Grand Tour of Switzerland - 2023

8 nights from £1829

Grand Tour of Switzerland - 2023
Grand Tour of Switzerland - 2023
Start:Zürich, Switzerland
Finish:Zürich, Switzerland
Duration:8 Nights
Suitable for: 5-99
Physical rating:Steady pace
Meals:9 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 4 dinners
Diets:Vegetarians
Tour operated in: English

Overview

With its unspoiled scenery, majestic peaks, fascinating old towns, sparkling lakes, rich history, and cities with a cosmopolitan flair, Switzerland is the perfect vacation offering something for everyone. On this Switzerland tour, you’ll experience some of its most beautiful scenery and interesting cities with overnights in Zurich, St. Moritz, Lugano, Zermatt, the Lausanne area, and Lucerne. Switzerland is famous for its stunning sceneries. Enjoy a panoramic drive through the high Alps to the tiny Principality of Liechtenstein. Witness quaint villages, finely carved chalets, green pastures, beautiful forests, magnificent mountain peaks, and rolling, green hills on your way to St. Moritz, one of the world's most famous winter resorts. Switch mode of transportation in Täsch, where you’ll board a mountain train to car-free Zermatt, a picturesque cluster of rustic chalets beneath the famous Matterhorn. If you desire to see lakes, you'll enjoy Lake Maggiore, Italy’s second-largest lake; stunning Lake Geneva; Lake Lugano, the popular region enjoying a subtropical climate; Interlaken, situated between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz; and Lake Lucerne, situated in the shadows of the snow-capped Alps. One highlight of this Switzerland tour is the journey aboard the Bernina Express from St Moritz to Tirano, Italy. Traveling on the “red train”, the highest railway across the Alps, you’ll witness glistening glaciers, stunning mountain streams, and alpine scenery, and you’ll travel through tunnels and over bridges that are engineering masterpieces! Enjoy a visit to a local cheese factory in Gruyères, a picturesque medieval town that has been unaffected with the passage of time. You’ll also spend time in Switzerland’s capital, Berne, and storybook Lucerne. From stunning scenery and vibrant cities to its special experiences, this Switzerland tour is sure to delight. So grab your camera and get ready for an amazing vacation! .......read more
Highlights
  • A sensational drive today takes you through some of Switzerland’s most renowned cantons.
  • Enjoy a whole day to explore this scenic Engadin valley resort.
  • Discover the highlights of charming, subtropical Lugano before traveling to Lake Maggiore, Italy’s second-largest lake.
  • Discover the wonders of Lucerne, a city straight out of a storybook.

Itinerary

Location: Zürich

Check into your hotel in Zurich and start exploring with the assistance of your CosmosGO app. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

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Accommodation Name: Novotel Zurich City - West (or similar)

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Location: Appenzell District, Liechtenstein, Saint Moritz

A sensational drive today takes you through some of Switzerland’s most renowned cantons. Stop in Appenzell to see the Old Town with its 16th-century Town Hall. Continue to the minute Principality of Liechtenstein for a visit of its tiny capital, Vaduz. Pass through scenic “Heidiland” and into the Rhine Valley before ascending mighty Julier Pass. Soon, you’ll be in the heart of Switzerland’s largest canton, the Grisons, where you’ll marvel at some of the world’s best alpine views. Spend the next two nights in glamorous St. Moritz, host of two Winter Olympic Games (1928 and 1948) and the premier winter retreat of European royalty, celebrities, and the international jet set for more than a century.Today’s Distance: 177 mi/ 285 km

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Location: Saint Moritz

Enjoy a whole day to explore this scenic Engadin valley resort. Renowned for its stunning forest, lake, and mountain setting and an average of 322 days of sunshine per year, St. Moritz is comprised of two villages separated by a mile of lake shore—St. Moritz Dorf and St. Moritz Bad. Extending up the slope from the lake, terraced Dorf is a tapestry of grand hotels, upscale boutiques, and traditional Engadin architecture, characterized by arched wooden doors, small deep-set windows, and artistically etched facades. Neighboring Bad is known for its ice rink, mineral and mud baths, and lakeside promenade.

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Location: Bernina Express, Tirano, Lugano

Experience one of Europe’s most spectacular train rides, the Bernina Express. Board the train in St. Moritz, and travel across the lofty Bernina Pass via the Swiss Poschiavo area to Tirano in the Italian Valtellina. Here, rejoin your coach and journey to the shores of sparkling Lake Lugano.Today’s Distance: 112 mi/ 180 km

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Accommodation Name: Ibis Lugano (or similar)

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Location: Lugano, Lake Maggiore, Täsch, Zermatt

Discover the highlights of charming, subtropical Lugano before traveling to Lake Maggiore, Italy’s second-largest lake. Consider joining the optional boat trip to visit to the garden island of Isola Bella with its splendid 17th-century palazzo (palace). Return to Switzerland via picturesque Simplon Pass and hop aboard a train in Täsch for the only connection to car-free Zermatt, a resort surrounded by Switzerland’s highest mountains—including the celebrated Matterhorn.Today’s Distance: 168 mi/ 270 km

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Accommodation Name: Perren (or similar)

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Location: Zermatt, Lausanne

Time to stroll through town and maybe take a break to sample the local fare, like raclette (melted Swiss cheese), fondue, or hand-made chocolate. Perhaps shop for an authentic Swiss watch or Swiss Army knife. Then, take the train back to Täsch, where you will rejoin the coach and continue your journey through the vineyards and apricot groves of the lower Rhône Valley to crescent-shaped Lake Geneva, one of Europe’s largest lakes.Today’s Distance: 112 mi/ 180 km

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Accommodation Name: Novotel Lausanne Bussigny (or similar)

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Location: Lausanne

Spend either a whole day at leisure exploring Lausanne and its environs, or join an optional excursion to charming Geneva with its cobblestoned Old Town and the Palais des Nations, European headquarters of the United Nations.

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Accommodation Name: Novotel Lausanne Bussigny (or similar)

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Location: Lausanne, Gruyères, Bern, Interlaken, Lucerne

The first stop today is in picturesque Gruyères to visit a local cheese factory. Then, on to Berne, Switzerland’s charming 12th-century capital. The Old Town is a showcase of medieval architecture, arcaded shops, artistic fountains, and the landmark Zytglogge (clock tower), an ornate animated astronomical clock built in 1530. Travel on, skirting the shores of Lake Thun, and stop in the renowned resort of Interlaken for a visit before crossing Brünig Pass to Lucerne.Today’s Distance: 155 mi/ 250 km

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Accommodation Name: Ibis Styles Luzerne City (or similar)

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Location: Lucerne, Zürich

Discover the wonders of Lucerne, a city straight out of a storybook. Situated on Lake Lucerne beneath the snowcapped Alps, Lucerne highlights include cobblestone streets lined with frescoed homes, the world-famous Chapel bridge, and the poignant Lion monument. Perhaps choose from a wonderful selection of optional activities—the most popular is an excursion to mount Stanserhorn. Return to Zurich for an overnight.Today’s Distance: 62 mi/ 100 km

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Accommodation Name: Zuri by Fassbind (or similar)

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Location: Zürich

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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What's Included

Included
  • Meals
    9 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Accommodation
    It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.
  • All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)
  • Fully Guided

Not Included
  • Tipping and Gratuities
  • International Travel

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Start:Zürich, Switzerland
Finish:Zürich, Switzerland
Duration:8 Nights
Suitable for: 5-99
Physical rating:Steady pace
Meals:9 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 4 dinners
Diets:Vegetarians
Tour operated in: English
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