Contrasts of Switzerland - Leisure Holidays

Contrasts of SwitzerlandSwitzerland

From RM11,392 / per person for 7 nights
Discover Switzerland's mountain scenery, lakes, refined resorts and cosmopolitan cities in style.

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Summary

See Switzerland's cities and countryside by rail, along the Golden Pass Route to the heart of the Alps and the medieval city of Lucerne to pay homage to the Swiss Guard. Your highlight - boarding the Glacier Express, a spectacular train journey snaking high above Alpine lakes and glaciers en route to the resort town of Zermatt and the Matterhorn.



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Itinerary

Transfer

At the start of the trip, The Radisson Blu is located at Zurich Airport for convenience, so guest can make their own way to the hotel from the airport terminal.

Return transfers to Zurich Airport are provided with tickets for a train journey into Zurich Airport terminal. There is a direct train from Lucerne to Zurich Airport  every hour from approximately 5am onwards. The earliest train will get guests in to Zurich Airport check-in by 6.30am.

Accommodation

Day 1: Hotel Radisson Blu

Day 2: Hotel Reine Victoria

Day 3 & 4: Hotel Monte Rosa/ Ambassador

Day 5: Hotel Warwick

Day 6 & 7: Hotel Astoria 

Day 8: Depart Zurich

Sightseeing

Day 1: Arrive Zurich
The trendy city of 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 epic Swiss experience.


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 chic resort of St. Moritz, set against the beautiful backdrop of Lake St. Moritz. Admire the inspiring natural setting and perhaps take a mountain pass train ride this afternoon, before dining at your hotel tonight.


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 your way along one of the world's most unforgettable rail journeys from the comfort of the Glacier Express, crossing hundreds of bridges and the Oberalp Pass at 2,033 metres above sea level. Enjoy an included lunch on board, against the backdrop of magnificent alpine lakes and pristine glaciers en route to the resort town of Zermatt, which sits at the foothills of the imposing Matterhorn. This evening take to the resort's streets and embrace its vibrant nightlife.


Day 4: Zermatt orientation
Join your Travel Director for an orientation walk around this charming car-free resort before spending the rest of the day at leisure soaking up the tranquil mountain atmosphere. Consider an Optional Experience to the Matterhorn, ascending by cable car to 3779m and the snow-capped top of the world.


Day 5: Zermatt - Geneva orientation
We board a high-speed 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. This evening explore the sights of this lakeside city on your terms. Meander through the ancient maze of charming streets and quiet squares or consider a dinner cruise - enjoying views of the charming villages along the shoreline.


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 between the glassy lakes of Thun and Brienz, 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, so beloved of Queen Victoria who often stayed at Interlaken. 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 yours to enjoy the charming atmosphere of Lucerne. Consider learning how to yodel at an optional fun-packed Swiss folklore show with fondue dinner.


Day 7: Lucerne Orientation
Snow-capped peaks surround you as you wander through the quaint 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 and view the covered wooden Chapel Bridge spanning the River 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 city 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.


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.


Extras

Included Extras

Please find below a selection of extras that are included within the price of your tour.

On-Trip Transport

Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

Meals

11 Meals as per itinerary - 7 buffet breakfast, 1 lunch & 3 dinners

Local Specialist

Local specialist to bring locations alive

Travel Director

An expert Travel Director & separate driver

Charges & Taxes

All baggage handling, hotel charges & local taxes

Stays with Stories

Enjoy panoramic views of the Alps at the Hotel Ambassador in Zermatt. (Day 3)

Optional Extras

All of the below extras are additional to the price of your tour, and can be selected on the next stage.

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