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Grand Tour of Switzerland

Switzerland

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Lakes, mountains and spectacular train rides

From the 3,000m summit of Gornergrat to the idyllic shores of Lake Maggiore, this tour’s spectacular highlights make ‘grand’ a fitting title.

You’ll take several amazing journeys on funicular, cogwheel and regional trains to get a true sense of the country and its unforgettable panoramas.

You’ll see the silhouette of the Matterhorn come into view, stroll around the elegant city of Brig, lay your head in the famous resort of Zermatt and sail the length of beautiful Lake Lucerne. Breathtaking.

Including...

A car with a tickVIP door-to-door travel service

A suitcase with a tick Included travel insurance

A bed 8 nights in hotels

A plate with a knife and fork 13 meals: 8 breakfasts (days 2-9) 5 dinners (days 1, 3, 5-6 and 8)

A person Tour manager

Plus...

  • International flights
  • Travel in destination by coach
  • Porterage

A camera Excursions and visits

  • Walking tour of Lucerne
  • Folklore show in Lucerne
  • Open funicular, Stans - Stanserhorn
  • Hergiswil Glass Factory
  • Boat ride, Hergiswil - Lucerne
  • Paddle steamer ride, Lucerne - Flüelen
  • Journey on Gotthard Panorama Express route, Flüelen - Locarno
  • Ticino ticket (free Ticino public transport & cable car discounts)
  • Centovalli train journey, Locarno - Domodossola
  • Return Cogwheel train, Zermatt - Gornergrat
  • Golden Pass Panoramic train from Zweisimmen to Montreux

Prices are based on return flights with British Airways from London Heathrow. Supplements may apply from other airports

A headset Portable audio headset system on excursions

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Day 1 UK to Zurich to Lucerne

Our VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Zurich.

On arrival, transfer to your hotel in Lucerne.


Day 2 Lucerne to Stanserhorn

After a walking tour of Lucerne, we’ll take a train to Stans and board a funicular carriage for the climb up to the Stanserhorn.

From the top of Mount Stanserhorn, you can appreciate views over three countries, ten lakes and countless mountain peaks. After time and lunch at leisure in this incredible setting, we return to Stans and board a train to Hergiswil. Here, we’ll visit the factory where glass is manually shaped and blown into unique, contemporary pieces.

We return to Lucerne by boat.


Day 3 Lucerne to Locarno

Board a paddle steamer to sail the length of Lake Lucerne, edged by the Alps which become even more impressive as we head south.

At Flüelen, we meet the train to continue our panoramic journey on the Gotthard Panorama Express route, twisting up steep inclines through wonderful mountain scenery and the Gotthard tunnel, before descending past Lake Maggiore to Locarno.


Day 4 Locarno

Today is entirely yours to enjoy Locarno at your own pace.

Known as the town with the warmest climate in Switzerland, it’s been a popular holiday destination since the Roman Empire. Situated on the shore of Lake Maggiore, you may like to take a gentle walk along the idyllic lake edge.

Or use your Ticino ticket on the funicular and cable car, to visit the sanctuary of Madonna del Sasso, an important place of pilgrimage set amongst magnificent scenery.


Day 5 Brig to Zermatt

After breakfast we take a scenic train journey to Brig via the Italian town of Domodossola and the stunning Simplon Pass with its record-breaking tunnel, over 12 miles long.

We have some free time to explore the wonderful city of Brig, with the large Stockalper Palace and its historic old quarter of aristocratic town houses.

Later, our train journey continues to Zermatt. You stay at Parkhotel Beau Site Zermatt (4*) or Hotel Sonne (4*)


Day 6 Gornergrat

Today we take an included excursion to Gornergrat.

Our day starts by travelling on Europe’s highest cogwheel train over dramatic bridges, past rocky ravines and through forests, to the summit of the Gornergrat, at 3,089m above sea level.

Once at the top, we have free time to take in the magnificent views over the jagged Matterhorn and the surrounding mountains, a breathtaking place to take lunch.

Later, we return to the cogwheel train to make the beautiful journey back past mountain lakes to Zermatt, in time for dinner at the hotel.


Day 7 Zermatt to Montreux

Another day of wonderful scenery awaits. We take a leisurely route, by train, to Montreux via Brig and Spiez, to appreciate glorious views as the track navigates the natural bends and inclines of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Region of Jungfrau-Aletsch.

En route we cross the Kander viaduct, pass the beautiful mountain Lake Oeschinen, and enjoy views over the spectacular Lötschen Valley. The last part of the journey, from Zweisimmen, is possibly the most spectacular, where the line is at its narrowest and the view over Lake Geneva is remarkable.


Day 8 Montreux

Enjoy a full day at leisure in Montreux, a city surrounded by vineyards, Lake Geneva and snow-covered mountains.

Our hotel overlooks the flower-lined promenade which stretches along the shore of Lake Geneva. Follow the pretty route south and you’ll come across a statue of Freddie Mercury, just one of the world-famous individuals who have lived here.

Two miles further along the shoreline, majestically projecting into the water from a rocky island, is Chillon Castle. This grand 12th-century toll station, from where the Counts of Savoy controlled the waters, is worth visiting for the formal great halls, the bedroom preserved in its original, subdued Bernese style, and underground rooms which inspired Lord Byron to write ‘The Prisoner of Chillon’.


Day 9 Montreux to Geneva to UK

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Upon arrival, your vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.


Grand Tour of Switzerland

Switzerland