The striking image of the Alps accentuates the beauty of the villages, cities, and meadows across Switzerland, and you will be immersed in the natural splendor of it all. Watchmakers produce luxury timepieces designed to perfection as chocolatiers bring indulgent sweets that overflow with flavor. Cable car stations overlook extraordinary valleys and bring you face to face with staggering snow-capped mountaintops as vineyards blanket the slopes above a cobalt lake and trains wind through long tunnels...
Zurich – Arrive in Zurich and Enjoy an Introductory Tour of the Vibrant City
Zurich is Switzerland’s largest city and brings the rush of a commercial center with the charm of a small, historical town. Electric trolleys run along the financial heart that leads to the train station as museums exhibit regional history and stunning European artwork. Your flight will land at Zurich Airport, and your private transfer will meet you at the baggage claim. Outside of the airport, pockets of emerald trees rise above homes with red-shingled rooftops as the mountains tower over the horizon for an unmistakable skyline. Inside the city, you will pass the bustle of the contemporary streets, including the Bahnhofstrasse, a nearly 4,000-foot long stretch of boutique and high-end shops that are adorned with fountains, public art, and jewelry that glistens in the windows.
You will make your way to Old Town and the heart of Zurich with its 14th-century streets and structures. Your guide will meet you at your hotel after you have had a chance to settle in and then lead you on an introductory tour to the charms of history. Antique buildings reflect in the tranquil waters of the Limmat River as the Grossmunster features the iconic towers of the city across the river from the Fraumunster Church. Charlemagne founded the church in the 9th century, and the structure maintains elements of its original architecture.
The interior highlights the vibrant hues of stained glass windows that illuminate Biblical tales. In the late afternoon, your tour will bring a sweet twist with visits to the best of Zurich’s decadent sweet shops that continue to use traditional, and even ancient recipes. Each shop has a unique specialty, from chocolate bars to pralines, and you will need to taste them all.
Lucerne – Travel to Lucerne for a Full Day Tour of History and Beauty
Lucerne – Delight in a Unique Excursion to Mount Pilatus and A Watch Tour
Interlaken – Relish a Scenic Train Ride to Interlaken and Tour the City
Interlaken – Full Day Excursion Along the Famous Berner Oberland Region
Geneva – Visit the Lakeside City of Lausanne and the Lavaux Wine Region
Geneva – Explore Geneva with a Half-Day Tour before Departing for Home
- Become a part of the rich history of Swiss watches as you design your own watch that will personalized and produced just for you
- Sip on the delicious and delightful wines found in the Lavaux wine region after following the trails to reach hidden historical wine cellars
- Venture to the top of Mount Pilatus for a unique panorama of the sensational mountaintops
- Ride along a scenic train line for a fabulous view of the Jungfrau Massif and the Berner Oberland region
- Search for ibexes and marmots in view of the snow-capped peaks in the Harder Alpine Wildlife Park
- Tour the massive Cathedral of Notre Dame in Lausanne to see the immaculate rose window with 105 panels
- Indulge in the sweet confections of Zurich’s old town and the numerous shops producing traditional regional treats, such as chocolates and truffles
Arrive in Switzerland, and you will feel as though you have reached the top of Europe, home to the towering peaks of the Alps and the legendary production of watches and chocolate. Your 7-day tour will lead you through the mountains and along the lakes for an immersive experience in Swiss culture and the stunning natural scenery. Your journey will begin when your flight lands in Zurich, the largest city in the country. After settling into your hotel, your guide will lead you on a private tour of the city to introduce you to the mixture of modernity and history before leading you into the sweet shops of Old Town.
Wake the next morning, and your private transfer will escort you to Lucerne, one of the most beautiful cities in Switzerland. Explore the historical bridges, the spectacular monuments, and powerful imagery that is accentuated by the dramatic landscape during your private tour. The next day, you will make your way to the industrial city of Biel/Bienne to visit a watchmaking company. Follow a master watchmaker through the factory before you design and create your own perfect, personalized watch. The next day, enjoy a scenic train ride into the Berner Oberland region and the town of Interlaken. For a unique view of the city, you can make your way to the limestone caves where a saint once called home.
Discover the majesty of Berner Oberland the next day at your preferred pace, and then take to the hills on the countless trails that wind along the slopes or stroll along the walkways of the Valley of 72 Waterfalls. You could also enjoy a moment at Harder Alpine Wildlife Park in search of wild ibex before ascending to the viewing platform by way of a scenic gondola ride. Venture next to Geneva and stop in the Lavaux wine region en route. Take your time to explore the vineyard trails and visit with local wineries housed in historical buildings. Relish a moment in the lakeside town of Lausanne to see the elaborate Cathedral before continuing to Geneva. The next day, your guide will lead you on an engaging tour of the city, from the newer districts to the old streets before your private transfer will bring you to the airport for your flight home
$2,795 per person (excluding international flights)
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