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Contrasts of Switzerland

Operated by: Trafalgar

8 Days from $2,869 per person
Mount Pilatus, Lucerne

Countries Visited

Switzerland

Locations Visited

Zurich, St. Moritz, Zermatt, Geneva, Lucernce
  1. Day 1 Arrive Zurich

    Zurich is our springboard to a spectacular journey through Switzerland. Explore its mix of ancient heritage and modern verve during your orientation tour before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception to launch your Swiss experience.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Radisson Blu
  2. Day 2 Zurich – St. Moritz

    Our love affair with the snow-capped peaks of Switzerland begins on a scenic train journey via Chur to the stylish resort of St. Moritz, set against the beautiful backdrop of Lake St. Moritz. Admire the inspiring natural setting and perhaps take a mountain pass train ride this afternoon, before dining at your hotel tonight.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Reine Victoria
  3. Day 3 St. Moritz – Glacier Express – Zermatt (2 Nights)

    Embrace the glamour and romance of a bygone era. Watch the epic Alpine landscapes drift past as you chug along one of the world's most unforgettable rail journeys from the comfort of the Glacier Express. Cross hundreds of bridges and the Oberalp Pass at 2,033 metres above sea level. Enjoy an included lunch on board as you journey past lakes and glaciers bound for the resort town of Zermatt, at the foothills of the imposing Matterhorn. Enjoy views of the Alps at the Ambassador Hotel, one of Trafalgar's 'Stays With Stories'.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Ambassador
  4. Day 4 Zermatt Orientation

    Join your Travel Director for an orientation walk around this car-free resort before spending the rest of the day on your own, indulging in the tranquil mountain atmosphere. Consider an Optional Experience to the Klein Matterhorn, ascending by cable car to the snow-capped top of the world.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  5. Day 5 Zermatt – Geneva Orientation

    We board a train to sophisticated Geneva where your orientation will include views of the Old Town, Jet d'Eau and the Flower Clock, paying tribute to the city's centuries-old watchmaking traditions. This evening, explore the sights of this lakeside city on your own. Stroll through the ancient maze of medieval streets and quiet squares or consider a dinner cruise - enjoying views of the lakeside villages.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Warwick
  6. Day 6 Geneva – Interlaken – Lucerne (2 Nights)

    Picture-perfect landscapes are our constant companion as we journey from Geneva along the Golden Pass route. We stop at Interlaken in the heart of the Swiss Alps, located at the foot of a trio of famous peaks - the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Spend some time at leisure and enjoy superb views of the peaks of the Bernese Oberland, a beloved retreat of Queen Victoria, who often stayed at Interlaken. We follow the Brünig Pass to the lakeside town of Lucerne in central Switzerland, where we will stay for the next two nights. The evening is free to spend as you wish, but you could choose to show off your vocal talents and learn how to yodel during an optional fun-packed Swiss folklore show with fondue dinner.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Astoria
  7. Day 7 Lucerne Orientation

    Snow-capped peaks surround you as you wander through the medieval streets of Lucerne on an orientation walk. Visit the poignant Lion Monument, built in memory of the Swiss Guard who bravely defended Louis XVI during the French Revolution. View the covered wooden Chapel Bridge spanning the Reuss with its decorated wooden panels, which chronicle the history of Lucerne. Later consider an Optional Experience to a nearby Towering peaks surround you as you wander through the medieval streets of Lucerne or explore the old city and shop for delicious Swiss chocolate. Tonight, we join our Travel Director and fellow travel companions for a Farewell Dinner with wine in a local restaurant.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  8. Day 8 Lucerne – Depart Zurich

    We say a fond farewell to Switzerland and newfound friends at the end of a remarkable Swiss holiday. Your Travel Director will give you tickets for the short train journey from Lucerne to Zurich Airport, which can be used at your convenience for the onward journey.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
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Dining Highlights

  • 7 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 3 dinners

First class 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 Trip Highlights
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and a professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Golden Pass route train journey from Geneva to Lucerne.
  • High-speed train from Zermatt to Geneva.
  • All rail service is reserved in standard class.
  • Glacier Express Train from St. Moritz to Zermatt.
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • ORIENTATION of Zurich, St. Moritz, Zermatt, Geneva and Lucerne
  • VIEW the Matterhorn and Jungfrau mountains (weather permitting), the Jet d'Eau in Geneva and the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge in Lucerne
  • VISIT Interlaken

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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.

St Moritz

Bernina Pass Discovery

Board a train across the spectacular Bernina Pass, one of Switzerland's iconic rail routes. Our panoramic journey takes us to a local hostelry where you can indulge in a typical apéro of tasty snacks and vintages, a truly local experience!
Adult Price: CHf75

Zermatt

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: CHf119

Zermatt Dinner Experience

Discover the beautiful mountainous resort town of Zermatt. Afterwards, we'll enjoy a wonderful dinner in a typical chalet-style restaurant with an opportunity to try the world-famous Ratclette and chocolate fondue.
Adult Price: CHf86

Lake Geneva

Cruise And Visit To Yvoire Village

We'll enjoy a steamer cruise on Lake Geneva crossing from Switzerland to France arriving at the enchanting Yvoire - considered one of France's most picturesque villages. You'll have time to explore the winding streets lined with old stone houses of former fisherman and dominated by the ancient chateau of the Count & Countess, before returning to Geneva through the fields of Savoy.
Adult Price: CHf46

Lake Geneva Cruise

Enjoy an unforgettable cruise on the ‘Belle Epoque ‘ steamers of the C.G.N. company on Lake Geneva. Lake Leman, as it is known to the locals, is one of Western Europe’s largest lakes and its waters meet the shores of both Switzerland and France. You’ll see picturesque villages and towns in both countries as well as the majestic Alps and, on clear days, Mont Blanc.
Adult Price: CHf47

Lake Geneva Cruise with Meal

Enjoy an unforgettable cruise on the ‘Belle Epoque ‘ steamers of the C.G.N. company on Lake Geneva. Lake Leman, as it is known to the locals, is one of Western Europe’s largest lakes and its waters meet the shores of both Switzerland and France. You’ll see picturesque villages and towns in both countries as well as the majestic Alps and, on clear days, Mont Blanc. A three-course meal will be served in their wood-panelled dining room while you admire awe-inspiring Alpine scenery dining on the specialities of the Vaud canton.
Adult Price: CHf94

Lucerne

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. Occasionally, this optional may be offered as a Lunch for CHF68.00.
Adult Price: CHf99

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: CHf112

Swiss Countryside & Carriages

A chance to get to know the Swiss, you’ll meet local farmers and enjoy a delightful countryside tour in horse drawn carriages. Soak up the stunning scenery as we trot around a typical rural community, en route to a farm where you’ll savour local drinks and snacks.
Adult Price: CHf67

Reviews
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Trusted Customer
Travel date: Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Service
Always prompt, friendly and professional.
Vacation
The tour by itself was good. However, the director was not very organized-often especially with the train transfers we were sometimes in pins and needles of what next to happen. Communication was not consistent and left much to be desired causing anxiety for us. Also, it would have been good if this tour is advertised with a caveat that most of the travel is done with train rides and transfers. I was not prepared to be hopping from one train to another. Also while on the train, no information was given to us about the sights we were viewing .It could have been possible since we were in the same train car/coach. ex. I felt bad for having missed the sight of Jungfrau, Monch and Eiger and we were in the Interlaken area. or other places of interest. we were left to our own.
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