The Best of Switzerland (ZG) - 2015 / 2014

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8 Day Tour from Zürich to Zürich


The Best of Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland at night
Lucerne, Switzerland at night
Lake Como
The iconic Chapel Bridge in Lucerne is the oldest wooden bridge in Europe
Lion Monument
Enjoy the beautiful scenery while visiting Berne, Switzerland
View Switzerlands most famous landmark, the majestic Matterhorn
Lake Geneva
Lake Geneva stretches along Switzerlands southern border with France and is the largest lake in Europe
Visit the iconic Matterhorn in the heart of the Swiss Alps

Vacation Overview

For mountain-lovers, this vacation is a dream come true. A full circle brings you from Zürich where you will enjoy a welcome dinner, an orientation of the old town, and a chocolate surprise at the Sprüngli Confectionary for a true taste of Switzerland, to the Principality of Liechtenstein on the Rhine River, and over Julier Pass to ritzy St. Moritz in the Alps. Travel via Italy and Lake Como to subtropical Lugano and Stresa, then by way of the Simplon Pass to Täsch. Board the mountain train to reach picturesque Zermatt, where a special treat is a group picture with a real St. Bernard dog with the Matterhorn towering above you. A scenic drive through the Rhône Valley brings you to Lake Geneva. Stop in the capital Berne for a guided walking tour including the Bear Park, and prepare for a real highlight: enjoy lunch at a traditional working farm. Via Interlaken end in picturesque Lucerne, the heart of Switzerland and William Tell country, for a relaxing two-night stay and another highlight: a trip to the top of Mount Pilatus, where an alphorn demonstration will be held. And you get a special souvenir cap as well. A farewell dinner at a local restaurant is a fitting way to celebrate the success of your unforgettable Swiss vacation!

     

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Save 10% per person on 2015 Globus Europe early booking vacations.*

Save 10% per person on 2015 Globus Europe early booking vacations.*

*Book and deposit a 2015 Globus Europe vacation to save 10% per person on the land-only portion of the core tour not including extra night accommodations, extensions, taxes, fees, tips or supplements. Only Globus Europe 2015 vacations apply. Booking must be made and under deposit between June 17 and September 16, 2014 for travel in 2015. Offer not valid with any other offer except Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit. Not applicable to custom tours. Discount will apply to individual members of groups adding a name and non-refundable per person deposit WITHIN the promo window. Not applicable on TBA space. Applies to new 2015 bookings only. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply. May be withdrawn any time.


ZÜRICH
Welcome dinner; orientation walk of the Old Town; receive a chocolate surprise

VADUZ
Visit the capital of Liechtenstein

LAKE COMO

TÄSCH–ZERMATT–TÄSCH
By mountain train

ZERMATT
Group picture with a St. Bernard dog

BERNE
Guided walking tour, stop at the Bear Park and the Rose Garden; lunch at a working farm

INTERLAKEN
Take pictures of the Jungfrau massif

LUCERNE
Walking tour including the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge; Mount Pilatus excursion including an alphorn demonstration and a souvenir cap; farewell dinner with wine at a local restaurant

Headsets throughout the tour


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)

The Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland Lake Maggiore Stunning view of the beautiful Lake Maggiore Stresa 
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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 Enjoy the beautiful scenery while visiting Berne, 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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Transportation

Motorcoach free with Wi-Fi; mountain trains



Full buffet breakfast; 1 lunch with wine in Berne; 5 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome dinner in Zürich and a farewell dinner at a local restaurant in Lucerne


With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

LUCY GELMI

Years of Experience: 17 years

I was born in the Alps and am looking forward to leading the way into this exciting experience. Enjoy thrilling activities, such as hiking and train rides, or simply sit and admire the overwhelming beauty. The Alps are an experience of the soul, so inhale the sparkling air, enjoy the amazing scenery, and let your senses come alive! My goal is to make sure it is all done at the right pace for each of my passengers.

Four Ways Globus Eliminates the Hassles

VIP Access
Skip the lines and get special treatment at the must-see attractions.

Perfect Hotels
We’ve done the work to find just the right hotels in just the right locations.

Tour Directors
Take your heads out of the guidebook and let expert guides make every destination fascinating.

Transportation
Leave the navigating to us – and just sit back and enjoy the ride.

View Offers

Save 10% per person on 2015 Globus Europe early booking vacations.*

Save 10% per person on 2015 Globus Europe early booking vacations.*

*Book and deposit a 2015 Globus Europe vacation to save 10% per person on the land-only portion of the core tour not including extra night accommodations, extensions, taxes, fees, tips or supplements. Only Globus Europe 2015 vacations apply. Booking must be made and under deposit between June 17 and September 16, 2014 for travel in 2015. Offer not valid with any other offer except Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit. Not applicable to custom tours. Discount will apply to individual members of groups adding a name and non-refundable per person deposit WITHIN the promo window. Not applicable on TBA space. Applies to new 2015 bookings only. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply. May be withdrawn any time.




UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the The Best of Switzerland:

  • Old City of Berne