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Duration: 8 days Visiting: Switzerland
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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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Your magical journey comes to an end after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Geneva Airport at 08:00 and 10:00.
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.
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.
St. Moritz (Traditional) - Switzerland
Hotel Laudinella enjoys a quiet location in St. Moritz-Bad, the spa quarter, and offers superb views of the surrounding mountains.
Brig (Contemporary) - Switzerland
Surrounded by innumerable snow-topped mountains, Hotel Alex offers guests a comfortable alpine stay.
Geneva (Central) - Switzerland
The Warwick Geneva is centrally located and features stylish and elegant interiors.
Our guests rate us
11509 independent user reviews received during the past year.
16 February, 2019
Trip: The itinerary was perfect, however, would have liked to have spent more time in the Alps.
Service: Excellent! They provided information before out trip, which helped enormously
05 February, 2019
Trip: Visited the places we wanted to visit
Service: Too much free time on this trip, tour guide very good and yes we would use insight again
05 February, 2019
Trip: I enjoyed each day on the itinerary.
Service: It was extremely well organised. Required information received timely in advance. FAQ: available. Welcome letter from the Insight Guide made you feel comfortable and relaxed.
05 February, 2019
Trip: Enjoyed all the places we visited!
Service: Very helpful in finding transportation because we arrived a day early.
03 February, 2019
Trip: excellent pace, not too crammed
Service: The tour Director was superb
26 January, 2019
Trip: Would have liked a little more time to explore on our own. It was a lot to see in a short time, but we had a fabulous time.
Service: Our tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. We very much enjoyed our tour.
19 January, 2019
Trip: Wonderful views and itinary
Service: Perfect route expertly carried out. Expert leader and driver.
19 January, 2019
Trip: The itinerary covered all we expected. Who could have predicted such snow falls - amazing. My only problem was at one hotel the bed was pretty uncomfortable & another was not able to supply a walk in shower. Nothing to do with Itinerary.
Service: They did everything well on this tour - our coach driver Michael deserves a gold medal for his magnificent driving in the heavy snowfalls on our tour. Our Glacier Express trip was cut short due to snowfalls but our coach driver made sure our journey was safe and very exciting. Our tour director Daniele also did a great job reorganising things as required and had such a wealth of knowledge where ever we were. Certainly would go on another tour with Insight and would recommend Insight to others. Our daughter,son-in-law and grand son have also just had 3 tours -back to back with Insight after our recommendation. One of their tours was also Magical Switzerland.
19 January, 2019
Trip: It was a first rate experience...........absolutely loved it!
Service: I would definitely go with Insight again. Our tour guide, Daniele, was fantastic. Everything ran smoothly and it was a trip of a lifetime for me.
15 January, 2019
Trip: It was just perfect Loved it
Service: Amazing !!!
12 January, 2019
Trip: The tour director was excellent
Service: Tour director was excellent. Food was average with one hotel considered poor.
12 January, 2019
Trip: Fabulous location, Super Extras , well worth the money . Great way for Single ladies to travel. Our Tour director was Fantastic - Sara was so gentle, polite & extremely well informed
Service: Our Tour director Sara Tattersal is a LOVELY person, most proffessional & very Well Informed . The "extras " were well worth it , she handled every one s query so kindly & gently . She even came down at 3.00am to say Bye to the folk leaving early for the airport. SUPER HOLIDAY , have recommended it to my friends