Air & Land
Land Only

10 Day Classic Switzerland

Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Zurich, Milan-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 8 nights accommodations
    • 2 nights Lucerne
    • 2 nights Geneva
    • 2 nights Zermatt
    • 2 nights Lugano
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 11 meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Special Features

  • Lucerne Lion Monument
  • Brienz Wood Carving
  • Berne City Tour
  • Walking Tour of Gruyeres
  • Visit Chillon Castle
  • Scenic train ride on Glacier Express from Zermatt to Andermatt (standard class)
  • Bellagio Excursion

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Switzerland
Depart for Switzerland. Your flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment for the journey

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Zurich, Transfer to Lucerne
Arrive in Zurich and transfer to your hotel in Lucerne. The balance of the day is at leisure. This evening, enjoy an orientation meeting with your tour manager, followed by a welcome dinner
Overnight: Lucerne
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Saturday - Lucerne City Tour
Enjoy a full day in the heart of Central Switzerland beginning with a brief tour of the Lion Monument, the 14th century Chapel Bridge and the lakeshore drive. Shop for chocolate, watches and cuckoo clocks, or venture out on one of the lake's paddle steamers
Optional: Mount Pilatus Tour
Overnight: Lucerne
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Sunday - Travel to Geneva via Brienz, Interlaken, & Berne
This morning take a short ride over the Bruenig Pass, then along the shores of the lakes through the woodcarving town of Brienz where you have the opportunity to discover the village and the craft of wood carving. Continue to Interlaken, a mountain resort presided over by the three mighty mountains: the Eiger, the Mönch and the Jungfrau. Time for taking pictures then head to Berne, the capital of Switzerland and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a stroll through the old town and marvel at the late Gothic Cathedral, the Muenster, with its stunning portal and its depiction of the Last Judgment. Witness the hourly parade of painted figures at the Clock Tower (Zytglogge) and visit the Bear Park, the symbol of the city. Enjoy some time at leisure, then head south through scenic vineyards to Geneva
Overnight: Geneva
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Monday - Geneva City Tour
Your morning orientation tour of Geneva shows you the Jet D'Eau, Floral Clock and Reformation Monument. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to explore this city, situated where the Rhone river flows out of the huge lake. Take a walk along the lively streets in the old town, stroll the mile-long promenade around the lake or just relax in one of Geneva's many parks and enjoy the beautiful scenery
Optional: Lake Geneva Cruise & Yvoire
Overnight: Geneva
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Tuesday - Tour of Chillon Castle & Gruyeres en route to Zermatt
Drive along the shores of Lake Geneva past the towns of Lausanne and Montreux and through the beautiful vineyard region to the landmark castle of Chillon. Originally built in the 9th century to protect one of the main roads to the Great St. Bernard pass to Italy, its rich history and distinctive appearance has served as inspiration to such literary greats as Lord Byron and Victor Hugo. Explore the turrets, corridors, and vaulted dungeons on a guided tour. Stop in the picture-perfect medieval town of Gruyeres, home of Switzerland's most famous cheese. Located on a small hill this village will charm you with its cobbled street, the beautifully preserved buildings and its 13th century castle, towering over the town and valley below. Then continue your journey and see the majestic Simplon Pass as you travel through the Alps. Leave the coach behind in Taesch and journey the final stretch by train, right into the heart of the world-renowned mountain resort of Zermatt
Overnight: Zermatt
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday - Full Day in Zermatt
Enjoy at full day at leisure in this traffic free, quaint Swiss village. Situated at the foot of the Matterhorn and in the middle of an enormous hiking and ski region makes it one of the world's most attractive alpine all-year destination. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the traffic-free village and explore the bountiful gift shops and fashionable boutiques. Or take one of the many alpine cars, gondolas or cog railways to have further stunning views of glaciers and summits. Don't forget to visit the English church, built in 1877 and its cemetery, with the graves of many mountaineers who have lost their lives on these majestic mountains
Overnight: Zermatt
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Thursday - Glacier Express to Andermatt, Drive to Lugano
This morning, board one of the grandest and most scenic train rides in Europe, the Glacier Express. From Zermatt, the three hour train ride to Andermatt will transport you past magnificent mountain scenery, waterfalls and rivers, where with each turn, tunnel or bridge a new breathtaking picture is presented. Re-board your coach in Andermatt and head south to Lugano in the Italian speaking part of Switzerland, Ticino. Enjoy stunning views and a dramatic change of scene as you continue to travel from ice-age glaciers to palm trees
Overnight: Lugano
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Friday - Lake Como Cruise to Bellagio
This morning, take a drive along Lake Lugano and dive into the Mediterranean atmosphere of this serene lake, surrounded by beautiful hills and mountains. Then cruise the scenic waters of Lake Como to the quiet village of Bellagio. With the Italian Alps in view to the north, enjoy time at leisure to saunter the slender streets and alleyways, lined with craft shops, villas, boutiques and cafés. Return to Lugano and enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore this lakeside town on your own. Tonight, join in for a farewell dinner with your tour manager and fellow travelers
Overnight: Lugano
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Saturday - Depart Italy
Transfer to the airport in nearby Milan, Italy for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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    Mount Pilatus Tour

    Day #3 01 Mar 2014 - 30 Nov 2014         $97
    Ascend the world's steepest cogwheel railway which winds up through lush meadows carpeted with Alpine flowers, past sparkling mountain streams and fascinating rock faces to Mt. Pilatus. After admiring splendid views of the Bernese Oberland and the snowcapped Swiss peaks from the summit at nearly 7000 feet, descend by aerial cableway and return to Lucerne.

    *Due to construction, the aerial cableway will be closed from September 1, 2014 through the Spring of 2015. During this time, the mountain descent will be completed by the cogwheel train.

    Lake Geneva Cruise & Yvoire

    Day #5 01 Nov 2013 - 30 Nov 2014         $79
    Relax and watch the magnificent landscapes glide by aboard an elegant lake steamer on beautiful Lake of Geneva. Passing by rolling hillsides and climbing vineyard, cross over to the French shore of the lake and visit the medieval village of Yvoire. Well known for its medieval buildings and majestic flower displays during the summer season, Yvoire is a setting right out of a romantic period novel. Since it can only be visited on foot -- the only people that can drive in the medieval village are residents -- you will be able to freely stroll through the narrow streets lined with picturesque houses and watch the marina life from one of its port-side cafés. Details to be advised locally.

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    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

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