Lakes & Mountains of Switzerland

  • 10 Days

  • Switzerland

  • Steady pace

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.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

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
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

of 10 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 12th May 2018

Meals included: 9 breakfasts, 4 dinners

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.

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. 

Day 1

UK - Zurich

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

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Zurich - Appenzell - Liechtenstein - 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. Stay two nights in the stylish Swiss ski resort of St Moritz, famous for its stunning mountain scenery and superb shopping.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

St. Moritz

Enjoy a whole day to explore this scenic Engadin 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 Engadin architecture, characterised by arched wooden doors, small deep-set windows and artistically etched facades. Neighbouring Bad is known for its ice rink, mineral and mud baths and energetic nightlife.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

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 6,500 feet. In Tirano re-join your coach for a journey along the shores of the beautiful Lake Como, crossing the Swiss border to the lovely lakeside town of Lugano.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Lugano - Lake Maggiore - Zermatt

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. Return to Switzerland via the scenic Simplon Pass, and then on to car-free Zermatt.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Zermatt - Lausanne area

This morning, enjoy some free time to stroll through Zermatt, set at the foot of the mountains of all mountains - the Matterhorn. Maybe take a break to sample the local fare, lake raclette, fondue or hand-made chocolate, or shop for an authentic Swiss watch. Later, take the train back to Täsch, where you will re-join the coach to travel through the vineyards and apricot groves of the lower Rhône Valley to crescent-shaped Lake Geneva.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Lausanne area.

Spend the day at leisure relaxing at the hotel or taking a stroll through Lausanne. Alternatively join the optional excursion to charming cosmopolitan Geneva, with its cobblestoned old town and the "Palais des Nations", European Headquarters of the United Nations.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Lausanne area - Gruyère - Berne - Interlaken - Lucerne area

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. Continuing along the shores of Lake Thun, enjoy a stop in Interlaken, magnificently set in the backdrop of the Jungfrau Mountains at an altitude of 1,870 feet, before heading across the Brünig Pass to Lucerne for one night.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Lucerne area - Zurich

See the best of Lucerne, one of Switzerland's most charming medieval cities. Later, there is a chance to take an exciting excursion to Mount Stanserhorn or a boat cruise on the lake before leaving for Zurich in the late afternoon.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Zurich - UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

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

Notes

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

Latest customer reviews

22nd August 2017

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.

17th August 2017

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.

28th July 2017

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

27th July 2017

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.

2nd October 2016

Very disappointed with Lugano stop. Very little time to see lake as hotel away from the lake and the following morning left no time to go and see. The hotel was substandard, dirty, appalling breakfast felt very second class to regular guests and would have been better to have stopped at lake Como. All other aspects were amazing.

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