Best of Switzerland

9 Days 2 Countries 9 Cities

Lakeside towns, the Matterhorn and the Alps are uncovered on this Country Explorer trip.

"One of the best tours I've done"

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About this trip

Switzerland's indigo lakes and imposing Alpine backdrop seem to go on forever as you explore the shores of Geneva, Locarno and Montreaux, and enjoy the rugged beauty of the Alps in Zermatt. Cross Lucerne's Chapel Bridge, and the Italian border at Lake Lugano to enjoy a picturesque Italian Lakes setting, boarding a train from Tirano to St. Moritz for equally spectacular views.


Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: SWBOA

8 Nights

accommodation

12 Meals
  • 8 hot buffet breakfasts

  • 3 dinners

  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

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Zurich, Switzerland

Day 1

Arrive Zurich

Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland

Day 2

Zurich – Berne – Lake Geneva (Montreux)

Zermatt, Switzerland

Day 3

Lake Geneva (Montreux) – Chillon – Zermatt (2 Nights)

Matterhorn, Zermatt, Switzerland

Day 4

Zermatt

Locarno, Switzerland

Day 5

Zermatt – Baveno

Lake Maggiore, Italy

Day 6

Baveno – St. Moritz

Lion Monument, Lucerne, Switzerland

Day 7

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

Lucerne, Switzerland

Day 8

Brienz and Interlaken Excursion

Zurich, Switzerland

Day 9

Lucerne – Depart Zurich

Day 1

Arrive Zurich

Welcome to Zurich, Switzerland's financial centre. After check-in see the charm and beauty of this beautiful lakeside city during an orientation with your Travel Director, followed by a Welcome Reception and trip briefing with your fellow travelling companions.

Hotel

Radisson Blu

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Zurich – Berne – Lake Geneva (Montreux)

Stop in Berne the capital city of Switzerland en route to Lake Geneva. Arrive this afternoon in the lakeside town of Montreux, famous for its annual Jazz festival. In your free time stroll along the flower-lined lakefront promenade, or watch the world go by at a pavement café. Perhaps end the day with a delicious French dinner in the fairytale Yvoire.

Hotel

Eurotel Riviera

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Dinner in Yvoire

Named one of the most beautiful villages in France, Yvoire is known for its Medieval castle and lovely Summer flowers. In a typical French restaurant, you’ll savour a three-course ‘Yvoire Dinner‘. Fine French wines and soft drinks accompany your meal, for a wonderfully-memorable dining experience.

Adult Price: Fr.79.00

Day 2

Day 3

Lake Geneva (Montreux) – Chillon – Zermatt (2 Nights)

This morning visit the picturesque Chillon Castle immortalised by Lord Byron's 'Prisoner of Chillon'. Continue your journey to Zermatt, inaccessible by coach, ascend to your hotel by electric mini-buses and taxis.

Hotel

Best Western Plus Alpen

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

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.112.00

Day 3

Day 4

Zermatt

Enjoy the natural beauty of the Swiss Alps with your free day here in picturesque Zermatt. Why not join an Optional Experience to the Klein Matterhorn where the views across the mountain peaks are spectacular.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Fondue Dinner Experience

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

Adult Price: Fr.86.00

Day 4

Day 5

Zermatt – Baveno

Today leave Zermatt and views of the Matterhorn behind you as you travel to lakeside Baveno in Italy. On your way enjoy a delicious Be My Guest luncheon with a Swiss family in a small mountain village.

Hotel

Simplon

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Day 5

Day 6

Baveno – St. Moritz

This morning travel along the shores of Lake Maggiore. Continue your journey back across the Swiss border and enter the Upper Engadine valley. Stop in the town of Tirano where you will board your train and start a spectacular alpine journey. Soak in the breathtaking scenery en route to the resort town of St. Moritz. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Hotel

Laudinella

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Optional Experiences

Rosegg Valley By Horse And Carriage

Arriving in Pontresina, you'll experience a horse-drawn carriage ride through the picturesque Rosegg Valley with its spectacular views.

Adult Price: Fr.56.00

Day 6

Day 7

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

See Lake Zurich this morning as you make your way to Lucerne. View the Lion Monument and cross the iconic wooden Chapel Bridge to explore this picturesque town. In your free time explore the old city and shop for Swiss watches and chocolate, or perhaps take a cruise on the lake and ride the world's first Cabrio cable car to the top of Mount Stanserhorn.

Hotel

Grand Europe Authentic Accommodation

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

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

Day 7

Day 8

Brienz and Interlaken Excursion

Travel to Interlaken which lies in the shadows of the Jungfrau Mountain. On your way stop in the village of Brienz end enjoy a Cultural Insight demonstration of wood carving. Once in Interlaken you'll have time for lunch and to explore before arriving back in Lucerne. Tonight enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travellers and Travel Director.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Day 8

Day 9

Lucerne – Depart Zurich

Say farewell to Switzerland and your new-found friends at the end of your alpine holiday. Transfers are available to Zurich airport. Conditions apply.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 9

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
    Take a scenic drive along the Tresa Valley and up to the vineyards of the Hostettler family who will share the history of their family winery and enjoy traditional Ticino cuisine with a touch of Italy

  • 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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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • Orientation of Zurich and Lucerne

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

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


What's Included

Dining

    • 8 hot buffet breakfasts

    • 3 dinners

    • 1 lunch
      (Be My Guest)


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • 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 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.


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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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 36 Reviews

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    Service rating : It was a wonderful trip from start to finish. Our tour guide was the best of the best. Enjoyed all the sites and how the tour was organized.Product : We feel that all the highlights of Switzerland were included. It was the perfect combination of lovely cities and countryside.

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    Service rating : Service was good.Product : Wish there was more of an orientation for each city we went to. We arrived at our and was left to explore on our own (exception was Zermatt)

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    except the cloudy weather for couple days and not very impress with be my guest luncheon with a Swiss family in a small mountain village

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    Service rating : This was my 6th tour with Trafalgar. I have been spoiled by some outstanding trips and have had high expectations that have been met. This trip wasn't bad but did not meet our expectations.Product : Liechtenstein was no longer on the itinerary.

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    Service rating : I would give the Switzerland a 5. The Scandinavian tour a 3. It was more like a long bus ride. To many things that were offered in the brochure were not available as advertised. Very disappointing, this was our 4th trip with trafalgar and we are not sure if we will use them

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Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your flights to arrive on or before day 1.

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    • Special Rate Solo Rooming: Departures 08 April, 06 May, 23 September and 30 September 2017 include 25-100% discount on our standard single supplement.
    • 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.
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  • Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your flights to arrive on or before day 1.

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