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GRAND TOUR OF SWITZERLAND - 2017

Tour Code - 6020 10 days - ZURICH to ZURICH $2651 AUD
Discover the wonders of this extraordinary country: unspoiled scenery, majestic peaks, sparkling lakes, and cities with cosmopolitan flair. Begin with an overnight in Zürich, then travel through the hilly landscapes to Appenzell with a stop in the tiny Principality of Liechtenstein. Enjoy pastoral “Heidiland” on your way to the glamorous St. Moritz resort. Marvel at the breathtaking views on the included Bernina Express alpine train that whisks you to Tirano, Italy. Rejoin your motorcoach to arrive on the shores of splendid Lake Lugano, then to Italy’s Lake Maggiore and crossing Simplon Pass to re-enter Switzerland. Overnight in Täsch and enjoy free time in car-free Zermatt at the foot of the mighty Matterhorn. Journey to the Lausanne area, then to Gruyère to visit a local cheese factory, to the charming Swiss capital of Berne, and to Lake Lucerne, surrounded by snowcapped Alps. Your adventure concludes with a final overnight in vibrant Zürich.

Standard Features

Destinations

  • INDIVIDUAL HEADSETS.
  • INSIDE VISITS AND SPECIAL FEATURES
    Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
  • SIGHTSEEING
    Visits to Appenzell, Vaduz, St. Moritz, Bernina Express train, Lugano, Zermatt, Gruyeres cheese factory, Berne, Interlaken, Lucerne Chapel Bridge.
  • SCENIC DRIVE
    Lake Maggiore, Lake Geneva.
  • SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS
    Julier Pass, Engadine Valley, Swiss-Italian Lake District, Simplon Pass, Matterhorn, Bernese Oberland.
  • GUIDES
    Professional Tour Director while touring.
  • TRANSPORTATION
    Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; Bernina Express train; Mountain Train Tasch-Zermatt.
  • HOTELS
    Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips,and service charges.
  • MYACCOUNT
    Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions.

Meals

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
9
0
4

Buffet breakfasts (B) daily
4 dinners (D).

Day by Day

  1. ARRIVE IN ZURICH, SWITZERLAND.
    Check into your hotel in Zurich. The rest of the day is free for exploring this exciting city. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers. (D)

  2. ZURICH-APPENZELL-LIECHTENSTEIN-ST. MORITZ.
    A sensational drive today takes you through some of Switzerland's most renowned cantons. Stop in Appenzell to see the Old Town with its 16th-century Town Hall. Continue east to the minute Principality of Liechtenstein for a visit of its tiny capital, Vaduz. Pass through scenic "Heidiland" and into the Rhine Valley before starting the ascent up mighty Julier Pass. Soon, you'll be in the heart of Switzerland's largest canton, the Grisons, where you'll marvel at some of the world's best alpine views. Spend the next two nights in glamorous St. Moritz, host of two Olympic Winter Games (1928 and 1948) and the premier winter retreat of European royalty, celebrities, and the international jet set for more than a century. (B)

  3. AT LEISURE IN ST. MORITZ.
    Enjoy a whole day to explore this scenic Engadine valley resort. Renowned for its stunning forest, lake, and mountain setting and an average of 322 days of sunshine per year, St. Moritz is comprised of two villages separated by over a kilometre of lake shore-St. Moritz Dorf and St. Moritz Bad. Extending up the slope from the lake, terraced Dorf is a tapestry of grand hotels, upscale boutiques, and traditional Engadine architecture, characterised by arched wooden doors, small deep-set windows, and artistically etched facades. Meanwhile, neighbouring Bad is known for its ice rink, mineral and mud baths, and energetic nightlife. (B,D)

  4. ST. MORITZ-BERNINA EXPRESS TRAIN TO TIRANO, ITALY-LUGANO, SWITZERLAND.
    One of Europe's most spectacular train rides, the BERNINA EXPRESS begins today in St. Moritz, whisking you across lofty Bernina Pass via the Swiss Poschiavo area to Tirano in the Italian Valtellina. Here, rejoin your coach and journey to the shores of sparkling Lake Lugano. (B)

  5. LUGANO-LAKE MAGGIORE- TASCH-ZERMATT.
    Discover the highlights of charming, subtropical Lugano before travelling to Lake Maggiore, Italy's second-largest lake. Consider joining the optional boat trip for a visit to the garden island of Isola Bella with its splendid 17th-century palazzo (palace). Return to Switzerland via picturesque Simplon Pass and hop aboard a train in Tasch for the only connection to car-free Zermatt, a resort surrounded by Switzerland's highest mountains-including the celebrated Matterhorn. (B,D)

  6. ZERMATT-LAUSANNE AREA.
    Time to stroll through town and maybe take a break to sample the local fare, like raclette, fondue, or hand-made chocolate, or to shop for an authentic Swiss watch or Swiss Army Knife. Then, take the train back to Tasch, where you will rejoin the coach and continue your journey through the vineyards and apricot groves of the lower Rhone Valley to crescent-shaped Lake Geneva, one of Europe's largest lakes. (B,D)

  7. LAUSANNE AREA.
    Spend either a whole day at leisure exploring Lausanne and its environs, or join an optional excursion to charming Geneva with its cobblestoned Old Town and the Palais des Nations, European headquarters of the United Nations. (B)

  8. LAUSANNE AREA-GRUYERES- BERNE-INTERLAKEN-LUCERNE AREA.
    The first stop today is in picturesque Gruyeres to visit a local CHEESE FACTORY. Then, on to Berne, Switzerland's charming 12th-century capital. The Old Town is a showcase of medieval architecture, arcaded shops, artistic fountains, and the landmark Zytglogge (clock tower), an ornate animated astronomical clock built in 1530. Travel on, skirting the shores of Lake Thun, and stop in the renowned resort of Interlaken for a visit before crossing Brunig Pass to Lucerne. Tonight, why not join an optional folklore evening, complete with yodelling and alphorn blowing? (B)

  9. LUCERNE AREA-ZURICH.
    Discover the wonders of Lucerne, a city straight out of a storybook. Situated on Lake Lucerne in the shadows of the snowcapped Alps, your visit takes in the highlights, including cobblestone streets lined with frescoed homes, the world-famous CHAPEL BRIDGE, and the poignant LION MONUMENT. Perhaps choose from a wonderful selection of optional activities-the most popular is an excursion to Stanserhorn mountain. Return to Zurich for an overnight. (B)

  10. ZURICH.
    Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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24 Jun 2017 03 Jul 2017 $2800 AUD $3412 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Please Call Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
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01 Jul 2017 10 Jul 2017 $2800 AUD $3412 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Please Call Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
15 Jul 2017 24 Jul 2017 $2800 AUD $3412 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Please Call Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
Start Date End Date Twin Share Single Hotels Excursions Availability
05 Aug 2017 14 Aug 2017 $2800 AUD $3412 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Please Call Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
12 Aug 2017 21 Aug 2017 $2800 AUD $3412 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Please Call Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
Start Date End Date Twin Share Single Hotels Excursions Availability
09 Sep 2017 18 Sep 2017 $2800 AUD $3412 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Book Now Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
16 Sep 2017 25 Sep 2017 $2719 AUD $3331 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Book Now Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
30 Sep 2017 09 Oct 2017 $2651 AUD $3263 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Book Now Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
Pre/Post City Start Date End Date Single Price
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PRE ZURICH 01 Jan 2017 31 Dec 2017 $235 AUD $128 AUD $98 AUD
POST ZURICH 01 Jan 2017 31 Dec 2017 $235 AUD $128 AUD $98 AUD
Charge Type Name Price
OPTIONAL Gratuity $123 AUD

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