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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Switzerland

Tour Itinerary

On this Spectacular Switzerland tour, enjoy stunning mountains and lakes—with overnights in Zurich, Geneva, the Gruyėre area, Grindelwald, and Lucerne. The highlight of this tour is the time spent in the mountain resort of Grindelwald, in the vicinity of three mighty mountains: Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. Globus has arranged an unforgettable rack railway trip to the "Top of Europe," a high Alpine wonderland of ice and snow. Here, at the amazing Jungfraujoch, Europe's highest railway station at 11,332 feet, experience the Alpine Sensation, the Ice Palace, and you can also take the elevator to the Sphinx Observatory. Don’t forget to pick up your souvenir “Jungfrau passport”… it's an unforgettable experience!Another special highlight arranged by Globus is a visit to the magnificent castle in Gruyères, where you’ll walk through eight centuries of architecture, history, and culture. Here, lunch with local specialties and a traditional dessert of meringue and double crème has been included. Enjoy the time spent in Geneva, Switzerland's most international and second-largest city, which has a fantastic lakeside setting and breathtaking panoramas of the Alps. Guided sightseeing of the city features a visit to the Reformation Park. Enjoy a chocolate tasting at the famous Maison Cailler in Broc, and stop for an orientation in Gstaad, one of Switzerland's most famous skiing resorts and a popular destination for international celebrities. A walking tour in Lucerne includes Chapel Bridge, a picturesque covered wooden bridge and the impressive Lion Monument.These are just a few of the highlights on this Spectacular Switzerland tour. It's the vacation of a lifetime!Selected departures can join cruise WZA “Romantic Rhine”

Day 1: ARRIVE IN ZURICH, SWITZERLAND.
Welcome to Zurich! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)

Day 2: ZURICH–BIEL/BIENNE–NEUCHÂTEL–GENEVA.
Discover Zurich’s well-preserved OLD TOWN with its medieval guild houses during your orientation walk. Then, leave Zurich and start your Swiss adventure. You’ll quickly discover that Switzerland isn’t just home to the Alps, but also to some of the most beautiful lakes. First, stop at the foot of the Jura Mountains in the picturesque town of Biel, known as Bienne by French-speaking Swiss and famous for watch making. Explore the HISTORICAL CENTER and take a scenic drive to lakeside Neuchâtel, dominated by the medieval cathedral and castle. Time to stroll along the beautiful lake promenade before continuing to stunning Geneva, the second-largest city in Switzerland, with its fantastic lakeside location and breathtaking panoramas of the Alps.
Today’s Distance: 326 mi / 525 km (B)

Day 3: GENEVA.
During your guided sightseeing, see the elegant buildings that house many international organizations, including the headquarters of the International Red Cross and many United Nations agencies. You will also hear about John Calvin, the French theologian who helped reform the church in Geneva in the mid-16th century. Visit REFORMATION PARK, with its International Monument to the Reformation, and walk through the OLD TOWN to see St. Pierre’s Cathedral. Balance of the day is at leisure to further explore this fascinating city. An optional lake cruise is available to make the most of your stay. (B)

Day 4: GENEVA–ÉVIAN-LES-BAINS, FRANCE–GRUYÈRES, SWITZERLAND–BROC–GRUYÈRE AREA.
Enter France and follow Lake Geneva along the southern shore to the famous spa town of Évian-les-Bains, a popular holiday resort renowned for its mineral water. Return to Switzerland, and cross the Rhône River, France’s largest river—originating in the Swiss Alps and, eventually flowing into the Mediterranean Sea. See the vineyards, where some of the best Swiss wines are produced, then leave this “Swiss Riviera” and continue to Gruyères for [LF] a visit to the magnificent CASTLE. Walk through eight centuries of architecture, history, and culture, and afterward enjoy lunch with local specialties and a traditional dessert with meringue and double crème. An extra treat is a [LF] stop in Broc for a visit to MAISON CAILLER chocolate factory to taste this delicious Swiss specialty. Continue to your hotel in nearby Charmey.
Today’s Distance: 75 mi / 120 km (B,L,D)

Day 5: GRUYÈRE AREA–GSTAAD–INTERLAKEN–GRINDELWALD.
Leave the Gruyère area and enjoy a scenic drive to Gstaad, one of Switzerland’s most famous ski resorts. After an orientation of this international holiday destination for royalty and celebrities, continue to Interlaken. The town’s unique location, nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and surrounded by the world-famous Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau mountains, guarantees spectacular views. Later, arrive at your charming hotel in the mountain resort of Grindelwald.
Today’s Distance: 68 mi / 110 km (B)

Day 6: GRINDELWALD. EXCURSION TO THE JUNGFRAU.
[LF] An unforgettable trip to the Alpine wonderland of ice and snow is the true highlight of a visit to Switzerland. At an amazing 11,332 feet, the JUNGFRAUJOCH is Europe’s highest railway station. Jungfrau’s 13,642-foot summit was first ascended in 1811 and, in 1912, the rack railway was opened. There are lots of things to do here: enjoy the Alpine Sensation, the Panorama 360° Experience, the ICE PALACE, and take the elevator to the Sphinx Observatory. Also receive your Jungfrau Passport as a souvenir to take home with you. The round trip to the “Top of Europe” by MOUNTAIN TRAIN will occupy most of the day. (B,D)

Day 7: GRINDELWALD–BERNE–LUCERNE.
Arrive in the stately capital of Berne. See the BEAR PARK, and enjoy the panoramic view of the city from the Rose Garden and the OLD TOWN with the Clock Tower and the ornate, flower-adorned fountains. Leave the Berner Oberland and drive via Langnau in the Emmental Valley to picturesque Lucerne. Tonight is your chance to join an optional dinner excursion to a folklore party with yodeling and alphorn blowing.
Today’s Distance: 124 mi / 200 km (B)

Day 8: 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. Join an optional excursion to Mount Pilatus, and tonight, a farewell dinner awaits at a local restaurant for a proper auf Wiedersehen. (B,D)

Day 9: LUCERNE–ZURICH AIRPORT.
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)

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Inclusions

  • Maximum elevation on tour—11,332 ft.
  • Adequate footwear is required for the trip to the Jungfrau.

Sightseeing & Activities:

ZÜRICH
Welcome dinner; orientation walk of the Old Town

BIEL/BIENNE
Visit the historical center

NEUCHÂTEL
Visit the town

GENEVA
Guided sightseeing, visit Reformation Park

EVIAN-LES-BAINS
Stop on the French side of Lake Geneva

GRUYÈRE
[LF] Visit the castle in Gruyères town, followed by a lunch with local specialties

BROC
[LF] Chocolate tasting at Maison Cailler

GSTAAD
Orientation

INTERLAKEN
Take pictures of the Jungfrau mountains

GRINDELWALD
[LF] Excursion to the Jungfrau

BERNE
See the Bear Park, enjoy a panoramic view from the Rose Garden, Old Town

LUCERNE
Walking tour including the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge; farewell dinner at a local restaurantMotorcoach; mountain train.

Meals:
Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 lunch in Gruyères, 4 three-course dinners, including a dinner at a local restaurant in Lucerne


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Accommodations

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$590, $730 (May 29-June 05 & July 03)

Triple room reduction per person:
$100

Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.

Zurich: Sheraton Zurich
A newly opened 197 room hotel set in an urban cosmopolitan district with a cozy lobby lounge fireplace and complimentary wireless internet access in public areas. The à-la-carte restaurant has an emphasis on fresh regional food with exciting cooking displays and there is a hip Italian hotel bar serving snacks and drinks as well as a fitness room for workouts.
Address:
Pfingstweidstrasse 100
Zurich , Switzerland
Geneva: Royal Manotel
In the heart of Geneva, this 203 room hotel welcomes you into a warm cozy atmosphere, where you will be met with tradition in a neoclassical ambiance with Free Wi-Fi access available throughout the hotel. Dining options include an upscale restaurant, a bistro and bar and leisure facilities comprise of a fitness area, sauna and hammam.
Address:
41-43, Rue De Lausanne
Geneve , Switzerland
Gruyere Area: Cailler
A charming 63 room chalet style hotel set in a magnificent natural setting in the Freiburg foothills of the Alps with two restaurants, a bar and Free Wi-Fi internet access throughout. The hotel is connected to the thermal baths of La Gruyère which include indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, Turkish steam bath and Spa facilities.
Address:
Gros Plan 28
Charmey , Switzerland
Grindelwald: Sunstar Hotel
Enjoying a quiet yet central location in the popular Alpine resort of Grindelwald which has beautiful unspoilt panoramic views of the famous North Face of the Eiger and the Wetterhorn. This 217 room chalet style property has a stylish lobby bar area with open fireplace and offers Free Wi-Fi internet access, two restaurants, a fitness centre and also boasts a wellness oasis with swimming pool, steambath and sauna.
Address:
Dorfstrasse 168
Grindelwald , Switzerland
Lucerne: Astoria
Ideally located in the heart of Lucerne, surrounded by mountains, close to its lake boasting crystal clear waters, the historic old town, and famous Chapel Bridge. All 252 contemporary rooms have a minibar and Wi-Fi. There's a plush cocktail lounge, a stylish café, and a rooftop bar affording city views. Other facilities include a full equipped modern gym.
Address:
Pilatusstrasse 29
Lucerne , Switzerland

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Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.1
Accommodations
3.7
Itinerary
4.3
Professional Staff
4.7
Repeat with Operator
4
Value for Money
4

Ratings based off 23 reviews - currently showing 16 reviews with comments only

Disappointed by this trip. Except for the trip to Jungfrau, nothing was "spectacular." Most of the other more interesting activities came from the optional excursions. Our guide was more of a director for getting people from one place to another. His commentaries were not lively and often not interesting. At times, other members of my tour group found the information given to be inaccurate. For many stops, the information given was here's where to go shopping and here's where to find the Migros supermarket where you can eat good food for less money. We went back to Zurich at the end for an extension; our public tour guide took us to so many more sites in the old town and taught us so much more than our Globus guide. Our optional tour to Mt Pilatus was on a rainy, foggy day. There was no option to cancel. The rides were interesting but the views were nonexistent - disappointing. We took the optional extra 2 days at the end of the tour. Unlike some other companies, no local contact was provided and no arrangements were offered for getting back to the airport at the end of our extended trip. We had to learn to fend for ourselves. Additionally, we arrived early on the first day and our email asking for suggestions for what to do in Zurich went unanswered. We booked with Globus based on reputation and an earlier trip. After this one, I'm very hesitant to use them again.

Had a wonderful tour. The hotels were all located close to the downtown area. As a solo traveller I always had a nice comfortable and well located room in each hotel. The guide and driver were caring and very responsible.The itinerary was superb. Everywhere we stopped had interesting points and we were given enough time to see the town or event/ The stops were well planned so that we didn't waste time. The little "surprises" or extras such as a free minibar, a parting gift, a cap souvenir, a drink included, were all appreciated. Very enjoyable trip. This was my first Globus tour and I would very much recommend it. I plan to look into another trip with them.

We we're hoping for a great trip and we got one. Switzerland was magnificent and far exceeded our expectations.

Only issue was the legroom on the bus was rather limited much less than we have experienced on othe globus tours. My husband and I had to seperate as he had to sit sideways One of the teasinscwe choose globus is because the advertise more comfortable busses

I very much enjoy conducting business with MS Allyson because of her experience and efficiency. She is very knowledgeable and I am happy to do business with her again as well as recommend to my family and friends.

We disagree about the consistency in value and quality of the accommodation, we understood that all the accommodations are first class from my travel agent. From the five hotels we stayed in, only 2 were, 5 stars, the rest were 3 stars hotels. Dinner in most of the restaurants we paid extra for, was not up to par, we wouldn't give more than one star. the quality of meat was the cheapest kind, another point to mention is that we felt we were rushed having dinner the waiters literally grabbed the plates from our table. We were on vacation we wanted to relax. We would love to book another tour, overall, we had a fantastic experience.

All the staff members were very nice and good for the job

Our tour director Eric was very knowledge and professional. Franco was an amazing driver, manuvering through the narrow streets and of European ciries and the Apline mountains. Trip is well organized but quite exhausting consider the number of cities to be visited in a weeks time. I believe there are too many optional excurisons and they are quite expemsive also.

Tour guide was very knowledgeable, friendly, and professional. He was committed to having everything arranged for us. He also told us a lot about the things we were seeing and Switzerland's economy, politics, and people in general. The local guides were very knowledgeable about the places they took us in Geneva and Berne. The bus driver was professional, courteous, and an excellent driver. The bus unfortunately broke down, but the driver did a great job assessing the problem and quickly getting the necessary support from the bus company.

The Globus "Spectacular Switzerland" trip lived up to it's name. It was a round trip through many wonderful parts of Switzerland (and a little of France), and each stop had unique and interesting sights, adventures, and experiences. The trip matched the advertised features. The booking process through Affordable Tours was painless. The agent was exceptional and supported every aspect of the process. To have a good experience on an escorted tour like this requires a good tour director. The director on this trip was absolutely outstanding!

My husband and I had a great time. Our tour guide was terrific. Thanks,

My husband and I were very pleased with the hotels we had. All were conveniently located to main attractions,and they were comfortable. The breakfasts were very good. Our tour guide on the trip was helpful, courteous, kept us on time, and was professional. The extra excursions we took were well worth the money. I wish we had been given another day in Florence because there were places I did not get to visit due to time and crowds. However, it was a wonderful trip!

we had a great time and strongly reccommend our guide.

A great trip...this was our third booking with Affordable Tours and their travel partners Cosmos, Monograms, etc. We will definately use all again for future trips. Our tour group in Italy was larger (about 30) than previous trips and the large group was much more enjoyable, plus the size assured that almost all of the side-excursions were available.

We had a wonderful and memorable experience. Thank you!

Everything was fabulous. Accommodations were superior at all locations. Trip will be a fond memory forever!


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