to Delphi, your Tour Director will tell you all about the area’s fascinating history rooted in Greek mythology. Enjoy a guided tour of Delphi’s ancient sanctuary, dedicated to the god Apollo. Hear about the mystical Oracle and tour the Excavation Site, then visit the Archaeological Museum. Next is Thermopylae, site of the famous battle between the Spartans and Xerxes’ overwhelming Persian forces in 480 BC. See the Leonidas Monument, commemorating the Spartan king. Travel along the coast to Thessalonika for an overnight.

Hotel: Grand Hotel Palace

Day 20: Thessalonika – Sofia, Bulgaria

Cross the Bulgarian border and head north through the Struma River Valley, Spartacus’ mountainous homeland. in Sofia, capital of Bulgaria, join your Local Guide for a city tour that includes the Parliament building, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the National Theatre, and St. Sophia Church.

Hotel: Rosslyn Central Park

Day 21: Sofia – Nis, Serbia – Belgrade

On to Serbia. in NIS, visit the wellpreserved 18th-century Ottoman FORTRESS. Continue to Belgrade, capital of Serbia.

Hotel: Best Western Hotel M

Day 22: Belgrade – Szeged, Hungary – Budapest

Cross into Hungary. Stop at the border town of Szeged, with fabled ties to Attila the Hun and the ancient home of paprika. Later, arrive in Budapest, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Ibis Castle Hill, 2 nights

Day 23: Budapest

Included sightseeing with a Local Guide today features Buda Castle, which dominates the twin cities of Buda and Pest, separated by the broad ribbon of the Danube River. See Heroes’ Square with its iconic monument and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Also see the Royal Castle, the aweinspiring Hungarian Parliament, Margaret island, Fishermen’s Bastion, and Matthias Coronation Church.

Day 24: Budapest – Gyor – Bratislava, Slovakia – Vienna, Austria

Head toward the Austrian border today and, along the way, stop in colourful Gyor with its narrow lanes, characteristic corner balconies, and baroque town centre. Continue to Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, where medieval towers, fortifications, St. Michael’s Gate, and gothic St. Martin’s Church await your discovery. Cross into Austria and arrive in its dazzling capital-Vienna.

Hotel: Star inn Schonbrunn, 2 nights

Day 25: Vienna

Once the seat of the mighty Habsburg Empire and home to Strauss, Brahms, Beethoven, Hadyn, and Mozart, Vienna blends ornate baroque architecture with an irresistible musical heritage. On the included sightseeing tour with a Local Guide, admire the fabulous State Opera House and Parliament, and stroll through Heroes’ Square for views of splendid Hofburg Palace. in your free time, be sure to pop into one of the traditional coffee houses for a slice of heavenly Sachertorte, or you can join one of our exciting optional excursions!

Day 26: Vienna – Salzburg – Munich, Germany

Travel along the Danube to Mozart’s splendid hometown, Salzburg. There’s time here to discover the charming Getreidegasse, the town’s elegant main shopping street. On to Germany through green Bavarian landscapes to arrive in Munich.

Hotel: NH Neue Messe or Achat Premium South

Day 27: Munich – Bregenz, Austria – Lucerne, Switzerland

Your day begins with an orientation drive. See Munich’s beautiful main square, Marienplatz, and marvel at the world-famous Glockenspiel. Later, stop in Bregenz before skirting Lake Constance, then cross into Switzerland to head for Lucerne.

Hotel: Royal Hotel or Ibis Styles, 2 nights

Day 28: Lucerne

This morning’s visit introduces you to one of Switzerland’s finest cities. See the impressive city walls; Chapel Bridge, Europe’s oldest covered bridge; and the Lion Monument, a masterful stone sculpture honouring Louis XVi’s heroic Swiss Guard. A selection of optional activities is available to perfectly complete your day.

Day 29: Lucerne – Strasbourg, France – Trier, Germany

Cross into France today and spend some time at leisure in magical Strasbourg, seat of the European Parliament. See the monumental gothic cathedral; taste the unique Franco-German cuisine; or explore the city’s historic heart in the magical La Petite France district. Return to Germany and head to ancient Trier for an overnight.

Hotel: Vienna House Easy

Day 30: Trier – Amsterdam Area, Holland

Through the industrial Ruhr region and then into the canal-crossed countryside of Holland to Amsterdam, vibrant capital of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. On an included Canal Cruise, experience Amsterdam from water level, then stop to watch skilled craftsmen cut and polish precious stones at a Diamond Centre. Discover the main sites with a Local Guide and spend some time at leisure.

Hotel: Hampton by Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol or Best Western Plus Amedia Airport

Day 31: Amsterdam Area

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 11$7,049.00Price on Application
May: 25$7,559.00Price on Application
June: 08$7,199.00Price on Application
June: 22$6,959.00Price on Application
July: 06, 20$7,059.00Price on Application
August: 03$6,899.00Price on Application
August: 24$7,049.00Price on Application
August: 31$7,189.00Price on Application
September: 07, 14$7,189.00Price on Application
September: 21, 28$7,049.00Price on Application
October: 12$6,839.00Price on Application
November: 02$6,309.00Price on Application
December: 22$5,479.00Price on Application
December: 31$6,199.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 30 breakfasts, 10 dinners
Transport: First-class air-conditioned coach while touring
Rail:Eurostar Train Ticket: London - Paris
Accommodation:29 nights accommodation & 1 night cruise
Guide: Professional Travel Director and host service in London
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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European Supreme

This all-embracing Discoveries trip of Europe, visits Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Athens, Assisi and more. It’s the A to Z of Europe. Thirteen countries – centuries of culture and history, mesmerising natural landscapes and a feast of flavours on one journey of discovery. From the architecture of Amsterdam to the medieval monuments of Germany, Austria and Bulgaria. Explore myths and legends in Greece, ancient history in Italy and the glittering capitals of Paris, Vienna and Budapest.

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

Day 1: London – Amsterdam

Bid farewell to England and the mystical White Cliffs of Dover as you board your ferry to France. Journey through the Belgian and Dutch countryside bound for Amsterdam, where you’ll spend a memorable evening exploring the capital’s scenic canals on a Welcome Reception cruise with your fellow travellers and Travel Director.

Hotel: Mercure City, 2 nights

Day 2: Amsterdam

Explore the maritime history, tree-lined canals and gabled façades of Amsterdam on an orientation of the city’s 17th-century canal ring district. Enjoy the rich aromas and flavours of Dutch cheese this afternoon in Volendam, where you’ll ‘Dive Into Culture’ yet again and gain insights into traditional cheese-making and the crafting of Holland’s characteristic wooden clogs.

Day 3: Amsterdam – Rhine Cruise – Heidelberg – Rhineland

We cross the German border and board a cruise in Boppard. Journeying along the mighty Rhine past vineyard-clad hills and medieval castles, we disembark in St. Goar, avoiding the allure of the legendary Lorelei. We travel to the university city of Heidelberg to admire its magnificent ruined sandstone castle which stands imposingly overlooking the Neckar River.

Hotel: Mercure am Rathaus

Day 4: Rhineland – Munich – Innsbruck

Arriving in the Bavarian capital of Munich today, we see the Hofbrauhaus, City Hall and iconic Marienplatz with its Glockenspiel. Crossing the Austrian border, we arrive in Innsbruck for an orientation that will include views of St. Jakob’s Cathedral and Emperor Maximilian I’s glittering Golden Roof. This evening, consider a rousing evening of Tyrolean entertainment. Admire the fascinating crystal installations and browse for precious gifts and souvenirs at the Swarovski Crystal Worlds Store.

Hotel: Hotel Innsbruck

Day 5: Innsbruck – Venice

Cross the snow-capped Alps to Italy today, travelling via the Brenner Pass to Venice, where you will join your travel companions for a delicious Regional Dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Novotel Mestre Castellana, 2 nights

Day 6: Venice

‘Dive Into Culture’ and gain insights into the centuries-old tradition of Venetian glassblowing. Glide through the waters of the Adriatic by private launch arriving in the gateway of Venice, St. Mark’s Square. Delve into the history of this beautiful Byzantine city, see the ornate Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Square and the famous Bridge of Sighs. Spend the rest of your afternoon on your own exploring in the labyrinthine calle of this city of islands.

Day 7: Venice – Vienna

Journey through the Veneto plains, across the Styrian Alps and to Austria’s imperial capital of Vienna. Celebrate the city’s iconic reputation as the world’s music capital and perhaps consider an evening Optional Experience including dinner and entertainment.

Hotel: Hilton Danube Waterfront, 2 nights

Day 8: Vienna

Join a ‘Local Specialist’ on an exploration of this elegant capital, including views of the State Opera House, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg, once the home of the powerful Habsburg Dynasty. Spend the rest of your day at leisure, soaking up the cosy coffee culture or visiting such iconic sights as the Schonbrunn Palace with its exquisite gardens. This evening, perhaps indulge in Vienna’s intoxicating musical talent, enjoying a concert of classical music at one of the city’s concert halls, churches or palaces.

Day 9: Vienna – Ljubljana

Leave the City of Music behind, crossing the Slovenian border to Ljubljana. Join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a sightseeing tour and delve into the ‘Beloved’ city’s iconic and unexpected highlights. Wander along the Baroque façades of its Old City and admire the medieval castle, the City Hall and Cathedral of St. Nicholas, with its exquisite 18th century frescoes. Good food and good company are guaranteed as we ‘Connect With Locals’ during a ‘Be My Guest’ dinner with a local Slovenian family. Learn about their life in one of the world’s greenest cities, as well as the role that honey plays in the country’s cuisine.

Hotel: Radisson Blu Plaza

Day 10: Ljubljana – Plitvice Lakes

Journey across the Croatian border and via Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park, where you’ll join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a guided walking tour. Connect with the exquisite beauty of this UNESCO-listed natural wonder, admiring the cascade of spectacular waterfalls and crystal-clear waters reflecting green, grey and blue against the lush landscape. Witness panoramic views over the park from Tomicevo Pgledalo, then settle in for your overnight stay amidst this stunning backdrop.

Hotel: Jezero

Day 11: Plitvice Lakes – Dubrovnik

Journey south along the picture-perfect Dalmatian coast, past seaside villages to the ancient city of Dubrovnik – its terracotta rooftops appear to tumble into the waters of the cerulean Adriatic.

Hotel: Croatia Cavtat, 2 nights

Day 12: Dubrovnik

Stroll through the marble streets of the Pearl of the Adriatic on a Small Group Sightseeing tour with a ‘Local Specialist’. Admire the Rector’s Palace, Onofrio’s Fountain and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries. Consider taking a sunset cruise along the spectacular Dalmatian coast to enjoy a delicious local dinner.

Day 13: Dubrovnik – Tirana

Journey to Kotor, an enchanting medieval city, perched on the deepest natural fjord-like bay in the Mediterranean. Travel through Montenegro into Albania and overnight in its colourful capital of Tirana. Explore the previously communist-dominated capital with a ‘Local Specialist’, including such highlights as the Skanderbeg square and the Palace of Culture. Wander up the main boulevard and see the Prime Ministry building, the Presidential office and the Pyramid Building.

Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn

Day 14: Tirana – Kalambaka

We travel to Greece, enjoying views of the scenic Plains of Thessaly en route to Kalambaka with its gravity-defying Meteora monasteries that cling impressively to immense, rounded rock towers.

Hotel: Amalia

Day 15: Kalambaka – Delphi – Athens

We cross the fertile Thessaly region and see the battle site at Thermopylae, where the heroic Leonidas and brave Spartans battled against the invading Persians. We arrive at the centre of the world and Mount Parnossos, joining a ‘Local Specialist’ to explore the ancient sanctuary of Delphi and seat of the most important oracle in the ancient classical world. Wander through the centuries-old ruins of the Sacred Way to the 5th-century Temple of Apollo and marvel at the site where athletes once competed in the Pythian Games held in honour of Apollo and the Arts. We arrive in Athens this evening.

Hotel: Divani Palace Acropolis, 4 nights

Day 16: Athens

Spend the day discovering the birthplace of democracy – a centre for the arts, learning and philosophy. Stroll through the tiny, colourful alleyways of Plaka, join Athenians for a noisy coffee stop at an open-air café or consider embarking on our three-day Aegean Cruise.

Day 17: Athens

Today is yours to embrace the spirited atmosphere of the Greek capital. Perhaps, venture by funicular to Mount Lycabettus for the most magnificent views of the sprawling city below, watch the pageantry of the changing of the Evzoni or join an Optional Experience.

Day 18: Athens

Soak up the sights, sounds and smells of the bustling Central Market this morning. Maybe admire the remarkable antiquities and remnants of Ancient Greece at the fascinating Acropolis Museum or wander through the colourful stalls of Monastiraki Square.

Day 19: Athens Sightseeing – At Sea

Travel to the heart of ancient Athens, back to a time of philosophers and great thinkers. Join a ‘Local Specialist’ to marvel at the ancient Acropolis, see the Parthenon, dedicated to the goddess Athena, and view the stadium where the first modern Olympic Games took place in 1896. We cross the Corinth Canal that connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea and board our overnight ferry in Patras en route to Italy.

Hotel: Overnight Ferry

Day 20: Ancona – Assisi

Spend today worshipping the sunshine, as we sail up the dramatic Adriatic coast towards Ancona. This evening we arrive in the mystical medieval town of Assisi, the home and final resting place of beloved St. Francis.

Hotel: Grand Hotel

Day 21: Assisi Sightseeing – Sorrento

Join your ‘Local Specialist’ today and enjoy a sightseeing tour to see the Basilica of St. Francis. We pass the Benedictine Abbey in Monte Cassino before arriving in the sophisticated seaside retreat of Sorrento.

Hotel: La Residenza

Day 22: Sorrento – Pompeii – Rome

We join a ‘Local Specialist’ in Pompeii to hear the story of this remarkable ancient Roman settlement buried under ash following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Continuing through the green and golden countryside of Lazio, we arrive in Rome, the ‘Eternal City’ this evening.

Hotel: Barceló Aran Mantegna, 2 nights

Day 23: Rome

Visit the centre of Christianity, the Vatican City. ‘Dive Into Culture’ with your ‘Local Specialist’ and ascend the spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Then, admire Michelangelo’s exquisite frescoed ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, before crossing the Tiber to visit the Colosseum. Spend the afternoon as you wish. Sit on the Spanish Steps or indulge in a cappuccino on the Piazza Navona. This evening, we enjoy a delicious Regional Dinner in Rome.

Day 24: Rome – Florence

Journeying north through the beautiful landscapes of Umbria and Tuscany, we arrive in the Renaissance city of Florence. Join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of some of the city’s iconic sites. View Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistery with its renowned bronze doors, and visit Piazza della Signoria. Learn about the quality and workmanship of one of this city’s historic industries at a demonstration of Florentine leathercraft.

Hotel: Nilhotel

Day 25: Florence – Engelberg

Travel north across the snow-capped Alps into Switzerland, past beautiful Lake Lugano, continuing along the scenic St. Gotthard route into central Switzerland. We spend the next two nights in the popular winter sports resort town of Engelberg.

Hotel: H+ Hotel & Spa, 2 nights

Day 26: Lucerne

The lakeside setting of Lucerne is ours to explore today. Pay tribute to the brave Swiss Guard at the Lion Monument and admire the wooden Chapel Bridge with its exquisite ceiling. Spend the rest of the day ambling through the medieval streets with their characteristic painted façades, or perhaps embark on an Operational Experience up one of the surrounding peaks.

Day 27: Engelberg – Paris

We cross into France and traverse the rolling Burgundy vineyards en route to the glittering capital of Paris. The City of Light shines brightly tonight as you explore the grand boulevards on your terms. Enjoy dinner at a cosy bistro or consider attending a colourful Parisian Cabaret performance.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Neuilly, 2 nights

Day 28: Paris

Join a ‘Local Specialist’ today for an informative sightseeing tour of the French capital. Drive along the Champs Élysées and see the Place de la Concorde. View Notre Dame and enjoy a stroll through the Latin Quarter. This evening, we celebrate an epic European voyage with newfound friends and our Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner.

Day 29: Paris – London

Departing Paris, we head north to Calais and bid France a fond farewell as we board a ferry to Dover and return to London.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 30$9,895.00$12,925.00
May: 14$9,895.00$12,925.00
May: 28$9,995.00$13,025.00
June: 11, 18$10,350.00$13,380.00
July: 02, 16, 30$10,350.00$13,380.00
August: 13, 27$10,350.00$13,380.00
September: 03, 10$10,350.00$13,380.00
September: 17$10,125.00$13,155.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 28 breakfasts, 13 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Ferry: Ferry Crossing from Dover - Bruges - Dover
Accommodation:27 nights accommodation & 1 night cruise
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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Mountains, Valleys & Lakes of Switzerland

Explore remote Alpine valleys by mini-coach and scale mountain slopes by railway on this unforgettable tour of Switzerland. Along the way you’ll gain an insight into local life and time-honoured traditions, while enjoying some of Europe’s most sublime scenery.

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

Day 1: Zurich – Schaffhausen – Appenzell

This morning we’ll meet the group in one of the most impressive cities in the world: Zurich. Then, it’s all aboard the mini-coach as we make tracks to Schaffhausen – which we’ll explore on a walking tour – and Roemerstrasse Wines, where we have a wine tasting session to look forward to. We’ll then move on to our final destination of the day: Appenzell, where we’ll learn how to make traditional biberli (gingerbread pastries) before getting to know each other a little better over a welcome dinner.

Hotel: Romantik Hotel Säntis or similar, 2 nights

Day 2: Appenzell – St Gallen – Appenzell

After breakfast it’s off to St Gallen – where a walking tour awaits us this morning. We’ll spend some time exploring the city’s Old Town and UNESCO World Heritage-listed Abbey District before we return to Appenzell for a brewery tour this afternoon. After sampling a taste of the beer (not to mention some delicious local cheese and meats), the evening will be yours to spend as you wish.

Day 3: Appenzell – Lucerne – Weggis

A day of indulgence awaits us in Lucerne today, where we have an appointment to keep with a local chocolatier. After learning the secrets behind Swiss chocolate making, we’ll take the time to savour a delicious sample (or two). Later on, we’ll swap our mini-coach for a scenic boat ride across Lake Lucerne, setting ashore in Weggis: our base for the next two nights.

Hotel: Hotel Central am See or similar, 2 nights

Day 4: Weggis – Einsiedeln – Mount Rigi – Weggis

Leave room at breakfast – this morning we’ll be visiting a local farm in Einsiedeln, where we’ll have the chance to make our own cheeses before indulging in a fondue tasting session. Then, it’s all aboard the cog railway – Europe’s first ever mountain line – as we scale the towering Mt Rigi, taking in some magnificent views of deep blue lakes and snow-capped peaks along the way. Afterwards, we’ll make our way back down to Weggis – where you’ll have the evening to yourself.

Day 5: Weggis – Eggiwil – Bern

Today we’ll leave Weggis behind us and make tracks to Eggiwil – where we’ll meet a local alphorn maker. After learning how the traditional instrument is made, we’ll move on to captivating Bern. With a guided walking tour on the agenda, there will be plenty of time for us to soak up the picture-perfect scenery!

Hotel: Hotel Sternen Muri or similar, 2 nights

Day 6: Bern

Today, the day will be yours to visit Bern’s excellent museums and wander the cobbled centre at your leisure.

Day 7: Bern – Thun – Interlaken – Wengen

Today our path will carry us away from Bern and onwards towards the striking Thun Castle and breathtaking Trümmelbach Falls. After a day filled with spectacular sights, we’ll climb aboard the train to photogenic Wengen, where you’ll be free to explore as you please.

Please note: On tours departing between November and February, we will stay in Interlaken instead of Wengen.

Hotel: Sunstar Alpine Hotel Wengen, 2 nights

Day 8: Wengen – Jungfraujoch – Wengen

Today we’ll be treated to some more intoxicatingly beautiful vistas as we travel to the top of Mt Jungfrau aboard the Jungfrau Railway. After travelling back down to Wengen, we’ll come together for one last group dinner. What a trip it’s been!

Day 9: Wengen – Zurich

After bidding a fond farewell to Wengen, we’ll board the mini-coach to Affoltern im Emmental, where we’ll enjoy a cheese tasting session at a local Emmental factory. After that, there’s still time for a walking tour of Baden before we move on to Zurich – where our adventure will end.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
August: 22$5,499.00$7,149.00
September: 05, 12, 26$5,499.00$6,879.00
October: 10$5,499.00$6,879.00
November: 14$5,499.00$6,879.00
December: 12$5,499.00$6,879.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January:16$5,499.00$6,599.00
January:06$5,499.00$6,599.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
Transport: Premium mini-coach transportation
Accommodation: 8 nights in boutique accommodation
Guide: Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader
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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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

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* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Glorious Switzerland

Discover a land of contrasting scenery, people and languages, offering a unique blend of interests and wonders on this 8 Day Glorious Switzerland Tour.

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

Day 1: Geneva, City of Gardens

Welcome to Switzerland! Prepare yourself for varied modes of transport, all of which showcase the majesty of the snow-capped mountains, the glaciers, sparkling lakes, flower-filled meadows and the beauty of the rich, green valleys. Transfers from Geneva airport to your hotel depart at 11:00, 13:00 and 16:00. Meet your Travel Director and travel companions at 18:00, followed by a short stroll to your Welcome Dinner hosted at Au Petit Chalet. The evening is full of Swiss delight as you enjoy the cosy, chalet-style decor while being served typical Swiss specialities including mouthwatering chocolate fondue for dessert! Return to your immaculate, boutique hotel, rated as the number 1 hotel of the ‘Top 15 Hotels of Switzerland’ at the 2017 Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards. Hotel d’Angleterre highlights British charm and the finest of Swiss hospitality with each room individually designed to reflect its elegant style.

Day 2: Montreux, Chillon and the Matterhorn Village of Zermatt

Start your day with the highlights of Geneva, the City of Gardens, nestled at the end of the lake. See the Jet d’Eau and Floral Clock. Then relax and enjoy the enchanting scenery as we continue to the scenic town of Montreux Situated at the foot of the Alps and boasting beautiful lakeside walks, enjoy free time to explore this pretty town. Journey further around the Lake Geneva arc to the medieval Chillon Castle where a Local Expert will show you through the former home of the Counts of Savoy that was immortalised by Byron’s ‘Prisoner of Chillon.’ Continue through the Rhone Valley, where high summer temperatures support vines and other fruits. The final stage of your journey is by cogwheel train to the traffic-free Alpine resort of Zermatt. During your orientation with your Travel Director, feast your eyes on the distinctive triangular silhouette of the Matterhorn. At night, enjoy a stroll in the clean, mountain air to your chosen restaurant for your Dine-Around Evening.

Day 3: Free Time in Zermatt

Zermatt in summertime offers many leisure possibilities: try swimming or hiking or spend a whole day relaxing in the fresh alpine surrounds. Perhaps take an optional ride on Europe’s highest cable car to the snow-capped roof of the world for a magnificent panorama of the highest peaks in Switzerland, Italy and France?

Day 4: Elegant Baveno

Descend to Täsch and rejoin the coach. Follow in Napoleon’s footsteps as you ascend the Simplon Pass, taking in magnificent views over the Alps from the 2,000-metre summit. Continue along the gentle shores of Lake Maggiore. Perhaps take a delightful boat trip to see the stunning Isola Bella?

Day 5: Grison Alps to Chic St. Moritz

Head north back into the high mountain country of the Grison Alps today. Ascend the Julier Pass to arrive in the sparkling Engadine Valley with an invigorating climate characterised by clear skies and its location high in the Alps. On arrival in the cosmopolitan resort of St. Moritz, a brief orientation with your Travel Director will show you the spa quarter and the brilliantly sparkling glacial lake before there is time to explore further on your own or mingle with the jet set in the elegant boutiques. In the evening, you are treated to a delicious fondue dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 6: Scenic Train Ride, Liechtenstein and Lucerne

Start the day with a scenic train ride along part of the route of the Glacier Express, across the Grison Mountains and through unforgettable scenes of ice-capped mountains, stone-built villages and lush meadows. At Chur, reboard your coach and travel along the valley of the Upper Rhine to spend some time in Vaduz, the tiny capital of the Principality of Liechtenstein, where you explore the area around the castle. Continue to Lucerne alongside the the dramatic Walensee and Lake Zurich. On arrival see the sorrowful sculpture of the wounded lion, commemorating the brave Swiss guards who died defending King Louis XVI during the French Revolution. Your Travel Director will also show you the Jesuit Church and the Chapel Bridge.

Day 7: The Summit of Stanserhorn

Commence the day with a morning stroll along lakeside promenades or shopping for fine watches while enjoying the scenery. Then, from the town of Stans, embark on a scenic journey by funicular railway and open top cable car to the summit of the stunning Mount Stanserhorn. 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. Celebrate new friends and enjoy a Celebration Dinner at the foot of Mount Stanserhorn with magnificent views over Lake Lucerne at Restaurant Seeblick.

Day 8: Leave Lucerne for Zürich

In the morning, your departure transfer will arrive at Zürich airport at 08:00.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 12, 19$4,150.00Price on Application
May: 05, 10, 17, 24, 31$4,195.00Price on Application
June: 07$4,195.00Price on Application
June: 14, 21, 28$4,150.00Price on Application
July: 05, 12, 19, 26$4,150.00Price on Application
August: 02, 09, 16, 23$4,150.00Price on Application
August: 30$4,195.00Price on Application
September: 06, 13$4,195.00Price on Application
September: 20, 27$4,150.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & First-class, air-conditioned motorcoach
Rail: Matterhorn Gotthard Railway to Zermatt
Scenic Swiss Rail Journey: St Moritz - Chur
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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Spectacular Switzerland

On this Spectacular Switzerland tour, you’ll enjoy Switzerland’s stunning mountains and lakes—with overnights in Zürich, Geneva, the Gruyėre area, Grindelwald, and Lucerne. The highlight of this tour is the time spent in the mountain resort of Grindelwald, in the vicinity of three mighty mountains: Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. Globus has arranged an unforgettable rack railway trip to the “Top of Europe,” a high Alpine wonderland of ice and snow. Here, at the amazing Jungfraujoch, Europe’s highest railway station at 11,332 feet, you can enjoy the Alpine Sensation, the Panorama 360° Experience, the Ice Palace, and you can also take the elevator to the Sphinx Observatory. Don’t forget to pick up your souvenir “Jungfrau passport”… it’s an unforgettable experience!

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: Sheraton

Day 2: Zurich – Biel/Bienne – Neuchâtel–  Geneva

Discover Zurich’s well-preserved Old Town with its medieval guild houses during your orientation walk. Then, leave Zurich and start your Swiss adventure. You’ll quickly discover that Switzerland isn’t just home to the Alps, but also to some of the most beautiful lakes. First, stop at the foot of the Jura Mountains in the picturesque town of Biel, known as Bienne by French-speaking Swiss and famous for watch making. Explore the Historical centre and take a scenic drive to lakeside Neuchatel, dominated by the medieval cathedral and castle. Time to stroll along the beautiful lake promenade before continuing to stunning Geneva, the second-largest city in Switzerland, with its fantastic lakeside location and breathtaking panoramas of the Alps.

Hotel: Royal Manotel, 2 nights

Day 3: Geneva

During your guided sightseeing, see the elegant buildings that house many international organisations, including the headquarters of the International Red Cross and many United Nations agencies. You will also hear about John Calvin, the French theologian who helped reform the church in Geneva in the mid-16th century. Visit Reformation Park, with its International Monument to the Reformation, and walk through the Old Town to see St. Pierre’s Cathedral. Balance of the day is at leisure to further explore this fascinating city. An optional lake cruise is available to make the most of your stay.

Day 4: Geneva – Évian-Les-Bains, France – Gruyère, Switzerland – Broc – Gruyere Area

Enter France and follow Lake Geneva along the southern shore to the famous spa town of Evian-les-Bains, a popular holiday resort renowned for its mineral water. Return to Switzerland, and cross the Rhone River, France’s largest river-originating in the Swiss Alps and, eventually flowing into the Mediterranean Sea. See the vineyards, where some of the best Swiss wines are produced, then leave this “Swiss Riviera” and continue to Gruyeres for a visit to the magnificent castle. Walk through eight centuries of architecture, history, and culture, and afterward enjoy lunch with local specialties and a traditional dessert with meringue and double creme. An extra treat is a stop in Broc for a visit to Maison Cailler chocolate factory to taste this delicious Swiss specialty. Continue to your hotel in nearby Charmey.

Hotel: Cailler at Charmey

Day 5: Gruyère Area – Gstaad – Interlaken – Grindelwald

Leave the Gruyere area and enjoy a scenic drive to Gstaad, one of Switzerland’s most famous ski resorts. After an orientation of this international holiday destination for royalty and celebrities, continue to Interlaken. The town’s unique location, nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and surrounded by the world-famous Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau mountains, guarantees spectacular views. Later, arrive at your charming hotel in the mountain resort of Grindelwald.

Hotel: Sunstar Alpine Hotel, 2 nights

Day 6: Grindelwald – Excursion to the Jungfrau

An unforgettable trip to the Alpine wonderland of ice and snow is the true highlight of a visit to Switzerland. At an amazing 11,332 feet, the Jungfraujoch is Europe’s highest railway station. Jungfrau’s 13,642-foot summit was first ascended in 1811 and, in 1912, the rack railway was opened. There are lots of things to do here: enjoy the Alpine Sensation, the Panorama 360 degree Experience, the Ice Palace, and take the elevator to the Sphinx Observatory. Also receive your Jungfrau Passport as a souvenir to take home with you. The round trip to the “Top of Europe” by Mountain Train will occupy most of the day.

Day 7: Grindelwald – Berne – Lucerne

Arrive in the stately capital of Berne. See the Bear Park, and enjoy the panoramic view of the city from the Rose Garden and the Old Town with the Clock Tower and the ornate, flower-adorned fountains. Leave the Berner Oberland and drive via Langnau in the Emmental Valley to picturesque Lucerne. Tonight is your chance to join an optional dinner excursion to a folklore party with yodeling and alphorn blowing.

Hotel: Astoria, 2 nights

Day 8: 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. Join an optional excursion to Mount Pilatus, and tonight, a farewell dinner awaits at a local restaurant for a proper auf Wiedersehen.

Day 9: Lucerne – Zurich Airport

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

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 08$4,289.00$5,139.00
May: 15, 22$4,349.00$5,199.00
May: 29$4,569.00$5,620.00
June: 05$4,569.00$5,620.00
June: 12$4,379.00$5,229.00
June: 19, 26$4,419.00$5,269.00
July: 03$4,609.00$5,660.00
July: 10, 27, 24, 31$4,419.00$5,269.00
August: 07$4,419.00$5,269.00
August: 14, 21, 28$4,379.00$5,229.00
September: 04, 11$4,379.00$5,229.00
September: 18$4,309.00$5,159.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
Transport: Departure Transfer & First-class, air-conditioned motorcoach
Rail: Mountain Train to Jungfrau
Accommodation: 8 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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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
Inclusions 
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

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* 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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Top of Switzerland

Enjoy six days amid spectacular Alpine beauty on your guided Top of Switzerland Tour. You’ll meet your Tour Director and traveling companions in the vibrant city of Zurich before continuing to the picturesque Emmental Valley. Visit a local cheese farm and enjoy a light lunch before setting off for Interlaken – nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, and surrounded by the magnificence of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau peaks.

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: Sheraton Zurich

Day 2: Zurich – Emmental Valley – Interlaken

Discover Zurich’s well-preserved Old Town with its medieval guild houses during your orientation walk, before continuing to the Emmental Valley. Stop at the Schaukaserei Affoltern to try out the locally produced cheese, and enjoy a light lunch. Then, continue your journey deep into the Alps to arrive in Interlaken. The town’s unique location, nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, and surrounded by the world-famous Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau mountains, guarantees spectacular views.

Hotel: Metropole, 2 nights

Day 3: Interlaken – Excursion to the Jungfrau

An unforgettable trip to the high Alpine wonderland of ice and snow is the true highlight of a visit to Switzerland. At an amazing 11,332 feet, the Jungfraujoch is Europe’s highest railway station. Jungfrau’s 13,642-foot summit was first ascended in 1811 and, in 1912, the rack railway was opened. Enjoy the Alpine Sensation, the Panorama 360 degree Experience, the Ice Palace, and take the elevator to the Sphinx Observatory. Also receive your Jungfrau Passport as a souvenir to take home with you. Your roundtrip excursion to the “Top of Europe” by Mountain Train will take up most of the day.

Day 4: Interlaken – Brienz – Ballenberg – Lucerne

A scenic drive through charming mountains brings you to cozy Brienz, where you will visit the interesting Woodcarving Museum. Also walk through the romantic Brunngasse, once awarded the title “Most Beautiful Street in Europe.” A guided visit to the fascinating Open-Air Museum of Ballenberg includes marvellous centuries-old buildings from all parts of Switzerland. Arrive in picturebook Lucerne for a 2-night stay. You may wish to join an optional folklore party with cheese fondue, yodeling, and alphorn blowing.

Hotel: Astoria, 2 nights

Day 5: Lucerne

Follow your Tour Director for a pleasant walk and admire Thorwaldsen’s 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. Later, an exciting optional excursion is available to Mount Pilatus, the “Guard of Lucerne.” This evening, a farewell dinner has been prepared to celebrate your holiday as the best way to say auf Wiedersehen.

Day 6: Lucerne – Zurich Airport

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

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 18$3,199.00$3,631.00
May: 25$3,239.00$3,671.00
June: 01, 08, 15, 22, 29$3,339.00$3,771.00
July: 06, 13, 20, 27$3,339.00$3,771.00
August: 03, 10, 17, 24, 31$3,339.00$3,771.00
September: 07, 14$3,339.00$3,771.00
September: 21$3,299.00$3,731.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 light lunch, 2 dinners
Transport: Departure Transfer & First-class, air-conditioned motorcoach
Rail: Mountain Rail to The Jungfrau
Accommodation: 5 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

Inclusions 
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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