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Best of Switzerland

Operated by: Trafalgar

9 Days from $2,786 per person
APR - OCT 2022
Two mountain dogs at the Matterhorn, Switzerland

Countries Visited

Switzerland, Italy ...more Switzerland, Italy

Locations Visited

Zurich, Montreux, Zermatt, Chillon, Baveno, Bern, St Moritz, Lucerne, Brienz, Interlaken ...more Zurich, Montreux, Zermatt, Chillon, Baveno, Bern, St Moritz, Lucerne, Brienz, Interlaken
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  1. Day 1 Welcome to Zürich

    Welcome to the sophisticated Swiss city of Zürich - a flawless blend of fascinating heritage and modern spirit. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and orientation in this beautiful lakeside setting.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Hyatt Place Airport
  2. Day 2 Journey to Lake Geneva

    We leave the bright lights of Zürich behind and stop in Bern with its Old Town, admiring its medieval streets, ornate fountains and arcaded walkways. Journeying to Lake Geneva, we arrive in the resort town of Montreux, set against the pristine backdrop of snow-covered peaks and vineyards. After lunch, consider joining an Optional Experience to cruise Lake Geneva, including a visit to the Charlie Chaplin museum in his former estate, Manoir de Ban.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Eurotel
  3. Day 3 Onwards to Chillon Castle and Zermatt

    This morning, we visit Chillon Castle, immortalised by Lord Byron's 'Prisoner of Chillon'. For nearly four centuries, this water fortress was the residence of the Counts of Savoy and an important stop for traders. Our next stop is Bourg en Lavaux, a charming wine village above Lake Geneva, where we’ll Connect With Locals over lunch at our Be My Guest experience. Continue your journey to the resort town of Zermatt, set against the backdrop of the snow-capped Matterhorn.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Mirabeau/Alpen Resort
  4. Day 4 Zermatt Your Way

    Spend the day soaking up the crisp mountain air and panoramic alpine vistas. You have a full day on your own to explore the town, or simply relax in beautiful surrounds. Consider an Optional Experience to the Klein Matterhorn for the most spectacular mountain views or explore the heritage of what was once a remote mountain village.

    meals Breakfast
  5. Day 5 Venture to the Italian Lake Maggiore

    Departing Switzerland, we travel to the lakeside town of Baveno on Italy's Lake Maggiore. Spend the rest of the day indulging in the laid-back lakeside atmosphere or consider joining an Optional Experience to Isola Bella, one of the lake's Borromean islands, with its palazzo and exquisite gardens.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Simplon
  6. Day 6 Off to Alpine St. Moritz

    We travel through the scenic Italian countryside to the fortified town of Tirano. Here, we will board the famous Bernina Express train and wind our way through scenic landscapes en route to the stylish resort town of St. Moritz. This evening, enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Reine Victoria
  7. Day 7 Journey to Lakeside Lucerne

    Journeying through lush green landscapes, past Lake Zürich, we arrive in lakeside Lucerne. Pay tribute to the brave Swiss Guards, who lost their lives defending King Louis XVI at the Lion Monument, and cross the iconic wooden Chapel Bridge before strolling past the city's colourful façades. Consider joining a cruise on the tranquil lake waters and then ride the world's first double deck 'CabriO' cable car to the top of Mount Stanserhorn.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Grand Europe
  8. Day 8 Admire Scenic Brienz and Interlaken

    We travel to Interlaken at the heart of Switzerland, which lies in the shadow of the Jungfrau Mountain. Stopping in the village of Brienz en route, we’ll Dive Into Culture and gain insights into the centuries-old tradition of wood carving for which this village is so famous. Spend some time on your own and enjoy superb views of the peaks of the Bernese Oberland. This evening, we enjoy a Farewell Dinner with our fellow travellers and Travel Director toasting the highlights of Switzerland we've enjoyed along the way.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  9. Day 9 Homeward Bound

    As our journey through the Best of Switzerland comes to an end, we bid our newfound friends a fond farewell. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

    meals Breakfast
Best of Switzerland
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 1 Be My Guest
  • 1 Dinner
  • 1 Farewell Dinner
  • 1 Welcome Reception
  • 8 Breakfasts

First class travel Highlights

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • Train from Tirano to Pontresina

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Discover Zürich and Lucerne
  • Visit Bern, Chillon Castle, Montreux, Zermatt, St. Moritz, Interlaken and Brienz
  • View the Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument in Lucerne, the Jungfrau and Matterhorn mountains (weather permitting), Lake Maggiore and Lake Como
  • Scenic Train Ride from Tirano to Pontresina
  • Connect With Locals Enjoy Swiss hospitality and the flavours of local wines, cheeses and breads with the owner of a local vineyard overlooking Lake Geneva.
  • Dive Into Culture Learn about Switzerland's wood-carving heritage at the Jobin wood sculpture museum in Brienz.

Dates & Prices

Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. To request a personalized travel quote, click "Request Quote" and a Travel Specialist will send your custom quote including airfare if requested.

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Optional Add-Ons

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

Available on Day 2

Chaplin's World and Lake Geneva Cruise

Enjoy the palm trees on the shores of Lake Geneva from a romantic side-wheel paddle steamer as we cruise along the eastern shore of Lake Geneva. We’ll visit the Charlie Chaplin museum, set on the banks of the lake on his former estate, Manoir de Ban. Chaplin spent the last 23 years of his life here and you’ll discover all the facets of this incredible man's life. We'll see sets and props from his greatest movies and then finish with a peaceful walk in the gardens.
Adult Price: 66 CHF


Available on Day 4

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 12,740 feet to view the magnificent snow-capped top of the world.
Adult Price: 119 CHF

Zermatt Dinner Experience

Discover the beautiful mountainous resort town of Zermatt. Afterward, we'll enjoy a wonderful dinner in a typical chalet-style restaurant with an opportunity to try the world-famous raclette and chocolate fondue.
Adult Price: 86 CHF

Italian Lakes

Available on Day 5

Discover The Borromean Islands

We've organized a private launch to take you to the beautiful islands of Lake Maggiore. Here, with your Local Specialist, you'll see the Isola Madre, the Isola dei Pescatori, and on the Isola Bella we visit the magnificent palace of the Borromean Princes.
Adult Price: € 49

Dinner on Isola dei Pescatori

This evening, escape to the charming and tranquil island of Isola dei Pescatori. A short boat ride from the shores of Lake Maggiore, this fisherman’s Island is inhabited year-round by only 50 permanent residents. Stroll through the small piazza, surrounded by tight and winding alleys, to enjoy dinner at one of the Island's restaurants.
Adult Price: € 68

Saint Moritz

Available on Day 6

Rosegg Valley By Horse And Carriage

Arriving in Pontresina, you'll experience a horse-drawn carriage ride through the wild beauty of the Alps and the picturesque Rosegg Valley, with its spectacular mountain views.
Adult Price: 58 CHF


Available on Day 7

Mount Stanserhorn And Lake Cruise

Take a scenic cruise with us across Lake Lucerne to Stans, and one of Switzerland's oldest mountain railways. Traveling by funicular and the world's first Cabrio cable car, we'll reach 6,300 feet, where you’ll have free time to admire the stunning Alpine scenery.
Adult Price: 113 CHF

Swiss Dinner by the Lake

Tonight, we'll enjoy a delicious Swiss meal that includes the famous Swiss cheese fondue in a typical local restaurant. Its lakeside location and well-placed terrace will ensure a relaxing evening enjoying the hearty Swiss menu. Two drinks are included.
Adult Price: 95 CHF

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 yodeling, flag-throwing and Alpine horn-blowing. Two drinks are also included.
Adult Price: 99 CHF

Independent Reviews
Lynn Mitchell
Sunday, May 8, 2022
They were very pleasant to work with, very informative, always available when we had questions and understanding about our concerns and wishes.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We pride ourselves on customer service and we couldn't be more pleased to see that our team hit it our of the park for you.
Monday, May 9, 2022
The tour guide was very informative, loved the extra history and stories to go along with the sights we were seeing. Hotels were top of the charts, beautiful views from our rooms. We got to see so much on our tour, everything we had dreamed it would be plus more. Weather was perfect for us.
Kandice Beyer
Sunday, September 19, 2021
Grand European Travel is always helpful & easy to deal with
The country is beautiful & the variety of places made the trip very enjoyable.
Sunday, September 19, 2021
It was EASY! This was my first time calling GET & found it to be a very positive experience. I have dealt with many different companies so I’m in a place to be able to judge. Certainly will be contacting them again!
Trafalgar Tours with Stephanie Behr absolutely provided the Best of Switzerland. I did & saw everything I expected plus extra things I didn’t know about.
Janell Young
Sunday, August 22, 2021
My husband made the reservations and was very pleased with the attention that the agent gave in scheduling everything for the three of us.
Every tour we’ve had through Grand European/Trafalgar has been excellent, led by great tour leaders. This one was no exception, and we enjoyed it so much.
John Young
Sunday, August 22, 2021
Got personalized updates and answer to any and all questions. Also worked hard to find us a guaranteed trip
Everything was good until return. Flight number from Zurich showed a United number when in actuality it was a Swiss air flight with a different number and no one to explain. We almost missed the flight due to this
Response from Grand European Travel:
We do apologize for the confusion with your flights back to the USA. The flight itinerary should have listed the operating airline along with the booking airline flight number but we appreciate you bringing this to our attention. We are glad that you did not miss your flight and made it home safely and on time.
Friday, August 27, 2021
Yuan Lee
Monday, October 14, 2019
Booking process was through one of your representatives. It was smooth and pleasant. We decided to change our flight routing, and this request was accommodated cordially by your staff.
Good mix of sites visited; lakes, mountains, historically interesting places and a train ride.
Kathleen Richardson
Sunday, June 30, 2019
Booking process was excellent, Trip was very well organized. Have used Grand European many times and will continue to do so. Have also recommended them to other travelers.
Hotels tend to be a bit further from city centers. Not all optionals were worth the cost. Need more free time to compensate for the time optionals take away.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate your suggestions and will be sure to pass them on to the team at Trafalgar. Thank you!
Monday, July 1, 2019
Trusted Customer
Sunday, April 28, 2019
We originally made reservations for Magical Switzerland, but when the Best of Switzerland (a little longer trip) came available, we called and were able to change the reservation. Our Travel Specialist never hesitated and could not have been more helpful. She also helped with some questions we had about a trip to Egypt we had booked with a different agency.
It was a great experience. Trafalgar was well organized and optimized every sightseeing event. Plan to travel with them again.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, September 16, 2018
First trip with GET. Very impressed
Didnt care for the loft hotel
Trusted Customer
Monday, August 20, 2018
Bus had no air. Small seats. Paid for GET and got tsavalgar. Less quality. Tour guide was lower quality.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are very sorry for the misunderstanding. GET does not operate their own tours and we do try to be very detailed about the fact that this trip was operated by Trafalgar in our brochure, web page and your booking invoice and documents. We apologize if this was not made clear to you at the time you booked.
Monday, August 20, 2018
Motels towns tours great. Did not like bus trip to wood carving and city
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