- ZURICH: Welcome dinner; orientation walk of the Old Town.
- BIEL/BIENNE: Visit the historical centre.
- NEUCHATEL: Visit the town.
- GENEVA: Guided sightseeing, visit Reformation Park.
- EVIAN-LES-BAINS: Stop on the French side of Lake Geneva.
- GRUYERE: Visit the castle in Gruyeres town, followed by a special lunch with local specialties.
- BROC: Chocolate tasting at Maison Cailler.
- GSTAAD: Orientation.
- INTERLAKEN AREA: Excursion to the Jungfrau.
- BERNE: See the Bear Park, enjoy a panoramic view from the Rose Garden, Old Town.
- LUCERNE: Walking tour including the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge; farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
- HEADSETS: Throughout the tour.
- FREE WI-FI: available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
- LOCAL FAVOURITES
- Dine for lunch including a traditional dessert in Gruyeres and visit the magnificent castle
- Chocolate tasting at Maison Cellar in Broc
- An unforgettable trip to the Jungfrau Massif
On this Spectacular Switzerland tour, you'll enjoy Switzerland's stunning mountains and lakes—with overnights in Zürich, Geneva, the Gruyėre area, Grindelwald, and Lucerne. The highlight of this tour is the time spent in the mountain resort of Grindelwald, in the vicinity of three mighty mountains: Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. Globus has arranged an unforgettable rack railway trip to the "Top of Europe," a high Alpine wonderland of ice and snow. Here, at the amazing Jungfraujoch, Europe's highest railway station at 11,332 feet, you can enjoy the Alpine Sensation, the Panorama 360° Experience, the Ice Palace, and you can also take the elevator to the Sphinx Observatory. Don’t forget to pick up your souvenir “Jungfrau passport”… it's an unforgettable experience! Another special highlight arranged by Globus is a visit to the magnificent castle in Gruyères, where you’ll walk through eight centuries of architecture, history, and culture. You'll also enjoy lunch with local specialties and a traditional dessert of meringue and double crème in Gruyeres. Enjoy the time spent in Geneva, Switzerland's most international and second-largest city, which has a fantastic lakeside setting and breathtaking panoramas of the Alps. Here, you'll have guided sightseeing of the city and a visit to the Reformation Park. Enjoy a chocolate tasting at the famous Maison Cailler in Broc, and stop for an orientation in Gstaad, one of Switzerland's most famous skiing resorts and a popular destination for international celebrities. A walking tour in Lucerne includes Chapel Bridge, a picturesque covered wooden bridge and the impressive Lion Monument. These are just a few of the highlights on this Spectacular Switzerland tour. It's a vacation of a lifetime! Selected departures can join cruise WZA “Romantic Rhine”
Day 1: ARRIVE IN ZURICH, SWITZERLAND.
Welcome to Zurich! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)
Day 2: ZURICH-BIEL/BIENNE-NEUCHATEL-GENEVA.
Discover Zurich's well-preserved OLD TOWN with its medieval guild houses on foot during your orientation walk. Then, leave Zurich and start your Swiss adventure. You'll quickly discover that Switzerland isn't just home to the Alps, but also to some of the most beautiful lakes. First, stop at the foot of the Jura Mountains in the picturesque town of Biel, known as Bienne by French-speaking Swiss and famous for watch making. Explore the HISTORICAL CENTRE and take a scenic drive to lakeside Neuchâtel, dominated by the medieval cathedral and castle. Time to stroll along the beautiful lake promenade before continuing to stunning Geneva, the second-largest city in Switzerland, with its fantastic lakeside location and breathtaking panoramas of the Alps. (B)
Day 3: GENEVA.
During your guided sightseeing, see the elegant buildings that house many international organisations, including headquarters of the International Red Cross and many United Nations agencies. You will also hear about John Calvin, the French theologian who helped reform the church in Geneva in the mid-16th century. Visit the REFORMATION PARK with its International Monument to the Reformation and walk through the OLD TOWN to see St. Pierre Cathedral. Balance of the day is at leisure to further explore this fascinating city. An exciting optional lake cruise is available to make the most of your stay. (B)
Day 4: GENEVA-ÉVIAN-LES-BAINS, FRANCE-BROC-GRUYÈRE AREA, SWITZERLAND.
Enter France and follow Lake Geneva along the southern shore to the famous spa town of Évian-les-Bains, a popular holiday resort renowned for its mineral water. Return to Switzerland, and cross the Rhône River, that originates in the Swiss Alps, to become France's largest river, eventually flowing into the Mediterranean Sea. See the vineyards, where some of the best Swiss wines are produced, then leave this "Swiss Riviera" and continue to Gruyères for a visit of the magnificent CASTLE. Walk through eight centuries of architecture, history, and culture, and enjoy lunch with local specialties and a traditional dessert with meringue and double crème. An extra treat is a stop in Broc for a visit to MAISON CAILLER chocolate factory to taste this delicious Swiss specialty. Continue to your comfortable hotel in nearby Charmey. (B,L,D)
Day 5: GRUYÈRE AREA-GSTAAD-GRINDELWALD.
Leave the Gruyère area and enjoy a scenic drive to Gstaad, one of Switzerland's most famous ski resorts. After an orientation of this international holiday destination for royalty and celebrities, continue to Interlaken. The town's unique location, nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and surrounded by the world-famous Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau mountains, guarantees spectacular views. Later, arrive at your charming hotel in the mountain resort of Grindelwald. (B)
Day 6: GRINDELWALD. EXCURSION TO THE JUNGFRAU.
An unforgettable trip to the high Alpine wonderland of ice and snow is the true highlight of a visit to Switzerland. At an amazing 11,332 feet (3453 metres), the JUNGFRAUJOCH is Europe's highest railway station. Jungfrau's 13,642-foot (4158 metre) summit was first ascended in 1811 and, in 1912, the rack railway was opened. There are lots of things to do here: enjoy the Alpine Sensation, the ICE PALACE, and take the elevator to the Sphinx Observatory. Also receive your JUNGFRAU PASSPORT as a souvenir to take home with you. The round trip to the "Top of Europe" by MOUNTAIN TRAIN will take most of the day. (B,D)
Day 7: GRINDELWALD-BERNE-LUCERNE.
Arrive in the stately capital of Berne and see the BEAR PARK, enjoy the panoramic view of the city from the Rose Garden, and the OLD TOWN with the Clock Tower and the ornate, flower-adorned fountains. Leave the Berner Oberland and drive via Langnau in the Emmental Valley to picturesque Lucerne. Tonight is your chance to join an optional dinner excursion to a folklore party with yodeling and alphorn blowing. (B)
Day 8: LUCERNE.
Follow your Tour Director for a pleasant walk and admire Thorwaldsen's impressive LION MONUMENT, dedicated to the Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France during the French Revolution. Walk along ornate patrician houses of the walled Old Town, then cross the famous covered CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit Church, the first large baroque church built in Switzerland on the north side of the Alps. An exciting optional excursion is available to Mount Pilatus, and tonight, a farewell dinner awaits at a local restaurant for a proper auf Wiedersehen. (B,D)
Day 9: LUCERNE-ZURICH AIRPORT.
Morning transfer to Zurich Airport in time for homebound flights leaving no earlier than 10 am. (B)
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