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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, before continuing to the Emmental Valley. Stop at LF the SCHAUKäSEREI AFFOLTERN to try out the locally produced cheese, and enjoy a light lunch. Then, continue your journey deep into the Alps to arrive in Interlaken. The town’s unique location, nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, and surrounded by the world-famous Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau mountains, guarantees spectacular views.
Today’s Distance: 106 mi / 170 km
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. Enjoy the Alpine Sensation, the Panorama 360° Experience, the ICE PALACE, and take the elevator to the Sphinx Observatory. Also receive your Jungfrau Passport as a souvenir to take home with you. Your roundtrip excursion to the “Top of Europe” by MOUNTAIN TRAIN will take up most of the day.
A scenic drive through charming mountains brings you to cozy Brienz, where you will visit the interesting WOODCARVING MUSEUM. Also walk through the romantic Brunngasse, once awarded the title “Most Beautiful Street in Europe.” A LF visit to the fascinating open-air museum of Ballenberg includes marvelous centuries-old buildings from all parts of Switzerland. Arrive in picturebook Lucerne for a 2-night stay. You may wish to join an optional folklore party with cheese fondue, yodeling, and alphorn blowing.
Today’s Distance: 50 mi / 80 km
Follow your Tour Director for a pleasant walk and admire Thorwaldsen’s 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. Later, an exciting optional excursion is available to Mount Pilatus, the “Guard of Lucerne.” This evening, a farewell dinner has been prepared to celebrate your vacation as the best way to say auf Wiedersehen.
Morning transfer to Zurich Airport in time for homebound flights leaving no earlier than 10 am. Extra nights are available in Zurich, not Lucerne.
Today’s Distance: 34 mi / 55 km
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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.
This 96-room hotel has a superb central location offering serene views of the impressive Jungfrau Mountain range from its 18th floor panoramic restaurant. The inviting bar is a great place to enjoy a cocktail and there is also a fitness room, sauna and Free Wifi internet access throughout the property.
Ideally located in the heart of Lucerne, surrounded by mountains, close to its lake boasting crystal clear waters, the historic old town, and famous Chapel Bridge. All 252 contemporary rooms have a minibar and Wi-Fi. There's a plush cocktail lounge, a stylish café, and a rooftop bar affording city views. Other facilities include a full equipped modern gym.
Our expert Tour Directors help you get the most out of every place you visit - and have a 96% customer satisfaction rating.
We’re delighted to have achieved the Good Housekeeping Reader Recommended endorsement for customer experience.
We are a member of ABTA and our flight-inclusive holidays are protected by ATOL. If your holiday is cancelled for any reason, you’ll receive a full refund.