Lakes & Mountains of Switzerland + Interlaken
Enjoy breathtaking views, invigorating mountain air and exhilarating train rides as we take you on a panoramic Alpine tour.
Standing in the shadow of the spectacular Jungfrau Mountains, between the glorious Lakes Brienz and Thun, Interlaken is one of Switzerland's most beautiful areas.
A favourite with visitors and locals is the fashionable Höhenweg: a long boulevard, lined with trees, grand Victorian hotels, restaurants and shops. For those who prefer a more rural walk, there are numerous country trails in the area.
On day 6 (Thu) of your tour you will transferred to your chosen hotel for a week's stay before rejoining the tour the following Thursday and travelling on to Lucerne.
During your stay, a sensational excursion to the summit of the Jungfraujoch, worth around £70 per person is included.
DAY 1: UK - Zurich.
Fly to Zurich where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for one night. (D)
DAY 2: Zurich - Appenzell - Vaduz - St Moritz.
Drive amongst the spectacular scenery of some of Switzerland's most famous cantons, stopping first at the old town of Appenzell with its quaint wooden houses and legendary 'Landsgemeindeplatz', a centuries-old meeting place. Next, head through the tiny principality of Liechtenstein to its ancient capital Vaduz, before travelling through the Rhine Valley and the impressive Julier Pass, an important transport route since Roman times. Tonight, stay one night in the stylish Swiss ski resort of St Moritz, famous for its stunning mountain scenery and superb shopping. (B)
DAY 3: St Moritz - Bernina Express to Tirano - Lake Como - Lugano.
Today, experience a memorable railway trip aboard the Bernina Express. Crossing the Alps to Tirano in Italy, this spectacular rail journey takes you to heights of more than 6,560 feet. Later, rejoin your coach for a journey along the shores of beautiful Lake Como, crossing the Swiss border to the lovely lakeside city of Lugano for one night. (B)
DAY 4: Lugano - Lake Maggiore - Täsch.
In the morning there's time to explore Lugano, described as having the 'gaiety and romance of Italy, encased in a Swiss precision watch', before heading into Italy and on to view the glorious, crystal-clear waters of Lake Maggiore, surrounded by towering mountains and lush countryside. There's a chance to take an optional boat trip to lovely Isola Bella, one of the Borromean Islands and famed for its picturesque gardens, before heading back into Switzerland, via the scenic Simplon Pass, and on to Täsch for one night. (B, D)
DAY 5: Täsch - Zermatt - Lake Geneva - Lausanne.
This morning enjoy an included excursion by train to Zermatt at the foot of the mighty Matterhorn, famous for having some of the best views in Switzerland. In the afternoon, drive through the vineyards of the lower Rhône Valley to the northern shore of Lake Geneva and the historic city of Lausanne for one night. (B)
DAY 6: Lausanne - Gruyère - Berne - Lake Thun - Interlaken.
First stop is the famous cheese-making town of Gruyère and a visit to a local cheese factory. Then it's on to Switzerland's beautiful capital, Berne, standing on a rocky peninsula overlooking the Aare River and offering lots of opportunities for sightseeing and shopping. The visit features the Bear Park (the name Berne derives from 'bear') and the monumental Federal Palace. Continuing along the shores of Lake Thun, enjoy a stop in Interlaken, magnificently set in the foothills of the Jungfrau Mountains at an altitude of 570 metres. Afterwards, continue to your chosen resort hotel for a seven-night stay. (B)
DAY 7 to 12: Interlaken. At leisure.
Enjoy a week at leisure in Interlaken. Spend time relaxing in you resort hotel or why not venture out and discover more of this spectacular area? There will also be an included excursion to the Jungfraujoch summit during your stay in Interlaken. (B)
DAY 13: Interlaken - Lake Lucerne area.
Depart Interlaken today and travel to the Lake Lucerne area where you will rejoin your tour. Overnight in the Lake Lucerne area. (B)
DAY 14: Lucerne - Zurich area.
See the best of Lucerne, one of Switzerland's most charming medieval cities, on our included visit. Later there's a chance to take a stunning cable car ride to the 3,000 metre summit of Mount Titlis or a boat cruise on the lake before leaving for the Zurich area in the late afternoon. (B)
DAY 15: Zurich - UK.
Transfer to Zurich airport for your flight to the UK. (B)
The Post Hardermannli is a chalet style yet charming guesthouse built in the traditional style of the region. Pine wood felled from the owner's farm has been extensively used to renovate this 125 year old building and retain its rustic appearance. The hotel is an ideal starting point for excursions into the Jungfrau region, and is the perfect base for making the most of its many delightful sights.
Location: The hotel is ideally situated in the pretty and historic Unterseen part of Interlaken, within easy walking distance of the railway station, boat pier, shops and restaurants.
Facilities: Restaurant Arcobaleno featuring Italian specialities and outdoor dining terrace; reading room; free internet access in lobby area; cosy fireplace lounge; laundry facilities.
Price includes: Bed and breakfast in a double room with private facilities; cable TV; radio; central heating.
Options: Single room; double room with balcony; half board with meals in the Italian restaurant (under separate management).
Official category: 2 star.
Unfortunately we do not currently have any available departure dates for this holiday. For more information about possible future departures or suitable alternative holidays please contact us using the number at the top of the page or view one of the Other Holiday Choices
Lakes & Mountains of Switzerland + Interlaken
Prices are per person
- Swiss Alps Scenic drive
- Vaduz Visit
- Bernina Express Alpine train ride
- Lugano Visit
- Zermatt Alpine train ride
- Lake Geneva Scenic drive
- Gruyère Visit (including cheese factory)
- Berne Visit