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Upon arrival at Zurich Airport proceed to Zurich Flughafen (Airport) train station which is beneath the airport center and validate your Swiss pass at the SBB travel center in the Check-in 3 area. Zurich airport also boasts of Observation Decks B and E which are brilliant destinations for family excursions in Switzerland, providing excitement and fascination for both young and old visitors to Zurich Airport alike. It offers an array of world firsts, providing exciting insights into the complex connections at Zurich Airport. The observation walkway – allows visitors to watch the pilots in the cockpit. Multimedia binoculars – called Airportscopes – have been developed especially for observation deck B. They provide background information on fixed and mobile points of interest at Zurich Airport. The flight information pillars display interesting facts about the aircraft at the stands around Dock B. Make your way to Interlaken via the Swiss Pass. The ticket counters are open from 06:15 hrs to 22:00 hrs. Next, proceed to take the train to Interlaken. Check into the hotel. Free to recoup after a long flight. In the evening, if you wish to entertain yourself with 2 optional activities like "JET BOAT" or "MONSTER SCOOTER RIDE" (At an extra cost)
Post breakfast at the hotel, don’t miss the highlight of any Swiss holiday and join us for this thrilling and unforgettable fully guided excursion to Jungfraujoch, Top of Europe! Listed by UNESCO as World Heritage of the Swiss Alps is not only boasts Europe's highest train station but also many other attractions. From Interlaken, the heart of the Jungfrau region mountain world and uniquely situated between two lakes, we make your way to famous mountain resort Grindelwald where you board the cogwheel train for a spectacular ride via Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch. Stunning views of the world-famous triple peaks of Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau accompany you all the way to the top. Once on the top, immerse yourself in the fascinating high-alpine wonderland of ice, snow, and rock. Experience the adventure tour Alpine Sensation marking the 100-year anniversary of the Jungfrau Railway and visit the Sphinx Observation Terrace and Plateau with the most breathtaking panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, neighboring countries and Europe's longest glacier, the Aletsch Glacier. Don't forget to stroll through the tunnels of the Ice Palace located in the heart of the glacier, a once in a lifetime experience you don't want to miss. (Duration of the tour: Unescorted - kindly carry your Swiss pass for this activity)
Post Breakfast at the hotel. Check out and make your way to the train station. Board the train for the onward journey to Interlaken (Approx train travel 1 hr 50 mins). Welcome to Lucerne - check-in at the hotel and rest of the day is free. There are particularly many sights in a small area in Lucerne. The Chapel Bridge with the Water Tower is the landmark of Lucerne and the most photographed monument in Switzerland. Did you know: Switzerland was the origin of instant coffee-Nescafe was created by nestle in 1938. The nestle company, started by Swiss Businessman Henri nestle in 1867.
Breakfast at the hotel. Don't miss the spectacular beauty of Mt Titlis! Discover eternal glaciers and other attractions from more than 3020 m/10000 ft high. Make yourself to Engelberg, where the breath-taking journey to Mt. Titlis begins. Enjoy the spectacular sight of the glacier's deep crevasses and gigantic ice boulders from the revolving cable car ROTAIR. At the top of Mt. Titlis (10'000 ft. above sea level), a high alpine panorama awaits you. You will have magnificent views of the Alps from the restaurants (lunch excl.) or the sun terrace. Visit the Ice Grotto or take a ride with the chairlift IceFlyer, which brings you close to the crevasses. Enjoy also the FunLift in the snow and the Cliff Walk, Europe's highest suspension bridge. (Duration of the tour: Unescorted - kindly carry your Swiss pass for this activity)
Post Breakfast, make your way to the train station for your onward journey to Zurich - (approx train travel time is 50 mins) Make your way to the hotel and then by 14:00 hrs reach Sihlquai Bus Terminal for your Zurich City tour. Discover the sights of Zurich aboard a brand new, very comfortable and ecological deluxe coach with panorama windows and air-conditioning which we call the Reinvented Classic Trolley. The state-of-art audio system enhanced with GPS-readings ensures on-the-spot precision in eleven languages. In almost 2 hours we will take you through our beautiful city and show you the business and financial centre, Bahnhofstrasse, the most important museums, a section of the Old Town, Munster Square entrance to the pedestrian area, historical Limmatquai, the University district, residential areas, beautiful hillside villas on the Zurichberg, as well as recreation areas and views of the Alps from Zurich's vantage points
Breakfast and depending on your next journey - you will have to make your way to Lucerne Train station and with the help of the Lucerne Zurich sector ticket head to the airport. Bid Farewell to this wonderful vacation with fond memories
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Travel by train in 1st class from the Swiss border or airport rail station to Interlaken
After breakfast, travel by train to the Kleine Scheidegg for views of the North Wall of the Eiger. Continue on the Jungfrau Railway to the Jungfraujoch, at 3,454m, for views of the Aletsch Glacier. Return by train to Interlaken.
Today, travel on the Brünig Express from Interlaken to Lucerne
Take a cruise on Lake Lucerne to Alpnachstad, then board the world’s steepest cogwheel railway to the summit of Mt Pilatus, at 2,132m, for breath-taking views of the surrounding peaks (approx. May/Jun - Nov)! During winter take the bus from Lucerne to Kriens and further with a panoramic gondola from Kriens to Pilatus.
After breakfast, depart Lucerne by train to Swiss border or international airport rail station or extend your stay in Switzerland.
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Welcome to Europe!!!. Transfer to hotel and free time. You will receive information about the start of the circuit during the afternoon, or you can check the informative panels in the hotel reception area.
We leave for Berne, the capital of the country and one of the most beautiful historic cities in Switzerland. We go to the Garden of Roses for review of the city from its viewpoint. Free time for a stroll and lunch. In the afternoon we leave for French-speaking Switzerland, stopping in Freiburg, a beautiful bilingual city. After this we go on to Lake Leman, where we stop in Nyon, a little Roman city on the shores of the lake. From here we take a boat to cross Lake Leman to France. Arrival in Yvoire, a beautiful mediaeval village on the shores of the lake with its fortified gates, its castle and its streets full of flowers. Geneva – Arrival at the end of the day. Normally our hotel is located in the French area of the metropolis.
After breakfast, we include a panoramic tour with a local guide in Geneva, a city by Lake Leman that houses the European headquarters of the International Labour Organisation, of the Red Cross and of numerous other international bodies. After this, we will go on to Chillon Castle, built in the waters of the lake. Entrance included to this fantastic mediaeval castle. We go on to the picturesque walled village of GruYere, known worldwide for its cheese. Very nearby there are some of the main chocolate manufacturers in Switzerland (Nestle amongst them), we will visit the Cailler chocolate factory, tasting included! Continuation along little roads amidst bucolic mountain countryside and through very picturesque wooden villages. Arrival in Gstaad a pretty little village with its wooden houses
Today´s journey has fascinating mountain scenery. We passed Interlaken and we outline its beautiful lake. Arrival to Grindelwald where we will have time for a coffee before taking the cable car (ticket included) up to Grindelwald First. We will walk along the path (30 minutes) in which we shall be able to take the "footbridge over the empty" among the fantastic scenery enjoying glaciers around us. Lunch included (vegetarian option available). After that we continue to Meringen and the spectacular Aaresschlucht Gorge (entrance included). Then we enter the region of Switzerland where the official language is Italian. Accommodation in Chiasso, a Swiss city on the Italian border.
We will know Lugano the cosmopolitan capital of the Italian Switzerland with its beautiful lake. Time to stroll. We continue and on the highway, we crossed St. Gotthard Pass. We stop in Burglen, the tiny village where William Tell was born, we shall see the chapel of the XVI century with paintings illustrating his life. If you want, you can also visit the museum of William Tell. In the neighboring city of Altdorf we can also find traces of his history. Continue to Lucerne, free time to explore this beautiful city by the lake that bears its name
We leave Lucerne driving along the Four Cantons Lake towards Einsiedeln, its immense baroque abbey is the most important pilgrimage center in Switzerland. After that we towards the East of Switzerland. Maienfeld is the village which inspired Heidi’s story. A walk in its historic center after which we will be visiting Heidi’s House (Ticket not included. Entry to the facility is free), a picturesque place with beautiful landscapes that we will reach through a pedestrian path. Then we enter into the independent country of Liechtenstein, and its capital city Vaduz with its impressive castle. Time to stroll and have lunch. Subsequently, we go to the neighbor city of Feldkirch, in Austria, located next to the borders of Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Germany: charming walled city with a genuine historic city center and a castle. We start our day heading to St. Gallen, whose center is part of the World Heritage List by UNESCO with a wonderful cathedral and its historic center. Afterwards we will continue by Constance Lake, between Germany and Switzerland. We will have time for a walk at Constance’s center before visiting Mainau Island (access by pedestrian bridge) with its stunning botanic garden (entry included). Then, again in Switzerland, we will take a stroll in Stein Am Rhein, a typical village on the Rhine River with precious houses with painted walls. We will also visit Rhine Waterfalls (entry included), the waterfalls with the most abundant flow in Europe. Arrival in Zurich at the end of the day.
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Welcome to Zurich! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel
Walk through Zurich’s Old Town, Switzerland’s center of banking and commerce, before departing on your Swiss adventure. You’ll quickly discover that Switzerland isn’t just home to the Alps, but also to some of the world’s most beautiful lakes. First, stop at the foot of the Jura Mountains in the picturesque town of Biel, known as Bienne by the French-speaking Swiss, famous for watch-making, and explore the historical center. Next, enjoy a scenic drive to lakeside Neuchatel, dominated by the medieval cathedral and castle. Time to stroll along the lake promenade before continuing to elegant Montreux, famous for its Jazz Festival
This morning, a guided visit to the nearby Chillon Castle is included. Beautifully located on the banks of Lake Geneva, the castle was used as a residence and toll station by the Counts of Savoy from the 12th to the 16th century. Spend the afternoon and evening at leisure
Arrive in the stately capital of Berne. Your guided tour starts with a stop at the Bear Park, a symbol for the name of the town, followed by a panoramic view of the city from the Rose Garden. Walk through the beautifully preserved medieval Old Town, witness the hourly parade of painted figures at the Clock Tower, and marvel at the ornate, flower-adorned fountains. Leave the Berner Oberland and drive to picturesque Lucerne. This evening, enjoy dinner with regional specialties at a local restaurant.
During your orientation walk, be captivated by Thorwaldsen’s impressive Lion Monument, dedicated to the Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France during the French Revolution. See the ornate patrician houses of the walled Old Town, then cross the famous covered Chapel Bridge to the Jesuit church. A breathtaking optional excursion is available to one of Lucerne’s mountains.
A spectacular drive straight through the Swiss Alps brings you via the famous St. Gotthard tunnel to the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland, and to the elegant lakeside resort of Lugano. Later, why not sign up for an optional cruise on Lake Lugano?