The Best of Switzerland (ZG) - 2015 / 2014

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8 Day Tour from Zürich to Zürich

Itinerary

DAY 1Arrive in Zürich, Switzerland

Welcome dinner at your hotel. (Dinner)

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DAY 2Zürich–Vaduz, Liechtenstein–St. Moritz

Orientation walk of Zürich including a chocolate surprise at the Sprüngli confectionary. Stop in Vaduz, Liechtenstein. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 3St. Moritz–Lake Como, Italy–Lugano, Switzerland

Travel via Lake Como to Lugano. (Breakfast)

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Lake Como

Lake Como in Lombardy is the third largest lake in Italy


"Lake Como has been drawing celebrities since the early 1800s such Romantic poets and bohemian high-flyers Caroline of Brunswick, who built the sumptuous Villa d’Este in 1815 – now a five-star hotel. Even before that, Italian nobles built splendid estates here as their summer homes; many are now tourist attractions, such as the Villa Carlotta and the Villa del Balbianello. The latter was featured in [episode two of Star Wars, Attack of the Clones]. The fascist dictator Mussolini summered in Lake Como for years, and retreated here when World War II was going badly, hoping to escape to Switzerland. In the end, he failed and was executed by Italian partisans."
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DAY 4Lugano–Stresa, Italy–Zermatt, Switzerland

Stop in Stresa at Lake Maggiore and drive via Simplon Pass to Zermatt. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Isola Bella Zermatt, Switzerland Stresa Stunning view of the beautiful Lake Maggiore 
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DAY 5Zermatt–Lake Geneva

Drive through the Rhône Valley to Lake Geneva. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva


Stretching along Switzerland’s southern border with France, Lake Geneva (also called Lac Leman by the Swiss) is the largest lake in Europe. It’s pristine shores support a strong fresh water fishing industry. Some would argue that it offers the most beautiful views of any waterway. They are jaw-droppingly amazing; especially the snow capped Jura Alps across the lake from Montreux and Vevey. The temperatures are moderate along the lake in winter; most of the weather takes place in the mountains. In summer numerous music festivals and artistic events are held in towns along the lake, especially Lausanne, the third most popular city for travelers in Switzerland, next to Zurich and Geneva. It is a sophisticated artist’s haven and the city where T.S. Eliot lived when he wrote “The Wasteland.”
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DAY 6Lake Geneva–Berne–Interlaken–Lucerne

Guided sightseeing in Berne, visit Bear Park, have lunch at a Swiss working farm, then on via Interlaken to Lucerne. (Breakfast, Lunch)

The Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, Switzerland The Lion Monument or the Lion of Lucerne, is a sculpture in Lucerne, Switzerland Lucerne, Switzerland at night Lucerne, Switzerland 
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DAY 7Lucerne

Morning walking tour that includes the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge. Farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

The iconic Chapel Bridge in Lucerne is the oldest wooden bridge in Europe 
Lion Monument

Lion Monument


“The Lion of Lucerne” (Lowendenkmal) is a compelling statue in the north section of Old Town dedicated to the 42 members of the Swiss Guard who were assigned to protect Louis the XVI, Maria Antoinette and their family at the Royal Palace. When the Tuileries was stormed on August 10, 1792 by rioting Parisians at the start of the French Revolution, the king ordered the soldiers to lay down their arms. They were subsequently slaughtered by the crowd and the royal family was captured. Louis had made a big mistake. In 1821 Danish sculpture Berthel Thorwaldsen finished the sculpture, a 30-foot likeness of a wounded and dying lion with a broken lance in its heart and his paw resting atop the fleur-de-lys shield of the Bourbon king. The Latin inscription translated “To the bravery and fidelity of the Swiss.”
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DAY 8Lucerne–Zürich, Airport

Morning transfer to Zürich Airport. (Breakfast)

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