Contrasts of Switzerland
Express trains whisk you to each enchanting destination, allowing you to admire Switzerland's awe-inspiring alpine scenery in comfort.
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- Best of Finland, Russia & the Baltic States
- Best of Germany and Austria
- Best of Switzerland
- Contrasts of Europe
- Contrasts of Italy
- Contrasts of Switzerland
- European Highlights with Eurostar
- European Interlude
- Secrets of France
- Secrets of Switzerland
- Traditional Europe
- Wonderful France
- Wonders of St. Petersburg & Moscow
Express trains whisk you to each enchanting destination, allowing you to admire Switzerland's awe-inspiring alpine scenery in comfort. You'll spend extra time exploring Zurich, St. Moritz, car-free Zermatt and medieval Lucerne, as well as cosmopolitan Geneva with its intricate Flower Clock and stunning Jet D'Eau.
Highlights and Inclusions
- 7 nights First Class hotel accommodation
- 10 meals, including a Farewell Dinner with wine in Lucerne
- Welcome Drink with your Tour Director in Zurich
- All rail service is reserved in standard class
- High speed train from Zermatt to Geneva
- Sightseeing tours and transfers.
- Glacier Express train from St. Moritz to Zermatt
- Golden Pass route train journey from Geneva to Lucerne
- Orientation tours of Zurich, St. Moritz, Zermatt, Geneva, Interlaken, and Lucerne
- Services of a professional multi-lingual Tour Directors.
- A wallet, travel documents and tour book with map
- Airport transfers are provided on Day 2 and Day 9 dependent on arrival time.
- All hotel service charges and tips, hotel baggage handling fees and local taxes included
- Porterage at train stations
Day 1 - Depart USA
Overnight flight to Zurich. (International flight not included)
Day 2 - Arrive Zurich
Welcome to Zurich in the heart of Switzerland! Later this afternoon your tour Director will take you on an orientation tour of Switzerland's financial capital. This evening meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Drink. Overnight Zurich.
Day 3 - Zurich - Chur - St. Moritz
This morning take the train via Chur to St. Moritz passing snow-capped mountains and sparkling lakes before arriving in this sophisticated mountain resort. This evening dinner is at your hotel. Overnight St. Moritz. (BB, D)
Day 4 - St Moritz - Glacier Express - Zermatt
All aboard one of the most spectacular train journeys in the world - the immensely comfortable air-cushioned and air-conditioned Glacier Express! This 8-hour railway journey travels over 291 bridges passes through 91 tunnels and crosses the Oberalp Pass at 2,033 meters in altitude. See magnificent Alpine lakes and glaciers en route to the unique resort of Zermatt, dominated by the Matterhorn. You will walk the short distance to your charming hotel where you will dine tonight. Afterwards, it's fun to explore the nightlife of this lively winter and summer resort! Overnight Zermatt. (BB, L)
Day 5 - Zermatt at Leisure
Your Tour Director will give you an orientation of this charming car-free resort. Thereafter time to relax in the clean mountain air, window shop or perhaps take a cable-car ride to have further stunning views of the Alpine landscapes. Overnight Zermatt. (BB, D)
Day 6 - Zermatt - Geneva
This morning's train journey takes you to the international city of Geneva on the lake of the same name. This fascinating capital city of the Suisse Romande (French-speaking Switzerland) contains the headquarters of a number of international organizations such as the international Red Cross. Enjoy a short walking tour highlighting the Reformation Monument, Old Town, the Flower Clock and the Jet d'Eau. Later, you may wish to enjoy a delicious dinner of Swiss specialities in a restaurant overlooking a view of Europe's highest mountain - Mont Blanc. Overnight Geneva. (BB)
Day 7 - Geneva - Interlaken - Lucerne
Enjoy another stunning day of scenery as you leave Geneva on the Golden Pass route. Disembark in Interlaken situated in the heart of the Swiss Alps between the glassy lakes of Thun and Brienz, and at the foot of the famous trio of peaks - the Eiger, the Mönch and the Jungfrau. Here you have time to relax and enjoy the superb views of the peaks of the Bernese Oberland, so beloved of Queen Victoria who often stayed in Interlaken. Reboard the train through the Brünig Pass to lakeside Lucerne in central Switzerland for your leisurely two-night stay. This evening, why not learn to yodel at a fun-packed Swiss folklore show. Overnight Lucerne. (BB)
Day 8 - Lucerne Orientation & at Leisure
After breakfast enjoy a walking tour in this medieval city highlighting the poignant Lion Monument built in memory of Louis XVI's Swiss Guard. See the covered wooden Chapel Bridge which spans the River Reuss and the decorated wooden panels which chronicle the history of Lucerne. Later you may wish to take an optional excursion to a nearby mountain peak, famed for its splendid views. Perhaps choose to explore the old city and shop for Swiss watches, cuckoo clocks and delicious Swiss chocolates. Tonight get together with your Tour Director for your final night and enjoy a Farewell Dinner with wine in a local restaurant! Overnight Lucerne. (BB, FD)
Day 9 - Lucerne - Zurich - USA
This morning after breakfast it is time to bid farewell to Switzerland, your new-found friends as your Swiss vacation comes to an end. You are given tickets by your Tour Director for the short train journey from Lucerne to Zurich Airport which you can take at your convenience for the onward journey homewards. (BB)
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Cindy & I had a wonderful trip. As with our trip last summer, to the western parks, it was extremely organized and exciting. Our tour guide, Q with Trafalgar, was marvelous in his knowledge of the areas which we visited and as personable as was Tom Jones last year with V by R.
Excellent knowledgeable tour guides. Marvelous accommodations. Efficient and exciting rail experience with breathtaking views.
Our trip was exceptional and our tour guide was amazing. So well informed and so pleasant to be with. We had an outstanding trip and would recommend it highly to anyone.
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: Departs 16th April 2016 ($3,250), 23rd April 2016 ($3,295), 30th April 2016 ($3,425), 7th May 2016 ($3,425), 14th May 2016 ($3,425), 21st May 2016 ($3,425), 28th May 2016 ($3,425), 4th June 2016 ($3,395), 11th June 2016 ($3,395), 18th June 2016 ($3,395), 25th June 2016 ($3,395), 2nd July 2016 ($3,295), 9th July 2016 ($3,295), 16th July 2016 ($3,295), 23rd July 2016 ($3,295), 30th July 2016 ($3,295), 6th August 2016 ($3,295), 13th August 2016 ($3,295), 20th August 2016 ($3,295), 27th August 2016 ($3,425), 3rd September 2016 ($3,425), 10th September 2016 ($3,425), 17th September 2016 ($3,425), 24th September 2016 ($3,425)
Hotel Class Key (D=Deluxe, SF=Superior First Class, F= irst Class)< Meals (BB = Buffet Breakfast, L = Lunch, HL=Highlight Lunch, D=Dinner, FD = Farewell Dinner)