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Contrasts of Switzerland 2014

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  • Duration: 8 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
  • 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.


On every itinerary, we offer a range of optional excursions that allow you to further enhance your experience should you so choose. These are purchased when you are on your trip, via your Trafalgar Travel Director. Depending on the region visited these can be paid with cash or credit card.

A reduction of 25% of the cost of the Optional Excursions is offered to all children under the age of 16 years at the time of travel. Please Note: This discount to does not apply to North America optionals, as they are already discounted.


    • + Bernina Express We drive along the Engadine Valley to the start of the spectacular Bernina Pass. Here we will board our panoramic train for breathtaking vistas of timeless glaciers as this narrow gauge railway winds its way over the Southern Alps. At Journeys End a local hostelry welcomes us for a delightful taste of various local vintages.


    • + Klein Matterhorn Excursion A unique electric taxi service will drive us to the foot of Zermatt's highest and most spectacular mountain ride. Enjoy stunning views as we ascend to Furi and Trockener steg before boarding Europe's highest cable car to arrive on the snow-capped top of the world at 3779 m (12400 feet). A magnificent panorama of the highest peaks in Switzerland, Italy and France will make this an unforgettable experience.

    • + Fondue Dinner Experience We enjoy a walk through the delightful mountain resort of Zermatt with our Local Guide. Later try the local fondue specialties during dinner in a typical chalet style restaurant.


    • + Traditional French Style Dinner This evening we head for nearby France to savour French cuisine. At our traditional brasserie style restaurant, the chef will prepare a wonderful selection of traditional dishes, accompanied by local wines.


    • + Folklore Evening And Dinner Tonight we shall enjoy a tasty Swiss meal (one of the courses will be the famous Swiss cheese fondue) in a typical restaurant. Whilst you enjoy dinner, join in the fun of a lively folklore show which includes yodelling, flag-throwing, Alpine horn-blowing and many other customary Swiss entertainment. Two drinks are included.

    • + Happy Hour Cruise Widely considered to be the loveliest of the mountain lakes, much of the shoreline of Lake Lucerne can only be fully appreciated from the water. Admire the spectacular homes of the fortunate few, privileged to live on its scenic shores, as we cruise gently by. Two drinks will be served during the trip.

    • + Swiss Heritage A chance to meet the Swiss, as local farmers take us on a delightful countryside tour in horse drawn carriages. Enjoy stunning scenery as we trot around a typical rural community, en route to a working farm where local drinks and snacks will be served.

    • + Mount Stanserhorn Excursion Drive along the Lake Lucerne to come to the village of Stans, terminal of one of Switzerland's oldest mountain railways. We climb to the top by old-timer railway and exciting new Cabrio cable car to reach 1920 m (6300 feet), an excellent vantage from which to view the breathtaking scenery of Alpine Switzerland. Free time to take in the air and perhaps some refreshment before we descend to rejoin our coach.

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