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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

All the Best of Switzerland with a side visit to Italy. What could be better? Your travels will take you to Lake Geneva for local wine, cheese and delicious desserts in Lavaux, Lord Byron’s enchanting Chillon Castle and the pretty town of Brienz for a masterclass in Swiss wood carving.

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Italy , Switzerland

  1. Day 1
    Welcome to Zürich
    Zürich is your springboard to a spectacular journey through Switzerland. This afternoon, join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience for a social impact guided walking tour of old town Zurich. This experience addresses SDG goals 10 & 12 - Reduced Inequalities & Responsible Consumption and Production. This evening, attend a Welcome Dinner to launch your Swiss experience.Accommodation: Hyatt Place Airport
    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Journey to Lake Geneva
    We leave the bright lights of Zürich behind and stop in Bern with its Old Town, admiring its medieval streets, ornate fountains and arcaded walkways. Journeying to Lake Geneva, we arrive in the resort town of Montreux, set against the pristine backdrop of snow-covered peaks and vineyards. After lunch, consider joining an Optional Experience to cruise Lake Geneva, including a visit to the Charlie Chaplin museum in his former estate, Manoir de Ban.Accommodation: Eurotel
    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    Onwards to Chillon Castle and Zermatt Connect with Locals
    This morning, we visit Chillon Castle, immortalized by Lord Byron's 'Prisoner of Chillon'. For nearly four centuries, this water fortress was the residence of the Counts of Savoy and an important stop for traders. Our next stop is the Lavaux region, a charming wine village above Lake Geneva, where we’ll Connect With Locals over lunch at our Be My Guest experience. Continue your journey to the resort town of Zermatt, set against the backdrop of the snow-capped Matterhorn.Accommodation: Mirabeau
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  4. Day 4
    Zermatt Your Way
    Spend a full free day soaking up Zermatt's crisp mountain air and panoramic vistas. Relax in beautiful surroundings or consider an Optional Experience to the Klein Matterhorn for the most spectacular mountain views.Accommodation: Mirabeau
    Meals:   Breakfast
  5. Day 5
    Venture to the Italian Lake Maggiore
    Departing Switzerland, we travel to the lakeside town of Baveno on Italy's Lake Maggiore. Spend the rest of the day indulging in the laid-back lakeside atmosphere or consider joining an Optional Experience to Isola Bella, one of the lake's Borromean islands, with its palazzo and exquisite gardens.Accommodation: Simplon
    Meals:   Breakfast
  6. Day 6
    Off to Alpine St. Moritz
    We travel through the scenic Italian countryside to the fortified town of Tirano. Here, we board the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Rhaetian Railway to cross the Bernina Pass and wind our way through scenic landscapes en route to the stylish resort town of St. Moritz. This evening, enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers.Accommodation: Reine Victoria
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Journey to Lakeside Lucerne
    Journeying through lush green landscapes, past Lake Zürich, we arrive in lakeside Lucerne. Pay tribute to the brave Swiss Guards, who lost their lives defending King Louis XVI at the Lion Monument, and admire the iconic wooden Chapel Bridge before strolling past the city's colorful façades. Consider joining a cruise on the tranquil lake waters and then ride the world's first double deck 'CabriO' cable car to the top of Mount Stanserhorn.Accommodation: Grand Europe
    Meals:   Breakfast
  8. Day 8
    Admire Scenic Brienz and Interlaken Dive Into Culture
    We travel to Interlaken at the heart of Switzerland, which lies in the shadow of the Jungfrau Mountain. Stopping in the village of Brienz en route, we’ll Dive Into Culture and gain insights into the centuries-old tradition of wood carving for which this village is so famous. Spend some time on your own and enjoy superb views of the peaks of the Bernese Oberland. This evening, we enjoy a Farewell Dinner with our fellow travelers and Travel Director toasting the highlights of Switzerland we've enjoyed along the way.Accommodation: Grand Europe
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Homeward Bound
    As our journey through the Best of Switzerland comes to an end, we bid our newfound friends a fond farewell.
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Inclusions

Dining Summary

  • 3 Dinner (D)
  • 8 Breakfast (B)
  • 1 Lunch (L)

Be My Guest

  • Bourg-en-Lavaux: Enjoy Swiss hospitality and the flavors of local wines, cheeses and breads with the owner of a local vineyard overlooking Lake Geneva.

Dive Into Culture

  • Brienz: Learn about Switzerland's wood-carving heritage at the Jobin wood sculpture museum in Brienz.

Iconic Experience

  • Zürich: During an orientation, your Travel Director will show you some of the highlights of this beautiful lakeside city.
  • Bern: Explore Switzerland's capital and see the Cathedral of St. Vincent, clock tower and Ogre Fountain.
  • Chillon Castle: The beautiful fortress of Chillon Castle, set on a rocky islet on Lake Geneva, is widely regarded as one of the best-preserved medieval castles in Europe. Following his walk through the dungeons in 1816, Lord Byron wrote the poem 'The Prisoner of Chillon'. Look out for his name, which he carved into a pillar.
  • Bernina Express: Board the famous Bernina Express train and travel through stunning landscapes en route to St. Moritz.
  • Lucerne: During an orientation with your Travel Director, see the Lion Monument, Old Town Hall and Chapel Bridge, the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe.

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  • Zürich: Join Diana and her team of socially engaged local guides, for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® experience. Uncover the old town of Zürich during a fun and educational walking tour with the wonderful organization who are raising awareness on social issues such as food insecurity and supporting local change makers and the community.

Must-see Highlights

  • : Discover Zürich and Lucerne
  • : Visit Bern, Chillon Castle, Montreux, Zermatt, St. Moritz, Interlaken and Brienz
  • : View the Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument in Lucerne, the Jungfrau and Matterhorn mountains (weather permitting), Lake Maggiore and Lake Como
  • : Scenic Train Ride from Tirano to Pontresina

Whats Included

  • : An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • : Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • : All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • : All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • : Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • : Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • : Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • : Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • : Train from Tirano to Pontresina
  • : Optional Experiences and free time
  • : On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

Whats Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Train from Tirano to Pontresina
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

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Customer Reviews

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Accommodations
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Professional Staff
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Ratings based off 41 reviews - currently showing 21 reviews with comments only

Switzerland was incredible and our tour guide was outstanding. We enjoyed almost every part of the tour including the hotel rooms (not impressed with Lucernes hotel Europa but hotel in Lake Maggiore was like a hotel for a king), all cities we saw and all of the excursions. The group was also fun. All and all the trip was fantastic. The boat ride on Lake Geneva was definitely not up to speed but all of the other excursions we took exceeded our expectations. Good job. One other, the driver was crazy good.

I have done several tours with Trafalgar and I have been please with them all. That is why I continue to choose them.

Both trips were enjoyable. The tour director in Croatia was outstanding. Well paced

Well organized, curated tours and hotels.Would definitely recommend Best of Switzerland by Trafalgar.

The overall tour was really great. We had a wonderful time and enjoyed every minute of it. We notice there was a slight increase in some of the optional tours cost and one of the hotel in Italy mentioned in the itinerary was different from the one stayed. Overall the tour was great and we hope to book another trip through Affordable Tours in the future to enjoy the discount. Thank You

My 5th trip with Trafalgar tours . A good tour company. Affordable Tours does a great job . Im very pleased with Lihn she's on top of everything. Answers all why promptly. My 2nd booking with her

Very professional group of team members who were there to take care of things in making the trip enjoyable, comfortable safe and memorable. This was our 3 trip with the TRAFALGAR family

Tour was completed comfortably and management by tour director was very good.

Our Travel Director was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the places we visited. You can't fake that. It made the whole experience much better. Having a Wellness Director helped settle everyone's nerves as we begin to travel after COVID. The coach driver's skills were impeccable. There were one or two little things, but truly nothing to complain about.

The tour director, Stephanie Bahr was wonderful! Interesting, informative, helpful and always ready to answer questions. She excelled in all areas. My Switzerland and Italy experience was made even better thanks to her.

While most of the accommodations were nice, a few were a little run down and all were a little too far from shopping and other activities. Also, one of the excursions (that cost over $100 for us) was not how it was presented in the documentation provided by the tour director. It was suppose to be a peaceful and lovely Carriage ride through a scenic valley. The carriages turned out to be old hay wagons converted with seating for 6. Dirty and smelly horse blankets were provided for warmth and the ride was interrupted three times by construction trucks that caused the coachman to drive off the road to avoid them. Plus, the coachman decided to smoke his cigar on the ride back to the tour bus. It was way less then peaceful or lovely!

My experience on this tour had some unexpected changes and I was dissatisfied with the fact that two of the hotels were changed and I was not informed. As a result of the change of hotel for the last nights in the tour, I had to pay for my own transportation to the airport. I don't know who was responsible for the communication but was not a good experience as the hotel in Lucerne was far away from the city center.

Great and fun way to see Switzerland. The little side trip to Italy (Lake Maggiore) and the train to St Moritz are the best parts of the trip -I didn't even know about that separate railway system. The accommodations and included dining are excellent. Our guide, David, is superb.

The countryside was beautiful. Not enough time in any one location. Felt very rushed. Tour guide listened to people but did whatever she wanted to do. She did not seem to understand her travelers' needs. Most hotels I would rate very low. Most were not airconditioned and weather was very hot.

This trip included amazing scenery and was truly the best of Switzerland. The only downside is that it did not stop in Geneva, which i think should be included as the best of Switzerland.

This summer in Switzerland drawer was the tour of a lifetime. Our guide, Stephanie, was Absolutely incredible! Very memorable.

Trafalgar's standard meets our expectations. It is simple/clear and relax. It has high quality hotels and interesting travel points.

Best of Switzerland was a great tour. The country is beautiful.

Wide variation in hotel accomodations and food service.

Excellent trip. We had a blast and would not change a thing ! We'll book again !

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