Discover a land of contrasting scenery, people and languages, offering a unique blend of interests and wonders on this 8 Day Glorious Switzerland Tour.
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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 & Prices||Twin Share||Solo Traveller|
|April: 12, 19||$4,150.00||Price on Application|
|May: 05, 10, 17, 24, 31||$4,195.00||Price on Application|
|June: 07||$4,195.00||Price on Application|
|June: 14, 21, 28||$4,150.00||Price on Application|
|July: 05, 12, 19, 26||$4,150.00||Price on Application|
|August: 02, 09, 16, 23||$4,150.00||Price on Application|
|August: 30||$4,195.00||Price on Application|
|September: 06, 13||$4,195.00||Price on Application|
|September: 20, 27||$4,150.00||Price on Application|
|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.