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.
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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.
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 & Prices||Twin Share||Solo Traveller|
|April: 12||$3,889.00||Price on Application|
|April: 19, 26||$3,929.00||Price on Application|
|May: 03, 10, 17, 24, 31||$3,929.00||Price on Application|
|May: 07, 14, 21, 28||$3,959.00||Price on Application|
|June: 04, 11, 18, 25||$3,959.00||Price on Application|
|June: 07, 14, 21, 28||$3,929.00||Price on Application|
|July: 02, 09||$4,039.00||Price on Application|
|July: 05, 12||$4,009.00||Price on Application|
|July: 16, 23||$3,959.00||Price on Application|
|July: 19, 26||$3,929.00||Price on Application|
|July: 30||$3,949.00||Price on Application|
|August: 02, 09, 16, 23, 30||$3,929.00||Price on Application|
|August: 06, 13||$3,949.00||Price on Application|
|August: 20, 27||$3,959.00||Price on Application|
|September: 03, 10||$3,959.00||Price on Application|
|September: 06, 13, 20, 27||$3,929.00||Price on Application|
|September: 17, 24||$4,019.00||Price on Application|
|October: 04||$3,889.00||Price on Application|
|Meals:||7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners|
|Transport:||Departure Transfer & First-class, air-conditioned motorcoach|
|Rail:||Mountain Train to Zermatt|
|Accommodation:||7 nights accommodation|
|Guide:||Professional Travel Director|
|Entrance Fees & Touring:||Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary|
* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.