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Best of Switzerland

Operated by: Trafalgar

9 Days from $2,444 per person
Two mountain dogs at the Matterhorn, Switzerland

Countries Visited

Switzerland, Italy ...more Switzerland, Italy

Locations Visited

Zurich, Montreux, Chexbres, Zermatt, Chillon, Baveno, Tirano, Pontresina, St Moritz, Lucerne, Brienz ...more Zurich, Montreux, Chexbres, Zermatt, Chillon, Baveno, Tirano, Pontresina, St Moritz, Lucerne, Brienz
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Zurich

    Welcome to the sophisticated Swiss city of Zurich - 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 Mövenpick Regensdorf
  2. Day 2 Journey to Lake Geneva

    We leave the bright lights of Zurich 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/Grand Dino
  6. Day 6 Off to Alpine St. Moritz

    We travel through the scenic Italian countryside, crossing the Swiss border into the scenic Upper Engadine Valley. We stop in the fortified town of Tirano, where 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 Zurich, 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

  • 8 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)
  • 3 dinners

First class travel Highlights

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

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Discover Zurich 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

Dates & Prices

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Reviews
Service
Vacation
Independent Reviews
Yuan Lee
Monday, October 14, 2019
Service
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.
Vacation
Good mix of sites visited; lakes, mountains, historically interesting places and a train ride.
Kathleen Richardson
Sunday, June 30, 2019
Service
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.
Vacation
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
Service
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.
Vacation
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
Service
First trip with GET. Very impressed
Vacation
Didnt care for the loft hotel
Trusted Customer
Monday, August 20, 2018
Service
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
Vacation
Motels towns tours great. Did not like bus trip to wood carving and city
Samuel Falconello
Friday, July 20, 2018
Service
Dave Frontello helped us book our Best of Switzerland tour and was helpful whenever we had a question. It was easy to book and keep in touch until we took the tour.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for taking the time to write and share your feedback about the trip and your booking agent Dave. We will be sure to pass this on to him and hope to welcome you on another trip very soon!
Friday, July 20, 2018
Vacation
It was a little pricier when we added the 7 optional excursions, but it was worth it.
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Service
Everything
Vacation
The GET Agent was excellent
Trusted Customer
Monday, July 16, 2018
Service
I enjoyed the trip, and the itinerary was AMAZING! Well planned. Also, the guide was very knowledgeable, and our driver was superb. The tour was well paced, neither too slow nor too fast, and the excursions were all worthwhile without exception. Two main suggestions would have made the experience better: 1. I would have liked to have had the morning start later. I have taken many tours before, and I understand we need to stay on schedule, but if we had less free time in the afternoon, then we could start a bit later in the day. I'm not suggesting starting the day at 10, but an extra half hour in the morning, each morning, would be nice. One one day, breakfast began and we only had about 30 minutes to eat before the coach arrived. I overheard several other complaining about this. Would half an hour extra make that big of a difference in our schedule that day? 2. I wrote about this in my other review, but if some people on the tour get a room with a view, then all people should. I understand that we have to balance the rooms, and was told that more than once, but as a family with 3, we often felt like the ones who were given the poor room. Economically, we actually contribute more, as there is no real cost in adding the extra cot in the room. Many of the hotels had signs such as "teens sleep free", so we know that you were not being charged extra for the cot in the room. We received a discount for the 3rd person, but certainly not much. So, our third person took up a seat on the coach, and there is a cost associated with that, but, if anything, we should have been given a premium room (or at the very least a room with a view each time), as you were saving money by not paying for an extra hotel room, but you were being paid for the third person (yes, at a small discount). Also, in meals that included drinks, the teen was drinking water and not wine etc. So, there was some savings on your end. It makes a huge difference to me as a reviewer and traveler to have a room with a view. Ananda was able to get us a good view on two of the rooms, and I applaud her for that, but it was only after I had to bring it up. As a past tour operator with a company here in Asheville, I know that the larger groups are assigned rooms that are not premium and seating at breakfast is less than ideal etc., but again, we can see the rooms across the hall that are assigned to people on our tour, and there is a big difference in looking at the lake and looking a gas station or a wall.
Vacation
The itinerary was great, and the excursions were fun, but the meals that were included were only average, especially the farewell dinner, which was blah. The purchase would be a 5 if the meals were tweaked.
Robert Tompkins
Monday, May 28, 2018
Service
I had a wonderful time.
Vacation
My main complaint is the room in the bus. When I went on my last trip with Insight we had a lot of leg room in the bus. With Insight, we had a 48 passengers bus that they took some bus of the seats so we would have more room. With Trafalgar, I had more room on a airliner.
Linda Williams
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Service
GET service was outstanding. We extended our trip. Barb accommodated all of our requests.
Vacation
Awesome trip, only negative was accommodations in St Morirz. Was like staying at a hostel after 5 star hotels.
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