Contrasts of Switzerland Summer 2020

Contrasts of Switzerland Summer 2020


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Switzerland

Tour Itinerary

See Switzerland's cities and countryside by rail, taking the Golden Pass Route to the heart of the Alps and the medieval city of Lucerne to pay homage to the Swiss Guard.

Day 1 - Arrive Zurich
Zurich is our springboard to a spectacular journey through Switzerland. Explore its mix of ancient heritage and modern verve during your orientation tour before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception to launch your Swiss experience.
Accommodation: Mövenpick Regensdorf
Meals: Welcome Reception

Day 2 - Zurich – St. Moritz
Our love affair with the snow-capped peaks of Switzerland begins on a scenic train journey via Chur to the stylish resort of St. Moritz, set against the beautiful backdrop of Lake St. Moritz. Admire the inspiring natural setting and perhaps travel on one of Switzerland's most spectacular rail routes across the Bernina pass this afternoon, before dining at your hotel tonight.
Accommodation: Reine Victoria
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 3 - St. Moritz – Glacier Express – Zermatt (2 Nights)
Embrace the glamour and romance of a bygone era. Watch the epic alpine landscapes drift past as you chug along one of the world's most unforgettable rail journeys from the comfort of the Glacier Express. Cross hundreds of bridges and the Oberalp Pass at 2,033 metres above sea level. Enjoy an included lunch on board as you journey past lakes and glaciers bound for the resort town of Zermatt, at the foothills of the imposing Matterhorn. Enjoy views of the Alps at the Ambassador Hotel, one of Trafalgar's 'Stays With Stories'.
Accommodation: Ambassador
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 4 - Zermatt Orientation and Free Time
Join your Travel Director for an orientation walk around this car-free resort before spending the rest of the day on your own, indulging in the tranquil mountain atmosphere. Consider an Optional Experience to the Klein Matterhorn, ascending over snow-capped mountains to Europe's highest cable car station.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 - Zermatt – Geneva Orientation
We board a train to sophisticated Geneva where your orientation will include views of the Old Town, Jet d'Eau and the Flower Clock, paying tribute to the city's centuries-old watchmaking traditions. Later, explore the sights of this lakeside city on your own. Stroll through the ancient maze of medieval streets and quiet squares or consider a cruise - enjoying views of the lakeside villages.
Accommodation: Warwick
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 - Geneva – Interlaken – Lucerne (2 Nights)
Picture-perfect landscapes are our constant companion as we journey from Geneva along the Golden Pass route. We stop at Interlaken in the heart of the Swiss Alps, located at the foot of a trio of famous peaks - the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Spend some time at leisure and enjoy superb views of the peaks of the Bernese Oberland. We follow the Brünig Pass to the lakeside town of Lucerne in central Switzerland, where we will stay for the next two nights. The evening is free to spend as you wish, but you could choose to show off your vocal talents and learn how to yodel during an optional fun-packed Swiss folklore show with fondue dinner.
Accommodation: Astoria
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 - Lucerne Orientation and Free Time
Mountain top peaks surround you as you wander through the medieval streets of Lucerne on an orientation walk. Visit the poignant Lion Monument, built in memory of the Swiss Guard who bravely defended Louis XVI during the French Revolution. View the covered wooden Chapel Bridge spanning the Reuss with its decorated wooden panels, which chronicle the history of Lucerne. Later consider an Optional Experience to a nearby mountain peak, or explore the Old Town and shop for delicious Swiss chocolate. Tonight, we join our Travel Director and fellow travel companions for a Farewell Dinner with wine in a local restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 8 - Lucerne – Depart Zurich
We say a fond farewell to Switzerland and newfound friends at the end of a remarkable Swiss holiday. Your Travel Director will give you tickets for the short train journey from Lucerne to Zurich Airport, which can be used at your convenience for the onward journey.
Meals: Breakfast

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Sightseeing Highlights

  • ORIENTATION of Zurich, St. Moritz, Zermatt, Geneva and Lucerne
  • VISIT Interlaken
  • VIEW the Matterhorn and Jungfrau mountains (weather permitting), the Jet d'Eau in Geneva and the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge in Lucerne

Dining Highlights

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 3 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • High-speed train from Zermatt to Geneva.
  • All rail service is reserved in standard class.
  • Glacier Express Train from St. Moritz to Zermatt.
  • Golden Pass route train journey from Geneva to Lucerne.
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  • VIP entry to many sights

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Question: Is the price quoted for one or two people? How much time is spent on the train and what meals are provided on the train? Do you have a connection with various airlines to get air fare at a discount?

All pricing on our website is per person. Meals are not provided on the Golden Pass train however there will be a snack cart where you can purchase food. On the Glacier Express from St. Mortiz to Zermatt you will have an included lunch as this train ride clocks in at 8 hours. We are able to get airfare at competitive prices through the tour operator or through a third party consolidator.

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Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

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Ratings based off 17 reviews . Currently showing 4 reviews with comments only.
By Ted H on Jun 09, 2019

The tour was well organized and the Tour Director was very knowledgable and provided valuable information. Portering of large luggage was well done and very beneficial. The snow capped peaks in Switzerland were spectacular. The following could be improved: 1. Have name tags and a intro session the first day. I did not meet 1/3 of the people. 2. Provide weather forecasts daily. I got caught in the rain twice. 3. The Tour Director spoke in meters and centigrade. He needs to convert for Americans. 4. Eliminate St. Moritz and add Interlaken. St. Moritz did not look upscale. 4. Reverse sequence of cities. Start with Lucerne and end with Zermatt. After Zermatt, the scenery looked bland and uninteresting. 5. Do not schedule Air Canada on a return flight. Flying into Toronto added unnecessary hours to the trip. The Air Canada seats are uncomfortable, and lack knee room. There was no entertainment.

By Dezeng P on Aug 12, 2018

Highly satisfied with the hotels. The locations and the breakfasts were exquisite! Wish to know the exact and enough information for each day for us to plan and make decisions. Price benefits (or no such benefits) as part of the group package/purchase should be transparent to the customers.

By Fay S on Apr 29, 2018

The trip lived up to expectations and more. Had a fabulous tour guide Maria who was so knowledge and happy. Group was only 20 people perfect size since we were on and off trains with just a few minutes to spare. Scenery like the picture books with snow alps, green valleys and springtime in bloom. I would recommend train tour as bags out in the hote 7aml and next you see them is in the hotel that night. The tour includes a fair amount of walking so not suitable for disabled or walking impaired. Good having two nights in Zermatt and Lucerne. Lucerne is my favorite city, the river, the lake, old town and the Lion. Cathedrals were amazing and had a wonderful feel about the city. Felt very safe in all the cities we visited.. Hotels were located by the rain stations and convenient to old towns for walking. Had optional tours or just time to rest and enjoy downtime. Best chocolate and food very tasty.

By Barbara T on Jun 04, 2017

We did have good time in Switzerland. The only problem is the term is too short and was unable to see more. By train travel was new experience to us, the best part was went through the Alps valley and had seen beautiful snow-caped mountains. The disadvantage is we missed the capital of Swiss which is a UNESCO site. The tour leader was very nice and full-experienced, he organized everywhere and almost everything for this group. That's the best part of this trip.


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