‘SWISS CHARMING TOUR’ - ZC04Z

ZURICH - ZURICH, 4 DAYS

 Departs Mondays, April 28 - Oct 13, 2014

$1598  per person
$205 single room suppliment
       

DEPARTURE:

Swissôtel Zurich - Hotel International, Am Marktplatz, 8050 Zurich

Check-in at the Hospitality Desk starts at  8.00 AM          

ITINERARY:

Day 1         ZURICH - LUCERNE - MT. TITLIS - INTERLAKEN              MONDAY

We leave Zurich at 8.30 a.m. A short drive takes us to the city of Lucerne where we visit the Lion Monument and walk over the 14th century wooden bridge, time at leisure for shopping and sightseeing. At noon we proceed to the mountain resort of Engelberg. A cable car ride to the summit of Mount Titlis brings you up into the high alpine region with its glaciers and eternal ice enjoy a magnificent ride in the world's innovative revolving 'ROTAIR' gondola. (Take a warm sweater along). In the afternoon we cross Brunig Pass to the Bernese Oberland and reach the village Brienz, where we will see woodcarvers at work. We continue to the holiday resort of Interlaken at the foot of Jungfrau mountain.

Overnight at first class hotel - dinner is on your own.

Day 2       INTERLAKEN - BERNE - GRUYERES - GENEVA               TUESDAY

We leave Interlaken in the morning and drive along beautiful Lake of Thun to the Swiss capital, Berne. The city  is attractively set on a steepsided curve of the River Aare and backed by the majestic Alps. A city tour to the Old Town includes the Clock Tower, Kramgasse, and the 15th century Cathedral of St. Vincent. A drive south takes us to the scenic dairy farmlands, to Gruyeres. A beautiful hilltop town, preserved against time, which could be the magical setting for fairytales with its impressive, medieval  Castle. An informative visit to a factory of delicious milk product is a further highlight of our day. We continue our drive to the Vaud Riviera and reach Geneva, the most cosmopolitan city of  Switzerland.

Overnight at first class hotel - dinner on your own.

Day 3      Geneva - Montreux - Zermatt              Wednesday

We start with a city-tour of Geneva this morning. We will show you the beautiful  parks along the lake, the old town with its cathedral, the unique town-hall and the European seat of the United Nations. In the late morning we leave Geneva and drive to Lausanne and Montreux. We pass by Chillon Castle, the 13th century fortress made famous by Lord Byron's poem. Time for lunch in Montreux. In the afternoon we proceed through the Valais, the valley of the river Rhone with its orchards and vineyards. At Täsch we will board a cogwheel train that takes us to the mountain resort of Zermatt at the foot of the mighty Matterhorn.

Dinner and overnight at first class hotel

Day 4     ZERMATT - NUFENEN PASS - ZURICH                        THURSDAY

Morning at leisure in Zermatt - admire the quaint old farm houses and barns in their unique style, do some shopping, relax or take an optional cogwheel train up to Gornergrat for a spectacular view of the surrounding snow-covered peaks. After noon board the train to  Täsch where our bus is waiting to take us over the breathtaking Nufenen Pass to Airolo. Return to Zurich by bus or train.

Arrival in Zurich approx. 6.30 p.m.

ACCOMMODATION AT FIRST CLASS HOTELS

            INTERLAKEN    1 night            buffet breakfast            Hotel Royal St. Georges

            GENEVA            1 night            buffet breakfast            Hotel Ramada Encore, Carouge

            ZERMATT          1 night            halfboard                     Hotel Alex

Although no changes are anticipated, we reserve the right to make changes in hotels where deemed necessary or advisable. Substitutes will be equal in quality.