THE MAGIC OF SWITZERLAND

July 6th – 19th

14 Days – 13 Nights

Switzerland offers it all, jaw dropping views, thrilling adventures, charming villages and vibrant cities. Bejeweled by snow-capped mountains, stunning waterfalls, and serene lakes, Switzerland is the perfect vacation, offering something for everyone. Our Swiss guide will show you the real Switzerland, while introducing you to traditions, customs and “must sees” combined with hidden treasures. Your trip will be unique, filled with surprises and unforgettable!

ITINERARY

Day 1: Geneva – Montreux

Arrive at Geneva airport in the AM. Transfer to the grand, aristocratic 19th-century resort town of Montreux, staying at the beautiful Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic. On the way we will stop at some viewpoints on Lake Geneva and the Lavaux vineyards. The rest of the day is free to relax or explore Montreux on your own or with the group. The walk along the flower-lined lakeshore promenade is beautiful. We will be arriving in Montreux in time for the International Jazz Festival. This is a one of a kind playground for people who really love music. There will be many open-air free concerts, food stalls, bars, DJ sets and activities from noon to 5 AM. Tonight, we will meet for an included group welcome dinner at an Italian restaurant. Overnight in Montreux.

Day 2: Chillon Castle – Chocolate – Cheese

We leave Montreux after breakfast and drive to the Chillon Castle, a 13th-century jewel. Walk through its unending maze of courtyards, towers and halls filled with priceless art. Built by the House of Savoy, this romantic castle with its rich history and spooky dungeons was immortalized by Lord Byron and many other famous artists. Next, there will be an option to go to the hilltop of Gruyere, home of Switzerland’s most famous cheese.

Then onto the renowned Maison Cailler in the village of Broc where chocolate production has been raised to an art form. Walk through the manufacturing process and end with tastings of this delectable treat. You can take home chocolates too!

We drive back to Montreux. Since there are so many food options at the festival, lunch and/or dinner can be had there. Overnight in Montreux.

Day 3: Interlaken – Lauterbrunnen – Staubbach and Trummelbach Falls – Jungfrau

After breakfast we will transfer to Interlaken, the capital of the Bernice Oberland, which straddles glittering Lakes Thun and Brienz. Our spectacular drive will first take us to Lauterbrunnen Valley, situated between gigantic rock faces and mountain peaks with its 72 thundering waterfalls. Stand before roaring Staubbach Falls that plunges dramatically from an overhanging rock, one of the highest free-falling waterfalls in Europe. Nearby, you can view the glacial waters of Trummelbach Falls, gushing through mountain crevices.

Next, we will be going to Jungfrau, which is the top of Europe. Enjoy the best Switzerland excursion up to the glacier world. This is also the highest train station in the world. Jungfrau has many different activities: The Alpine Sensation, Eismeer (Sea of Ice), Jungfrau panorama, Lindt Swiss Chocolate Heaven (Attractions Not Included), Sphinx Observation Deck, and the Top of Europe Shops. We will then check into the wonderful Stella Hotel. Overnight in Interlaken.

Day 4: Giessbach Falls – Lake of Brienz – Aare Gorge

After breakfast we will drive and stop to admire the stunning Giessbach waterfalls and experience walking under the falls. Then we will take a beautiful 1 ½ hour relaxing boat ride on the turquoise Lake Brienz. Free time in Brienz where we will try out the food at the local bakery for lunch. Then we will walk 45 minutes through the incredible Aare Gorge. Overnight in Interlaken.

Day 5: Interlaken – St. Beatus Caves – Grindelwald

After breakfast we will go to the St. Beatus Caves and Museum. There are many pathways leading through tunnels and chambers. Explore deep into the very heart of them. The rock formations themselves create a truly indescribable atmosphere. The story goes that this is where all the dragons took shelter many years ago.

Then we will go to Grindelwald. The entrance includes the cliff walk and observation platform. When we finish you can either go back to Interlaken or enjoy one of the wonderful hikes that Grindelwald has to offer for all different levels of hiker.

Tonight, we have an included local dinner at a Swiss restaurant in Interlaken, featuring a live Swiss Folklore Show. Overnight in Interlaken.

*You can also have a free day on your own for many activities if you want to pre-book. Otherwise, explore Interlaken, shop and relax.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES:

Kayaking, paragliding, jet boat, white water rafting, electric bike, ATV ride from Daniel’s Fun Rental.

Day 6: Interlaken – Zermatt

After breakfast we will take a spectacular ride through the mountains to the south part of Switzerland and Zermatt. On the way we will go to Oeschinen Lake, including the Gondola from Kandersteg. Discover the magical blue lake and nature park; this is a real hidden gem. After the Gondola, we will walk 30 minutes to the hidden lake. Then we will have a delicious lunch at a restaurant in Kandersteg. Then check into the delightful Hotel Pollux. Overnight in Zermatt.

Day 7: Zermatt

After breakfast we will go to the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise via cable car from Zermatt. In the afternoon, there will be free time to take a walking tour of Zermatt, or explore and shop on your own. Overnight in Zermatt.

Day 8: Zermatt – Centovalli – Ascona

After breakfast at the hotel, we will take a scenic drive from Zermatt to the Italian Riviera of Switzerland, Ascona. Here, the language is Italian! Along the way, we will stop at the mountain pass and drive through the beautiful Centovalli. We arrive in Ascona in the early afternoon. Free afternoon to tour Ascona on your own or join a group walking tour. We will drive to the next town, Locarno, and check into the Hotel Belvedere, a luxury hotel offering views of the mountains and Lake Maggiore. Overnight in Locarno.

Day 9: Verzasca – Brissago

After breakfast, we will go to the Verzasca Valley to see the Verzasca Gorge and the highest dam in Switzerland. Enjoy the turquoise water, charming stone villages and the famous Devil’s Bridge. Possible Picnic?

After lunch, take a boat ride to the botanical island of Brissago. Spend the rest of the day exploring Locarno or enjoy the amenities at the hotel. Overnight in Locarno.

Day 10: Bellinzona – St. Moritz – Glacier Express Train

After breakfast, check out and transfer to Bellinzona to see the Castle Grande that was built in the 13th-century on a rocky hilltop. Continue to Andermatt where we will board the Glacier Express Train to St. Moritz. This is Europe’s highest open-air cogwheel railway, a technical masterpiece. You will be awed by the wondrous picture-postcard scenery as the train winds slowly over dramatic bridges, tunnels, forests and mountain lakes. Enjoy the breathtaking panoramas from the comfortable dome observation car. Food and drinks are available for purchase.

Check into the chic Hotel Schweizerhof in San Moritz. Nestled on a sparkling aquamarine lake and blessed with hot mineral springs, this town is known for the rich and famous. The main street is packed with fashionable boutiques and charming cafes. Overnight in St. Moritz.

Day 11: Cauma – Bad Ragaz

After breakfast, take a short walking tour around the town and lake. We will check out of the hotel and go to Films to see the picturesque Cauma Lake and the Rinalta viewpoint – another hidden gem! We will arrive at Bad Ragaz, a picture-perfect spa town and check into the Sorell Hotel Tamina. We will arrive around 3:30 PM. Overnight in Bad Ragaz.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES:

Tamina Therme Hot Baths – Tamina Therme is a spa oasis, perfect for regenerating the body, mind and soul. You can choose to relax in all the pools or arrange in advance for spa treatments. The Hotel Grand Resort is open until 9 PM. The price for just the spa is around $35.00.

Visit Heidiland, which is right next to Bad Ragaz. This is the original site of the world-famous Heidi story. Experience more dramatic Swiss scenery.

Day 12: Wildkirchli Aescher – Zurich

After breakfast we will drive to the Wildkirchli Caves and Aescher. We will take the cable car and visit the Appenzell Region and the top of Ebenalp Mountain, voted one of the must see places by National Geographic. We will do a 30 minute hike in the mountains to the hotel and have lunch there.

We will then drive to Zurich for the night and check into the modern, high-rise Swissotel. Overnight in Zurich.

Day 13: Lucerne

After breakfast, we will take a short drive to Lucerne with its pristine lakeside setting and gorgeous mountain panorama. We will then take a walking tour to visit the inspirational Lion Monument and the 14th-century medieval Chapel Bridge, one of the oldest covered bridges in Europe. Explore the historic houses in the well-preserved medieval old city before stopping for lunch. Free time to explore before heading back to Zurich

Tonight, enjoy our Farewell Dinner and share memories of a grand journey through magnificent Switzerland. Overnight in Zurich.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES:

Visit the Giant Sonnenberg Bunker built between 1970 and 1976, where you realize how fears of nuclear bombs prevailed during the Cold War. The civilian bunker, built to provide shelter for one third of the population, was equipped with a subterranean building that houses communications, medical, and control offices. The price of this tour is $215.00 USD to be split among whoever wants to go.

Day 14: Depart Zurich

Take an early guided tour of Zurich on your last day, shop for chocolates, cuckoo clocks or just relax and people watch at an outdoor café. Transfer to the airport according to your flight schedule and have a safe flight home.

The Magic of Switzerland

Double Occupancy: Call for Pricing
Single Supplement: Call for Pricing
Deposit: $500.00
Balance Due: May 6th

INCLUDED

13 Nights Accommodations
Breakfast Daily – 1 Lunch – 2 Dinners
Guided Tours, Activities, and Admissions per Itinerary
English-Speaking Tour Guide and Leader
Airport/Hotel Transfers on Tour Dates

NOT INCLUDED

International Airfare
Gratuities
Optional Activities
Travel Insurance