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Contrasts Of Switzerland

8 Day Switzerland Tour from Zurich to Lucerne

7 Cities – Zurich, St Moritz, Zermatt, Geneva, Vevey, BourgenLavaux, Lucerne

All aboard for one of the world’s most beautiful train journeys. On this exciting Switzerland trip, you’ll travel through the stunning Swiss countryside. It’s a gem of a trip featuring life in tiny villages and sophisticated cities, not to mention St. Moritz with its jet-set appeal.  An amazing vacation from a different perspective.

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Contrasts Of Switzerland

8 Day Switzerland Tour from Zurich to Lucerne
7 Cities – Zurich, St Moritz, Zermatt, Geneva, Vevey, BourgenLavaux, Lucerne

All aboard for one of the world’s most beautiful train journeys. On this exciting Switzerland trip, you’ll travel through the stunning Swiss countryside. It’s a gem of a trip featuring life in tiny villages and sophisticated cities, not to mention St. Moritz with its jet-set appeal.  An amazing vacation from a different perspective.

Your Itinerary

Day 1 – Welcome to Zurich – Zurich is our springboard to a spectacular journey through Switzerland. Explore its mix of ancient heritage and modern energy during your orientation tour before joining our Travel Director and fellow travelers this evening for a Welcome Reception to launch your Swiss experience.
Hotel – Mövenpick Airport
Included Meals – Welcome Reception

Day 2 – Onwards by Train to St. Moritz – Our love affair with the snow-capped peaks of Switzerland begins on a scenic train journey via Chur to the stylish resort of St. Moritz, set against the beautiful backdrop of Lake St. Moritz. Admire the inspiring natural setting; perhaps travel on Switzerland’s most spectacular rail routes across the Bernina pass this afternoon, before enjoying St. Moritz at your leisure tonight.
Hotel – Reine Victoria
Included Meals – Breakfast

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE – Bernina Pass Discovery – Board a train across the spectacular Bernina Pass, one of Switzerland’s iconic rail routes. Your panoramic journey takes you to a local hostelry where you can indulge in a typical buffet of tasty snacks and vintages, a truly local experience!  Adult Price:  Fr.75.00*

Day 3 – Catch the Glacier Express to Zermatt – Embrace the glamour and romance of a bygone era. Watch the epic alpine landscapes drift past as you chug along one of the world’s most unforgettable rail journeys from the comfort of the Glacier Express. Cross hundreds of bridges and the Oberalp Pass at 2,033 feet above sea level. Enjoy an included lunch on board as you journey past lakes and glaciers bound for the resort town of Zermatt, at the foothills of the imposing Matterhorn.
Hotel – Alpen Resort
Included Meals – Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 – Discover Scenic Zermatt – Join the Travel Director for an orientation walk around this car-free resort before spending the rest of the day on your own, indulging in the tranquil mountain atmosphere. Consider an Optional Experience to the Klein Matterhorn, ascending over snow-capped mountains to Europe’s highest cable car station.
Included Meals – Breakfast

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCEZermatt Dinner Experience – Discover the beautiful mountainous resort town of Zermatt. Afterwards, enjoy a wonderful dinner in a typical chalet-style restaurant with an opportunity to try the world-famous chocolate fondue.  Adult Price:  Fr.86.00*
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCEKlein Matterhorn Excursion – A unique electric taxi service will drive us to the foot of Zermatt’s highest and most spectacular mountain ride. You’ll enjoy stunning views as we ascend to Furi and Trockener Steg, before boarding Europe’s highest cable car to 12,400 ft and the magnificent snow-capped top of the world.  Adult Price:  Fr.119.00*

Day 5 – A Train Journey to Lakeside Geneva – You’ll board a train to Vevey and connect with locals in Chexbres on the shores of Lake Geneva. We’ll enjoy lunch at this memorable “Be My Guest” experience then continue to sophisticated Geneva where your orientation will include views of the Old Town, Jet d’Eau and the Flower Clock, paying tribute to the city’s centuries-old watchmaking traditions. Later, explore the sights of this lakeside city on your own. Stroll through the ancient maze of medieval streets and quiet squares or consider a cruise – enjoying views of the lakeside villages.
Hotel – Warwick
Included Meals – Breakfast, Be My Guest

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE – Lake Geneva Cruise with Meal – Enjoy an unforgettable cruise on the ‘Belle Epoque ‘ steamers of the C.G.N. company on Lake Geneva. The lake is one of Western Europe’s largest and its waters meet the shores of both Switzerland and France. You’ll see picturesque villages and towns in both countries as well as the majestic Alps and, on clear days, Mont Blanc. A three-course meal will be served in their wood-paneled dining room while you admire awe-inspiring Alpine scenery dining on the specialties of the Vaud canton.  Adult Price:  Fr.94.00*Enjoy the same cruise without a meal.  Adult price:  Fr.47.00*

Day 6 & 7 – Journey on the Golden and Brünig Pass to Interlaken and Lucerne – Picture-perfect landscapes are your constant companion as you journey from Geneva along the Golden Pass route. You’ll stop at Interlaken in the heart of the Swiss Alps, located at the foot of a trio of famous peaks – the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Spend some time at leisure and enjoy superb views of the peaks of the Bernese Oberland. You’ll follow the Brünig Pass to the lakeside town of Lucerne in central Switzerland, where you will stay for the next two nights. The evening is free to spend as you wish, but you could choose to show off your vocal talents and learn how to yodel during an optional fun-packed Swiss folklore show with fondue dinner.
Hotel – Astoria
Included Meals – Breakfast

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE – Swiss Folklore Evening and Dinner – Tonight you’ll enjoy a tasty Swiss meal, including the famous Swiss cheese fondue, in a typical restaurant. While enjoying dinner, you can also join in a lively folklore show which includes yodeling, flag-throwing and Alpine horn-blowing. Two beverages are included. Occasionally, this option may be offered as a Lunch.  Adult Price:  Fr.99.00*

Explore Medieval Lucerne – Mountain top peaks surround you as you wander through the medieval streets of Lucerne on an orientation walk. Visit the poignant Lion Monument, built in memory of the Swiss Guard who bravely defended Louis XVI during the French Revolution. View the covered wooden Chapel Bridge spanning the Reuss with its decorated wooden panels, which chronicle the history of Lucerne. Later consider an Optional Experience to a nearby mountain peak, or explore the Old Town and shop for delicious Swiss chocolate. Tonight, we join the Travel Director and your travel companions for a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant.
Included Meals – Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE Mount Stanserhorn and Lake Cruise – Take a scenic cruise across Lake Lucerne to Stans, and one of Switzerland’s oldest mountain railways. Travelling by railway and Cabrio cable car, you’ll reach 6300ft, where you’ll have free time to admire the stunning Alpine scenery. On certain departures, this option may be operated in reverse, ending with the cruise, or without the cruise.  Adult Price:  Fr.113.00* 

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCESwiss Countryside & Carriages – A chance to get to know the Swiss, you’ll meet local farmers and enjoy a delightful countryside tour in horse-drawn carriages. Soak up the stunning scenery as we trot around a typical rural community, en route to a farm where you’ll savour local beverages and snacks. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Adult Price:  Fr.67.00*

Day 8 – Journey Home – We’ll say a fond farewell to Switzerland and new found friends at the end of a remarkable Swiss holiday. Your Travel Director will give you tickets for the short train journey from Lucerne to Zurich Airport, which can be used at your convenience for the onward journey.
Included Meals – Breakfast

Trip Details – What’s included:

7 Nights – Luxury Accommodation

11 Meals – 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches (including “Be My Guest”), 2 dinners

On-Trip Transport – All transport shown – the exception is the Optional Experiences

Included Highlights – A unique connection with the locals.  Savour an exclusive “Be My Guest” lunch at Chexbres on the shores of Lake Geneva. (Day 5)

Sightseeing Highlights – Discover Zurich, St. Moritz, Zermatt, Geneva, and Lucerne; Visit Interlaken,

View the Matterhorn and Jungfrau mountains (weather permitting), the Jet d’Eau in Geneva and the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge in Lucerne.

Travel highlights

Airport Transfers
Audio Headsets
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi
Optional Experiences and free time
ALL Gratuities
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
An expert Travel Director
A Professional Driver
All hotel tips, charges, and local taxes
Standard Class Rail Service
Golden Pass train from Geneva to Lucerne
High-speed train from Zermatt to Vevey
Glacier Express train from St. Moritz to Zermatt
Handcrafted Highlights

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Overall Rating:  4.5 stars out of 5 – Based on 365 independent reviews.

Trip Rating:  The overall quality of the Itinerary and trip.  4.5 stars out of 5 – Based on 243 responding.

Client Experience:  4.5 stars out of 5 – Based on 256 responding.

* The Optional Experiences and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.  ALL pricing and availability is subject to change and only confirmed with a paid deposit.  Other travel terms and conditions apply.  Call TravelKatz for information regarding this vacation – 352-277-7300 – AND don’t forget to purchase Travel Insurance. 

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