Alps, Central and Eastern Europe

Alps, Central & Eastern Europe

Regional Journey

Glorious Switzerland (Summer 2018)

Duration: 9 days Visiting: Switzerland, Liechtenstein

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  • Highlights
  • Optional experiences
  • Accommodation
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Discover a land of contrasting scenery, people and languages, offering a unique blend of interests and wonders.

  1. Day 1

    Your Journey Begins

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

  2. Day 2

    Geneva, City of Gardens.

    Welcome to Switzerland! Prepare yourself for varied modes of transport, all of which showcase the majesty of the snow-capped mountains, the glaciers, sparkling lakes, flower-filled meadows and the beauty of the rich, green valleys. Transfers from Geneva airport to your hotel depart at 11:00, 13:00 and 16:00. Meet your Travel Director and travel companions at 18:00 for a drink, followed by a Welcome Dinner at at Au Petit Chalet. The evening is full of Swiss delight as you enjoy the cosy, chalet-style decor while being served typical Swiss specialities including mouth-watering Chocolate Fondue for desert!

  3. Day 3

    Montreux, Chillon and the Matterhorn Village of Zermatt.

    Start your day with the highlights of Geneva, the City of Gardens, nestled at the end of the lake. See the Jet d’Eau, Floral Clock and Reformation Monument. Then relax and enjoy the enchanting scenery as we continue to the scenic town of Montreux Situated at the foot of the Alps and boasting beautiful lakeside walks, enjoy free time to explore this pretty town. Journey further around the Lake Geneva arc to the medieval Chillon Castle where a Local Expert will show you through the former home of the Counts of Savoy that was immortalised by Byron's 'Prisoner of Chillon.' Continue through the Rhone Valley, where high summer temperatures support vines and other fruits. The final stage of your journey is by cogwheel train to the traffic-free Alpine resort of Zermatt. Feast your eyes on the distinctive triangular silhouette of the Matterhorn. At night, enjoy a stroll in the clean, mountain air to your chosen restaurant for your Dine-Around Evening.

  4. Day 4 - Relaxed Start

    Free Time in Zermatt.

    (Relaxed Start) Zermatt in summertime offers many leisure possibilities: try swimming or hiking or spend a whole day relaxing in the fresh alpine surrounds. Perhaps take an optional ride on Europe’s highest cable car to the snow-capped roof of the world for a magnificent panorama of the highest peaks in Switzerland, Italy and France?

  5. Day 5

    Elegant Baveno.

    Descend to Täsch and rejoin the coach. Follow in Napoleon's footsteps as you ascend the Simplon Pass, taking in magnificent views over the Alps from the 2,000-metre summit. Continue along the gentle shores of Lake Maggiore. Perhaps take a delightful boat trip to see the stunning Isola Bella?

  6. Day 6 - Relaxed Start

    Grison Alps to Chic St. Moritz.

    (Relaxed Start) Head north back into the high mountain country of the Grison Alps today. Ascend the Julier Pass to arrive in the sparkling Engadine Valley with an invigorating climate characterised by clear skies and its location high in the Alps. On arrival in the cosmopolitan resort of St. Moritz, a brief orientation with your Travel Director will show you the spa quarter and the brilliantly sparkling glacial lake before there is time to explore further on your own or mingle with the jet-set in the elegant boutiques. In the evening, you are treated to a delicious fondue dinner at a local restaurant.

  7. Day 7

    Scenic Train Ride, Liechtenstein and Lucerne.

    Start the day with a scenic train ride along part of the route of the Glacier Express, across the Grison Mountains and through unforgettable scenes of ice-capped mountains, stone-built villages and lush meadows. At Chur, reboard your coach and travel along the valley of the Upper Rhine to spend some time in Vaduz, the tiny capital of the Principality of Liechtenstein. Continue to Lucerne alongside the the dramatic Walensee and Lake Zurich. On arrival see the sorrowful sculpture of the wounded lion, commemorating the brave Swiss guards who died defending King Louis XVI during the French Revolution. Your Travel Director will also show you the Jesuit Church and the Chapel Bridge.

  8. Day 8 - Relaxed Start

    The Summit of Stanserhorn.

    Commence the day with a morning stroll along lakeside promenades or shopping for fine watches while enjoying the scenery. Then, from the town of Stans, embark on a scenic journey by funicular railway and open-top cable car to the summit of the stunning Mount Stanserhorn, where you will meet a Swiss Ranger and learn about the local wildlife. Take in the pristine mountain air and on a clear day you may see as far as Alsace and the Black Forest. In the evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers at Restaurant Seeblick. Toast to new friends and a memorable journey during your Celebration Dinner.

  9. Day 9

    Leave Lucerne for Zürich.

    In the morning, your departure transfer will arrive at Zürich airport at 08:00.

Highlights

 

INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

  • Stanserhorn: Meet a Swiss Ranger on your spectacular journey to the summit of Mount Stanserhorn, where you will learn about the local wildlife.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Lake Geneva: Visit beautiful Chillon Castle, set on a rocky islet in the lake. With the help of a Local Expert, look out for Lord Byron's name which he carved into a pillar.
  • Zermatt: Ride the shuttle trains of the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway up to the traffic-free Alpine resort.
  • Scenic Swiss Rail Journey: Travel along the route of the world-famous Glacier Express, through looping tunnels and dizzying viaducts. This is a glorious adventure in the scenic heart of the Swiss Alps, only possible by rail.

AUTHENTIC DINING

  • Geneva: What better way to start your Swiss journey than with a typical Swiss meal in a chalet-styled local restaurant! Au Petit Chalet are known for their delicious Swiss sausages served with Rosti potatoes and fresh Perch fillets, not to mention the decadent Chocolate Fondue and fresh fruit that is served for dessert!
  • Zermatt: Choose your own ambience, style of cuisine and drinks for a more intimate culinary experience with friends. You will be offered a selection of fine restaurants on your Zermatt Dine-Around Evening.
  • St. Moritz: You will be delighted with a delicious fondue dinner at a local restaurant, its a real Swiss treat.
  • Lucerne: Toast to new friends and Swiss adventures during your Celebration Dinner at Restaurant Seeblick.
  • Dining Summary: 7 Buffet Breakfasts (BB) and 4 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

INCLUDED INSIGHT SERVICES

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • 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 We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or 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 trips. 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.

Klein Matterhorn Excursion

A unique electric taxi service will drive us to the foot of Zermatt's highest and most spectacular mountain experience. Enjoy stunning views as we ascend to Furi and Trockener steg before boarding Europe's highest cable car to arrive on the snow-capped top of the world at 3883 m (12,740 ft). A magnificent panorama of the highest peaks in Switzerland, Italy and France will make this an unforgettable experience - one not to be missed.

Adult Price: CHF 119.00

Code: ZER0001

Lake Maggiore Experience

A short hop on our private motor launch brings us to the world-renowned hanging gardens of Isola Bella, where white peacocks preen. In the Borromean Palace, our local expert reveals the grottoes and masterpieces lovingly nurtured by this wealthy Italian dynasty. Our island hopping continues to the quaint Fisherman’s Island where we are treated to a typically local Italian meal - Buon Appetito!

Adult Price: EUR 84.00

Code: ITA0007

Bernina - Express Excursion

Enjoy one of the most exciting train rides in Switzerland as you cross the Bernina Pass to the Alp Grum. Spectacular views of the Alpine peaks, glaciers, waterfalls, green valleys and mountain villages. We then descend to Poschiavo to reboard our touring coach.

Adult Price: CHF 53.00

Code: ST 0010

Swiss Evening

There's nothing better than convening with friends around a pot of bubbling fondue with a glass of chilled white wine and having a good yodel! Join us for a tasty Swiss meal in a typical restaurant. While you dine, enjoy a lively folklore show of flag throwing, yodelling, Alpenhorn blowing and other great Swiss entertainment.

Adult Price: CHF 99.00

Code: LUC0002

Lake Lucerne Cruise

A chance to take in the wonderful mountain scenery from a different perspective. Enjoy a leisurely lake cruise, for fine views of the town and it's surroundings. The serene beauty of Lake Lucerne on a summer's day is a joy to behold, made even more enjoyable by the encompassing snow-capped mountains, green pastures and dense forests.

Adult Price: CHF 40.00

Code: LUC0003

Secret Switzerland

Incredibly, Switzerland provides all its citizens protection in case of nuclear disaster or war. Go behind the scenes for a unique tour of one of the world's biggest civilian fallout shelters! Cold War secrets of the Swiss will be revealed by our expert guide.

Adult Price: CHF 46.00

Code: LUC0004

Carriages & Countryside

In a typical rural community, meet local farmers for a delightful horse-drawn ride. Clip-clop your way through bright green pasture, where the angular spire of a traditional white church shoots skyward and rickety old wooden storehouses still dot the landscape. Call in at a local farm where a wonderful spread of homemade drinks and snacks is served.

Adult Price: CHF 67.00

Code: LUC0001

Accommodation

 

Warwick Geneva

Geneva (Traditional) - Switzerland

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

Resort Hotel Alex or Schlosshotel Zermatt

Zermatt (Traditional) - Switzerland

Resort Hotel Alex: The Resort Hotel Alex offers a hospitality experience full of surprises, by cleverly combining modern and traditional elements.
Schlosshotel Zermatt: The Schlosshotel Zermatt offers sumptuous hotel rooms, quality service and a relaxed environment.

Hotel Simplon Baveno Italian Lakes

Baveno, Italian Lakes (Traditional) - Italy

Hotel Simplon is located mere minutes from the centre of Baveno which is nestled along the banks of Lake Maggiore. Its pink façade showcases the famous local marble, while the interiors provide a classic, luxurious feel. The hotel features a permanent art exhibition of famous paintings displayed along one of it's corridors.

Crystal Hotel Hotel Steffani St Moritz

St Moritz (Central) - Switzerland

Crystal/Steffani Hotel, St. Moritz

Hotel Astoria Lucerne

Lucerne (Contemporary) - Switzerland

This hotel is sat in the middle of all Lucerne has to offer, with magnificent mountains and astonishing culture.

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
10949 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 21 September, 2018

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    Trip: Bonnie, my wife has always wanted to go see Switzerland, not sure why, but happy we were able to take her to see and we both enjoyed our trip

    Service: Very well organized and laid out trip managed to the minute by Sara T and Michael the bus driver, seemed to have the right amount of "everything", enough free or personal time.

  • 17 September, 2018

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    Trip: A couple of long days on the tour bus.

    Service: The cities and towns we visited were great for tourists, Zermatt and Lucerne were my favorite because of the extend stay and chance to explore. The weather for the entire time was gorgeous. Our tour guide (Sara) was fabulous, knowledgeable with a pleasant personality.

  • 17 September, 2018

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    Trip: Just perfect itinerary. I wished if they could have added Bern and Interlaken with this itinerary.

    Service: This was our first tour with Insight Tours. Our tour director Sara and coach driver Michael were wonderful. Sara was very knowledgeable, caring and organized. We did not have to worry about any arrangements because Sara did take care of every details. Most of the time our room assignments were already done before we reached there and Sara just handed us the keys to our room. I will recommend other to take this tour and hope that you also get Sara as your director.

  • 16 September, 2018

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    Trip: They have always done a fine job.

    Service: Excellent

  • 16 September, 2018

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    Trip: We were very pleased with Insight Vacations and would definitely recommend them to others planning a vacation. We would like to use them again. Hotels were very nice and locations excellent.

    Service: They took care of our luggage as we moved from place to place. The transportation by coach and train was wonderful and we had a great tour director who was very knoledgeable and stayed with us to the very end. She went above and beyond for us when my husband got down in his back. She helped us secure a doctor in the wee hours of the morning.

  • 16 September, 2018

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    Trip: Everything and more of wwhat we wanted to see was included in the itinerary. Optional tours were we thought out and well worth it

    Service: Amazing organisation. Our tour director Sara Tattersall was absolutely amazing.

  • 16 September, 2018

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    Trip: In 9 days, we saw a very complete route. We weren't rushed, but the pace allowed us to see a good number of important locations.

    Service: Every detail that travelers need to be concerned about was taken care of by the tour director. The hotels were top-notch, food was delicious, and the details shared by Sara Tattersall, our tour director were truly interesting and rich.

  • 16 September, 2018

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    Trip: A perfect week trip. Rode both the Bernina Express and the Glacial Express trains, took cable cars in 2 different locations to see the view, ate chocolate and cheese fondues, and had some free time for shopping.

    Service: Excellent attention to details. The tour director was great and made sure everyone was happy.

  • 16 September, 2018

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    Trip: Whole experience was excellent.

    Service: Wonderful, Tara our tour director was awesome. We had great time. Thanks

  • 09 September, 2018

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    Trip: It was unfortunate that it rained the whole time we were in Lucerne but we hear from others that it is incredibly beautifull and not to be missed. The trip up to the Matterhorn was incredible and we enjoyed the brief stop in Montreux. St. Moritz was delightfull as well but I have to say that the stay in Zermatt was our favorite. Baveno was nice as well so I have to say we liked all the itinerary.

    Service: the host and driver were very good. This was our first bus tour and will be our last. In a country mostly landlocked such as Switzerland it is the only way other than driving your self to see the country side. We found the rigid times for departure and eating not to our liking but being able to see the sights and tour the highlights was wonderfull.

  • 09 September, 2018

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    Trip: The itinerary was just right for us. We did come in a day early and enjoyed exploring Geneva on our own prior to the beginning of the tour

    Service: Love the trip more than we had expected. We have been on several guided tours and this is one of our all time favorites. Martin was knowledgeable, interesting, patient,fun and he spoiled us with special treats. We’d love to go on another trip with him.

  • 07 September, 2018

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    Trip: The hotels were very nice, our coach was very comfortable and the scenery in Switzerland is amazing! Truly "Glorious."

    Service: Our guide was very responsive, even when we missed our connection to arrive a day early, she handled contacting the hotel and Insight headquarters that we were coming in on the actual day our tour began. (Thank goodness we had that day planned in...Disappointing that we didn't have it to explore Geneva a bit more... but that's what happens.)

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