Best of Switzerland

Best of Switzerland

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Best of Switzerland

9 Days Starting and ending in Zurich

Visiting: Zürich, Montreux, Zermatt, Lake Maggiore, St. Moritz, Lucerne, Interlaken

Tour operator:

Trafalgar

Tour code:

SWBOZM19

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

0 - 54

Activities:

Sightseeing

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Tour Overview

Embark on the "Best of Switzerland" tour, a captivating journey that not only showcases the breathtaking beauty of Switzerland but also offers a delightful foray into Italy. This meticulously crafted tour invites you to discover the enchanting cities of Zurich and Lucerne, explore the historic charm of Bern, marvel at the majestic Chillon Castle, and immerse yourself in the picturesque landscapes of Montreux, Zermatt, St. Moritz, Interlaken, and Brienz. Highlights include viewing the iconic Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument in Lucerne, the awe-inspiring Jungfrau and Matterhorn mountains, and the serene Lake Maggiore and Lake Como. Experience the magic of Switzerland through a scenic train ride from Tirano to Pontresina, promising unforgettable memories. With luxury coach travel, cherry-picked hotels, and an array of inclusions such as an expert Travel Director, professional Driver, and must-see sightseeing, this tour is the perfect blend of comfort, culture, and adventure.

Highlights

  • Discover Zurich and Lucerne

  • Visit Bern, Chillon Castle, Montreux, Zermatt, St. Moritz, Interlaken and Brienz

  • View the Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument in Lucerne, the Jungfrau and Matterhorn mountains (weather permitting), Lake Maggiore and Lake Como

  • Scenic Train Ride from Tirano to Pontresina

Itinerary

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Day 1: Welcome To Zürich

Location: Zürich

Accommodation: Hyatt Place Airport

Accommodation Name: Hyatt Place Zurich Airport The Circle

Meals Included: Dinner

Zürich is your springboard to a spectacular journey through Switzerland. This afternoon, join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience for a social impact guided walking tour of old town Zurich and sustainable chocolate tasting. This experience addresses SDG goals 10 & 12 - Reduced Inequalities & Responsible Consumption and Production. This evening, attend a Welcome Dinner to launch your Swiss experience.

Day 2: Journey To Lake Geneva

Location: Montreux

Accommodation: Eurotel

Accommodation Name: Eurotel Montreux

Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 3 : Onwards To Chillon Castle And Zermatt

Location: Zermatt

Accommodation: Mirabeau

Accommodation Name: Le Mirabeau Zermatt

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning, we visit Chillon Castle, immortalised 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.

Day 4: Zermatt Your Way

Location: Zermatt

Accommodation: Mirabeau

Accommodation Name: Le Mirabeau Zermatt

Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 5: Venture To The Italian Lake Maggiore

Location: Lake Maggiore

Accommodation: Simplon

Accommodation Name: Hotel Simplon Baveno

Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 6: Off To Alpine St. Moritz

Location: St. Moritz

Accommodation: Reine Victoria

Accommodation Name: Hotel Reine Victoria by Laudinella St. Moritz

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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 travellers.

Day 7: Journey To Lakeside Lucerne

Location: Lucerne

Accommodation: Grand Europe

Accommodation Name: Grand Hotel Europe Lucerne

Meals Included: Breakfast

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 colourful 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.

Day 8 : Admire Scenic Brienz And Interlaken

Location: Interlaken

Accommodation: Grand Europe

Accommodation Name: Grand Hotel Europe Lucerne

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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 travellers and Travel Director toasting the highlights of Switzerland we've enjoyed along the way.

Day 9: Homeward Bound

Location: Zürich

Meals Included: Breakfast

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

What's Included

  • Travel Director

    An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

  • Meals

    Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals

  • Sightseeing

    Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

  • Audio Headsets

    Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing

  • Luxury Coach

    Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

  • Train Ride

    Train from Tirano to Pontresina

  • Optional Experiences

    Optional Experiences and free time

  • Hotel Accommodation

    Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • Porterage and Restaurant Gratuities

    All porterage and restaurant gratuities

  • Hotel Tips, Charges and Local Taxes

    All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

What's Not Included

  • Airfare

    International airfare to/from the start/end of your trip

  • Visas

    Visas and other government fees

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance, which is highly recommended

  • Optional Experiences

    Costs associated with Optional Experiences

  • Incidentals

    Incidentals, such as laundry and phone calls

Mode of Transport

Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

Accommodation

Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

Check out our Q&As

  • What are some highlights of the tour?

    Highlights of the tour include discovering Zürich and Lucerne, visiting Bern, Chillon Castle, Montreux, Zermatt, St. Moritz, Interlaken, and Brienz, viewing the Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument in Lucerne, the Jungfrau and Matterhorn mountains (weather permitting), Lake Maggiore and Lake Como, and a scenic train ride from Tirano to Pontresina.

  • What are the exclusions?

    Exclusions include international airfare to/from the start/end of your trip, visas and other government fees, travel insurance (which is highly recommended), costs associated with Optional Experiences, and incidentals such as laundry and phone calls.

  • Is Wi-Fi available on the coach?

    Yes, Wi-Fi is available on the luxury air-conditioned coach in most countries.

  • What are some of the inclusions in the tour package?

    Inclusions in the tour package include an expert Travel Director and professional Driver, meals as specified, sightseeing tours, audio headsets for flexible sightseeing, luxury coach transportation with Wi-Fi, a train ride from Tirano to Pontresina, optional experiences and free time, hotel accommodation, all porterage and restaurant gratuities, and all hotel tips, charges, and local taxes.

  • Are meals included in the tour?

    Yes, breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals are included.

  • Is there a travel director included?

    Yes, an expert Travel Director and professional Driver are included.

  • Will there be any sightseeing tours?

    Yes, must-see sightseeing and surprise extras are included.

  • What type of accommodation is provided?

    Accommodation is provided in cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted.

  • What type of transportation will be used?

    Transportation includes a luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys).

  • What countries will I visit on the Best of Switzerland tour?

    You will visit Switzerland and Italy on the Best of Switzerland tour.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty of taking a guided holiday with us is that you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Vaccination against Covid-19 is not mandatory to travel with Trafalgar. However, we strongly recommend that guests are vaccinated before travelling. Please note that airlines and/or other authorities may have different requirements. It is the guest's responsibility to comply with these requirements at all times.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1947

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Trafalgar is a founding partner of the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2008. So far, the charity has donated more than US$2 million to help underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism around the world.

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

    Yes

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