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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  • Itinerary
  • Highlights
  • Optional experiences
  • Accommodation
  • Reviews
  • Dates & prices

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 (Contemporary) - Switzerland

This recently-renovated hotel has the best location in town, just opposite the main railway station.

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

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
10664 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 16 July, 2018

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    Trip: My feedback would be to suggest that Insight obtain the services of local guides in some cities to give a more comprehensive tour of the cities. At times, I felt as if we would have had little to do if we did not take the optional excursion. That should not be the case. Zermatt was beautiful but I'm not sure we needed as much time as we had there. Would have loved to see Bern. This all worked out very well for Switzerland but I would want local guides and more options if we were to visit certain other countries (e.g. France, Italy, Germany).

    Service: Wonderful tour of Switzerland. Daniele, our Tour Guide, absolutely made the tour - he was so easy-going, helpful, and friendly. Really enjoyed the pace and chosen sightseeing. Perfect hotel locations. Loved the welcome email, flourishes, and celebration dinner. This was our first tour with Insight but hopefully will not be our last.

  • 16 July, 2018

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    Trip: Squeezed a lot of Switzerland into a few days.

    Service: Our travel agent met with your office

  • 16 July, 2018

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    Trip: The itinerary was good , could have finished properly in Zurich instead of just driving to airport from lucerne and dropping people off

    Service: The tour leader was well dressed, looked very professional, had lots of knowledge. Always clear what was happening. Would recommend them.

  • 16 July, 2018

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    Trip: A variety of very interesting experiences.

    Service: Every detail was well planned.

  • 15 July, 2018

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    Trip: Comparing the two tours is like caulk & cheese. The Tour Director was extremely knowledgeable, humorous, helpful and ORGANISED. His many years of experience showed. The Tour Director can make or break a trip. Switzerland is beautiful. The scenery is stunning everywhere from the mountains to the lakes. Our hotels were good and well positioned and the food in most cases very nice. The extra excursions were good, although I could not continue on the bunker tour because of my physical incompacity. My sister said it was not really missing much.

    Service: All paperwork correct and delivered in plenty of time before commencement of trip. Insight coaches are superior to others I have travelled on and the extra legs room is a big plus when long days of touring come into play.

  • 15 July, 2018

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    Trip: Great itinerary no complaints at all

    Service: Excellent tour director very knowledgeable and caring

  • 15 July, 2018

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    Trip: Itinerary was perfect for the length of the trip

    Service: Great tourguide and driver. Events and stops were all good.

  • 15 July, 2018

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    Trip: We covered a lot of ground and enjoyed the nature and culture.

    Service: The tour guide Danielli and bus driver Cristoph were very good. The list of added excursions should be given at the time of booking and itinerary of the day with what's included should be given at the time of booking.

  • 15 July, 2018

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    Trip: Great. Very satisfied !!!!!!0

    Service: We had a great time. Danielle has a great sense of humor. It was great. I would definitely recommend to my friends

  • 15 July, 2018

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    Trip: Fabulous itinerary, great that it included a couple of the fabulous train journeys, accomodation very good . Quite a nice pace

    Service: Very knowledgeable very helpful and approachable

  • 14 July, 2018

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    Trip: We loved Switzerland and we are considering going again next year. The Swiss Alps are majestic and spectacularly impressive. The tour excursions were outstanding everyday with breathtaking views throughout the Countryside. The restaurants were all excellent. Enjoyed the people and their hospitality and cleanliness in all the hotels which were all very good except for the Warwick in Geneva. We had phenomenal views from the Hotels.The restaurants were all excellent. Enjoyed the people and their hospitality and cleanliness in all the hotels which were all very good except for the Warwick in Geneva. We had phenomenal views from the Hotels. Our brilliant Travel Director, Mel Lennon from Ireland made our journey even more incredible....great sense of humor, entertaining, extensive knowledge of Switzerland, spoke 5 languages, and very caring and considerate... the best travel director we have had on our 3 tours with Insight in the past. The Bus Driver, Christophe was remarkable, what an excellent driver through the highest mountain sides w/o guard rails. Very professional and experienced...we felt very confidant and comfortable the whole time. Thank You Mel and Christophe

    Service: We loved Switzerland and we are considering going again next year. The Swiss Alps are majestic and spectacularly impressive. The tour excursions were outstanding everyday with breathtaking views throughout the Countryside. The restaurants were all excellent. Enjoyed the people and their hospitality and cleanliness in all the hotels which were all very good except for the Warwick in Geneva. We had phenomenal views from the Hotels and the Coach. Our brilliant Travel Director, Mel Lennon from Ireland made our journey even more incredible....great sense of humor, entertaining, extensive knowledge of Switzerland, spoke 5 languages, and very caring and considerate... the best travel director we have had on our 3 tours with Insight in the past. The Bus Driver, Christophe was remarkable, what an excellent driver through the highest mountain sides w/o guard rails. Very professional and experienced...we felt very confidant and comfortable the whole time.

  • 12 July, 2018

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    Trip: Everywhere we visited contributed to the whole trip in a positive way.

    Service: We received the information in a timely manner, it was correct and we had no issues.

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