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Glorious Switzerland - Small Group

8 Day Switzerland Tour from Zermatt to Lucerne

Glorious Switzerland
8 Days
2 Countries

Switzerland, Liechtenstein

11 Cities

Geneva, Montreux, Chillon Castle, Zermatt, Lake Maggiore, Lugano, Saint Moritz, Vaduz, Lucerne, Stanserhorn, Zürich

11 Meals

4 Dinner with Wines, 7 Breakfasts

Active

Faster paced with mix of 1 and 2-night stays in each destination. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 20

Insight - Small Groups

If you prefer to travel with a smaller group of curious fellow travelers passionate about diving into incredible experiences, Insight Vacations Small Group tours are the perfect choice. With all the premium features of Insight Vacations including 4 and 5-star hotels, one-of-a-kind inclusions, immersive local cultural experiences and superior dining, small group departures have a maximum of just 24 guests allowing for a more intimate, premium touring experience. Every tour includes at least one MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. These immersive impact experiences are not only a positive force for change in the destinations you visit, by advancing one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but also offer you the chance to take a deep dive into culture and community.

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Take a once in a lifetime trip across Switzerland, dipping fresh fruit in Swiss chocolate fondue in Geneva, breathing in the Alpine air of Zermatt and relaxing in luxury—at lakeside Lucerne. In the shadow of the mighty Mount Matterhorn, the car free ski resort of Zermatt is a wonder to behold, bettered only by the chic fashionista surrounds of St. Moritz in the Grison Alps. In Lucerne, explore nearby Stanserhorn with the Insight Choice between meeting a Swiss Ranger to learn about the local flora and fauna, or take a stroll through the magnificent surrounds of Marmott Park. A Celebration Dinner in Lucerne at the foot of Mount Stanserhorn offers glorious views over Lake Lucerne from restaurant Seeblick and draws the sojourn across Switzerland to a close.

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Day-by-day itinerary

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. Meet your Travel Director and travel companions for a short stroll to your 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 and the finest Swiss hospitality, with each room individually designed to reflect its elegant style.

A cityscape of Geneva, Switzerland
Hotel d'Angleterre View Hotel Details
Included Meals Dinner with Wine

Hotel d'Angleterre

About the Hotel

Geneva, Switzerland

Rated as the No. 1 hotel of the 'Top 15 Hotels of Switzerland' at the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2017, the Hotel d'Angleterre is set on the banks of Geneva's Lac Leman and beautifully reflects the essence of a Red Carnation Hotel, where each of the individually-designed rooms combines traditional charm and elegant style with modern amenities.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Gym
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Boutique
Authentic Dining Enjoy a Welcome Dinner in Geneva, Switzerland
Geneva Welcome Dinner

What better way to start your Swiss journey than with a typical meal including cheese fondue.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 2

Montreux, Chillon and the Matterhorn Village of Zermatt

Start your day with 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 your host at Chillon Castle for a special tour of the former home to the Dukes of Savoy, immortalized 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.

Visit Chillon Castle on Lake Geneva, Switzerland
Resort Hotel Alex View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Resort Hotel Alex

About the Hotel

Zermatt, Switzerland

Located in the heart of the city, Hotel Alex is surrounded by innumerable snow-topped mountains and offers spacious modern rooms.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Insight Experiences Explore Chillon Castle with your Local Expert, Geneva Switzerland
Chillon Castle Visit

Visit Chillon Castle with the Head of Collections to discover the artefacts, treasures and history of the chateau.

Included in Trip

Insight Experiences

Top Rated Highlights The flower clock in Geneva, Switzerland
Geneva Orientation

During your orientation, your Travel Director will show you the Jet d'Eau and Floral Clock.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Freddie Mercury statue in Montreux, Switzerland
Montreux Orientation

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 the...

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Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Matterhorn Gotthard Railway Zermatt, Switzerland
Travel to Zermatt via Cogwheel Train

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.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Zermatt Orientation, Switzerland
Zermatt Orientation

Your Travel Director will lead you on an orientation of this picturesque village, high in the mountains.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Dine at your local restaurant in Zermatt, Swizterland
Zermatt Dine-Around Evening

Choose between fine local restaurants for your Dine-Around evening

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Authentic Dining

Day 3

Free Time in Zermatt

Zermatt in the summertime offers many leisure possibilities: try swimming, hiking, or spend a whole day relaxing in the fresh Alpine surroundings. 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?

Zermatt at Leisure, Switzerland
Resort Hotel Alex View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Resort Hotel Alex

About the Hotel

Zermatt, Switzerland

Located in the heart of the city, Hotel Alex is surrounded by innumerable snow-topped mountains and offers spacious modern rooms.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Optional Experiences Visit Klein Matterhorn by cable carin Zermatt, Switzerland
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...

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Optional Experiences

Day 4

Elegant Lugano

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-meter summit. Continue along the gentle shores of Lake Maggiore. Perhaps take a delightful boat trip to see the stunning Isola Bella?

Lake Maggiore, Italy
Accommodation Hotel De La Paix, Lugano
Included Meals Breakfast
Top Rated Highlights Enjoy a scenic lake cruise of Lake Lugano then board the funicular to the summit of Lugano’s of the mountain
Lugano Orientation

During the orientation with your Travel Director see the historic city of Lugano.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Dinner on Isola dei Pescatori, Italy
Dinner on Isola dei Pescatori

This evening escape to the charming and tranquil island of Isola dei Pescatori. A short boat ride from the shores of Lake Maggiore, this fisherman’...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Borromeo Palace Garden in Lake Maggiore, Italy
Isola Bella

The premier attraction of Lake Maggiore is the Borromean Islands. We'll take a private boat over to Isola Bella, the most famous island, renowned f...

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Optional Experiences

Day 5

Grison Alps to Chic St. Moritz

Head north into the high mountain country of the Grisons Alps today. Ascend the San Bernardino and Julier Passes to arrive in the sparkling Engadine Valley, known for its invigorating climate characterized by clear skies and its high-altitude location in the Alps. Upon arrival in the cosmopolitan resort of St. Moritz, your Travel Director will provide a brief orientation, showcasing the spa quarter and the brilliantly sparkling glacial lake. Afterwards, you'll have time to explore further on your own or perhaps embark on a train journey over the Bernina Pass.

St. Moritz, Switzerland
Hotel Steffani View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Hotel Steffani

About the Hotel

Saint Moritz, Switzerland

The family-run Steffani has been welcoming guests since 1869 and is conveniently located in center of St. Moritz. Comfortable rooms make for a cozy stay and feature traditional furnishings made from local materials. Should you have a moment to yourself, perhaps enjoy a drink at the hotel's Le Lapin Bleu, St. Moritz's first restaurant, or unwind with a swim or sauna at The Steffani Pool & Spa.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Business Centre
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Heritage
Top Rated Highlights Orientation St Moritz, Switzerland
St Moritz Orientation

During your orientation of this alpine resort see the spa quarter and glacial lake.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences
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, gla...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

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. 

Travel on the Glacier Express over Landwasser Viaduct, Switzerland
Hotel Astoria View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Hotel Astoria

About the Hotel

Lucerne, Switzerland

The Hotel Astoria is sat in the middle of all Lucerne has to offer, with magnificent mountains and astonishing culture. Rooms are elegantly designed and are a short walk from the lakeside promenade and Chapel Bridge. 

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Gym
  • Laundry
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Travel on the Glacier Express over Landwasser Viaduct, Switzerland
Glacier Express Scenic Swiss Rail Journey

Travel along the route of the world-famous Glacier Express, through looping tunnels and dizzying viaducts, in the scenic heart of the Swiss Alps, o...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Vaduz Castle Vaduz, Liechtenstein
See Vaduz Castle

Admire the Royal family's residence, Vaduz Castle, which overlooks the capital and is surrounded by year-round snow peaked mountains.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights View of Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne Orientation

During your orientation with your Travel Director, see the emotive Lion Monument, Jesuit Church and Chapel Bridge.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Lake Lucerne cruise, Lucerne, Switzerland
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...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences
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 t...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Folklore evening and dinner in Lucernce, Switzerland
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...

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Optional Experiences

Day 7

The Summit of Mount Stanserhorn

Commence the day with a morning stroll along lakeside promenades or shopping for fine watches while enjoying the scenery. Explore Mount Stanserhorn on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, as an open-top cable car powered by solar panels take you up the summit. Walk along beautiful scenic pathways, keeping an eye out for marmots and other native animals, with the chance to hear a conservation talk by a Swiss ranger, to learn about local wildlife and flora. Celebrate new friends and enjoy a Celebration Dinner at the foot of Mount Stanserhorn with magnificent views over Lake Lucerne at Restaurant Seeblick.

Guests take in the take in the views from Mt Stanserhorn, Switzerland
Hotel Astoria View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Hotel Astoria

About the Hotel

Lucerne, Switzerland

The Hotel Astoria is sat in the middle of all Lucerne has to offer, with magnificent mountains and astonishing culture. Rooms are elegantly designed and are a short walk from the lakeside promenade and Chapel Bridge. 

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Gym
  • Laundry
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Spectacular view from cable car, Stanserhorn, Switzerland
Visit Mount Stanserhorn Summit

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.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining
Lucerne Celebration Dinner

Toast to new friends and Swiss adventures during your dinner at Restaurant Seeblick.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Make Travel Matter Ranger explaining flora and fauna to guests Stanserhorn, Switzerland
Mount Stanserhorn Experience

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. Wa...

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Included in Trip

Make Travel Matter

Optional Experiences Enjoy a horse and carriage ride, Switzerland
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 angu...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 8

Leave Lucerne for Zürich

In the morning, your adventures through Switzerland come to an end.

Flag on boat in Zurich, Switzerland
Included Meals Breakfast

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Learn more about the landmarks, history and culture that makes your destination special.

Insight Experiences
Chillon Castle Visit

Visit Chillon Castle with the Head of Collections to discover the artefacts, treasures and history of the chateau.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Geneva Orientation

During your orientation, your Travel Director will show you the Jet d'Eau and Floral Clock.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Montreux Orientation

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 the...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Travel to Zermatt via Cogwheel Train

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.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Zermatt Orientation

Your Travel Director will lead you on an orientation of this picturesque village, high in the mountains.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Lugano Orientation

During the orientation with your Travel Director see the historic city of Lugano.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
St Moritz Orientation

During your orientation of this alpine resort see the spa quarter and glacial lake.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Glacier Express Scenic Swiss Rail Journey

Travel along the route of the world-famous Glacier Express, through looping tunnels and dizzying viaducts, in the scenic heart of the Swiss Alps, o...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
See Vaduz Castle

Admire the Royal family's residence, Vaduz Castle, which overlooks the capital and is surrounded by year-round snow peaked mountains.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Lucerne Orientation

During your orientation with your Travel Director, see the emotive Lion Monument, Jesuit Church and Chapel Bridge.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit Mount Stanserhorn Summit

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.

Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Mount Stanserhorn Experience

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. Wa...

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Included in Trip

About this trip

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.

Authentic Dining

4 Dinner with Wines, 7 Breakfasts

Geneva Welcome Dinner

What better way to start your Swiss journey than with a typical meal including cheese fondue.

Zermatt Dine-Around Evening

Choose between fine local restaurants for your Dine-Around evening

Lucerne Celebration Dinner

Toast to new friends and Swiss adventures during your dinner at Restaurant Seeblick.

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

Hotel d'Angleterre
Resort Hotel Alex
Hotel Steffani
Hotel Astoria

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
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...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner on Isola dei Pescatori

This evening escape to the charming and tranquil island of Isola dei Pescatori. A short boat ride from the shores of Lake Maggiore, this fisherman’...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Isola Bella

The premier attraction of Lake Maggiore is the Borromean Islands. We'll take a private boat over to Isola Bella, the most famous island, renowned f...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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, gla...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 t...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 angu...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Switzerland

  • Official Language(s) in Switzerland: German, French, Italian, and Romansh.
  • Currency used in Switzerland: The Euro (€) is the currency used in Switzerland
  • Capital City: Bern
  • Time Zone(s) in Switzerland: Central European Time Zone (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST)

Passport, visa, and entry requirements for Switzerland for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Switzerland
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

Switzerland experiences a diverse range of weather and climate due to its varied topography. In general, it has a temperate climate with distinct seasons. Summers are mild to warm, with average temperatures ranging from 20 to 25°C (68 to 77°F), while winters are cold, especially at higher altitudes, with temperatures often dropping below freezing. The mountainous regions receive significant snowfall, making them popular destinations for winter sports. Spring and autumn are transitional seasons characterized by mild temperatures and occasional rainfall.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while European appliances run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in European countries. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-240-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

If you plan to bring American appliances to Europe, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220-240 volts from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the European power outlets. All of Europe operates on the same two round-pronged outlets (Type C).

It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.

To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances in Europe.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in European hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. Most hotels in Europe can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if you are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold, and your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Review date: Monday, June 24, 2024
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Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, June 9, 2024
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Sara was wonderful! She was very informative & helpful. Amazing demeanor & very kind person!
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The trip was nicely planned & really fun!
Douglas Hilker
Review date: Sunday, September 24, 2023
Service
It was super simple. With our slightly modified plan, your agent adapted theI itinerary .
Response from Grand European Travel:
How fantastic! We couldn't be more pleased to hear this. Thank you for sharing!
Thursday, October 5, 2023
Vacation
The trip met our every expectation. Our guide was fantastic. Any issue was immediately resolved. While we are not fast walkers, the whole group made sure we were not left out.
Elizabeth Mcmahon
Review date: Wednesday, July 5, 2023
Service
Intelligent Director Wonderful bus driver Excellent hotels
Vacation
Great director, tours and hotels
Thomas Pinder
Review date: Monday, July 25, 2022
Service
we had traveled with you before and will probably travel again in the future. The accommodations were excellent. The tour guide and the group responded well to each other. wonderful relationships were established. No complaints except only 1 bad meal
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds like you had a wonderful time exploring Switzerland! We are so glad we were able to help you plan this amazing vacation. We appreciate your repeat business and look forward to helping you plan your next adventure. Thank you for leaving a review. We appreciate your kind words.
Monday, July 25, 2022
Vacation
well-done. Well-organized. Most beautiful .Tour guide was excellent and the group responded well to one another.
Caridad Capote
Review date: Sunday, July 3, 2022
Service
Excellent our tour guide was outstanding very organize and helpful
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your Glorious Switzerland tour. What a majestic country! So happy we were able to help you plan such a wonderful trip. Thank you for your feedback! We appreciate it.
Tuesday, July 5, 2022
Vacation
Excellent highly recommend our tour guide Helen very profesional pleasant knowledge glad to had her
Enrique Capote
Review date: Sunday, July 3, 2022
Service
very helpful i had several questions and changes and Tess was very polite and resolved my issues with no hesitation
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so glad you enjoyed your Glorious Switzerland tour. Tess is one of the best, so no surprise you enjoyed working with her. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate your kind words!
Tuesday, July 5, 2022
Vacation
Helen was EXCELLENT very organize,helpful, pleasant and had had taken several tours with other companies and this one was the best
Cherri Woeber
Review date: Sunday, June 26, 2022
Service
Very hard to reach Rep or Travel with questions & issues with flights booked through GET. They were courteous but not helpful with airline companies
Vacation
My sister & I were abandoned at Geneva Train station while buying water in Station Store. No train was on tracks. After 30 min we were told to just buy a ticket & get on next train. We were terrified & then Station Mgr told us to get on next train. There was never a text nor phone call on our cell phones from our Travel Dir, Sara T. She met us in Zermatt, apologized but said mistakes happen. Switzerland was breathtaking and transport by coach with Christian was excellent. Trains were amazing as well as hotels & excursions. The train trip from Geneva to Zermatt incident was infuriating not forgivable
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are very sorry to hear about this incident and apologize for the stress and fear it caused. This was certainly an unfortunate oversight on the Travel Director's part and we will share these comments with Insight Vacations. We are happy to see that you were able to enjoy the beauty of Switzerland and appreciate your taking the time to share your feedback.
Tuesday, June 28, 2022
John Gilmore Jr
Review date: 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
Review date: 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
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