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Contrasts of Switzerland

8 Days 1 Country 4 Cities

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

"The best holiday we have ever taken"

Janine

About this trip

Taking the train around Switzerland, the contrasts of its mountain scenery, calm lakes, refined resorts and cosmopolitan ‘business hub' cities are discovered in relaxation and style.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like... following the dramatic Golden Pass from Geneva to Interlaken in the morning and the Brünig Pass to Lucerne in the afternoon, as you sink into your seat and see bits of Switzerland only visible by rail.


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Trip code: STGV

7 Nights

accommodation

11 Meals
  • 7 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 1 lunch.

  • 3 dinners.

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Contrasts of Switzerland

Your Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland

Day 1

Arrive Zurich

Zurich, Switzerland

Day 2

Zurich – St. Moritz

Zermatt, Switzerland

Day 3

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

Zermatt, Switzerland

Day 4

Zermatt Orientation and Free Time

Zermatt, Switzerland

Day 5

Zermatt – Geneva Orientation and Free Time

Lucerne, Switzerland

Day 6

Geneva – Interlaken – Lucerne (2 Nights)

Lucerne, Switzerland

Day 7

Lucerne Orientation and Free Time

Zurich, Switzerland

Day 8

Lucerne – Depart 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 Airport

Meals

  • Welcome Reception
Zurich, Switzerland

Day 1

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
Zurich, Switzerland

Day 2

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 / Alpen Resort

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch
Zermatt, Switzerland

Day 3

Day 4

Zermatt Orientation and Free Time

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
Zermatt, Switzerland

Day 4

Day 5

Zermatt – Geneva Orientation and Free Time

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 dine on delicious Swiss specialities at a restaurant overlooking Europe's highest mountain Mont Blanc.

Hotel

Cornavin/Warwick

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
Zermatt, Switzerland

Day 5

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 a trio of famous peaks the Eiger, Mönch 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

Astoria

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
Lucerne, Switzerland

Day 6

Day 7

Lucerne Orientation and Free Time

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
Lucerne, Switzerland

Day 7

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
Zurich, Switzerland

Day 8

Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 36 Reviews

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    Service rating : excellent service by tour directorProduct : less time in Zermatt - leave in the afternoon of second day and more time in Geneva one additional daymore city tours done by guidescouples need to be guaranteed seats together on train, restaurants, and on buses.

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    We had great hotels, conveniently located, and our guide, Eve, was awesome. She was very organized, and a wealth of knowledge on our excursions.

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    Service rating : Fantastic. We had a great tour guide Eve Hand, we have nothing but praise for her.Product : The only way to see Switzerland is by train.

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    Service rating : You should have an option for average. Travel director excellent, group far too big for one person for the type of trip.Product : Because of such a big group a lot of standing around waiting. Supplied meals were poor and the farewell main course was the worst I encountered the

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    Very well planned tour

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    Hotel Bären, St Moritz, Switzerland The charm of a Swiss chalet with the comforts of a hotel, this Authentic Accommodation features a stunning Alpine setting, wood panelled bar, restaurant and pool, making it the ideal spot from which to explore iconic St. Moritz.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

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

    • Visit Interlaken

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


What's Included

Dining

    • 7 hot buffet breakfasts.

    • 1 lunch.

    • 3 dinners.


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Glacier Express Train from St. Moritz to Zermatt

    • High-speed train from Zermatt to Geneva

    • Golden Pass route train journey from Geneva to Lucerne

    • All rail service is reserved in standard class

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

    • Hand-picked 4 and 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

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing


    Airport Transfers

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