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Best of Switzerland

9 Days 2 Countries 6 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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    Zurich, Switzerland

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    Zurich, Switzerland

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    i Flights available

    Early payment discount

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    Code: XXXXX

      Extensions available for this trip

      Secure your trip with a deposit today

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      Please read our Trip Notes before booking

      iNotes
      • 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 Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.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. 

      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. Enjoy the rugged beauty of the Alps in Zermatt cross Lucerne's Chapel Bridge, and traverse the picturesque Italian countryside, boarding a train from Tirano to St. Moritz for equally spectacular views.


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      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

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

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


      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 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

      Geneva, Switzerland

      Day 2

      Zurich – Berne – Chillon – Lake Geneva (Montreux)

      Zermatt, Switzerland

      Day 3

      Lake Geneva (Montreux) – Zermatt (2 Nights)

      Matterhorn, Zermatt, Switzerland

      Day 4

      Zermatt

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      Day 5

      Zermatt – Baveno

      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 which you will have an opportunity to explore before meeting 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 – Chillon – Lake Geneva (Montreux) Day 2 - Zurich – Berne – Chillon – Lake Geneva (Montreux)

      We leave the bright lights of Zurich behind and stop in Berne with its charming Old Town, admiring its cobblestone 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, we visit the island castle of 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.

      Hotel

      Eurotel Riviera

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Eurotel Riviera

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 2

      Day 3

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

      Enjoy a full morning to explore Montreux at your leisure or consider joining an Optional Experience to cruise Lake Geneva, including a visit to the Charlie Chaplin museum in his former estate, Manoir de Ban. Our next stop is the 15th century vineyards of Cave Champ de Clos for an unforgettable Be My Guest lunch in charming Chexbres. Continue your journey to the resort town of Zermatt, set against the backdrop of the imposing snow-capped Matterhorn, where we'll stay the next two nights.

      Hotel

      Mirabeau Alpine Residence/Ambassador

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Hotel

      Mirabeau Alpine Residence/Ambassador

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Zermatt Day 4 - Zermatt

      Spend the day soaking up the crisp mountain air and panoramic alpine vistas. You have a full day at leisure to explore the town on your terms, 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

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Zermatt – Baveno Day 5 - Zermatt – Baveno

      Departing Switzerland, we travel to the lakeside town of Baveno on Italy's picturesque Lake Maggiore. Spend the rest of the day soaking up 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

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Simplon

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      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 spectacular alpine landscapes en route to the chic 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

      Day 6

      Day 7

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

      Meandering through lush green landscapes, past Lake Zurich, we arrive in the fairy-tale lakeside city of Lucerne, surrounded by snow-capped peaks. 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 meandering through the city's cobblestone streets lined with 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.

      Hotel

      Grand Europe Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Grand Europe Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      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 for a Cultural Insight into the centuries-old tradition of wood carving for which this village is so famous. Spend some time at leisure 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/nz/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
        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.

      • 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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      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 and Lake Como

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


      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 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


      Why Trafalgar?

      The Trafalgar Experience

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      Enjoy

      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.


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      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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      Unwind

      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 140 Reviews

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        Service rating : Very informative, knowledgeable, and helpful. Great tour too!Product : Great beautiful and historic sights.

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        For the country known for the best cheese and chocolate, it would be great if this will be a part of trip is visiting a local cheese and chocolate factory to see how they made of. I was disappointed with the wood carving place, there's no wood carving. The " Be my guest lunch" was really nothing

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        Recommend, not sure if i will use them again. I was disappointed in the hotels

      • Trip:

        Service:

        Tour director was good, trying to accommodate to everyone's concern. Sites to see were well chosen. Hotels were good except for the last one, where we spent two days. Special meals were also very good,exceptforthe one with the cultural experiences.Bus driver was excellent.

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        Service rating : Possibly not, I prefer to have guided tours of the towns I visit, not just be given time to explore on my own. I realize free time is appreciated by many, and that it is a question of balance. Also found a group of 46 too many. It was very uncomfortable at inside venuesProduct :

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