Contrasts of Switzerland - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

8 days

from £1876 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Sep 2015.
"The best holiday we have ever taken"
Janine , Jul 2014

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.

It's 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.

Trip type:
Cruise Rail and Combos
Trip code:
STGV

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Trip Itinerary

  • 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.

    Meal(s)

    Welcome Reception

    Hotel

    Radisson Blu Airport

  • 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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Bären Authentic Accommodation

  • 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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Lunch

    Hotel

    Alpenresort

  • 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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Cornavin

  • 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!

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Astoria

  • 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!

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

  • 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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Authentic Accommodation

    All the charm of a Swiss chalet but with the comforts of a hotel, including a pool, Hotel Bären's our stop in St. Moritz.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • 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

Dining

  • 7 hot buffet breakfasts.
    3 dinners (including Welcome Reception, three course dinner and Farewell Dinner).
    1 lunch (Glacier Express).

Travel Highlights

  • High-speed train from Zermatt to Geneva.
  • Glacier Express Train from St. Moritz to Zermatt.
  • Golden Pass route train journey from Geneva to Lucerne.
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Hand-picked 4 or 5 star accommodation
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All rail service is reserved in standard class.
  • 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

Optional Experiences

Notes

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

St Moritz

  • Bernina Express Discovery

    Adult Price: Fr.74.00 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.

Zermatt

  • Klein Matterhorn Excursion

    Adult Price: Fr.99.00 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.
  • Fondue Dinner Experience

    Adult Price: Fr.85.00 You’ll discover the beautiful resort of Zermatt, then enjoy dinner in a typical chalet-style restaurant – and a chance to try fondue.

Lake Geneva

  • Traditional French Style Dinner

    Adult Price: Fr.75.00 Choose an evening trip over the boarders to nearby France where you can enjoy traditional French cuisine. At the authentic brasserie-style restaurant, your chef will prepare a delicious selection of dishes, accompanied by tasty local wines.

Lucerne

  • Swiss Folklore Evening And Dinner

    Adult Price: Fr.98.00 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.
  • Lake Lucerne Cruise With Drinks

    Adult Price: Fr.48.00 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.
  • Swiss Heritage Experience

    Adult Price: Fr.66.00 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.
  • Mount Stanserhorn Excursion

    Adult Price: Fr.77.00 Join us on a drive along Lake Lucerne to Stans, terminal of one of Switzerland's oldest mountain railways. Travelling by railway and Cabri cable car, we’ll reach 1900m (6300ft), where you’ll have free time to admire the stunning Alpine scenery and enjoy some refreshments before descending.
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