Best of Switzerland - 2015

4 out of 5 stars

10 days

from $2444 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Oct 2015.
"Wonderful tour of the country"
Ann , Jul 2014

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… learning to cook tasty risotto from Joelle in her family vineyard's garden. You 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
Trip code:
SWBOA

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    DEPART HOME

    Overnight flight to Zurich.

  • 2.

    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.

    Meal(s)

    Welcome Reception

    Hotel

    Radisson Blu

  • 3.

    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

  • 4.

    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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Alpenresort

  • 5.

    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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 6.

    ZERMATT – LUGANO

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

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining

    Hotel

    Novotel Lugano Paradiso

  • 7.

    LUGANO – BERNINA EXPRESS – 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 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. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Laudinella

  • 8.

    ST. MORITZ – LUCERNE SIGHTSEEING 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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Grand Europe Authentic Accommodation

  • 9.

    INTERLAKEN AND BRIENZ EXCURSION

    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 Specialist demonstration of wood carving before arriving back in Lucerne. Tonight enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travellers and Travel Director.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

  • 10.

    LUCERNE – ZURICH – RETURN HOME

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

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Authentic Accommodation

    Grand Hotel Europe in Lucerne is your traditionally Swiss accommodation, located next to a Lake and beautiful surrounding scenery.
  • 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.
  • Local Specialists

    See speciality wood carvers at work in Brienz.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

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

Dining

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

Travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Tickets on the UNESCO World Heritage Bernina Express from Tirano to St Moritz.
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Hand-picked 4 or 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

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences

Notes

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Lake Geneva

  • Savoyard Dinner

    Adult Price: Fr.79.00 Journey with us into the hills behind Evian, with views over Lake Geneva, to a typical French restaurant, where you'll savour a four course 'Savoyard' dinner. Fine French wines and soft drinks accompany your meal, for a memorable dining experience.

Zermatt

  • Klein Matterhorn Excursion

    Adult Price: Fr.99.00 A unique electric taxi service will drive us to the foot of Zermatt's highest and most spectacular mountain ride. You’ll enjoy stunning views as we ascend to Furi and Trockener Steg, before boarding Europe's highest cable car to 3779m (12400ft) and the magnificent snow-capped top of the world.

St Moritz

  • Rosegg Valley By Horse And Carriage

    Adult Price: Fr.55.00 After a short drive to Pontresina, you'll experience a horse-drawn carriage ride through the picturesque Rosegg Valley with its spectacular views.

Lucerne

  • Swiss Folklore Evening And Dinner

    Adult Price: Fr.98.00 Tonight we’ll enjoy a tasty Swiss meal, including the famous Swiss cheese fondue, in a typical restaurant. While enjoying dinner, you can also join in a lively folklore show which includes yodelling, flag-throwing and Alpine horn-blowing. Two drinks are also included.
  • Mount Stanserhorn And Lake Cruise

    Adult Price: Fr.112.00 Take a scenic cruise with us across Lake Lucerne to Stans, and one of Switzerland's oldest mountain railways. Travelling by railway and Cabri cable car, we'll reach 1900m (6300ft), where you’ll have free time to admire the stunning Alpine scenery and enjoy some refreshments. (On certain departures Optional may be operated in reverse, ending with the cruise.)
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