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Swiss Alpine Experience

Land Tour
12 Days
$14,990 CAD
All inclusive from, per guest, double occ.
Newly Released
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September 26 to October 7, 2024

Land Tour
12 Days
$14,990 CAD
All inclusive from, per guest, double occ.
Newly Released
Current Date Selected

September 26 to October 7, 2024

Journey Highlights

Explore the enchanting Swiss Alps, discovering picturesque Ascona, St Moritz, and Zermatt. Delight in Swiss chocolate and savory cheese, ride The Glacier Express for breathtaking views, and ascend to the ‘Top of Europe’ on the Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch Cog Railway. Wander medieval streets in Lucerne for a charming touch. This Swiss journey goes beyond postcard-perfect, offering an unforgettable experience that redefines travel. Get ready to be captivated by Switzerland’s beauty in every moment.

Embark on this exclusive Journey, tailored for an intimate gathering of just 16 guests. Reserve your spot today!

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 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.

Overnight: Flight
Meals:
Private car home from the Journey to the Nordic Countries
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 International au Lac Lugano
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Lugano City, on Lake Lugano, Switzerland
Day 3

Lago Maggiore

This morning our local guide takes us on a walking tour of Lugano before boarding a boat for a scenic cruise to San Rocco. Here we enjoy lunch before returning to Lugano. We board our coach for a picturesque drive to the gorgeous lakeside paradise of Ascona, known as ‘the pearl’ of Lake Maggiore. Enjoy some free time to 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 were we will have dinner at our hotel.

Overnight: Lugano, Hotel International au Lac Lugano
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 Steffani
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 into 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 La Ginabelle
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 La Ginabelle
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 learn about chocolate. A scenic drive brings us to our hotel.

Overnight: Montreux, Royal Plaza
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 Montreux.

Overnight: Montreux, Royal Plaza
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9

Bern & 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. This afternoon we travel to the capital of Switzerland, Bern where you will have a guided tour and some free time to explore the medieval town.

Overnight: Bern, Hotel Innere Enge
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
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 travelers for a farewell dinner.

Overnight: Lucerne, Hotel Radisson Blu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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.

Private car home from the Journey to the Nordic Countries
Private car home from the Journey to the Nordic Countries
Private car home from the Journey to the Nordic Countries

Signature Inclusions on This Journey

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
  • 1 Glass of Wine or beer included at dinner
  • Round-trip airfare from Toronto with Air Canada
  • “Whisper” radios included for use during excursions
  • All taxes as well as service charges
  • 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 International au Lac Lugano, Lugano

This unique hotel boasts 100 years of family operation and is located on the lake promenade in the centre of Lugano. The Old Town is just around the corner, with numerous shops a stone’s throw away. One of the most renowned hotels of Lugano, it features a unique exhibition of its 100 year history and is listed by ICOMOS / UNESCO jury as a ‘Historic Hotel with Honour’.

Day 4-5

Hotel Steffani, St. Moritz

Located in the heart of St. Moritz, this family-owned hotel has been a cherished establishment for four generations since 1869. Guests are invited to discover the rich history and unique atmosphere while enjoying the complete offerings. The hotel stands as a testament to Engadine’s beauty, captivating visitors with its enchanting ambiance.

Day 5-7

Hotel La Ginabelle, Zermatt

Set against the backdrop of the Alps with a panoramic view of the iconic Matterhorn, this resort invites you to immerse yourself in a holiday surrounded by a breathtaking mountain landscape. Enrich your vacation with unforgettable moments in the embrace of nature’s grandeur.

Day 7-9

Royal Plaza, Montreux

Set against the stunning lakesides of Montreux, the Royal Plaza Montreux offers a unique retreat with panoramic views of Lake Geneva and the Alps.

Experience comfort and ambiance in rooms and suites adorned in classic or contemporary style, each featuring a private balcony or terrace. Bask in breathtaking views of the lake and create unforgettable moments on the lakeside terrace. With amenities such as air conditioning, WiFi, and thoughtful touches, your stay at the Royal Plaza Montreux promises a delightful escape.

Day 9-10

Hotel Innere Enge, Bern

Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of jazz at the Unique Hotel Innere Enge, where the magic of music meets the warmth of friendly staff. Nestled within a sprawling park, our haven offers both tranquility and a central location, providing the perfect escape.

Discover brightly furnished rooms with captivating views of lush greenery. Notably, 15 out of 26 rooms pay homage to jazz legends who graced Marians Jazzroom. Each room features handpicked memorabilia – signed pictures, instruments, sheet music, and personal items – creating a harmonious blend of music and comfort. Welcome to a retreat where every note and view tells a story of artistic brilliance and unmatched relaxation.

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 26 to October 7, 2024

All-Inclusive Fares

Double Occupancy

$14,990

Single Occupancy

$17,490
Prices are per guest in CAD, all taxes included.

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