The Swiss Alpine Express travelling across a birdge during a rail

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Swiss Alpine Adventure

Land Tour
12 Days
$11,990 CAD
All inclusive from, per guest, double occ.
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September 22 to October 3, 2022

Land Tour
12 Days
$11,990 CAD
All inclusive from, per guest, double occ.
New Journey
Current Date Selected

September 22 to October 3, 2022

Journey Highlights

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 Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch Cog Railway and stroll along the magnificent medieval streets in Lucerne. This is an extensive adventure that is sure to put all postcards to shame.

Image: Map of the Swiss Alpine Adventure Journey
Image: The Glacier Express travelling on a bridge in Switzerland

Glacier Express

Glacier Express

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, it is sheer pleasure for your eyes.

Image: The Matterhorn in switzerland with a cloud, and surrounded by green trees and rolling hills

Matterhorn

Matterhorn

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.

Image: Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch Cog Railway

The ‘Top of Europe’

The ‘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.

Image: A man surveys the Swiss cheese in a swiss cheese factory in Switerzerland

Cheese, Chocolates & Timepieces

Cheese, Chocolates & Timepieces

Learn about Swiss chocolate, cheese and Omega watches during expertly guided tours. We travel to Maison du Gruyère, and the fabled Emmental and its cheese factory for cheese tastings and to Broc to the Maison Cailler to learn about decadent Swiss chocolate. It is in Switzerland ‘watch capital,’ Biel, that we tour the impressive Omega Watch Factory.

As for Switzerland, what a beautiful, beautiful country! Clean, safe, friendly, fabulous scenery…the trains were just amazing…And the group…the group was fabulous. It really was a perfect trip, perfect pace, interesting, fascinating & relaxing.

— Mrs. Mugridge – Calgary, AB
Jill Butler - Trip Planning Expert
Jill Butler,
Trip Planning Expert

“Switzerland was on the top of the list of destinations our guests want 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.

Journey Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1

Depart for Milan, 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 checkin. 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.

Overnight: Flight
Meals:
Private car ride to and from the airport to begin your Journey
Day 2

Welcome to Milan

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.

Overnight: Lugano, Hotel Admiral
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Lugano City, on Lake Lugano, Switzerland
Day 3

Lago Maggiore

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 following a scenic drive along the Monte Ceneri mountain pass.

Overnight: Lugano, Hotel Admiral
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Colourful boats on the lake in Ascona, Switzerland
Day 4

St. Moritz

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.

Overnight: St. Moritz, Hotel San Gian
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
View lakeside in St. Moritz, Switzerland
Day 5

The Glacier Express

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.

Overnight: Zermatt, Hotel Sonne
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The Glacier Express travelling on a bridge in Switzerland
DAY 6

Zermatt & Matterhorn

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 train ride 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!

Overnight: Zermatt, Hotel Sonne
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Gornergrat look out over the Matterhorn in Switzerland
Day 7

Cheese, Chocolate & Montreux

This morning we walk to the train station and travel from Zermatt to Täsch where our coach will be waiting. We travel north through the Matter Valley towards the charming old town of Visp, one of the sunniest spots in Switzerland. Continue, through the countryside and through Pfyn-Finges nature park, Sion and Martigny. We follow the Rhone River to Aigle and pass vineyards until we get 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 lean about chocolate. A scenic drive brings us to our hotel.

Overnight: Montreux, Hotel Suisse Majestic
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
hateau de Chillon in Montreux on Lake Geneva
Day 8

Chillon Castle, Lausanne & Geneva

Today we will have a guided tour of Chillon Castle in the morning. The water castle is the most visited historic building in Switzerland. For nearly four centuries Chillon was the residence and profitable toll station of the Counts of Savoy. We continue to Geneva, the international capital of Switzerland, where you can see the beautiful parks along the lake, the old town with its cathedral, the unique town hall and the European seat of the United Nations. Enjoy lunch at the Olympic city of Lausanne before returning to Montreaux.

Overnight: Montreux, Hotel Suisse Majestic
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Swiss choclate being made in Lausanne, Switzerland
Day 9

Bern, Emmental & The Omega Watch Factory

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.

Overnight: Bern, Hotel Swissôtel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Bridge and nice houses in Bern, Switzerland
Day 10

The ‘Top of Europe’

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.

Overnight: Lucerne, Hotel Radisson Blu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Jungfraujoch, the ‘Top of Europe’, Switzerland
Day 11

Lucerne & Vineyards

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 pedestrians bridge is decorated with pictures representing Lucerne’s history. Take a cruise on Lake Lucerne before continuing to the county side to wander in its vineyards and to taste its wine. We enjoy a typical Swiss lunch today. This evening join your fellow travellers for a farewell dinner.

Overnight: Lucerne, Hotel Radisson Blu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Covered bridge in the city of Lucern, Seitzerland
Day 12

Return Home

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)

Private car ride to and from the airport to begin your Journey
Private car ride to and from the airport to begin your Journey
Private car ride to and from the airport to begin your Journey

The Explore
With Confidence Plan

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Signature Inclusions on This Journey

THE JOURNEYS DIFFERENCE

In addition to our essentials, your Journey includes our following Signature Inclusions:

24/7 Professional Journey Manager
  • Will travel with you and handle every detail
  • In addition to knowledgeable
    local guides

 

Private Car Pick-up Service
  • Within a 200-kilometre radius of the airport, let your Journey begin in elegant comfort

 

Generous Tips & Gratuities
  • For the porters, local guides, hotel staff & many more, paid by us on your behalf

 

Memorable Excursions
  • Excursions crafted by our team
  • All sightseeing & entrance fees included

 

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

Hotels

Day 2-4

Hotel Admiral, Lugano

Hotel Admiral Lugano is set in a small town with a very “heavenly” name, Paradiso, which translates exactly as “Heaven”, a short walk from the beautiful shores of Lugano Lake and the funicular railway station of Mount San Salvatore, surrounded by the beautiful nature of Ticino.

Hotel International au Lac, Lugano - Meal
Day 4-5

Hotel San Gian, St. Moritz

In direct proximity to the Signal cable car of St. Moritz, you are in the thick of the action – and yet, this is a place of cosiness and tranquillity. The Hotel San Gian combines charm, coziness, and elegance. It has large and luxurious rooms, a modern spa and two restaurants with outstanding cuisine.

Day 5-7

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 Sonne Zermatt - room
Hotel Sonne Zermatt - Exterior
Hotel Sonne Zermatt - pool
Day 7-9

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 Suisse Majestic, Montreux - Guest Suite
Hotel Suisse Majestic, Montreux - Lobby
Hotel Suisse Majestic, Montreux - Lounge
Hotel Suisse Majestic, Montreux - Resturant
Day 9-10

Hotel Swissôtel, Bern

Swissotel Bern lies in the city centre, with a gorgeous view of the Alps and the historic, UNESCO World Heritage old town – which is just across the bridge (5 walking minutes). Its the ideal starting point for exploring picturesque medieval alleys and squares full of culture, lined with many small galleries, specialty shops and gastronomic gems.

Day 10-12

Hotel Radisson Blu, Lucerne

Trendy designer city hotel for leisure stays, next to the central railway station and Culture and Convention Centre with a view of Lake Lucerne and Central Switzerland’s mountain panorama. The designer hotel was opened in 2006 and is part of the “Lakefront Center” designed by Rüssli Architects. The fully glazed façade lends a dash of colour to the city’s profile.

September 22 to October 3, 2022

All-Inclusive Fares

Double Occupancy

$11,990

Single Occupancy

$16,390
Prices are per guest in CAD, all taxes included.

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