Switzerland Best

Duration

9 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; EINSIEDELN; Vaduz; Feldkirch; Saint Gallen; Constance, Baden-Wurttemberg; Stein Am Rhein;

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: 220 km
Scenery:   Beautiful landscapes on our motorway. Lakes and mountains.

08.00 hrs.- Chiasso –Departure-.
08.30 hrs.- Lugano – arrival to the cosmopolitan capital of the Italian Switzerland with its beautiful lake. Time to stroll. 
10.00 hrs.- Lugano – We continue on the highway,  crossing the mountains to get back to German-speaking Switzerland.-  

12.00 hrs.- Bürglen.- Time to stroll in 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 this nice city. In its central square you will also find traces of the history of William Tell. Time for a walk and lunch.-

14.30 hrs.- Altdorf –departure.-
15.15 hrs.- Lucern – free time to explore this beautiful city by the lake that bears its name. 

Total distance: 190 km.

Scenery : Beautiful Swiss landscapes.
Note: Wear comfortable walking shoes in the meadows of Heidi village . 
Note: Tonight we stay in Feldkirch, a small town located in Austria next to the Swiss border. Don´t forget to bring Euros, you will need them in Feldkirck and tomorrow in Mainau.

08:30 hrs.- Lucerne, departure. We surround the lake of the four cantons.
09:45 hrs - Einsiedeln .- Its immense baroque abbey is the main point of pilgrimage in Switzerland. You can visit it and walk around the city.

11:00hrs. - Einsiedeln.- Departure. We continue towards the East of Switzerland to the border of Liechtenstein and Austria. 
12:15hrs - Mainfeld. -The village which inspired Heidi’s story that perhaps you know by the popular cartoons. A walk in its historic center after which we will be visiting Heidi’s House (Ticket not included. Entry to the facility is free), a picturesque place with beautiful landscapes that we will reach through a pedestrian path.

13:45hrs. Mainfeld, departure. We enter into the small independent country of LIECHTENSTEIN.
14:15 hrs. - Vaduz- With its castle that rises on a steep hill in the middle of the city. Time to walk and have lunch.

16:30hrs. - Vaduz. Departure.
17:00 hrs. - Feldkirch . In Austria, in the border with Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Germany; Charming walled town with beautiful medieval old town and castle. Free time and accommodation.

Total distance: 215 km
Scenery: Picturesque all day; Lakes, charming villages.
Note: The island of Mainau is in Germany, you may need some euro.-

08:15hrs.- Feldkirch,- Departure. We enter to Switzerland again.
09:00 hrs. - St Gallen.    whose center is part of the World Heritage List by UNESCO with a wonderful cathedral and its historic center.

10:00hrs. St. Gallen- Departure. We follow Lake Constance, between Germany and Switzerland.
11:15hrs. - Constance - Time to stroll through this elegant city.

12:45hrs. - Constance - departure.
13:15 hrs. - Island of Mainau .- Access by pedestrian bridge. We i nclude the entrance to know its beautiful botanical garden . Time for lunch.

15:30hrs. - Island of Mainau - departure.
16:15hrs. - Stein Am Rhein. -a typical village on the Rhein River with precious houses with painted walls. 

17:15hrs.- Stein Am Rhein,- Departure.
17:45 hrs. -   Rhein Waterfalls  ( entry included ), the waterfalls with the most abundant flow in Europe. 

18:45hrs. - Rhein Waterfalls - departure. We continue to Zurich.
19:30 hrs. - Zurich.

Total distance covered by train: 42 km  
Note : Our stage today is different; we travel across Lake Zurich by boat and return by train. The transfers from the hotel to the centre may also be done on public transport (depending on the total number of participants). The indicated timetables of the boat we use may change (the itinerary may be adapted accordingly). 

09.00 hrs.- We will leave the hotel on this peaceful day. With our guide, we will take a walk around the most populated city of Switzerland, which is also the country’s financial and cultural capital. The city of banks as been twice declared the city with the best quality of life in the world.  
10.30 hrs.- We start our almost two-hour cruise on Lake Zurich. The boat makes brief stops to allow us to admire the villages along the way. 

12.30 hrs.- RAPPERSWILL, a small, picturesque village overlooked by its mediaeval castle. Time for a stroll and lunch. 
15.00 hrs.- Rapperswill, We return to Zürich by train , and will see the efficiency and punctuality of the Swiss railways. We will reach Zürich in a little under 35 minutes.- Rest of the afternoon free.

Note:  Depending on the number of travellers, on this stage, the transfers to the centre and from the station may be made on public transport.

After breakfast, end of our services.


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