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Scenic Switzerland

Zurich
Zurich
Lion Monument
Lion Monument
Lake Lucerne
Lake Lucerne
Gornergrat
Gornergrat
Zermatt
Zermatt
Chillon Castle
Chillon Castle
Glacier Express
Glacier Express
Chapel Bridge
Chapel Bridge
9-day Tour to and from Zurich from $2,430/person (September 22 -30, 2019)
Kickstart your 9-day journey across majestic Switzerland in Zurich, continuing to the medieval Lucerne to explore its breathtaking lakes that surround the iconic alps. Afterward, take the trains to Interlaken, Montreux, located on the shores of the Swiss Riviera, Lausanne, and Zermatt. See the spectacular views of the Gornergrat and the Swiss Alps along with the fascinating mountain streams, glaciers, and experience the culture walks through some of Central Europe's charming towns.
Overview
Traverse across one of Europe's spectacular places - Switzerland, via train and discover what makes this global destination worth visiting. Feast your eyes on its unspoiled wonders - from the idyllic medieval towns to the famed snow-capped Alps, beautiful lakes, breathtaking glaciers, and vast lush meadows, all while aboard highest rack railway. Complete with guides, hotel accommodations, tours, tour guide, and meals, you're promised of an exceptional journey across the fascinating sierras of Central Europe.
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Location: Zurich - Lucerne - Interlaken - Lausanne - Tasch - Zermatt - Gornergrat - St. Moritz - Tirano

Day 1: ZURICH, SWITZERLAND

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Zurich. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers. (D)

Day 2: ZURICH–LUCERNE AREA

Board the train for your journey from Zurich to Lucerne. Lucerne is one of Switzerland’s most idyllic medieval cities, surrounded by a beautiful lake and nestled amidst the snowcapped Alps. The rest of the day is at leisure to discover the delights of this charming city or to join one of the optional excursions. (B)

Day 3: LUCERNE AREA–INTERLAKEN–GOLDENPASS TRAIN TO MONTREUX–LAUSANNE

Leave Lucerne on the Lucerne-Interlaken Express. Cross Brunig Pass en route to Interlaken, where you spend some time strolling through the quaint streets. From Interlaken, take the BLS RegioExpress train to Zweisimmen. Continue on the MONTREUX–OBERLAND BERNOIS PANORAMIC TRAIN for your unforgettable journey to Montreux, then continue to Lausanne. (B)

Day 4: LAUSANNE–MONTREUX–TÄSCH–ZERMATT

Depart for the delightful Swiss mountain resort of Zermatt. En route, stop to visit the town of Montreux, situated on the shores of Lake Geneva and known as the “Swiss Riviera.” Enjoy some free time or maybe join the optional guided excursion to Chillon Castle before continuing by train to Zermatt. (B, D)

Day 5: ZERMATT. GORNERGRAT EXCURSION

An included excursion takes you to the famous GORNERGRAT, traveling on board Europe’s highest rack railway. The views from its summit are spectacular. The rest of the day is at leisure in Zermatt—with a variety of interesting shops, cafés, bars, and narrow streets to explore. (B)

Day 6: ZERMATT–GLACIER EXPRESS–ST. MORITZ

The train journey today aboard the spectacular GLACIER EXPRESS is without a doubt one of the main highlights of the tour. Enjoy unforgettable views as you make your way through the unspoiled natural beauty of the Alps on the direct route from Zermatt to the world-famous mountain resort of St. Moritz. (B, D)

Day 7: ST. MORITZ. BERNINA EXPRESS EXCURSION TO TIRANO, ITALY

Take the BERNINA EXPRESS train (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) to Tirano and back for one of Europe’s most spectacular and breathtaking train rides. Travel across lofty Bernina Pass via the Swiss Poschiavo area to Tirano in the Italian Valtellina, witnessing an array of beautiful mountain streams, glaciers, and alpine scenery along the way. (B)

Day 8: ST. MORITZ–ZURICH

Leave St. Moritz for the journey back to Zurich. Enjoy some time at leisure in Zurich. (B)

Day 9: ZURICH

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

-END OF TOUR-

Must try:

  • Sightseeing via railway tours
  • Take the Bernina Express
  • Tour the cities Lucerne, Lausanne, Zermatt, St. Moritz, Tirano
  • Excursion to Chillon Castle
  • Outdoor activities

Must See

  • Lake Lucerne - also called Lake of Lucerne or Lake of Four Cantons, is a main lake of Switzerland. Beautifully set between steep limestones, it is known for having one of the most spectacular views of mountains
  • Swiss Alps - known as Switzerland’s mountainous region with breathtaking views of lakes, summits, and valleys, extending across Europe
  • Gornergrat - a place set at a rocky ridge of the Pennine Alps that offer views of the most scenics places of Switzerland

Must Eat:

  • Cheese Fondue - This dairy dish is one of Switzerland’s most iconic foods. It is a bowl of cheese (gruyère and emmentaler), garlic, wine, and a few other ingredients that is melted into a liquid state. Diners skewer small squares of bread and dip it into the cheese for a taste sensation.

  • Rösti - These treats are grated potatoes that are semi-cooked before being formed into a flat patty-like shape and then fried (or baked). It is eaten often as a side dish, served with eggs during breakfast.

  • Zurchergeschnetzeltes - The name itself, translated as “cut meat Zurich style”, describes the dish itself. Strips of veal are cooked with mushrooms, onions, wine, and cream. They are often eaten with Rösti.

  • Zopf - Despite its alien-sounding name, this dish is literally just a bread loaf. The name means “braid” in the local language and alludes to its plaited shape. It’s made from white flour, eggs, milk, butter, and yeast. The dough is then braided before brushed with egg yolk before being baked.

Rate is per person based on double occupancy, may change without prior notice, and does not include airfare yet. Other terms and conditions apply.

9-day Tour to and from Zurich
Duration: 9 Days /8 Nights Package Inclusions:
  • hotel accommodation
  • daily buffet breakfast
  • three (3) dinners
  • local guides
  • individual headsets
  • professional tour director
  • optional tours
from
USD2430
per person