Glorious Switzerland

Alps, Central & Eastern Europe

Regional Journey

Glorious Switzerland (Summer 2019)

Duration: 8 days Visiting: Switzerland, Italy, Liechtenstein

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

  1. Day 1

    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, followed by a short stroll to your Welcome Dinner hosted 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 mouthwatering chocolate fondue for dessert! Return to your immaculate, boutique hotel, rated as the No. 1 hotel of the 'Top 15 Hotels of Switzerland' at the 2017 Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards. Hotel d'Angleterre highlights British charm and the finest of Swiss hospitality with each room individually-designed to reflect its elegant style.

  2. Day 2

    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. During your orientation with your Travel Director, 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.

  3. Day 3 - Relaxed Start

    Free Time in Zermatt.

    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?

  4. Day 4

    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?

  5. Day 5 - Relaxed Start

    Grison Alps to Chic St. Moritz.

    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.

  6. Day 6

    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, where you explore the area around the castle. 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.

  7. Day 7 - 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. At the foot of Mount Stanserhorn, embrace a fantastic wining and dining experience at Restaurant Seeblick. Celebrate new friends and a great trip during your Celebration dinner, offering magnificent views over Lake Lucerne.

  8. Day 8

    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

  • Geneva: During your orientation, your Travel Director will show you the Jet d'Eau, Floral Clock and Reformation Monument.
  • Montreux: At the foot of the Alps this town boasts one of the most beautiful walks along Lake Geneva, join your Travel Director for an orientation before there is free time to explore.
  • 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. Should weather permit, you may even see the majestic peak of the Matterhorn.
  • Zermatt: Your Travel Director will lead you on an orientation of this picturesque village, high in the mountains.
  • Baveno: During your orientation with your Travel Director see the cobbled streets and 16th century square.
  • St. Moritz: During your orientation of this alpine resort see the spa quarter and glacial lake.
  • 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.
  • Vaduz: See the castle when you visit the capital of the Principality of Liechtenstein.
  • Lucerne: See the emotive Lion Monument, Jesuit Church and covered Chapel Bridge.
  • Scenic Drives: Travel beside Lake Geneva, along the Rhone Valley and through the Simplon Pass. Experience the beauty of Lake Maggiore as you travel along its shores through the Italian Lake District. Continue through Julier Pass and Engadine Valley, pass the Grisons Alps, Walensee and beside Lake Zurich.

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 Breakfasts (B) and 4 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

STAY IN STYLE

  • Geneva: Rated as the No. 1 hotel of the 'Top 15 Hotels of Switzerland' at the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2017, the Hotel d'Angleterre is set on the banks of Geneva's Lac Leman and beautifully reflects the essence of a Red Carnation Hotel, where each of the individually-designed rooms combines traditional charm and elegant style with modern amenities.
  • Zermatt: The Resort Hotel Alex offers a hospitality experience full of surprises, by cleverly combining modern and traditional elements.
  • St Moritz: Crystal Hotel is located close to the town centre shops where guests can browse prestigious brands such as Chanel, Gucci and Louis Vuitton.

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 trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations.

Prices and availability of Optional Experiences are 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

 

Hotel d'Angleterre

Geneva (Boutique) - Switzerland

Rated as the No. 1 hotel of the 'Top 15 Hotels of Switzerland' at the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2017, the Hotel d'Angleterre is set on the banks of Geneva's Lac Leman and beautifully reflects the essence of a Red Carnation Hotel, where each of the individually-designed rooms combines traditional charm and elegant style with modern amenities.

Resort Hotel Alex

ZERMATT (Traditional) - SWITZERLAND

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

Hotel Simplon

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.

Renaissance Lucerne Hotel

Lucerne (Heritage) - Switzerland

Renaissance Lucerne Hotel is a modern property in a centuries-old city palace, minutes to Lake Lucerne, and offers tastefully furnished rooms with ornamental ceiling decoration and warm interiors.

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
11478 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 25 October, 2018

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    Trip: Loved all places we visited and stayed at although I would have loved to stay at least 2 nights at each destination especially in Stresa which was only a one night stop. All included activities and optional experiences were very enjoyable.

    Service: Lovely relaxing tour thoroughly enjoyed it and would have loved to have stayed 2 nights at each destination. All activities including optional experiences were fantastic. I would certainly recommend it to family and friends. Our Tour Director and our drivers (including relief driver) all did fantastic jobs.

  • 23 October, 2018

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    Trip: Our guide,Sarah Tattersall was excellent. We would travel with her any time. She was knowledgeable, friendly,organized, and attentive. We had a great overview of the country and two side journeys to Lichtenstein and Lake Maggiore,Italy. Our drivers were competent and friendly, the bus excellent. The accommodations were lovely and included meals first rate.

    Service: It was perfect- they were reliable, everything they said they would do was done with class, friendliness as expertise.

  • 23 October, 2018

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    Trip: Switzerland so beautiful and Robs knowledge on just everything amazing such a great time weather glorious

    Service: Rob was a fabulous tour guide .All of the tour was educational and interesting I so loved Zermatt the accomodation at the Schlosshotel and the Matterhorn peak Michael also an excellent coach driver the coach comfortable with all amenities Choice of venue for meals fabulous .We were extremely blessed with Rob and Michael to care for us .

  • 21 October, 2018

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    Trip: Perfect itinerary. Accommodation was very comfortable.

    Service: Loved the Switzerland tour. The tour guide Sara was fabulous.

  • 21 October, 2018

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    Trip: See previous comments earlier in this feedback

    Service: The scenery was excellent as was the accomodation. However, suggest that Lucerne accomodation is discussed with the hotel management as the noise from the bar area echos throughout the establishment until 3am

  • 21 October, 2018

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    Trip: Zermatt and Lucerne were the highlights.

    Service: The trip was great and the tour director and bus drives did a fine job.

  • 19 October, 2018

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    Trip: Excellent, interesting itinerary for the time frame.

    Service: Excellent guide and detailed itinerary.

  • 16 October, 2018

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    Trip: Right in the hub of the city near the lake

    Service: Our tour director was the best

  • 15 October, 2018

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    Trip: All of the places we visited were exciting. I do feel however that the Matterhorn should have been included not an extra. Also very disappointed in the staff at the Crystol. Our tour director emailed prior to our stay to request adjoining rooms due to medical necessity. There were three of us. They obviously did not read the email or honor the request. We at first were given one room with one bed for three adults. Then when we inquired we were given another room not close. The staff did not seem to be too accommodating.

    Service: Excellent loved our tour director and bus drivers!

  • 15 October, 2018

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    Trip: In Switzerland our experience was good in general but most of the hotels visited lacked working air conditioning this made sleeping difficult, always waking up in a sweat and unable to open windows. In most hotels problems such as non functioning drains, appeared to be a lack of general maintenance.

    Service: Customer service was very good in most places visited on the insight package.

  • 15 October, 2018

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    Trip: Glorious Switzerland covered most places within 7 days.

    Service: The tour was well organised and we covered most places. . The tour director is knowledgeable , insightful. and very attentive and courteous. Hotels are good, too. Not forgetting, we enjoyed the Insight Vacations coach, with its generous legroom , the seats are comfortable, too. We enjoyed our trip very much and we look forward to travelling with Insight Vacations again.

  • 14 October, 2018

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    Trip: We touched all key sites....

    Service: well planned tour. Tour guide Ellen was outstanding....very informative.

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