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Contrasts of Switzerland

Operated by: Trafalgar

8 Days from $3,416 per person
APR - OCT 2023
Tours of Mount Pilatus, Lucerne, Switzerland

Countries Visited

Switzerland ...more Switzerland

Locations Visited

Zürich, Saint Moritz, Zermatt, Chexbres, Geneva, Interlaken, Lucerne ...more Zürich, Saint Moritz, Zermatt, Chexbres, Geneva, Interlaken, Lucerne
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Zürich

    Zürich 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 6,700 feet (2,044 m) 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 Ambassador
  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
    hotel Ambassador
  5. Day 5 A Train Journey to Lakeside Geneva Connect with Locals

    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.  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. 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 Breakfast
    hotel Radisson Blu
  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 in a local restaurant.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Radisson Blu
  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 Zürich Airport, which can be used at your convenience for the onward journey.

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

Whats Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Train from Zürich to St. Moritz
  • Glacier Express Train from St. Moritz to Zermatt
  • High-speed train from Zermatt to Vevey
  • Golden Pass route train journey from Geneva to Lucerne
  • Optional Experiences and free time

Dining Summary

  • 1 Welcome Reception (WR)
  • 7 Breakfast (B)
  • 1 Lunch (L)
  • 1 Be My Guest (BMG)
  • 1 Farewell Dinner (FD)

Be My Guest

  • Chexbres: Savour an exclusive Be My Guest lunch at Chexbres on the shores of Lake Geneva.

Iconic Experience

  • Zürich: During an orientation, your Travel Director will show you some of the highlights of this beautiful lakeside city.
  • St Moritz: Enjoy the views of St. Moritz by travelling along the most spectacular rail routes of Switzerland.
  • Saint Moritz: Hop aboard the Glacier Express and take in the magical views of the alpine landscapes.
  • Zermatt: Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of Zermatt.
  • Geneva: Spend the day taking in the spectacular views of Geneva.
  • Switzerland: Marvel at the Alpine landscape as you drive past breathtakingly beautiful mountains and valleys.
  • Lucerne: During an orientation with your Travel Director, see the Lion Monument, Old Town Hall and Chapel Bridge, the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe.

Must-see Highlights

  • : Discover Zürich, St. Moritz, Zermatt, Geneva and Lucerne
  • : View the Matterhorn (weather permitting), the Jet d'Eau in Geneva, the Swiss Alps in Interlaken and the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge in Lucerne
  • : Scenic Train Ride on the Glacier Express from St. Moritz to Zermatt and on the Golden Pass Train from Geneva to Lucerne

Trafalgar Difference

  • Zermatt: Enjoy panoramic views of the Alps at the Hotel Ambassador in Zermatt.

Whats Included

  • : An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • : Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • : All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • : All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • : Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • : Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • : Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • : Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • : Train from Zürich to St. Moritz
  • : Glacier Express Train from St. Moritz to Zermatt
  • : High-speed train from Zermatt to Vevey
  • : Golden Pass route train journey from Geneva to Lucerne
  • : Optional Experiences and free time

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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.

Saint Moritz

Available on Day 2

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: 75 CHF

Zermatt

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

Lake Geneva

Available on Day 5

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: 94 CHF

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: 47 CHF

Lucerne

Available on Day 6

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

Available on Day 7

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.
Adult Price: 67 CHF

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

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Sunday, September 18, 2022
Service
When it was necessary to change flights on the return to the US, the rescheduled flights would have taken us considerably far in the wrong direction when there were closer cities available.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We always book the most direct flights available at the time you book your trip, but when airlines make changes to their schedules it is out of our control. We do apologize for any inconvenience.
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Vacation
Beautiful countriy and trains were fantastic! However I feltI I was herded from place to place. The tour director did not use her opportunities to provide color- history, culture and opportunities for questions and dialog. Too many extra cost - optional experiences, in lieu of included experiences.
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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