Day 1 Geneva, Switzerland.
Bienvenue—welcome! Your Local Host is on hand to help you organize your time in the city where the art of watchmaking is present everywhere.
Day 2 Geneva.
On your morning guided sightseeing, see Geneva’s international sector, with some of the world’s major peace-making organizations. Admire the amazing Jet d’Eau, a large water-jet fountain situated where Lake Geneva empties into the Rhône River and visible throughout the city. See the Flower Clock, a masterpiece of technology and floral art, symbol of the city’s internationally acclaimed watch industry. Visit ST. PETER’S CATHEDRAL, an imposing Romanesque-Gothic church in the Old Town that is best known for Protestant Reformation leader John Calvin’s inspiring sermons during the mid-16th century.
Day 3 Geneva. Excursion to Chamonix–Mont Blanc.
Today, enjoy a special highlight excursion to MONT BLANC. Travel across the Swiss-French border to Chamonix, a famous mountain resort where the first Winter Olympics were held. From the town center, ride a cable car to the Aiguille du Midi (Needle of the South), a rocky, 12,391-foot (3,777m) peak in the Mont Blanc mountain range with year-round snow. Its terraces provide an amazing 360-degree view of the Chamonix Valley and the Alps. A lift takes you to the summit terrace at 12,605 ft. (3,842m) for stunning panoramas (if the cable car to Aiguille du Midi is not available due to adverse weather conditions, it will be substituted with a ride on the scenic rack railway to the magnificent Mer de Glace (Sea of Ice) glacier on the northern slopes of Mont Blanc). Leisure time to explore Chamonix’s center and enjoy lunch on your own in one of the many local restaurants before heading back to Geneva.
Day 4 Geneva–Lucerne.
Travel to Lucerne by TRAIN (First class). Enjoy guided sightseeing that includes Thorwaldsen’s poignant LION MONUMENT, commemorating the Swiss Guards killed during the French Revolution. Walk through the charming Old Town with its pedestrian-only streets, quaint alleys, cobblestone squares, and frescoed façades. Cross the CHAPEL BRIDGE, Lucerne’s famous landmark spanning the Reuss River, originally built in the 14th century as part of the city’s fortifications. Admire the Water Tower, which also served as a dungeon, an archive, and a treasury vault until the 19th century. On the left bank of the river, arrive at the Jesuit Church, constructed in 1666 and one of the most beautiful baroque churches in the country.
Day 5 Lucerne.
Your Local Host can suggest wonderful options for your day, such as a visit to the Glacier Garden, which exhibits glacier potholes from the last Ice Age.
Day 6 Lucerne.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning (the nearest airport is Zürich).