Switzerland 9 Day Tour: July 15 – 23, 2017 = $2174*

Switzerland

9 Day Tour from Zurich to Zurich

July 15 – 23, 2017 MRTA Member Price = $2174 if booked by Nov. 29th (provided space is still available)*

*Double accommodations. Air fare additional.

Additional dates:

June 10 – 18, 2017

Aug. 5 – 13, 2017

Aug. 26 – Sept. 3, 2017

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Vacation Overview

Enjoy a vacation in the most spectacular mountains and lakes of Switzerland.

  • After an orientation walk in Zürich, enter the Jura Mountains and via the picturesque town of Biel, and Neuchâtel, beautifully situated on Lake Neuchâtel, arrive in French-speaking Geneva.
  • Guided sightseeing features the headquarters of many international organizations.
  • Enter France and stop in Évian-les-Bains, a popular spa and holiday resort on Lake Geneva.
  • Follow the lake, re-enter Switzerland, drive along the “Swiss Riviera,” and arrive in Gruyères to visit the magnificent castle and to have lunch with local specialties and a traditional dessert with meringue and double-crème.
  • Stay overnight in Gstaad, the famous ski resort.
  • Continue to the Interlaken area and prepare for the highlight of your vacation: an excursion to the Jungfrau massif, Europe’s highest railway station. Don’t forget to collect your souvenir Jungfrau Passport!
  • Visit Berne, and end with a 2-night stay in picture-book Lucerne.
  • Of course, you will taste traditional chocolate pralines from Läderach Chocolatier Suisse, one of Switzerland’s most famous chocolate makers, and a special farewell dinner with wine has been included.

**$2799. MRTA Member Price if booked by April 26, 2016, is $2584.*

Save $600 per couple on Air Fare if booked by February 23, 2016.

*Based on double occupancy (two to a room). Seats are limited. Air fare is not included in price but is available for purchase.

 

Call Travelers Lane at 314.223.1224 to Book.

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Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Zürich, Switzerland

Welcome in Zürich! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel. (D)

Day 2Zürich–Biel–Neuchâtel–Geneva

Enjoy an orientation walk of Zürich’s OLD TOWN, Switzerland’s center of banking and commerce. Then, leave Zürich and start your Swiss adventure. You’ll quickly discover that Switzerland isn’t just home to the Alps, but also to some of the most beautiful lakes. First, stop at the foot of the Jura Mountains in the picturesque town of Biel, also known as Bienne by French-speaking Swiss and famous for watch-making. Explore the historical center and take pictures of the gothic church. Next up: a scenic drive along Lake Biel to Neuchâtel, beautifully situated at Lake Neuchâtel, and dominated by the medieval cathedral and castle. Stroll along its cobblestone streets or enjoy lunch at a café with the locals. Near the French border, arrive in stunning Geneva, the second-largest city in Switzerland, with its fantastic lakeside location and breathtaking panoramas of the Alps. (B)

Day 3Geneva

During morning sightseeing your Local Guide will show you the elegant buildings that house many international organizations, including headquarters of the International Red Cross and many United Nations agencies. You will also hear about John Calvin, the French theologian who helped reform the church in Geneva in the mid-16th century. Geneva is home to the largest Reformation Park with its International Monument to the Reformation. Balance of the day is at leisure to further explore this fascinating city. Choose from our exciting optional excursions to make the most of your stay. (B)

Day 4Geneva–Évian-Les-Bains, France–Gruyères, Switzerland–Gstaad

Enter France and follow Lake Geneva along the southern shore, stopping in the famous spa town of Évian-les-Bains, renowned for its mineral water and a popular holiday resort. A scenic drive returns you to Switzerland. Cross the Rhône, France’s largest river, which flows into Lake Geneva. See the vineyards, where some of the best Swiss wines are produced, then leave this “Swiss Riviera” and continue to Gruyères. Here, a special treat awaits: visit the magnificent castle, walk through eight centuries of architecture, history, and culture, and enjoy [LF] lunch with local specialties and a traditional dessert with meringue and double-crème. Continue to your hotel in Gstaad, one of Switzerland’s most famous ski resorts. (B,L,D)

Day 5Gstaad–Interlaken Area

Morning at leisure to relax before continuing through the scenic Zweisimmen Valley to Interlaken. The town’s unique location, settled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and surrounded by the world-famous Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau mountains guarantees spectacular views. Later, arrive at your charming hotel in Grindelwald and look forward to tomorrow’s included highlight: the Jungfrau excursion! (B)

Day 6Interlaken Area. Excursion to The Jungfrau Massif

[LF] An unforgettable trip to the high Alpine wonderland of ice and snow is the true highlight of a visit to Switzerland. At an amazing 11,332 feet, the JUNGFRAUJOCH is Europe’s highest railway station. Jungfrau’s 13,642-foot summit was first ascended in 1811 and in 1912 the rack railway was opened. There are lots of things to do here: enjoy the ALPINE SENSATION, THE PANORAMA 360° EXPERIENCE, and the ICE PALACE. Also receive your JUNGFRAU PASSPORT as a souvenir to take home with you. The round trip to the “Top of Europe” by MOUNTAIN TRAIN will take most of the day. (B,D)

Day 7Interlaken Area–Berne–Lucerne

Arrive in the stately capital of Berne. See the BEAR PARK, enjoy the panoramic view of the city from the Rose Garden, and the OLD TOWN with the Clock Tower and the ornate, flower-adorned fountains. Leave the Berner Oberland and drive via Langnau to picture-book Lucerne. Tonight is your chance to join an optional dinner excursion to a folklore party with yodeling and alphorn blowing. (B)

Day 8Lucerne

During your walking tour, admire Thorwaldsen’s impressive LION MONUMENT, dedicated to the Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France during the French Revolution, and ornate patrician houses of the walled Old Town, then cross the famous covered CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit church. Of course, being in Switzerland, you will taste [LF] the traditional CHOCOLATE PRALINES from Läderach Chocolatier Suisse, one of Switzerland’s most famous chocolate makers. An exciting optional excursion is available to Mount Pilatus, and tonight, a special farewell dinner with wine awaits you at a local restaurant for a proper “Auf Wiedersehen.” (B,D)

Day 9Lucerne–Zürich Airport

Morning transfer to Zürich Airport in time for homebound flights leaving no earlier than 10 am. Extra nights are available in Zürich, not Lake Lucerne. (B)

 

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Vacation Highlights

ZÜRICH
Welcome dinner; orientation walk of the Old Town

BIEL
Orientation

NEUCHÂTEL
Visit the town

GENEVA
Guided sightseeing

EVIAN-LES-BAINS
Stop on the French side of Lake Geneva

GRUYÈRES
Visit the castle; [LF] a special lunch with local specialties and “double-crème”

INTERLAKEN AREA
[LF] Excursion to the Jungfrau massif

BERNE
See the Bear Park, enjoy a panoramic view from the Rose Garden, Old Town

LUCERNE
Walking tour including the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge; [LF] taste chocolate pralines; farewell dinner at a local restaurant

Headsets throughout the tour

NOTE:

  • Adequate footwear is required for the trip to the Jungfrau massif.

Meals

Full buffet breakfast daily; a special lunch with a drink in Gruyères, 4 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome dinner in Zürich and a special farewell dinner in Lucerne

Hotels

Zurich

Sheraton Zurich

Superior First-Class

A newly opened 197 room hotel set in an urban cosmopolitan district with a cozy lobby lounge fireplace and complimentary wireless internet access in public areas. The à-la-carte restaurant has an emphasis on fresh regional food with exciting cooking displays and there is a hip Italian hotel bar serving snacks and drinks as well as a fitness room for workouts.

Geneva

 

Royal Manotel

First-Class

In the heart of Geneva, this 203 room hotel welcomes you into a warm cozy atmosphere, where you will be met with tradition in a neoclassical ambiance with Free Wi-Fi access available throughout the hotel. Dining options include an upscale restaurant, a bistro and bar and leisure facilities comprise of a fitness area, sauna and hammam.

Gstaad

 

Steigenberger Alpenhotel & Spa

Superior First-Class

Positioned at an altitude of 3,645 feet and set within fantastic Alpine landscapes, this charming 128 room chalet style hotel offers a pleasant combination of rustic tradition with contemporary elements and has Free Wi-Fi internet access throughout. A choice of both International and regional cuisine are served in the hotel’s two restaurants and there is also a traditional style bar for evening drinks. Recreational facilities include a wellness center with swimming pool, gym, Finnish sauna and steam bath.

Grindelwald

Sunstar Hotel

First-Class

Enjoying a quiet yet central location in the popular Alpine resort of Grindelwald which has beautiful unspoilt panoramic views of the famous North Face of the Eiger and the Wetterhorn. This 217 room chalet style property has a stylish lobby bar area with open fireplace and offers Free Wi-Fi internet access, two restaurants, a fitness center and also boasts a wellness oasis with swimming pool, steambath and sauna.

Lucerne

 

Astoria

First-Class

Modern Eight-story Hotel located in the center of Lucerne, 3 minutes from train station or lake.

Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it’s a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; to get an estimated price, use a currency converter for exchange rate information (pricing may vary at the time of booking).

Once you have booked your vacation, Globus provides the ability to pre-purchase excursions, register for your vacations and provide emergency contact information online.

CITY: Geneva

French Dinner Take part to a traditional meal, including coffee and drinks, in a picturesque setting to enjoy the great food and wine that the region has to offer. This wonderful dinner with typical dishes is prepared using the finest local ingredients.

Approximate value: €57 EUR per person
Lake Cruise and Yvoire Join your Tour Director for a cruise to discover hidden gems scattered on the shores of Europe’s largest lake!. Get off at the charming town of Yvoire classified among the most beautiful villages in France. Travel back to Middle-Age by discovering the gates and ramparts which used to protect the village and the castle from the modern era to discover a picturesque site which has perfectly been preserved. While in Yvoire relax and try a delicious crepe.

Approximate value: €67 EUR per person

CITY: Gstaad

Horse Carriage Ride Experience a unique ride throughout Gstaad on a charming carriage. Your ride will take you into the untouched Alpine forest through the fragrant Swiss pines and larch wood with breath taking views. This region is simply an outdoor paradise. The unspoiled natural countryside inspires people to get out in the health-giving mountain air. Have a great time!

Approximate value: €57 EUR per person

CITY: Interlaken

Truemmelbach Waterfalls Experience the awesome thunderous roar of the water as it rushes past you inside the mountain: these are the Trummelbach Falls! They are Europe’s largest subterranean water falls and are located in the Lauterbrunnen Valley, often called the valley of 72 waterfalls. Enjoy this special trip into the heart of the nature. An opportunity not to be missed!

Approximate value: €37 EUR per person

CITY: Lucerne

Mount Pilatus Journey almost 7,000 feet (2,132m)up – via the world’s steepest cogwheel railway (with an inclination of 48 degrees), the silent aerial tramway and the panoramic gondola for spectacular views over central Switzerland. The Mount Pilatus mountain range was first inhabited by Celtic herdsmen and later became well-known to travelers worldwide when completion of the Gotthard Route made the area more accessible. The rugged cliffs above Lucerne have been cloaked in myth and legend since the Middle Ages when it was believed that a dragon with healing powers and spirits inhabited the rocky crevices.

Approximate value: €63 EUR per person
Swiss Folklore Party and Dinner Contrary to belief, not all Swiss can yodel or blow the alphorn, but those you will meet during your folklore dinner party are real experts. They will entertain you with merry melodies on the accordion and traditional dances, while having a 3-course dinner with also a sample of typical cheese fondue and 1 liter stein of beer (or two glasses of wine or soft drink) to toast your Swiss evening.

Approximate value: €82 EUR per person
Prices based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$426

Triple room reduction per person:
$125

Extra nights per person in Zurich:
Start tour: in single room $231, in twin $158, in triple $134
End tour: in single room $150, in twin $85, in triple $67

 

 

 

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Important Notes
o Vacation departures, itineraries and prices are subject to change.
o A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required for the tour company to reserve space for you. View Terms & Conditions for limited exceptions.
o The following charges are not included in the land vacation price unless otherwise noted: airfare to and from the start of your vacation; Intra-vacation air unless specified in the itinerary; airline baggage fees including checked and/or excess baggage fees; Federal inspection fees for the Federal U.S. Customs and Immigrations; International Air Transportation tax; agricultural tax; other per person taxes imposed by government entities; airport taxes and fees including the September 11th Security fee up to $10 per person, passenger facility charges up to $18 per person, Federal domestic flight segment fees up to $3.70 per segment, and U.S. and International arrival and departure and other government-imposed added by the airline and applicable at time of booking; port taxes; passports; visas (except on Cuba programs) and vaccinations; tips to your Tour or Cruise Director, the tour company Group Leader in Cuba, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ship’s crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted Globus menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant or onboard your vessel (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant); airport transfers on non-qualifying flights; optional excursions; additional activities and excursions purchased online; porterage at airports and train stations; Travel Protection; and all other items of a personal nature.
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