Globus - The Best of Switzerland
Zurich to Zurich
With its stunning mountains, fascinating old towns, beautiful lakes, and long history, Switzerland is the perfect vacation offering something for everyone. On this Best of Switzerland tour, you will experience some of its most beautiful scenery and interesting cities with overnights in Zürich, St. Moritz, Lugano, Zermatt, Lake Geneva, and Lucerne.
No tour to Switzerland is complete without seeing the stunning scenery. You'll enjoy a scenic drive following Lake Zürich and Lake Walen through the high Alps to the tiny Principality of Liechtenstein. You'll also drive into the Swiss Engadine, a valley considered by many as the most beautiful mountain area in the world, with deep-blue lakes, airy larch forests, mountain peaks exceeding 12,000 feet, and quaint villages. Here, enjoy St. Moritz, one of the world's most famous resorts. Other mountain scenery awaits you in Täsch, where you’ll board a mountain train to car-free Zermatt, a picturesque cluster of rustic chalets beneath the famous Matterhorn. If they’re lakes you desire to see, you'll enjoy Lake Como, Lake Maggiore, stunning Lake Geneva, and Lugano, the popular subtropical resort on the shores of Lake Lugano.
You'll also visit some of Switzerland's famous cities, including Zürich, Berne, and Lucerne. Plus, to bring Switzerland to life, Globus has arranged some unique experiences for you. You'll enjoy lunch at a traditional Swiss working farm in Berne. Another true Swiss experience is a trip to the top of Mount Pilatus to enjoy heavenly views and an alphorn demonstration. You'll even get a special souvenir cap to remember this experience! Of course, Switzerland is known for its chocolates, and on this Switzerland tour, you'll taste traditional chocolate pralines.
From stunning scenery and vibrant cities to its special experiences, this Switzerland tour is sure to delight. So grab your camera and get ready for an amazing vacation!
Ask your Travel Specialist about combining this coach tour with a River Cruise (as shown in the map above)
DAY 1 ARRIVE IN ZURICH, SWITZERLAND.
Welcome to Zurich! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)
DAY 2 ZURICH–VADUZ, LIECHTENSTEIN–ST. MORITZ, SWITZERLAND.
Discover Zurich’s well-preserved OLD TOWN with its medieval guild houses during your orientation walk, and stop at the famous Sprüngli Confectionery to taste the traditional CHOCOLATE PRALINES. A scenic drive following Lake Zurich and Lake Walen into the high Alps leads you to the tiny Principality of Liechtenstein, clutched between Switzerland and Austria, with a surface of just 62 square miles. Stop in the capital, Vaduz, and take pictures of the castle overlooking the town and the residence of the rulers. Re-enter Switzerland, and ascend the Rhine Valley into the mountainous Grisons, a canton where three of the country’s four languages are spoken. The 7,504-foot Julier Pass, an important Alpine road since Roman times, leads to the Engadine. This valley is considered by many as the most beautiful mountain area in the world, with deep-blue lakes, airy larch forests that turn golden in
the fall, mountain peaks exceeding 12,000 feet, and quaint villages with massive white stone houses in the characteristic Grisons style. This afternoon, arrive in St. Moritz, the elegant resort that hosted the Winter Olympics twice, for your overnight stay. (B,D)
DAY 3 ST. MORITZ–LAKE COMO, ITALY–LUGANO, SWITZERLAND.
Take in a gradual change of scenery as you descend towards the enchanting shores of Italy’s Lake Como and continue on to the southern tip of Switzerland. The vegetation south of the Alps is Mediterranean: chestnut groves, vineyards, and olive and fig trees are a stark contrast to earlier today as you were within walking distance of glaciers. Afternoon arrival in the popular subtropical resort town of Lugano allows time for shopping under the arcades of Via Nassa or an espresso on flower-festooned Piazza Riforma. To truly appreciate splendid Lake Lugano, an optional boat ride is available, followed by dinner at a traditional “grotto” restaurant. (B)
DAY 4 LUGANO–STRESA, ITALY–TÄSCH, SWITZERLAND–ZERMATT.
Continue from Lake Lugano to the Italian shore of Lake Maggiore for a break in Stresa, the “Pearl of the Lake.” An optional boat ride to enchanting Isola Bella can be arranged. Continue over lofty Simplon Pass into the Swiss Valais, an area renowned for its excellent wines and great mountain resorts. To reach the most famous of them, leave the coach behind in Täsch and board a MOUNTAIN TRAIN to climb the last few miles up to car-free Zermatt, a picturesque cluster of rustic chalets beneath the Matterhorn. (B)
DAY 5 ZERMATT–LAKE GENEVA.
This morning, you can join an exciting optional excursion to Klein Matterhorn for spectacular views of the surrounding Alps. Later, motor through the vineyards and apricot groves of the lower Rhône Valley, and arrive at beautiful Lake Geneva for your overnight stay. (B,D)
DAY 6 LAKE GENEVA–BERNE–LUCERNE.
In the stately capital of Berne, your guided tour starts at the BEAR PARK, followed by a panoramic view of the city from the Rose Garden. Next, enjoy a walking tour through the beautifully preserved medieval Old Town. Witness the hourly parade of painted figures at the Clock Tower and take pictures of ornate, flower-adorned fountains. See life in rural Switzerland and look forward to a special lunch at a traditional Swiss WORKING FARM. Cross the Brünig Pass that connects the Bernese Oberland to central Switzerland and arrive in picturesque Lucerne. An optional dinner excursion is available to a folklore party with yodeling for a first-hand impression of Alpine merrymaking. (B,L)
DAY 7 LUCERNE.
Follow your Tour Director for a pleasant walk and admire Thorwaldsen’s impressive LION MONUMENT, dedicated to the Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France during the French Revolution. Walk along ornate patrician houses of the walled Old Town, then cross the famous covered CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit Church, the first large baroque church built in Switzerland on the north side of the Alps. Afterward, another true Swiss experience: a trip to the top of Mount Pilatus, the “Guard of Lucerne,” where you receive a special SOUVENIR CAP to always remember this experience! Tonight, a farewell dinner awaits at your hotel for a proper auf Wiedersehen. (B,D)
DAY 8 LUCERNE–ZURICH AIRPORT.
Morning transfer to Zurich Airport in time for homebound flights leaving no earlier than 10 am. Extra nights are available in Zurich. (B)
Prices shown are based on low season travel
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- Superior hotels selected for their comfort and convenient location
- Deluxe coaches with WiFi, and where alternative transport is required (like rail journeys), you'll have first class seats.
- Immersive experiences - VIP Access to Major Attractions - plus special behind-the-scenes experiences.
- INSIDE VISITS and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable - these are outlined in the detailed itinerary.
- Expert tour directors - genuine local experts who are from the region you're travelling - plus they take care of everything including hotel check-ins and sending your bags to your room.
- Regional cuisine - breakfast is included daily with a range of other meals at local restuarants - these are outlined in the detailed itinerary
Book and deposit by 29 January 2019 , and you can save 7.5% on any UK or Europe tour.
Second Tour Discount - 5% Second Tour discount (Second tour discount applies when multiple tours are booked at the same time for travel within the same calendar year)
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