Lakes & Mountains of Switzerland

Offer

Price per person
from £1,643

Price based on
London Gatwick
14th Apr 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers

Book any 2018 Europe tour or cruise and pay just £49 deposit per person when you book before 28 February. 

More details
  • 10 days

  • Central and Eastern Europe

  • Steady pace

  • Classic escorted tour

An invigorating Alpine journey that takes you through valleys, past sprawling vineyards and alongside Switzerland’s beautiful lakes: enjoy panoramic train rides, experience wild bears and watch the production of Alp cheese at a local factory in Gruyère.

At a glance


  • Appenzell Visit the legendary town square where the people's assemblies were held up until 1847. 
  • Bernina Express Enjoy snow-capped mountain vistas on a scenic railway trip across the Alps. 
  • Lake Maggiore View the crystal-clear water of Lake Maggiore.
  • Gruyère Watch the production of cheese at a local factory. 
  • Alpine journey Admire the views on a scenic train ride to Zermatt. 
  • Lucerne Enjoy a funicular ride or boat cruise in one of Switzerland's most charming medieval cities. 
Lakes & Mountains of Switzerland

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Individual audio system
  • All airport taxes
  • Single share option
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Single Share available

Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

Customer Reviews

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21st September 2017
Mr Derek Bland

Could have had better weather but that cannot be helped....

22nd August 2017
Mr ian roberts

Could have had better weather but that cannot be helped. Tour guide Marco excellent, well organised, pleasant, very helpful. Great driver. Good hotels. Would have preferred to be closer to Lausanne city centre.

Good tour covered what we wanted, but Hotel in Lausanne...

17th August 2017
Trusted Customer

Good tour covered what we wanted, but Hotel in Lausanne too far from town and lake would pay more for better location or should be given option. Hotel in Zurich also in business area. Coach could drop people off near lake no town in Luzanne on way to Geneva and pick up on way back, should be given as an option. Should not just offer cheapest meals and should offer meat fish or vegetarian when dinner included. Very basic food.

Generally I did not feel this was value for money,...

28th July 2017
Trusted Customer

Generally I did not feel this was value for money, most hotels are outside the city, up to 30 minutes by bus

A very varied tour with something for everyone - lakes,...

27th July 2017
Trusted Customer

A very varied tour with something for everyone - lakes, mountains, countryside, cities, towns and villages. Beautiful scenery, good excursions. Only criticism would be that a couple of the hotels were quite far from the centre of town, requiring a metro and/or bus ride in, which might not be suitable for everyone, especially making the journey in the evening in a strange town.

Overview

An invigorating Alpine journey that takes you through valleys, past sprawling vineyards and alongside Switzerland’s beautiful lakes: enjoy panoramic train rides, experience wild bears and watch the production of Alp cheese at a local factory in Gruyère.

Total meals included:

  • 9 breakfasts, 4 dinners

UK - Zurich

Day
1

Fly to Zurich where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for one night.

Your tour starts today.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Zurich - Appenzell - Liechtenstein - St Moritz

Day
2

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 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

St. Moritz

Day
3

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 a mile 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. 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

St. Moritz - Bernina Express to Tirano - Lake Como - Lugano

Day
4

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, re-join your coach and journey to the shores of sparkling Lake Lugano.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Lugano - Lake Maggiore - Zermatt

Day
5

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 Täsch for the only connection to car-free Zermatt, a resort surrounded by Switzerland’s highest mountains—including the celebrated Matterhorn. 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Zermatt - Lausanne area

Day
6

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 Täsch, where you will re-join the coach and continue your journey through the vineyards and apricot groves of the lower Rhône Valley to crescent-shaped Lake Geneva, one of Europe’s largest lakes.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Lausanne area.

Day
7

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. 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Lausanne area - Gruyère - Berne - Interlaken - Lucerne area

Day
8

The first stop today is in picturesque Gruyères 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 Brünig Pass to Lucerne. Tonight, why not join an optional folklore evening, complete with yodelling and alphorn blowing? 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Lucerne area - Zurich

Day
9

Discover the wonders of Lucerne, a city straight out of a storybook. Situated on Lake Lucerne in the shadows of the snow-capped 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Zurich - UK

Day
10

Your tour ends today.

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to note

Special Departure:

Swiss National Day: 28th July 2018 

Maximum elevation on this tour is 9,688 ft.

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


  • Zurich: Novotel West
  • St Moritz: Hotel Baeren 
  • Lugano: Hotel Ibis 
  • Zermatt: Derby or Perren or BW Butterfly 
  • Lausanne: Novotel Bussigny 

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