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Welcome to Zurich! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Discover Zurich’s well-preserved OLD TOWN with its medieval guild houses during your orientation walk, and stop at LF the famous Sprüngli Confectionery to taste the traditional CHOCOLATE PRALINES. A scenic drive following Lake Zurich and Lake Walen into the high Alps leads you to the tiny Principality of Liechtenstein, clutched between Switzerland and Austria, with a surface of just 62 square miles. Stop in the capital, Vaduz, and take pictures of the castle, the official residence of the prince, overlooking the town. Return to Switzerland, and ascend the Rhine Valley into the mountainous Grisons, a canton where three of the country’s four languages are spoken. The 7,504-foot Julier Pass, an important Alpine road since Roman times, leads to the Engadine. This valley is considered by many as the most beautiful mountain area in the world, with deep-blue lakes, airy larch forests that turn golden in the fall, mountain peaks exceeding 12,000 feet, and quaint villages with massive white stone houses in the characteristic Grisons style. This afternoon, arrive in St. Moritz, the elegant resort that hosted the two Winter Olympics.
Today’s Distance: 137 mi / 220 km
Take in a gradual change of scenery as you descend towards the enchanting shores of Italy’s Lake Como and on to the southern tip of Switzerland. The vegetation south of the Alps is Mediterranean: chestnut groves, vineyards, and olive and fig trees are a stark contrast to earlier today as you were within walking distance of glaciers. Afternoon arrival in the popular town of Lugano allows time for shopping under the arcades of Via Nassa or sipping an espresso on flower-festooned Piazza Riforma. To truly appreciate splendid Lake Lugano, an optional boat ride is available, followed by dinner at a traditional “grotto” restaurant.
Today’s Distance: 87 mi / 140 km
Depart from Lake Lugano to the Italian shore of Lake Maggiore for a break in Stresa, the “Pearl of the Lake.” An optional boat ride to enchanting Isola Bella can be arranged. Continue over lofty Simplon Pass into the Swiss Valais, an area renowned for its excellent wines and great mountain resorts. To reach the most famous of them, leave the coach behind in Täsch and board a MOUNTAIN TRAIN to climb the last few miles up to car-free Zermatt, a picturesque cluster of rustic chalets beneath the Matterhorn.
Today’s Distance: 165 mi / 265 km
This morning, you can join an optional excursion to Klein Matterhorn for spectacular views of the surrounding Alps. Later, drive through the vineyards and apricot groves of the lower Rhône Valley, and arrive at beautiful Lake Geneva.
Today’s Distance: 93 mi / 150 km
In the stately capital of Berne, your guided tour starts at the BEAR PARK, followed by a panoramic view of the city from the Rose Garden. Next, enjoy a walking tour through the beautifully preserved medieval Old Town. Witness the hourly parade of painted figures at the Clock Tower and take pictures of ornate, flower-adorned fountains. See life in rural Switzerland and look forward to a LF special lunch at a traditional Swiss WORKING FARM. Cross the Brünig Pass that connects the Bernese Oberland to central Switzerland and arrive in picturesque Lucerne. An optional dinner excursion to a folklore party is complete with yodeling for classic Alpine merrymaking.
Today’s Distance: 162 mi / 260 km
Follow your Tour Director for a pleasant walk and admire Thorwaldsen’s impressive LION MONUMENT, dedicated to the Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France during the French Revolution. Walk along ornate patrician houses of the walled Old Town, then cross the famous covered CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit Church, the first large baroque church built in Switzerland on the north side of the Alps. Afterward, another true Swiss experience: LF a trip to the top of Mount Pilatus, the “Guard of Lucerne,” where you receive a special SOUVENIR CAP to always remember this experience! Tonight, a farewell dinner awaits for a proper auf Wiedersehen.
Morning transfer to Zurich Airport in time for homebound flights leaving no earlier than 10 am. Extra nights are available in Zurich.
Today’s Distance: 34 mi / 55 km
It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.
This towering 32-story upscale property is the tallest hotel in Zurich and is located directly opposite the Oerlikon train station where trains connect to the main city center station in just 10 minutes. The chic all-day dining restaurant has a sleek modern vibe and there is an impressive rooftop spa with gym, sauna, and infinity pool. The 347 guestrooms are equipped with an air cooling system, coffee/tea-making facilities, minibar, and free Wi-Fi access.
Traditional mountain architecture with lots of woodworks & local grisons style; in center of St Moritz-Bad; near spa & ski slopes.
Pleasant Hotel situated within 2 minutes' walk of the lake, a 15-minute walk from town center.
The Hotel Ambassador Zermatt enjoys a central location, only 100 meters from the Zermatt train station and the Gornergrat rack railway station. The hotel offers a large heated indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, and sauna, as well as a restaurant and a cozy bar with a fireplace serving Swiss wines and Swiss draft beer. All 86 guestrooms feature a balcony offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and have free Wi-Fi access.
Chalet style hotel with modern comforts and amenities, restaurant, sauna and solarium; located near the Gornergrat station.
Located on the shores of Lake Geneva with views of the Alps and strides away from the Montreux Music & Convention Center. Rooms have free Wi-Fi and a minibar. Guests can enjoy Swiss and international cuisine at the lakeside restaurant, or on the terrace, where barbecued dishes are prepared during the summer months. Other amenities include a fitness center.
Comprised of 7 historic town houses, this delightful property is an oasis of charm and hospitality snuggled in the picturesque old town of Lucerne. Complimentary coffee/tea making facilities are available in the public area, the spacious lounge is an inviting place to relax and the hotel's two restaurants offer a choice of local specialties and international cuisine.
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