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Best of Switzerland

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Tour Pace: Comfortable
Matterhorn, Zermatt
Tour Style: First Class
10 Days from $2,336 per person

Switzerland's indigo lakes and imposing Alpine backdrop seem to go on forever as you explore the shores of Geneva, Locarno and Montreaux. 

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.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Welcome to Zurich, Switzerland's financial center. 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 traveling companions.
    hotel:Radisson Blu
  3. 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 sidewalk café. Perhaps end the day with a delicious French dinner in the fairytale Yvoire.
    hotel:Eurotel Riviera
  4. This morning visit the picturesque Chillon Castle immortalized 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
    meal(s):BB, BG
  7. 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.
    meal(s):BB, D
  8. 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 Accommodations
  9. 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 travelers and Travel Director.
    meal(s):BB, FD
  10. Say farewell to Switzerland and your new-found friends at the end of your alpine vacation. Transfers are available to Zurich airport. Conditions apply.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
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  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels

Meal Summary

8 nights, 8 hot buffet breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners, On-trip transport.

Included Highlights

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

Authentic Accommodations

  • 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

Cultural Insight

  • Explore the wood-carving heritage of Switzerland's picture-perfect lakeside town of Brienz

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Orientation of Zurich, Lucerne
  • Visit the Federal capital Berne, Montreux, the Castle of Chillon, Zermatt, St. Moritz, Interlaken and Brienz
  • View the Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument in Lucerne, the Jungfrau and Matterhorn mountains (weather permitting), Lake Maggiore, Lake Lugano and Lake Como
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Special Rate Solo Rooming: These departures include 25-100% discount on the standard single supplement..

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $440 p.p.

Triple Discount: $70 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $64 per person.

Airport transfers: At the start of the trip, the Radisson Blu hotel is located at Zurich Airport for convenience, so guests can make their own way to the hotel from the Airport terminal. Return transfers will arrive at Zurich Airport on the last day of the trip at 8:00 am from Lucerne.

Important Visa Information: This trip will visit Italy for a short period. Some passport holders may require double entry visas.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Switzerland must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Switzerland.

  • The currency in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc (CHF). While the country is not part of the European Union and thus is not obliged to convert to the Euro, many prices are nonetheless indicated in euros to help travelers compare prices. Some Swiss merchants may accept euros but are not obliged to do so. Change given back will most likely be in Swiss francs. While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive in Switzerland, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Switzerland. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • Swiss cuisine is a flavorful blend of German, Italian, and French influences and a wide variety of regional offerings.  Specialty dishes include fondue and raclette (cheese dipping dishes), sausages and rösti (fried potato), bündnerfleisch (air-dried beef) and fondue bourguigon (cubes of steak with various sauces). Swiss pastries and desserts are excellent. There are also spirits made from fruit; the most popular are Kirsch, Pflümli and Williamine. And don’t miss out on the world-class selection of Swiss chocolate. 

  • We suggest bringing a variety of clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. It is important to bring comfortable walking shoes and a waterproof jacket. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • A service charge is typically included in the bill at restaurants in Switzerland.  While there is no need to leave an additional tip, you can round up to the next franc for service if you choose.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.


Sunday, June 26, 2016
Service rating : Poorly chosen tour guide - She knew little about Switzerland where we had gone to specifically learn about the country of our ancestors, its culture and its history. She just dropped us off in most places and told us we'd be picked up in an hour or two.She gave us little direction as to restaurants or places of interest.
Vacation : Hotels were increasingly not up to the standards advertised. First one was fine but downhill from there. Guide did not use individual communicators. No WiFi on the bus and almost none in the hotel rooms. We felt cheated. My four daughters and I have traveled worldwide and this was the least satisfactory tour.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for taking the time to write. Our Guest Relations department will be in touch with you shortly to discuss your experience in more detail.

Grand European Travel
Monday, June 27, 2016
Friday, June 24, 2016
Service rating : Way to much bus time. Very little comment on local highlights. This trip is for sightseeing only. Our last hotel was the worst of the lot.Trip poorly planned with arrival to some locations so late all the stores closed.
Vacation : It sounded so nice in the write up how could you go wrong. By trying to cover all of the various regions with long bus rides and one night stays. I felt like I was in a race to make it around Switzerland to keep up with the schedule. I would NOT recommend this trip to my friends.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're are very sorry to hear about your disappointment with your Switzerland trip. This itinerary does cover alot of territory which we try to point out in our brochure and on our web site, highlighting the number of 1 night stays. Please accept out apologies. We hope that there were some parts of the trip that were enjoyable for you.

Grand European Travel
Monday, June 27, 2016
Friday, June 10, 2016
Service rating : GET provided very good service when booking my trip. I received all the documents in a timely manner.
Vacation : The vacation was more than worthwhile because of the beauty of the scenery. The downside was there was too much activity considering the length of the trip. Too many one-night stays in hotels. The itinerary could have cut out one or two of the less-interesting cities.

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.

Lake Geneva

Yvoire & Boat Cruise with Lunch/Dinner

Adult Price: 94 CHF

We’ll enjoy a steamer cruise past palatial mansions, stopping at picturesque villages before arriving at our enchanting French destination - Yvoire. You’ll explore its winding streets, lined with the old stone houses of former fishermen and dominated by the ancient chateau of the Count and Countess, before enjoying a regional meal.


Mount Stanserhorn And Lake Cruise

Adult Price: 112 CHF

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.)

Swiss Folklore Evening And Dinner

Adult Price: 99 CHF

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.

St Moritz

Rosegg Valley By Horse And Carriage

Adult Price: 56 CHF

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


Klein Matterhorn Excursion

Adult Price: 115 CHF

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: 86 CHF

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

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