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Magical Switzerland (Winter Season)

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Tour Pace: Active
Zermatt Valley & Matterhorn Peak
Tour Style: Premium
8 Days from $2,050 per person

Embrace winter's beauty, admiring sparkling lakes, fortified towns, and snow-laden Alpine peaks. Embark on a spectacular expedition by rail aboard the world famous Glacier Express.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).

  2. Welcome to Switzerland. On arrival at Zürich Airport, transfers leave for your hotel in Lucerne at 9:30 am and 1:30 pm. Later, join your Tour Director and fellow guests for a Welcome Reception with dinner and wine.

    meal(s):WD
    hotel: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.

    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Hotel Laudinella, St. Moritz
  4. This whole day is completely at leisure, perhaps explore the spa quarter of this chic resort? Or consider joining the Bernina Express for a scenic rail journey?

    meal(s):BB
  5. Board the world famous Glacier Express for a spectacular ride with included lunch, through the heart of the Swiss Alps. 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.

    meal(s):BB, L, DW
    hotel:Hotel Alex, Brig
  6. In the morning, enjoy dramatic Swiss scenery as you follow the narrow valley which leads to Täsch. Here, you leave the coach to board the cogwheel train that takes you to the traffic-free haven of Zermatt, at the foot of the Matterhorn. If you have a head for heights, then you may 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).

    meal(s):BB
  7. Journey along the Lower Rhône Valley to the shores of Lake Geneva. With a Local Expert, visit beautiful Chillon Castle. Close by is the sophisticated tiered town of Montreux where it is delightful to stroll along the lakeside promenade. On arrival in Geneva, 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 finalé Celebration Dinner complete with wine.

    meal(s):BB, CD
    hotel:Hotel Warwick, Geneva
  8. Your magical journey comes to an end after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Geneva airport at 8:00 am and 10:00 am.

    meal(s):BB
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  • Christmas Markets
  • Festive Celebrations
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Inclusion Change
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Christmas Markets
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Christmas Markets
9 Dec 17 16 Dec 17 checkmark $2,325pp Call 1-877-622-9109
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20 Dec 17 27 Dec 17 checkmark $2,475$2,351pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 26 Request Quote Book Now
20 Dec 17 27 Dec 17 checkmark $2,475$2,351pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 26 Request Quote Book Now
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  • Christmas Markets: This departure contains visits to select Christmas Markets
  • Festive Celebrations: Christmas and/or New Year Celebrations have been arranged for these departures.
  • Inclusion Change: One of the scheduled inclusions on this tour has been modified or scheduled for a different day.

 

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 $62 per person.

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  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
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  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options

Meal Summary

6 Buffet Breakfasts (BB) and 1 Three-course Lunch aboard the Glacier Express (L) with tea or coffee; plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 2 Three-course table d’hôte Dinners (DW) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee. Departures on tour for Christmas and New Year’s Eve will enjoy festive Highlight Dinners which will replace an included meal.

Signature Experiences

CHILLON CASTLE:

  • With a Local Expert, visit Chillon Castle, on the shores of Lake Geneva.

Top Rated Highlights

GLACIER EXPRESS:

  • From your modern panoramic viewing car, witness stunning scenery as you journey through the Swiss Alps.

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  • 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. 

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