Grand Tour of Switzerland


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  • Steady pace

Tour : 6020

Single Share available

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With its unspoiled scenery, majestic peaks, fascinating old towns, sparkling lakes, rich history, and cities with a cosmopolitan flair, Switzerland is the perfect holiday offering something for everyone. On this Switzerland tour, you’ll experience some of its most beautiful scenery and interesting cities with overnights in Zurich, St. Moritz, Lugano, Zermatt, the Lausanne area, and the Lucerne area.

No tour to Switzerland is complete without seeing the stunning scenery. Enjoy a scenic drive through the high Alps to the tiny Principality of Liechtenstein. Witness quaint villages, finely carved chalets, green pastures, beautiful forests, magnificent mountain peaks, and rolling, green hills on your way to St. Moritz, one of the world's most famous winter resorts. Switch mode of transportation in Täsch, where you’ll board a mountain train to car-free Zermatt, a picturesque cluster of rustic chalets beneath the famous Matterhorn. If you desire to see lakes, you'll enjoy Lake Maggiore, Italy’s second-largest lake; stunning Lake Geneva; Lugano, the popular subtropical resort on the shores of Lake Lugano; Interlaken, situated between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz; and Lucerne, situated on Lake Lucerne in the shadows of the snow-capped Alps.

One highlight of this Switzerland tour is the journey aboard the Bernina Express from St Moritz to Tirano, Italy. Travelling on the “red train”, the highest railway across the Alps, you’ll witness glistening glaciers, stunning mountain streams, and alpine scenery, and you’ll travel through tunnels and over bridges that are engineering masterpieces! Enjoy a visit to a local cheese factory in Gruyères, a picturesque medieval town that has been unaffected with the passage of time. You’ll also spend time in Switzerland’s capital, Berne, and storybook Lucerne.

From stunning scenery and vibrant cities to its special experiences, this Switzerland tour is sure to delight. So grab your camera and get ready for an amazing holiday!

*Please note that 2020 departures might be subject to itinerary and price changes, but by booking now, you will lock in your price. Should your booking be affected by an itinerary change, we’ll offer you the chance to change or cancel your booking with no penalty. Full itinerary details will be available in September 2019.

Highlights

Appenzell See the Old Town

Vaduz Visit the capital of Liechtenstein

St. Moritz Visit

St. Moritz - Tirano by Bernina Express train

Lugano Visit

Lake Maggiore, Italy Scenic drive

Zermatt Visit

Gruyères  Visit the village and a local cheese factory

Berne Visit

Interlaken Visit

Lucerne Visit Old Town

Single Share available

Opt to share a twin room with a fellow traveller, and if there's no one to share with you'll get a room to yourself at no added cost!

Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

Single Share available

Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

No meals included

Things to note

Maximum elevation on this tour is 9,688 ft.

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Total meals included:

  • 9 breakfasts, 4 dinners

Zurich, Switzerland

Day
1

Check into your hotel in Zurich and start exploring with the assistance of your CosmosGO app. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Zurich - Appenzell - Liechtenstein - St. Moritz

Day
2

A sensational drive today takes you through some of Switzerland’s most renowned cantons. Stop in Appenzell to see the Old Town with its 16th-century Town Hall. Continue to the minute Principality of Liechtenstein for a visit of its tiny capital, Vaduz. Pass through scenic “Heidiland” and into the Rhine Valley before ascending mighty Julier Pass. Soon, you’ll be in the heart of Switzerland’s largest canton, the Grisons, where you’ll marvel at some of the world’s best alpine views. Spend the next two nights in glamorous St. Moritz, host of two Winter Olympic Games (1928 and 1948) and the premier winter retreat of European royalty, celebrities, and the international jet set for more than a century.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

At leisure in St. Moritz

Day
3

Enjoy a whole day to explore this scenic Engadine valley resort. Renowned for its stunning forest, lake, and mountain setting and an average of 322 days of sunshine per year, St. Moritz is comprised of two villages separated by a mile of lake shore—St. Moritz Dorf and St. Moritz Bad. Extending up the slope from the lake, terraced Dorf is a tapestry of grand hotels, upscale boutiques, and traditional Engadine architecture, characterized by arched wooden doors, small deep-set windows, and artistically etched facades. Neighbouring Bad is known for it's ice rink, mineral and mud baths, and energetic nightlife.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

St. Moritz - Bernina Express Train to Tirano, Italy - Lugano, Switzerland

Day
4

One of Europe’s most spectacular train rides, the BERNINA EXPRESS begins today in St. Moritz, whisking you across lofty Bernina Pass via the Swiss Poschiavo area to Tirano in the Italian Valtellina. Here, rejoin your coach and journey to the shores of sparkling Lake Lugano.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lugano - Lake Maggiore, Italy - Täsch, Switzerland - Zermatt

Day
5

Discover the highlights of charming, subtropical Lugano before traveling to Lake Maggiore, Italy’s second-largest lake. Consider joining the optional boat trip for a visit to the garden island of Isola Bella with its splendid 17th-century palazzo (palace). Return to Switzerland via picturesque Simplon Pass and hop aboard a train in Täsch for the only connection to car-free Zermatt, a resort surrounded by Switzerland’s highest mountains—including the celebrated Matterhorn.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Zermatt - Lausanne area

Day
6

Time to stroll through town and maybe take a break to sample the local fare, like raclette, fondue, or hand-made chocolate. Perhaps shop for an authentic Swiss watch or Swiss Army Knife. Then, take the train back to Täsch, where you will rejoin the coach and continue your journey through the vineyards and apricot groves of the lower Rhône Valley to crescent-shaped Lake Geneva, one of Europe’s largest lakes.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Lausanne area

Day
7

Spend either a whole day at leisure exploring Lausanne and its environs, or join an optional excursion to charming Geneva with its cobblestoned Old Town and the Palais des Nations, European headquarters of the United Nations.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lausanne area – Gruyères – Berne – Interlaken – Lucerne area

Day
8

The first stop today is in picturesque Gruyères to visit a local CHEESE FACTORY. Then, on to Berne, Switzerland’s charming 12th-century capital. The Old Town is a showcase of medieval architecture, arcaded shops, artistic fountains, and the landmark Zytglogge (clock tower), an ornate animated astronomical clock built in 1530. Travel on, skirting the shores of Lake Thun, and stop in the renowned resort of Interlaken for a visit before crossing Brunig Pass to Lucerne. Tonight, why not join an optional folklore evening, complete with yodeling and alphorn blowing?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lucerne area - Zurich

Day
9

Discover the wonders of Lucerne, a city straight out of a storybook. Situated on Lake Lucerne beneath the snowcapped Alps, Lucerne highlights include cobblestone streets lined with frescoed homes, the world-famous CHAPEL BRIDGE, and the poignant LION MONUMENT. Perhaps choose from a wonderful selection of optional activities—the most popular is an excursion to mount Stanserhorn. Return to Zurich for an overnight.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Zurich

Day
10

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Maximum elevation on this tour is 9,688 ft.

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Total meals included:

  • 9 breakfasts, 4 dinners

UK - Zurich

Day
1

Fly to Zurich where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for one night.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Zurich - Appenzell - Liechtenstein - St Moritz

Day
2

Drive amongst the spectacular scenery of some of Switzerland's most famous cantons, stopping first at the old town of Appenzell with its quaint wooden houses and legendary 'Landsgemeindeplatz', a centuries-old meeting place. Next, head through the tiny principality of Liechtenstein to its ancient capital Vaduz, before travelling through the Rhine Valley and the impressive Julier Pass, an important transport route since Roman times. Stay two nights in the stylish Swiss ski resort of St Moritz, famous for its stunning mountain scenery and superb shopping.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

St. Moritz

Day
3

Enjoy a whole day to explore this scenic Engadin valley resort. Renowned for its stunning forest, lake and mountain setting and an average of 322 days of sunshine per year, St. Moritz is comprised of two villages separated by a mile of lake shore - St. Moritz Dorf and St. Moritz Bad. Extending up the slope from the lake, terraced Dorf is a tapestry of grand hotels, upscale boutiques and traditional Engadin architecture, characterised by arched wooden doors, small deep-set windows and artistically etched facades. Neighbouring Bad is known for its ice rink, mineral and mud baths and energetic nightlife.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

St. Moritz - Bernina Express to Tirano - Lake Como - Lugano

Day
4

Today experience a memorable railway trip aboard the Bernina Express. Crossing the Alps to Tirano in Italy. This spectacular rail journey takes you to heights of more than 6,500 feet. In Tirano re-join your coach for a journey along the shores of the beautiful Lake Como, crossing the Swiss border to the lovely lakeside town of Lugano.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lugano - Lake Maggiore - Zermatt

Day
5

In the morning there's time to explore Lugano, described as having the 'gaiety and romance of Italy, encased in a Swiss precision watch', before heading into Italy and on to view the glorious, crystal-clear waters of Lake Maggiore, surrounded by towering mountains and lush countryside. Return to Switzerland via the scenic Simplon Pass, and then on to car-free Zermatt.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Zermatt - Lake Geneva

Day
6

This morning, enjoy some free time to stroll through Zermatt, set at the foot of the mountains of all mountains - the Matterhorn. Maybe take a break to sample the local fare, lake raclette, fondue or hand-made chocolate, or shop for an authentic Swiss watch. Later, take the train back to Täsch, where you will re-join the coach to travel through the vineyards and apricot groves of the lower Rhône Valley to crescent-shaped Lake Geneva.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Lake Geneva

Day
7

Spend the day at leisure relaxing at the hotel or taking a stroll through Lausanne. Alternatively join the optional excursion to charming cosmopolitan Geneva, with its cobblestoned old town and the "Palais des Nations", European Headquarters of the United Nations.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lake Geneva - Gruyère - Berne - Interlaken - Lucerne area

Day
8

First stop is the famous cheese-making town of Gruyère and a visit to a local cheese factory. Then it's on to Switzerland's beautiful capital, Berne, standing on a rocky peninsula overlooking the Aare River and offering lots of opportunities for sightseeing and shopping. Continuing along the shores of Lake Thun, enjoy a stop in Interlaken, magnificently set in the backdrop of the Jungfrau Mountains at an altitude of 1,870 feet, before heading across the Brünig Pass to Lucerne for one night.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lucerne area - Zurich

Day
9

See the best of Lucerne, one of Switzerland's most charming medieval cities. Later, there is a chance to take an exciting excursion to Mount Stanserhorn or a boat cruise on the lake before leaving for Zurich in the late afternoon.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Zurich - UK

Day
10

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Maximum elevation on this tour is 9,688 ft.

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Total meals included:

  • 9 breakfasts, 4 dinners

Zurich

Day
1

Your tour starts today.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Zurich - Appenzell - Liechtenstein - St Moritz

Day
2

A sensational drive today takes you through some of Switzerland’s most renowned cantons. Stop in Appenzell to see the Old Town with its 16th-century Town Hall. Continue to the minute Principality of Liechtenstein for a visit of its tiny capital, Vaduz. Pass through scenic “Heidiland” and into the Rhine Valley before starting the ascent up mighty Julier Pass. Soon, you’ll be in the heart of Switzerland’s largest canton, the Grisons, where you’ll marvel at some of the world’s best alpine views. Spend the next two nights in glamorous St. Moritz, host of two Olympic Winter Games (1928 and 1948) and the premier winter retreat of European royalty, celebrities, and the international jet set for more than a century.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

St. Moritz

Day
3

Enjoy a whole day to explore this scenic Engadine valley resort. Renowned for its stunning forest, lake, and mountain setting and an average of 322 days of sunshine per year, St. Moritz is comprised of two villages separated by a mile of lake shore—St. Moritz Dorf and St. Moritz Bad. Extending up the slope from the lake, terraced Dorf is a tapestry of grand hotels, upscale boutiques, and traditional Engadine architecture, characterised by arched wooden doors, small deep-set windows, and artistically etched facades. Meanwhile, neighbouring Bad is known for its ice rink, mineral and mud baths, and energetic nightlife.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

St. Moritz - Bernina Express to Tirano - Lake Como - Lugano

Day
4

One of Europe’s most spectacular train rides, the Bernina Express begins today in St. Moritz, whisking you across lofty Bernina Pass via the Swiss Poschiavo area to Tirano in the Italian Valtellina. Here, re-join your coach and journey to the shores of sparkling Lake Lugano.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lugano - Lake Maggiore - Zermatt

Day
5

Discover the highlights of charming, subtropical Lugano before travelling to Lake Maggiore, Italy’s second-largest lake. Consider joining the optional boat trip for a visit to the garden island of Isola Bella with its splendid 17th-century palazzo (palace). Return to Switzerland via picturesque Simplon Pass and hop aboard a train in Täsch for the only connection to car-free Zermatt, a resort surrounded by Switzerland’s highest mountains—including the celebrated Matterhorn.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Zermatt - Lausanne area

Day
6

Time to stroll through town and maybe take a break to sample the local fare, like raclette, fondue, or hand-made chocolate, or to shop for an authentic Swiss watch or Swiss Army Knife. Then, take the train back to Täsch, where you will re-join the coach and continue your journey through the vineyards and apricot groves of the lower Rhône Valley to crescent-shaped Lake Geneva, one of Europe’s largest lakes.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Lausanne area.

Day
7

Spend either a whole day at leisure exploring Lausanne and its environs, or join an optional excursion to charming Geneva with its cobblestoned Old Town and the Palais des Nations, European headquarters of the United Nations.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lausanne area - Gruyère - Berne - Interlaken - Lucerne area

Day
8

The first stop today is in picturesque Gruyères to visit a local cheese factory. Then, on to Berne, Switzerland’s charming 12th-century capital. The Old Town is a showcase of medieval architecture, arcaded shops, artistic fountains, and the landmark Zytglogge (clock tower), an ornate animated astronomical clock built in 1530. Travel on, skirting the shores of Lake Thun, and stop in the renowned resort of Interlaken for a visit before crossing Brünig Pass to Lucerne. Tonight, why not join an optional folklore evening, complete with yodelling and alphorn blowing?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lucerne area - Zurich

Day
9

Discover the wonders of Lucerne, a city straight out of a storybook. Situated on Lake Lucerne in the shadows of the snow-capped Alps, your visit takes in the highlights, including cobblestone streets lined with frescoed homes, the world-famous chapel bridge, and the poignant Lion monument. Perhaps choose from a wonderful selection of optional activities—the most popular is an excursion to Stanserhorn mountain. Return to Zurich for an overnight.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Zurich

Day
10

Your tour ends today.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Maximum elevation on this tour is 9,688 ft.

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

Tour only

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Individual audio system

Tour with flights

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Individual audio system
  • All airport taxes

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