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Château de Chillon
  • Duration: 9 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
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  • Style: Regional
  • Description: Scenic lakeside towns, views of the Matterhorn and an Alpine journey to chic St. Moritz aboard the famous Bernina Express – this round-trip from Zurich shows off Switzerland at its best. It's Insider moments like… watching Joelle Hostettler whip up a risotto from scratch in her garden, teaching you how to cook it the local way. And trying authentic antipasti from the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland. After Joelle and her husband Massimo have shown you around the family vineyard, you sit back with a glass of wine to soak up views over Lake Lugano. The risotto is served al fresco, with local sausage in pastry, and, as you linger over lunch, they bring out a seasonal fruit tart made from fruit grown in their garden.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    ARRIVE ZURICH

    Welcome to Zurich, Switzerland's financial centre. After check-in, see the charm and beauty of this beautiful lakeside city during an orientation. Later, meet your Travel Director and fellow travelling companions for a Welcome Reception and trip briefing.


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Radisson Blu Airport

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  • Day 2

    ZURICH – BERNE – MONTREUX – LAKE GENEVA (EVIAN)

    Stop in Berne, the capital city of Switzerland en-route to Lake Geneva. Visit the town of Montreux, famous for its Jazz festival, before enjoying a lakeside drive to Evian les Bains on the southern shores of Lake Geneva.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Hilton Evian Les Bains

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  • Day 3

    LAKE GENEVA (EVIAN) – CHILLON – ZERMATT

    This morning, visit the picturesque Chillon Castle immortalised by Lord Byron's 'Prisoner of Chillon'. Continue your journey to Zermatt, inaccessible by coach, ascend to your hotel by electric mini-buses and taxis.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Alpen Resort

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  • Day 4

    ZERMATT – LUGANO FREE TIME

    Today leave Zermatt and views of the Matterhorn behind you as you travel to lakeside Lugano. Enjoy a delicious Be My Guest luncheon with a Swiss family in a small mountainside village. Then enjoy some free time to take in the scenery in Lugano.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

    Hotel: Holiday Inn

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  • Day 5

    LUGANO – TIRANO – BERNINA EXPRESS – ST. MORITZ (2 NIGHTS)

    This morning, travel along the shores of Lake Lugano to the lakeside Italian town of Menaggio for beautiful views of Lake Como. Continue your journey back across the Swiss border and enter the Upper Engadine valley. Stop in the town of Tirano where you will join the Bernina Express. The Bernina line is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site in recognition of the stunning beauty and incredible engineering that this century-old line displays. Soak in the breath-taking scenery en route to the resort town of St. Moritz, your home for the next two nights. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Laudinella

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  • Day 6

    ST. MORITZ FREE TIME

    Enjoy a full day of leisure in this stylish resort town. Use your complimentary Mountain Pass for spectacular mountain-top views or perhaps follow the Roman's example and 'take the waters' at one of the highest altitude therapeutic springs in Switzerland.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 7

    ST. MORITZ – LIECHTENSTEIN – INTERLAKEN – BRIENZ – LUCERNE (2 NIGHTS)

    Visit Vaduz, the capital city in the tiny country of Liechtenstein. Then travel to Interlaken which lies in the shadows of the Jungfrau Mountain between the lakes of Thun and Brienz. Stop for free time for lunch and a Local Speciality demonstration of wood carving before arriving in the lakeside town of of Lucerne.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Grand Europe

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  • Day 8

    LUCERNE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    View the Lion Monument and cross the iconic wooden Chapel Bridge to explore this picturesque town on the shore of Lake Lucerne. In your free time, perhaps take a cruise of the lake or explore the old city and shop for Swiss watches and chocolate. Tonight enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travellers and Travel Director.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

  • Day 9

    LUCERNE – DEPART ZURICH

    Say farewell to Switzerland and your new found friends at the end of your alpine holiday. Transfers are available to Zurich airport. Conditions apply.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest This very small family run winery lies in the hills above a valley and enjoys stunning views over Lake Lugano. Your hosts are originally from the Swiss German part of the country but settled in the warmer climes of the Ticino area in order to produce wines. Visit the vineyards and then take a walk to the homestead where you will have a short tour of the nearby winery and enjoy a tasting over lunch.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Speciality See speciality wood carvers at work in Brienz.
  • Authentic Accommodation Grand Hotel Europe, Lucerne, Switzerland – Taking you straight back to Switzerland’s elegant past, the appropriately named Grand Hotel Europe is a landmark in Lucerne. By the lake, it is our Authentic Accommodation on many of the trips we take to this historic town.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Orientation of Zurich and Lucerne.
  • Visit the Federal capital Berne, the town of Evian, Montreux, the Castle of Chillon, Zermatt, Lugano, St. Moritz, Vaduz the capital of Liechtenstein, Interlaken and Brienz.
  • View the Matterhorn and the Jungfrau mountains (weather permitting), Lake Lugano, Lake Como, Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument in Lucerne.

Dining

  • 8 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • Be My Guest lunch.
  • 3 dinners (including Welcome Reception, three course dinner and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • Tickets on the UNESCO World Heritage Bernina Express from Tirano to St Moritz.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

Airport Transfers

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  • * For single travellers purchasing the twin-share option, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
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