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Best of Switzerland

9 Days 2 Countries 7 Cities

Get a slice of Switzerland on this breathtaking trip, guiding you seamlessly through mountainous landscapes, serene lakes and picturesque towns.

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      • Important Visa Information: This trip will visit Italy for a short period. Some passport holders may require double entry visas. Please speak with your travel agent at time of booking to assess your specific requirements.
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      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, 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. 

      About this trip

      Switzerland's indigo lakes and imposing Alpine backdrop seem to go on forever as you explore sophisticated cities, an ancient castle and the shores of Montreux.


      Trip type: Country Explorer i

      Trip code: SWBO

      8 Nights

      accommodation

      12 Meals
      • 8 hot buffet breakfasts

      • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)

      • 3 dinners

      On-trip Transport

      All transport shown.

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • ORIENTATION of Zurich and Lucerne

        • VISIT Berne, Chillon Castle, Montreux, Zermatt, St. Moritz, Interlaken and Brienz

        • VIEW the Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument in Lucerne, the Jungfrauand Matterhorn mountains (weather permitting), Lake Maggiore and Lake Como


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 8 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 1 lunch
          (Be My Guest)

        • 3 dinners


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      What's Included

      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

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

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Trip Highlights

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and a professional 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


       

      Best of Switzerland

      Your Itinerary

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      Zurich, Switzerland

      Day 1

      Arrive Zurich

      Geneva, Switzerland

      Day 2

      Zurich – Berne – Lake Geneva (Montreux)

      Zermatt, Switzerland

      Day 3

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

      Matterhorn, Zermatt, Switzerland

      Day 4

      Zermatt Free Day

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      Day 5

      Zermatt – Baveno Free Time

      Engadine, Switzerland

      Day 6

      Baveno – St. Moritz

      Lucerne, Switzerland

      Day 7

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

      Brienz, Switzerland

      Day 8

      Brienz and Interlaken Excursion

      Zurich, Switzerland

      Day 9

      Lucerne – Depart Zurich

      Day 1

      Arrive Zurich Day 1 - Arrive Zurich

      Welcome to the sophisticated Swiss city of Zurich - a flawless blend of fascinating heritage and modern spirit. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and orientation in this beautiful lakeside setting.

      Hotel

      Radisson Blu

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      Radisson Blu

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Zurich – Berne – Lake Geneva (Montreux) Day 2 - Zurich – Berne – Lake Geneva (Montreux)

      We leave the bright lights of Zurich behind and stop in Berne with its Old Town, admiring its medieval streets, ornate fountains and arcaded walkways. Journeying to Lake Geneva, we arrive in the resort town of Montreux, set against the pristine backdrop of snow-covered peaks and vineyards. After lunch, consider joining an Optional Experience to cruise Lake Geneva, including a visit to the Charlie Chaplin museum in his former estate, Manoir de Ban.

      Hotel

      Eurotel Riviera

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Eurotel Riviera

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Chaplin's World and Lake Geneva Cruise

      Enjoy the palm trees on the shores of Lake Geneva from a romantic side-wheel paddle steamer as we cruise from Vevey to Montreux on Lake Geneva. We’ll visit the Charlie Chaplin museum, set on the banks of the lake on his former estate, Manoir de Ban. Chaplin spent the last 23 years of his life here and you’ll discover all the facets of this incredible man's life. We'll see sets and props from his greatest movies and then finish with a peaceful walk in the gardens.

      Adult Price: CHF.65.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Lake Geneva (Montreux) – Chillon – Zermatt (2 Nights) Day 3 - Lake Geneva (Montreux) – Chillon – Zermatt (2 Nights)

      This morning, we visit Chillon Castle, immortalised by Lord Byron's 'Prisoner of Chillon'. For nearly four centuries, this water fortress was the residence of the Counts of Savoy and an important stop for traders. Our next stop is the 15th-century vineyards of Cave Champ de Clos in Chexbres, where we'll 'Connect With Locals' over a Be My Guest lunch. Continue your journey to the resort town of Zermatt, set against the backdrop of the snow-capped Matterhorn.

      Hotel

      Mirabeau Alpine Residence/Ambassador

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Hotel

      Mirabeau Alpine Residence/Ambassador

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Optional Experiences

      Zermatt Dinner Experience

      Discover the beautiful mountainous resort town of Zermatt. Afterwards, we'll enjoy a wonderful dinner in a typical chalet-style restaurant with an opportunity to try the world-famous fondue.

      Adult Price: CHF.86.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Zermatt Free Day Day 4 - Zermatt Free Day

      Spend the day soaking up the crisp mountain air and panoramic Alpine vistas. You have a full day on your own to explore the town, or simply relax in beautiful surrounds. Consider an Optional Experience to the Klein Matterhorn for the most spectacular mountain views or explore the heritage of what was once a remote mountain village.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Klein Matterhorn Excursion

      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.

      Adult Price: CHF.119.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Zermatt – Baveno Free Time Day 5 - Zermatt – Baveno Free Time

      Departing Switzerland, we travel to the lakeside town of Baveno on Italy's Lake Maggiore. Spend the rest of the day indulging in the laidback lakeside atmosphere or consider joining an Optional Experience to Isola Bella, one of the lake's Borromean islands, with its palazzo and exquisite gardens.

      Hotel

      Simplon/Grand Dino

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Simplon/Grand Dino

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Discover The Borromean Islands

      We've organised a private launch to take you to the beautiful islands of Lake Maggiore. Here you'll see the Isola Madre, the Isola dei Pescatori, and on the Isola Bella we visit the magnificent palace of the Borromean Princes (this optional is only operated between mid March and the end of October).

      Adult Price: €43.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Dinner on Isola dei Pescatori

      This evening escape to the charming and tranquil island of Isola dei Pescatori. A short boat ride from the shores of Lake Maggiore, this fisherman’s Island is inhabited year round by only 50 permanent residents. Stroll through the small piazza surrounded by the tight and winding alleys to enjoy a sumptuous dinner where reservations have been booked in one of the Island's splendid restaurants.

      Adult Price: €68.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Baveno – St. Moritz Day 6 - Baveno – St. Moritz

      We travel through the scenic Italian countryside, crossing the Swiss border into the scenic Upper Engadine Valley. We stop in the fortified town of Tirano, where we will board our train and wind our way through scenic landscapes en route to the stylish resort town of St. Moritz. This evening, we dine at our hotel.

      Hotel

      Reine Victoria

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Reine Victoria

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Optional Experiences

      Rosegg Valley By Horse And Carriage

      Arriving in Pontresina, you'll experience a horse-drawn carriage ride through the picturesque Rosegg Valley with its spectacular views.

      Adult Price: CHF.56.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 6

      Day 7

      St. Moritz – Lucerne Orientation and Free Time (2 Nights) Day 7 - St. Moritz – Lucerne Orientation and Free Time (2 Nights)

      Journeying through lush green landscapes, past Lake Zurich, we arrive in lakeside Lucerne. Pay tribute to the brave Swiss Guards, who lost their lives defending King Louis XVI at the Lion Monument, and cross the iconic wooden Chapel Bridge before strolling past the city's colourful façades. Consider joining a cruise on the tranquil lake waters and then ride the world's first Cabrio cable car to the top of Mount Stanserhorn. Tonight, we stay at one of Trafalgar's 'Stays With Stories' - the Grand Hotel Europe, promising the elegance of yesteryear and sweeping lake vistas.

      Hotel

      Grand Europe

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Grand Europe

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Swiss Folklore Evening And Dinner

      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. Occasionally, this optional may be offered as a Lunch for CHF68.00.

      Adult Price: CHF.99.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Mount Stanserhorn And Lake Cruise

      Take a scenic cruise with us across Lake Lucerne to Stans, and one of Switzerland's oldest mountain railways. Travelling by railway and Cabrio 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.)

      Adult Price: CHF.112.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Brienz and Interlaken Excursion Day 8 - Brienz and Interlaken Excursion

      We travel to Interlaken at the heart of Switzerland, which lies in the shadows of the Jungfrau Mountain, stopping in the village of Brienz where we'll 'Dive Into Culture' and gain insights into the centuries-old tradition of wood carving for which this village is so famous. Spend some time on your own and enjoy superb views of the peaks of the Bernese Oberland. This evening, we enjoy a Farewell Dinner with our fellow travellers and Travel Director toasting the highlights of Switzerland we've enjoyed along the way.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Day 8

      Day 9

      Lucerne – Depart Zurich Day 9 - Lucerne – Depart Zurich

      As our journey through the Best of Switzerland comes to an end, we bid our newfound friends a fond farewell. Transfers are available to Zurich airport. Conditions apply.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 9

      Available Departures

      Please see http://www.trafalgar.com:80/en-eu/tours/best-of-switzerland for the latest discounts & departure information.

      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Connect with Locals
        Explore centuries of wine tradition at the 15th-century vineyards of Cave Champ de Clos during an unforgettable Be My Guest lunch in charming Chexbres. (Day 3)

      • Stays with Stories
        Enjoy the elegance of yesteryear and sweeping lake vistas at the Grand Hotel Europe in Lucerne, where warm Swiss hospitality and a grand past spanning over a century. (Day 7)

      • Dive into Culture
        Explore the wood-carving heritage of Switzerland's picture-perfect lakeside town of Brienz. (Day 8)

      Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • ORIENTATION of Zurich and Lucerne

        • VISIT Berne, Chillon Castle, Montreux, Zermatt, St. Moritz, Interlaken and Brienz

        • VIEW the Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument in Lucerne, the Jungfrauand Matterhorn mountains (weather permitting), Lake Maggiore and Lake Como


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 8 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 1 lunch
          (Be My Guest)

        • 3 dinners


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

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

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Trip Highlights

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and a professional 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


      Why Trafalgar?

      The Trafalgar Experience

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      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.


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