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Grand Tour of Switzerland

Price per person
from £1,541

Price based on
London Luton
30th Mar 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 10 days

  • Europe

  • Steady pace

  • Cosmos escorted tours

Great value escorted tours in the world's most captivating places. No other travel company matches our expertise, on-trip experiences - with a great mix of included excursions and free time - and value.

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!

At a glance

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

What's included

  • 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
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Single Share available

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.

Customer Reviews

We visited all the main locations and had enough time...

7th June 2018
Trusted Customer

We visited all the main locations and had enough time to see the highlights.

So many beautiful mountains, lakes and villages...

16th October 2017
Mrs Ruth Smith

So many beautiful mountains, lakes and villages

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7th July 2017
Mr Brian Meredith Beech

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We booked a Cosmos "Lakes and Mountains" tour and had...

16th June 2017
Mr Graham Edwin Platt

We booked a Cosmos "Lakes and Mountains" tour and had a wonderful time in Switzerland seeing the places we had wanted to visit for many years.

Overview

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!

Total meals included:

  • 9 breakfasts, 4 dinners

UK - Zurich, Switzerland

Day
1

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

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 Brünig 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 - UK

Day
10

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
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Things to note

Maximum elevation on this tour is 9,688 ft.

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Zurich - Novotel Zurich City-West

The 4-star Hotel Novotel Zürich City-West has 144 air-conditioned rooms, free WIFI, novotelcafé restaurant-lounge-bar, pool & fitness area.

  • Location

    Schiffbaustrasse 13, Zürich, Switzerland

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

St. Moritz - Baeren Hotel

The Bären Hotel is a 3-star hotel in St. Moritz with 60 rooms.

  • Location

    Via Maistra 50, St. Moritz, Switzerland

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Lugano - Ibis Lugano

Opening in July 2012, this 2-star hotel is situated in Lugano-Paradiso, not far from the town's historic centre, sophisticated shops and conference centre. Open year round, the ibis hotel is an ideal base for business trips, relaxing holidays and restful weekends. The hotel boasts modern and elegant soundproofed rooms offering maximum comfort, as well a bar and breakfast room. Free WIFI access.

  • Location

    Via Geretta 11, Lugano, Switzerland

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Zermatt - Best Western Butterfly

Hotel Butterfly is located just 150 metres away from the train station, in the heart of Zermatt village. The main street with all the cafes, bars and restaurants, is just around the corner.

  • Location

    Bodmenstrasse 21, Zermatt, Switzerland

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Lausanne - Novotel Bussigny Lausanne

The Novotel Lausanne Bussigny with 141 guest rooms. Enjoy the welcoming and contemporary atmosphere, the hotel features a terrace overlooking a leafy park and a natural swimming pool.

  • Location

    35, Route De Condemine, Bussigny-Lausanne, Switzerland

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer

Lucerne - Drei Köenige

The Garni Hotel Drei Koenige is situated in the heart of Lucerne and offers comfortable and spacious rooms with all the amenities of a three star hotel. The quiet location, as well as the uniqueness of the art nouveau building, make your stay a special experience. Many sightseeing places, the train station and the old town are close by. Besides, for the best start to the day, a rich breakfast buffet awaits you.

  • Location

    Bruchstrasse 35, Lucerne, Switzerland

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

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