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Mountain, Valleys & Lakes of Switzerland: Zurich to Zurich

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,504

Discover Switzerland’s unique natural treasures, its unparalleled mountains and lakes, on this extended journey through the Swiss Alps also taking in a part of Bavaria and a sojourn in Liechtenstein. Experience charming old cities and towns plus breathtaking views.


Join one of our unique small group Blue-Roads touring experiences (maximum 18 participants) that includes specially selected accommodations, transportation in purpose built Mercedes Benz Sprinters, sightseeing, special culinary experiences and a knowledgeable Tour Leader. 

Commence your exploration of Switzerland’s beautiful world famous mountains and lakes at Zurich airport where you will be transferred to Stein am Rhein for a walking tour of the local vineyards famous for their Pinot Noirs. Enjoy a wine tasting while there. Then continue along the River Rhein to Konstanz, a university city with a charming old town, unchanged since the Middle Ages with time to discover the old area of Konstanz before heading to Arbon for 2 nights’ accommodation.

The next morning, travel to the Island of Reichenau, a UNESCO World Heritage town with an interesting abbey dating back to 724 AD. Then it’s on to Unteruhldingen, known as the “Village on Stilts” due to the many houses built this way. Later cruise across Lake Konstanz to the Bavarian town of Lindau with its exceptional gardens. Return to Arbon.

The next day cross into the Duchy of Liechtenstein stopping at its capital, Vaduz and its castle, home to the reigning prince of Liechtenstein. Afterwards, continue to Chur, Switzerland’s oldest city where you will explore the old town with its quaint cobbled streets. Overnight in Chur.

Continue to Lucerne for a 2 night stay. Start with a walking tour of the city with its well preserved 14th Century wall, the Museggmauer and its medieval Chapel Bridge. Then visit a chocolatier to learn the history of chocolate making.

The following morning, take a boat ride to Vitznau and join the cog railway, Europe’s first mountain railway, to Mount Rigi where you will experience breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding region. Return by cable car and boat to Lucerne.

Next travel next through the green Swiss valleys to the village of Murren in the Bernese Oberland. Murren is a car-free village with access only by cable car. Enjoy a short walking tour before having a cheese fondue dinner in the evening. Stay 2 nights in Murren.

A highlight the following day is a trip to the Jungfrauhoch which rises to a height of 3450 metres/11,200 feet. Reach the mountain via Europe’s highest railway. From the top, you will be able to see 3 important and spectacular mountains, the Eiger, the Monch and the Jungfrau from the observation terrace.

Leave Murren and travel to the capital of Switzerland, Bern with its medieval streets and 800 year old history. Have a walking tour taking in the famous Bear Pit, the interesting clock tower and the 13th Century gate. Overnight in Bern.

The next day, continue to Egglwil where you will pay a visit to an Alpine horn maker and have the opportunity to try playing one. Then travel to Rhine Falls where you see Europe’s largest waterfall and take a boat trip into the middle of the falls. Later, return to Zurich airport.

 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,504

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Day 1

Zurich - Schaffhausen - Appenzell

This morning, we'll meet the group in one of the most impressive cities in the world: Zurich. Then, it's all aboard the mini-coach as we make tracks to Schaffhausen - which we'll explore on a walking tour and Roemerstrasse Wines, where we have a wine tasting session to look forward to.

We'll then move on to our final destination of the day: Appenzell, where we'll learn how to make traditional biberli (gingerbread pastries) before getting to know each other a little better over a welcome dinner.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Romantik Hotel Santis

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    Romantik Hotel Santis



    Romantik Hotel Santis, right on the famous town square, the Landsgemeindeplatz, is the perfect starting point for all excursions. Unique traditions and customs, delicious culinary treats, enthralling adventures in the countryside, warm hospitality... You will find all this and more in Appenzell.

    Romantik Hotel Santis, right on the famous town square, the Landsgemeindeplatz, is the perfect starting point for all excursions. Unique traditions and customs, delicious culinary treats, enthralling adventures in the countryside, warm hospitality... You will find all this and more in Appenzell.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Free WiFi
    • Laundry Service
    • Lounge Bar
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Paid Parking
    • Parking (Paid)
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Sauna

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Day 2

Appenzell - St. Gallen - Appenzell

After breakfast it's off to St Gallen, where a walking tour awaits us this morning. We'll spend some time exploring the city's Old Town and UNESCO World Heritage-listed Abbey District before we return to Appenzell for a brewery tour this afternoon. After sampling a taste of the beer (not to mention some delicious local cheese and meats), the evening will be yours to spend as you wish.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3

Appenzell - Lucerne - Weggis

A day of indulgence awaits us in Lucerne today, where we have an appointment to keep with a local chocolatier. After learning the secrets behind Swiss chocolate making, we'll take the time to savour a delicious sample (or two).

Later on, we'll swap our mini-coach for a scenic boat ride across Lake Lucerne, setting ashore in Weggis: our base for the next two nights.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Central am See

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    Hotel Central am See



    This 3-star superior hotel enjoys a quiet yet central location right on the banks of Lake Lucerne in Weggis. Newly renovated in 2014, it offers a panoramic outdoor pool and provides lake and mountain views from most rooms. Fine Swiss and international cuisine can be ...

    This 3-star superior hotel enjoys a quiet yet central location right on the banks of Lake Lucerne in Weggis. Newly renovated in 2014, it offers a panoramic outdoor pool and provides lake and mountain views from most rooms.

    Fine Swiss and international cuisine can be enjoyed in the restaurant, in the winter garden or on the garden terrace of the Hotel Central Am See.

    From the garden with the heated swimming pool, sun loungers and the hotel's own boat moorings, you have direct access to the lake.

    Facilities

    • Free WiFi
    • Laundry Service
    • Lounge Bar
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Paid Parking
    • Restaurant

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Day 4

Weggis - Einsiedeln - Mount Rigi - Weggis

Leave room at breakfast this morning, we'll be visiting a local farm in Einsiedeln, where we'll have the chance to make our own cheeses before indulging in a fondue tasting session. Then, it's all aboard the cog railway - Europe's first ever mountain line - as we scale the towering Mt Rigi, taking in some magnificent views of deep blue lakes and snow-capped peaks along the way.

Afterwards, we'll make our way back down to Weggis where you'll have the evening to yourself.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 5

Weggis - Eggiwil - Bern

Today, we'll leave Weggis behind us and make tracks to Eggiwil where we'll meet a local alphorn maker. After learning how the traditional instrument is made, we'll move on to captivating Bern. With a guided walking tour on the agenda, there will be plenty of time for us to soak up the picture-perfect scenery!

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Sternen Muri

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    Hotel Sternen Muri



    Renovated in July 2012, Hotel Sternen Muri is located in the quiet suburb of Muri, 6 km from the centre of Bern. The restaurant has a terrace and serves Swiss and international cuisine and fine wines. The rooms feature a flat-screen cable TV, a laptop-size ...

    Renovated in July 2012, Hotel Sternen Muri is located in the quiet suburb of Muri, 6 km from the centre of Bern. The restaurant has a terrace and serves Swiss and international cuisine and fine wines.

    The rooms feature a flat-screen cable TV, a laptop-size safe, an electric kettle and a minibar. Some rooms have a balcony. The Muri Tram Stop is right outside the Sternen Muri Hotel.

    Facilities

    • Banquet Facilities
    • Business Centre
    • Fitness Centre
    • Free Parking
    • Free WiFi
    • Laundry Service
    • Meeting and Event Facilities
    • Restaurant

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Day 6

Bern

Today, the day will be yours to visit Bern's excellent museums and wander the cobbled centre at your leisure.

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Day 7

Bern - Thun - Interlaken - Wengen

Today, our path will carry us away from Bern and onwards towards the striking Thun Castle and breathtaking Trummelbach Falls. After a day filled with spectacular sights, we'll climb aboard the train to photogenic Wengen, where you'll be free to explore as you please.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Sunstar Alpine Hotel Wengen

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    Sunstar Alpine Hotel Wengen



    The traditional Sunstar Alpine Hotel Wengen is in a central location in this car-free resort, just opposite the Mannlichen cable-car. The rooms, decorated with light-coloured wood, have beautiful views either of the mountains and down the valley towards the south or of the village and ...

    The traditional Sunstar Alpine Hotel Wengen is in a central location in this car-free resort, just opposite the Mannlichen cable-car. The rooms, decorated with light-coloured wood, have beautiful views either of the mountains and down the valley towards the south or of the village and the Mannlichen.

    The property also has a steam bath and a sun bed. During the warmer months, guests can relax in the garden, which also has a trampoline.

    The quiet, car-free resort of Wengen, with its typical wooden houses and lovingly preserved traditional features, is situated on a sunny and sheltered mountain terrace - an idyllic holiday paradise for all the family.

    Facilities

    • Concierge
    • Free WiFi
    • Indoor Pool
    • Laundry Service
    • Lounge Bar
    • Restaurant

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Day 8

Wengen - Jungfraujoch - Wengen

Today, we'll be treated to some more intoxicatingly beautiful vistas as we travel to the top of Mt. Jungfrau aboard the Jungfrau Railway. After travelling back down to Wengen, we'll come together for one last group dinner.

What a trip it's been!

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 9

Wengen - Affoltern im Emmental - Zurich

After bidding a fond farewell to Wengen, we'll board the mini-coach to Affoltern im Emmental, where we'll enjoy a cheese tasting session at a local Emmental factory. After that, there's still time for a walking tour of Baden before we move on to Zurich, where our adventure will end.

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DEPARTURES:

2019: Aug 20; Sep 3, 10, 17; Oct 1
2020: Apr 18; May 2, 9, 16; Jun 6, 20; Jul 4,18; Aug 8, 22; Sep 5, 12, 26; Oct 10; Nov 14; Dec 12
2021: Jan 16; Feb 6

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 8 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Blue-Roads Driver & Tour Leader
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Cog railway to Mount Rigi, cable-car to Schilthorn
  • European breakfast daily (B), 2 lunches (L), 4 evening meals (D)
  • Wine & beer tasting
  • Chocolate tasting
  • Cheese fondue tasting
  • Boat to Weggis

PRICE EXCLUDES:

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

OTHER INFORMATION:

The Blue-Roads Difference

  • Marvel at the beautiful Swiss alpine scenery from your charming accommodation.
  • Uncover hidden gems, such as the Island of Reichenau and Chur.
  • Taste traditional Swiss cheese fondue.
  • Stay two nights in the car-free village of Muerren.
  • Visit the alphorn factory in Eggiwil.

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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