(Zurich, Bern, Zermatt, Lausanne)
Switzerland, a might country full of towering mountain peaks, picturesque valleys, and bustling, cosmopolitan cities. Embark on this exploration of all things Swiss, staying in boutique properties and castle hotels.
Begin in Zurich, where you will tour this fascinating city by foot, and then head into the Swiss Alps, replete with tiny villages and colourful flower beds. Visit Emmental Valley; the dairy farming area famous for its cheese. Head to Bern, a UNESCO world heritage city. Travel by train to the highest altitude mountain railway station in Europe and take in the panorama, a breathtaking view of Italian, French and Swiss alpine giants. Hike the Breithorn, and at times feel you could reach out and touch Mont Blanc, or gaze upon the rear face of Lady Matterhorn. Finish in the cultural city of Lausanne which is built on three hills and offers a multitude of museums, monuments, and cathedrals.
Switzerland is a world class destination, and a country everyone should visit at least once, whether it be for cultural exploration, adventure, or culinary delights. 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.
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.
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.
Transfer using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally.
Enjoy a train ride from Zurich to Bern.
This morning your English-speaking driver will pick you up from the hotel for a fascinating tour to the Swiss. Enjoy the ride through the Emmental Valley; the dairy farming area, where the famous Emmental cheese is made is a region characterized by gentle, green pastures, soft hills, tiny villages scattered with farmhouses that hide beneath gigantic roofs and behind colourful flower beds. Relax while you travel through this intimate countryside until you come to Affoltern to meet your guide at the Emmental cheese dairy. The Emmental cheese dairy is delighted to invite you to see the Emmentaler dairy show and to learn the secrets of cheese production!
Enjoy a shared guided walking tour through the UNESCO World Heritage Site and discover not only the most important sights, but also little alcoves, fountains, towers, arcades, etc. The Old Town stretches from the loop of the river Aare (Untertorbrücke, Mattenenge, Nydeggbrücke) across the "Moränenhügel" westwards to the site of the ancient fortifications (today Kleine Schanze, Hirschengraben, Bubenbergplatz, Bahnhofplatz, Bollwerk) and is rich in sights.
Enjoy a train ride from Bern to Zermatt.
A private english-speaking guide will accompany you as you reach the highest altitude mountain railway station in Europe. The panorama: a breathtaking view of Italian, French and Swiss alpine giants from an altitude of 3,883 metres. This is your starting point for a two and a half hour hike across the glacier to climb your first 4,000 metre mountain, the Breithorn. Do you think you can see the Mediterranean? Quite possibly! Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps, and seems almost near enough to touch. You are almost in Italian territory, and should be able to see the enchanting rear face of Lady Matterhorn. Remember - the air is thin at this altitude so don't try to do anything too quickly!
Enjoy a train ride from Zermatt to Lausanne.
Discover the cultural city of Lausanne, where the International Olympic Committee is based, on a 2 hour (shared) tour of the city with an English-speaking Guide. The city is built on three hills and offers a multitude of museums, monuments and buildings which you can discover during this tour. View the port of Ouchy with its many parks and lakeshore promenades. Also, pass by the city centre which is full of shops, department stores, restaurants and small bistros up to the cathedral, surrounded by the 'Cité' which testifies the rich past of this wonderful city. (Tour includes transportation in a coach and an English speaking Guide)
A transfer from Lausanne to the airport in Geneva with a private vehicle and driver is provided. Travel time is approximately 1 hour
Once a brewery, now a boutique hotel. Since March 2012 the B2 Boutique Hotel (4*) promises a hotel stay with a (hi)story. But there is no need to worry – although the walls are ancient and full of history, the outlook is very contemporary. The 51 rooms and one suite in the brewery's old mash house/powerhouse and the eight duplex Hürlimann Suites in the former cold store have been comfortably and functionally fitted using high-quality materials. The library is the centrepiece of the hotel. With over 33,000 books, it is an inviting place to read, lose yourself in a good book, experience history at first hand and meet new people. Breakfast consisting of regional products, is served in the library. The wine bar serves a small food range, as well as drinks, wine from Zurich and of course the legendary Hürlimann beer all day long. Thermal Bath & Spa Zurich is connected to the hotel. Hotel guests enjoy special conditions and direct access. Enjoy a spectacular view of Zurich from there roof top terrace, a 150-square metre open air roof pool with spectacular views of the city.
Discover the delights of beautiful Bern with a memorable stay at the superior lifestyle Hotel Allegro (4*). The warmest of welcomes and first-class service await you. Many rooms and suites offer fine views of the historic old town and the distant Bernese Alps. From traditional to trendy and classical to contemporary – the attractive restaurants and bars cater for each and every taste. The Fitness & Wellness Centre includes a Finnish sauna, bio sauna, whirlpool, and state-of-the-art equipment. For open-air activity we recommend the beautiful biking and jogging routes in and around Bern.
Julen (4*) offers a traditional tavern, an elegant restaurant and a 3-storey spa area with indoor pool. All rooms have private balconies.The cozy rooms at Romantik Julen Hotel combine traditional Alpine interiors with modern amenities. The restaurant serves a combination of local traditional dishes and international food, while the tavern offers fine wines from local wineries. Guests can relax at the large spa centre, which includes an indoor swimming pool, steam baths, solarium, sauna and fitness room.
The Château d'Ouchy (4*) is a charming castle hotel built around a massive tower of a 12th century fortress in an idyllic setting beside the sparkling blue waters of the Lausanne-Ouchy yacht harbour. Layered with history, the Château, recently restored to its 19th century grandeur and simultaneously modernized to cater to today's lifestyle, features airy, Louis XIII- decorated guest rooms. The building is an admirable, neo-gothic style monument designed by the architect Francis Isoz who was greatly inspired by the work of Viollet-le-Duc. The Château has 50 rooms including 10 suites with a majestic panorama view. The high-end comfort and quality service will charm you during your stay. Totally renovated, the originality of Ouchy will surprise you with its lounge atmosphere at the bar, with its Mediterranean restaurant, its pleasant terrace facing the lake, pool, and relaxation area.
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April 21, 2014
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April 21, 2014
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