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Lucerne Explorer Winter

6 days with Trafalgar   Rating: First Class

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Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Arrive Zurich – Lucerne (5 Nights)
Straight out of a fairy tale, the beautiful lakeside setting of Lucerne is the perfect base from which to explore the heart of Switzerland. On arrival in Zurich, you'll be transferred to your home for the next five nights with some free time to indulge in its romantic surrounds before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception. We'll stay at one of Trafalgar's 'Stays With Stories' - the Grand Hotel Europe promising sweeping lake vistas.

Day 2 Lucerne Sightseeing
Delve into Lucerne's heritage as a quiet Alpine retreat for aristocrats and even royalty, who sought refuge in their tranquil natural surrounds. Join a Local Specialist who will introduce you to such sights as the flower-lined 14th-century wooden Chapel Bridge, the poignant Lion Monument, built as a tribute to the brave Swiss Guards who died defending French King Louis XVI and the impressive city walls. Consider joining an Optional Experience ascending Mount Pilatus by cable car for spectacular views of Lake Lucerne. (Breakfast)

Day 3 Lucerne – Excursions to Bilten and Einsiedelen
What could be more Swiss than a melt-in-your-mouth chocolate experience? Today we journey to Bilten and visit Läderach Chocolatier. 'Dive Into Culture' and gain insights into the delicate art of crafting Swiss chocolate during a workshop tour. Create your own moreish delights before your journey continues to the Alpine town of Einsiedeln. Here we'll visit the Abbey, a major resting point on the Way of St. James, which pilgrims have been visiting for over a thousand years. We return to Lucerne for an evening at leisure. (Breakfast)

Day 4 Lucerne – Excursion to Sonnenberg Bunker
Switzerland is renowned for its military defences. Today you'll have the opportunity to see this first-hand on a guided visit to Sonnenberg bunker, a highlight attraction in the city. This giant bunker, built at the height of the Cold War, was capable of accommodating over 20,000 people. The rest of the day is yours to explore Lucerne on your own terms. Take a stroll along the banks of the Reuss and admire the tall painted houses that line quiet squares tucked away amidst the medieval Altstadt's cobblestone lanes. You'll have plenty of time to shop for souvenirs, from chocolates and watches to Swiss Army Knives. (Breakfast)

Day 5 Lucerne – Excursion to Emmental
The creamy flavours of Emmental cheese are yours to enjoy today during an included excursion to the Emmentaler Show Dairy. Farmers from the surrounding villages bring their fresh milk to the dairy which processes this much-loved mild cheese now sold all over the world. 'Dive Into Culture' and discover the secret of Emmentaler's famous holes and sample some of the local produce. This afternoon, consider taking an optional horse and carriage ride to admire your epic natural surrounds before returning to Lucerne for a Farewell Dinner with new friends. (Breakfast)

Day 6 Lucerne – Depart Zurich
Our exploration of Lucerne and the surrounding Alpine countryside at its end, we bid our travel companions a fond farewell and take a transfer to Zurich Airport for our return journey home. Conditions apply. (Breakfast)

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All This Included
Discover the beating heart of Switzerland with captivating Lucerne as your base. You'll savour mild Emmentaler cheese flavours, create your own chocolate and delve into the medieval heritage of this picture-book town.

Dining Highlights

  • 5 breakfasts
  • 2 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Hand-picked Trip Highlights
  • VIP entry to many sights
Highlights

The Trafalgar Difference

  • STAYS WITH STORIES Enjoy the elegance of yesteryear and sweeping lake vistas at the Grand Hotel Europe in Lucerne, where warm Swiss hospitality and a grand past spanning over a century guarantee an unforgettable stay.
  • DIVE INTO CULTURE Visit the Läderach Chocolatier in Bilten where you'll watch how Swiss chocolate is made and get to create your own. (Day 3) Savour the creamy flavours of Emmentaler at the Emmentaler Show Dairy. (Day 5)
  • LOCAL SPECIALISTS For included sightseeing in Lucerne

Sightseeing Highlights

  • CITY TOUR in Lucerne
  • VISIT the Laderach Chocolate Factory in Bilten, the Einsiedeln Abbey, the Emmentaler Show Dairy and Sonnenberg Bunker
  • VIEW the Chapel Bridge, the City Walls and Lion Monument
Accommodations
Lucerne: Grand Europe
Notes
  • Drinking Water: Tap water is safe to drink in all of the destinations on this trip. Guests need to bring a water bottle.
  • Day 1: Guests should arrive prior to the last transfer time or they may miss out on the included Welcome Reception.
  • Day 6: Transfers to Zurich airport arrives at 8:00am.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
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