Magical Switzerland Winter 2016-2017

Chillon Castle, Lake Geneva
8 Days from $2,395 per person

An intimate journey of discovery. Sparkling lakes, fortified towns, snow-laden Alpine peaks and beautiful panoramas. A spectacular expedition by rail aboard the world famous Glacier Express.

Operated By:
Tour Pace: Active
Need help? call toll free 1-877-622-9109or
Make an inquiry online
  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).
  2. Welcome to Switzerland - an enchanting winter wonderland of frozen waterfalls, peaceful cozy villages, snow-laden forests and imposing mountain ranges crowned by famous peaks. On arrival at Zürich Airport, transfers leave for your hotel in Lucerne at 09:30 & 13:30. Later, join your Tour Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception with dinner and wine.
    hotel:Astoria, Lucerne.
  3. Experience Lucerne, a beautiful 14th century city still protected by medieval fortifications. Your Tour Director will reveal the covered wooden bridges, the painted gables and the sorrowful Lion Monument. Then there's time to enjoy the excellent shops and lakeside walks before heading along the dramatic Walensee past Chur, to the fashionable ski resort of St. Moritz. Set in the sparkling Engadine Valley, this elegant resort nestles below the awe-inspiring majestic Grisons Alps.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Laudinella, St. Moritz (2 nights).
  4. This whole day is completely at leisure, so maybe opt for a late breakfast to start? Then, perhaps explore the spa quarter of this chic resort, see the houses with their traditional ‘sgraffito' façades or indulge in the stylish boutiques. Or, consider joining the Bernina Express for a scenic rail journey of such epic proportions that it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    hotel:Laudinella, St. Moritz.
  5. Board the world famous Glacier Express for a spectacular ride with included lunch, through the heart of the Swiss Alps. Descend through the spiral tunnels of the Albula Pass, then traverse the lofty Landwasser Viaduct. Your train then joins the broad Rhine Gorge and meanders beside rock-strewn rivers before climbing through snowy pastures and woodlands. Picturesque landscapes of ice-capped mountains and stone-built villages with chalet-style houses glide by. After a series of spirals, you will reach the highest point of the route: the icy Oberalp Pass. Modern, panoramic viewing cars ensure that you won't miss a thing on your descent to Andermatt and down the Rhône Valley. Around mid afternoon, you will disembark in Brig – your home for the next two nights.
    meal(s):BB, L, D
    hotel:Alex, Brig (2 nights).
  6. In the morning, enjoy dramatic Swiss scenery as you follow the narrow valley which leads to Täsch. Here you abandon the coach to board the cogwheel train that takes you to the traffic-free haven of Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn. Wander along its cobbled streets to browse among the shops, explore the ancient wooden farmhouses and ‘mazot' barns in the back alleys, or visit the Matterhorn Museum to pass through the homes of yesteryear. If you have a head for heights, then you might like to board the cable car up the Klein Matterhorn. From the summit, marvel at the incredible views of the icebound Swiss Alps (weather permitting). Return to your hotel in Brig where the remainder of the day is at leisure.
    hotel:Alex, Brig.
  7. Journey along the Lower Rhone Valley to the shores of Lake Geneva where the associations with the early European ‘Romantic' movement are very strong. Visit beautiful Chillon Castle, former home to the Counts of Savoy, set on a rocky islet in the lake. In 1816, the castle inspired Lord Byron to write the poem ‘The Prisoner of Chillon', following his walk through the dungeons. Look out for his name, which he carved into a pillar. Close by is the sophisticated tiered town of Montreux where it is delightful to stroll along the lakeside promenade. A beautiful drive along the lake, passing Vevey and Lausanne, brings you to the immaculate town of Geneva. On arrival, sightseeing includes the United Nations Building (Palais des Nations), the Old Town, Reformation Monument, and, if operating, the Jet d'Eau. Spend your night in Geneva rejoicing with your friends at a finale Celebration Dinner complete with wine.
    meal(s):BB, CD
    hotel:Warwick, Geneva.
  8. Your magical journey comes to an end after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Geneva airport at 08:00 and 10:00.

30 Day Refund Guarantee

We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

Add air to your reservation

Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options

Meal Summary

1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 6 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 Lunch aboard the Glacier Express (L), 2 three-course table d'hote Dinners with wine, plus tea or coffee (D) and 1 Celebration Dinner with wine (CD).

Departures on tour for Christmas and New Year's Eve enjoy a festive Highlight Dinner.

Included Highlights

Signature Experiences

  • Glacier Express: Travel aboard the world famous Glacier Express for a spectacular ride through the heart of the Swiss Alps. From your modern panoramic viewing car, watch picturesque landscapes of ice-capped mountains and stone-built villages glide by.
  • Zermatt: Board the cogwheel train which takes you to the traffic-free haven of Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn.
  • Chillon Castle: With a Local Expert, visit beautiful Chillon Castle, an architectural jewel set on the shores of Lake Geneva. At this former home of the Dukes of Savoy, go back through time and hear how in 1816, the castle inspired Lord Byron to write the poem ‘The Prisoner of Chillon' following his walk through the dungeons.

Seasonal Highlights

  • Winter is the most magical time to visit Switzerland!: Enjoy the majestic beauty, snowy peaks and crystal clear waters of the lakes.
  • Christmas Markets: Visit the markets in Lucerne

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Lucerne: Free time to view the Lion Monument, Jesuit Church and cross the Chapel Bridge.
  • Zermatt: Visit the traffic free Alpine resort.
  • Montreux: Enjoy a pleasant stroll along the lakeside promenade.
  • Geneva: See Jet d'Eau, United Nations Building and Reformation Monument.
  • Scenic drives: Walensee, Grisons, Rhone Valley, Lake Geneva.
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount AvailabilityPrice
10 Dec 16 17 Dec 16 checkmark $2,395pp
$2,395 pp
20 Dec 16 27 Dec 16 checkmark $2,595pp
$2,595 pp
7 Jan 17 14 Jan 17 $2,495pp
$2,495 pp
24 Jan 17 31 Jan 17 $2,550pp
$2,550 pp
4 Feb 17 11 Feb 17 $2,495pp
$2,495 pp
27 Mar 17 3 Apr 17 $2,395pp
$2,395 pp

On these departures, a coach operates from St. Moritz to Disentis, a panoramic car is attached to a regular train to continue your journey from Disentis to Brig. Route does not travel by the Landwasser viaduct and Rhine Gorge.

undefinedDecember 20th departure will include a Christmas Highlight Dinner and gift in Brig. December 29th departure will include a New Year's Eve Dinner in St. Moritz. These additional dinners will replace dinners shown in the itinerary.

undefinedChristmas Markets: Will explore Lucerne on November 26th, December 3rd, December 10th and December 20th.

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $320.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $65 per person.

Early Payment Discount: Pay in full to save the amount listed above. For details, click here 

AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift!  Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.

Frequent Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the price of the vacation.

  • U.S. citizens traveling to Switzerland must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Switzerland.

  • The currency in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc (CHF). While the country is not part of the European Union and thus is not obliged to convert to the Euro, many prices are nonetheless indicated in euros to help travelers compare prices. Some Swiss merchants may accept euros but are not obliged to do so. Change given back will most likely be in Swiss francs. While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive in Switzerland, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Switzerland. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • Swiss cuisine is a flavorful blend of German, Italian, and French influences and a wide variety of regional offerings.  Specialty dishes include fondue and raclette (cheese dipping dishes), sausages and rösti (fried potato), bündnerfleisch (air-dried beef) and fondue bourguigon (cubes of steak with various sauces). Swiss pastries and desserts are excellent. There are also spirits made from fruit; the most popular are Kirsch, Pflümli and Williamine. And don’t miss out on the world-class selection of Swiss chocolate.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. It is important to bring comfortable walking shoes and a waterproof jacket. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • A service charge is typically included in the bill at restaurants in Switzerland.  While there is no need to leave an additional tip, you can round up to the next franc for service if you choose.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.


Saturday, January 3, 2015
Magical Switzerland Vacation
Service rating : We were apprehensive about traveling through Switzerland in the winter as my wife is in a wheelchair. But the itinerary looked doable and your agents were very helpful before we committed as to the nature of the obstacles we would encounter. As it turned out, she was able to do all but one tour (a Medieval castle). We give a lot of credit to our driver (Marcel) and tour director (Maria Riesterer) for their help and advice. The trip exceeded our expectations.
Product : Switzerland is very photogenic. Around every bend is another "Kodak Moment", I never saw so much beauty in one place.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We couldn't be happier that everything worked out well for you and your wife and that you had a wonderful time in Switzerland. It truly is a magical place! Be sure to share some of your photos with us!

Dee-Grand European Travel
Monday, January 5, 2015
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Magical Switzerland Vacation
Service rating : my first trip with get was excellent we went to Italy so we booked another trip April 2014 to Switzerland
Product : The Switzerland trip was not good the places we visited were great but our tour guide was the problem I filed a complaint with Get when I returned home. I have referred my family and friends to Get and they have also traveled with you after what happened on my Switzerland trip I will think twice about going on another Get tour.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your honest feedback. It is our objective to provide the best travel experiences for our clients and we know that the Travel Director plays a very big part in that. Their performances are reviewed regularly and you can be certain that your concerns will be addressed in a discreet and specific manner. We apologize that this trip fell short of your expectations.

Grand European Travel-Guest Relations
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Similar Trips

Winter Wonderland Winter 2016-2017
Salzburg in the Winter

Winter Wonderland Winter 2016-2017

10 Days from $2,095
Trip not yet reviewed
European Traveler Winter 2016-2017
Chapel Bridge, Lucerne

European Traveler Winter 2016-2017

11 Days from $1,995
Trip not yet reviewed
Alpine Christmas Markets Winter 2016
German Christmas Market

Alpine Christmas Markets Winter 2016

10 Days from $2,125

Sign up for Special Offerings

Receive the latest news, announcements, special offers, and more on Grand European Travel vacations! Simply fill in the form below and submit to be added to our mailing list.