Best of Switzerland

Best of Switzerland

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Best of Switzerland

9 Days Starting and ending in Zurich

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

Tour operator:

Trafalgar

Tour code:

SWBOZN20

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

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.

Highlights

  • 3 Dinner (D)

  • 8 Breakfast (B)

  • 1 Lunch (L)

  • Bourg-en-Lavaux: Enjoy Swiss hospitality and the flavors of local wines, cheeses and breads with the owner of a local vineyard overlooking Lake Geneva.

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

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

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

  • Chillon Castle: 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 Europe. Following his walk through the dungeons in 1816, Lord Byron wrote the poem 'The Prisoner of Chillon'. Look out for his name, which he carved into a pillar.

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

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

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Itinerary

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Day 1: Welcome To Zürich
Location: Zürich
Accommodation: Hyatt Place Airport
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: Zürich, Bern, Montreux
Accommodation: Eurotel
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 Connect With Locals
Location: Montreux, Zermatt
Accommodation: Mirabeau
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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.

Day 4: Zermatt Your Way
Location: Zermatt
Accommodation: Mirabeau
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: Zermatt, Baveno
Accommodation: Simplon
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: Baveno, Tirano, Pontresina, Saint Moritz
Accommodation: Reine Victoria
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 travelers.

Day 7: Journey To Lakeside Lucerne
Location: Saint Moritz, Lucerne
Accommodation: Grand Europe
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 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.

Day 8: Admire Scenic Brienz And Interlaken Dive Into Culture
Location: Lucerne, Brienz, Interlaken, Lucerne
Accommodation: Grand Europe
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 travelers and Travel Director toasting the highlights of Switzerland we've enjoyed along the way.

Day 9: Homeward Bound
Location: Lucerne, 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

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals

  • 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

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Check out our Q&As

  • 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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Best tour I joined so far

14-Jan-2023

My first time with Trafalgar and I see no reason why I should not join them again.

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King Ng, Lafayette, California  

Very well planned trip with timely breaks during the coach ride..

08-Nov-2021

It was a well organized tour group and we hit lots of interesting and beautiful scenes. Like our previous trips with Trafalgar, tourists were treated with well manner and professional tour guide/director, making our trip very enjoyable and delightful!

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