A world beyond.
Hassle-free planning, regional Tour Directors & Local Guides, Handpicked hotels and inclusions, seamless transportation, VIP access, and rare Local Favourites that go beyond the guidebook. 

Adventure is knocking.
Turn “never thought I would” into “glad I did” with a budget-friendly tour that includes all the essentials plus a great mix of included excursions and free time. 

You’re not one to run with the crowd. But you know the value of having a local expert on your side when you need a little direction. Monograms all-in-one holiday packages are designed to include a friendly Local Host to help you get the most out of each destination!

Happiness flows.
Cruise on Suite Ships with the widest stateroom views from your window-facing bed. Relaxed luxury flows throughout the ship in every detail plus personalise with Classic, Active, and Discovery excursions.

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Travelling on a Cosmos Switzerland Tours 2021 are euphoric journeys that will transport you to heady heights -- figuratively and literally. This chocolate box of a country has delights far beyond yodeling clichés. Breathe in Zermatt’s pure air at the foot of the mighty Matterhorn, bike by glistening lakes with snow-capped vistas, feast on fondue in Gruyère and be impressed by Zurich’s urban cool. To soak up the magical natural matrix, take the entire trip by train, guaranteed to run like clockwork.  

Snapshot: Switzerland
Capital
Bern
Official Language
French, German, Italian, Romansh
Population
8.4 million
Currency
Swiss Franc
Time Zone
GMT+1
Drives on the
Right

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Switzerland Tours

ALPINE ADVENTURE, BERNINA & GLACIER EXPRESS
MUNICH   ZURICH
13 days, 3 Countries
Tour: 6060
ALPINE ADVENTURE, BERNINA & GLACIER EXPRESS
The breathtaking Alps span the borders of several European countries, and this holiday gives you the opportunity to see the best of the alpine region. This scenic Alps tour includes overnights in...
SCENIC SWITZERLAND BY TRAIN
ZURICH   ZURICH
9 days, 1 Country
Tour: 6010
SCENIC SWITZERLAND BY TRAIN
This Scenic Switzerland by Train tour is the perfect way to see Switzerland’s breathtaking mountains, charming mountain resorts, fascinating old towns, and beautiful lakes—all while you relax in...
GRAND TOUR OF SWITZERLAND
ZURICH   ZURICH
10 days, 1 Country
Tour: 6020
GRAND TOUR OF SWITZERLAND
With its unspoiled scenery, majestic peaks, fascinating old towns, sparkling lakes, rich history, and cities with a cosmopolitan flair, Switzerland is the perfect holiday offering something for...
Travelling in Switzerland
Best time to visit
Savour melting gelatos in Capri during summer, take a pasta-making class in Bologna in autumn, ski down the Dolomites in winter and explore the gardens of Villa Borghese in spring. Every season is a good one in Italy, the country where la dolce vita (the sweet life) never takes a break.

Winter (Dec –Feb) 
Be blown away by the most overlooked travelling season – winter. You’ll have room to move and indulge in an entirely different experience to those who only see summer. From exploring the Christmas markets in Bolzano to experiencing Carnevale in Venice, winter is when you get to live like a local. You won’t catch a tan (and some of the sea-side towns shut up shop), but you can still sport stylish shades – it is Italy after all…

Spring (Mar – May) 
You can’t go wrong with Spring. There’s a sense of renewal in the air as towns spring back to life. Enjoy warm days sipping chianti in the hills of Tuscany, stroll through the park surrounding Sforza Castle in Milan, and dine alfresco on the cobblestoned streets of Rome. All this plus glorious temperatures make travelling in Italy carefree during spring. 

Summer (June - Aug) 
August is Europe’s summer holiday month and the sun burns late. Even the bambini in prams get involved in the passegiata, that lovely tradition of strolling the piazza long into the evening. There’s a reason travellers want to come : the sun, history, romance and unbelievable food in Italy are too tempting to resist. Many locals migrate to the Mediterranean, leaving the main cities emptier, giving you more room for you to roam the big cities.

Autumn (Sept – Nov) 
Smoke curling from Milanese chimneys, the smell of Tuscan grapes being crushed for barrelling, the taste of roasted chestnuts on the streets of Rome: autumn in Italy is a feast for the senses. Autumn is when travellers reap rewards (literally) as harvests are gathered, resulting in astounding local produce. Bring your appetite and mangia bene (eat well).
Culture & customs
Pucker up, kisses are coming your way. Italians greet each other with two cheek kisses and expect to get caught in kiss crossfires on the daily. It’s just part of their passionate hospitality, so go with the flow. Siestas tend to stop the action from 12 – 4pm while most of the country takes a little nap, and dinner tends to happen around 9pm, with locals kicking on in public piazzas until the early hours. Did we mention la dolce vita already?
Language & useful phrases
Even the most experienced travellers find themselves lost in a foreign land. While you shouldn’t have a problem in big cities Rome and Milan, English can become quite sparse in regional Italy. Dov’è (where is) followed by the name of the place you’re looking for will see locals enthusiastically throw directions at you. Try it with us: dov’è il colosseo? (Where is the Colosseum?) Dov’è il bagno? (Where is the toilet?)

When it comes to greeting locals, with ciao handily meaning both hello and goodbye, it’s like two words for the price of one. Throw in a come stai (how are you?), and you’re on the fast track to friendship.
Health & safety

While no specific immunisations are required for Switzerland, a pre-departure visit to your GP doesn’t go astray – they’ll let you know what you should take with you in case of illness. Also, be sure to visit your countrys official Travel Advisory website for current safety and travel information.

Electronics & devices
Italy uses 220-240 volt power, so you won’t need a voltage converter.

You will however, need a plug adaptor. Like most other European countries, Italy uses a round 2 or 3 prong plug.

A universal adaptor, that converts plugs to fit any outlet globally, will make your life easier. Or you can carry individual adaptors for each country. Country specific adaptors can be bought individually or in set, which is great if you’re going to more than one place, and don’t want to travel with a universal adaptor.

It can be difficult to find adaptors for some appliances once you leave your home country, so make sure you have what you need before you leave home. Adaptors are easy to find at here. Department stores, electronic stores, luggage stores, large chemists and many stores at airports carry them.
Money & costs
Your dollar stretches like a hot piece of mozzarella cheese in Italy, especially with meals. While 10 euros wouldn’t buy you hot chips in some Scandinavian countries, here it could buy an entire riverside picnic. A sit-down lunch starts at 10-15 euros but anywhere near a major site will cost a few extra (location, location, location).
Visas & insurance
Please check with the relevant embassy for visa requirements.

We strongly recommend travel insurance, because the real travel magic happens when you’re worry free. We hope you don’t lose a bag or need a doctor (that’s not in our travel plan either!) but if the worst happens it’s good to have backup. Travel insurance is an easy way to take the worry out of travelling.
Top tips
Why do all the locals stand at the bar to have their morning coffee? It costs half the price. When in Rome, do like the Romans do and throw that espresso down like it’s a post-dinner grappa (with just a little less flame). And a cappuccino after breakfast? Well, it’s not tradition, but no one will mind (much).

When it comes to tipping, it is appreciated but not expected in Italy. Most places that offer table services will include a service charge on your bill called copperto, which literally means ‘cover.’

Visit Switzerland

Embark on a journey to one of the most spectacular landscapes on earth; the alpine nation of Switzerland. Follow a route that leads you to places where you can indulge your passions for the great outdoors, history, art, fine food and wine, music and festivals.

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