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The Festive Spirit of Switzerland

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Fully Guided Coach Small Group Festive Winter Scenic / Sightseeing Christmas Markets Glacier Express Jungfrau Railway
Our Price From 11,433 Per Person
Exclusive Savings 362 Per Person
 Trip Length
13 Days
 Trip Starts
Zurich
 Trip Finishes
Zurich
13 Day The Festive Spirit of Switzerland Itinerary (APT)
Countries Explored: Switzerland
Trip Operator:
Accommodation
4 - 4.5 Star
Max. Group Size
20
Trip Style
Small Group Journey
Trip Code
EULXCHX13

Overview

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on APT's 13 Day The Festive Spirit of Switzerland. Spend the festive season in Switzerland with APT on this 13-day adventure exploring the Christmas markets of Zurich, Basel, Vevey, Montreux and Lucerne.

Itinerary

Welcome to Switzerland. Be met on arrival and transfer to your hotel. Later, meet your fellow travellers at a welcome reception. Stay: Hotel Ambassador Zurich, a Small Luxury Hotel

Explore Zurich on a guided tour before travelling to Basel, where you will visit the Christmas market. Revel in the festive spirit at the Christmas markets, where twinkling lights and mulled wine are on display. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Stay: Basel, Hotel D (B/D)

Head underground to see the historic city walls of Basel, before a festive Signature Experience. Later, stop in the Swiss capital of Bern en route to Montreux. Here, your hotel the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace is situated in a prime position overlooking Lake Geneva and the Swiss Alps. Stay Two Nights: Fairmont Le Montreux Palace, in a guaranteed Lake View Room (B/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • In Basel, delight in a leckerli cookie workshop. Originating in Basel, these traditional Swiss cookies were created by local spice merchants in the 1400s, and are now a popular treat and the pride of Basel. After learning how to bake like the locals do, indulge in sampling these chewy, nutty cookies flavoured with spices.

Call into the lakeside town of Vevey before a visit to Chaplin's World, dedicated to the film artist Charlie Chaplin. Here, embark on a cinematic journey through time as you enter the manoir, a beautiful home that depicts the final 25 years of Chaplin's life. You will also visit the museum's old Hollywood-style studio where you can immerse yourself in the world of silent film. Afterwards, take a stroll around the surrounding 4-hectare garden estate. This afternoon, browse the displays of the Vevey Christmas markets. (B)

Today you will board the Golden Pass train and journey to Gstaad where you will learn why Switzerland is renowned for having some of the finest cheese in the world. Visit Kase-Grotte (the Cheese Grotto), where you'll enter the magnificent cave that houses more than 3,000 cheese varieties, which of course is followed by a tasting.

Later, reboard the Golden Pass to Zweisimmen where you will travel by coach to the quintessential Swiss resort village of Grindelwald. Here you will stay in a traditional hotel with rooms offering stunning views over Eiger mountain. Stay Three Nights: Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof Grindelwald (B/D)

Today you will ascend 3,466 metres above sea level as you board a funicular train to Jungfraujoch. Affectionately known as the ‘Top of Europe', this climb up the Bernese Alps offers sensational views along the journey and at the summit. Here, we've organised a special Signature Experience. (B)

Signature Experiences:
  • Make the most of the fairytale winter setting with a private reception at the Glacier Bar.

We've set aside a full day for you to explore more of this Swiss resort village at your leisure. (B)

After breakfast, travel to Lucerne and explore this picturesque lakeside town. This evening enjoy dinner at a traditional fondue restaurant. Stay Two Nights: The Hotel Lucerne, Autograph Collection (B/D)

Today enjoy a magical Christmas walking tour. On your tour, hear about the seasonal traditions of Lucerne while wandering the many stalls of Lucerne's Christmas markets. You'll be sure to feel the magic of the festive spirit come alive. (B)

Today you will travel to the Lindt Home of Chocolate for a guided tour. Later, journey to the ski resort town of Flims. Stay Two Nights: Waldhaus Flims (B/L/D)

Today, travel along a series of picturesque trails on a horse-drawn carriage ride. Enjoy a progressive dinner this evening as you dine at different restaurants at your hotel. (B/D)

Travel to the wine region of Bad Ragaz, a region renowned for its thermal springs and wine. Here, visit a family run local winery to sample some of the wines produced on the estate, and gain an insight in to how wine and other fresh produce was cultivated here over 1,000 years ago. Return to Zurich and browse the enchanting Christmas markets. This evening, a farewell dinner awaits. Stay: Hotel Ambassador Zurich, a Small Luxury Hotel (B/D)

Be transferred to the airport for your flight home. (B)

Trip Inclusions

  • Enjoy a leckerli cookie workshop in Basel
  • Enjoy a private reception at the Glacier Bar at the top of Jungfraujoch
  • Ride on the famous Glacier Express railway in first class
  • Visit Christmas markets in Zurich, Basel, Vevey, Montreux and Lucerne

  • Experiences in 12 destinations
  • The services of expert tour director
  • Transfers, porterage and gratuities

  • 20 included meals over the course of your trip.

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Perhaps extend your journey, refer to tour codes EUMCCH27 & EUMCRCH27. Enquire for details.
  • Prices are for land/rail only. Flights not included

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