Magical Switzerland

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Regional Journey

Magical Switzerland (Winter 2019 2020)

Duration: 7 days Visiting: Switzerland

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Experience Christmas like never before, as you admire snow-laden Alpine peaks, traditional markets and sparkling lakes with a highlight experience aboard the famous Glacier Express.

  1. Day 1

    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 hotel in Lucerne at 09:30 and 13:30. Join your Travel Director and fellow guests at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner with good food and wine.

  2. Day 2 - Relaxed Start

    Lucerne and St. Moritz.

    Experience Lucerne, a beautiful 14th century city still protected by medieval fortifications. Your Travel 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.

  3. Day 3 - Relaxed Start

    St. Moritz at Leisure.

    This whole day is completely at leisure, so maybe enjoy a late breakfast to start? Afterwards you may choose to explore the spa quarter of this chic resort, see the houses with their traditional sgraffito facades 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?

  4. Day 4

    Aboard the Glacier Express.

    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.

  5. Day 5

    Zermatt, Matterhorn Village.

    Marvel at the 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, should weather permit. Return to your hotel in Brig where the remainder of the day is at leisure.

  6. Day 6

    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 your 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. Enjoy a beautiful journey alongside the lake, passing Vevey and Lausanne, to reach the immaculate town of Geneva. On arrival, your orientation includes the United Nations Building, officially known as the Palais des Nations, the Old Town, Reformation Monument and if operating, the Jet d’Eau. Spend your night in Geneva, rejoicing with your newfound friends at the local restaurant, Le Petit Chalet, as you are treated to a delicious, traditional fondue Celebration Dinner complete with wine.

  7. Day 7

    Depart Geneva.

    Your magical journey comes to an end after breakfast. Your transfer will arrive at Geneva airport at 08:00 or 10:00.

Highlights

 

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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 select departures.
  • Winter Magic: Enjoy the majestic beauty, snowy peaks and crystal clear waters of the lakes.
  • Lucerne: See the covered wooden bridges, Lion Monument, Jesuit Church and Chapel Bridge.
  • St. Moritz: Indulge in the glitz and glamour of the fashionable ski resort of the rich and famous.
  • 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.
  • Zermatt: Board the cogwheel train which takes you to the traffic-free haven of Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn.
  • Montreux: Enjoy time to stroll along the lakeside promenade.
  • 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.
  • Geneva: See Jet d’Eau, United Nations Building and Reformation Monument.
  • Scenic Drives: Marvel at the the winter wonderland of passing landscapes as you travel through the Walensee and Grisons regions, through the Rhône Valley and along Lake Geneva.

AUTHENTIC DINING

  • Geneva: You will be delighted with a delicious fondue dinner at the local restaurant, Le Petit Chalet, it's a real Swiss treat.
  • Dining Summary: 6 Breakfasts (B), 1 Lunch (L) and 4 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee. Departures travelling during Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve will enjoy festive Highlight Dinners which will replace an included meal.

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.

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

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

Sleigh Ride St. Moritz

Let's go "dashing through the snow" to marvel at the glittering forests and glaciers of the Engadine, all from the comfort of our horse-drawn sleigh. Truly a sparkling winter wonderland treat.

Adult Price: CHF 60.00

Code: ST 0011

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

Accommodation

 

Hotel Astoria

Lucerne (Contemporary) - Switzerland

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

Hotel Laudinella

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.

Hotel Alex - Naters

Brig (Contemporary) - Switzerland

Surrounded by innumerable snow-topped mountains, Hotel Alex offers guests a comfortable alpine stay.

Warwick Geneva

Geneva (Traditional) - 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
11520 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 15 January, 2019

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    Trip: It was just perfect Loved it

    Service: Amazing !!!

  • 12 January, 2019

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    Trip: The tour director was excellent

    Service: Tour director was excellent. Food was average with one hotel considered poor.

  • 12 January, 2019

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    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

  • 09 January, 2019

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    Trip: There was very little back tracking on this trip. For me that means very little wasted time and the maximization of my experience. I really appreciate this as we are there to see and experience the most that we can. I understood that some of the more prime locations were not available at this time of the year but this is the only time that we were able to take in this extrodinary country.

    Service: This tour was well organized with very little back tracking and all hotels were excellent well within the primary requirement of access to cultural locations of the particular destination on the day. We were able to stroll in the evening along the streets if we so choose and the weather cooperated. Our tour guide Daniele was knowledgable of the history, customs and society quirks of the areas that we visited. He provided a breath of fresh air with his commentary and always had examples of the music of the areas and other significant points of interest. he provided a daily seating chart that made the question of "where are we today?" inconsequential. That alone was an exceptional relief - at least for me. Overall a great trip - very unlike the previous week (as my husband and I did back to back Insight trips). The previous tour was one which has definitely led to us questioning our choice of tour company (Alpine Christmas Markets). The tour director was totally far below the expected standards (unorganized, did not demonstrate the knowledge that was expected and insisted that we would never unstained the complicated history of Germany so she was not going to even try to explain any of it!) Insight, the Magical Switzerland tour managed to redeem you.

  • 03 January, 2019

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    Trip: Super tour director, magical optionslls

    Service: It’s my 3rd tour with Insight and it’s been amazing! Our tour director Sara was the best so far!

  • 03 January, 2019

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    Trip: Places visited were all on my bucket list and I felt we had enough time to explore these places as well as having sufficient free time to explore on our own.

    Service: Tour was well organised, hotels were good, driver was very competent and friendly and the Tour Director was excellent. She had such a wealth of knowledge as well as very approachable and friendly manner.

  • 02 January, 2019

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    Trip: Only reason I'm rating 4 stars instead of 5 is that I thought the "optional experiences" really should have been included--they were vital to the experience and it seemed strange that we had to pay extra for them.

    Service: Had a wonderful vacation with Insight, all the logistics went incredibly smoothly and our tour director Sue was helpful, knowledgable, and really added a lot of value to the trip. Would definitely consider traveling with Insight again.

  • 31 December, 2018

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    Trip: In a short period of time you see a good range of what Switzerland has to offer -- beautiful scenery, epic train journeys and magnificent snow capped mountains plus the great cheese and chocolate

    Service: They respond to and effect requests quickly

  • 24 December, 2018

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    Trip: The Bernina should have been included not optional

    Service: Yes

  • 22 December, 2018

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    Trip: Loved the snow. Everything looked so pretty.

    Service: As I am an older traveller they took very good care of me. I do appreciate the fact I can still travell

  • 22 December, 2018

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    Trip: The itinerary took us to different locations and hotels and we were able to see different areas of Switzerland and it didn't feel too rushed or too slow.

    Service: Our Travel Director Daniele was so friendly and passionate about his job that it made our trip so memorable. He was able to provide a lot of interesting info and history about Switzerland throughout the drive.

  • 22 December, 2018

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    Trip: Well thought of itinerary.

    Service: Overall a very good experience. Would definitely recommend and use your services again.

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