Majestic Switzerland

Chillon Castle
11 Days from $5,063 per person

Winding high among the world-famous peaks of the Swiss Alps, the Majestic Switzerland itinerary is designed to provide a breathtakingly elevated experience, both literally and figuratively. Here, idyllic alpine passes, a Michelin-starred meal, and perhaps the highest expression of both cheese and chocolate, meet the lofty standards for quality and service that are the hallmark of a Luxury Gold vacation. Enjoy all of the advantages of Insight as we take you above and beyond in Majestic Switzerland.


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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. A transfer from Zürich Airport will bring you to your prestigious downtown hotel, located just steps from the tree-lined Bahnhofstrasse, one of Europe's most exclusive shopping streets. Join your Travelling Concierge at 18:00 for your Welcome Reception, drinks and a pleasant evening of traditional Swiss cuisine at Linde Oberstrass.
    hotel:Hotel Schweizerhof, Zürich.
  3. Journey to Vaduz, capital of the Principality of Liechtenstein - one of Europe's smallest countries. Then ascend the Julier Pass to arrive in the sparkling Engadine Valley and the chic ‘jet-set' resort of St. Moritz. Dine in style at a local restaurant in the evening.
    meal(s):BB, RD
    hotel:Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains, St. Moritz (2 nights).
  4. In the morning, join a nature guide for an included mountain hike (weather permitting), or maybe treat yourself to a spa treatment. The afternoon is free to shop in the elegant boutiques of this beautiful Alpine resort.
    hotel:Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains, St. Moritz.
  5. Board the world famous Glacier Express for a spectacular ride through the heart of the Swiss Alps. Descend through the spiral tunnels of the Albula Pass and over the lofty Landwasser Viaduct. Picturesque landscapes of ice-capped mountains and stone-built villages, with chalet-style houses, will be in sight as you ascend to the highest point of the route, the icy Oberalp Pass (2,033m). The modern panorama viewing car means you won't miss a thing on your descent to Andermatt. Arrive in Zermatt in the late afternoon and transfer to your hotel. As dusk decends, Zermatt offers a wealth of dining possibilities. Enjoy a selection of ambience and local cuisine offered on your Dine-Around evening.
    meal(s):BB, DA
    hotel:Mont Cervin Palace, Zermatt (2 nights).
  6. Board the cogwheel train that winds slowly up the Gornergrat mountain, the highest open-air railway in Europe. The train crosses impressive bridges, galleries and tunnels, in the midst of aromatic forests and alpine meadows. From the summit, expect superb views of the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa, Switzerland's highest mountain. In the afternoon, you are at leisure to relax or browse the shops of Zermatt.
    hotel:Mont Cervin Palace, Zermatt.
  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. Following his walk through the dungeons, Lord Byron was inspired to write the poem ‘The Prisoner of Chillon'. Look out for his name, which he carved into a pillar. In the afternoon, drive along the French Bank of Lake Geneva passing the resort town of Évians-les-Baines, famous for its Natural Mineral Water. Once in Geneva you will arrive at Hotel d'Angelterre, perfectly situated on the banks of the Lake.
    hotel:Hotel d'Angleterre, Geneva (2 nights).
  8. Grazing on rich pastures, the dairy cattle of La Gruyère produce exceptional milk - the creamy source for the day's excursion. Visit Maison Cailler in the village of Broc where chocolate production has been raised to an art form. Move on to the lovely medieval town of Gruyères, Switzerland's cheese manufacturing Mecca - the perfect spot to convene with friends, sharing a bubbling pot of fondue with a chilled glass of white wine. Later this evening, board your Twilight Cruise directly from your hotel. Enjoy dinner and wine in great company as you marvel at the glittering shoreline.
    meal(s):BB, HL, HD
    hotel:Hotel d'Angleterre, Geneva.
  9. Beautiful landscapes await as you journey through the Bernese Oberland to Interlaken. Continue over the Brünig Pass and board your nostalgic launch for an idyllic cruise on Lake Lucerne, past vertiginous cliffs and some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the Alps.
    hotel:Art Deco Hotel Montana, Lucerne (2 nights).
  10. A sightseeing tour will show you Lucerne's stirring Lion Monument, Old Town Hall, the covered bridges and Weinmarkt - a quaint square with a Renaissance fountain. In complete contrast, go behind the scenes at the Vitznau Artillery Fortress. Carved into a mountain and kept secret for decades, join a Military Expert to discover the munitions halls, galleries and armaments. There will be time set aside in the afternoon to browse the shops admiring the vast range of prestigious watches. In the evening, whilst surrounded by the nature of Lake Lucerne, enjoy the choice and quality of your dining experience at the chic, Michelin starred Seerestaurant Belvédère, the fresh, ambitious, seasonal cuisine and the perfect venue for your end-of-tour Celebration Dinner.
    meal(s):BB, MCD
    hotel:Art Deco Hotel Montana, Lucerne.
  11. After breakfast, transfer to Zürich airport.

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  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
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9 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Restaurant Dinner (RD), 1 Dine-Around Evening (DA), 1 Highlight Lunch (HL), 1 Highlight Dinner (HD) and 1 Michelin-starred Celebration Dinner (MCD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.

Signature Experiences

St Moritz:

  • Join a nature guide for a mountain stroll, taking in scenic views and spectacular alpine scenery.

Glacier Express:

  • Experience a stunning, scenic rail journey, in First Class seats, on-board this world famous train.


  • Ride the cogwheel train to the summit.

Lake Geneva:

  • Visit beautiful Chillon Castle, former home to the Counts of Savoy.


  • Enjoy a nostalgic launch cruise on Lake Lucerne.


  • Join a Military Expert at the Vitznau Artillery Fortress, carved into the side of a mountain, to discover the munitions halls, galleries and armaments.
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount AvailabilityPrice
17 Jun 17 27 Jun 17 checkmark $5,625$5,063pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$5,625 $5,063 pp
1 Jul 17 11 Jul 17 $5,725$5,153pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$5,725 $5,153 pp
8 Jul 17 18 Jul 17 $6,825$6,143pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$6,825 $6,143 pp
29 Jul 17 8 Aug 17 checkmark $5,725$5,153pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$5,725 $5,153 pp
12 Aug 17 22 Aug 17 $5,725$5,153pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$5,725 $5,153 pp
26 Aug 17 5 Sep 17 $5,625$5,063pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$5,625 $5,063 pp
2 Sep 17 12 Sep 17 checkmark $6,825$6,143pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$6,825 $6,143 pp

These departures will operate as small groups with a maximum 24 guests.

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 $1,080 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $85 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.

Past Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the Land Only 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.


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