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Launch your love affair with Switzerland in the sophisticated lakeside city of Geneva, an international city with all the charm of its Swiss traditions. On arrival at Geneva Airport, you'll be transferred to your hotel where you'll have the rest of the day to recover or go out exploring on your own. This evening, make your way to a Welcome Reception at a local restaurant to meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers to get a taste of the adventures to come.
Start your day with a morning orientation of the city, after it's just a short hop along the lake and you're in vibey Lausanne where you'll have some free time. You might choose to visit the Olympic museum dedicated to the spirit of olympism or take a stroll through the old town to admire the majestic 12th-century Gothic cathedral. Next, we venture to Montreux, nestled between steep hills. Enjoy an orientation tour and the evening is yours to spend as you wish. Perhaps enjoy a cosy fondue dinner in a local restaurant?
The fromage heartland of Switzerland beckons this morning. You'll head to the picture-perfect town of Gruyères where you can enjoy some free time. The 13th-century castle dominates the medieval town as you stroll down its cobblestone streets. Don't forget to sample the famous local cheese before we leave. Lunch is in the heart of Lavaux with views of the vineyards, Lake Geneva and the beautiful Alps. If you can tear your eyes away from the stunning setting, you'll Connect With Locals sampling the local wines, cheese and delicious desserts joining Maude Vogel to learn all about the family owned and run vineyard on this exclusive Be My Guest experience. That delicious Swiss cuisine still lingering on your taste buds, we return to Montreux. You could choose to relax this afternoon, but we know you won't be able to resist an Optional Experience to the enchanting Chillon Castle on the shores of Lake Geneva.
The glamour of yesteryear and epic Alpine views are the stars of the show this morning as you take the Golden Pass Line Train from Montreux to Gstaad. Enjoy time on your own exploring the snow-studded landscape of this upscale ski resort town, keeping your eyes peeled for celebrities. Continue to Interlaken in the heart of the Swiss Alps, located at the foot of a trio of famous peaks – the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Tonight, join your fellow travellers for dinner at your hotel.
This morning, spend some time at leisure or you can choose to join an Optional Experience to Grindelwald and Jungfrau Mountain. Later, join your Travel Director for a drive along the shores of Lake Brienz and enjoy superb views of the peaks of the Bernese Oberland. Make a stop in the lakeside village of Brienz and Dive Into Culture as you gain insights into its centuries-old wood carving tradition for which this village is so famous.
Say a fond farewell to Interlaken as you journey through enchanting Alpine forests and peaks tracing the epic beauty of Brünig Pass all the way to Lucerne. Soak up the relaxed lakeside atmosphere during your orientation. Cross the wooden Chapel Bridge, visit the solemn Lion Monument, commemorating the Massacre of the Swiss Guards in 1792, and maybe spend some time shopping in the Old Town. Consider joining our Optional Experience to Giswil, a charming village which sits at the crossroads of the Brünig and Glaubenbielen Passes. You'll get to admire its beautifully preserved wooden houses and views of the lake on a traditional horse and carriage ride. Return to Lucerne later, in time for dinner at your hotel this evening.
With a full day to explore Lucerne your way, you'll be thrilled with whatever you choose to do. Your Travel Director is on hand to share their local tips on how best to spend your day, whether that's finding a few sweet treats to take home or choosing that Swiss watch you've always wanted as a memento of your magical time in Switzerland. There's plenty of time to live out your winter wonderland fantasy on our Optional Experience visit to Mount Titlis. Bundle up for an exhilarating snow-filled adventure filled with incredible mountain views, skiing, snowboarding and even snow tubing. You'll deserve a hot chocolate or something stronger after stretching your legs on the slopes.
Your first stop en route today is at world-renowned Lindt Home of Chocolate which will deliver all the secrets of chocolate making. You'll Dive Into Culture seeing how they've been making Swiss chocolate since 1845 and get to sample the rich flavours for yourself. Don't miss the chance to buy a few favourites to take home and share with friends if you're feeling generous. We'll continue to Zürich to discover its historic centre including the Munster Bridge, Paradeplatz, Lindenhof Square and other enchanting locations in Zürich's Old Town. This evening, toast to your epic journey during your Farewell Dinner.
For now, it's farewell to Switzerland and newfound friends at the end of an enchanting Swiss holiday you won't forget. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.
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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.
Available on Day 2
Enjoy the palm trees on the shores of Lake Geneva from a romantic side-wheel paddle steamer as we cruise along the eastern shore of Lake Geneva. We’ll visit the Charlie Chaplin museum, set on the banks of the lake on his former estate, Manoir de Ban. Chaplin spent the last 23 years of his life here and you’ll discover all the facets of this incredible man's life. We'll see sets and props from his greatest movies and then finish with a peaceful walk in the gardens.
Adult Price: 66 CHF
Available on Day 3
Visiting Chateau Chillon is like going back in time! Each room uncovers another layer of history behind this castle on Lake Geneva. Join one of the Castle guides on a tour to see the cellar, prison, great halls, the Bernese chamber, the duke’s chamber, the chapel and perhaps even the sentry walks. You’ll learn the history of this fascinating castle situated on a rocky island and find out about a famous prisoner who resided here.
Adult Price: 39 CHF
Available on Day 5
A once in a lifetime chance to travel to the Top of Europe. Our round trip cog railway trip will take us from Grindelwald, through the world famous Eiger Mountain, to Europe's highest railway station at 3,454 m (11,332 ft)! Enjoy spectacular views and explore the Ice Palace which is carved inside the biggest glacier in Europe!
Adult Price: 215 CHF
Available on Day 6
A chance to get to know the Swiss, you’ll meet local farmers and enjoy a delightful countryside tour in horse-drawn carriages. Soak up the stunning scenery as we trot around a typical rural community, en route to a farm where you’ll savour local drinks and snacks.
Adult Price: 72 CHF
Note: Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Available on Day 7
With guaranteed snow, two different types of cable car ride and the opportunity to walk inside a glacier, this is Switzerland's most exciting mountain trip. Make sure you wrap up warm, for a wonderful winter experience whatever the weather.
Adult Price: 98 CHF
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