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Gems of Switzerland

 

Overview

Hotel description:

9 days | 7 nights

Discover the incredible cities and countryside of Switzerland with the help of an eight-day Swiss Travel Pass. Visit major cities and conic Swiss villages, sample delicious cheese and chocolate, and marvel at the breathtaking Alps and lakeside views.

With a country as beautiful as Switzerland, travelling by train is a great way to cover as much ground as possible while also taking in the breathtaking sights. Let the smooth ride, great service, and amazing vistas transport you from city to city.

The train tickets and hotel stays are included in the package, along with some meals and many other travel essentials that will help make this trip easy, fun, and unforgettable.


Location

Zurich, Lucerne, Mount Rigi, Bern, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Thun

What's included

Package inclusions

  • Round-trip flights to Zurich (If flight and hotel package option is chosen)
  • 7 nights of accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 8-day Swiss Travel Pass (unlimited travel in Switzerland)
  • 5 More Moments activities:
    • Excursion to Mount Rigi (non-guided)
    • City tour in Bern (private guided, available in English or French)
    • Excursion to La Chaux-de-Fonds (non-guided)
    • Excursion to Thun, including a boat ride (non-guided)
    • Swiss Coupon Pass 2-for-1 dine & discover deals
  • Earn Aeroplan® Miles


Itinerary

The More Moments activities/excursions mentioned in the itinerary are all included in the package, but may be rescheduled to take place on an earlier or later day, depending on availability and operational day.

Day 1        Depart Canada
Fly to Zurich.

Day 2        Welcome to Zurich (8-day Swiss Travel Pass)

Upon arrival, hop on the train, included in your Swiss Travel Pass, and ride nonstop into the heart of Zurich. Spend the night in Zurich.

Day 3        Zurich - Lucerne (Swiss Travel Pass)  (approx. 52 km)
Use your pass to enjoy a train ride to Lucerne. Explore this compact city and discover its colourful Old Town with its famous Chapel Bridge.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 4        Lucerne : Mount Rigi (Swiss Travel Pass) (44 km)
Take advantage of your pass and head out on a self-guided excursion to Mount Rigi.

More Moments Activity Included

  • Mount Rigi: Travel by boat to Vitznau, then board the Mt. Rigi Railways train to the top to take in the majestic 360° panoramic views. Journey back down by cogwheel railway, then take the boat back to Lucerne.


Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 5        Lucerne - Bern: Sightseeing (Swiss Travel Pass) (approx. 113 km)
Using your pass, head to Bern to discover this amazing city through the eyes of your local private guide during your city tour.

More Moments Activity Included

  • Bern City Tour: Admire the Bern Münster, a Late Gothic cathedral, the Parliament Building, the Käfigturm, a former prison tower built in 1256, and the famous Clock Tower. Climb to the platform of the 101-metre-high cathedral tower with one of the best views over the city.


Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 6        Bern: La Chaux-de-Fonds (Swiss Travel Pass) (approx. 150 km)
Travel to La Chaux-de-Fonds and get to know the countryside of the Jura Mountains.

More Moments Activity Included

  • La Chaux-de-Fonds: Use your pass to travel to this enchanting town perched at an altitude of 1,000 metres! Renowned architect Le Corbusier was born here and designed his first house in town.


Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 7        Bern: Thun (Swiss Travel Pass) (approx. 60 km)
Head to the railway station, then with your pass, hop on the train to Thun, less than an hour away. Enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Thun (included in your pass).

More Moments Activity Included

  • Thun: Explore the the historic Old Town, and then enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Thun.


Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 8        Bern - Zurich (Swiss Travel Pass) (approx. 125 km)
Use your pass to take the train to Zurich.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 9        Zurich - Return to Canada

Use your pass to travel by train to the airport and board your flight home.

Meal(s): Breakfast

 

Accommodations

Additional fees might apply
The hotels listed below are presented as examples for your reference only. Where “or similar” is indicated, guests will stay at a hotel of the same star rating. The hotel accommodations will be communicated to the consumer or travel agent prior to departure.

3-star Accommodation with 2nd Class Swiss Travel Pass

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a standard room at all hotels during the trip.

The location and corresponding hotels are as follows:
  • Zurich: Hotel Bristor (or similar) (1 night)
  • Lucerne: Hotel Ibis Styles City Hotel Luzern (or similar) (2 nights)
  • Bern: Hotel Kreuz (or similar) (3 nights)
  • Zurich: Hotel Bristor (or similar) (1 night)


Room occupancy: Maximum 3 people

 

3-star Accommodation with 1st Class Swiss Travel Pass

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a standard room at all hotels during the trip.

The location and corresponding hotels are as follows:
  • Zurich: Hotel Bristor (or similar) (1 night)
  • Lucerne: Hotel Ibis Styles City Hotel Luzern (or similar) (2 nights)
  • Bern: Hotel Kreuz (or similar) (3 nights)
  • Zurich: Hotel Bristor (or similar) (1 night)


Room occupancy: Maximum 3 people

 

4-star Accommodation with 2nd Class Swiss Travel Pass

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a standard room at all hotels during the trip.

The location and corresponding hotels are as follows:
  • Zurich: Hotel Glockenhof (or similar) (1 night)
  • Lucerne: Hotel Continental Park (or similar) (2 nights)
  • Bern: Hotel Allegro Bern (or similar) (3 nights)
  • Zurich: Hotel Glockenhof (or similar) (1 night)


Room occupancy:
Maximum 3 persons

 

4-star Accommodation with 1st Class Swiss Travel Pass

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a standard room at all hotels during the trip.

The location and corresponding hotels are as follows:
  • Zurich: Hotel Glockenhof (or similar) (1 night)
  • Lucerne: Hotel Continental Park (or similar) (2 nights)
  • Bern: Hotel Allegro Bern (or similar) (3 nights)
  • Zurich: Hotel Glockenhof (or similar) (1 night)


Room occupancy:
Maximum 3 persons

 

Important notes

2019 Departure Dates
Daily April 1 - October 31

More Moments Information

  • Mount Rigi self-guided tour:  duration around 5 hours
  • City Tour in Bern:  Available in English or French TBA. Duration:  1 hour, 30 minutes. Meeting point is at the Tourist information at Main Station
  • Swiss Coupon Pass:  The Swiss Coupon Pass is your ideal companion for a round trip through Switzerland. Experience 100 exclusive “2 for 1” Coupons and benefit from 50% discount on restaurants and attractions in Switzerland while saving up to CHF 4,500.
  • Swiss Travel Pass:  Experience the thrill of extensive train travel on the Swiss Travel System, including trains, boats, buses, and more with this convenient rail pass.  Use them all to journey between the Alps, St. Moritz or any part of Switzerland without worrying about transfers or conversion rates.  No matter where you go in Switzerland,never wait in line at ticket counters or fumble for money when you have one pass that provides unlimited travel on the Swiss Travel System.  

Not included
  • Meals, unless noted
  • Transfers, unless noted
  • Railway station transfers, unless noted
  • Additional activities and excursions
  • Personal expenses and insurance