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In Switzerland, discover a kaleidoscope of contrasting scenery, people and language whilst staying in some of the country's most lovely hotels. Journeying on through France and Germany, your river cruise along the mighty Rhine shows you historic cities, picturesque villages and ancient fortresses.
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Geneva, City of Gardens
Welcome to Switzerland. Prepare yourself for various 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 & 16:00. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception with the opportunity to mingle over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.
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 its lake. See the Jet D'Eau, Floral Clock and Reformation Monument. Then relax and enjoy the enchanting scenery, as we continue on to the scenic town of Montreux, at the foot of the Alps, boasting one of the most beautiful lakeside walks. Enjoy free time to explore this pretty town. Journey to the great arc of Lake Geneva where a Local Expert will show you medieval Chillon Castle, former home to the Counts of Savoy, immortalised by Byron's ‘Prisoner of Chillon'. Continue along the Rhone Valley, with high summer temperatures that support vines and other fruits. The final stage of your journey is by cogwheel train to the traffic-free mountain 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 on your Dine-Around evening.
Free Time in Zermatt
(Relaxed Start) Zermatt in summertime is a Shangri-La of leisure time 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?
Descend to Täsch and rejoin the coach. Follow in the footsteps of Napoleon as you ascend the Simplon Pass, taking in magnificent views over the Alps from the 2,000-metre summit. Cut through northern Italy, stopping on the gentle shores of Lake Maggiore. Perhaps take a delightful boat trip to see the stunning Isola Bella?
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 a climate characterised by clear skies. On arrival in the cosmopolitan resort of St. Moritz, a brief orientation will show you the spa quarter and the brilliantly sparkling glacial lake. Then jostle with the jet-set in the elegant boutiques.
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 drive along the valley of the Upper Rhine to spend a while in Vaduz, the tiny capital of Liechtenstein. Then a beautiful path takes you alongside the dramatic Walensee and Lake Zurich brings you to Lucerne. See the sorrowful sculpture of the wounded lion, commemorating the brave Swiss guards who died defending King Louis XVI during the French Revolution.
The Summit of Stanserhorn
Start the day with a morning stroll along lakeside promenades, shopping for fine watches while enjoying the scenery. Then, from the town of Stans, embark on a scenic journey by funicular railway and cable car to the summit of the stunning Stanserhorn. On a clear day, in addition to the beautiful mountains and surrounding hills, there are views as far as Alsace and the Black Forest in Germany. Later, embrace a fantastic wining and dining experience you'll never forget at a Celebration Dinner.
Lucerne, Basel & Breisach to Join Your Cruise
In the morning, transfer to Basel by train and then on to Breisach to join your Uniworld boutique cruise ship, the SS Antoinette and begin your journey along the romantic Rhine.
Breisach (Kaysersberg and Riquewihr or Colmar)
(Relaxed Start) Venture ashore and choose to visit either the postcard-perfect wine villages of Kaysersberg and Riquewihr or enjoy a city tour of Colmar's enchanting historic centre. In the evening, enjoy a Captain's Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
The Alsatian town of Strasbourg boasts a UNESCO-designated city centre in which you'll find a magnificent Gothic cathedral and charming half-timbered houses. See the sights on a delightful canal cruise through the picturesque Petite France district. Alternatively, ‘Do as the Locals Do' on a walking tour through Old Town, stopping for pastries and coffee. The afternoon is at leisure.
Choose to fully experience the medieval town of Speyer, on a walking discovery tour. See its compact and historic centre boasting the largest Romanesque cathedral in Europe, as well as the Continent's oldest mikvah – a Jewish ritual bath. Alternatively, you can learn about unique wine vinegar aperitifs on an excursion to the Doktorenhof vinegar estate.
Rüdesheim, the Romantic Rhine River and Boppard
(Relaxed Start) Explore Rüdesheim and its famous Drosselgasse – a narrow lane lined with taverns and shops – before enjoying a wine tasting at the 14th century Castle Vollrads. The adventurous will want to soar up to the Niederwald Heights on a gondola, followed by a guided “Go Active” hike from Rüdesheim to Assmanshausen. Return to the ship for a scenic cruise along the spectacular, UNESCO-protected Upper Middle Rhine – a 40-mile-long stretch of river lined with castles. End the day with a guided stroll around the pretty, wine village of Boppard.
Cruising the Rhine River to Koblenz
(Relaxed Start) In the morning, relax and take in the stunning scenery along the Rhine River. When arriving in Koblenz, enjoy a walking discovery tour of this beautiful 'corner' of Germany. Alternatively, take an aerial tram ride up to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, which offers dazzling views of the Moselle and Rhine rivers. For a more active exploration, bike from Boppard to Koblenz. Later in the day, get a close-up look at Marksburg Castle.
You have an array of choices for how you wish to experience Cologne's many treasures. Those interested in history and architecture will want to stroll with a Local Expert through Old Town to the city's iconic UNESCO-listed Gothic Cologne Cathedral. For beer connoisseurs, you'll wish to visit a brewery to taste the traditional local brew of the city, Kölsch. And for lovers of art, you won't want to miss one of the most important contemporary museums in Europe, Museum Ludwig. In the evening, enjoy a Captain's Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.
Disembark your ship and enjoy a private transfer to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for your flight home. Transfers are available for flights departing between 06:00 & 18:00.
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 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.
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 112.00
The premier attraction of Lake Maggiore is the Borromean Islands. We take a private boat over to Isola Bella, the largest and most famous island, renowned for its incredible palace and stunning Botanical Gardens. A guided tour of this privately owned palace with free time to admire the gardens is a must.
Adult Price: EUR 41.00
Embark on a gentle evening boat ride on serene Lake Lugano to the quaint little fishing village of Gandria. The locals are proud of their culinary culture, which, as you would expect, reflects their proximity to the Italian border! Enjoy a tasty Italian style three-course meal, complete with wine and fabulous views of the lake. Buon appetito!
Adult Price: CHF 92.00
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
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
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
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
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
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
Geneva (Central) - Switzerland
The Warwick Geneva is centrally located and features stylish and elegant interiors.
Zermatt (Central) - Switzerland
Alex Hotel/Schlosshotel, Zermatt
Baveno (Scenic) - Italy
Hotel Simplon, Baveno
St Moritz (Central) - Switzerland
Crystal/Steffani Hotel, St. Moritz
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.
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