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The Best of Switzerland (ZG)

8 Day Tour from Zürich to Zürich

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With its stunning mountains, fascinating old towns, beautiful lakes, and long history, Switzerland is the perfect vacation offering something for everyone. On this Best of Switzerland tour, you will experience some of its most beautiful scenery and interesting cities with overnights in Zürich, St. Moritz, Lugano, Zermatt, Lake Geneva, and Lucerne.

No tour to Switzerland is complete without seeing the stunning scenery. You'll enjoy a scenic drive following Lake Zürich and Lake Walen through the high Alps to the tiny Principality of Liechtenstein. You'll also drive into the Swiss Engadine, a valley considered by many as the most beautiful mountain area in the world, with deep-blue lakes, airy larch forests, mountain peaks exceeding 12,000 feet, and quaint villages. Here, enjoy St. Moritz, one of the world's most famous resorts. Other mountain scenery awaits you in Täsch, where you’ll board a mountain train to car-free Zermatt, a picturesque cluster of rustic chalets beneath the famous Matterhorn. If they’re lakes you desire to see, you'll enjoy Lake Como, Lake Maggiore, stunning Lake Geneva, and Lugano, the popular subtropical resort on the shores of Lake Lugano.

You'll also visit some of Switzerland's famous cities, including Zürich, Berne, and Lucerne. Plus, to bring Switzerland to life, Globus has arranged some unique experiences for you. You'll enjoy lunch at a traditional Swiss working farm in Berne. Another true Swiss experience is a trip to the top of Mount Pilatus to enjoy heavenly views and an alphorn demonstration. You'll even get a special souvenir cap to remember this experience! Of course, Switzerland is known for its chocolates, and on this Switzerland tour, you'll taste traditional chocolate pralines.

From stunning scenery and vibrant cities to its special experiences, this Switzerland tour is sure to delight. So grab your camera and get ready for an amazing vacation!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

ZURICH
Welcome dinner; orientation walk of the Old Town; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite taste Sprüngli chocolate pralines
VADUZ
Visit the capital of Liechtenstein
LAKE COMO
Picture stop
SWISS-ITALIAN LAKE DISTRICT
TÄSCH–ZERMATT–TÄSCH
By mountain train
ZERMATT
Group picture
BERNE
Guided sightseeing tour, stop at the Bear Park and enjoy a panoramic view from the Rose Garden; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite lunch at a working farm
INTERLAKEN
Take pictures of the Jungfrau massif
LUCERNE
Walking tour including the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Mount Pilatus excursion including an alphorn demonstration and a souvenir cap; farewell dinner at a local restaurant
Headsets throughout tour

NOTE:

  • On arrival at Zürich Airport, a complimentary transfer by hotel shuttle bus is available

Transportation:

Motorcoach; mountain train. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 special lunch with a drink in Berne; 4 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome dinner in Zürich and a special farewell dinner in Lucerne.

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Zürich, Switzerland

Welcome to Zürich! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel.

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Day 2 Zürich–Vaduz, Liechtenstein–St. Moritz, Switzerland

Enjoy an orientation walk of Zürich’s well-preserved OLD TOWN with its medieval guild houses, and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite taste the traditional CHOCOLATE PRALINES at the famous Sprüngli Confectionery. Next, a scenic drive following Lake Zürich and Lake Walen through the high Alps to the tiny Principality of Liechtenstein. After a break in its capital, Vaduz, ascend the Rhine Valley into the mountainous Grisons, a canton where three of the country’s four languages are spoken. The 7,504-foot Julier Pass, an important Alpine road since Roman times, leads to the Engadine. This valley is considered by many as the most beautiful mountain area in the world, with deep-blue lakes, airy larch forests that turn golden in the fall, mountain peaks exceeding 12,000 feet, and quaint villages with massive white stone houses in the characteristic Grisons style. Afternoon arrival in ritzy St. Moritz.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 3 St. Moritz-Lake Como, Italy-Lugano, Switzerland

A gradual change of scenery as you descend towards the enchanting shores of Italy’s Lake Como and continue on to the southern tip of Switzerland. The vegetation south of the Alps is Mediterranean: chestnut groves, vineyards, and olive and fig trees make you forget that earlier today you were within walking distance of glaciers. Afternoon arrival in the popular subtropical resort town of Lugano allows time for shopping under the arcades of Via Nassa or an espresso on flower-festooned Piazza Riforma. To truly appreciate splendid Lake Lugano, an exciting optional boat ride is available, followed by dinner at a traditional “grotto” restaurant.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 Lugano-Stresa, Italy-Zermatt, Switzerland

From Lake Lugano to the Italian shore of Lake Maggiore for a break in elegant Stresa. An optional boat ride to enchanting Isola Bella can be arranged. Continue over lofty Simplon Pass into the Swiss Valais, an area renowned for its excellent wines and great mountain resorts. To reach the most famous of them, leave the coach behind in Täsch and board a MOUNTAIN TRAIN to climb the last few miles up to car-free Zermatt, a picturesque cluster of rustic chalets beneath the Matterhorn.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 Zermatt-Lake Geneva

A special treat: enjoy a Group Picture with the famous Matterhorn in the background. Then, you can join an exciting optional excursion to Klein Matterhorn for spectacular views of the surrounding Alps. Later, motor through the vineyards and apricot groves of the lower Rhône Valley, and arrive at beautiful Lake Geneva for your overnight stay.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 6 Lake Geneva-Berne-Interlaken-Lucerne

In the stately capital of Berne, your guided tour starts at the BEAR PARK, followed by a panoramic view of the city from the Rose Garden. Next, enjoy a walking tour through the beautifully preserved medieval Old Town. Witness the hourly parade of painted figures at the Clock Tower and take your pictures of ornate, flower-adorned fountains. The highlight of the day is a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite special lunch at a traditional Swiss WORKING FARM, to give you a chance to see how people in Switzerland live in the mountains. Continue to Interlaken and take pictures of the Jungfrau massif with its group of three famous peaks: the Jungfrau, the Mönch, and the Eiger. Over Brünig Pass to picturesque Lucerne. An optional dinner excursion to a folklore party with yodeling is available for a first-hand impression of Alpine merrymaking.

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Day 7 Lucerne

On your walking tour this morning, admire Thorwaldsen’s impressive LION MONUMENT, dedicated to the Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France during the French Revolution, and ornate patrician houses of the walled Old Town, then cross the famous covered CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit church. Afterwards, another true Swiss experience: Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a trip to the top of Mount Pilatus, the “Guard of Lucerne,” where an ALPHORN DEMONSTRATION will be held. And you get a special SOUVENIR CAP to always remember this experience! Tonight, a special farewell dinner with wine awaits you at a local restaurant for a proper auf Wiedersehen.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 8 Lucerne-Zürich Airport

Morning transfer to Zürich Airport in time for homebound flights leaving no earlier than 10 am. Extra nights are available in Zürich, not Lucerne.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

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

Escorting tours for more than 15 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.

Tour Director - LUCY GELMI

 Accommodations

Zurich
St. Moritz
Lugano-Paradiso
Zermatt
Montreux
Lucerne

Zurich

Moevenpick Zurich Airport

Superior First-Class

Moevenpick Zurich Airport Mittelholzerstrasse 8, Glattbrugg,   Switzerland

Mittelholzerstrasse 8
Glattbrugg, Switzerland

Hotel with contemporary design features throughout, 2 kms from Zurich Airport and 10 kms from Zurich city center.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Ice Machine
  • Currency Exchange
  • Concierge desk
  • Business Center

Room Amenities

  • Alarm Clock
  • In-Room Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Voicemail
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Room Service
  • Television
  • Phone
  • Coffee Maker
  • Desk
  • Internet Access

St. Moritz

Laudinella

First-Class

Laudinella Via Tegiatscha 17, St.Moritz,   Switzerland

Via Tegiatscha 17
St.Moritz, Switzerland

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Traditional mountain architecture with lots of woodworks & local grisons style; in center of St Moritz-Bad; near spa & ski slopes.

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Hot Tub
  • Business Center
  • Luggage Storage
  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Spa Services
  • Elevator

Room Amenities

  • Alarm Clock
  • Internet Access
  • Window Opens
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Cable/Satellite
  • In-Room Safe
  • Television
  • Phone

Lugano-Paradiso

De La Paix

First-Class

De La Paix Via Cattori, 18, Lugano-Paradiso,   Switzerland

Via Cattori, 18
Lugano-Paradiso, Switzerland

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Pleasant Hotel situated within 2 minutes' walk of the lake, a 15-minute walk from town center.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Currency Exchange
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Luggage Storage
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi

Room Amenities

  • Television
  • Voicemail
  • Alarm Clock
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Hair Dryer
  • In-Room Safe
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Mini-bar

Zermatt

Pollux

First-Class

Pollux Bahnhofstrasse, 28, Zermatt,   Switzerland

Bahnhofstrasse, 28
Zermatt, Switzerland

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Chalet style hotel with modern comforts and amenities, restaurant, sauna and solarium; located near the Gornergrat station.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Free WiFi
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Hot Tub
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Ice Machine
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Phone
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Window Opens

Walliserhof

First-Class

Walliserhof Bahnhofstrasse, 30, Zermatt,   Switzerland

Bahnhofstrasse, 30
Zermatt, Switzerland

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Traditional Valaisan Chalet-style Hotel with white plaster & natural wood facade accented by red shutters, & wooden balconies.

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Concierge desk
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Currency Exchange
  • Spa Services
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Hot Tub
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator

Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Alarm Clock
  • Desk
  • Television
  • Phone

Montreux

Eurotel Riviera

First-Class

Eurotel Riviera 81 Grand Rue, Montreux,   Switzerland

81 Grand Rue
Montreux, Switzerland

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Hotel set in modern triangular building, situated directly on the lake with views of the Alps; staff is multilingual.

Hotel Amenities

  • Parking/Valet
  • Concierge desk
  • Currency Exchange
  • Business Center
  • Beauty Salon
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Restaurant On-Site

Room Amenities

  • Smoking Rooms
  • Television
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Air Conditioning
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • In-Room Safe
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Alarm Clock
  • Desk
  • Window Opens
  • Mini-bar
  • Room Service

Lucerne

Romantik Hotel Wilden Mann

First-Class

Romantik Hotel Wilden Mann Bahnhofstrasse 30, Luzern 7,  Switzerland

Bahnhofstrasse 30
Luzern 7, Switzerland

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Comprised of 7 historic town houses, this delightful property is an oasis of charm and hospitality snuggled in the picturesque old town of Lucerne. Complimentary coffee/tea making facilities are available in the public area, the spacious lounge is an inviting place to relax and the hotel's two restaurants offer a choice of local specialties and International cuisine.

Hotel Amenities

  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Luggage Storage
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi
  • Concierge desk

Room Amenities

  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Window Opens
  • Mini-bar
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Alarm Clock
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Phone
  • Internet Access
  • Voicemail
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

St. Moritz
Lugano
Stresa
Zermatt
Lucerne

St. Moritz

Pontresina and The Roseg Valley

Pontresina and The Roseg Valley

After a short drive to Pontresina, enter the world renown Roseg Valley, famous for its luxuriant Alpine vegetation. Your horse-drawn carriage ride will take you into untouched Alpine forest through the fragrant swiss pines and larch wood with an amazing view of the glacier.

Approximate value: €49 EUR per person

Lugano

Lugano Lake Cruise and Dinner

Lugano Lake Cruise and Dinner

Embark your private boat for a relaxing cruise on breathtaking Lake Lugano. See the quaint former fishing village of Gandria, and learn about the local traditions and dishes in a typical Swiss grotto surrounded by nature. Also cruise past Campione d'Italia, an Italian enclave on Swiss territory, and the charming church of Madonna dei Ghirli.

Approximate value: €79 EUR per person

Stresa

Excursion to Isola Bella

Excursion to Isola Bella

One of the last privately owned island residences open to visitors. Take a boat ride to the island, enjoy an inside guided tour to the BORROMEO PALACE, its private gardens, terraces and a stroll into a traditional Italian market. A taste of Italian elegance with its romance, art, architecture and history in a Mediterranean setting.

Approximate value: €39 EUR per person

Zermatt

Gornergrat

Gornergrat

Experience incomparable panoramic views. In just 40 minutes by mountain railway, climb 10,132 feet for a magnificent view of Switzerland's loftiest peaks.

Approximate value: €79 EUR per person

Klein Matterhorn

Klein Matterhorn

Take a cable car ride to the top of 12,739-foot-high Klein Matterhorn, the highest sightseeing point in Europe. Enjoy the breathtaking mountain landscape of glaciers and permanent snow.

Approximate value: €89 EUR per person

Lucerne

Swiss Folklore Party and Dinner

Swiss Folklore Party and Dinner

Contrary to belief, not all Swiss can yodel or blow the alphorn, but those you will meet during your folklore dinner party are real experts. They will entertain you with merry melodies on the accordion and traditional dances, while having a 3-course dinner with also a sample of traditional cheese fondue and 1 liter stein of beer (or two glasses of wine or soft drink) to toast your Swiss evening.

Approximate value: €82 EUR per person

Truemmelbach Waterfalls

Truemmelbach Waterfalls

Experience the awesome thunderous roar of the water as it rushes past you inside the mountain: these are the Trümmelbach Falls! They are Europe's largest subterranean water falls and are located in the Lauterbrunnen Valley, often called the valley of 72 waterfalls. Enjoy this special trip into the heart of the nature. An opportunity not to be missed!

Approximate value: €37 EUR per person

 Know Before You Go

These Know Before You Go travel tips are designed with you in mind, with helpful hints to help you prepare for and enjoy your escorted vacation. They are your guide to getting ready and contain general information on travel documentation, customs, and the country/countries you will be visiting, including budgeting, transportation, climate, languages, and much more. With Globus, you benefit from our experience.



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