With its stunning mountains, fascinating old towns, beautiful lakes, and long history, Switzerland is the perfect vacation offering something for everyone. On this Best of Switzerland tour, experience some of its most beautiful scenery and interesting cities, with overnights in Zurich, St. Moritz, Lugano, Zermatt, the Lake Geneva area, and Lucerne. No tour to Switzerland is complete without seeing the stunning scenery. Enjoy a scenic drive following Lake Zurich and Lake Walen through the high Alps to the tiny Principality of Liechtenstein. Drive into the Swiss Engadine, a valley considered by many to be the most beautiful mountain area in the world, with deep-blue lakes, airy larch forests, mountain peaks exceeding 12,000 feet, and quaint villages. Here, spend an overnight in St. Moritz, one of the world's most famous resorts. Other mountain scenery awaits you in Tasch, where you'll board a mountain train to car-free Zermatt, a picturesque cluster of rustic chalets beneath the famous Matterhorn. This tour is not short of lakes either! Enjoy the Italian shores of Lake Como and Lake Maggiore, stunning Lake Geneva, and Lugano, the elegant town on the shores of homonymous lake.Visit some of Switzerland's famous cities, including Zurich, Berne, and Lucerne. Plus, to bring Switzerland to life, Globus has arranged some unique experiences for you such as a special lunch at a traditional Swiss working farm near Berne. Another true Swiss experience is a trip to the top of Mount Pilatus to enjoy heavenly views, and a special souvenir cap to remember this experience! Of course, Switzerland is known for its chocolates, and on this Switzerland tour, a traditional chocolate pralines tasting at a famous confectionery is included.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!
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- Offer valid through 9/30/2020
- 8 Days
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|Day 1||Zurich||Welcome to Zurich! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)|
|Day 2||St. Moritz||Discover Zurich's well-preserved OLD TOWN with its medieval guild houses during your orientation walk, and stop at [LF] the famous Sprungli Confectionery to taste the traditional CHOCOLATE PRALINES. A scenic drive following Lake Zurich and Lake Walen into the high Alps leads you to the tiny Principality of Liechtenstein, clutched between Switzerland and Austria, with a surface of just 62 square miles. Stop in the capital, Vaduz, and take pictures of the castle, the official residence of the prince, overlooking the town. Return to Switzerland, and ascend the Rhine Valley into the mountainous Grisons, a canton where three of the country's four languages are spoken. The 7,504-foot Julier Pass, an important Alpine road since Roman times, leads to the Engadine. This valley is considered by many as the most beautiful mountain area in the world, with deep-blue lakes, airy larch forests that turn golden in the fall, mountain peaks exceeding 12,000 feet, and quaint villages with massive white stone houses in the characteristic Grisons style. This afternoon, arrive in St. Moritz, the elegant resort that hosted the two Winter Olympics.Today's Distance: 137 mi / 220 km (B,D)|
|Day 3||Lugano||Take in a gradual change of scenery as you descend towards the enchanting shores of Italy's Lake Como and on to the southern tip of Switzerland. The vegetation south of the Alps is Mediterranean: chestnut groves, vineyards, and olive and fig trees are a stark contrast to earlier today as you were within walking distance of glaciers. Afternoon arrival in the popular town of Lugano allows time for shopping under the arcades of Via Nassa or sipping an espresso on flower-festooned Piazza Riforma. To truly appreciate splendid Lake Lugano, an optional boat ride is available, followed by dinner at a traditional 'grotto' restaurant.Today's Distance: 87 mi / 140 km (B)|
|Day 4||Zermatt||Depart from Lake Lugano to the Italian shore of Lake Maggiore for a break in Stresa, the 'Pearl of the Lake.' An optional boat ride to enchanting Isola Bella can be arranged. Continue over lofty Simplon Pass into the Swiss Valais, an area renowned for its excellent wines and great mountain resorts. To reach the most famous of them, leave the coach behind in Tasch and board a MOUNTAIN TRAIN to climb the last few miles up to car-free Zermatt, a picturesque cluster of rustic chalets beneath the Matterhorn.Today's Distance: 165 mi / 265 km (B)|
|Day 5||Lake Geneva||This morning, you can join an optional excursion to Klein Matterhorn for spectacular views of the surrounding Alps. Later, drive through the vineyards and apricot groves of the lower Rhone Valley, and arrive at beautiful Lake Geneva.Today's Distance: 93 mi / 150 km (B,D)|
|Day 6||Lucerne||In the stately capital of Berne, your guided tour starts at the BEAR PARK, followed by a panoramic view of the city from the Rose Garden. Next, enjoy a walking tour through the beautifully preserved medieval Old Town. Witness the hourly parade of painted figures at the Clock Tower and take pictures of ornate, flower-adorned fountains. See life in rural Switzerland and look forward to a [LF] special lunch at a traditional Swiss WORKING FARM. Cross the Brunig Pass that connects the Bernese Oberland to central Switzerland and arrive in picturesque Lucerne. An optional dinner excursion to a folklore party is complete with yodeling for classic Alpine merrymaking.Today's Distance: 162 mi / 260 km (B,L)|
|Day 7||Lucerne||Follow your Tour Director for a pleasant walk and admire Thorwaldsen's impressive LION MONUMENT, dedicated to the Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France during the French Revolution. Walk along ornate patrician houses of the walled Old Town, then cross the famous covered CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit Church, the first large baroque church built in Switzerland on the north side of the Alps. Afterward, another true Swiss experience: [LF] a trip to the top of Mount Pilatus, the 'Guard of Lucerne,' where you receive a special SOUVENIR CAP to always remember this experience! Tonight, a farewell dinner awaits for a proper auf Wiedersehen. (B,D)|
|Day 8||Zurich||Morning transfer to Zurich Airport in time for homebound flights leaving no earlier than 10 am. Extra nights are available in Zurich.Today's Distance: 34 mi / 55 km (B)|
- US$ Price Details
Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.Single room supplement: $320-$450Triple room reduction per person: $50Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.
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