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9 Days / 8 Nights

Tour Overview:
From historic Venice to soul-stirring alpine villages in Switzerland, join us on a memory-making adventure that takes in time honoured traditions, local culture and even some remarkable railway journeys - all among some of the world's most enchanting scenery.

Day 1 - Zurich - St Gallen - Vaduz - Chur
Meet the group this morning at one of the most impressive cities in the world, Zurich - but not for too long, as we travel to Schaffhauser Blauburgunderland for a private tour and wine tasting (a sample of the activities to follow in the next few days). Our road carries onwards to St Gallen, Vaduz and eventually arriving in Chur where we feast on a welcome dinner together. (D)

Accommodation: Romantik Hotel Stern

Day 2 - Chur
After a hearty breakfast, we launch into a walking tour of Chur, and then the rest of the day is yours to enjoy at your own pace in one of Switzerland's oldest cities. (B)

Accommodation: Romantik Hotel Stern

Day 3 - Chur - Lucerne - Weggis
A day of indulgence awaits in Lucerne, where we have an appointment to keep with a local chocolatier where it's time to uncover the secrets of Swiss chocolate making, learning its origins and indulging in a sample or two. Later we swap our mini-coach for a scenic boat ride across Lake Lucerne, setting ashore in Weggis, our base for two nights. (B,D)

Accommodation: Hotel Beau Rivage

Day 4 - Weggis - Einsiedeln - Mount Rigi - Weggis
After breakfast, prepare for round two in the form of a cheese fondue tasting at a local farm in Einsiedeln before carrying onwards to climb Mount Rigi aboard the cog railway - Europe's first ever mountain line. Then it's back down to Weggis, where you'll have the evening to yourself. (B,L)

Accommodation: Hotel Beau Rivage

Day 5 - Weggis - Eggiwil - Bern
Saying farewell to Weggis, we travel to Eggiwil to meet a local alphorn maker to share the secrets to craft the traditional instrument before we reach Bern. With time for a guided walking tour and beer tasting, soak up the picture-perfect scenery. (B,D)

Accommodation: Hotel Bristol

Day 6 - Bern
Safe to say, Bern will not disappoint. With a free day to explore, be sure to wander the cobbled centre and visit the excellent museums. Soak up the tranquil ambience as we walk the perfectly preserved medieval streets of its UNESCO protected Old Town. Hear tales from the city's 800-year history as we explore the Gothic cathedral, Clock Tower and see the 13th century gate. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Bristol

Day 7 - Bern - Thun - Interlaken - Murren
With our path taking us away from Bern, today we travel to visit the Thun Castle and continue to the Trummelbach Falls - a magnificent cave-like environment surrounded by a series of waterfalls. After splashing through the waterfalls, we will reach new heights onboard a cable car ride to Murren where we rest for the next two nights. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Alpenruh

Day 8 - Murren - Schilthorn - Murren
Our Swiss adventure wouldn't be complete without the awe-inspiring views from above. Prepare your eyes today for some of the most intoxicatingly beautiful views at the top of Schilthorn Mountain. Travelling back down to Murren, we feast on our last dinner together before our journey ends tomorrow. (B,D)

Accommodation: Hotel Alpenruh

Day 9 - Murren - Zurich

Turning away from Murren, we drive straight to Zurich, visiting the Botanical Gardens and lunch before our adventure ends. (B,L)

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  2018      
         
  Departure: May to September, 2018  
     
  Departure Dbl Occ Sgl Occ  
  Jun 19, 26 $5,640 $6,650 Jun 19 has Limted Availability
  Sep 04, 11 $5,640 $6,650 Sep 11 has Limted Availability
   
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
Inclusions:
  • 7 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • The Bernina Express & the Glacier Express through the Swiss Alps
  • European breakfast daily (B), 2 lunches (L), 4 evening meals (D)
  • Local guides in Venice, Borghetto, Sirmione, Franciacorta, Brescia & Iseo
  • 2 wine tastings, 1 cheese tasting
  • Participate in a traditional mask decorating class in Venice
  • Chocolate tasting in Switzerland
  • Traditional cooking class in Italy
  • Paddle steamer cruise on Lake Brienz
  • Guided boat tour through Sirmione & Lake Iseo
  • Entrance included to: Ballenberg Open-Air Museum, Loggia San Marco & Glasi Hergiswill

Exclusions:

  • Unless otherwise specified in the listed inclusions, airfares are not included in the tour price.
  • Driver/tour leader gratuity is at your discretion.
  • Lunches (unless otherwise stated), social drinks, meals on free nights,’ items of a personal nature and entrance fees when not listed in the schedule of inclusions.
  • Occasional optional evening theatre/festival visits and entrances not detailed in the tour inclusions.
  • Incidental expenses, such as room service incurred at hotels. All expenses are to be settled prior to leaving the accommodation.
  • Laundry costs and any shipping charges for the return of purchases made on tour, or for the return of property lost on tour.
  • Pre and post tour accommodation.
  • Unless otherwise listed in the inclusions, transfers are not included in the tour price.
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