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8 Day Affordable Switzerland 2019-2020

8 days with Gate 1 Travel   Rating: First Class

Itinerary
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DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Switzerland
Depart for Switzerland.

DAY 2, Saturday - Arrive in Zurich
Arrive in Zurich, Switzerland’s financial center and home to many of the world’s leading banks. The balance of the day is at leisure to rest and relax. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Drink and attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 6 pm, followed by a Welcome Dinner at the hotel. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in Zurich no later than 4 pm or earlier, if possible. (Dinner)

DAY 3, Sunday - Morning Tour of Zurich, Einsiedeln, Travel to Lucerne
Begin this morning with a walking tour through the Old Town of Zurich. Stroll along the famous shopping street Bahnhofstrasse, view the baroque St Peter's church, with Europe’s largest clock on its tower, and admire the gorgeous views from Lindenhof hill. The tour concludes with a scenic drive along Lake Zurich. Afterward, journey to Einsiedeln, located in the heart of Central Switzerland. The baroque Einsiedeln Abbey, has been one of the most important places of pilgrimage in Europe since the Middle Ages. Free time for lunch on your own. Later, continue to beautiful Lucerne, with its pristine lakeside setting and gorgeous mountainous panorama. Upon arrival in late afternoon, check into your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure. (Breakfast)

DAY 4, Monday - Lucerne City Tour
A day to explore the heart of central Switzerland. Begin this morning with an orientation drive through Lucerne starting at the inspiring Lion Monument. One of the best-known monuments in the country, the Lion of Lucerne was created in remembrance of the heroic death of Swiss guards killed in 1792 during the French Revolution. View the 14th century medieval Chapel Bridge, one of the oldest covered wooden bridges in Europe forming the centerpiece of Lucerne's townscape. Remainder of the day is at leisure. Shop for chocolate, watches and the famous Swiss and German cuckoo clocks, sip coffee at an outdoor café, or perhaps join the exciting optional tour to Mount Pilatus. Ascend the world's steepest cogwheel railway which winds up through lush meadows and sparkling mountain streams to the summit of Mt. Pilatus at nearly 7,000 feet. After admiring the splendid panorama, descend by aerial cableway and return to the hotel. Tonight, gather together for dinner at the hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Optional: Mount Pilatus Tour (AM)

DAY 5, Tuesday - Full Day in Lucerne
Today is at leisure for individual explorations, or join the optional tour to Berne, the capital of Switzerland. The medieval air of this city with its many fountains, sandstone facades, narrow streets and historic towers is unique. Stroll along the beautifully preserved cobblestone streets of the Old Town and visit the Zytglogge, a landmark medieval clock tower built in the early 13th century. View the house where Albert Einstein lived and wrote the Theory of Relativity. See the House of Parliament, boasting stunning views of the majestic Bernese Alps. Afterward, visit the Rose Garden, a beautiful park where 220 types of roses are displayed along with countless rows of colorful flowers. Free time for lunch on your own. Return to Lucerne later in the afternoon. (Breakfast)
Optional: Full Day Berne

DAY 6, Wednesday - Gotthard Pass en Route to Lugano, Cruise on Lake Lugano
This morning, depart Lucerne and travel south to Lugano, a city located in the Italian-speaking Ticino region. En route, stop at the Gotthard Pass, located at an elevation of 6860 feet above sea level. It is the most famous of the alpine passes that traverses the Saint-Gotthard Massif and connecting northern and southern Switzerland. Early afternoon arrival in Lugano, set on the shores of glacial Lake Lugano . After lunch on your own, take a boat cruise on Lake Lugano and marvel at the surrounding alpine scenery. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. (Breakfast)

DAY 7, Thursday - Full Day in Lugano
A day to explore Lugano on your own. Perhaps, stroll along Lake Lugano’s charming tree-shaded promenade with spectacular panoramic views, or observe and sample chocolate being made at the Alprose Chocolate Museum. On your last night in Switzerland, bid goodbye to your Tour Manager and newfound friends at the Farewell Dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 8, Friday - Depart Italy
Transfer independently to the airport in Milan for your departure flight. (Breakfast)

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All This Included
  • 6 nights accommodations
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • 9 meals: 6 breakfasts, 3 dinners with wine
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
Highlights
  • View the baroque St Peter's church, with Europe’s largest clock in Zurich
  • Visit to the Lion Monument, commemorating the massacre of the Swiss Guards during the French Revolution in 1792
  • Admire the 14th century medieval Chapel Bridge, forming the centerpiece of Lucerne's townscape
  • Experience Lugano, with its Swiss-Mediterranean mix of cultures and distinctive culinary scene
  • Take a boat cruise on Lake Lugano and marvel at the surrounding alpine scenery

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Accommodations
Zurich: Swissotel Zurich
Lucerne: Ameron Hotel Flora
Lugano: Hotel Novotel Lugano Paradiso
Notes
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
  • This fast-paced trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. For every touring day, expect three to four hours walking where you will encounter uneven surfaces, stairs, steps significant slopes, as well as considerable time standing. Many historical cities have specific driving regulations, with set drop-off and pick-up points, that result in extra walking to and from the sights. Please be aware that Switzerland is an expensive destination. This is an Off Season program. 
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.