Straddle the fine line between history and contemporary culture with breathtaking mountaintops and shimmering glaciers. Walk alongside buildings erected in the Middle Ages and demarcating ancient Roman walls. Stroll through blossoming rose gardens connected to historic castles with views of the contemporary streets nearby. Stand beneath the looming shadow of the dramatic Matterhorn peak, well exceeding a height of 14,500 feet above sea level. Your customized Switzerland tour takes you on...
Zurich – Arrive in Zurich and Enjoy an Introductory Tour of the Vibrant City
Your flight arrives in Zurich, and you notice the sweep of the plains that surround the city. The red-tiled roofs of the nearby houses shine against lush grass and verdant trees. Your private transfer meets you at baggage claim to escort you into the heart of the city and your luxurious hotel. Zurich maintains a balance of contemporary lifestyle and historical culture as Switzerland’s largest city and reaches an average altitude of 1,339 feet. Artistic college students and chic cafes provide a modern ambiance to the streets. After you settle into the hotel, your guide will meet you in the lobby for an introductory tour of the exciting cityscape that begins in Old Town.
Cobblestone streets wind through the city to reach the banks of the Limmat River. The water rushes along the walls that frame the banks and lead to the mouth of Zurich Lake. Colorful facades line the walkways as church spires create a spiky skyline that imitates the mountain peaks in the distance. At Haus zum Napt, find a traditional house filled with Renaissance style, from the wall finishes to the furniture. Charlemagne originally constructed the twin-towered landmark of the Grossmunster in the 9th-century. The cathedral mirrors the blue spire of Farumunster from across the river.
Stained glass windows provide colorful light to the interior and tell stories taken from the Bible. Venture to the top of the southern tower for a spectacular view of the city then stroll along the pedestrianized main thoroughfare of Bahnhofstrasse as it stretches from the train station to the lakeshore. The street reaches a length of more than 3,900 feet as fountains trickle in the waning sunlight and trees shade the street and highlight the bright colors of public art that decorate the walls and walkways. The open windows create an artistic ambiance in and of themselves to provide elegant and colorful displays for passersby.
St. Moritz – Relish a Scenic Drive of Lake Zurich and the Rhine Valley
Lugano – Explore Lake Como and the Lake District en route to Lake Lugano
Zermatt – Tour Lake Maggiore and Taste Wines before Arriving in Zermatt
Lake Geneva – Scenic Tour around the Matterhorn en route to Lake Geneva
Lucerne – Visit the Berne and a Local Farm before reaching Interlaken
Lucerne – Half-Day Tour of Lucerne before Departing for Home
- Indulge in a chocolate tasting at a celebrated café and pastry shop in Zurich
- Explore a medieval castle that overlooks Liechtenstein’s capital city of Vaduz
- Relish a panoramic view of the famous Matterhorn Mountain from a distinct peak nearby to admire the Alps and the town of Zermatt
- Enjoy traditional Swiss cuisine during a cultural dinner in the heart of Lucerne
- Delight scenic train and funicular rides around the steep slopes of the Alps
- Relish a short boat ride across Lake Maggiore in Italy’s Lake District to visit the galleries and gardens of the historic Palace on Isola Bella
- Traverse the preserved streets of Old Town in Zurich and Lucerne for a view of the historic architecture and magnificent artwork
- Walk the trails around Zermatt for a spectacular view of the surrounding glaciers
Give in to the splendor of Switzerland and the beauty of its bordering countries during your 7-day highlights tour of the Alps. You will experience a sensation like never before when within view of the Matterhorn. Historic towns continue to shine with culture and embody the lifestyle of the mountains. Rivers reflect the towering church spires and the indulgent aroma of fresh chocolate seems to fill each city you visit. Your tour begins with your arrival in Zurich as your private transfer meets you at Zurich International Airport to escort you to a luxurious hotel in the heart of the city.
After you settle in, your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby for an introductory tour of Old Town and Zurich’s picturesque streets and enjoy a tasting of luscious chocolate concoctions at a famous cafe. The following day, you will be collected from the hotel for a remarkable scenic drive along Zurich and Walen Lakes. In Liechtenstein, visit the capital city and small towns for a view of the contemporary and historic architecture as they stand side-by-side. Continue to St. Moritz in the lush mountainside near the Italian Alps.
Continue for a visit to the stunning water and landscape of Lake Como as you cross into Italy and take advantage of the secluded region. In the afternoon, return to Switzerland at Lugano for a fabulous boat ride along the water. Next day, return to Italy once again to discover the charms of Lake Maggiore and the Stresa region. Relish the grandeur of the Palace on Isola Bella before your train ride to Zermatt, a beautiful town with views of the Matterhorn. Spend the first half of the next day exploring the trails around Zermatt.
Take the steep train up the mountain peak for a unique view of the Matterhorn as it rises above the massif. In the afternoon, your private transfer will escort you to Lake Geneva for a tour of Geneva and Interlaken with lunch on a local farm. Make your way to Lucerne to partake in a cultural dinner filled with traditional cuisine. Conclude your trip with a guided tour through the streets and architecture of Old Lucerne before turning to Zurich for your flight home.
$3,635 per person (excluding international flights)
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