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Glorious Switzerland

Operated by: Insight Vacations

8 Days from $2,813 per person

Countries Visited

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

Locations Visited

Geneva, Montreux, Zermatt, Baveno, Vaduz, Lucerne, Zurich ...more Geneva, Montreux, Zermatt, Baveno, Vaduz, Lucerne, Zurich
  1. Day 1 Geneva, City of Gardens.

    Welcome to Switzerland! Prepare yourself for varied modes of transport, all of which showcase the majesty of the snow-capped mountains, the glaciers, sparkling lakes, flower-filled meadows and the beauty of the 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, followed by a short stroll to your Welcome Dinner hosted at Au Petit Chalet. The evening is full of Swiss delight as you enjoy the cosy, chalet-style decor while being served typical Swiss specialities including mouthwatering chocolate fondue for dessert! Return to your immaculate, boutique hotel, rated as the number 1 hotel of the 'Top 15 Hotels of Switzerland' at the 2017 Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards. Hotel d'Angleterre highlights British charm and the finest of Swiss hospitality with each room individually designed to reflect its elegant style.(Dinner with Wine)

    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, nestled at the end of the lake. See the Jet d’Eau and Floral Clock. Then relax and enjoy the enchanting scenery as we continue to the scenic town of Montreux Situated at the foot of the Alps and boasting beautiful lakeside walks, enjoy free time to explore this pretty town. Journey further around the Lake Geneva arc to the medieval Chillon Castle where a Local Expert will show you through the former home of the Counts of Savoy that was immortalised by Byron's 'Prisoner of Chillon.' 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 clean, mountain air to your chosen restaurant for your Dine-Around Evening.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

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

    Zermatt in summertime offers many leisure possibilities: try swimming or 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?(Breakfast)

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

    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?(Breakfast)

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

    Head north back into the high mountain country of the Grison 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. In the evening, you are treated to a delicious fondue dinner at a local restaurant.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Crystal 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, across the Grison Mountains and 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 the dramatic Walensee and Lake Zurich. 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.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Renaissance Lucerne Hotel.
  7. Day 7 The Summit of Stanserhorn.

    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 Stanserhorn with Insight Choice. Meet a Swiss Ranger and learn about the local wildlife. Alternatively, walk through the Stanserhorn marmot park and along the Rock-Gipfelweg trail leading to the summit. At the highest point you can enjoy a breathtaking 360 degree panorama. At the foot of Mount Stanserhorn, embrace a fantastic wining and dining experience at Restaurant Seeblick. Celebrate new friends and a great trip during your Celebration Dinner, offering magnificent views over Lake Lucerne.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

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

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

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

Included Insight Services

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • 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.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • 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.

Authentic Dining

  • Geneva: What better way to start your Swiss journey than with a typical Swiss meal in a chalet-styled local restaurant! Au Petit Chalet are known for their delicious Swiss sausages served with Rosti potatoes and fresh Perch fillets, not to mention the decadent Chocolate Fondue and fresh fruit that is served for dessert!
  • Zermatt: Choose your own ambience, style of cuisine and drinks for a more intimate culinary experience with friends. You will be offered a selection of fine restaurants on your Zermatt Dine-Around Evening.
  • St. Moritz: You will be delighted with a delicious fondue dinner at a local restaurant, its a real Swiss treat.
  • Lucerne: Toast to new friends and Swiss adventures during your Celebration Dinner at Restaurant Seeblick.
  • Dining Summary: 7 Breakfasts (B) and 4 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

Insight Experiences

  • Stanserhorn: Meet a Swiss Ranger on your spectacular journey to the summit of Mount Stanserhorn, where you will learn about the local wildlife.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Geneva: During your orientation, your Travel Director will show you the Jet d'Eau, Floral Clock and Reformation Monument.
  • 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.
  • Lake Geneva: Visit beautiful Chillon Castle, set on a rocky islet in the lake. With the help of a Local Expert, look out for Lord Byron's name which he carved into a pillar.
  • 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.
  • Scenic Swiss Rail Journey: Travel along the route of the world-famous Glacier Express, through looping tunnels and dizzying viaducts. This is a glorious adventure in the scenic heart of the Swiss Alps, only possible by rail.
  • Vaduz: See the castle when you visit the capital of the Principality of Liechtenstein.
  • Lucerne: See the emotive Lion Monument, Jesuit Church and covered Chapel Bridge.
  • Scenic Drives: Travel beside Lake Geneva, along the Rhone Valley and through the Simplon Pass. Experience the beauty of Lake Maggiore as you travel along its shores through the Italian Lake District. Continue through Julier Pass and Engadine Valley, pass the Grisons Alps, Walensee and beside Lake Zurich.

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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.

Zermatt

Klein Matterhorn Excursion

A unique electric taxi service will drive us to the foot of Zermatt's highest and most spectacular mountain experience. Enjoy stunning views as we ascend to Furi and Trockener steg before boarding Europe's highest cable car to arrive on the snow-capped top of the world at 3883 m (12,740 ft). A magnificent panorama of the highest peaks in Switzerland, Italy and France will make this an unforgettable experience - one not to be missed.
Adult Price: CHf119

Italian Lakes

Lake Maggiore Experience

A short hop on our private motor launch brings us to the world-renowned hanging gardens of Isola Bella, where white peacocks preen. In the Borromean Palace, our local expert reveals the grottoes and masterpieces lovingly nurtured by this wealthy Italian dynasty. Our island hopping continues to the quaint Fisherman’s Island where we are treated to a typically local Italian meal - Buon Appetito!
Adult Price: €84

St Moritz

Bernina - Express Excursion

Enjoy one of the most exciting train rides in Switzerland as you cross the Bernina Pass to the Alp Grum. Spectacular views of the Alpine peaks, glaciers, waterfalls, green valleys and mountain villages. We then descend to Poschiavo to reboard our touring coach.
Adult Price: CHf53

Lucerne

Lake Lucerne Cruise

A chance to take in the wonderful mountain scenery from a different perspective. Enjoy a leisurely lake cruise, for fine views of the town and it's surroundings. The serene beauty of Lake Lucerne on a summer's day is a joy to behold, made even more enjoyable by the encompassing snow-capped mountains, green pastures and dense forests.
Adult Price: CHf40

Secret Switzerland

Incredibly, Switzerland provides all its citizens protection in case of nuclear disaster or war. Go behind the scenes for a unique tour of one of the world's biggest civilian fallout shelters! Cold War secrets of the Swiss will be revealed by our expert guide.
Adult Price: CHf46

Swiss Evening

There's nothing better than convening with friends around a pot of bubbling fondue with a glass of chilled white wine and having a good yodel! Join us for a tasty Swiss meal in a typical restaurant. While you dine, enjoy a lively folklore show of flag throwing, yodelling, Alpenhorn blowing and other great Swiss entertainment.
Adult Price: CHf99

Carriages & Countryside

In a typical rural community, meet local farmers for a delightful horse-drawn ride. Clip-clop your way through bright green pasture, where the angular spire of a traditional white church shoots skyward and rickety old wooden storehouses still dot the landscape. Call in at a local farm where a wonderful spread of homemade drinks and snacks is served.
Adult Price: CHf67

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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.
Vacation
Great itinerary, and the tour director (Sara Tattersall) was experienced, knowledgeable, and a real delight.
Elena Moldovan
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Service
They are very patient, and explain to me everything what I wont to know.
Vacation
Just amazing, everything was perfect
Trusted Customer
Sunday, June 16, 2019
Service
Changed booking
Vacation
The scenery was incredible
Helen Loch
Sunday, July 22, 2018
Service
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
Service
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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