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Contrasts of Switzerland

8 Days 1 Country 6 Cities

Discover Switzerland's mountain scenery, lakes, refined resorts and cosmopolitan cities in style.

"The best holiday we have ever taken"

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8 Days 1 Country 6 Cities

Contrasts of Switzerland

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      • Shared Rooming: Room Share is not available on this trip.
      • Conditions and restrictions apply, visit www.trafalgar.com/previewconditions for details.
      • 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 Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.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).  
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      About this trip

      See Switzerland's cities and countryside by rail, along the Golden Pass Route to the heart of the Alps and the medieval city of Lucerne to pay homage to the Swiss Guard. Your highlight - boarding the Glacier Express, a spectacular train journey snaking high above Alpine lakes and glaciers en route to the resort town of Zermatt and the Matterhorn.

      Please note: All Preview 2018 itineraries are subject to change. Booked guests will be contacted about any changes to their trip upon the release of the 2018 Europe & Britain brochure.


      Trip type: Cruise Rail and Combos i

      Trip code: STGV

      7 Nights

      accommodation

      11 Meals
      • 7 hot buffet breakfasts

      • 3 dinners

      • 1 lunch

      On-trip Transport

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • Orientation of Zurich, St. Moritz, Zermatt, Geneva and Lucerne

        • View the Matterhorn and Jungfrau mountains (weather permitting), the Jet d'Eau in Geneva, the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge in Lucerne

        • Visit Interlaken


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 7 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 3 dinners

        • 1 lunch


      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

        • All rail service is reserved in standard class.

        • Glacier Express Train from St. Moritz to Zermatt.

        • High-speed train from Zermatt to Geneva.

        • Golden Pass route train journey from Geneva to Lucerne.

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

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


       

      Contrasts of Switzerland

      Your Itinerary

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      Zurich, Switzerland

      Day 1

      Arrive Zurich

      Zurich, Switzerland

      Day 2

      Zurich – St. Moritz

      Matterhorn, Zermatt, Switzerland

      Day 3

      St. Moritz – Glacier Express – Zermatt (2 Nights)

      Zermatt, Switzerland

      Day 4

      Zermatt Orientation

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      Day 5

      Zermatt – Geneva Orientation

      Lucerne, Switzerland

      Day 6

      Geneva – Interlaken – Lucerne (2 Nights)

      Chapel Bridge, Lucerne, Switzerland

      Day 7

      Lucerne Orientation

      Zurich, Switzerland

      Day 8

      Lucerne – Depart Zurich

      Day 1

      Arrive Zurich Day 1 - Arrive Zurich

      Welcome to Zurich in the heart of Switzerland. Admire Switzerland's financial capital during your orientation of the city. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception.

      Hotel

      Radisson Blu

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      Radisson Blu

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Zurich – St. Moritz Day 2 - Zurich – St. Moritz

      Your journey by train via Chur to St. Moritz takes you past snow-capped mountains and sparkling lakes. The scenery is incredible. Dine tonight at your hotel.

      Hotel

      Bären Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Bären Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 2

      Day 3

      St. Moritz – Glacier Express – Zermatt (2 Nights) Day 3 - St. Moritz – Glacier Express – Zermatt (2 Nights)

      All aboard one of the most spectacular train journeys in the world - the immensely comfortable air-cushioned and air-conditioned Glacier Express. An 8-hour railway journey takes you over 291 bridges, through 91 tunnels and across the Oberalp Pass at 2,033 metres above sea level. Enjoy an included lunch on board as you marvel at magnificent alpine lakes and pristine glaciers en route to the unique resort of Zermatt, dominated by the Matterhorn. Walk a short distance to your charming hotel. Afterwards explore the nightlife in this lively year-round resort.

      Hotel

      Monte Rosa/Ambassador

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Hotel

      Monte Rosa/Ambassador

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Optional Experiences

      Bernina Express Discovery

      Join us for a drive along the Engadine Valley to the spectacular Bernina Pass. Here you’ll board our panoramic train for stunning vistas of timeless glaciers, as we wind our way over the Southern Alps. Our journey will finish at a local hostelry, where you'll indulge in a tasting of delicious local vintages.

      Adult Price: Fr.75.00

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Zermatt Orientation Day 4 - Zermatt Orientation

      Your Travel Director takes you for an orientation walk of this charming car-free resort. Relax afterwards in the clean mountain air, shop for souvenirs or perhaps take a cable-car ride for more stunning views of the alpine landscapes.

      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

      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 4

      Day 5

      Zermatt – Geneva Orientation Day 5 - Zermatt – Geneva Orientation

      Your high-speed train journey takes you to Geneva, the capital of the Suisse Romande (French-speaking Switzerland) where many organisations including the International Red Cross are based. Admire the sights during your orientation including the Old Town, the Flower Clock and the Jet d'Eau. Later you may wish to join a dinner cruise on Lake Geneva - enjoy Swiss cuisine and views of the charming villages along the shoreline.

      Hotel

      Warwick

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Warwick

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Geneva – Interlaken – Lucerne (2 Nights) Day 6 - Geneva – Interlaken – Lucerne (2 Nights)

      The stunning scenery continues as you travel from Geneva along the Golden Pass route. Stop at Interlaken in the heart of the Swiss Alps between the glassy lakes of Thun and Brienz, at the foot of the famous peaks the Eiger and Jungfrau. Spend time relaxing and enjoy superb views of the peaks of the Bernese Oberland, so beloved of Queen Victoria who often stayed at Interlaken. Reboard your train and follow the Brünig Pass to Lucerne in central Switzerland, your home for the next two nights. This evening why not learn to yodel at an optional fun-packed Swiss folklore show.

      Hotel

      Radisson Blu

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Radisson Blu

      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

      Day 6

      Day 7

      Lucerne Orientation Day 7 - Lucerne Orientation

      Your orientation walk through the medieval city of Lucerne is fascinating. Visit the poignant Lion Monument built in memory of Louis XVI's Swiss Guard. View the covered wooden Chapel Bridge spanning the River Reuss and the decorated wooden panels, which chronicle the history of Lucerne. Later consider an Optional Experience to a nearby mountain peak, or explore the old city and shop for Swiss watches and delicious Swiss chocolates. Tonight celebrate with your companions and your Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner with wine in a local restaurant.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Optional Experiences

      Lake Lucerne Cruise With Drinks

      Considered to be the loveliest of the mountain lakes, much of the shoreline of Lake Lucerne can only be fully appreciated from the water. As we cruise gently by, you’ll admire the spectacular homes of the fortunate few privileged to live on its scenic shores. Two drinks are also included.

      Adult Price: Fr.49.00

      Mount Stanserhorn

      We experience one of the greatest scenic highlights Europe has to offer! We climb to the top of Mt Stanserhorn by old-timer railway and the world's only Cabrio cable car. At the peak, there's time to enjoy glorious views of the central Alpine chain, explore the hiking trails or just relax at the panoramic terrace before descending.

      Adult Price: Fr.78.00

      Alpine Farm & Carriage Ride

      A chance to get to know the Swiss, you’ll meet local farmers and enjoy a delightful countryside tour in horse drawn carriages. Soak up the stunning scenery as we trot around a typical rural community, en route to a working farm where you’ll savour local drinks and snacks.

      Adult Price: Fr.67.00

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Lucerne – Depart Zurich Day 8 - Lucerne – Depart Zurich

      Say goodbye to Switzerland and your newfound friends at the end of your remarkable Swiss holiday. Your Travel Director will give you tickets for the short train journey from Lucerne to Zurich Airport, which can be used at your convenience for the onward journey.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 8

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • Orientation of Zurich, St. Moritz, Zermatt, Geneva and Lucerne

        • View the Matterhorn and Jungfrau mountains (weather permitting), the Jet d'Eau in Geneva, the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge in Lucerne

        • Visit Interlaken


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 7 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 3 dinners

        • 1 lunch


      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

        • All rail service is reserved in standard class.

        • Glacier Express Train from St. Moritz to Zermatt.

        • High-speed train from Zermatt to Geneva.

        • Golden Pass route train journey from Geneva to Lucerne.

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

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


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      Guest Reviews and Ratings

      • Guest Service Rating from 122 Reviews

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      • Trip:

        Service:

        Service rating : I was expecting a guide who is local to the area so he or she can give more infromation of the country.Product : The optionals were poorly choosen especially the farm option. The place did not even look like a farm place with nice houses, cars.We just rode on a horse driven

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        Service:

        Service rating : Hotels are good, however welcoming & farewell dinner are so so. Optional itinerary timing could be better organised, to Mt Stanserhorn our group were the first morning group before 9am, did not get to see anything except clouds &, more clouds. Should be mid afternoon or midday

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        Service:

        Service rating : get a new guide he was hopeless also our ride from Zurich to St Moritz was exactly the same as "the glacier express which I had paid extra for, and at that price it should have been first class not second as it was a very uncomfortable ride with no room for feet and legs.Product

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        Service:

        The trip was very well organized with Wolfgang leading. He responded well when something unusual might happen and was continually concerned about his group, going out of his way to make our trip more exciting, enjoyable, and comfortable.The only thing I would change is the time spent in Geneva -

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        Service:

        Well organised train trip in Switzerland with a variety of additional excursions.Recommended way to travel as you get to take in the majestic scenery.

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