Switzerland: A Taste of Switzerland - Escorted Group Rail Tour

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“Why Switzerland?” A fascinating journey around the country with beautiful cities and lakes, top mountain resorts, stunning rail journeys and where traditions are as important as innovations. Travel from Bern, built on a peninsula encircled by the Aare River, to Gstaad - famous for its chic chalet-style houses. Days will be filled by stunning scenery from glaciers, mighty mountain peaks to dipping into the Lake Geneva area and visiting the charming town of Gruyeres. Switzerland is not just famous for its scenery, but also for its cheese, chocolate and fine clocks. There will be time to visit superb museums, and plenty of time to taste some delicious cheese and chocolates.

Maximum Group Size: 26

Tour highlights | Itinerary | Your holiday includes | Hotels | Departure dates

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Tour highlights

  • Journey through the cities and countryside of Switzerland
  • Taste some of the delicious cuisine that the country is famous for
  • Guided tour the charming capital city of Bern
  • Travel in style on 1st class train rides including the scenic Golden Pass Line
  • Wine Tasting at Chillon Castle
  • Enjoy panoramic views of the incredible glaciers and mountain ranges 
  • Cheese & Chocolate Tasting

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Itinerary

Day 1: UK to Bern

Fly to Zurich airport. Meet your Swiss tour guide for the rail transfer to Bern city centre and your hotel where you spend the next 2 nights in a nice central location. The capital of Switzerland and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bern has many charms and offers spectacular views of the Alps. The rest of the day is free for you to explore.

Day 2: Bern 

Start the day with a hearty breakfast full of local Swiss produce. Bern, founded in 1191 is truly a gem of medieval architecture in Europe. An organised morning walking city tour will show you some of the best examples of this, such as the Zytglogge Clock Tower. On the hour, many people gather in front of the Clock Tower to watch the 16th-century clock mechanism perform its unique spectacle. From inside, you can follow the clock’s movements and enjoy the wonderful view over the capital’s streets and rooftops. In the afternoon, leave for an organised visit to the Einstein museum where Einstein’s theory of relativity is showcased using original objects, films and exhibits.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Creux du Van

Leave for a coach journey to visit ‘Creux du Van’ a natural rock arena of immense proportions. Impressive and dramatic 160m high vertical rock faces surround a four-kilometre long and over one-kilometre wide valley basin. The world capital of the watchmaking industry for over a hundred years, La Chaux-de-Fonds is home to the International Watch Museum. Entirely dedicated to the history of time measurement, it houses over 4,500 exhibits including watches and wall clocks.

Meals included: Breakfast 

Day 4: Bern to Saanen

Travel by rail in first class to the heart of the stunning mountains surrounding your hotel in Saanen, a short distance from Gstaad, where you will be based for the next two nights. The village of Saanen owes its unique charm to its narrow streets and lanes lined with old timber houses, where phenomenally beautiful Alpine scenery and traditional style will leave you spellbound. Once you have settled into the hotel, you will have time to visit Molkerei cheese cave and afterwards Gstaad, where so many famous people have made a home in the past and present.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Col Du Pillon

Coach transfer to Col Du Pillon to explore a unique glacier world: Glacier 300. Already the first glimpse of the summit station designed by architect Mario Botta is spectacular. Immediately, a stunning panorama of no
fewer than 24 snow-capped 4000-metre giants reveals itself: Eiger, Mönch, Jungfrau, Matterhorn, Grand Combin and even Mont Blanc in the distance.

Meals included: Breakfast 

Day 6: Golden Pass Line

A day dedicated to an unforgettable train journey on the Golden Pass Line departing Gstaad, down many hairpins bends full of vineyards, arriving in Montreux, basking on the Lake Geneva shores. Enjoy a delicious lunch at the Jazz Café Montreux and enjoy some of the tunes from the greatest Jazz Festival in the world. Travel by boat to the Chillon Castle, the inspiration for Byron’s poem ‘The Prisoner of Chillon’, for a guided tour and some wine tasting, before returning to the hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Montreux

A day dedicated to cheese, chocolates and castles. Leave your hotel by train to Montreux where you will board the Belle Epoque or Panoramic train to Montbovon with coffee and chocolate bread served on the train. Transfer from the Chocolate Train to the coach on a stupendous drive through rolling green valleys to the little, medieval, picture-book town of Gruyeres perched on a small hill. Time is dedicated to visiting the Gruyere town, La Maison du Gruyere cheese factory with its ancestral cheese-making tradition and also the Cailler Chocolate museum and factory to finish the day on a sweet note.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Back to UK

First-class train transfer back to Zurich airport.

Meals included: Breakfast 

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Your holiday includes

  • Return flights from the UK
  • 7 nights’ accommodation in 4-star hotels
  • Services of an escorting local tour guide throughout
  • Private coach transfers
  • 1st class rail transfers including Golden Pass Line return
  • Luggage transportation between Bern to Gstaad, and Gstaad to Vevey (one piece per person)
  • Walking city tour of Bern with a local English speaking guide and visit the Einstein Museum
  • Creux du Van and the Clock-making museum
  • Cheese Cave in Gstaad
  • Excursion to Glacier 3000
  • Chillon Castle including wine tasting and guide
  • Chocolate train excursion, including cheese tasting and chocolate tasting

Your holiday excludes:

  • Any extras, drinks, gratuities and personal expenses

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Hotels

★★★★ Hotel Bristol, Bern (3 nights)

In a central location close to all main attractions

 ★★★★  Hotel Huus, Saanen   (2 nights)

Alpine home away from home

★★★★ Hotel Astra, Vevey  (2 nights) 

Modern and comfortable hotel in the centre of town 

Departure date

  • 26 September 2020

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This accommodation is not available to be booked online, please call our Reservations Team on 01483 791111 to book or for further information
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