Lakes & Mountains of Switzerland

Price per person
from £1,642

Price based on
London Gatwick
14th Apr 2018 departure

Key inclusions

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

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.

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Zurich - Appenzell - Liechtenstein - St Moritz

Day
2

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

St. Moritz

Day
3

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

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

Day
4

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

Lugano - Lake Maggiore - Zermatt

Day
5

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

Zermatt - Lausanne area

Day
6

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

Lausanne area.

Day
7

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

Lausanne area - Gruyère - Berne - Interlaken - Lucerne area

Day
8

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

Lucerne area - Zurich

Day
9

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

Zurich - UK

Day
10

Transfer to the airport for your 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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