Swiss Alpine Adventure
September 19 to 30, 2021
Venture into the soaring Alps of Switzerland. Captivated by the picturesque landscapes, Journey through Ascona, St Moritz and Zermatt. Dabble in Swiss chocolate and savoury Swiss cheese. Embark on a mesmerizing railway adventure aboard The Glacier Express and reach the ‘Top of Europe’ aboard the Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch Cog Railway and stroll along the magnificent medieval streets in Lucerne. This is an adventure that is sure to put all postcards to shame.
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Embark on a truly indescribable Journey aboard the Glacier Express. As you travel the entire length of the railway, admire the views of snow-covered Alpine peaks, roaring streams, lush meadows, and picturesque villages. Travelling along the Rhine River while snaking through 91 tunnels, across 291 bridges, over the Oberalp Pass and past the Landwasser Viaduct.
Towering 4,478 meters across the skyline, the iconic and hypnotizing Matterhorn calls like a siren pulling you towards her majestic beauty. Embrace the magnificent grandeur of the famous Matterhorn as we climb aboard the cogwheel train for the best view from Gornergrat. The incredibly scenic landscapes of the monstrous Alps follow us at every turn throughout our Journey.
What a beautiful, beautiful country! Clean, safe, friendly, fabulous scenery…the trains were just amazing… It really was a perfect trip.
‘Top of Europe,’
‘Top of Europe,’
Venture to the ‘Top of Europe’ aboard the ultimate rail Journey. Climbing 3,454 metres above sea level on the Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch Cog Railway. Step out and feel the icy air on your skin and snow crunching beneath your feet as we explore the spectacular Ice Palace. Marvel at the breathtaking views while standing on the Jungfraujoch.
Cheese, Chocolates & Timepieces
Cheese, Chocolates & Timepieces
Discover Swiss price during expertly guided tours. We travel to Maison du Gruyère, and the fabled Emmental for cheese tastings. In Broc we learn about decadent Swiss chocolate and in Biel, discover the impressive Omega Watch Factory.
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“Switzerland was on the top of the list of destinations our guests wanted to travel to when surveyed. The country is home to shimmering lakes, picturesque mountains, tiny walled medieval towns, soaring peaks, endless green fields, delicious chocolate, incredible beer, and friendly, welcoming people.
Switzerland is a melting pot of cultures, sharing borders with France, Germany, Italy, and Austria. For that reason we wanted you to be able to experience several different regions of the country during one Journey.
DEPART FOR MILAN, ITALY
Enjoy a private car ride to the airport. Guests departing from the Toronto airport are assisted with their check-in. Meet your Journey Manager and fellow travellers, and board your flight to Italy.
Start your Journey with us by enjoying a private car pick up service from your home. Upon arrival at the airport, guests departing from the Toronto airport are assisted with their check-in. Meet your Journey Manager and fellow guests, and board your flights to Milan. Our Journey Manager travels with you to take care of all the details, allowing you to embrace your Journey.
Upon our arrival in Milan, we are transferred by private coach to Lugano, Switzerland, where we are greeted by our local guide. After lunch, the day is at your leisure to relax or explore. Tonight, join us for a casual welcome dinner. (L,D)
Hotel International, Lugano (2 nights)
Upon our arrival in Milan, we are transferred by private coach along the snowy peaks of the Italian Alps and across the Swiss border of Lugano, known as the “Monte Carlo” of Switzerland. We are greeted by our local guide who will be with us the entire Journey. After lunch, the day is at your leisure to relax or explore. Tonight, join us for a casual welcome dinner.
We head to the gorgeous lakeside paradise of Ascona for a walking tour and pleasant lunch. We return to Lugano following a scenic drive along the Monte Ceneri mountain pass. (B,L,D)
This morning we head out for a scenic drive to the gorgeous lakeside paradise of Ascona, known as ‘the pearl’ of Lake Maggiore. Following lunch, we stroll through the avenues of one of the most beautiful places in Switzerland, lined with breezy palm trees and pastel homes. We return to Lugano via Monte Ceneri where this evening, we enjoy a lovely dinner cruise along Lago di Lugano.
Enjoy a scenic drive through the San Bernardino Pass, Mala, Julier Pass and Engadin before arriving in glorious St. Moritz. Enjoy lunch at the hotel followed by a cable car ride to Piz Nair for spectacular views of St. Moritz, Pontresina, and Celerina. This evening join your fellow travellers for dinner at our hotel. (B,L,D) Hotel Schweizerhof, St. Moritz (1 night)
Garnering the attention of celebrities and royals alike, St. Moritz is a shimmering alpine town with emerald forests, frosty mountains and a glistening turquoise lake. Relish in a scenic drive to St. Moritz through the mountainous villages of San Bernardino Pass, Mala, Julier Pass and Engadin with breathtaking views of the Alps at every bend. After arriving at our hotel and enjoying a delicious lunch, we take a cable car to Piz Nair to admire the snow-covered slopes of St. Moritz, Pontresina, and Celerina sparkling in the sun. Dinner this evening is served at our hotel.
THE GLACIER EXPRESS
A day to remember, today we board the world-famous Glacier Express on a first-class rail Journey to Zermatt. Indulge in lunch onboard while admiring the spectacular scenery before arriving in Zermatt later this afternoon. A short walk brings us to our hotel. (B,L,D) Hotel Sonne, Zermatt (2 nights)
A day to remember, today we board the world-famous Glacier Express on a first-class rail Journey to Zermatt. Settle in to the Panoramic Car and drink in the spectacular scenery of snowy mountains reaching above the valleys, grassy slopes and charming villages. The seven-hour trek carries us along the Rhine River while snaking through 91 tunnels, across 291 bridges, and over the Oberalp Pass at its highest altitude of 2,044 metres. The Journey’s signature structure, the Landwasser Viaduct, is one of the most photographed bridges in Europe due to its enormous yet delicate beauty. Indulge in lunch on board before arriving in Zermatt later this afternoon. A short walk brings us to our hotel.
ZERMATT & MATTERHORN
Enjoy a day at your leisure to relax and explore Zermatt, or join us on a scenic train ride from Zermatt to Gornergrat to catch the best view of the iconic Matterhorn and the surrounding Alpine vista. (B,D)
A blissful mountain village nestled in the Swiss Alps, Zermatt is a cozy town lying beneath a majestic mountain. Towering 4,478 meters across the skyline, the iconic and hypnotizing Matterhorn calls like a siren pulling you towards her majestic beauty. Enjoy a day at your leisure or join us on a scenic drive from Zermatt to Gornergrat to catch the best view of the iconic Matterhorn mountain and the surrounding Alpine vista. Grab your camera for the perfect postcard shot!
MONTREUX & CHÂTEAU DE CHILLON
Today following a short train ride and from Zermatt to Täsch, we board our coach and travel towards the charming old town of Visp through Pfyn-Finges nature park, Sion and Martigny. We follow the Rhone River to Aigle until we get to Lake Geneva and the magnetic town of Montreux where we pay a visit to the gorgeous Chateau de Chillon. (B,L,D)
Hotel Suisse Majestic, Montreux (2 nights)
Tucked away on Lake Geneva’s shores and encircled by the magical Alps, today travel to the magnetic town of Montreux. Towards the charming old town of Visp, one of the sunniest spots in Switzerland and through Pfyn-Finges nature park, Sion and Martigny, we follow the Rhone River to Aigle and pass vineyards until we get to Lake Geneva. We pay a visit to the gorgeous Chateau de Chillon jutting over the lake on a craggy rock bed. The epitome of medieval romance, we explore the hauntingly beautiful interiors and medieval murals and even the Gothic dungeons referenced by Lord Byron in his poem ‘The Prisoner of Chillon.’ We then return to Zermatt and enjoy dinner at our hotel.
CHEESE & CHOCOLATE
Tempting smells of Swiss delicacies swirl through the air as we come upon Maison du Gruyère for a cheese tasting and then continue to Broc to the Maison Cailler to learn about the fame chocolate house. (B,L,D)
Today we travel to the medieval town of Gruyère. According to legend, Gruyères was founded in 400 B.C. by the Vandal King Gruerius. He saw a crane (“grue” in French) flying across the crimson evening sky and decided to build his town on that very spot. We learn the secrets of cheese making at the Maison du Gruyère cheese factory and then continue to Broc to the Maison Cailler to learn about chocolate.
BERN, EMMENTAL & THE OMEGA WATCH FACTORY
A scenic drive through the soothing country roads brings us to Biel where we tour the impressive Omega Watch Factory, followed a cheese tasting in Emmental. This afternoon we travel to Bern, where you can enjoy the afternoon at your leisure (B,L,D) Hotel Bristol, Bern (1 night)
A scenic drive through the soothing country roads brings us to Biel. Known as the ‘watch capital,’ we tour the impressive Omega Watch Factory. Here we venture into a high-tech facility where innovative watchmaking intersects with tradition. No trip to Switzerland would be complete with out visiting Emmental and its cheese factory. We learn about the cheese making process and get to sample some of the delicious swiss cheese. This afternoon we travel to the capital of Switzerland, Bern where you can enjoy the afternoon at your leisure exploring the medieval town. (B,L,D)
TRAIN RIDE TO JUNGFRAUJOCH, THE ‘TOP OF EUROPE’
Aboard the ultimate rail Journey, we climb 3,454 metres into the Alps to the Jungfraujoch, the ‘Top of Europe’ and visit the spectacular frosty Ice Palace. (B,L,D) Hotel Flora, Lucerne (2 nights)
Aboard the ultimate rail Journey, we climb 3,454 metres into the Alps to the Jungfraujoch, the ‘Top of Europe.’ Europe’s highest-altitude railway station from here, marvel at a high alpine world of ice and snow. Visiting the Ice Palace, we tour through a frosty world with each nook and cranny filled with mirror-smooth treasures. We travel by coach on a mesmerizing trail to Lauterbrunnen and through the scenic vistas of Lucerne where we check into our hotel and enjoy dinner.
LUCERNE & EINSIEDELN SKI JUMPS
Enjoy your last day as we explore the marvellously medieval city of Lucerne, and its famous 14th-century Chapel Bridge. We then savour a cruise on Lake Lucerne before continuing to Einsiedeln to see the Einsiedeln jumps, and learn about the history of ski jumping. This evening join your fellow travellers for a farewell dinner. (B,L,D)
Lucerne is best-known for the wooden bridge spanning the river to connect the city. The most famous and world’s oldest one is the Chapel Bridge dating back to the 14th century. This pedestrian bridge is decorated with pictures representing Lucerne’s history.
We take a cruise on Lake Lucerne before continuing to Einsiedeln to see the Einsiedeln jumps, which are a feature of the townscape. The four summer jumps on the edge of the village are used for training, competitions, events and guided tours. Two of the jumps are named after the Swiss ski jumpers Andreas Küttel and Simon Ammann. Learn about the history of ski jumping and the development of the Einsiedeln ski jumps. We enjoy a typical Swiss lunch before returning to Lucerne. This evening join your fellow travellers for a farewell dinner.
Today we wave “auf wiedersehen” to our new Swiss friends and make our way to the airport for our flight home. Enjoy a private car to your home upon arrival. (B)
With Confidence Plan
Following the COVID-19 pandemic, your safety and comfort during any Journey with us is our top priority. Learn about how we are taking your safety seriously.
In addition to our essentials, your Journey includes our following Signature Inclusions:
24/7 Professional Journey Manager
- Will travel with you from Canada and handle every detail
- In addition to knowledgeable local guides
Memorable Private Excursions
- Private excursions crafted by our team
- All sightseeing & entrance fees included
Private Car Pick-up Service
- Within a 200-kilometre radius, let your Journey begin in elegant comfort with a private chauffeured car to the airport
Generous Tips & Gratuities
- For the porters, local guides, hotel staff & many more, paid by us on your behalf
Our essentials included with your Journey:
- 10 nights in outstanding hotels
- Most meals included: 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners
- Round-trip airfare from Toronto with Air Canada
- “Whisper” radios included for use during excursions
- All taxes as well as service charges
- Flights from select Canadian gateways for only $100
- Other gateways & travel classes available
- Porterage for one piece of luggage per person
- Complete information & assistance leading up to your departure
- Branded overnight carry-on or backpack
Hotel International au Lac, Lugano
Overlooking the lakefront promenade, Hotel International au Lac is uniquely located in the town’s old centre. The traditional and elegantly furnished hotel includes a lovely garden, an outdoor pool and an exhibition about its 100-year history.
Hotel Schweizerhof, St. Moritz
Dating from 1897, this upscale art nouveau style hotel and annex overlooking the Engadine mountains is a 12-minute walk from Lake St. Moritz. All rooms have a spectacular view of the Piz Corviglia mountain and the village. The roof-top relaxation area of the Schweizerhof features a sauna and a steam bath.
Hotel Sonne, Zermatt
Set at the foot of the Pennine Alps and offering views of the Matterhorn, this hotel has been run by three generations of the Forster family. Their attention to detail is evident in the care they take to maintain the garden, or deliver relaxing services in their day and roman spas. Guest rooms feature warm wood tones and plush, inviting bedding.
Hotel Suisse Majestic, Montreux
In a landmark Belle Epoque building across the street from Lake Geneva, this elegant hotel has a chic restaurant with lake views and patio dining, plus a stylish bar and a lounge. A spa area offers a sauna, a steam room and a gym.
Hotel Bristol, Bern
This polished hotel in a stately stone building is 5 minutes’ walk from bustling Marktgasse through Old Town and an 8-minute walk from Einsteinhaus, the museum at Albert Einstein’s former home. Featuring modern furnishings, the minimalist-chic rooms come with free Wi-Fi, cable TV and desks.
Hotel Flora, Lucerne
Offering views of the Alps, this upscale, contemporary hotel is a 3-minute walk from the 14th-century Kapellbrücke bridge. Modern rooms with vivid accents feature free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Swiss originality with urban flair: natural materials such as wood and leather meet fresh colours and modern, minimalist design.