‘SWISS SPLENDOUR with GLACIER EXPRESS TOUR' - GGL7G

GENEVA - GENEVA, 7 DAYS

 Wednesday Departures, April 30  - October 8,   2014

$2831 per person
$375
single room suppliment

           

DEPARTURE:

Geneva Busterminal, Place Dorciere, 1201 Geneva

departure at 9.00 am - meet tour guide in the lobby at 8.30 am       

ITINERARY:

Day 1      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. 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 2        ZERMATT                                                              THURSDAY

Full day at leisure in Zermatt – admire the quaint 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.  Dinner and overnight at first class hotel.

Day 3     ZERMATT -GLACIER EXPRESS TRAIN - ST. MORITZ    FRIDAY

Today you will travel on the legendary “Glacier Express Train”. You board the train in Zermatt in the morning and a magnificent traveling day is ahead of you. Seated in a comfortable premium panoramic viewing car, you will pass by breathtaking mountain scenery, snow-covered peaks, meadows with wild flowers and tiny old villages. Delicious lunch is served right at your seat along with a movable table on which you can dine in comfort. In the late afternoon you will arrive at the world-renowned mountain resort of St. Moritz.. Dinner and overnight at first class hotel.

Day 4    ST. MORITZ - VADUZ (PRINCIPALITY OF LIECHTENSTEIN) - ZURICH       SATURDAY

We leave St. Moritz in the morning and cross the Fluela Pass to reach Davos. In the capital of Principality of Liechtenstein, Vaduz, there will be time for lunch and for sightseeing. This tiny country with the mighty castle, which is the home of the present Prince and his family, attracts visitors from all over the world. In the afternoon we will return to Zurich through the Toggenburg region with its picturesque farmhouses. Dinner on your own. Overnight at first class hotel.

Day 5   ZURICH - RAPPERSWIL - BOATRIDE ON LAKE OF ZURICH     SUNDAY

At 10.15 a.m. our bus will pick you up for a tour that shows you the most interesting sights of Zurich and its surroundings. We start with a city-tour of Zurich. Along the Höhenstrasse that offers spectacular views into the Alps, we drive to Rapperswil, the town of the Roses, where you will see the Rosegarden, the castle and the deer park on the Lindenhof. Return to Zurich by boat approx. 4 p.m. - return to your hotel individually. Dinner on your own. Overnight at first class hotel.

Day 6     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.

Day 7   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. Tour ends at approx. 5.30 p.m.

              ACCOMMODATION AT FIRST CLASS HOTELS

            ZERMATT       2 night            halfboard                     Hotel Alex

            ST. MORITZ    1 night            halfboard                     Hotel Schweizerhof

            ZURICH            2 nights         buffet breakfast            Swissôtel Zurich - International

            INTERLAKEN    1 night          buffet breakfast            Hotel Royal St. Georges

            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.