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SWISS GRAND ALPINE TOUR

Places Covered: Zurich , Lucerne , Interlaken, Berne , Geneva
Duration: 6 day tour (Monday to Saturday)
Tour Cost: €630

All inclusive prices per person

Double occupancy with bath or shower CHF 1840.

Supplement for single room CHF 340.–

DAY 01

Zurich – Lucerne – Mt. Titlis – Interlaken

We leave Zurich at 8.30 a.m. A short drive takes us to the city of Lucerne, where we visit the Lion Monument and walk over the 14th century wooden bridge, time at leisure for shopping and sightseeing. At noon we proceed to the mountain resort of Engelberg. A cable car ride to the summit of Mount Titlis brings you up into the high alpine region with its glaciers and eternal ice. Enjoy a magnificent ride in the world’s innovative revolving “ROTAIR” gondola. (Take a warm sweater along.) In the afternoon we cross Brunig Pass to the Bernese Oberland and reach the village Brienz, where we will see woodcarvers at work. We continue to the holiday resort of Interlaken at the foot of Jungfrau mountain. Dinner on your own. Overnight at first class hotel.

Overnight

DAY 02

Interlaken – Berne – Gruyères – Geneva)

We leave Interlaken in the morning and drive along beautiful Lake of Thun to the Swiss capital, Berne. The city is attractively set on a steepsided curve of the River Aare and backed by the majestic Alps. A city tour to the Old Town includes the Clock Tower, Kramgasse, and the 15th century Cathedral of St. Vincent. A drive south takes us to the scenic dairy farmlands, to Gruyères. A beautiful hilltop town, preserved against time, which could be the magical setting for fairytales with its impressive, medieval castle. An informative visit to a factory of delicious milk product is a further highlight of our day. We continue our drive to the Vaud Riviera and reach Geneva, the most cosmopolitan city of Switzerland. Dinner on your own. Overnight at superior tourist class hotel.

Superior

DAY 03

Geneva – Montreux – Zermatt

Wednesday We start with a city tour of Geneva this morning. We will show you the beautiful parks along the lake, the unique town-hall and the European seat of the United Nations. In the late morning we leave Geneva and drive to Lausanne and Montreux. We pass by Chillon Castle, the 13th century fortress made famous by Lord Byron’s poem. In the afternoon we proceed through the Valais, the valley of the river Rhone with its orchards and vineyards. At Täsch we will board a cogwheel train that takes us to the mountain resort of Zermatt at the foot of the mighty Matterhorn. Dinner and overnight at first class hotel.

Overnight at first

DAY 04

Zermatt – Nufenen Pass – Lugano

Thursday Morning at leisure in Zermatt – admire the quaint old farm houses and barns in their unique style, do some shopping, relax or take an optional cogwheel train up to Gornergrat for a spectacular view of the surrounding snow-covered peaks. After noon board the train to Täsch where our bus is waiting to take us over the breathtaking Nufenen Pass into the Italian speaking part of Switzerland, to the garden city of Lugano. Dinner on your own. Overnight at first class hotel.

Breakfast

DAY 05

Lugano – Lake Como – Maloja Pass – St. Moritz

Friday We leave Lugano and drive along the scenic road to Gandria where we cross the border into Italy. Along the romantic shores of Lake Como we pass by Menaggio and reach Chiavenna in the lovely Bregaglia Valley. In Castasegna we re-enter to Switzerland and drive thirteen hairpin bends over the Maloja Pass. Passing by crystal blue Lake Sils and Silvaplana we reach the world-renowned mountain resort of St. Moritz in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight at first class hotel.

Dinner

DAY 06

St. Moritz – Principality of Liechtenstein – Zurich

We leave St. Moritz in the morning and cross the Fluela Pass to reach Davos. In the capital of Principality of Liechtenstein, Vaduz, there will be time for lunch and for sightseeing. This tiny country with the mighty castle, which is the home of the present Prince and his family, attracts visitors from all over the world. In the afternoon we will return to Zurich through the Toggenburg region with its picturesque farmhouses. Arrival in Zurich at approx. 5 pm

Dinner

What's Included:

Transportation:

Transportation by deluxe bus with air conditioning, reclining seats, toilet, stereo equipment and microphone. Experienced and careful drivers.

Hotels:

Accommodation in selected hotels, mainly first class, typical of the area, ensuring every comfort and the best food. All rooms with private bath or shower. Porterage at hotels, service charges and taxes included.

Meals:

Buffet breakfast at the hotels and dinners only where indicated in the tour program. Our tour guide will be happy to give recommendations of local restaurants.

Tour Conductor:

Service of friendly, multi-lingual guides (English and Spanish).

Extras:

Extras which are mentioned in the brochure, are already included in the tour price – such as the cable car to Mount Titlis, informative visit to a factory of delicious milk products in Gruyères, Glacier Express Train, etc.

Optionals:

Optional side trips at an additional cost can be arranged directly with the tour director. (No Credit Cards accepted.)

VAT – Value added tax

Swiss VAT is included in the published rates.

Items not included in the tour price:

Airport taxes, passport fees, beverages with meals, baggage and cancellation insurance and personal items such as laundry, room service, telephone and minibar drinks, etc.

Pre & Post Tour Accommodation

For passengers arriving from other countries, prior to tour departure, it may be necessary to reserve at least one extra night’s hotel accommodation, and possibly also at the end of tour.

The reservation for these additional nights must be made at the same time as the reservation for your tour.

Zurich, Swissôtel Zurich – International

Price per person, per night, including buffet breakfast

in double room CHF 120.–

Supplement for single room CHF 95.–

Geneva, Hotel Ramada Encore, Carouge

Price per person, per night, including buffet breakfast

in double room CHF 120.–

Supplement for single room CHF 80.–

THINGS TO KNOW

Departures:

Guaranteed departures from Zurich and Geneva

Zurich: Swissôtel Zurich – Hotel International, Schulstrasse 44, Zurich. Check-in at the Hans Meier Tourist Ltd. Counter in the lobby 30 minutes before the departure.

Geneva: 9.00 a.m. Geneva Bus Terminal, Place Dorcière, 1201 Geneva. Clients are kindly requested to meet 15 minutes prior to departure time. Or with pre-tour accommodation booked with us, pick up is from Hotel Ramada Encore, Route des Jeunes 12, 1227 Geneva-Carouge.

Children:

Children between 4 and 12 years receive 20 % discount when accommodated in their parents’ room.

Hotels:

Although no changes are anticipated, we reserve the right to make changes in hotels where deemed necessary or advisable. Substitutes will be equal in quality.

Passport and Visa Requirements:

Valid passport is needed for travel in Europe. In addition, passengers from certain countries may require visa for Switzerland: please check with your travel agent.

Itinerary:

If unforeseen conditions beyond the control of Hans Meier Tourist Ltd. and/or agents so require, the tour operator reserves the right to make changes in the itinerary, timetable and activities.

Senior Citizen Discount:

Discount will be granted to Senior Citizens at the age of 60 and above. The exact date of birth is to be given at the time of booking (no discount can be granted afterwards).

Gratuities:

to the guide and driver at the end of a tour are customarily left to the discretion of the tour members, and are therefore not included in the tour cost.

OUR HOTELS: Selected First Class Hotels

Except Geneva Superior Tourist Class Hotel

Interlaken           Hotel Interlaken

Geneva               Hotel Ramada Encore, Carouge

Zermatt              Hotel Alex

Lugano               Grand Hotel Eden

St. Moritz            Hotel Schweizerhof

Zurich                 Swissôtel Zurich – International

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