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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.

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9 Days 2 Countries 9 Cities

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    • Special Rate Solo Rooming: Departures 08 April, 06 May, 23 September and 30 September 2017 include 25-100% discount on our standard single supplement.
    • 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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      Please read our Trip Notes before booking

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      • Special Rate Solo Rooming: Departures 08 April, 06 May, 23 September and 30 September 2017 include 25-100% discount on our standard single supplement.
      • 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.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • 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. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • 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. 

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      About this trip

      Switzerland's indigo lakes and imposing Alpine backdrop seem to go on forever as you explore the shores of Geneva, Locarno and Montreaux, and enjoy the rugged beauty of the Alps in Zermatt. Cross Lucerne's Chapel Bridge, and the Italian border at Lake Lugano to enjoy a picturesque Italian Lakes setting, boarding a train from Tirano to St. Moritz for equally spectacular views.


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      Trip code: SWBOA

      8 Nights

      accommodation

      12 Meals
      • 8 hot buffet breakfasts

      • 3 dinners

      • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)

      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

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

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


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 8 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 3 dinners

        • 1 lunch
          (Be My Guest)


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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 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


       

      Best of Switzerland

      Your Itinerary

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      Zurich, Switzerland

      Day 1

      Arrive Zurich

      Montreux Jazz Festival, 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

      Locarno, Switzerland

      Day 5

      Zermatt – Baveno

      Lake Maggiore, Italy

      Day 6

      Baveno – 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 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

      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)

      Stop in Berne the capital city of Switzerland en route to Lake Geneva. Arrive this afternoon in the lakeside town of Montreux, famous for its annual Jazz festival. In your free time stroll along the flower-lined lakefront promenade, or watch the world go by at a pavement café. This evening, consider joining a dinner cruise on Lake Geneva - enjoy Swiss cuisine and views of the charming villages along the shoreline.

      Hotel

      Eurotel Riviera

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Eurotel Riviera

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Yvoire & Boat Cruise with Lunch/Dinner

      We’ll enjoy a steamer cruise past palatial mansions, stopping at picturesque villages before arriving at our enchanting French destination - Yvoire. You’ll explore its winding streets, lined with the old stone houses of former fishermen and dominated by the ancient chateau of the Count and Countess, before enjoying a regional meal.

      Adult Price: Fr.94.00

      Day 2

      Day 3

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

      Best Western Plus Alpen

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Best Western Plus Alpen

      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: Fr.115.00

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Zermatt Day 4 - Zermatt

      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

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Fondue Dinner Experience

      You’ll discover the beautiful resort of Zermatt, then enjoy dinner in a typical chalet-style restaurant – and a chance to try fondue.

      Adult Price: Fr.86.00

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Zermatt – Baveno Day 5 - Zermatt – Baveno

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

      Hotel

      Simplon

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Hotel

      Simplon

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Day 5

      Day 6

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

      This morning travel along the shores of Lake Maggiore. 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 a spectacular alpine 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

      Hotel

      Laudinella

      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: Fr.56.00

      Day 6

      Day 7

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

      Hotel

      Grand Europe Authentic Accommodation

      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.

      Adult Price: Fr.99.00

      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: Fr.112.00

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Brienz and Interlaken Excursion 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 free time for lunch and to explore. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travellers and Travel Director before returning to the hotel.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Day 8

      Day 9

      Lucerne – Depart Zurich 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

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 9

      Available Departures

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

      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Authentic Accommodation
        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

      • Be My Guest
        Take a scenic drive along the Tresa Valley and up to the vineyards of the Hostettler family who will share the history of their family winery and enjoy traditional Ticino cuisine with a touch of Italy

      • Cultural Insights
        Explore the wood-carving heritage of Switzerland's picture-perfect lakeside town of Brienz

      • Hidden Treasures
        Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

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      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • Orientation of Zurich and Lucerne

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

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


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 8 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 3 dinners

        • 1 lunch
          (Be My Guest)


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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 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


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      The Trafalgar Experience

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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 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.


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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.


      Guest Reviews and Ratings

      • Guest Service Rating from 103 Reviews

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      • Trip:

        Service:

        Service rating : Professional and pleasant service from Tour Director and Coach DriverProduct : A great choice of destinations within Switzerland, with the bonus of time in the Italian lakes area. Zermatt and the Matterhorn, and the train trip from Tirano to St Moritz were highlights (among many

      • Trip:

        Service:

        Service rating : YesProduct : Well I'm sure The most beautiful part of Switzerland is the route we took, we did experience a lot of windshield time. I don't know where else we might have gone, but we might stay longer in Zermat.

      • Trip:

        Service:

        Service rating : Yes, we would recommend Trafalgar to others because we had a very nice time, the director, Esther, was helpful in every way. the driver did a great job of driving those narrow streets without one accident though it looked scary at times. What we got to see was well planned.

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        Service:

        Service rating : My 4th Tour with Trafalgar and the worst. Travel Director not knowledgeable and took a neighbor to help her and the man only talk about food and recipes since he said he was a Chef. Change Town and Hotel without telling us. Have to pay for a lot of additional tours since

      • Trip:

        Service:

        well organised plenty of great tourist attractions

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