Magical Switzerland - Insight Vacations

Magical Switzerland (Winter 2017-18)

Duration: 8 days Visiting: Switzerland

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Embrace winter’s beauty, admiring the sparkling lakes, fortified towns, and snow-laden Alpine peaks. Embark on a spectacular expedition by rail on-board the world-famous Glacier Express.

  1. Day 1

    Your Journey Begins

    Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).

  2. Day 2

    Zürich and Lovely Lucerne

    Welcome to Switzerland - an enchanting winter wonderland of frozen waterfalls, peaceful cosy villages, snow-laden forests and imposing mountain ranges, crowned by famous peaks. On arrival at Zürich Airport, transfers leave for your tour hotel in Lucerne at 09:30 and 13:30. Later, join your Tour Director and fellow guests for a Welcome Reception with dinner and wine.

  3. Day 3 - Relaxed Start

    Lucerne and St. Moritz

    (Relaxed Start) Experience Lucerne, a beautiful 14th century city still protected by medieval fortifications. Your Tour Director will reveal the covered wooden bridges, the painted gables and the sorrowful Lion Monument. Then there’s time to enjoy the excellent shops and lakeside walks before heading along the dramatic Walensee, past Chur, to the fashionable ski resort of St. Moritz. Set in the sparkling Engadine Valley, this elegant resort nestles below the awe-inspiring, majestic Grisons Alps.

  4. Day 4 - Relaxed Start

    St. Moritz at Leisure

    (Relaxed Start) This whole day is completely at leisure, so maybe opt for a late breakfast to start? Then, perhaps explore the spa quarter of this chic resort, see the houses with their traditional ‘sgraffito’ façades or indulge in the stylish boutiques? You may even consider joining the Bernina Express for a scenic rail journey of such epic proportions that it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site?

  5. Day 5

    Aboard the Glacier Express to Brig

    Board the world famous Glacier Express for a spectacular ride with lunch included, through the heart of the Swiss Alps. Descend through the tunnels of the Albula Pass and traverse the lofty Landwasser Viaduct. Your train then joins the broad Rhine Gorge and meanders beside rock-strewn rivers before climbing through snowy pastures and woodlands. Picturesque landscapes of ice-capped mountains and stone-built villages with chalet-style houses glide by. After a series of spirals, you will reach the highest point of the route: the icy Oberalp Pass. Modern, panoramic viewing cars ensure that you won’t miss a thing on your descent to Andermatt and down the Rhône Valley. Around mid-afternoon, you will disembark in Brig.

  6. Day 6

    The Matterhorn Village of Zermatt

    In the morning, enjoy dramatic Swiss scenery as you follow the narrow valley which leads to Täsch. Here, you leave the coach to board the cogwheel train that takes you to the traffic-free haven of Zermatt, at the foot of the Matterhorn. Wander along its cobbled streets to browse among the shops, explore the ancient wooden farmhouses and ‘mazot’ barns in the back alleys, or visit the Matterhorn Museum to pass through the homes of yesteryear. If you have a head for heights, then you may like to board the cable car up the Klein Matterhorn. From the summit, marvel at the incredible views of the icebound Swiss Alps (weather permitting). Return to your hotel in Brig where the remainder of the day is at leisure.

  7. Day 7

    Chillon Castle and Geneva

    Journey along the Lower Rhône Valley to the shores of Lake Geneva where the associations with the early European ‘Romantic’ movement are very strong. With a Local Expert, visit beautiful Chillon Castle, former home to the Counts of Savoy, set on a rocky islet in the lake. In 1816, the castle inspired Lord Byron to write the poem ‘The Prisoner of Chillon’, following his walk through the dungeons. Look out for his name, which he carved into a pillar. Close by is the sophisticated tiered town of Montreux, where it is delightful to stroll along the lakeside promenade. A beautiful drive beside the lake, passing Vevey and Lausanne, brings you to the immaculate town of Geneva. On arrival, sightseeing includes the United Nations Building (Palais des Nations), the Old Town, Reformation Monument and if operating, the Jet d’Eau. Spend your night in Geneva, rejoicing with your friends at a finalé Celebration Dinner complete with wine.

  8. Day 8

    Depart Geneva

    Your magical journey comes to an end after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Geneva Airport at 08:00 and 10:00.

Highlights

 

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Chillon Castle: With a Local Expert, visit beautiful Chillon Castle, an architectural jewel set on the shores of Lake Geneva. At this former home of the Dukes of Savoy, go back through time and hear how in 1816, the castle inspired Lord Byron to write the poem ‘The Prisoner of Chillon’ following his walk through the dungeons.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Glacier Express: Travel aboard the world famous Glacier Express for a spectacular ride through the heart of the Swiss Alps. From your panoramic viewing car, watch picturesque landscapes of ice-capped mountains and stone-built villages glide by.
  • Christmas Markets: Lose yourself in the festive atmosphere of Christmas, where you can shop for local delicacies and try the heart-warming Glühwein. Explore on selected departures.
  • Winter is the most magical time to visit Switzerland: Enjoy the majestic beauty, snowy peaks and crystal clear waters of the lakes.
  • Zermatt: Board the cogwheel train which takes you to the traffic-free haven of Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Lucerne: Your Tour Director will show you the covered wooden bridges and the Lion Monument, then there is free time to view Jesuit Church and cross the Chapel Bridge.
  • Montreux: Enjoy a pleasant stroll along the lakeside promenade.
  • Geneva: See Jet d'Eau, United Nations Building and Reformation Monument.
  • St Moritz: Indulge in the glitz and glamour of St Moritz, the fashionable ski resort of the rich and famous.
  • Scenic Drives: Walensee, Grisons, Rhône Valley, Lake Geneva.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Geneva: Enjoy a lively tour finalé Celebration Dinner, with a delicious Swiss cheese fondue and wine, at a fine restaurant in beautiful Geneva.
  • Included Quality Dining: 6 Buffet Breakfasts (BB) and 1 Three-course Lunch aboard the Glacier Express (L) with tea or coffee; plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 2 Three-course table d'hôte Dinners (DW) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee. Departures on tour for Christmas and New Year's Eve will enjoy festive Highlight Dinners which will replace an included meal.

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Lucerne: Hotel Astoria is a city centre hotel, just minutes from the lake. It has a lively rooftop bar with views of Lucerne as well as several restaurants and a coffee shop.
  • St. Moritz: Hotel Laudinella enjoys a quiet location in St. Moritz-Bad and offers superb views of the surrounding mountains.
  • Brig: Located in the heart of the city, Hotel Alex is surrounded by innumerable snow-topped mountains and offers spacious modern rooms.
  • Geneva: The Warwick Geneva is centrally located and features stylish and elegant interiors.

OUR FIVE-STAR SERVICES

  • Our highly-skilled Insight Tour Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend in a foreign land.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat touring coach, with extended Business Class legroom and on-board restroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included; you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus, we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
  • From time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish - a local tidbit representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Complimentary transfers are available at scheduled times only from Zürich Airport on arrival day and to Geneva Airport on departure day. Should your flights not coincide with these transfers or additional accommodation has been booked through Insight Vacations, charged transfers are available. Alternatively, please make your own way from/to the airport.

Optional experiences

Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Accommodation

 

Astoria Lucerne

Lucerne (Central) - Switzerland

A recently refurbished city centre hotel, just minutes from the lake. It has a lively rooftop bar with views of Lucerne as well as several restaurants and a coffee shop.

Hotel Laudinella St Moritz

St. Moritz (Scenic) - Switzerland

Hotel Laudinella enjoys a quiet location in St. Moritz-Bad and offers superb views of the surrounding mountains.

Hotel Alex Brig

Brig (Scenic) - Switzerland

Located in the heart of the city, Hotel Alex is surrounded by innumerable snow-topped mountains and offers spacious modern rooms.

Hotel Warwick Geneva

Geneva (Central) - Switzerland

The Warwick Geneva is centrally located and features stylish and elegant interiors.

GUEST REVIEWS & EXPERIENCES

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on 7369 reviews received during the past year.

  • 02 December, 2017

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    Trip: Going up the Matterhorn was an experience of a lifetime!

    Service: Ellen Potter was wonderful and made the trip so much fun.

  • 02 December, 2017

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    Trip: Scenery was awesome especially the Matterhorn train ride was very smooth and thoroughly enjoyed

    Service: Tour Director was friendly had a sense of humour and helpful

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