Swiss Escape (KHAX)

8 Day Tour from Zurich to Lugano

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Your escape to Switzerland begins in the dynamic city of Zürich, where you’ll meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers for a welcome dinner served at your hotel. Your stay in Zürich includes an orientation of the Old Town. Take a scenic drive to lakeside Neuchâtel with its impressive castle and medieval cathedral, time to stroll along its lake promenade. Lake Geneva, situated at the foot of the Alps, is your spectacular base for 2 nights.

Your Swiss Escape includes a visit to the stately capital of Berne. Enjoy a guided tour of the city to see Bear Park, a panoramic view from the Rose Garden, the Old Town’s Clock Tower with its painted figures, and the flowered-adorned fountains. In lovely Lucerne, be captivated by the Lion Monument, dedicated to the fallen Swiss Guards of the French Revolution, as well as the ornate patrician houses of the Old Town. Cross the famous covered Chapel Bridge to Lucerne’s Jesuit church. Drive through the magnificent Swiss Alps via the famous St. Gotthard tunnel to the Italian-speaking area of Switzerland, home to the lakeside town of Lugano. Enjoy a full day to relax or explore this beautiful setting, before a farewell dinner on your last night in Switzerland. The wonderful memories of your Swiss Escape are made all the sweeter by the absence of high-season crowds on your stunning Switzerland escorted vacation.

Headsets throughout the tour.
Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
Single supplement waived for 2020/2021 Globus Escapes Europe vacations.*
Swiss Escape map
Escapes by Globus

 Photo Highlights

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Old City of Berne

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 3 three-course dinners including dinner at a local restaurant in Lucerne


Notes:

  • Hotels listed may occasionally be substituted with alternative hotels of equivalent standard.

 Itinerary

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

Day 1 ARRIVE IN ZURICH, SWITZERLAND

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

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Day 2 ZURICH–NEUCHÂTEL–LAKE GENEVA

Walk through Zurich’s OLD TOWN, Switzerland’s center of banking and commerce, before departing on your Swiss adventure. You’ll quickly discover that Switzerland isn’t just home to the Alps, but also to some of the world’s most beautiful lakes. Enjoy a scenic drive to lakeside Neuchâtel, dominated by the medieval cathedral and castle. Time to stroll along the lake promenade before continuing to your overnight destination.
Today’s Distance: 174 mi / 280 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 LAKE GENEVA

This morning, a guided visit to the nearby CHILLON CASTLE is included. Beautifully located on the banks of Lake Geneva, the castle was used as a residence and toll station by the Counts of Savoy from the 12th to the 16th century. Spend the afternoon and evening at leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 LAKE GENEVA–BERNE–LUCERNE

Arrive in the stately capital of Berne. Your guided tour starts with a stop at the BEAR PARK, symbol for the name of the town, followed by a panoramic view of the city from the Rose Garden. Walk through the beautifully preserved medieval Old Town, witness the hourly parade of painted figures at the Clock Tower, and marvel at the ornate, flower-adorned fountains. Leave the Berner Oberland and drive to picturesque Lucerne.
Today’s Distance: 155 mi / 250 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 LUCERNE

During your orientation walk, be captivated by Thorwaldsen’s impressive LION MONUMENT, dedicated to the Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France during the French Revolution. See the ornate patrician houses of the walled Old Town, then cross the famous covered CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit church. A breathtaking optional excursion is available to one of Lucerne’s mountains. This evening, enjoy dinner with regional specialties at a local restaurant.

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Day 6 LUCERNE–LUGANO

A spectacular drive straight through the Swiss Alps brings you via the famous St. Gotthard tunnel to the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland, and to elegant Lugano. Later, why not sign up for an optional excursion to make the most out of your stay?
Today’s Distance: 112 mi / 180 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 LUGANO

A full day at leisure gives you the chance to explore more of the local area. Join an optional excursion to visit the UNESCO protected Castles of Bellinzona. Tonight, a farewell dinner will be served at your hotel to celebrate your Swiss Escape.

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Day 8 LUGANO

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (The nearest airport is Milan, Italy.)

Breakfast Breakfast


Transportation:

Motorcoach

 Accommodations

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Montreux
Lucerne
Lugano

Montreux

Lavaux Wine Tasting

Lavaux Wine Tasting

Experience the magic of Switzerland's second-largest wine-growing canton on this incredible visit to the UNESCO-protected terraced vineyards of Lavaux for wine tasting with a view!

Price Range: $$

Lunch in Gruyères & Chocolate Experience

Lunch in Gruyères & Chocolate Experience

The only thing more inspiring than Switzerland's stunning scenery is its food! Visit medieval Gruyères for a lunch of Swiss delicacies, then visit the Maison Cailler chocolaterie for a memorable tour and chocolate tasting!

Price Range: $$

Lucerne

Mount Pilatus

Mount Pilatus

Grab your camera and prepare for indescribable panoramic views on this thrilling ascent up Mount Pilatus.

Price Range: $$

Lugano

Lake Lugano Cruise with Meal

Lake Lugano Cruise with Meal

Embark your private boat for a relaxing cruise on breathtaking Lake Lugano and learn about the local traditions and dishes for dinner.

Price Range: $$$

Castles of Bellinzona with Lunch and Enchanting Como

Castles of Bellinzona with Lunch and Enchanting Como

Switzerland, Italy -- Italy, Switzerland. You'll have a tough time deciding which country you love best on this exceptional day trip featuring the fairytale castles of Bellinzona and the sparkling lake and lovely Old Town of Como.

Price Range: $$



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