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Insight Vacations Glorious Switzerland (Preview 2018) (E965)

9 Days from Geneva to Zurich Print
Tour Style: Regional Trip
Europe Britain Preview 2018/19
Visits: Switzerland

Discover a land of contrasting scenery, people and languages, offering an eclectic mix of interests and wonders.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Geneva: See the Jet d'Eau, Floral Clock and Reformation Monument.
  • Zermatt: See the majestic peak of the Matterhorn from this traffic-free resort (weather permitting).
  • Italian Lake District: Experience beautiful Lake Maggiore.
  • Lugano: Time to stroll in the gardens and browse in the exclusive shops.
  • St Moritz: See the spa quarter and ‘sgraffito' façade on the museum house.
  • Vaduz: Visit the capital of Liechtenstein and see the castle.
  • Lucerne: See the emotive Lion Monument, Jesuit Church and covered Chapel Bridge.
  • Scenic Drives: Lake Geneva, Italian Lake District, Simplon, Julier Passes, Grisons Alps, Walensee and Lake Zurich.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Zermatt: Choose your own ambience, style of cuisine and drinks for a more intimate culinary experience with friends. You will be offered a selection of fine restaurants on your Zermatt Dine-Around evening.
  • Lucerne: Join your Tour Director for a palate-pleasing Celebration Dinner and joyous evening with wine and good cheer!
  • 7 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Dine-Around (DA), 1 three-course table d’hôte Dinner (DW) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Stanserhorn: Take a spectacular journey by a funicular railway and open-top cable car to the summit of expansive mountain views.
  • Montreux: Travel to the foot of the Alps to the scenic Swiss town of Montreux, which boasts one of the most beautiful walks along Lake Geneva. Enjoy free time to explore this pretty town.
  • Lake Geneva: Visit beautiful Chillon Castle, set on a rocky islet in the lake. With the help of a Local Expert, look out for Lord Byron's name which he carved into a pillar.
  • Zermatt: Ride the shuttle trains of the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway up to the traffic-free Alpine resort.
  • Scenic Swiss Rail Journey: Travel along the route of the world-famous Glacier Express - through looping tunnels and dizzying viaducts, a glorious adventure in the scenic heart of the Swiss Alps, only possible by rail.

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Zermatt: The unique Hotel Alex is one of the most original hotels you will find anywhere in Switzerland, cleverly combining modern and traditional elements into a hospitality experience that's full of fun and surprises.
  • Zermatt: The Schlosshotel offers luxurious hotel rooms, quality service and a relaxed environment.
  • St Moritz: The Crystal is located close to shops in the town centre, where all the prestigious names from Chanel and Gucci to Louis Vuitton are lined up together.

ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES

  • An expert Insight Tour Director, at the pinnacle of their career, will guide you on your journey. Serving as your 'travelling concierge', this skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.
  • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
  • Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
  • Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Included airport transfers at scheduled times on arrival and departure days.

Insight Vacations Tour Itinerary

Day: 1 Your Journey Begins
Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).
Day: 2 Geneva, City of Gardens
Welcome to Switzerland. Prepare yourself for various modes of transport, all of which showcase the majesty of the snow-capped mountains, the glaciers, sparkling lakes, flower-filled meadows and the beauty of the rich, green valleys. Transfers from Geneva Airport to your hotel depart at 11:00, 13:00 & 16:00. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception with the opportunity to mingle over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.(WD)
Day: 3 Montreux, Chillon and the Matterhorn Village of Zermatt
Start your day with the highlights of Geneva, the ‘city of gardens', nestled at the end of its lake. See the Jet D'Eau, Floral Clock and Reformation Monument. Then relax and enjoy the enchanting scenery, as we continue on to the scenic town of Montreux, at the foot of the Alps, boasting one of the most beautiful lakeside walks. Enjoy free time to explore this pretty town. Journey to the great arc of Lake Geneva where a Local Expert will show you medieval Chillon Castle, former home to the Counts of Savoy, immortalised by Byron's ‘Prisoner of Chillon'. Continue along the Rhone Valley, with high summer temperatures that support vines and other fruits. The final stage of your journey is by cogwheel train to the traffic-free mountain resort of Zermatt. Feast your eyes on the distinctive triangular silhouette of the Matterhorn. At night, enjoy a stroll in the clean mountain air to your chosen restaurant on your Dine-Around evening.(BB / DA)
Day: 4 Free Time in Zermatt
(Relaxed Start) Zermatt in summertime is a Shangri-La of leisure time possibilities: try swimming or hiking or spend a whole day relaxing in the clean mountain air. Perhaps take an optional ride on Europe's highest cable car to the snow-capped roof of the world for a magnificent panorama of the highest peaks in Switzerland, Italy and France?(BB)
Day: 5 Elegant Baveno
Descend to Täsch and rejoin the coach. Follow in the footsteps of Napoleon as you ascend the Simplon Pass, taking in magnificent views over the Alps from the 2,000-metre summit. Cut through northern Italy, stopping on the gentle shores of Lake Maggiore. Perhaps take a delightful boat trip to see the stunning Isola Bella?(BB)
Day: 6 Grison Alps to Chic St. Moritz
(Relaxed Start) Head north back into the high mountain country of the Grison Alps today. Ascend the Julier Pass to arrive in the sparkling Engadine Valley with a climate characterised by clear skies. On arrival in the cosmopolitan resort of St. Moritz, a brief orientation will show you the spa quarter and the brilliantly sparkling glacial lake. Then jostle with the jet-set in the elegant boutiques.(BB / DW)
Day: 7 Scenic Train Ride, Liechtenstein and Lucerne
Start the day with a scenic train ride along part of the route of the Glacier Express, across the Grison Mountains and through unforgettable scenes of ice-capped mountains, stone-built villages and lush meadows. At Chur, reboard your coach and drive along the valley of the Upper Rhine to spend a while in Vaduz, the tiny capital of Liechtenstein. Then a beautiful path takes you alongside the dramatic Walensee and Lake Zurich brings you to Lucerne. See the sorrowful sculpture of the wounded lion, commemorating the brave Swiss guards who died defending King Louis XVI during the French Revolution.(BB)
Day: 8 The Summit of Stanserhorn
Start the day with a morning stroll along lakeside promenades, shopping for fine watches while enjoying the scenery. Then, from the town of Stans, embark on a scenic journey by funicular railway and cable car to the summit of the stunning Stanserhorn. On a clear day, in addition to the beautiful mountains and surrounding hills, there are views as far as Alsace and the Black Forest in Germany. Later, embrace a fantastic wining and dining experience you'll never forget at a Celebration Dinner.(BB / CD)
Day: 9 Leaving Zürich
Your departure transfer arrives at Zürich Airport at 08:00. Please do not schedule any flights before 10:00am.(BB)

Available Room Types: Single, Twin, TwinShare, Triple

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04/14/2018 $2,695.00
04/21/2018 $2,695.00
04/28/2018 $2,695.00
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05/12/2018 $2,695.00
Guaranteed Departure 05/19/2018 $2,695.00
05/26/2018 $2,695.00
06/02/2018 $2,695.00
06/09/2018 $2,695.00
06/16/2018 $2,675.00
06/23/2018 $2,675.00
06/30/2018 $2,675.00
07/07/2018 $2,675.00
07/14/2018 $2,695.00
07/21/2018 $2,695.00
07/28/2018 $2,695.00
08/04/2018 $2,695.00
08/11/2018 $2,695.00
08/18/2018 $2,725.00
08/25/2018 $2,725.00
Guaranteed Departure 09/01/2018 $2,725.00
Guaranteed Departure 09/08/2018 $2,725.00
09/15/2018 $2,725.00
09/22/2018 $2,695.00
09/29/2018 $2,695.00
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