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Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between March 8, 2017 and April 4, 2017 for travel in 2017. Discount will apply to individual members of groups adding a name and non-refundable per person deposit WITHIN the promo window. Not applicable on TBA space. Not applicable to custom tours. Applies to new 2017 bookings only, and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply. May be withdrawn at any time.
Must be a Journeys Club member at the time of booking to receive 5% discount on the land-only portion of Globus, Cosmos, Monograms, or Avalon Waterways core tour, package, or cruise, not including extra night accommodations, extensions, taxes/fees, tips, and supplements. Must have traveled within the last five years of your booking date to receive discount. Journeys Club discount is not available retroactively. Applies to new 2017 and 2018 bookings only. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Does not apply to custom groups. Additional restrictions may apply.
To receive the Young Traveler discount, the age of the traveler must qualify at start date of the vacation. Does not apply to custom groups. Discount is applicable to any accommodation. Additional restrictions may apply.
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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 the Lucerne area. No tour to Switzerland is complete without seeing the stunning scenery. Enjoy a scenic 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 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; Lugano, the popular subtropical resort on the shores of Lake Lugano; Interlaken, situated between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz; and Lucerne, situated on Lake Lucerne in the shadows of the snowcapped 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!
Day 1: Arrive in Zürich, Switzerland
. Check into your hotel in Zurich. The rest of the day is free for exploring this exciting city. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers. (D)
Day 2: Zürich-Appenzell-Liechtenstein-St. 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 east to the minute Principality of Liechtenstein for a visit of its tiny capital, Vaduz. Pass through scenic "Heidiland" and into the Rhine Valley before starting the ascent up 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 Olympic Winter Games (1928 and 1948) and the premier winter retreat of European royalty, celebrities, and the international jet set for more than a century. (B)
Day 3: At Leisure in St. Moritz.
Enjoy a whole day to explore this scenic Engadine 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 Engadine architecture, characterized by arched wooden doors, small deep-set windows, and artistically etched facades. Meanwhile, neighboring Bad is known for its ice rink, mineral and mud baths, and energetic nightlife. (B,D)
Day 4: St. Moritz-Bernina Express Train to Tirano, Italy-Lugano, Switzerland.
One of Europe's most spectacular train rides, the BERNINA EXPRESS begins today in St. Moritz, whisking you across 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. (B)
Day 5: 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 for a 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. (B,D)
Day 6: Zermatt-Lausanne Area.
Time to stroll through town and maybe take a break to sample the local fare, like raclette, fondue, or hand-made chocolate, or to 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. (B,D)
Day 7: Lausanne Area.
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. (B)
Day 8: Lausanne Area-Gruyère-Berne-Interlaken-Lucerne Area.
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. Tonight, why not join an optional folklore evening, complete with yodeling and alphorn blowing? (B)
Day 9: Lucerne Area-Zürich.
Discover the wonders of Lucerne, a city straight out of a storybook. Situated on Lake Lucerne in the shadows of the snowcapped Alps, your visit takes in the highlights, including 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 Stanserhorn mountain. Return to Zurich for an overnight. (B)
Day 10: Zürich.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Professional Tour Director while touring
SIGHTSEEING & ACTIVITIES
Visits to Appenzell, Vaduz, St. Moritz, Bernina Express train, Lugano, Zermatt, Gruyères cheese factory, Berne, Interlaken, Lucerne Chapel Bridge. Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
Buffet breakfasts saily; 4 dinners
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; Bernina Express train; Mountain Train Täsch-Zermatt
Prices based on double room occupancy.
Single room supplement:
No triple room reduction.
Extra nights per person in Zurich:
in single room $173-$224, in twin $94-$120, in triple $82-$98
|Europe's Photo Album 2017||Cosmos|
The tour was fast-paced and brought us to stunningly beautiful and exciting places we never thought we would have an opportunity to see or visit. The trip went far above our expectations. Daily bus trips and train excursions were delightful, informative, and provided a break in the day. Our tour guide was excellent and went well beyond the call of duty to ensure our comfort and pleasure. Highly recommended.
Amazing experience! Our tour director was knowledgeable, informative, helpful and funny. Excursions was enjoyable. Had a great time.
This tour was the best tour we have ever had. The itinerary arrangement was superb was conducted in a very professional way. We are very pleased with the Cosmos Tour Director and the Cosmos Driver. They were very good and very helpful. Anybody who would like to visit Switzerland we would like to suggest this tour instead of the shorter other Switzerland tour. Overall during this trip we were able to visit 4 mountain peaks by train & cable car combined.
Hello! We just got back from Switzerland yesterday. And let me tell you, Switzerland is one of the most amazing places in the world. It was worth every dime spent on this trip. I see myself booking a tour with you and Cosmos again. We had such a wonderful time. Cosmos is very organized and highly recommend this company and this tour. The Tour Director is one of the best in the industry. The Driver is the safest driver you can ask for. The hotels are clean and comfortable. I love the fact that we didn't have to worry about our luggages, they took care of everything. The tour itself is not very hectic, in fact, we have a lot of free time to explore. I wouldn't mind paying extra though for some of the meals to be included because what my husband and I noticed was, we ended up paying more eating out. The cost of food in Europe is very expensive. I will send you pictures of the trip. I'm looking forward to booking a tour with you again in the near future because we are looking into traveling again sometime in January 2012 in either Germany or Scandinavia
Everything was super! Great trip! Cosmos tour director and driver were outstanding.
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