Travel 2 Touring 18/19

CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

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EUR0PE

LAND RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

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Zurich

1

Lucerne

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Berne

RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

1

Interlaken Brienz

Lake Geneva

St. Moritz

SWITZERLAND

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Montreux

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Tirano Pontresina LAND AIR RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

Chillon Castle

2

Zermatt

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Baveno Italian Lakes

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ITALY

LAND CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

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INCLUDED TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • View the Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument in Lucerne • Explore the charming cobblestone street of Berne’s Old Town • Marvel at the stunning views of the Jungfrau and Matterhorn mountains (weather permitting) • Spend a day soaking up the laidback lakeside atmosphere of Italy’s Lake Maggiore • Relax in the resort town of Montreux on the shores of Lake Geneva

ESCORTED COACH TOUR

PRICES FROM £2029pp

9 day Best of Switzerland Zurich • Berne • Lake Geneva (Montreux) • Zermatt • Baveno • St. Moritz • Lucerne • Brienz • Interlaken

Day 1: Arrive Zurich Welcome to the sophisticated Swiss city of Zurich – a flawless blend of fascinating heritage and modern spirit which you will have an opportunity to explore before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and orientation in this beautiful lakeside setting. (D) Radisson Blu Day 2: Zurich - Berne - Lake Geneva (Montreux) We leave the bright lights of Zurich behind and stop in Berne, pausing to admire the cobblestone streets, ornate fountains and arcaded walkways of its Old Town. 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. (B) Eurotel Riviera Day 3: Lake Geneva (Montreux) - Zermatt This morning, we visit Chillon Castle, immortalised by Lord Byron’s ‘Prisoner of Chillon’. For nearly 4 centuries, this water fortress was the residence of the Counts of Savoy and an important stop for traders. Our next stop is the 15th Century vineyards of Cave Champ de Clos for an unforgettable Be My Guest lunch in charming Chexbres. Continue your journey to the resort town of Zermatt, set against the backdrop of the imposing snow-capped Matterhorn, where we’ll stay the next 2 nights. (BL) Mirabeau Alpine Residence/Ambassador (2 nights) Day 4: Zermatt Spend the day soaking up the crisp mountain air and panoramic alpine vistas. You have a full day at leisure to explore the town on your terms, or simply relax in beautiful surrounds. Consider an Optional Experience to the Klein Matterhorn for the most spectacular mountain views or explore the heritage of what was once a remote mountain village. (B) Day 5: Zermatt - Baveno Departing Switzerland today, we travel to the lakeside town of Baveno on Italy’s picturesque Lake Maggiore. Spend the rest of the day soaking up the laidback lakeside atmosphere or consider joining an Optional Experience to Isola Bella, one of the lake’s Borromean islands, with its palazzo and exquisite gardens. (B) Hotel Simplon

Day 6: Baveno - St. Moritz We travel through the scenic Italian countryside, crossing the Swiss border into the scenic Upper Engadine Valley. Stopping in the fortified town of Tirano, we will board our train and wind our way through spectacular alpine landscapes en route to the chic resort town of St. Moritz. This evening we dine at Meandering through lush green landscapes, past Lake Zurich, we arrive in the fairy-tale lakeside city of Lucerne, surrounded by snow-capped peaks. Cross the iconic wooden Chapel Bridge before meandering through the city’s cobblestone streets lined with colourful facades. Consider joining a cruise on the tranquil lake waters and then ride the world’s first Cabrio cable car to the top of Mount Stanserhorn. (B) Grand Hotel Europe Day 8: Brienz & Interlaken Excursion After a stop in Brienz for a cultural insight into the centuries-old tradition of wood carving for which the village is so famous for, we travel to Interlaken situated at the heart of Switzerland in the shadows of the Jungfrau Mountain. Spend some time at leisure 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. (BD) Day 9: Lucerne - Depart Zurich As our journey through the Best of Switzerland comes to an end, we bid our newfound friends a fond farewell. Transfers are available to Zurich airport. (B) our hotel. (BD) Reine Victoria Day 7: St. Moritz - Lucerne

TOUR DETAILS

£2029 per person

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PRICES INCLUDE • 8 nights’ accommodation in named hotels or similar • Meals as specified: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners • Touring by air-conditioned motorcoach • Services of an expert Travel Director and separate driver • Airport transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary (excluding ‘optional’ items) • Private VIP door-to-door UK airport transfers on arrival and departure DEPARTURES Various departures throughout the year. Please call for details.

TOUR STYLE: Escorted Coach

GROUP SIZE: 48 max

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ACCOMMODATION LEVEL: 4 stars

Overnight hotels are subject to change. Should they vary from those shown in the itinerary, the alternative accommodation provided will always be of a similar standard.

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