Top of Switzerland


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Tour : ZI

Overview

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Enjoy six days amid spectacular Alpine beauty on your guided tour of Switzerland. You’ll meet your Tour Director and traveling companions in the vibrant city of Zurich before continuing to the picturesque Emmental Valley. Visit a local cheese farm and enjoy a light lunch before setting off for Interlaken – nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, and surrounded by the magnificence of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau peaks. 

You’ll venture to Europe’s highest railway station serving the 13,642-foot summit of the Jungfrau mountain. This Alpine wonderland offers a wealth of activities and experiences for this full day’s trip. 

Traveling on to Lucerne, you’ll pass through charming mountains to visit picturesque Brienz with its Woodcarving Museum. Then, on to special highlight - Ballenberg’s open-air museum with its centuries-old Swiss buildings. 

Your two-night stay in Lucerne includes a walking tour of the many inspirational and historic sites in the city including a visit to the Lion Monument – built in recognition of the Swiss Guards’ sacrifice in protection of the Royal House of France during the French Revolution centuries before. 

A sumptuous farewell dinner will conclude your Swiss adventure. With many stories of the stunning natural scenery and the warm and welcoming culture here, you’ll remember your trip to the Top of Switzerland as the height of your travels so far. 

Highlights

Zurich Welcome dinner; orientation walk of the Old Town

Affoltern Visit a cheese farm and enjoy a light lunch

Interlaken Excursion to the Jungfrau

Brienz Visit the Woodcarving Museum

Ballenberg Visit the open-air museum

Lucerne Walking tour including the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge; farewell dinner at a local restaurant

Tour itinerary

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

Total meals included:

  • 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

Zurich, Switzerland

Day
1

Welcome to Zurich! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Zurich – Emmental Valley – Interlaken

Day
2

Discover Zurich’s well-preserved OLD TOWN with its medieval guild houses on foot during your orientation walk, before continuing to the Emmental Valley. Stop at the SCHAUKÄSEREI AFFOLTERN to try out the locally produced cheese, and have a light lunch. Then, continue your journey deep into the Alps and 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Interlaken. Excursion to the Jungfrau

Day
3

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 ICE PALACE, and take the elevator to the Sphinx Observatory. Also, receive your Jungfrau Passport as a souvenir to take home with you. The round trip to the “Top of Europe” by MOUNTAIN TRAIN will take most of the day.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Interlaken – Brienz – Ballenberg – Lucerne

Day
4

A scenic drive through charming mountains brings you to cosy 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 visit to the fascinating OPEN-AIR MUSEUM of Ballenberg has been included to marvel at the centuries-old buildings from all parts of Switzerland. Arrive in picture book Lucerne, where you will stay for the next two nights. You may wish to join an optional folklore party with cheese fondue, yodelling, and alphorn blowing.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lucerne

Day
5

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Lucerne – Zurich Airport

Day
6

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. Extra nights are available in Zurich, not Lucerne.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

This Platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus

Maximum elevation on tour—11,332 ft. Adequate footwear is required for the trip to the Jungfrau.

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:

  • 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

Zurich

Day
1

Welcome to Zurich! At 6pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Zurich - Emmental Valley - Interlaken

Day
2

Enjoy an orientation walk of Zurich’s well-preserved Old Town with its medieval guild houses before continuing to the Emmental Valley to visit the Schaukäserei Affoltern. Try out the locally produced cheese and enjoy a light lunch. Then, continue to Interlaken. The town’s unique location, nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and surrounded by the world-famous Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau mountains, offers spectacular views.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Interlaken - Jungfrau - Interlaken

Day
3

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 13,642ft summit was first ascended in 1811, and in 1912 the rack railway was opened. There are lots of things to do here: 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. The round trip to the 'Top of Europe' by Mountain Train will take most of the day.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Interlaken - Brienz - Ballenberg - Lucerne

Day
4

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.' Next is a visit to the fascinating open-air museum of Ballenberg with its centuries-old buildings from all parts of Switzerland. Arrive in picturebook Lucerne, where you will stay for the next two nights. Tonight, you may wish to join an optional dinner excursion to a folklore party with cheese fondue, yodelling, and alphorn blowing.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lucerne

Day
5

On your walking tour this morning, admire Thorwaldsen’s moving Lion Monument, dedicated to the Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France during the French Revolution. Take in the ornate patrician houses of the walled Old Town, then cross the famous covered Chapel Bridge to the Jesuit church. Later, an exciting optional excursion is available to Mount Pilatus, the 'Guard of Lucerne.' This evening, a farewell dinner has been prepared for you to celebrate the success of your holiday and the best way to say auf Wiedersehen.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Lucerne - Zurich

Day
6

Your tour ends today.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

This Platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus

Maximum elevation on tour—11,332 ft. Adequate footwear is required for the trip to the Jungfrau.

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.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • All airport taxes

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