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Contrasts of Switzerland 2014

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Christmas markets by night in Zurich, Switzerland
  • Duration: 8 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
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  • Style: Special Interest
  • Description: Taking the train around Switzerland, the contrasts of its mountain scenery, calm lakes, refined resorts and cosmopolitan 'business hub' cities are discovered in relaxation and style. It's Insider moments like… experiencing the speed, serenity and scenic window displays of a Swiss train journey. It's passing through 91 tunnels and over 291 bridges on the Glacier Express, as lakes, mountains and glaciers appear at your window; then taking the electric bus or taxi into the car-free eco-city of Zermatt. Following the dramatic Golden Pass route from Geneva to Interlaken in the morning, and the Brünig Pass to Lucerne in the afternoon, you sink into your seat and see parts of Switzerland only visible by rail.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    ARRIVE ZURICH

    Welcome to Zurich in the heart of Switzerland! Admire Switzerland's financial capital during your orientation of the city. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception.


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Radisson Blu Airport

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  • Day 2

    ZURICH – ST. MORITZ

    Your journey by train via Chur to St. Moritz takes you past snow-capped mountains and sparkling lakes. The scenery is incredible! Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Bären

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  • Day 3

    ST. MORITZ – GLACIER EXPRESS – ZERMATT (2 NIGHTS)

    All aboard one of the most spectacular train journeys in the world – the immensely comfortable air-cushioned and air-conditioned Glacier Express! An 8-hour railway journey takes you over 291 bridges, through 91 tunnels and across the Oberalp Pass at 2,033 metres above sea level. Enjoy an included lunch on board as you marvel at magnificent Alpine lakes and pristine glaciers en route to the unique resort of Zermatt, dominated by the Matterhorn. Walk a short distance to your charming hotel. Afterwards, explore the nightlife in this lively year-round resort.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Lunch)

    Hotel: Alpen Resort

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  • Day 4

    ZERMATT – ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    Your Travel Director takes you for an orientation of this charming car-free resort. Relax afterwards in the clean mountain air, shop for souvenirs or perhaps take a cable-car ride for more stunning views of the Alpine landscapes.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 5

    ZERMATT – GENEVA ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    Your high-speed train journey takes you to Geneva, the capital of the Suisse Romande (French-speaking Switzerland) where many organisations including the International Red Cross are based. Admire the sights during your orientation including the Old Town, the Flower Clock and the Jet d'Eau. Later, you may wish to dine on delicious Swiss specialities at a restaurant overlooking Europe's highest mountain, Mont Blanc.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Cornavin

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  • Day 6

    GENEVA – INTERLAKEN – LUCERNE (2 NIGHTS)

    The stunning scenery continues as you travel from Geneva along the Golden Pass route. Stop at Interlaken in the heart of the Swiss Alps between the glassy lakes of Thun and Brienz, at the foot of a trio of famous peaks - the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Spend time relaxing and enjoy superb views of the peaks of the Bernese Oberland, so beloved of Queen Victoria who often stayed at Interlaken. Reboard your train and follow the Brünig Pass to Lucerne in central Switzerland, your home for the next two nights. This evening, why not learn to yodel at an optional fun-packed Swiss folklore show!


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Renaissance

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  • Day 7

    LUCERNE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    Your orientation walk through the medieval city of Lucerne is fascinating. Visit the poignant Lion Monument built in memory of Louis XVI's Swiss Guard. View the covered wooden Chapel Bridge spanning the River Reuss and the decorated wooden panels, which chronicle the history of Lucerne. Later, consider an optional experience to a nearby mountain peak, or explore the old city and shop for Swiss watches and delicious Swiss chocolates. Tonight, celebrate with your companions and your Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner with wine in a local restaurant!


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

  • Day 8

    LUCERNE – DEPART ZURICH

    Say goodbye to Switzerland and your newfound friends at the end of your remarkable Swiss holiday! Your Travel Director will give you tickets for the short train journey from Lucerne to Zurich Airport, which can be used at your convenience for the onward journey.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Authentic Accommodation Hotel Baren, St Moritz, Switzerland – All the charm of a Swiss chalet but with the comforts of a hotel, including a pool, Hotel Baeren’s our stop on many nights in St Moritz. The Alpine setting and wood panelled bar and restaurant make it Authentic Accommodation.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Orientation of Zurich, St. Moritz, Zermatt, Geneva and Lucerne.
  • Visit Interlaken.
  • View the Matterhorn and Jungfrau mountains (weather permitting), the Jet d'Eau in Geneva, the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge in Lucerne.

Dining

  • 7 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • Lunch on the Glacier Express.
  • 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.
  • Glacier Express Train from St. Moritz to Zermatt.
  • High-speed train from Zermatt to Geneva.
  • Golden Pass route train journey from Geneva to Lucerne.
  • All rail service is reserved in standard class.
  • Porterage is included at train stations.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

Airport Transfers

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Notes
  • * 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. 
  • ^Twin-share option not available for trips to South America., Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey.

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