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Arrive Zurich

The trendy city of Zurich is our springboard to a spectacular journey through Switzerland. Explore its mix of ancient heritage and modern verve during your orientation tour before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception to launch your epic Swiss experience.Welcome Reception

Zurich – St. Moritz

Our love affair with the snow-capped peaks of Switzerland begins on a scenic train journey via Chur to the chic resort of St. Moritz, set against the beautiful backdrop of Lake St. Moritz. Admire the inspiring natural setting and perhaps take a mountain pass train ride this afternoon, before dining at your hotel tonight.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

St. Moritz – Glacier Express – Zermatt (2 Nights)

Embrace the glamour and romance of a bygone era. Watch the epic Alpine landscapes drift past as you chug your way along one of the world's most unforgettable rail journeys from the comfort of the Glacier Express, crossing hundreds of bridges and the Oberalp Pass at 2,033 metres above sea level. Enjoy an included lunch on board, against the backdrop of magnificent alpine lakes and pristine glaciers en route to the resort town of Zermatt, which sits at the foothills of the imposing Matterhorn. This evening take to the resort's streets and embrace its vibrant nightlife.Buffet Breakfast, Lunch

Zermatt Orientation

Join your Travel Director for an orientation walk around this charming car-free resort before spending the rest of the day at leisure soaking up the tranquil mountain atmosphere. Consider an Optional Experience to the Matterhorn, ascending by cable car to 3779m and the snow-capped top of the world.Buffet Breakfast

Zermatt – Geneva Orientation

We board a high-speed train to sophisticated Geneva where your orientation will include views of the Old Town, Jet d'Eau and the Flower Clock, paying tribute to the city's centuries-old watchmaking traditions. This evening explore the sights of this lakeside city on your terms. Meander through the ancient maze of charming streets and quiet squares or consider a dinner cruise - enjoying views of the charming villages along the shoreline.Buffet Breakfast

Geneva – Interlaken – Lucerne (2 Nights)

Picture-perfect landscapes are our constant companion as we journey from Geneva along the Golden Pass route. We stop at Interlaken in the heart of the Swiss Alps between the glassy lakes of Thun and Brienz, at the foot of a trio of famous peaks the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Spend some time at leisure and enjoy superb views of the peaks of the Bernese Oberland, so beloved of Queen Victoria who often stayed at Interlaken. We follow the Brünig Pass to the lakeside town of Lucerne in central Switzerland, where we will stay for the next two nights. The evening is yours to enjoy the charming atmosphere of Lucerne. Consider learning how to yodel at an optional fun-packed Swiss folklore show with fondue dinner.Buffet Breakfast

Lucerne Orientation

Snow-capped peaks surround you as you wander through the quaint medieval streets of Lucerne on an orientation walk. Visit the poignant Lion Monument built in memory of the Swiss Guard who bravely defended Louis XVI during the French Revolution and view the covered wooden Chapel Bridge spanning the River Reuss with its decorated wooden panels, which chronicle the history of Lucerne. Later consider an Optional Experience to a nearby mountain peak, or explore the old city and shop for delicious Swiss chocolate. Tonight we join our Travel Director and fellow travel companions for a Farewell Dinner with wine in a local restaurant.Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Lucerne – Depart Zurich

We say a fond farewell to Switzerland and newfound friends at the end of a remarkable Swiss holiday. Your Travel Director will give you tickets for the short train journey from Lucerne to Zurich Airport, which can be used at your convenience for the onward journey.Buffet Breakfast


Things to Know

Preparing For Your Trip
  • Make Sure to Bring All of Your Important Documents: Passport, Foreign visa (if applicable), Itinerary, Trip confirmation, Airline ticket, Drivers license, Credit cards, Travel documents.

  • Vaccinations Are Required for Entry to Some Countries. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) can provide you their recommendations for vaccinations and other travel health precautions for your trip abroad.

  • Are You Taking Any Prescriptions or Other Medications? Pack enough to last your entire trip, including some extra in case you are unexpectedly delayed.

  • Insurance: Purchase travel insurance to cover yourself against unexpected situations. You never know when something might happen, so always be prepared.
While Traveling
  • Keep an eye on your belongings. Do not leave your belongings unattended in public spaces

  • Always have local cash. Not every place takes credit cards.
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