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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.

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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.


      Trip type: Cruise Rail and Combos i

      Trip code: STGV

      7 Nights

      accommodation

      11 Meals
      • 7 hot buffet breakfasts

      • 1 lunch

      • 3 dinners

      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

        • 1 lunch

        • 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

        • High-speed train from Zermatt to Geneva.

        • Golden Pass route train journey from Geneva to Lucerne.

        • All rail service is reserved in standard class.

        • Glacier Express Train from St. Moritz to Zermatt.

        • 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

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      Day 2

      Zurich – St. Moritz

      Zermatt, Switzerland

      Day 3

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

      Matterhorn, Zermatt, Switzerland

      Day 4

      Zermatt Orientation

      Geneva, Switzerland

      Day 5

      Zermatt – Geneva Orientation

      Interlaken, Switzerland

      Day 6

      Geneva – Interlaken – Lucerne (2 Nights)

      Lucerne, Switzerland

      Day 7

      Lucerne Orientation

      Zurich, Switzerland

      Day 8

      Lucerne – Depart Zurich

      Day 1

      Arrive Zurich Day 1 - Arrive Zurich

      The trendy city of Zurich is our springboard to a spectacular journey through Switzerland. Explore its mix of ancient heritage and modern verve during your orientation tour before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception to launch your epic Swiss experience.

      Hotel

      Radisson Blu

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      Radisson Blu

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

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

      Our love affair with the snow-capped peaks of Switzerland begins on a scenic train journey via Chur to the chic resort of St. Moritz, set against the beautiful backdrop of Lake St. Moritz. Admire the inspiring natural setting and perhaps take a mountain pass train ride this afternoon, before dining at your hotel tonight.

      Hotel

      Reine Victoria

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Reine Victoria

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 2

      Day 3

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

      Embrace the glamour and romance of a bygone era. Watch the epic Alpine landscapes drift past as you chug your way along one of the world's most unforgettable rail journeys from the comfort of the Glacier Express, crossing hundreds of bridges and the Oberalp Pass at 2,033 metres above sea level. Enjoy an included lunch on board, against the backdrop of magnificent alpine lakes and pristine glaciers en route to the resort town of Zermatt, which sits at the foothills of the imposing Matterhorn. This evening take to the resort's streets and embrace its vibrant nightlife.

      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

      Join your Travel Director for an orientation walk around this charming car-free resort before spending the rest of the day at leisure soaking up the tranquil mountain atmosphere. Consider an Optional Experience to the Matterhorn, ascending by cable car to 3779m and the snow-capped top of the world.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      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: 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

      We board a high-speed train to sophisticated Geneva where your orientation will include views of the Old Town, Jet d'Eau and the Flower Clock, paying tribute to the city's centuries-old watchmaking traditions. This evening explore the sights of this lakeside city on your terms. Meander through the ancient maze of charming streets and quiet squares or consider a dinner cruise - enjoying views of the charming villages along the shoreline.

      Hotel

      Warwick

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Warwick

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Lake Geneva Cruise with Meal

      Enjoy an unforgettable cruise on a romantic antique steamer on Lake Geneva. Lake Leman, as it is known to the locals, is one of Western Europe’s largest lakes and its waters meet the shores of both Switzerland and France. You’ll see picturesque villages and towns in both countries as well as the majestic Alps and, on clear days, Mont Blanc. A three-course meal will be served in their wood-panelled dining room while you admire awe-inspiring Alpine scenery dining on the specialities of the Vaud canton.

      Adult Price: Fr.94.00

      Day 5

      Day 6

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

      Picture-perfect landscapes are our constant companion as we journey from Geneva along the Golden Pass route. We 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 some time at leisure and enjoy superb views of the peaks of the Bernese Oberland, so beloved of Queen Victoria who often stayed at Interlaken. We follow the Brünig Pass to the lakeside town of Lucerne in central Switzerland, where we will stay for the next two nights. The evening is yours to enjoy the charming atmosphere of Lucerne. Consider learning how to yodel at an optional fun-packed Swiss folklore show with fondue dinner.

      Hotel

      Astoria

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Astoria

      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

      Snow-capped peaks surround you as you wander through the quaint medieval streets of Lucerne on an orientation walk. Visit the poignant Lion Monument built in memory of the Swiss Guard who bravely defended Louis XVI during the French Revolution and view the covered wooden Chapel Bridge spanning the River Reuss with its 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 delicious Swiss chocolate. Tonight we join our Travel Director and fellow travel companions for a Farewell Dinner with wine in a local restaurant.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Optional Experiences

      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

      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

      We say a fond farewell to Switzerland and newfound friends at the end of a 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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        • 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


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      Dining

        • 7 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 1 lunch

        • 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

        • High-speed train from Zermatt to Geneva.

        • Golden Pass route train journey from Geneva to Lucerne.

        • All rail service is reserved in standard class.

        • Glacier Express Train from St. Moritz to Zermatt.

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

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


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