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Chocolate & Cheese Switzerland: Self Drive

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,388

Sample the visual and culinary delights of the Alps on this delicious Switzerland tour. Arrive in Zurich, then explore the charming cities of Bern and Lucerne, and spend most of your time at picturesque Interlaken, in the heart of the Alps.


This 8-day Switzerland journey is an easy round trip from the country’s largest city, Zurich. It combines the country’s most delightful cities and mountain regions with tastings of its best cheese, chocolate and more.

Zurich is too often bypassed by Europe travellers intimidated by its expensive reputation as a ‘banker’ city. Some of its best attractions though, such as a walk along Lake Zurich, are completely free. A night here will offer you at least a glimpse of what modern Switzerland is about before going on to Bern. With its UNESCO heritage listed Old Town, Switzerland’s capital is not only a very attractive city, but an unexpected shopping hub with six kilometres of indoor shopping arcades.

Beautiful Interlaken is your base for most of your stay, surrounded by two lakes and a comprehensive network of cable cars, chair and ski lifts and railways, allowing you to make the most of its impressive location. Spend a day at leisure, then board the Jungfrau Railway, which takes you to Europe’s highest train station and some astonishing glacier views.

Then choose between two different foodie trips, one to the cheese producing town of Gruyere and Maison Caillier chocolate factory, or the other, to the Kambly biscuit factory and Emmentaler show dairy, known for its wonderful cream cheese. Then spend a thrilling day at Grindelwald and First Mountain. Ascend the slopes by scenic gondola, then enjoy the thrills and spectacle of the ZipRider as you fly down the mountain.

Bid Interlaken farewell and make your way to Lucerne. This somewhat more traditional city offers not just amazing mountain views, but a superb concert hall and impressive Picasso collection. Return to Zurich for your departure.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,388

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Day 1

Arrival Zurich

Upon arrival at Zurich airport you will pick-up your rental car and drive to the city centre and check in at the hotel. Depending on arrival time, take the opportunity to discover the world famous shopping mile Bahnhofstrasse or stroll along the banks of Lake Zurich. Overnight in Zurich.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hotel Montana

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    Hotel Montana



    The Hotel Montana Zürich is located 300 metres from the Zurich Main Station, in a quiet side street close to the Sihl River. The restaurant serves a hearty breakfast buffet and small dishes throughout the day. The Hotel Montana also features an underground car park ...

    The Hotel Montana Zürich is located 300 metres from the Zurich Main Station, in a quiet side street close to the Sihl River. The restaurant serves a hearty breakfast buffet and small dishes throughout the day. The Hotel Montana also features an underground car park and a 24-hour reception. The centre of Zurich and the Bahnhofstrasse shopping street are only a 10-minute walk away. All sights and attractions of Zurich can be easily reached on foot or by public transport.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Business Centre
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Lounge Bar
    • Luggage Storage
    • Restaurant

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Day 2

Zurich to Bern and Interlaken

Today you will drive from Zurich to Bern (approx. 125km) and then on to Interlaken (approx. 60km). After arriving in the Swiss capital Bern, discover the old town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the arcades, one of the longest weather-sheltered shopping promenades in Europe with six kilometre length. Drive on to Interlaken. Overnight in Interlaken.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration5 Nights
Accommodation

City Oberland Hotel

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    City Oberland Hotel



    Welcome to City Hotel Oberland - a stylish hotel in the heart of Interlaken, set at the foot of Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau mountains. You can choose from 191 beautiful guest rooms of various standards and price categories. At City Hotel Oberland, Swiss hospitality is ...

    Welcome to City Hotel Oberland - a stylish hotel in the heart of Interlaken, set at the foot of Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau mountains. You can choose from 191 beautiful guest rooms of various standards and price categories. At City Hotel Oberland, Swiss hospitality is coupled with an ambience designed to make you feel comfortable. Whether shopping, dining, or just relaxing and enjoying a cup of coffee is on your agenda, you have numerous options to choose from.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Bar
    • Coffee/Tea
    • Gift Shop
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Luggage Storage
    • Multi-lingual Staff

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Day 3

Discover Interlaken

Situated between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, Interlaken offers an amazing diversity of sport and outdoor activities. Take a dip in the cool refreshing lake, enjoy a picnic by the water's edge, or soak up the sun at one of the regional lakeshore bathing. Over 45 mountain railways, cable cars, chair lifts and ski lifts lead to 200 kilometers of pistes and a dense network of hiking trails. Overnight in Interlaken.

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Day 4

Excursion to Jungfraujoch - The 'Top of Europe'

Today you will depart on the Jungfrau Railway, which leads through the heart of the mountains and up to the highest train station in Europe (3454 m), offers unbelievable views of the mountain giants Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau, and of the Aletsch glacier, which is the longest glacier with 22 km length. The Jungfrau railway travels from the heart of the mountains to Europe's highest lying mountain station. Additional worthwhile sights include the ice sculptures on the inside of the glacier, adventurous "Sphinx" round tour, as well as the ultra-scenic "Top of Europe" glacier restaurant. Overnight in Interlaken.

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Day 5

Excursion to Maison Cailler and Gruyere or Emmentaler Showdairy and Kambly Experience

Today you have 2 options for sightseeing.

Option 1: Maison Cailler and Gruyere. Explore the lovely old medieval town of Gruyere with its castle and taste the world famous cheese of Gruyere, well known for its unique flavor. Next stop is Broc with the well-known Maison Caillier, chocolate factory of Nestlé. Discover the process of chocolate manufacturing and taste the chocolate.

Option 2: Emmentaler Showdairy and Kambly Experience in Trubschachen. Visit the Kambly Experience and explore the secrets of fine biscuit making, learn about the origins of Kambly and experience moments of pure bliss. Drive on to the Emmentaler showdiary, where you can help during the cream cheese production. The rest of the day explore Emmental before you drive back to Interlaken. Overnight in Interlaken.

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Day 6

Excursion to First Mountain including First Flyer

Travel by car to Grindelwald (approx. 20km) and continue by cable car to First Mountain. The First Flyer zipline promises pure thrills. You begin the ZipRider journey by riding up the scenic, 3-stage Grindelwald First Gondola. During the summer months the mountains are covered by what looks like a perfectly manicured green carpet with mountain cows grazing over the landscape. The rugged Alps and glaciers are in view from any direction and the Eiger is visible to the right from the top of the ZipRider. Once the gates open, you fly down the mountain, over the ski runs below, at speeds up to 55 mph! The views are spectacular and breathtaking, to say the least. Overnight in Interlaken.

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Day 7

Interlaken to Lucerne and Zurich

Today you will drive from Interlaken to Lucerne (approx. 68km). The city at Lake Lucerne is the gateway to central Switzerland and is embedded within an impressive mountain panorama. Visit the Chapel Bridge - one of Europe's oldest wooden bridges. Lucerne is nostalgic (its emotive lion sculpture, its fondness for tradition), as well as highbrow, with concerts at acoustic marvel KKL (Kultur und Kongresszentrum) and the Sammlung Rosengart's peerless Picasso collection. Here you have time to do some souvenir shopping before continuing your drive on to Zurich (approx. 52km). Overnight in Zurich.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hotel Montana

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    Hotel Montana



    The Hotel Montana Zürich is located 300 metres from the Zurich Main Station, in a quiet side street close to the Sihl River. The restaurant serves a hearty breakfast buffet and small dishes throughout the day. The Hotel Montana also features an underground car park ...

    The Hotel Montana Zürich is located 300 metres from the Zurich Main Station, in a quiet side street close to the Sihl River. The restaurant serves a hearty breakfast buffet and small dishes throughout the day. The Hotel Montana also features an underground car park and a 24-hour reception. The centre of Zurich and the Bahnhofstrasse shopping street are only a 10-minute walk away. All sights and attractions of Zurich can be easily reached on foot or by public transport.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Business Centre
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Lounge Bar
    • Luggage Storage
    • Restaurant

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Day 8

Departure

Today marks the end of your trip. After breakfast you will return your car rental to the airport.

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DEPARTURES:

Daily

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 5 nights in Interlaken
  • 2 nights in Zurich
  • Meals as indicated in the Itinerary
  • 8 day car rental category C (VW Golf manual or similar) pick-up/drop -off at the airport
  • Excursion to Jungfraujoch (non-guided)
  • Excursion to First Mountain
  • First Flyer (non-guided)
  • Excursion to Maison Cailler and Gruyere or Emmentaler Showdairy and Kambly Experience (non-guided)
  • Swiss Coupon Pass "2 for 1" including "Dine and Discover" offers

PRICE EXLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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