Get swept up in the charm of Switzerland's lively cities and soul-stirring landscapes on this perfect winter break filled with magical Christmas markets, delicious food and plenty of opportunities to shop.
|October 29, 2023||from $4,050||Per Person|
|November 25, 2023||from $4,050||Per Person|
|1||Sun Oct 29||Geneva|
|2||Mon Oct 30||Lausanne and Montreux|
|3||Tue Oct 31||Gruyères and Lavaux|
|4||Wed Nov 1||Bern and Interlaken|
|5||Thu Nov 2||Lake Brienz|
|6||Fri Nov 3||Brünig Pass to Lucerne|
|7||Sat Nov 4||Lucerne|
|8||Sun Nov 5||Zürich|
|9||Mon Nov 6||Farewell Switzerland|
Day 1 – Welcome to Geneva
Launch your love affair with Switzerland in the sophisticated lakeside city of Geneva, an international city with all the charm of its Swiss traditions. On arrival at Geneva Airport, you’ll be transferred to your hotel where you’ll have the rest of the day to recover or go out exploring on your own. This evening, make your way to a Welcome Reception at a local restaurant to meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers to get a taste of the adventures to come.
Day 2 – Journey to Lausanne and Montreux
Start your day with a morning orientation of the city, after it’s just a short hop along the lake and you’re in vibey Lausanne where you’ll have some free time. You might choose to visit the Olympic museum dedicated to the spirit of olympism or take a stroll through the old town to admire the majestic 12th-century Gothic cathedral. Next, we venture to Montreux, nestled between steep hills. Enjoy an orientation tour and the evening is yours to spend as you wish. Perhaps enjoy a cosy fondue dinner in a local restaurant?
Day 3 – Venture to Gruyères and Lavaux
The fromage heartland of Switzerland beckons this morning. You’ll head to the picture-perfect town of Gruyères where you can enjoy some free time. The 13th-century castle dominates the medieval town as you stroll down its cobblestone streets. Don’t forget to sample the famous local cheese before we leave. Lunch is in the heart of Lavaux with views of the vineyards, Lake Geneva and the beautiful Alps. If you can tear your eyes away from the stunning setting, you’ll Connect With Locals sampling the local wines, cheese and delicious desserts joining Maude Vogel to learn all about the family owned and run vineyard on this exclusive Be My Guest experience. That delicious Swiss cuisine still lingering on your taste buds, we return to Montreux. You could choose to relax this afternoon, but we know you won’t be able to resist an Optional Experience to the enchanting Chillon Castle on the shores of Lake Geneva.
Day 4 – Golden Pass train and journey to Bern and Interlaken
The glamour of yesteryear and epic Alpine views are the stars of the show this morning as you take the Golden Pass Line Train from Montreux to Gstaad. Enjoy time on your own exploring the snow-studded landscape of this upscale ski resort town, keeping your eyes peeled for celebrities. Continue to Interlaken in the heart of the Swiss Alps, located at the foot of a trio of famous peaks – the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Tonight, join your fellow travellers for dinner at your hotel.
Day 5 – Explore the sights of Lake Brienz
This morning, spend some time at leisure or you can choose to join an Optional Experience to Grindelwald and Jungfrau Mountain. Later, join your Travel Director for a drive along the shores of Lake Brienz and enjoy superb views of the peaks of the Bernese Oberland. Make a stop in the lakeside village of Brienz and Dive Into Culture as you gain insights into its centuries-old wood carving tradition for which this village is so famous.
Day 6 – Cross the Brünig Pass to Lucerne
Say a fond farewell to Interlaken as you journey through enchanting Alpine forests and peaks tracing the epic beauty of Brünig Pass all the way to Lucerne. Soak up the relaxed lakeside atmosphere during your orientation. Cross the wooden Chapel Bridge, visit the solemn Lion Monument, commemorating the Massacre of the Swiss Guards in 1792, and maybe spend some time shopping in the Old Town. Consider joining our Optional Experience to Giswil, a charming village which sits at the crossroads of the Brünig and Glaubenbielen Passes. You’ll get to admire its beautifully preserved wooden houses and views of the lake on a traditional horse and carriage ride. Return to Lucerne later, in time for dinner at your hotel this evening.
Day 7 – Enjoy mountain views in Lucerne
With a full day to explore Lucerne your way, you’ll be thrilled with whatever you choose to do. Your Travel Director is on hand to share their local tips on how best to spend your day, whether that’s finding a few sweet treats to take home or choosing that Swiss watch you’ve always wanted as a memento of your magical time in Switzerland. There’s plenty of time to live out your winter wonderland fantasy on our Optional Experience visit to Mount Titlis. Bundle up for an exhilarating snow-filled adventure filled with incredible mountain views, skiing, snowboarding and even snow tubing. You’ll deserve a hot chocolate or something stronger after stretching your legs on the slopes.
Day 8 – Discover cosmopolitan Zürich
Your first stop en route today is at world-renowned Lindt Home of Chocolate which will deliver all the secrets of chocolate making. You’ll Dive Into Culture seeing how they’ve been making Swiss chocolate since 1845 and get to sample the rich flavours for yourself. Don’t miss the chance to buy a few favourites to take home and share with friends if you’re feeling generous. We’ll continue to Zürich to discover its historic centre including the Munster Bridge, Paradeplatz, Lindenhof Square and other enchanting locations in Zürich’s Old Town. This evening, toast to your epic journey during your Farewell Dinner.
Day 9 – Farewell Switzerland
For now, it’s farewell to Switzerland and newfound friends at the end of an enchanting Swiss holiday you won’t forget. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.
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