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Glorious Switzerland

Operated by: Insight Vacations

8 Days from $3,495 per person
APR - OCT 2022
River, bridge and buildings in Lucerne, Switzerland

Countries Visited

Switzerland, Italy, Liechtenstein ...more Switzerland, Italy, Liechtenstein

Locations Visited

Geneva, Montreux, Chillon Castle, Zermatt, Lake Maggiore, Baveno, Saint Moritz, Vaduz, Lucerne, Stanserhorn, Zürich ...more Geneva, Montreux, Chillon Castle, Zermatt, Lake Maggiore, Baveno, Saint Moritz, Vaduz, Lucerne, Stanserhorn, Zürich
  1. Day 1 Geneva, City of Gardens

    Prepare yourself for the majesty of Switzerland's snow-capped mountains, glaciers, sparkling lakes, flower-filled meadows and rich, green valleys. Transfers from Geneva airport to your hotel depart at 11:00, 13:00 and 16:00. Meet your Travel Director and travel companions at 18:00, for a short stroll to your Welcome Dinner. The evening is full of Swiss delight, as you enjoy the cozy decor while being served typical Swiss specialties including cheese fondue. Return to your immaculate boutique hotel, the award winning Hotel d'Angleterre. Enjoy British charm combined with the finest Swiss hospitality, and elegant, individually designed rooms. Hotel d'Angleterre highlights British charm and the finest Swiss hospitality, with each room individually designed to reflect its elegant style.

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hotel d'Angleterre, Geneva.
  2. Day 2 Montreux, Chillon and the Matterhorn Village of Zermatt

    Start your day with the highlights of Geneva, the City of Gardens. See the Jet d’Eau and Floral Clock. Then relax and enjoy the enchanting scenery as we continue to the charming town of Montreux. Situated at the foot of the Alps and boasting beautiful lakeside walks, enjoy free time to explore this pretty town. On the western bay of Lake Geneva, join Maud, head of collections at Chillon Castle, for a special tour of the former home to the Counts of Savoy, immortalised by Lord Byron's 'Prisoner of Chillon.' Keep a look out for where the writer is rumoured to have left his mark.Continue through the Rhone Valley, where high summer temperatures support vines and other fruits. The final stage of your journey is by cogwheel train to the traffic-free Alpine resort of Zermatt. During your orientation with your Travel Director, feast your eyes on the distinctive triangular silhouette of the Matterhorn. At night, enjoy a stroll in the fresh mountain air to your chosen restaurant for your Dine-Around Evening. Perhaps try a delicious cheese fondue?

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Resort Hotel Alex, Zermatt.
  3. Day 3 Free Time in Zermatt Relaxed Start

    Zermatt in the summertime offers many leisure possibilities: try swimming, hiking, or spend a whole day relaxing in the fresh alpine surrounds. Perhaps take an optional ride on Europe’s highest cable car to the snow-capped roof of the world for a magnificent panorama of the highest peaks in Switzerland, Italy and France?

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Resort Hotel Alex, Zermatt.
  4. Day 4 Elegant Baveno Relaxed Start

    Descend to Täsch and rejoin the coach. Follow in Napoleon's footsteps as you ascend the Simplon Pass, taking in magnificent views over the Alps from the 2,000-metre summit. Continue along the gentle shores of Lake Maggiore. Perhaps take a delightful boat trip to see the stunning Isola Bella?

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Simplon, Baveno
  5. Day 5 Grison Alps to Chic St. Moritz

    Head north back into the high mountain country of the Grisons Alps today. Ascend the Julier Pass to arrive in the sparkling Engadine Valley with an invigorating climate characterised by clear skies and its location high in the Alps. On arrival in the cosmopolitan resort of St. Moritz, a brief orientation with your Travel Director will show you the spa quarter and the brilliantly sparkling glacial lake, before there is time to explore further on your own or mingle with the jet-set in the elegant boutiques.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Crystal Hotel, St Moritz., Hotel Steffani, St Moritz.
  6. Day 6 Scenic Train Ride, Liechtenstein and Lucerne

    Start the day with a scenic train ride along part of the route of the Glacier Express, through unforgettable scenes of ice-capped mountains, stone-built villages and lush meadows. At Chur, reboard your coach and travel along the valley of the Upper Rhine to spend some time in Vaduz, the tiny capital of the Principality of Liechtenstein, where you explore the area around the castle. Continue to Lucerne alongside the dramatic Walensee and Lake Zürich. On arrival, see the sorrowful sculpture of the wounded lion, commemorating the brave Swiss Guards who died defending King Louis XVI during the French Revolution. Your Travel Director will also show you the Jesuit Church and the Chapel Bridge.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Astoria, Lucerne.
  7. Day 7 The Summit of Mount Stanserhorn Relaxed Start

    Commence the day with a morning stroll along lakeside promenades or shopping for fine watches while enjoying the scenery. Then, from the town of Stans, embark on a scenic journey by funicular railway and open-top cable car to the summit of the stunning Mount Stanserhorn. Explore Mount Stanserhorn with Insight Choice. Choose to join a MAKE TRAVEL® Experience and listen to a conservation talk by a Swiss ranger, to learn about local wildlife and flora. Alternatively, walk through the Stanserhorn marmot park. Celebrate new friends and enjoy a Celebration Dinner at the foot of Mount Stanserhorn with magnificent views over Lake Lucerne at Restaurant Seeblick.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hotel Astoria, Lucerne.
  8. Day 8 Leave Lucerne for Zürich

    In the morning, your departure transfer will arrive at Zürich airport at 08:00.

    meals Breakfast
Glorious Switzerland Guided Tour Map
Price Includes

Additional Included Highlights

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Choice Highlights

  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Stanserhorn: Walk along beautiful scenic pathways at the summit of Mount Stanserhorn for a chance to see native animals like marmots.
  • Stanserhorn: Embark on a spectacular journey to the summit of Mount Stanserhorn and appreciate unrivalled views of snow-capped peaks. Meet a Swiss ranger and learn about the local wildlife and flora over a conservation talk. Learn about the conservation of the local ecosystem and local fauna from a Swiss ranger. Hear about what it takes to preserve the wildlife throughout the year and in all weather. This experience advances UN Sustainable Development Goal 15: Life On Land. Alternatively, walk along beautiful scenic pathways for a chance to see native animals like marmots.

Well-being

  • : Our Well-Being Directors take a proactive approach to your welfare ensuring all well-being regulations are met (available on tours with 21 or more guests).
  • : Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom. Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches.
  • : Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19.All Travel Directors, Well-Being Directors and Drivers have completed training in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols.
  • : We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues.
  • : Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.

Travel Director

  • : "One food I really love introducing my guests to is cheese or meat fondue. It's not only a great meal, but it's an experience of its own and always lots of fun. Especially when I see all our guests bonding and having a good time discovering the way we enjoy it over here."
  • : "Italians are very fashionable but their cooking is the opposite - simple, rustic and down to earth. A handful of quality vegetables, fresh herbs and beans are turned into a warm and comforting soup."

Authentic Dining

  • Geneva: What better way to start your Swiss journey than with a typical meal including cheese fondue.
  • Zermatt: Choose between fine local restaurants, with an option to experience the typical Swiss meal of fondue, on your Dine-Around Evening.
  • Lucerne: Toast to new friends and Swiss adventures during your Celebration Dinner at Restaurant Seeblick.
  • Dining Summary: 7 Breakfast (B), and 4 Dinner with Wine (DW)

Insight Experiences

  • Lake Geneva: Visit Chillon Castle with head of collections, Maud, to discover the artefacts, treasures and history of the chateau.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Geneva: During your orientation, your Travel Director will show you the Jet d'Eau and Floral Clock.
  • Montreux: At the foot of the Alps this town boasts one of the most beautiful walks along Lake Geneva, join your Travel Director for an orientation before there is free time to explore.
  • Zermatt: Ride the shuttle trains of the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway up to the traffic-free Alpine resort. Should weather permit, you may even see the majestic peak of the Matterhorn.
  • Zermatt: Your Travel Director will lead you on an orientation of this picturesque village, high in the mountains.
  • Baveno: During your orientation with your Travel Director see the cobbled streets and 16th century square.
  • St Moritz: During your orientation of this alpine resort see the spa quarter and glacial lake.
  • Glacier Express: Travel along the route of the world-famous Glacier Express, through looping tunnels and dizzying viaducts, in the scenic heart of the Swiss Alps, on a regional train fully powered by hydroelectricity.
  • Vaduz: Admire the Royal family's residence, Vaduz Castle, which overlooks the capital and is surrounded by year-round snow peaked mountains.
  • Lucerne: During your orientation with your Travel Director, see the emotive Lion Monument, Jesuit Church and Chapel Bridge.
  • Stanserhorn: Walk along beautiful scenic pathways at the summit of Mount Stanserhorn for a chance to see native animals like marmots.
  • Stanserhorn: Journey to the top of Mount Stanserhorn on a panoramic, open-top cable car powered by solar energy, and enjoy spectacular views from the summit.

Make Travel Matter

  • Stanserhorn: Embark on a spectacular journey to the summit of Mount Stanserhorn and appreciate unrivalled views of snow-capped peaks. Meet a Swiss ranger and learn about the local wildlife and flora over a conservation talk. Learn about the conservation of the local ecosystem and local fauna from a Swiss ranger. Hear about what it takes to preserve the wildlife throughout the year and in all weather. This experience advances UN Sustainable Development Goal 15: Life On Land. Alternatively, walk along beautiful scenic pathways for a chance to see native animals like marmots.

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Reviews
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John Gilmore Jr
Sunday, September 29, 2019
Service
Setting up the trip went fairly smoothly, with only a few delays getting info to detailed questions, mainly involving airline flights booked thru GET. However, we are very unhappy with pickup and exit arrangements for the airport at the start and end of the trip. NO allowance is made (such as reimbursement or a flat rate) for those who arrive or depart at any time OTHER than the day of arrival and departure of the actual tour, leaving them to fend for themselves and pay extra for this service, even though the same amount is paid for the tour as those who DO choose to travel within those guidelines. Of course, it is not expected that GET provides the actual service at these other times, but due to the fact that the same tour fee is paid as by those who DO get to use the service, an allowance should be provided to cover the extra expense incurred. After all, the main reason for arriving a day or so earlier is to make sure there are no last minute problems trying to arrive on the actual tour start day, with airport delays, lost luggage, jet lag, etc., thereby ensuring a smooth start to the tour and less stress for the tour director. And the same at the end of the tour, taking an extra day or so to relax after a whirlwind several days in a row with early wake-up and busy schedule, only to get penalized for not going to the airport per rigid, inflexible guidelines. Yet there are no such provisions, and this suggestion has met with a very cool response to say the least, when brought up in previous discussions with GET. No one seems to care or be the least concerned about this real world situation, causing extra expense for your customers. We were hoping to travel again with Get, but have now found some of your competitors that WILL allow for this situation, and it is for this reason alone we will NOT be booking any more trips with GET, and certainly NOT recommending GET to anyone! Your failure to react and adjust to this justifiable need is indeed sad and disappointing! I would certainly hope this concern gets passed on to those who may be able to address it, but given the past history, it probably won't, as it's apparently "too hard" to deal with, and doesn't warrant any further action. On the rare chance that it does, we would appreciate a response indicating what, if any, steps are being taken to rectify this obvious shortfall in customer service.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your feedback. We will be sure to pass this on to the team at Insight Vacations who manage and operate this tour. Your suggestions are very valid and will be taken into consideration for future trip planning.
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Vacation
Great itinerary, and the tour director (Sara Tattersall) was experienced, knowledgeable, and a real delight.
Elena Moldovan
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
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They are very patient, and explain to me everything what I wont to know.
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Just amazing, everything was perfect
Trusted Customer
Sunday, June 16, 2019
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Changed booking
Vacation
The scenery was incredible
Helen Loch
Sunday, July 22, 2018
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Definitely yes!!! I have always had excellent service booking with GET and appreciate the advice we receive with each booking. I would highly recommend GET to friends and family, as GET provides a wonderful travel experience from booking to the end of the trip.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're so glad to have you as a part of our travel family! Thank you for sharing your experience, for your kind words, and for the recommendations. We love hearing that we can help make your travel dreams come true!
Monday, July 23, 2018
Vacation
We loved the itinerary which included all the major spots in Switzerland and a couple stops, one in Lichenstein and one in Italy. In eight days, we received a fantastic view of these countries. We have unforgettable memories of the magnificent Swiss Alps. This is a trip possible for the working public, as it gives so much in a concise 8 days, for people who can't take off long periods for travel.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, October 1, 2017
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I have dealt with GET many times and been very satisfied. This time, I wish they would have allowed more time between flights on the return trip in Amsterdam. An hour and a half is not long enough. We had to run to make our flight.
Vacation
We really enjoyed the tour and had a great time.
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