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7 nights (Bern – Neuchatel – Gstaad)
“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 Neuchatel with its yellow Jurassic limestone houses forming a maze of narrow streets and alleyways, on to Gstaad - famous for its chic chalet-style houses. 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.
Day 1 (Saturday) 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 (Sunday) 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 and 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.
Day 3 (Monday) Enjoy breakfast in the hotel before exploring more of your surroundings as you wish. Perhaps indulge in a little shopping or take a charming stroll to the river. In the afternoon, a first class train transfer will continue your journey through Switzerland on to Neuchatel for the next 2 nights, where an organised relaxed boat cruise on the lake will allow you to witness the area’s sights in all their glory.
Day 4 (Tuesday) Leave for a coach journey to visit ‘Creaux 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 watch making 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.
Day 5 (Wednesday) 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 three 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 Gstaad, where so many famous people have made a home in the past and present.
Day 6 (Thursday) A day dedicated to an unforgettable train journey on the GoldenPass Line departing Gstaad, down many hairpin 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 back the hotel.
Day 7 (Friday) A day dedicated to cheese, chocolates and castles. Leave your hotel by 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 visit the Gruyere Castle’s museum, 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.
Day 8 (Saturday) First class train transfer back to Zurich airport.
|Prices per person from (£) 2019||A Taste of Switzerland|
|No. of nights||7 nights|
|Supplements per person per holiday (from)||
Single room from £162
Sgl=Single, PB=Bath, PS=Shower, incl=included
Prices include flights, resort transfers and accommodation. Flight supplements may apply. Prices and supplements are correct at time of going on the website and may vary up or down at time of booking.
|from ZURICH: 1hr by rail|
|Rail from the UK|
|Travel from St Pancras, Ashford or Ebbsfleet|
* KLM flights via Amsterdam to Zurich from Aberdeen, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Humberside, Leeds-Bradford, Newcastle, Norwich, Teesside
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