Swiss Capitals

Duration

5 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Zurich

Available

April 2021 / November 2021

Cities to visit: Zurich; Bern; Fribourg; Nyon; Yvoire; Geneva; Chillon Castle; Gruyeres; Gstaad; Grindelwald; Meiringen; Chiasso; Lugano; Burglen; Lucerne

Detailed day by day description

Introduction

This tour is a flexible, guaranteed escorted coach tour, guided in English only.

Once the tour is booked, it is guaranteed so it will definitely go ahead, and will never cancel.

The tour is flexible so you can tailor it to suit your needs. By clicking ‘Quote or Book’, you will have an option to choose your start and end date and destinations within the tour parameters. As these tours allow for such flexibility, the same people, tour guides or drivers may not be on your entire journey.

Day

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:   Arrival. Transfer to the hotel.
Welcome to Europe!!!.   On arrival at the airport we shall be waiting to transfer you to the hotel.  You can enjoy free time until your tour starts, information about the meeting place and start time can be found on the information boards in the hotel reception area. 

IMPORTANT - IF YOU REQUESTED ADDITIONAL NIGHTS on arrival at the hotel you will have your booking made but the guide of your trip will normally not arrive until the start of the included activities. YOUR TIME BEFORE THIS MOMENT IS THEREFORE FREE. At your hotel they can help you with all the information you need.  

NB:   The schedules you will find in this itinerary are approximate. The guide, depending on the situation and in order to improve the development of the circuit, may adjust the schedules.    

Distance covered: 304 km 
Scenery: Pleasant countryside all day: meadows, hills, picturesque villages, great views over Lake Geneva. 
Suggestion:    We will make a boat trip, take some warm clothes to be able to enjoy the trip on deck.     

08.00 hrs.- Zürich - Departure -. Pleasant countryside along our way.  
09.45 hrs.- Berne - Arrival -. We are in the capital of the country, and one of Switzerland’s most beautiful historic cities. In the bus, we will climb to the Rose Garden for a view of the city from its viewpoint. After this, there will be time to stroll and for lunch.   

13.00 hrs.- Berne - Departure -. We leave for French-speaking Switzerland.  
13.45 hrs.- Freiburg - A historic bilingual city with a pleasant monumental centre.    

14.45 hrs.- Freiburg - Departure -.  
16.15 hrs.- Nyon – Arrival in this small town from Roman times, on the shore of the lake. After time to stroll, we include a boat trip of around 20 minutes on Lake Leman at 16.40hrs, to cross to France;  this is a regular boat that will give us a chance to enjoy the lake.    

17.00 hrs.- Yvoire.- Arrival in this beautiful mediaeval village on the shore of the lake, with its fortified gates, its castle and its streets full of flowers.   

18.30 hrs.- Yvoire. Departure  
19.30 hrs.- Geneva, arrival at the hotel, which is normally in the French-speaking area of the city.  Dinner included.

Distance covered: 200 km 
Scenery: Very pretty scenery on Lake Leman. Great lakes, tall snow-covered summits in the distance. In the afternoon, we have a trip through the mountains passing through beautiful villages with wooden houses. ..   

After breakfast, we include a panoramic tour of Geneva with a local guide; this city on Lake Leman hosts the European headquarters of the United Nations, the International Labour organisation, the Red Cross and numerous other headquarters of international bodies. We see these points from our bus and will have a chance to stroll around the ancient city.    

12.30 hrs.- Geneva – Departure after lunch -. Our road follows the shore of Lake Leman. Amidst magnificent vineyards (an area declared World Heritage). 
14.00 hrs- Chillon Castle, Arrival at this fantastic mediaeval castle built in the waters of the lake. Tickets included.    

15.00 hrs.- Chillon Castle - Departure -. Magnificent mountain scenery; we cross areas of pretty villages with wooden architecture.    
15.45 hrs- Gruyere.- – In the centre of the area of production of the famous cheese, Gruyere is a very picturesque walled tourist village.  Very near to Gruyere are some of the main Chocolate manufacturers of Switzerland (NESTLÉ among them). We visit the Cailler factory, with a sweet tasting included!   

18.15 hrs.- Gruyere. Departure through mountainous regions and beautiful Swiss villages.    
19.30 hrs.- Gstaad, arrival in this pretty little village with its wooden houses. Accommodation in the area of Gstaad-Saanenland.

Total distanc e: 360 km
Landscapes: Probably the most spectacular stage of our route in the Alps; High summits where snow remains all year round; Lakes.
Note: Wear warm clothing and comfortable shoes. It is advisable also some waterproof (especially for the visit of the waterfalls).

Notes : Due to weather conditions (strong wind) or maintenance, the cable car may not operate at any time. If that assumption happens, we would try to offer an alternative lift to another similar point.

08.000 hrs.- Gstaad – Departure-. Mountain landscapes and lakes of great beauty 
09.45 hrs- Grindenwald. - Time to have a coffee at this mountain resort in the Bernese Alps before taking the Cable Car (ticket included) to Grindenwald First, the largest ski center in the region. We will make a walking route (30 minutes) i n which we will have an opportunity between impressive alpine landscapes to take the "footbridge over the emptiness" enjoying the glaciers that surround us; Lunch included for all passengers.
13.15 hrs- Grindenwald Fist departure.

15.00 hrs.- Meringen- arrival to the spectacular Aaresluch Gorge (entrance included) . 
16.30 hrs.- Aareslucht – We leave with the bus taking one of the most spectacular mountain roads to the region of Switzerland where the official language is Italian.

19.30 hrs- Accommodation in CHIASSO, a Swiss city on the Italian border 

Total distance: 270 km
Scenery: Landscapes of beautiful lakes, valleys and alpine mountains. We will cross the Gotthard tunnel of 16,918 meters long.

08:00 hrs. Chiasso - Departure
08:30 hrs. Lugano - Arrival to the capital of Italian Switzerland, free time to enjoy a walk along the elegant avenues and to enjoy the views on the shores of Lake Lugano.

10:00hrs. Departure from Lugano. We continue on the highway,  crossing the mountains to get back to German-speaking Switzerland.- 
12:00 hrs. Burglen - the tiny village where William Tell was born, we shall see the chapel of the XVI century with paintings illustrating his life. If you want, you can also visit the museum of William Tell. 

12.45 hrs- Burglen Departure.
13:00 hrs. Altdorf - Arrival to the beautiful city where, in the main square, you can find traces of his history. Free time to walk and have lunch.

14:30 hrs. Departure from Altdorf towards Lucerne.
15:15 hrs. Lucerne - Arrival to one of the most beautiful Swiss capitals. Time to visit the Kapellbruck, the Town Hall square with its watchtower, walk through the shopping area or along the lake shore.

19.00 hrs. Lucerne - departure
20.00 hrs. Zurich - Arrival.

End of our services. Please, check the time of your flight in case you might need an additional night. 


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