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10 Day Classic Switzerland 2021 (Thursday Departure)

10 days with Gate 1 Travel   Rating: First Class

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

DAY 2, Friday - 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. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 6 pm on the day of arrival. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in Zurich no later than 4 pm or earlier, if possible. (Dinner)

DAY 3, Saturday - Morning Tour of Zurich, Berne, Travel to Geneva
Begin this morning with a panoramic drive through the Old Town of Zurich. View Fraumunster Church, St Peter’s church, with Europe’s largest clock,  historic Limmatquai, famous Bahnhofstrasse, and National Museum. The tour concludes with a scenic drive along Lake Zurich. Afterward, travel 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. Free time for lunch on your own. Continue to cosmopolitan Geneva. Upon arrival in late afternoon check into your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure. (Breakfast)

DAY 4, Sunday - Geneva City Tour
During your morning orientation tour of Geneva, view the Jet d'Eau, Floral Clock and Reformation Monument. Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure to explore this dynamic city, strung along the shores of Europe's largest Alpine lake. Perhaps take a walk along the lively streets in the old town, stroll the mile-long promenade around the lake or just unwind in one of Geneva's many parks and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Afterward, there is an opportunity to join the optional Lake Geneva Cruise & Yvoire tour. Relax aboard an elegant cruise on beautiful Lake Geneva, passing by rolling hillsides. Cross over to the French side of the lake and visit the medieval village of Yvoire. Well known for its fortified center and majestic flower displays during the summer season. (Breakfast)

Optional: Lake Geneva Cruise & Yvoire (AM)

DAY 5, Monday - Tour of Chillon Castle
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 an inspiration to such literary greats as Lord Byron and Victor Hugo. Explore the turrets, corridors, and vaulted dungeons on a guided tour. Then continue your journey as you travel through the majestic Alps. Leave the coach behind in Tasch and journey the final stretch by van, right into the heart of the world-renowned mountain resort of Zermatt. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 6, Tuesday - 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 Zermatt one of the world's most attractive alpine all-year destination. Take 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 further admire the 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. (Breakfast)

DAY 7, Wednesday - Glacier Express to St. Moritz
This morning, board one of the grandest and most scenic train rides in Europe, the Glacier Express. From Zermatt, the full day leisurely train ride to St Moritz, will transport you past magnificent mountain scenery, waterfalls and rivers, where with each turn, tunnel or bridge a new breathtaking picture is presented. Arrive in world-famous alpine resort town of St Moritz, host of two Winter Olympics and one of the most exclusive ski destinations in the world. Check into your hotel for dinner and overnight. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 8, Thursday - Morning at leisure in St. Moritz, Liechtenstein, Travel to Lucerne
Morning is at leisure to explore glitzy St Moritz on your own. Take a stroll on Via Serlas with its string of famous designer boutiques or, linger in one of the many sidewalk cafes and enjoy the spectacular alpine setting. Perhaps, join the optional Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride. Depart from Pontresina a resort town, located at the entrance to the Val Bernina just 4 miles from St Moritz for a ride through the Val Roseg. Marvel at the views of the impressive Bernina massif and the nearby glaciers. In the late morning, travel to Lucerne. En route stop in Liechtenstein, the tiny storybook Principality and the sixth-smallest country in the world that lies in the heart of the Alps, sandwiched between Switzerland and Austria. Its capital city Vaduz is a proud remnant of feudal Europe, still governed by one of the oldest noble families. Arrive in Lucerne, where the remainder of the day is at leisure to further explore this festive city on your own. (Breakfast)

Optional: Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride in the Val Roseg (AM)

DAY 9, Friday - 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, enjoy a Farewell Dinner at your hotel with your newfound friends. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Optional: Mount Pilatus Tour (AM)

DAY 10, Saturday - Depart Switzerland
Transfer independently to the airport in Zurich for your departure flight. (Breakfast)

Map
All This Included
  • 8 nights accommodations
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • Glacier Express Train Zermatt-St. Moritz
  • 12 meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 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 Fraumunster Church, a Zurich landmark with its Chagall windows
  • During your Geneva tour, view the Jet d'Eau, Flower Clock and Reformation Monument
  • Visit Chillon Castle built in the 9th century to control the main road to the Great St. Bernard pass
  • See the tiny storybook Principality of Liechtenstein nestled between Switzerland and Austria
  • View the impressive 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

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

Accommodations
Zurich: Swissotel Zurich
Geneva: Fairmont Grand Hotel Geneva
Zermatt: Hotel National Zermatt or Schweizerhof Zermatt
St. Moritz: Hotel Laudinella or Hotel Steffani
Lucerne: Grand Europe Hotel
Notes
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers. Passengers returning from Zurich on Day 10 should select flights that depart no earlier than 10:00 am.
  • This comprehensive, 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. Some hotels in Lucerne, Zermatt, and St. Moritz are built in the traditional local style and have no air-conditioning. During heat waves, these hotels can become uncomfortable, even at higher elevations. Please be aware that Switzerland is an expensive destination.
  • 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.