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 a local restaurant.

  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.

    (Relaxed Start) 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 a local restaurant at the foot of Mount Stanserhorn, embrace a fantastic wining and dining experience, celebrating new friends and a great trip during your Celebration Dinner.

  9. Day 9

    Farewell Zürich.

    In the morning, your departure transfer will arrive at Zürich airport at 08:00. Please do not schedule any flights before 10:00.

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

  • 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: Join your Travel Director for a palate-pleasing Celebration Dinner with wine and good cheer!
  • 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.

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 (Historic) - 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.

  • Glorious Switzerland

    1 out of 5

    Shediac, Canada

    We really enjoyed the tour. Beautiful country with all the high Alps peaks. Mel Lennon was a terrific guide, very knowledge on Switzerland and extremely helpful with excellent suggestions on what to do and see on our free time. Having a small group of 30 travellers also helps in everything running smoothly.

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  • Glorious Switzerland

    5 out of 5

    East Kingston, United States

    This trip was our first with Insight and was by far the best we have experienced. We have done extensive traveling and have to say that this was everything and more than anticipated. Our tour director, Sara Tattersall, provided knowledge, personal attention, and service above and beyond what would be considered normal. It was as if we had our own personal tour guide. The itinerary was well planned and provided with sufficient detail to have a real in depth flavor. Unlike many ground tours, the pace was relatively relaxed without "the on the bus off the bus" scenerio, while maintaining an efficient schedule. I'm sure the tour would be excellent with other tour directors, but I would certainly check Sara's schedule prior to booking another.

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  • Awesome Switzerland

    5 out of 5

    The Villages, United States

    There are no words to describe what an awesome trip this was for us. Having traveled with Insight last year to Italy we thought it couldn't get an better.....BUT IT DID. The locations, restaurants, stops, unexpected little perks, hotels - everything about this trip was exceptional. Our week long tour guide Phillip was knowledgable, spot on, kind, funny, caring....what more can we say. We will continue to travel with Insight in the future. Thank you thank you

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  • Awesome

    5 out of 5

    West Saint Paul, United States

    I never thought I wanted to visit Switzerland but am so glad I did. This was my second tour via Insight and was just as pleased as my first. Maria was a great tour guide. She was very knowledgeable of the locations, was able to get us to some spectacular sites to avoid crowds,(Materhornn being my favorite) and wonderful restaurants where we enjoyed local specialties. You gotta try the Alplermagronen (mac & cheese & potatoes...mmm so good). Marcel was a great coach driver and took good care of us & our luggage. I look forward to another great Insight Vacation.

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  • Glorious Switzerland YES IT WAS

    5 out of 5

    Cornwall (ON), Canada

    What a wonderful time we had. The sights, the people and the wonderful and informative Vincenzo made this the trip of a lifetime I was hoping for. We opted for all the extra excursions and while it made for a very busy time it was great! The included meals were always good and our hosts made it an experience not soon forgotten. Family and friends are amazed at the stories that I came home with. Thank you Vincenzo and Insight, I look forward to our next adventure!

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  • Glorious Switzerland

    5 out of 5

    Guelph, Canada

    What a terrific trip-far exceeded my expectations. We were on this trip from 26 July-2 Aug. 2015 & had fantastic weather. Vincenzo de Michelis, our tour director, was amazing. His knowledge of every area we visited was so thorough-I don't know how he did it without notes. I loved his many anecdotes & learned a lot of the country, customs & language. Vincenzo also seemed to know when we needed some quiet time while we covered the miles. I thought our group size (34) was excellent. We could mingle with different couples & include "singles" @ our table. We learned to listen & pursue Vincenzo's suggestions on what sites not to miss & food specialties. He was always right on! It didn't take long for him to laugh with us as he found gentle ways to tease us. Vincenzo had a great connection with everyone. The trip was so good, because of him. I loved my Switzerland experience & will definitely travel with Insight Vacations again.

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  • Excellent Tour and Outstanding Tour Director

    5 out of 5

    Toronto (ON), Canada

    This was our second tour with Insight and it turned out to be the one to remember. Our tour director, Vincenzo was outstanding with in-depth knowledge of anything and everything about Switzerland besides being well organized and in control of events. Itinerary was great, and great sights to be enjoyed. Most enjoyable were the food and sights on the Italian border, can't wait to plan the next Insight Tour. Thanks for great time. Neeta & Kamal

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  • Glorious Switzerland

    5 out of 5

    Wahroonga, Australia

    My wife & I enjoyed our 8 day coach tour of Switzerland - "Glorious Switzerland " immensely. The itinerary & scenery were excellent, we had a great group of fellow passengers,and everything went very smoothly. We had a very experienced, capable and friendly Tour Director - Philllip whose knowledge, patience (and jokes) were a plus and made the tour that much more interesting and pleasurable. We would certainly travel with Insight again if we choose another coach tour.

    6 out of 6 people found this comment useful

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  • Glorous Switerland

    5 out of 5

    Mount Olive, Australia

    We thoroughly enjoyed our tour in Switzerland. From our tour director Vincenzo to the other guests on the tour. We all got on very well and enjoyed our experience. We chose to buy the extended package as well and found even more delights to enjoy. Everything was looked after for us and the accommodation was superb. We would definitely use Insight Tours again in our further travels. Thank you... Noel and Di Adam

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  • Feedback from the Wheelers, Southern California

    5 out of 5

    Trabuco Canyon, United States

    We have been wanting to visit Switzerland for a number of years, and 2014 was the time! The itinerary was very good. What made the experience EXTRA special was our Tour Guide, Vincenzo de Michellis. He was very well organized, always available, very knowledgable on all the sights and went Above The Call of Duty to give us a phenomenal experience! When we travel with Insight again - we would really want to travel with Vincenzo as he made a very good experience an EXCEPTIONAL EXPERIENCE! You should know he is an outstanding representative of your organization!

    10 out of 11 people found this comment useful

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  • Memorable Sojourn with Insight Vacations

    4 out of 5

    San Jose, United States

    I take immense pleasure to convey that we were extremely satiated with our recent trip to Switzerland! We travel quite extensively with different operators mainly Trafalgar and were a bit apprehensive about changing from our comfort zone, but have to candidly express that our vacation with Insight Vacations was absolutely soul gratifying! Insights Tour Director, Sara Tattersall and our driver, Marcel Robdeutscher, were the perfect ingredients to making this trip extra memorable! They provided stellar service on all accounts and our entire group was impressed with them going the extra mile in making sure that everything was perfect! Have to give kudos to Insight and their sterling staff for having helped etch indelible memories from an enchanting trip! Thank you and I can say with conviction we look forward to many more journeys with Insight! Truly it was incredible! We were all a bit overwhelmed with emotions to having tobid goodbye but surely we will cross many more paths in building a solid client/ operator relationship! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts :)

    15 out of 16 people found this comment useful

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  • Glorious Switzerland

    5 out of 5

    Avalon Beach, Australia

    We would love to thank Maria and Michael for a most amazing trip. They were so accommodating for all our needs and requests, and showed us little things that we would have missed just walking around by ourselves. There is nothing we could fault on this trip not only was the food and accommodation amazing, but they also managed to make sure that we had perfect blue skies each day, so we could see the Alps no matter where we were. thank you again Rani & Dave

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  • Truly a glorious Switzerland

    4 out of 5

    Pomona, United States

    My husband and I had a wonderful vacation. We had no regrets in visiting a such beautiful and clean country. Insight's easy pace gave us the opportunity to see other places that were not included in the tour. It could have been a perfect tour if we had a tour Director that communicates well on the schedule.

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