Contrasts of Switzerland

Contrasts of Switzerland

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Contrasts of Switzerland

8 Days Starting and ending in Zurich

Visiting: Zürich, St. Moritz, Zermatt, Geneva, Lucerne

Tour operator:

Trafalgar

Tour code:

STGVZN19

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

0 - 54

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

Embark on the "Contrasts of Switzerland" tour, a captivating journey through the heart of Switzerland's stunning landscapes and historic cities. Discover the charm of Zurich, the luxury of St. Moritz, the breathtaking views of Zermatt, the sophistication of Geneva, and the medieval beauty of Lucerne. Marvel at the iconic Matterhorn, the majestic Swiss Alps, and the serene Lake Geneva. Experience the thrill of scenic train rides, including the world-renowned Glacier Express from St. Moritz to Zermatt and the picturesque journey from Geneva to Lucerne. Enjoy the comfort of luxury air-conditioned coaches, cherry-picked hotels, and the expertise of a professional Travel Director. With breakfasts and half of your evening meals included, along with all porterage, gratuities, and local taxes, this tour promises an unforgettable Swiss adventure filled with must-see sightseeing and surprise extras.

Highlights

  • Discover Zurich, St. Moritz, Zermatt, Geneva and Lucerne

  • View the Matterhorn (weather permitting), the Jet d'Eau in Geneva, the Swiss Alps in Interlaken and the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge in Lucerne

  • Scenic Train Ride on the Glacier Express from St. Moritz to Zermatt and train from Geneva to Lucerne

Itinerary

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Day 1: Welcome To Zürich

Location: Zürich

Accommodation: Mövenpick Airport

Accommodation Name: Mövenpick Zurich Airport

Meals Included: Welcome Reception

Zürich is our springboard to a spectacular journey through Switzerland. This afternoon, explore its mix of ancient heritage, modern verve and social solidarity during a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, as you embark on a social impact guided walking tour and sustainable chocolate tasting. This evening attend a Welcome Reception to launch your Swiss experience.

Day 2: Onwards By Train To St. Moritz

Location: St. Moritz

Accommodation Name: Hotel Reine Victoria by Laudinella St. Moritz

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Our love affair with the snow-capped peaks of Switzerland begins on a scenic train journey via Chur to the stylish resort of St. Moritz, set against the beautiful backdrop of Lake St. Moritz. Admire the inspiring natural setting and perhaps travel on one of Switzerland's most spectacular rail routes across the Bernina pass this afternoon, before enjoying St. Moritz at your leisure tonight.

Day 3: Catch The Glacier Express To Zermatt

Location: Zermatt

Accommodation: Ambassador

Accommodation Name: Ambassador Zermatt

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Embrace the glamour and romance of a bygone era. Watch the epic alpine landscapes drift past as you chug along one of the world's most unforgettable rail journeys from the comfort of the Glacier Express. Cross hundreds of bridges and the Oberalp Pass at 6,700 feet (2,044 m) above sea level. Enjoy an included lunch on board as you journey past lakes and glaciers bound for the resort town of Zermatt, at the foothills of the imposing Matterhorn. Your Tour Director will take you on an Orientation of the town.

Day 4: Zermatt At Leisure

Location: Zermatt

Accommodation: Ambassador

Accommodation Name: Ambassador 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 : A Train Journey To Lakeside Geneva

Location: Geneva

Accommodation: Warwick

Accommodation Name: Warwick Geneva

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning we board a train to Geneva and continue through green pastures to La Ferme Enchantée for a memorable Be My Guest lunch experience. This sustainable farm also hosts beehives, and we meet the beekeeper during our MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. This afternoon we return to sophisticated Geneva where the orientation will include views of the Old Town, Jet d'Eau and the Flower Clock, paying tribute to the city's centuries-old watchmaking traditions. Later, explore the sights of this lakeside city on your own. Stroll through the ancient maze of medieval streets and quiet squares or consider a cruise – enjoying views of the lakeside villages.

Day 6: Journey On The Golden And Brünig Pass To Interlaken And Lucerne

Location: Lucerne

Accommodation: Radisson Blu

Accommodation Name: Radisson Blu Hotel Lucerne

Meals Included: Breakfast

Picture-perfect landscapes are our constant companion as we journey from Geneva along the Golden Pass route. Passing through Interlaken, enjoy superb views of the Bernese Oberland and Brünig Pass on the way to Lakeside Lucerne. See the Iconic Chapel bridge and the poignant Lion Monument, built in memory of the Swiss Guards who bravely defended Louis XVI during the French Revolution on your orientation tour. The evening is free to spend as you wish, but you could choose to show off your vocal talents and learn how to yodel during an optional fun-packed Swiss folklore show with fondue dinner.

Day 7: Explore Medieval Lucerne

Location: Lucerne

Accommodation: Radisson Blu

Accommodation Name: Radisson Blu Hotel Lucerne

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Mountain peaks surround you as you spend a day at leisure in beautiful lakeside Lucerne. Consider an Optional Experience to a nearby Mountain Peak, explore the medieval streets and shop for delicious Swiss Chocolate. Before we enjoy our Farewell dinner together, you might want to enjoy an Optional Experience riding a carriage through one of Switzerland’s most beautiful mountain villages.

Day 8: Journey Home

Location: Zürich

Meals Included: Breakfast

We say a fond farewell to Switzerland and newfound friends at the end of a remarkable Swiss holiday. Your Travel Director will give you tickets for the short train journey from Lucerne to Zürich Airport, which can be used at your convenience, on the last day of the tour, for your onward journey.

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

  • Hotel Charges

    All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

  • Porterage and Restaurant Gratuities

    All porterage and restaurant gratuities

  • Optional Experiences

    Optional Experiences and free time

What's Not Included

  • Flights

    International airfare is not included

  • Airport Transfers

    Airport transfers may be included when you make your flight arrangements

Mode of Transport

Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys), Train from Zurich to St. Moritz, Glacier Express Train from St. Moritz to Zermatt, High-speed train from Zermatt to Vevey, Golden Pass route train journey from Geneva to Lucerne

Accommodation

Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

Check out our Q&As

  • Does the tour visit any countries other than Switzerland?

    No, the tour only visits Switzerland.

  • What are the highlights of the Contrasts of Switzerland tour?

    The highlights of the Contrasts of Switzerland tour include discovering Zürich, St. Moritz, Zermatt, Geneva, and Lucerne. You will view the Matterhorn (weather permitting), the Jet d'Eau in Geneva, the Swiss Alps in Interlaken, and the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge in Lucerne. The tour also features a scenic train ride on the Glacier Express from St. Moritz to Zermatt and a train from Geneva to Lucerne.

  • What type of accommodation is provided?

    The accommodation provided on the Contrasts of Switzerland tour includes cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted.

  • What meals are included in the tour?

    The tour includes breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals.

  • What type of transportation is used on the Contrasts of Switzerland tour?

    The transportation on the Contrasts of Switzerland tour includes a luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys). Specific train journeys include a train from Zürich to St. Moritz, the Glacier Express Train from St. Moritz to Zermatt, a high-speed train from Zermatt to Vevey, and the Golden Pass route train journey from Geneva to Lucerne.

  • Are there any inclusions in the tour?

    Yes, the tour inclusions are an expert Travel Director and professional Driver, must-see sightseeing and surprise extras, audio headsets for flexible sightseeing, all hotel tips, charges and local taxes, all porterage and restaurant gratuities, and optional experiences and free time.

  • What are the exclusions?

    The exclusions in the tour are international airfare and airport transfers, which may be included when you make your flight arrangements.

  • 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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