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Insight Vacations Country Roads of Switzerland (Summer 2018) (E728)

15 Days starts and ends in Zurich Print
Tour Style: Country Roads
Europe 2018
Visits: Switzerland

An intimate journey of discovery amid stunning Alpine panoramas. This itinerary includes riding on the famous Glacier Express and staying in some of Switzerland's most enchanting hotels.

Additional Included Highlights

  • Lucerne: See the emotive Lion Monument, Jesuit Church and Chapel Bridge.
  • Gruyeres: See the main street and 13th century castle.
  • Geneva: View the sights of the city including the Jet d'Eau, Reformation Monument and Floral Clock.
  • Martigny: View the Roman Amphitheatre.
  • Sion: See the two fortress-churches, the cathedral and Old Town Hall.
  • Zermatt: Should weather permitt, see the Matterhorn.
  • Italian Lake District: Experience beautiful Lake Maggiore.
  • Lauterbrunnen: In the Valley of the Waterfalls, witness the Staubbach Falls plunging 300 metres.
  • Zurich: Your Travel Director will show you the Bahnhofstrasse, Grossmunster, River Limmat and Frauenmunster.
  • Scenic Drives: Lake Geneva, Vaud Alps, Rhone Valley, Simplon Pass, Italian Lake District, Grison Region, San Bernardino, Julier Pass, Engadine Valley, Schollenen Gorge, Grindelwald Valley, Brunig Pass, Lake Lungern, Lake Sarnen.

Insight Experiences

  • Stanserhorn: Embark on a spectacular journey to the summit of Mount Stanserhorn and appreciate unrivalled views of snow-capped peaks. Meet a Swiss Ranger and learn about the local wildlife.
  • Bern: Your exploration with a local historian through Switzerland's capital includes seeing the floral displays, Bear Pits, Cathedral of St. Vincent, Federal Palace, clock tower and Ogre Fountain.
  • Lake Geneva: Led by your Local Expert, visit Chillon Castle, set on a rocky islet in the lake. Following his walk through the dungeons in 1816, Lord Byron wrote the poem 'The Prisoner of Chillon'. Look out for his name, which he carved into a pillar.

Signature and Highlight Hotels

  • Grindelwald: The stately Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof place you minutes away from the village center and offers a range of boutique facilities.
  • Montreux: Located in the heart of Montreux, the Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic of boasts luxurious facilities and spectacular views of Lake Geneva.
  • Zermatt: The unique Resort Hotel Alex is one of Switzerland's most original hotels, cleverly combining modern and traditional elements into a hospitality experience that’s full of fun and surprises.
  • Zermatt: The Schlosshotel Zermatt offers sumptuous hotel rooms, quality service and a relaxed environment.
  • St. Moritz: The elegant Crystal Hotel is located close to shops in the town centre, where all the prestigious names, including Chanel, Gucci and Louis Vuitton are lined up together.

Signature Dining

  • Zürich: Raise your glass and enjoy the typical Swiss dining experience of a delicious fondue dinner at a local restaurants for your Celebration Dinner.
  • Lake Geneva: Visit Domaine Bovy, a family-run winery overlooking Lake Geneva. After a tasting sit down to a delicious Farm-to-Table dinner, of course accompanied with these local wines.
  • Zermatt: Choose between fine local restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening and enjoy an intimate culinary experience.
  • Dining Summary: 13 Buffet Breakfasts (BB) and 5 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

Top Rated Highlights

  • St. Moritz: If you think there’s no such thing as a free ride, you’re wrong! With your inclusive pass, travel on 13 cable cars, funiculars, chairlifts and select public transport options (when available). The crisp Alpine air is included in the deal.
  • Glacier Express: Travel on-board the world-famous Glacier Express, journeying through looping tunnels and dizzying viaducts. Enjoy a glorious adventure in the scenic heart of the Swiss Alps, only possible by rail.
  • Brienz: Learn the history of woodcarving at the Jobin Swiss Woodcarving Centre.
  • Swiss Countryside: Travel along valley floors covered with rich meadowland, to the pretty town of Gruyères.
  • Lake Geneva: Enjoy first-class seats as you cruise on the serene waters of the King of Lakes, inspiration to the early Romantic movement.
  • Zermatt: Step aboard the shuttle trains of the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway for a journey to the famous traffic-free Alpine resort.
  • Bellinzona: Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site, known as the capital of Italian Switzerland, with your Local Expert.

Additional five Star Services

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Insight Vacations Tour Itinerary

Day: 1 Your Journey Begins
Board your overnight flight to Europe (Please ask about our great deals).
Day: 2 Welcome to Lucerne.
Welcome to Switzerland, a land of snow-capped summits and romantic lakes that has attracted poets, musicians and travellers for centuries. On arrival at Zürich airport, transfers leave for your hotel in Lucerne at 09:30 and 13:30. Meet your Travel Director and travel companions at 18:00 for drinks, followed by a pleasant Welcome Dinner with wine at a local restaurant.(Dinner with Wine)
Day: 3 Ascend the summit of Mount Stanserhorn.
Step aboard a funicular railway and open-top cable car for a spectacular journey to the summit of the stunning Mount Stanserhorn. Admire unrivalled views of the surrounding mountains and, on a clear day see as far as Alsace in France and the Black Forest in Germany. Meet a Swiss Ranger and learn about working in this serene area filled with wildlife and natural beauty. Return to the beautiful 14th century city of Lucerne to see its storybook wooden bridges, Baroque church and sorrowful Lion Monument. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure to walk along the lake or perhaps shop for a special timepiece or chocolate.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 4 Bern, Lake Geneva and Montreux.
Join a local historian in Bern to see the Bear Pits, Cathedral of St. Vincent, Federal Palace and floral displays. Gather at the clock tower to watch the mechanical procession of painted figures before viewing the Ogre Fountain. Continue to Montreux, where your quayside hotel awaits.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 5 Gruyères & the Swiss Countryside.
(Relaxed Start) Enjoy a morning at leisure before ascending into the wide, green valleys of the Vaud Alps with snowy summits filling the horizon. Continue through vineyards and alpine meadows to the fortified town of Gruyères, that gives its name to the well-known cheese. Enjoy time on your own to explore the pretty main street and 13th century castle. Move on to the great arc of Lake Geneva, where a Local Expert will show you the medieval Chillon Castle, former home to the Counts of Savoy, immortalised by Byron's 'Prisoner of Chillon.' Along the shores of Lake Geneva, visit Domaine Bovy and admire the stunning panorama overlooking the lakeSavour a tasting of these tantalising, local wines and delight in a delicious Farm-to-Table dinner.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day: 6 Geneva and Scenic Lake Cruise Experience.
(Relaxed Start) Follow the shores of the lake to the international city of Geneva, seeing the Jet D’Eau, Floral Clock and Reformation Monument. Next, relax in first-class comfort on the waters of Lake Geneva during a highlight cruise. Afterwards, enjoy time at leisure on the promenades of your lakeside resort.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 7 Martigny, Sion and the Matterhorn Village of Zermatt.
(Relaxed Start) Journey into the upper Rhône Valley to Martigny to view the Roman Amphitheatre. Continue to the town of Sion, dominated by two rocky peaks, each crowned with episcopal fortresses, and see the cathedral and Old Town Hall. Complete your journey via cogwheel train to the traffic-free mountain resort of Zermatt. This evening, take your pick from a selection a local restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day: 8 Zermatt at Leisure.
(Relaxed Start) Zermatt in summertime is a Shangri-La of leisure-time possibilities. Spend the day relaxing in the clean dry mountain air or shop for luxury goods along the famous Bahnhofstrasse or alleyways. Perhaps take a trip to the Kleiner Matterhorn, see the Matterhorn from the church bridge, take a short hike or sample the delicious cakes known as Kuchen?(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 9 The Italian Lake District to Baveno.
Descend to Täsch for a scenic drive through Brig where you'll commence your ascent of the Simplon Pass, taking in magnificent views over the Alps from the 2,000-metre summit. Cut through northern Italy, stopping along the shores of Lake Maggiore. This afternoon is at your leisure to perhaps join an excursion to the stunning Isola Bella?(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 10 The Glamour and Glitz of St. Moritz.
(Relaxed Start) Journey along the shores of Lake Maggiore, and head north to the three castles at Bellinzona, capital of Italian Switzerland. Meet your Local Expert for a fascinating insight into this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue through the Grison Region, travelling via San Bernardino and the town of Tiefencastel, as you follow the young Rhine River through Heidi Country. Head east towards the Julier Pass and the glamorous resort of St. Moritz, set in the Engadine Valley with the majestic Grisons Alps towering above.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 11 Leisure Time in St. Moritz.
(Relaxed Start) Enjoy a day at leisure to jostle with the jet-set in the elegant boutiques or take an exciting train journey over the Bernina pass. To help you make the most of your day, your Travel Director will provide you with a mountain railways pass, offering free travel on all cable cars, funiculars and chairlifts (when available) in Engadine St. Moritz.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 12 The Glacier Express and on to Grindelwald.
Step aboard the Glacier Express to experience one of the world’s great railway journeys. Cross the Landwasser Viaduct before heading down through the Oberalp Valley to rejoin the coach at Andermatt. Drive through the dramatic Schöllenen Gorge passing the Devil's Bridge. Marvel at the Wetterhorn Peaks as you travel along the Grindelwald Valley. Follow the sparkling Lütschine River to Lauterbrunnen, at the head of the Valley of Waterfalls, and see the Staubbach Falls plunge 300 metres from the plateau above.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day: 13 Grindelwald at Leisure.
(Relaxed Start) Enjoy a day at your leisure to explore Grindelwald further. Perhaps take a cogwheel train ride to the summit of the Jungfrau mountain?(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 14 Rural Switzerland to Zürich.
Take in the spectacular lake views, as you journey to Brienz, famous for its woodcarving traditions. Visit the Jobin Swiss Woodcarving Centre to trace the history of the trade back to the early days of the 19th century. Continue over the Brünig Pass and drive alongside the lakes of Lungern and Sarnen to return to Zürich. See the Bahnhofstrasse, Grossmünster, River Limmat and Frauenmünster on an orientation of the city with your Travel Director. Join your travel companions at a local restaurant, to delight in the typical Swiss dining experience of fondue. Your Celebration Dinner is accompanied with wine - raise your glass to toast your adventures.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day: 15 Depart Zürich.
Your stylish hotel is conveniently situated only a five-minute drive from the airport. Complimentary transfers to the airport, by hotel shuttle, depart every 15 minutes.(Buffet Breakfast)

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