9 Days
2 Countries

Switzerland, Italy

11 Cities

Zürich, Bern, Montreux, Zermatt, Baveno, Tirano, Pontresina, Saint Moritz, Lucerne, Brienz, Interlaken

12 Meals

3 Dinners, 8 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch

Comfortable

Mainly 2 and 3 night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar

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All the Best of Switzerland with a side visit to Italy. What could be better? Your travels will take you to Lake Geneva for local wine, cheese and delicious desserts in Lavaux, Lord Byron’s enchanting Chillon Castle and the pretty town of Brienz for a masterclass in Swiss wood carving.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Zürich

Zürich is your springboard to a spectacular journey through Switzerland. Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience for a social-impact guided walking tour. This evening, attend a dinner to launch your Swiss experience.

Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
Accommodation Hyatt Place Zurich Airport The Circle
Included Meals Dinner
Iconic Experience View of Zurich, Switzerland
Zürich Orientation

During an orientation, your Travel Director will show you some of the highlights of this beautiful lakeside city.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® See the Grossmunster and the Fraumunster in Zurich, Switzerland
Embark on a walking tour of Zürich's Old Town with a Local Change Maker

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Day 2

Journey to Lake Geneva

We leave the bright lights of Zürich behind and stop in Bern with its Old Town, admiring its medieval streets, ornate fountains and arcaded walkways. Journeying to Lake Geneva, we arrive in the resort town of Montreux, set against the pristine backdrop of snow-covered peaks and vineyards. After lunch, consider joining an Optional Experience to cruise Lake Geneva, including a visit to the Charlie Chaplin museum in his former estate, Manoir de Ban.

Explore Bern, the capital, Switzerland
Accommodation Eurotel Montreux
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Street and houses in Bern, Switzerland
Bern Orientation

Explore Switzerland's capital and see the Cathedral of St. Vincent, clock tower and Ogre Fountain.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Lake Geneva Cruise in Montreux and Chaplin’s World visit
Chaplin's World and Lake Geneva Cruise

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...

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Optional Experiences

Day 3

Onwards to Chillon Castle and Zermatt

This morning, we visit Chillon Castle, immortalized by Lord Byron's 'Prisoner of Chillon'. For nearly four centuries, this water fortress was the residence of the Counts of Savoy and an important stop for traders. Our next stop is the Lavaux region, a charming wine village above Lake Geneva, where we’ll Connect With Locals over lunch at our Be My Guest experience. Continue your journey to the resort town of Zermatt, set against the backdrop of the snow-capped Matterhorn.

Chateau Chillon in Montreux, Switzerland
Accommodation Le Mirabeau Zermatt
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Be My Guest Enjoy Swiss hospitality and the flavours of local wines, cheeses and breads in a vineyard overlooking Lake Geneva
Enjoy the Flavors of Local Wine, Cheese and Breads at a local Vineyard Overlooking Lake Geneva

Enjoy Swiss hospitality with a vineyard owner and savor the flavors of local wines, cheeses, and breads, all set against the enchanting views of the Lake Geneva.

Included in Trip

Be My Guest

Iconic Experience Chateau de Chillon on Lake Geneva, Switzerland
Chillon Castle Visit

The beautiful fortress of Chillon Castle, set on a rocky islet on Lake Geneva, is widely regarded as one of the best-preserved medieval castles in ...

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Iconic Experience

Day 4

Zermatt Your Way

Spend a full free day soaking up Zermatt's crisp mountain air and panoramic vistas. Relax in beautiful surroundings or consider an Optional Experience to the Klein Matterhorn for the most spectacular mountain views.

Mountain Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland
Accommodation Le Mirabeau Zermatt
Included Meals Breakfast
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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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Dinner in Zermatt, Switzerland
Zermatt Dinner Experience

Discover the beautiful mountainous resort town of Zermatt. Afterwards, we'll enjoy a wonderful dinner in a typical chalet-style restaurant with an ...

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Optional Experiences

Day 5

Venture to the Italian Lake Maggiore

Departing Switzerland, we travel to the lakeside town of Baveno on Italy's Lake Maggiore. Spend the rest of the day indulging in the laid-back lakeside atmosphere or consider joining an Optional Experience to Isola Bella, one of the lake's Borromean islands, with its palazzo and exquisite gardens.

View of Lake Maggiore, Switzerland
Accommodation Hotel Simplon Baveno
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Borromeo Palace Garden in Lake Maggiore, Italy
Discover The Borromean Islands

We've organised a private launch to take you to the beautiful islands of Lake Maggiore. Here you will meet with your Local Specialist to do a tour ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

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

Day 6

Off to Alpine St. Moritz

We travel through the scenic Italian countryside to the fortified town of Tirano. Here, we board the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Rhaetian Railway to cross the Bernina Pass and wind our way through scenic landscapes en route to the stylish resort town of St. Moritz. This evening, enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers.

The Bernina Express Train, Switzerland
Accommodation Hotel Reine Victoria by Laudinella St. Moritz
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Enjoy an express train ride with drinks and snacks, Swizerland
Travel on the Bernina Express

Board the famous Bernina Express train and travel through stunning landscapes en route to St. Moritz.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Enjoy a horse and carriage ride, Switzerland
Roseg Valley by Horse and Carriage

Arriving in Pontresina, you'll experience a horse-drawn carriage ride through the wild beauty of the Alps and the picturesque Roseg Valley, with its spectacular mountain views.

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Optional Experiences

Day 7

Journey to Lakeside Lucerne

Journeying through lush green landscapes, past Lake Zürich, we arrive in lakeside Lucerne. Pay tribute to the brave Swiss Guards, who lost their lives defending King Louis XVI at the Lion Monument, and admire the iconic wooden Chapel Bridge before strolling past the city's colorful façades. Consider joining a cruise on the tranquil lake waters and then ride the world's first double deck 'CabriO' cable car to the top of Mount Stanserhorn.

Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, Switzerland
Accommodation Grand Hotel Europe Lucerne
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne Orientation

During an orientation with your Travel Director, see the Lion Monument, Old Town Hall and Chapel Bridge, the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Mount Stanserhorn, Switzerland
'Swisstainable' Mount Stanserhorn And Lake Cruise

Take a scenic cruise with us across Lake Lucerne to Stans, and one of Switzerland's oldest mountain railways. Traveling by funicular and the world'...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Folklore evening and dinner in Lucernce, Switzerland
Swiss Folklore Evening with Dinner

Tonight we’ll enjoy a tasty Swiss meal, including the famous Swiss cheese fondue, in a typical restaurant. While enjoying dinner, you can also join...

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Optional Experiences

Day 8

Admire Scenic Brienz and Interlaken

We travel to Interlaken at the heart of Switzerland, which lies in the shadow of the Jungfrau Mountain. Stopping in the village of Brienz en route, we’ll Dive Into Culture and gain insights into the centuries-old tradition of wood carving for which this village is so famous. Spend some time on your own and enjoy superb views of the peaks of the Bernese Oberland. This evening, we enjoy a Farewell Dinner with our fellow travelers and Travel Director toasting the highlights of Switzerland we've enjoyed along the way.

Brienz on the edge of Lake Brienz, Interlaken, Switzerland
Accommodation Grand Hotel Europe Lucerne
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Dive Into Culture Learn about Switzerland's wood-carving heritage at the Jobin wood sculpture museum in Brienz
Visit the Jobin wood sculpture museum and discover Switzerland's wood-carving heritage

Learn about Switzerland's wood-carving heritage at the Jobin wood sculpture museum in Brienz.

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Dive Into Culture

Day 9

Homeward Bound

As our journey through the Best of Switzerland comes to an end, we bid our newfound friends a fond farewell.

Flag on boat in Zurich, Switzerland
Included Meals Breakfast

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Zürich Orientation

During an orientation, your Travel Director will show you some of the highlights of this beautiful lakeside city.

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Embark on a walking tour of Zürich's Old Town with a Local Change Maker

Join Diana and her team of socially engaged local guides, for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® experience. Uncover the old town of Zürich during a fun and edu...

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Iconic Experience
Bern Orientation

Explore Switzerland's capital and see the Cathedral of St. Vincent, clock tower and Ogre Fountain.

Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Enjoy the Flavors of Local Wine, Cheese and Breads at a local Vineyard Overlooking Lake Geneva

Enjoy Swiss hospitality with a vineyard owner and savor the flavors of local wines, cheeses, and breads, all set against the enchanting views of the Lake Geneva.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Chillon Castle Visit

The beautiful fortress of Chillon Castle, set on a rocky islet on Lake Geneva, is widely regarded as one of the best-preserved medieval castles in ...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Travel on the Bernina Express

Board the famous Bernina Express train and travel through stunning landscapes en route to St. Moritz.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Lucerne Orientation

During an orientation with your Travel Director, see the Lion Monument, Old Town Hall and Chapel Bridge, the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe.

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Visit the Jobin wood sculpture museum and discover Switzerland's wood-carving heritage

Learn about Switzerland's wood-carving heritage at the Jobin wood sculpture museum in Brienz.

Included in Trip

About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Train from Tirano to Pontresina
Optional Experiences and free time
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Discover Zürich and Lucerne
Visit Bern, Montreux, Chillon Castle,  Zermatt, St. Moritz, Brienz and Interlaken
View the Jungfrau and Matterhorn mountains (weather permitting), Lake Maggiore and Lake Como, the Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument in Lucerne
Scenic Train Ride from Tirano to Pontresina

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
Chaplin's World and Lake Geneva Cruise

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...

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Additional Cost Applies
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
Zermatt Dinner Experience

Discover the beautiful mountainous resort town of Zermatt. Afterwards, we'll enjoy a wonderful dinner in a typical chalet-style restaurant with an ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Discover The Borromean Islands

We've organised a private launch to take you to the beautiful islands of Lake Maggiore. Here you will meet with your Local Specialist to do a tour ...

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
Roseg Valley by Horse and Carriage

Arriving in Pontresina, you'll experience a horse-drawn carriage ride through the wild beauty of the Alps and the picturesque Roseg Valley, with its spectacular mountain views.

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
'Swisstainable' Mount Stanserhorn And Lake Cruise

Take a scenic cruise with us across Lake Lucerne to Stans, and one of Switzerland's oldest mountain railways. Traveling by funicular and the world'...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Swiss Folklore Evening with Dinner

Tonight we’ll enjoy a tasty Swiss meal, including the famous Swiss cheese fondue, in a typical restaurant. While enjoying dinner, you can also join...

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Additional Cost Applies

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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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Great personal service!
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It was great fun, well organized and led by Tour Director Colette. She was fantastic. This was our 3rd trip with Trafalgar.
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Review date: Monday, October 9, 2023
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The booking experience was quick and easy with Randy. He was helpful with finding air travel to coordinate with our tour.
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Tuesday, October 10, 2023
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The Switzerland tour was excellent. The itinerary was well planned, we stayed in top notch hotels with delicious breakfasts, breathtaking scenery and quaint lakeside cities. The Matterhorn excursion and the Bernini Train Ride were highlights of our tour. Our tour director, Ellen Potter was wonderful, informative, funny, and well prepared. We had a fantastic time and will definitely travel with GET Tours again!
Catherine Mccarty
Review date: Sunday, August 27, 2023
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The entire vacation was booked in one phone call. The only thing missing was our seat assignments on one of the flights.
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We were pleased with the sights we saw and the bus driver and Tour Director were wonderful. The hotels were very nice and comfortable. I Iike having the included breakfast at the hotel. Although we did not participate in all the optional excursions, the ones we did participate in were worth it.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, July 23, 2023
Service
Our tour guide was excellent, providing us with lots of background information on the places we visited.
Vacation
We saw wonderful sights; the trip was well organized; and our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, July 23, 2023
Service
The Tour Director was excellent -- the best we have had in 30 international trips on land, river, and sea. The buses and drivers were also very good, but some of the hotels and dinners left room for improvement, and not just because of the occasional absence of air conditioning. Bathroom fixtures in Lausanne were in disrepair, and huge pillows and heavy coverings (without separable sheets) were impractical for use in summer weather. Some of the tours (e.g. the winery we visited) were not worth the bother, but others (Matterhorn and Pilates) exceeded expectations. All in all, it was a good trip that could have been even better.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your detailed review. We will be sure to share your comments with the Operator's Quality Control Team for further review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your trip overall.
Thursday, July 27, 2023
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Review date: Monday, July 17, 2023
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was not satisfied with the airline reservation
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We are sorry you were unhappy with your flight arrangements. We always book the most direct and convenient flights available at the time the tour is booked but during this busy travel year flights have been difficult to every destination. We hope that depsite this you had a wonderful trip to Switzerland
Tuesday, July 18, 2023
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The place is awesome /beautiful. Hotel accomodations was very comfortable except for the last 2 days of our stay
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Review date: Wednesday, October 12, 2022
Service
Amazing cities with the convenience of an awesome transport! First class hotels and David Moore our travel coordinator is professional, always jolly and punctual. He’s truly a gem for Trafalgar tours! Our driver Marcel is very efficient and always have a smile and greets the travelers. Memories I have of this tour will forever be cherished - Melanie
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds like your Best of Switzerland tour couldn't have gone better. Great memories and new friends--who could ask for more on a vacation? We would love to help you plan that next tour, so please give us a call when you're ready to explore another part of the world!
Monday, October 17, 2022
Vacation
It’s a vacation worth the expense and meeting new friends in an awesome setting makes for a memorable experience! Can’t wait to join another tour! 🥰
Panzy Chhabra
Review date: Sunday, September 18, 2022
Service
They were helpful in booking the tour
Vacation
Vacation was overall enjoyable. However we were very disappointed with GET 24 hr services lack of any help, support or guidance when our return flight from Zurich to Amsterdam was cancelled less than 18 hours before departure. & when we called them.The GET person on phone was just not interested in offering any help or suggestions!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry that our 24 Hour answering service failed to meet your expectations, but we are glad you were able to work with the airline on getting your flights arranged to get home on time and safely. Thank you for bring this issue to our attention.
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Beatriz Cardenas
Review date: Tuesday, July 19, 2022
Service
It was handle so well. My first trip and it will not be my last, hope to be traveling with Trafalgar in the near future. Total Best
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are beyond excited that you enjoyed your vacation. We would love to help you plan your next adventure when you're ready to travel again. Thanks for leaving a review. We appreciate your feedback. Have a great day!
Wednesday, July 20, 2022
Vacation
Had the best first time and it will not be the last. Plan to be traveling with Trafalgar soon
Marcia Meldahl Piety
Review date: Saturday, July 16, 2022
Service
Yes. Have traveled with Uniworld 4 times (the fifth this December), Trafalgar most recently, and Insight before that. Booking was, as usual, simple.
Response from Grand European Travel:
You sound like a very experienced traveler, and we are very thankful you keep coming back to us for your vacations! Your trip to Switzerland sounds wonderful. We hope you were able to make lifelong memories while you were there. We truly appreciate your repeat business and your kind words. Take care!
Wednesday, July 20, 2022
Vacation
Excellent tour guide, Good food and traveling companions. Great driver. Excellent scenery!
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