Switzerland
August 25th - September 5th, 2021
10-nights - $3,375 excluding air, includes all tours, great hotels and more!
Here's a new trip that many people are excited about in fact since we've posted it on the "What we're working on" section of our website we've already had 15 people sign up in advance! It's a well-thought-out trip that we know you'll enjoy. We've scheduled some terrific tours into this trip as all-included this time rather than piece-meal since we felt like everyone will want to do each one. This trip is not the cheapest as Switzerland is one of the most expensive places to travel but we've packed in all the tours that value of which is over $700! Here's what you have to look forward to:
Day 1: Depart USA – August 25, 2021
Board your overnight flight to Zurich.

Day 2: Arrival Zurich - August 26, 2021
Upon arrival in Zurich, collect your luggage and board a coach for beautiful Lucerne where you will check into your hotel for a 3-night stay.
Overnight: Lucerne

Day 3: Lucerne - August 27, 2021
This morning we encounter historic and alluring Lucerne, surrounded by mountains and sitting on its namesake lake. We visit the medieval Old Town; and cross treasured Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge), the oldest covered bridge in Europe.
We'll start off with a ride on the world’s steepest cogwheel train to the summit of nearby Mt. Pilatus for stunning views across the surrounding countryside.
https://www.pilatus.ch/en/discover/golden-round-trip From there we'll visit a Swiss chocolate factory in nearby Aeschbach, tour the factory and decorate your own delicious chocolate plate. https://aeschbach-chocolatier.ch/
Meal - (B) Overnight: Lucerne

Day 4: Lucerne - Liechtenstein – Lucerne - August 28, 2021
After breakfast, we board a coach to travel to Vaduz, Liechtenstein. Vaduz, the nation's capital, is a fascinating city of art, eclectic architecture, and vantage points for panoramic views. View the clifftop medieval castle that is still the residence of Liechtenstein's royal family; trails and overlooks on the grounds offer stunning birds-eye views of the city, the Rhine River, and the imposing mountain range. While in Vaduz we'll take a city train tour within Vaduz. https://www.citytrain.li/en
Later we’ll return by coach to Lucerne for your overnight stay.
Meal - (B) Overnight: Lucerne

Day 5: Lucerne - Grindelwald - August 29, 2021
Today, we leave Lucerne behind as we continue our journey to the lovely village of Grindelwald. Stroll through the charming streets full of cafes, restaurants, and shops, while taking in the picturesque views. From Grindelwald, we’ll take a scenic ride on a local cable car to the beautiful summit of First for some truly spectacular scenery and where we will find the Cliff Walk, a rope hanging bridge and metal catwalk that leads to a lofty vantage point for some amazing views. After exploring all First has to offer, take the cable car back to Grindelwald where we will stay overnight.
Meal - (B) Overnight: Grindelwald

Day 6: Grindelwald - August 30, 2021
After breakfast at our hotel, we’ll board our coach and travel to the nearby train station where we will catch a train to Jungfraujoch. Sitting at an altitude of over 11,000 feet above sea level, Jungfraujoch station is the highest train station in Europe with an alpine viewing point, known as Top of Europe. Awe at the breath-taking panoramic views as you explore this wonderful Swiss treasure. Walk through the ice palace, enjoying the many ice sculptures, and stop in the Lindt Chocolate Heaven shop where you can learn how the famous chocolate is made.
https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe/
Meal - (B) Overnight: Grindelwald

Day 7: Grindelwald – Zermatt August 31, 2021
Enjoy the morning at leisure to experience Grindelwald on your own, perhaps peruse the local shops, visit the Grindelwald Museum, or hike one of Grindelwald’s many trails. In the afternoon, we head to the Andermatt train station where we board the Glacier Express for a scenic train ride to the beautiful town of Zermatt. Upon arrival, we check into our Zermatt hotel. Tonight, grab dinner on your own, go exploring, or take the time for some relaxation.
https://www.glacierexpress.ch/en/
Meal - (B) Overnight: Zermatt Day
Day 8: Zermatt – September 1, 2021
Today, you’ll have the option to spend the day at leisure in Zermatt or join an optional tour by climbing aboard the Gornergrat Bahn cogwheel railway, the highest open-air rack railway in Europe. Ascend to a summit far above Zermatt to experience one of the best viewpoints in the Alps. Admire a gorgeous vista that includes Monte Rosa, the Matterhorn, and the Gorner Glacier. Hike down past Alpine lakes to Riffelberg, where we will catch the train back to Zermatt.
https://www.zermatt.ch/en/active-in-summer/Aktiv-in-der-Luft-GGB/Gornergrat-Train
Meal - (B) Overnight: Zermatt

Day 9: Zermatt - Stresa – Cadenabbia (Lake Como) September 2, 2021This morning after breakfast, we’ll board a shuttle train to Taesch. On arrival, we continue by coach to the town of Stresa located on Lake Maggiore, the second largest lake in Italy. Enjoy some free time to explore the charming town of Stresa while taking in the lakeside view before catching a ferry to the nearby island of Isola Bella where we’ll visit the magnificent Palazzo Borromeo, built in the 16th century by Charles Borromeo III for
his wife Isabella. The palace’s luxurious gardens, spread across ten terraces, are not to be missed. https://www.isoleborromee.it/en/isola-bella/ After our return trip on the ferry, we’ll board our coach and travel to Cadenabbia, overlooking Lake Como. Check into our hotel for the evening.
Meal - (B) Overnight: Cadenabbia

Day 10: Cadenabbia - Como – Cadenabbia September 3, 2021
Today, we travel to the quaint town of Como for a guided walking tour. We’ll stroll through the many piazza’s of this town surrounded by medieval walls including Piazza Vittoria, where you’ll see the impressive statue of the legendary Italian General, Giuseppe Garibaldi, who drove Austrian forces out of Como in 1859, Piazza San Fedele, home to the Basilica of San Fedele, a Romanesque style church built in the 12 century, and Piazza del Duomo, where you’ll find the stunning Como Cathedral, built predominately in the gothic style between the 14th and 18th centuries. Ride the Funicular up to the nearby town of Brunate which overlooks Como, for some spectacular panoramic views. Afternoon at leisure in Cadenabbia. Meal - (B) Overnight: Cadenabbia

Day 11: Cadenabbia September 4, 2021
After breakfast, we board a private boat for a cruise departing from Cadenabbia on Lake Como. See the most beautiful and famous sites from from the water. Including Villa Fontanelle, the beloved mansion of stylist Gianni Versace and Villa Oleandra, home of George Clooney. We’ll stop in the village of Bellagio, known as the Pearl of Lake Como, for a guided tour. Stroll along the cobblestone streets as you take in the lovely boutiques, villas, and wonderful views. See the Basilica to San Giacomo, the Romanesque church built between the 11th and 12th centuries which sits in the center of Bellagio and stop at Punta Spartivento for picture perfect views of Lake Como.
Meal - (B) Overnight: Cadenabbia

Day 12: Cadenabbia – Milan September 5, 2021
This morning, say arrivederci to Italy as we board our coach and travel to the Milan airport for our flight back home finishing up our unforgettable tour of Switzerland and Italy.
Meal - (B)
I hope this is the itinerary that you're looking for. We'll hit 3 countries and will travel from over 14,000 ft in Zermatt to sea level at Lake Como. I'm sure this will be another very popular trip so if you're interested please sign up early.

$200 DEPOSIT TO SIGN UP

*SINGLE SUPPLEMENT (your own room only if you prefer): $1,075

GROUP AIR:Base fare $777.00 plus taxes $501.45 = $1278.45

FROM LAX:
Flight: United Airlines 2352 Departure:Los Angeles 25AUG/0715 Arrival:Newark Liberty 25AUG/1532
Flight: United Airlines 134 Departure:Newark Liberty 25AUG/1835 Arrival:Zurich 26AUG/0830
Flight: United Airlines 18 Departure:Milan Malpensa 05SEP/1110 Arrival:Newark Liberty 05SEP/1420
Flight: United Airlines 1600 Departure:Newark Liberty 05SEP/1700 Arrival:Los Angeles 05SEP/2018

FROM NEWARK:
Flight: United Airlines 134 Departure:Newark Liberty 25AUG/1835 Arrival:Zurich 26AUG/0830
Flight: United Airlines 18 Departure:Milan Malpensa 05SEP/1110 Arrival:Newark Liberty 05SEP/1420

INCLUDED:

  • airport transfers
  • all tours mentioned including admission fees
  • daily breakfast
  • Porterage

DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • International air - please let us know when signing up if you'd like to take our group air

  • Tips for guides and drivers

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OUR HOTELS

Lucerne

Ameron Flora Hotel - 4-star

Website - Tripadvisor review

In the centre of Lucerne, between Lake Lucerne and the Alps, the AMERON Luzern Hotel Flora welcomes you. Nestled in an impressive mountain panorama lies Lucerne, the gateway to Central Switzerland, on Lake Lucerne. The city is considered one of the most beautiful in Switzerland - thanks to its magnificent location, the historic old town and the nearby excursion mountains of Rigi, Pilatus or Stanserhorn.The recently extensively renovated 4-star hotel combines Swiss originality with urban flair: natural materials such as wood and leather meet fresh colours and modern, minimalist design.Modern design meets Swiss naturalness: Look forward to exceptional comfort at the AMERON Lucerne Hotel Flora.

 

 

 

 

 

Grindelwald

Sunstar hotel - 4-star

Website     Tripadvisor

Versatile wellness and seminar hotel with spectacular views of the Eiger. Style and comfort are both high priorities for us, especially when it comes to a quiet place for you to retreat to. You'll love the very special atmosphere of a room with a view of the North Face of the Eiger. The spacious and stylish lobby area with an open fireplace creates a lovely cosy atmosphere. The relaxed atmosphere and the gentle sound of the piano are bound to help you relax, inviting you to spend sociable and entertaining evenings there. Our group will enjoy upgraded mountain view rooms!

 

 

 

Zermatt

Alex hotel - 4-star

Website     Tripadvisor review 


The Matterhorn is impressive. Hotel Alex is inspirational. Unforgettable emotions and experiences. A hotel steeped in tradition in what is surely the world’s most special mountain destination. Discover the unique history of the Resort Hotel Alex – and write your very own chapter. Top-class facilities, gourmet catering and impeccable service: the Alex has it all. The only thing missing is mediocrity. Here at the Resort Hotel Alex, we take your needs and wishes seriously. From charming single rooms to luxurious suites, you decide on the right room for you. We guarantee perfect service and excellent quality for all our guests. Our hotel has always been all about relaxation with three massage rooms, amazing sauna facilities, a tepidarium and a pool. Strengthen your immune system and escape the stress of everyday life. And if you want exercise, you can test your limits in in-house and local sports facilities.

 

 

 

Lake Como - Cadenabbia

Britannia Excelsior - 3-star

Website     Tripadvisor review 

Welcome to our hotel. Lake front Rest, Relaxation, Fine dining, & Cocktails. Your vacation starts heresystem. Located on the shore of Lake Como the Hotel Britannia Excelsior is a former 19th century inn. The beautiful guest rooms are decorated with luxurious fabrics and fine antique furniture. All the guestrooms of Hotel Britannia Excelsior are equipped with satellite TV and private bathrooms, shower and hairdryer. Free Wi-Fi access is available in the hotel lobby. EUROPES LARGEST FLOATING POOL overlooking the peninsula of Bellagio, with bar and restaurant, the floating pool is the place to be during the day and the evening


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