Home of the United Nations, Geneva is situated between the Jura Mountains to the north and the Alpine Peaks to the West. Sometimes you’ll walk out of a café or shop and they’ll be in the distance. It really does take your breath away.
As for the town itself, it is packed with picturesque cafes, squares and meandering streets in the old town, otherwise known as the Vielle Ville. Highlights include the Flower Clock, a working horticultural timepiece that sits on a knoll, and of course Lake Geneva, with its famous Jet d'Eau, which shoots water more than 450 feet into the sky.
In the south of the country and less than eight miles from the Italian border lies Lugano, a lakeside city surrounded by wisteria, lemon trees and camellias.
There you’ll join us at a vineyard at the summit of the Monteggio Hill, where you’ll be greeted by Massimo and Joelle, who’ll invite you to enjoy a home-cooked Mediterranean meal with a Swiss-German twist. Not to mention some of their farm-produced wine.
It might live up to its reputation as a high-powered banking capital, but there’s more to Zurich than its thriving financial centre. For instance, its central business district is one of the most striking in the world – with architecture that wouldn’t look out of place in a fairytale book.
Beyond the bustle of the stock exchange lies a serene lake, of which the city is centered around. Dotted along it you’ll find characterful bars, cafes and restaurants. Zurich is also home to important works of art, which are split across more than 100 galleries and include pieces by Diego.
Come with us and you’ll discover the beauty of this underrated city, which affords a backdrop of snow-capped mountains. Your Travel Director will point out its hidden treasures, too, like the Fraumünster and Grossmünster churches, loved for their stained-glass windows by Marc Chagall.
One of the best ways to see the country’s unique scenery is to board the Glacier Express. During the eight-hour journey, you’ll pass through virgin Alpine countryside, with dramatic sheer rock faces and mountain streams.
The Bernina Express is no less impressive, and takes you across the Alps, past immense glaciers towards rich green forests.
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