Country Roads of Switzerland - Small Group

Country Roads of Switzerland - Small Group

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Country Roads of Switzerland - Small Group

14 Days Starting and ending in Zürich, Switzerland

Visiting: Zürich, Lucerne, Stanserhorn, Bern, Gruyères, Montreux, Chillon Castle, Geneva, Martigny, Sion, Zermatt, Täsch, Simplon Pass, Baveno, Bellinzona, San Bernardino Pass, Tiefencastel, Julier Pass, Saint Moritz, Landwasser Viaduct, Andermatt, Lauterbrunnen, Staubbach Falls, Grindelwald, Brienz

Tour operator:

Insight Vacations

Tour code:

SE728ZM19

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

12 - 24

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

5-99

Special diets catered:

Please advise request

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Small Group

From:
$8316
$6735 (USD) Operator discount: -$1390 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$190 -19%

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Tour Overview

See Switzerland in all its natural splendor during this 2-week guided tour that whisks you from snow-capped mountain peaks to floral valleys. Outside Lucerne, complete with wooden bridges and baroque churches, zip to the top of Mount Stanserhorn, a pinnacle so tall you can see France and Germany. Take in beautiful Bern and its Catherdrals with a Local Expert followed by a stop in Gruyères. Glide along the Glacier Express, a glass-topped train that will carry you through the Oberalp Valley and to Grindelwad, an idyllic alpine village set to the backdrop of winding rivers and towering waterfalls. In St. Moritz, a mountain railways pass will allow you to traverse the alpine village’s cable cars, funiculars and chairlifts. Then taste the freshest cuisine in Switzerland during an intimate farm-to-table dinner experience, including cheese.

Highlights

  • Stanserhorn: Walk along beautiful scenic pathways at the summit of Mount Stanserhorn for a chance to see native animals like marmots, Walk along beautiful scenic pathways, keeping an eye out for marmots and other native animals, with the chance to hear a conservation talk by a Swiss ranger, to learn about local wildlife and flora.

  • St Moritz: Travel along the route of the world-famous Glacier Express, through looping tunnels and dizzying viaducts, in the scenic heart of the Swiss Alps, on a regional train fully powered by hydroelectricity.

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Welcome To Lucerne
Location: Zürich, Lucerne
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Astoria
Meals Included: Dinner, with Wine

Welcome to Switzerland, a land of snow-capped summits and romantic lakes that has attracted poets, musicians and travellers for centuries. On arrival at Zürich airport, transfers leave for your hotel in Lucerne at 09:30 and 13:30. Meet your Travel Director and travel companions at 18:00, followed by a pleasant Welcome Dinner with wine at a local restaurant.

Day 2 : Ascend The Summit Of Mount Stanserhorn
Location: Lucerne, Stanserhorn
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Astoria
Meals Included: Breakfast

Explore Mount Stanserhorn on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, as an open-top cable car powered by solar panels take you up the summit. Admire unrivalled views of the surrounding mountains and, on a clear day see as far as Alsace in France and the Black Forest in Germany. Walk along beautiful scenic pathways, keeping an eye out for marmots and other native animals, with the chance to hear a conservation talk by a Swiss ranger, to learn about local wildlife and flora. Return to the beautiful 14th century city of Lucerne to see its storybook wooden bridges, baroque church and sorrowful Lion Monument. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure to walk along the lake or perhaps shop for a special timepiece or chocolate.

Day 3 : Bern, Gruyères And Montreux
Location: Lucerne, Bern, Gruyères, Montreux
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Grand Hôtel Suisse-Majestic
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, with Wine

In Bern, your Local Expert, a local English teacher, shows you the Cathedral of St. Vincent, Federal Palace and floral displays. Gather at the clock tower to watch the mechanical procession of painted figures before viewing the Ogre Fountain. Your travels continue into the wide, green valleys of the Vaud Alps with snowy summits filling the horizon. Continue through vineyards and alpine meadows to the fortified town of Gruyères, that gives its name to the well-known cheese. Enjoy time on your own to explore the pretty main street and 13th century castle. From Montreux, travel along the shores of Lake Geneva to visit a winery. Admire the stunning panorama overlooking the lake and savour a tasting of tantalising, local wines. Delight in a delicious Farm-to-Table light dinner, made from locally sourced produce, and learn how the family is preserving the estate for future generations on this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience.

Day 4 : Lake Geneva And The Swiss Countryside
Location: Montreux, Chillon Castle
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Grand Hôtel Suisse-Majestic
Meals Included: Breakfast

On the western bay of Lake Geneva, visit Chillon Castle for a special tour of the former home to the Dukes of Savoy, immortalised by Lord Byron's 'Prisoner of Chillon.' Keep a look out for where the writer is rumoured to have left his mark. Return to Montreux where the rest of the day is free for you to explore on your own or relax as you wish at your quayside hotel.

Day 5 : Geneva And Scenic Lake Cruise Relaxed Start
Location: Montreux, Geneva
Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel
Accommodation Name: Grand Hôtel Suisse-Majestic
Meals Included: Breakfast, Breakfast

Follow the shores of the lake to the international city of Geneva, seeing the Jet d’Eau and Floral Clock.Next, relax in first-class comfort on the waters of Lake Geneva during a highlight cruise.This evening, enjoy time at leisure on the promenade of your lakeside resort.

Day 6 : Martigny, Sion And Zermatt Relaxed Start
Location: Montreux, Martigny, Sion, Zermatt
Accommodation: Resort, Resort
Accommodation Name: Resort Hotel Alex
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, with Wine

Journey into the upper Rhône Valley to Martigny to view the Roman Amphitheatre. Continue to the town of Sion, dominated by two rocky peaks, each crowned with episcopal fortresses, and see the cathedral and Old Town Hall. Complete your journey via cogwheel train to the traffic-free mountain resort of Zermatt. This evening, take your pick from a selection a local restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening. Perhaps you will delight in the typical Swiss dining experience of fondue?

Day 7 : Zermatt At Leisure Relaxed Start
Location: Zermatt
Accommodation: Resort
Accommodation Name: Resort Hotel Alex
Meals Included: Breakfast

Zermatt in the summertime offers many leisure possibilities: try swimming, hiking or relaxing in the fresh alpine surrounds. Perhaps take a trip to the Klein Matterhorn, see the Matterhorn from the church bridge or sample the delicious cakes known as Kuchen?

Day 8 : The Italian Lake District To Baveno
Location: Zermatt, Täsch, Simplon Pass, Baveno
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Simplon
Meals Included: Breakfast

Descend to Täsch for a scenic drive to Brig, where you'll commence your ascent of the Simplon Pass, taking in magnificent views over the Alps from the 2,000-metre summit. Cut through northern Italy, stopping along the shores of Lake Maggiore. The afternoon is at your leisure. Perhaps join an experience to the stunning Isola Bella?

Day 9 : The Glamour And Glitz Of St. Moritz
Location: Baveno, Bellinzona, San Bernardino Pass, Tiefencastel, Julier Pass, Saint Moritz
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Crystal St Moritz. Steffani St Moritz
Meals Included: Breakfast

Journey along the shores of Lake Maggiore, and head north to the three fortifications at Bellinzona to meet your Local Expert, for a fascinating insight into this UNESCO World Heritage Site. These castles are enchanting examples of fortified medieval architecture of the Alps. Your travels continue through the Grisons Region, travelling via San Bernardino and the town of Tiefencastel, as you follow the young Rhine River. Head east towards the Julier Pass and the glamorous resort of St. Moritz, set in the Engadine Valley with the majestic Grisons Alps towering above.

Day 10 : Leisure Time In St. Moritz Relaxed Start
Location: Saint Moritz
Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel
Accommodation Name: Crystal St Moritz. Steffani St Moritz
Meals Included: Breakfast, Breakfast

Enjoy a day at leisure to jostle with the jet-setters in this elegant resort or perhaps take an exciting train journey over the Bernina pass. To help you make the most of your day, your Travel Director will provide you with a mountain railways pass, offering free travel on all cable cars, funiculars and chairlifts (when available) in Engadine St. Moritz.

Day 11 : The Glacier Express
Location: Saint Moritz, Landwasser Viaduct, Andermatt, Lauterbrunnen, Staubbach Falls, Grindelwald
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Romantik Schweizerhof Grindelwald
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, with Wine

Step aboard the Glacier Express to experience one of the world’s great railway journeys. Cross the Landwasser Viaduct before heading down through the Oberalp Valley to rejoin the coach at Andermatt. Drive through the dramatic Schöllenen Gorge passing the Devil's Bridge. Marvel at the Wetterhorn Peaks as you travel along the Grindelwald Valley. Follow the sparkling Lütschine River to Lauterbrunnen, at the head of the Valley of Waterfalls, and see the Staubbach Falls plunge 300 metres from the plateau above.

Day 12 : Grindelwald At Leisure Relaxed Start
Location: Grindelwald
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Romantik Schweizerhof
Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a day at your leisure to explore Grindelwald further. Perhaps take a cogwheel train ride to the summit of the Jungfrau mountain?

Day 13 : Rural Switzerland To Zürich
Location: Grindelwald, Brienz, Zürich
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Renaissance Zurich Tower .
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, with Wine

Take in the spectacular lake views, as you journey to Brienz, famous for its woodcarving traditions. Visit the Jobin Swiss Woodcarving Centre to trace the history of the trade back to the early days of the 19th century. Continue over the Brünig Pass and drive alongside the lakes of Lungern and Sarnen to return to Zürich. See the Bahnhofstrasse, Grossmünster, River Limmat and Frauenmünster on an orientation of the city with your Travel Director. Join your travel companions at a local restaurant. Your Celebration Dinner is accompanied with wine - raise your glass to toast to your adventures.

Day 14 : Depart Zürich
Location: Zürich
Meals Included: Breakfast

Your Swiss adventures come to and end this morning, with a transfer to Zürich airport arriving at 08:00.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Fully Guided

    Yes. An experience Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local speciality representing the destination

  • Meals

    As detailed in the itinerary

What's Not Included

  • International Travel

Check out our Q&As

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    Fitness level is low - These tours generally have up to 1-3 miles of walking per day and may involve some uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones and stairs.

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, An English speaking local guide on this tour.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Complimentary arrival and departure transfer by shuttle coach is included on the arrival and departure day of your guided holiday. If your flight times do not coincide with the shuttle coach transfer timings you may choose to book and purchase a transfer.

  • What is the tipping policy?

    Hotel and restaurant tips are included. All taxes and porterage charges at hotels are also included.

  • What is the maximum group size?

    The maximum group size is 24 guests.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    We regret that no refunds can be made for absences from a tour, including experiences such as missed meals or sightseeing.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1978.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Insight Vacations is a founding member of the TreadRight Foundation, a joint initiative created by the brands within The Travel Corporation (TTC) almost 15 years ago to ensure our impact through tourism is positive. Our ethos to #MakeTravelMatter guides our decision-making at every level of our business.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    You have two options as a solo traveller. Either choose to be matched with a same sex partner for a room share - at no extra cost. Or choose a room of your own with a reduced or even free private room upgrade on select tours.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

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