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Best of Switzerland

9 Days 2 Countries 9 Cities

Lakeside towns, the Matterhorn and the Alps are uncovered on this Country Explorer trip.

"One of the best tours I've done"

Susan, USA

About this trip

Scenic lakeside towns, views of the Matterhorn and an Alpine journey along the famous Bernina Express route – this round-trip from Zurich reveals Switzerland at its best.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… learning to cook tasty risotto from Joelle in her family vineyard's garden. You'll hear how the love of wine brought her husband's grandfather to the Italian-speaking area of Switzerland, as the couple show you round their winery.


Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: SWBOA

8 Nights

accommodation

12 Meals
  • 8 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest).

  • 3 dinners.

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Zurich, Switzerland

Day 1

Arrive Zurich

Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland

Day 2

Zurich – Berne – Montreux – Lake Geneva (Evian)

Zermatt, Switzerland

Day 3

Lake Geneva (Evian) – Chillon – Zermatt (2 Nights)

Matterhorn, Zermatt, Switzerland

Day 4

Zermatt Free Time

Zermatt, Switzerland

Day 5

Zermatt – Locarno

Engadine, Switzerland

Day 6

Locarno – St. Moritz

Lion Monument, Lucerne, Switzerland

Day 7

St. Moritz – Lucerne Orientation and Free Time (2 Nights)

Lucerne, Switzerland

Day 8

Brienz and Interlaken Excursion

Zurich, Switzerland

Day 9

Lucerne – Depart Zurich

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 with your Travel Director, followed by a Welcome Reception and trip briefing with your fellow travelling companions.

Hotel

Radisson Blu Airport

Meals

  • Welcome Reception
Zurich, Switzerland

Day 1

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.

Hotel

Hilton Evian Les Bains

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland

Day 2

Day 3

Lake Geneva (Evian) – Chillon – Zermatt (2 Nights)

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.

Hotel

Alpenresort

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
Zermatt, Switzerland

Day 3

Day 4

Zermatt Free Time

Enjoy the natural beauty of the Swiss Alps with your free day here in picturesque Zermatt. Why not join an Optional Experience to the Klein Matterhorn where the views across the mountain peaks are spectacular.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
Matterhorn, Zermatt, Switzerland

Day 4

Day 5

Zermatt – Locarno

Today leave Zermatt and views of the Matterhorn behind you as you travel to lakeside Locarno. On your way enjoy a delicious Be My Guest luncheon with a Swiss family in a small mountain village.

Hotel

Ramada Arcadia

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining
Zermatt, Switzerland

Day 5

Day 6

Locarno – St. Moritz

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 board your train and start your spectacular journey. Soak in the breathtaking scenery en route to the resort town of St. Moritz. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Hotel

Laudinella

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner
Engadine, Switzerland

Day 6

Day 7

St. Moritz – Lucerne Orientation and Free Time (2 Nights)

See Lake Zurich this morning as you make your way to Lucerne. View the Lion Monument and cross the iconic wooden Chapel Bridge to explore this picturesque town. In your free time explore the old city and shop for Swiss watches and chocolate, or perhaps take a cruise on the lake and ride the world's first Cabrio cable car to the top of Mount Stanserhorn.

Hotel

Grand Europe Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
Lion Monument, Lucerne, Switzerland

Day 7

Day 8

Brienz and Interlaken Excursion

Travel to Interlaken which lies in the shadows of the Jungfrau Mountain. On your way stop in the village of Brienz end enjoy a Cultural Insight demonstration of wood carving. Once in Interlaken you'll have time for lunch and to explore before arriving back in Lucerne. Tonight enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travellers and Travel Director.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner
Lucerne, Switzerland

Day 8

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.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
Zurich, Switzerland

Day 9

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Cultural Insights
    See speciality wood carvers at work in Brienz.

  • 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 Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • Authentic Accommodation
    Grand Hotel Europe, Lucerne, Switzerland Taking you straight back to Switzerland's elegant past, this historic hotel is a landmark in Lucerne. Situated by the lake's glittering shores, you'll gain an insight into the city's history during a stay at this Authentic Accommodation.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • Orientation of Zurich and Lucerne

    • Visit the Federal capital Berne, the town of Evian, Montreux, the Castle of Chillon, Zermatt, Locarno, St. Moritz, Interlaken and Brienz

    • View the Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument in Lucerne, the Jungfrau and Matterhorn mountains (weather permitting), Lake Maggiore, Lake Lugano and Lake Como


What's Included

Dining

    • 8 hot buffet breakfasts.

    • 1 lunch (Be My Guest).

    • 3 dinners.


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • VIP entry to many sights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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Enjoy the wonder of travel, crisscrossing the globe through the seasons. On effortless adventures in breathtaking new horizons, forge lifelong friendships and memories. Our lovingly crafted itineraries are a fascinating mosaic of cultures, flavours, festivals and local stories. We’re with you all the way, guiding you and ensuring you experience the real thing: the sheer love of travel, entirely hassle-free.


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Meet

Meet warm-hearted locals and like-minded travellers. Along your journey of discovery, stop to share stories and flavours with local farmers, chefs and winemakers. Pause to admire the handicrafts and rich traditions of amazing artisans. Explore the essence of Europe through captivating accounts shared by expert historians and savvy local guides.


Taste

Travelling with your tastebuds, treating them to new flavours, spices and textures along the way. From the very first breakfast to the last nightcap, travelling through Europe indulges your palate, with every meal an opportunity to discover regional fare. Savour each new flavour, try the local tipple and take home fresh culinary inspiration. Let us share our love for food and hospitality with you.


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Once you've packed your suitcase, we take care of the rest, removing all your concerns so that you can be secure in the knowledge that an award-winning global company with an impeccable reputation has taken care of every little detail. We arrange everything you'll need along your journey - meals, accommodation and travel logistics, because we are with you all the way. Travel the world with peace of mind, knowing you’re in the hands of Trafalgar.


Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 29 Reviews

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    Service rating : We liked everything about the trip, expect that most of the hotels did not have air conditioning. During this trip, Switzerland was going through an extreme heat wave.Product : We enjoyed going into the Alps and the additional excursions.

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    Service rating : 👍🏽👍🏽Product : Doing the optional in Matterhorn was the highlight of the trip. The moment the cable car went ascending and saw the magnificent view at the top, I knew that I made the right decision. It was worth every cent. I've never seen such picturesque place!

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    Service rating : Wonderful experience. First time with Trafaler. Only wished we had more days in each area we visited.Product : Enjoyed every moment. So much to see and absorb. Few of the side tours were to expensive for what you received Did not enjoy the cheese fondue experience at the

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    We enjoyed seeing the sights of Switzerland. The activities changes that were made, enhanced the experience by adjusting to local weather conditions.

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    Service rating : Overall, pretty good!Product : I love the science of clean water and fresh fruit juices. I can't stand the snobbery of wine. I abhor alchohol. Alchohol only takes , it never really gives to the human body. Less wine tasting, and more nutritive substances.

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