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 guided 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 the Italian shores of Lake Como and 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 a special 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, you'll also 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 escorted 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
BERNE
Guided walking 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
LUCERNE
Walking tour including the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Mount Pilatus excursion including a souvenir cap; farewell dinner

Headsets throughout tour.

Notes:

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

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

  • Old City of Berne

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; 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, 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–VADUZ, LIECHTENSTEIN–ST. MORITZ, SWITZERLAND

Enjoy an orientation walk of Zurich’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 Zurich 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.

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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.

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Day 4 LUGANO–STRESA, ITALY–TÄSCH, SWITZERLAND–ZERMATT

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.

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Day 5 ZERMATT–LAKE GENEVA

This morning, 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.

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Day 6 LAKE GENEVA–BERNE–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 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 live in rural Switzerland. Over Brünig Pass to picturesque Lucerne. An optional dinner excursion is available to a folklore party with yodeling 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 you get a special SOUVENIR CAP to always remember this experience! Tonight, a special farewell dinner awaits you at your hotel for a proper auf Wiedersehen.

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Day 8 LUCERNE–ZURICH AIRPORT

Morning transfer to Zurich Airport in time for homebound flights leaving no earlier than 10 am. Extra nights are available in Zurich.

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 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 20 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
Zermatt
Lake Geneva
Lucerne

 Optional Excursions

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).

Price Ranges

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


St. Moritz
Lugano
Stresa
Zermatt
Lucerne

St. Moritz

Pontresina and the Roseg Valley

Pontresina and the Roseg Valley

Enjoy the world renown Roseg Valley.

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 in a typical Swiss grotto surrounded by nature.

Price Range: $$

Stresa

Boat Trip to Isola Bella

Boat Trip to Isola Bella

Explore one of the last privately owned islands open to visitors.

Price Range: $$

Zermatt

Matterhorn Glacier Paradise

Matterhorn Glacier Paradise

Enjoy the fantastic view from the highest sightseeing point in Europe, Klein Matterhorn!

Price Range: $$$

Lucerne

Swiss Folklore

Swiss Folklore

Raise a glass and toast an unforgettable evening of traditional entertainment during this excursion featuring a 3-course feast of local specialties, alphorns, yodeling, and festive Swiss music and dancing.

Price Range: $$

 Private Touring

Private Touring: Globus European Private Touring enables you to experience all of the attractions, sights and highlights of your selected Globus tour as a private experience - delivered just for you and your traveling party. With Private Touring, you'll have your own dedicated Tour Director, your own private transportation and driver, and your own professional local guides. All with greater flexibility in pace and your experience.

For your selected tour, there will be additional per-person cost for the size of your party - from 1 to 24. This additional supplement is reduced with each traveler you add to your party.

Here's a sample of the additional cost:

6 guests in a party: $2,294*
12 guests in a party: $957*

Contact Globus or your preferred travel agent for pricing for your specific party size as well as any other information on Globus Private Touring.

* Supplement pricing is per person (USD) and will be added to the standard published price for your given departure date and is based on availability. Supplement price is valid for both 2018 and 2019 travel years unless tour will no longer be offered in 2019. Occasionally some included and optional activities & excursions may be operated with other guests. Additional restrictions may apply. Not applicable for custom groups. No Group allowances or promotions are available on Private Touring. Published itineraries only. Note that blackout dates may exist where the Private Touring option is not available.

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