Best of Switzerland - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Switzerland's indigo lakes and imposing Alpine backdrop seem to go on forever as you explore sophisticated cities, an ancient castle and the shores of Montreux.

Trafalgar Highlights

  • Connect with Locals: Explore centuries of wine tradition at the 15th-century vineyards of Cave Champ de Clos during an unforgettable Be My Guest lunch in charming Chexbres. (Day 4)
  • Stays with Stories: Enjoy the elegance of yesteryear and sweeping lake vistas at the Grand Hotel Europe in Lucerne, where warm Swiss hospitality and a grand past spanning over a century. (Day 8)
  • Dive into Culture: Explore the wood-carving heritage of Switzerland's picture-perfect lakeside town of Brienz. (Day 9)
  • Hidden Treasure: Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • ORIENTATION of Zurich and Lucerne.
  • VISIT Berne, 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.

Travel Highlights

  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights

Location:

Zurich, Canton of Zurich, Switzerland, Geneva, Canton of Geneva, Switzerland, Zermatt, Canton of Valais, Switzerland, Baveno, IT, St. Moritz, Canton of Grisons, Switzerland, Lucerne, Canton of Lucerne, Switzerland

10  Days | 8  nights
Call to book: 1-866-529-2079
Travelling as a group of 10 or more?  Request a group quote.

INCLUSIONS

  • Round-trip flights to Zurich (if flight and tour package option is chosen)
  • 8 nights of accommodation
  • 12 meals (8 hot buffet breakfasts, 1 Connect With Locals lunch, 3 dinners)
  • Transportation by luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Porterage (1 piece of luggage per passenger)
  • $50 CAD credit voucher for an Optional Experience (described in the itinerary below; 1 voucher per person)
  • English-speaking travel director
  • Earn Aeroplan Miles

ITINERARY

Day 1

Depart Canada

Fly to Zurich.

Meal(s) : None
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Best of Switzerland - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 2

Welcome to Zurich

Welcome to the sophisticated Swiss city of Zurich - a flawless blend of fascinating heritage and modern spirit that you will have an opportunity to explore before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and orientation in this beautiful lakeside setting.

Meal(s) : Welcome Reception
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Best of Switzerland - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 3

Zurich - Bern - Lake Geneva (Montreux)

We leave the bright lights of Zurich behind and stop in Bern with its charming 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.

Optional Activities ($):
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES: Chaplin's World and Lake Geneva Cruise (65 CHF): Enjoy the palm trees on the shores of Lake Geneva from a romantic side-wheel paddle steamer as we cruise from Vevey to Montreux on Lake Geneva. We'll visit the Charlie Chaplin museum, set on the banks of the lake on his former estate, Manoir de Ban. Chaplin spent the last 23 years of his life here and you'll discover all the facets of this incredible man's life. We'll see sets and props from his greatest movies and then finish with a peaceful walk in the gardens.
Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Best of Switzerland - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 4

Lake Geneva (Montreux) - Chillon - Zermatt

This morning, we visit Chillon Castle, immortalized by Lord Byron's "The 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 15th-century vineyards of Cave Champ de Clos in Chexbres, where we'll Connect With Locals over a Be My Guest lunch. Continue your journey to the resort town of Zermatt, set against the backdrop of the snow-capped Matterhorn.

Optional Activities ($):
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES: Zermatt Dinner Experience (86 CHF): Discover the beautiful mountainous resort town of Zermatt. Afterwards, we'll enjoy a wonderful dinner in a typical chalet-style restaurant with an opportunity to try the world-famous fondue.
Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast, Connect With Locals (lunch)
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Best of Switzerland - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 5

Zermatt Free Day

Spend the day soaking up the crisp mountain air and panoramic alpine vistas. You have a full day at leisure to explore the town on your terms, or simply relax in beautiful surrounds. Consider an Optional Experience to the Klein Matterhorn for the most spectacular mountain views or explore the heritage of what was once a remote mountain village.

Optional Activities ($):
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES: Klein Matterhorn Excursion (119 CHF): A unique electric taxi service will drive us to the foot of Zermatt's highest and most spectacular mountain ride. You'll enjoy stunning views as we ascend to Furi and Trockener Steg, before boarding Europe's highest cable car to 3779m (12400ft) and the magnificent snow-capped top of the world.
Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Best of Switzerland - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 6

Zermatt - Baveno Free Time

Departing Switzerland, we travel to the lakeside town of Baveno on Italy's picturesque Lake Maggiore. Spend the rest of the day soaking up the laidback lakeside atmosphere or consider joining an Optional Experience to Isola Bella, one of the lake's Borromean islands, with its palazzo and exquisite gardens.

Optional Activities ($):
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES: Discover the Borromean Islands (42 CHF): We've organized a private launch to take you to the beautiful islands of Lake Maggiore. Here you'll see the Isola Madre, the Isola dei Pescatori, and on the Isola Bella we visit the magnificent palace of the Borromean Princes (this optional is only operated between mid-March and the end of October).
Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Best of Switzerland - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 7

Baveno - Tirano - St. Moritz

We travel through the scenic Italian countryside, crossing the Swiss border into the scenic Upper Engadine Valley. We stop in the fortified town of Tirano where we will board our train and wind our way through spectacular alpine landscapes en route to the chic resort town of St. Moritz. This evening we dine at our hotel.

Optional Activities ($):
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES: Rosegg Valley by Horse & Carriage (56 CHF): Arriving in Pontresina, you'll experience a horse-drawn carriage ride through the picturesque Rosegg Valley with its spectacular views.
Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Best of Switzerland - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 8

St. Moritz - Lucerne Orientation and Free Time

Meandering through lush green landscapes, past Lake Zurich, we arrive in the fairy-tale lakeside city of Lucerne, surrounded by snow-capped peaks. Pay tribute to the brave Swiss Guards who lost their lives defending King Louis XVI at the Lion Monument and cross the iconic wooden Chapel Bridge before meandering through the city's cobblestone streets lined with colourful facades. Consider joining a cruise on the tranquil lake waters and then ride the world's first Cabrio cable car to the top of Mount Stanserhorn. Tonight, we stay at one of Trafalgar's Stays With Stories - the Grand Hotel Europe, promising the elegance of yesteryear and sweeping lake vistas.

Optional Activities ($):
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES:
  • Swiss Folklore Evening & Dinner (99 CHF): Tonight we'll enjoy a tasty Swiss meal, including the famous Swiss cheese fondue, in a typical restaurant. While enjoying dinner, you can also join in a lively folklore show that includes yodelling, flag-throwing and Alpine horn-blowing. Two drinks are also included.
  • Mount Stanserhorn and Lake Cruise (112 CHF): Take a scenic cruise with us across Lake Lucerne to Stans, and one of Switzerland's oldest mountain railways. Travelling by railway and Cabrio cable car, we'll reach 1900m (6300ft), where you'll have free time to admire the stunning alpine scenery and enjoy some refreshments. (On certain departures Optional Experience may be operated in reverse, ending with the cruise.)
  • Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast
    Accommodation:
    (1 night)
    Best of Switzerland - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

    Day 9

    Brienz and Interlaken Excursion

    We travel to Interlaken at the heart of Switzerland, which lies in the shadows of the Jungfrau Mountain, stopping in the village of Brienz where 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 travellers and Travel Director toasting the highlights of Switzerland we've enjoyed along the way.

    Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast, Farewell dinner
    Accommodation:
    (1 night)
    Best of Switzerland - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

    Day 10

    Lucerne - Zurich - Return to Canada

    As our journey through the Best of Switzerland comes to an end, we bid our newfound friends a fond farewell. Transfers are available to Zurich airport. Conditions apply.

    Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast
    Accommodation:
    (1 night)
    Best of Switzerland - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

    ACCOMMODATIONS

    WHERE YOU'LL STAY

    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.

    LOCATION
    HOTEL
    Zurich, Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
    Radisson Blu(or similar)
    Geneva, Canton of Geneva, Switzerland
    Eurotel Riviera(or similar)
    Zermatt, Canton of Valais, Switzerland
    Mirabeau Alpine Residence/Ambassador(or similar)
    Baveno, IT
    Simplon/Grand Dino(or similar)
    St. Moritz, Canton of Grisons, Switzerland
    Reine Victoria(or similar)
    Lucerne, Canton of Lucerne, Switzerland
    Grand Hotel Europe 'Stays With Stories'(or similar)
    Zurich, Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
    Radisson Blu(or similar)
    Geneva, Canton of Geneva, Switzerland
    Eurotel Riviera(or similar)
    Zermatt, Canton of Valais, Switzerland
    Mirabeau Alpine Residence/Ambassador(or similar)
    Baveno, IT
    Simplon/Grand Dino(or similar)
    St. Moritz, Canton of Grisons, Switzerland
    Reine Victoria(or similar)
    Lucerne, Canton of Lucerne, Switzerland
    Grand Hotel Europe 'Stays With Stories'(or similar)

    Room Specifications

    Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a standard room at all hotels during the trip. Room occupancy: 2 adults travelling together. Single or Triple occupancy option: Travellers who prefer to stay in a single occupancy or a triple occupancy room can call us book: 1 866 529-2079. Subject to availability.

    IMPORTANT INFO

    DEPARTURE DATES

    2020 departure dates:

    April 4*, 11*, 18* & 25*                                                
    May 9, 16*, 23* & 30*                                                   
    June 6, 13*, 20* & 27*                                                    
    July 4*, 11, 18 & 25*                                                  
    August 1*, 8*, 15*, 22* & 29*                                     
    September 5*, 12*, 19* & 26*

    *Non-definite departure dates

    Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your departure flight to arrive on or before the Tour Start Date.

    CITY TAXES

    On arrival at Zurich Airport, guests make their way to their first hotel, located in-terminal. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Zurich Airport at 8:00 a.m.

    TRANSPORTATION

    For an additional $109 CAD per person, travellers can pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver. Call us at 1 866 529-2079 to add this option to your reservation.

    Optional Experiences: Prices listed in the itinerary are valid as of August 21, 2019 and are subject to change without notice.

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