(Zurich, Lucerne, Interlaken, Zermatt, Geneva)
As your boat creeps ever closer to the raging aquatic face of Rhine Falls, you’ll feel the waterfall mist fresh on your face and the incredible power of nature will echo through all your senses.
Explore lakeside Zurich and its charming old town on a walking tour, and get your first taste of Switzerland’s majestic natural beauty as you journey to nearby Rhine Falls – Europe’s largest waterfall – and cruise close to its raging waters. In Lucerne, a private guide will tell the stories behind the historic sites that are spread throughout the storybook city, and a panoramic gondola ride to nearby Mount Pilatus will reveal breath-taking views of the surrounding mountains and lakes. Take a train to Interlaken where you’ll see the village via a horse and carriage ride; hike the nearby mountain trails that lead through quaint alpine villages; explore picturesque Zermatt; linger in the sidewalk cafes in Geneva’s charming old town; and discover the fairy tale mountain villages at the foot of soaring Mont-Blanc.
From Europe’s largest waterfall to the continent’s highest mountain peak, this breath-taking trip combines Switzerland’s grandest natural sights with the subtle elegance and refinement of its storybook villages. You’ll travel by road, train, water and gondola to see the country from every angle as your experienced team of private guides ensure you get the most out of every experience. And when long days of adventure come to an end, you’ll rest and recharge in a collection of warm, atmospheric hotels.
Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.
Enjoy a transfer in a private vehicle with a driver provided from the airport to your hotel.
A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Enjoy a walking tour of Zurich, one of the most important cities in Switzerland. Your private guide will give you a good overview of Zurich in all its aspects: through the business and shopping centre, the Old Town, and along the lake to the greenery of the recreational areas on the outskirts. Visit Fraumünster to see the Chagall windows and stop at the lake where you will have wonderful views of the city. Entrance fees are not included.
On this shared Rhine Falls tour with a multi-lingual guide, you will be taken to northern Switzerland close to the German border. En route, you will be driven through Schaffhausen with its famous Munot Fortress, from the 16th century. See the fantastic nature spectacle that is the Rhine Falls; Europe's biggest waterfall. Let yourself get thrilled by this sublime natural phenomenon by taking an optional boat ride which takes you close to the falls. Enjoy one hour at leisure at the Rhine Falls. After the tour you will return to Zurich with a stop at the airport, where departing guests can end their tour.
With the Swiss half-fare card you receive a 50% discount on tickets bought for trains, buses, boats and mountain-top excursions. Each card is valid for one month.
Transfer using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally.
Enjoy a transfer by train from Zurich to Lucerne. Travel time is approximately 50 minutes.
A transfer between the train station and your hotel is provided with a private vehicle and driver.
Explore storybook Lucerne, situated on Lake Lucerne - a charming city with many faces with your own private guide. Reflect on the history of Lucerne as you walk across the 14th century Chapel Bridge with its paintings of heroic town events. Then cross Mill Bridge to see the "Dance of Death" paintings. Musegg Wall, the old city ramparts and the stately Town Hall, displaying suits of armour reminding you of the Middle Ages. Continue on to the Lion Monument in memory of the Swiss Guards who defended the Royal Palace in Versailles during the French Revolution. You might also include an optional visit to see the Swiss Transport Museum, famous for its huge collection of rail vehicles, aircraft cars, bicycles, and motor-bikes as well as other exhibits and models connected with the history of transport and communication. Entrance fees are not included and need to be paid on the spot.
Enjoy a shared tour of Mount Pilatus and relax on a boat trip on Lake Lucerne. Start the tour with a short bus journey to Kriens where you can take a ride on the panoramic gondolas to Mount Pilatus (7000 ft / 2132 m). From here, enjoy an unforgettable view over the surrounding mountains and lakes. Descend on the world's steepest cogwheel railway (48% gradient) to Alpnachstad before taking an unforgettable boat ride on Lake Lucerne. A multi-lingual guide will be with the group for the duration of the tour. A fun optional activity on this tour is to take on the longest summer toboggan run in Switzerland, 4500 ft (1.4 km).
Enjoy a transfer by train from Lucerne to Interlaken. Travel time is approximately 2 hours.
A transfer between the train station and your hotel is provided with a private vehicle and driver.
The center of Interlaken can't be thought of without horse and carriage rides! Enjoy a peaceful 1 hour ride in a carriage and enjoy an all new experience.
Today you will have the services of a private mountain guide to take you through the small mountain villages and numerous hiking trails of the Interlaken region. Entrance fees and train tickets are not included.
Enjoy a transfer by train from Interlaken to Zermatt. Travel time is approximately 2 hours.
Enjoy a shared guided walking tour of Zermatt. If you are wondering why store houses in Valais stand on wooden posts with stone plates, or how people in Zermatt earned their living in the time before the rise of tourism, or if you wanted to know about the life of the legendary mountain guide Ulrich Inderbinen, who reached the age of 104, you will get all of these answers on your tour.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
Enjoy a transfer by train from Zermatt to Geneva. Travel time is approximately 4 hours.
A transfer between the train station and your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
Today you will take a walking tour of Geneva with your own private guide. The territory of the "Republic & Canton of Geneva" covers only 110 square miles. Yet, thanks to its central location, it is and has always been a crossroad of Europe, a great international centre housing the UNO, the International Red Cross, the International Labour Office and many, many more. Among Geneva's main attractions is its beautiful Old town, where it is pleasant to just stroll or linger in a sidewalk Café and soak up the past, fascinated by the charm of its narrow, winding, historic streets. Art Lovers can just meander at leisure through its scores of stunning art galleries and Antique Hunters will be overwhelmed by the authentic treasures of its shops. Geneva, proud of its glorious past, cherishes the relics of its ancient heritage and offers you a chance of taking an exciting promenade through 2000 years of history. Entrance fees are not included in the tour.
Enjoy a shared tour of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. A 90 minute drive by motor-coach through the picturesque Arve Valley will take you from Geneva to Chamonix, one of the most famous mountain villages at the foot of the highest peak in Europe at 4807 m./15.771 ft, the remarkable Mont-Blanc. You will be crossing the Franco-Swiss border and will need to present your passport. During the tour you will have guides in both English and French. There is typically snow year round at the Aiguille Du Midi and a cable car can be taken to the summit. Enjoy the distinctly "French" feel of Chamonix for the day before your shared transfer back to Geneva at days end. Cable car is not included.
Transfer from the airport to your hotel in a private vehicle with driver.
Hotel Basilea (3*) is located only a five minutes walking distance from Zurich`s main station and amidst the bustling and picturesque old town in the city centre. In order to make your stay as comfortable as possible, the hotel offers separate smoking and non-smoking floors. The hotel is located in a side street, peace and quiet is guaranteed.
The historical building and modernly styled Waldstätterhof Swiss Quality Hotel (3*) is located by the railway station and also close to the lake and Chapel bridge - a 14th century wooden bridge, and one of the town's main attractions. Dating from the beginning of the 20th century, the fully renovated building houses modern as well as traditionally furnished rooms and junior suites.Serving fine fresh food, the restaurant also offers a diverse selection of vegetarian meals. There is complimentary wi-fi available within the hotel.
Goldey Swiss Quality Hotel (3*) is set on the banks of the River Aare in a quiet location amid the Jungfrau ski region, only a 5 minute walk from the centre of Interlaken. Along the shore of the River Aare you will find some of the nicest walking paths in Interlaken. The hotel offers 40 bright and spacious rooms, all with balconies. Meal options at the Goldey Swiss Hotel include one restaurant where a delicious complimentary breakfast is served daily. Relax in the comfortable hotel, enjoy its excellent facilities and service while spending unforgettable days in the unique scenery of the Interlaken region.
Walliserhof Zermatt (4*) Enjoys an excellent location right in the heart of Zermatt close to many shops, restaurants, bars and the cable cars. The train station is only 220 yards away. Built in typical Valaisan chalet style, the Walliserhof not only offers cozy rooms and suites, but also tasty regional and international cuisine in its restaurant featuring a terrace right on Bahnhofstrasse. After a grand day out in the mountains, the spa area invites you to unwind. Wireless internet is available free of charge in all rooms.
Bernina (3*) Located in a prime location opposite the Main Railway Station of Geneva, Hotel Bernina is adjacent to a big shopping centre and only a 5-minute walk from Lake Geneva. Hotel is also next to the bus terminal and the business district as well as the commercial area of the city. The United Nations and other international organizations are approximately 1.6 km (one mile) away. Venture out, enjoy the night life of Geneva and retreat to your spacious, elegant and bright room for a good night's rest. Hotel provides guests with 80 rooms, with a family ambiance. It is a meeting point for businesswomen and men and international delegates.
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November 07, 2013
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