The Best of Switzerland (ZG)

8 Day Tour from Zürich to Zürich

2020 Tour Details

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, experience some of its most beautiful scenery and interesting cities, with overnights in Zurich, St. Moritz, Lugano, Zermatt, the Lake Geneva area, and Lucerne.

No tour to Switzerland is complete without seeing the stunning scenery. Enjoy a scenic drive following Lake Zurich and Lake Walen through the high Alps to the tiny Principality of Liechtenstein. Drive into the Swiss Engadine, a valley considered by many to be 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, spend an overnight in 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. This tour is not short of lakes either! Enjoy the Italian shores of Lake Como and Lake Maggiore, stunning Lake Geneva, and Lugano, the elegant town on the shores of homonymous lake.

Visit some of Switzerland's famous cities, including Zurich, Berne, and Lucerne. Plus, to bring Switzerland to life, Globus has arranged some unique experiences for you such as a special lunch at a traditional Swiss working farm near Berne. Another true Swiss experience is a trip to the top of Mount Pilatus to enjoy heavenly views, and a special souvenir cap to remember this experience! Of course, Switzerland is known for its chocolates, and on this Switzerland tour, a traditional chocolate pralines tasting at a famous confectionery is included.

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
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.
Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

Notes:

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

Transportation:

Motorcoach; mountain train.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 special lunch; 4 three-course dinners

 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

Discover Zurich’s well-preserved OLD TOWN with its medieval guild houses during your orientation walk, and stop at Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite the famous Sprüngli Confectionery to taste the traditional CHOCOLATE PRALINES. A scenic drive following Lake Zurich and Lake Walen into the high Alps leads you to the tiny Principality of Liechtenstein, clutched between Switzerland and Austria, with a surface of just 62 square miles. Stop in the capital, Vaduz, and take pictures of the castle, the official residence of the prince, overlooking the town. Return to Switzerland, and 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. This afternoon, arrive in St. Moritz, the elegant resort that hosted the two Winter Olympics.
Today’s Distance: 137 mi / 220 km

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Day 3 ST. MORITZ–LAKE COMO, ITALY–LUGANO, SWITZERLAND

Take in a gradual change of scenery as you descend towards the enchanting shores of Italy’s Lake Como and on to the southern tip of Switzerland. The vegetation south of the Alps is Mediterranean: chestnut groves, vineyards, and olive and fig trees are a stark contrast to earlier today as you were within walking distance of glaciers. Afternoon arrival in the popular town of Lugano allows time for shopping under the arcades of Via Nassa or sipping an espresso on flower-festooned Piazza Riforma. To truly appreciate splendid Lake Lugano, an optional boat ride is available, followed by dinner at a traditional “grotto” restaurant.
Today’s Distance: 87 mi / 140 km

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

Depart from Lake Lugano to the Italian shore of Lake Maggiore for a break in Stresa, the “Pearl of the Lake.” 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.
Today’s Distance: 165 mi / 265 km

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Day 5 ZERMATT–LAKE GENEVA

This morning, you can join an optional excursion to Klein Matterhorn for spectacular views of the surrounding Alps. Later, drive through the vineyards and apricot groves of the lower Rhône Valley, and arrive at beautiful Lake Geneva.
Today’s Distance: 93 mi / 150 km

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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. See life in rural Switzerland and look forward to a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite special lunch at a traditional Swiss WORKING FARM. Cross the Brünig Pass that connects the Bernese Oberland to central Switzerland and arrive in picturesque Lucerne. An optional dinner excursion to a folklore party is complete with yodeling for classic Alpine merrymaking.
Today’s Distance: 162 mi / 260 km

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Day 7 LUCERNE

Follow your Tour Director for a pleasant walk and admire Thorwaldsen’s impressive LION MONUMENT, dedicated to the Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France during the French Revolution. Walk along ornate patrician houses of the walled Old Town, then cross the famous covered CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit Church, the first large baroque church built in Switzerland on the north side of the Alps. Afterward, another true Swiss experience: Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a trip to the top of Mount Pilatus, the “Guard of Lucerne,” where you receive a special SOUVENIR CAP to always remember this experience! Tonight, a farewell dinner awaits 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.
Today’s Distance: 34 mi / 55 km

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 Tour Director

With GLOBUS, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of a Tour Director. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are 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

 Optional Excursions

 Private Touring

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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.

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6 guests in a party: $1,896*
18 guests in a party: $339*

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* 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 2019 travel year. 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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