Welcome To Lucerne.
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 for drinks, followed by a pleasant Welcome Dinner with wine at a local restaurant. (DW)
Stay Two Nights: The Hotel Astoria Lucerne
Ascend The Summit Of Mount Stanserhorn. Step aboard a funicular railway and open-top cable car for a spectacular journey to the summit of the stunning Mount Stanserhorn. 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. Meet a Swiss Ranger and learn about working in this serene area filled with wildlife and natural beauty. 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. (BB)
Bern, Lake Geneva And Montreux. Join a local historian in Bern to see the Bear Pits, 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. Continue to Montreux, where your quayside hotel awaits. (BB)
Stay Three Nights: Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic, Montreux
Gruyères & The Swiss Countryside. (Relaxed Start) Enjoy a morning at leisure before ascending 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. Move on to the great arc of Lake Geneva, where a Local Expert will show you the medieval Chillon Castle, former home to the Counts of Savoy, immortalised by Byron's 'Prisoner of Chillon.' Along the shores of Lake Geneva, visit Domaine Bovy and admire the stunning panorama overlooking the lakeSavour a tasting of these tantalising, local wines and delight in a delicious Farm-to-Table dinner. (BB/DW)
Geneva And Scenic Lake Cruise Experience. (Relaxed Start) Follow the shores of the lake to the international city of Geneva, seeing the Jet D'Eau, Floral Clock and Reformation Monument. Next, relax in first-class comfort on the waters of Lake Geneva during a highlight cruise. Afterwards, enjoy time at leisure on the promenades of your lakeside resort. (BB)
Martigny, Sion And The Matterhorn Village Of Zermatt. (Relaxed Start) 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. (BB/DW)
Stay Two Nights: Resort Hotel Alex / Schlosshotel Zermatt
Zermatt At Leisure. (Relaxed Start) Zermatt in summertime is a Shangri-La of leisure-time possibilities. Spend the day relaxing in the clean dry mountain air or shop for luxury goods along the famous Bahnhofstrasse or alleyways. Perhaps take a trip to the Kleiner Matterhorn, see the Matterhorn from the church bridge, take a short hike or sample the delicious cakes known as Kuchen? (BB)
The Italian Lake District To Baveno.
Descend to Täsch for a scenic drive through 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. This afternoon is at your leisure to perhaps join an excursion to the stunning Isola Bella? (BB)
Stay: Hotel Simplon
, Baveno, Italian Lakes
The Glamour And Glitz Of St. Moritz. (Relaxed Start) Journey along the shores of Lake Maggiore, and head north to the three castles at Bellinzona, capital of Italian Switzerland. Meet your Local Expert for a fascinating insight into this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue through the Grison Region, travelling via San Bernardino and the town of Tiefencastel, as you follow the young Rhine River through Heidi Country. 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. (BB)
Stay: Crystal Hotel / The Steffani, St. Moritz
Leisure Time In St. Moritz. (Relaxed Start) Enjoy a day at leisure to jostle with the jet-set in the elegant boutiques or 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. (BB)
Stay: Crystal Hotel / The Steffani, St Moritz.
The Glacier Express And On To Grindelwald. 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. (BB/DW)
Stay Two Nights: Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof, Grindelwald
Grindelwald At Leisure.
(Relaxed Start) Enjoy a day at your leisure to explore Grindelwald further. Perhaps take a cogwheel train ride to the summit of the Jungfrau
Rural Switzerland To Zürich. 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, to delight in the typical Swiss dining experience of fondue. Your Celebration Dinner is accompanied with wine - raise your glass to toast your adventures. (BB/DW)
Stay: Radisson Blu, Zurich Airport
Zürich. Your stylish hotel is conveniently situated five minutes away from the airport. Bid farewell to your travel companions, as you make your way to Zürich airport which is a stroll from your hotel. (BB)