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Contrasts of Switzerland

Operated by: Trafalgar

8 Days from $3,425 per person
MAY - OCT 2021
Mount Pilatus, Lucerne, Switzerland

Countries Visited

Switzerland ...more Switzerland

Locations Visited

Zurich, St Moritz, Zermatt, Geneva, Vevey, Bourg-en-Lavaux, Lucerne ...more Zurich, St Moritz, Zermatt, Geneva, Vevey, Bourg-en-Lavaux, Lucerne
  1. Day 1 Welcome to 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 Mövenpick Airport
  2. Day 2 Onwards by Train to 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 travel on one of Switzerland's most spectacular rail routes across the Bernina pass this afternoon, before enjoying St. Moritz at your leisure tonight.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Reine Victoria
  3. Day 3 Catch the Glacier Express to Zermatt

    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.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Alpen Resort
  4. Day 4 Discover Scenic Zermatt

    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 over snow-capped mountains to Europe's highest cable car station.

    meals Breakfast
  5. Day 5 A Train Journey to Lakeside Geneva

    We board a train to Vevey and Connect With Locals in Chexbres on the shores of Lake Geneva. We'll enjoy lunch at this memorable Be My Guest experience then continue 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. Later, explore the sights of this lakeside city on your own. Stroll through the ancient maze of medieval streets and quiet squares or consider a cruise - enjoying views of the lakeside villages.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Warwick
  6. Day 6 Journey on the Golden and Brünig Pass to Interlaken and Lucerne

    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. We follow the Brünig Pass to the lakeside town of Lucerne in central Switzerland, where we will stay for the next two nights.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Astoria
  7. Day 7 Explore Medieval Lucerne

    Mountain top 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 mountain peak, or explore the Old Town 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 Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  8. Day 8 Journey Home

    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 Breakfast
Contrasts of Switzerland
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches (including Be My Guest)
  • 2 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
  • Golden Pass route train journey from Geneva to Lucerne.
  • All rail service is reserved in standard class.
  • High-speed train from Zermatt to Vevey
  • Glacier Express Train from St. Moritz to Zermatt.
  • Handcrafted Highlights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Discover Zurich, St. Moritz, Zermatt, Geneva and Lucerne
  • Visit Interlaken
  • View the Matterhorn and Jungfrau mountains (weather permitting), the Jet d'Eau in Geneva and the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge in Lucerne
  • Connect with Locals Savour an exclusive Be My Guest lunch at Chexbres on the shores of Lake Geneva. (Day 5)

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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: CHF 75

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 12,400 feet and the magnificent snow-capped top of the world.
Adult Price: CHF 119

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: CHF 86

Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva Cruise

Enjoy an unforgettable cruise on the 'Belle Epoque' steamers of the C.G.N. company on Lake Geneva. Lac 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: CHF 47

Lake Geneva Cruise with Meal

Enjoy an unforgettable cruise on the 'Belle Epoque' steamers of the C.G.N. company on Lake Geneva. The lake is one of Western Europe’s largest 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-paneled dining room while you admire awe-inspiring Alpine scenery dining on the specialties of the Vaud canton.
Adult Price: CHF 94

Lucerne

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 railway and Cabrio cable car, we'll reach 6,300 feet, where you’ll have free time to admire the stunning Alpine scenery. On certain departures, this optional may be operated in reverse, ending with the cruise. It may also be operated without the cruise for CHF 78.
Adult Price: CHF 113

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 savor local drinks and snacks. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Adult Price: CHF 67

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Trusted Customer
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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