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Best of Switzerland with Trafalgar

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9 days
06 Apr 24 to 22 Sep 24
Book by 31 May 24
Experience the best of Switzerland with a delightful side trip to Italy. Begin your journey at Lake Geneva, indulging in local wine, cheese, and delectable desserts in Lavaux. Explore Lord Byron's captivating Chillon Castle and immerse yourself in the art of Swiss wood carving in the picturesque town of Brienz.

Includes

  • 9 Day Trafalgar Guided Holiday
  • 8 Nights in cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • 8 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinners
  • Transport by luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Optional Experiences at an additional cost during your free time
  • Sightseeing Highlights
  • Visit Bern, Chillon Castle, Montreux, Zermatt, St. Moritz, Interlaken and Brienz
  • Discover Zürich and Lucerne
  • Scenic Train Ride from Tirano to Pontresina
  • View the Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument in Lucerne, the Jungfrau and Matterhorn mountains (weather permitting), Lake Maggiore and Lake Como and much more!

Excludes

  • Flights
  • Arrival/ departure transfers
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Spending money and items of a personal nature

Extras

  • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilised
  • Optional Experiences available at an additional cost
  • Not all departure dates are definite at time of loading, please enquire with one of our agents

Highlights

  • 8 Nights in cherry-picked hotels
  • 12 Meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Zürich

Zürich is your springboard to a spectacular journey through Switzerland. This afternoon, join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience for a social impact guided walking tour of old town Zurich and sustainable chocolate tasting. This experience addresses SDG goals 10 & 12 - Reduced Inequalities & Responsible Consumption and Production. This evening, attend a Welcome Dinner to launch your Swiss experience. Accommodation: Hyatt Place Zurich Airport The Circle Included Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Journey to Lake Geneva

We leave the bright lights of Zürich behind and stop in Bern with its Old Town, admiring its medieval streets, ornate fountains and arcaded walkways. Journeying to Lake Geneva, we arrive in the resort town of Montreux, set against the pristine backdrop of snow-covered peaks and vineyards. After lunch, consider joining an Optional Experience to cruise Lake Geneva, including a visit to the Charlie Chaplin museum in his former estate, Manoir de Ban. Accommodation: Eurotel Montreux Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Onwards to Chillon Castle and Zermatt

This morning, we visit Chillon Castle, immortalised by Lord Byron's 'Prisoner of Chillon'. For nearly four centuries, this water fortress was the residence of the Counts of Savoy and an important stop for traders. Our next stop is the Lavaux region, a charming wine village above Lake Geneva, where we’ll Connect With Locals over lunch at our Be My Guest experience. Continue your journey to the resort town of Zermatt, set against the backdrop of the snow-capped Matterhorn. Accommodation: Le Mirabeau Zermatt Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Zermatt Your Way

Spend a full free day soaking up Zermatt's crisp mountain air and panoramic vistas. Relax in beautiful surroundings or consider an Optional Experience to the Klein Matterhorn for the most spectacular mountain views. Accommodation: Le Mirabeau Zermatt Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Venture to the Italian Lake Maggiore

Departing Switzerland, we travel to the lakeside town of Baveno on Italy's Lake Maggiore. Spend the rest of the day indulging in the laid-back lakeside atmosphere or consider joining an Optional Experience to Isola Bella, one of the lake's Borromean islands, with its palazzo and exquisite gardens. Accommodation: Hotel Simplon Baveno Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Off to Alpine St. Moritz

We travel through the scenic Italian countryside to the fortified town of Tirano. Here, we board the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Rhaetian Railway to cross the Bernina Pass and wind our way through scenic landscapes en route to the stylish resort town of St. Moritz. This evening, enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers. Accommodation: Hotel Reine Victoria by Laudinella St. Moritz Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Journey to Lakeside Lucerne

Journeying through lush green landscapes, past Lake Zürich, we arrive in lakeside Lucerne. Pay tribute to the brave Swiss Guards, who lost their lives defending King Louis XVI at the Lion Monument, and admire the iconic wooden Chapel Bridge before strolling past the city's colourful façades. Consider joining a cruise on the tranquil lake waters and then ride the world's first double deck 'CabriO' cable car to the top of Mount Stanserhorn. Accommodation: Grand Hotel Europe Lucerne Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Admire Scenic Brienz and Interlaken

We travel to Interlaken at the heart of Switzerland, which lies in the shadow of the Jungfrau Mountain. Stopping in the village of Brienz en route, we’ll Dive Into Culture and gain insights into the centuries-old tradition of wood carving for which this village is so famous. Spend some time on your own and enjoy superb views of the peaks of the Bernese Oberland. This evening, we enjoy a Farewell Dinner with our fellow travellers and Travel Director toasting the highlights of Switzerland we've enjoyed along the way. Accommodation: Grand Hotel Europe Lucerne Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Homeward Bound

As our journey through the Best of Switzerland comes to an end, we bid our newfound friends a fond farewell. Departure Transfer: Arrive at the airport at 08:00 Included Meals: Breakfast

Terms & conditions

Prices are per person twin share, include discounts, and are subject to availability and rate of exchange changes. Offers above are a guide only and will vary depending on departure date, our guide price is based on the cheapest departure within the stipulated season and availability is correct at time of loading. Visas may be necessary and insurance is essential. Pentravel and Tour Operator terms and conditions apply, and may be found on our website. Subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. High season supplements and block out dates may apply, pricing varies pending departure date.Package excludes flights. You can do optional free-time add-on experiences in your free time and pay for them as you travel (additional costs apply). Tour operator reserves the right to withdraw promotional offers and adjust savings anytime. Full payment due 120 days prior to departure or at time of booking if booked within 120 days of departure; whichever comes first. R3000 per person deposit required at time of booking for Level 1 tours to hold space; some trips require payment in full at time of booking. Savings are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.At time of loading this may not be a definite departure, please contact a travel consultant for more info. Other conditions may apply. These packages are based on CASH price. E&OE;.

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R65,500
per person sharing
Details
Valid on 15 Jun 24
Stay
9 days
Dates
06 Apr 24 to 22 Sep 24
Book by
31 May 24
Experience ID
555
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