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Zürich to Zürich
11 days
From $10,995
Tour code: EULXCH11

If you love horse-drawn carriage rides, wine tastings and the world’s best alpine scenery, then this is the journey for you. See Switzerland spring to life, where you’re so close to nature that even one of your stays is literally on a lake.

What's included?

  • Experiences in 12 destinations
  • Luxury dining - a total of 17 meals
  • Freedom of Choice Inclusions in Zermatt
  • Expert tour director
  • Transfers, porterage and gratuities
  • 10 nights authentic accommodation


Palafitte Neuchâtel

Room types available

  • Twin - 2 Adults, 2 Beds
  • Single - 1 Adult, 1 Bed
  • Double - 2 Adults, 1 Beds


Day 1
Arrive Zürich
Welcome to the start of your in-depth Swiss discovery. We’ll meet you on arrival and take you to your hotel. You’ll have the afternoon at your leisure to get out and explore, or perhaps unwind with a drink from your hotel’s rooftop bar, which offers stunning views of the city, lake and alps. This evening, come together at a welcome reception to get to know your fellow travellers and tour director.

Stay: Small Luxury Hotel Ambassador Zürich

Day 2
Zürich, Lucerne, Bern, Neuchâtel
Stop in Lucerne on your way to Bern, where you’ll enjoy your Signature Experience. Continue to Bern, the Swiss capital where you will have some time at leisure to explore on your own terms. We have something special planned for your accommodation for the next two nights, which is situated literally on Lake Neuchâtel, as the hotel is built on stilts. Here, share in a welcome dinner before retreating to your oversized pavilion sitting over the water.

Stay: Two Nights, Palafitte Neuchâtel

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 3
Neuchâtel, Le Locle
Awake to possibly the best view of Lake Neuchâtel this morning. The Swiss have a time-honoured tradition of producing some of the world’s most exquisite watches, therefore we have arranged a special visit to Le Locle. Here, you will embark on what is known as the Watch Route. Visit an esteemed watchmaker, where you’ll see first-hand the precision and patience it takes to craft these fine wrist accessories. You then have the afternoon free to do as you please. Perhaps wander through the historic museums, stroll along the lake shore, put your feet up and relax, or take a dip in the lake via your private ladder into the water.

Meals: breakfast

Day 4
Neuchâtel, Montreux
Today is all about getting into the natural landscapes Switzerland has to offer. Head across Lake Neuchâtel to Creux du Van, a 160-metre high vertical rock than spans more than four kilometres. Its basin contains 200-million-year-old limestone deposits of a prehistoric ocean. Afterwards, enjoy your Signature Experience. Later, arrive at your hotel in Montreux.

Stay: Hôtel Victoria à Glion sur Montreux, in a guaranteed Lake View Room

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 5
Montreux, Sion, Zermatt
Enjoy a leisurely sleep in or explore Montreux independently. Travel to Sion, where you will stop to admire the castles of Valère and Tourbillon and marvel at their Romanesque-Gothic designs. This afternoon, you’ll head to the chalet village of Zermatt.

Stay: Two Nights, Zermatt, Hotel Sonne

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 6
You will have the choice of sightseeing that best suits you. We have left the afternoon free for you.

Meals: breakfast

Day 7
Zermatt, Andermatt, Pontresina
Head to Andermatt, where you’ll board the Glacier Express for one of the most iconic Swiss rail adventures. For something a little more special, you will be travelling on the train’s finest ‘Excellence Class’, where your guaranteed window seat takes you up close to sublime alpine scenery, while a refined regional five-course menu with accompanying wines is served for lunch. Disembark your train and arrive in the ski resort town of Pontresina, where you will gaze out to sublime views of the Roseg Glacier from your room.

Stay: Two Nights, Pontresina, Hotel Saratz

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 8
Pontresina, Tirano
Today’s adventure takes you into the Roseg Valley, where you will enjoy your Signature Experience. Afterwards, the time has arrived to hop on the famous Bernina Express to Tirano, taking in sublime alpine scenery along the way.

Meals: breakfast

Day 9
Pontresina, St Gallen
Farewell Pontresina as you make your way to culture-filled St Gallen, teeming with charming lanes and half-timbered houses. While here, enjoy a visit to the Abbey Library of Saint Gall, which houses an impressive book collection. Here, a fire in the year 937 destroyed the abbey, however, the library remained intact. Afterwards, arrive at your accommodation located right next to the World Heritage-listed Abbey District. Dinner is served at a local restaurant this evening.

Stay: St Gallen, Hotel Einstein

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 10
St Gallen, Kreuzlingen, Stein am Rhein, Zürich
There’s still one more day to immerse yourself in Swiss natural wonders. Travel to Kreuzlingen, where you’ll board a cruise on Lake Constance and the Rhine River. Prepare to have your breath taken away as you glide along the peaceful waters through nature at its finest. Afterwards, disembark in Stein am Rhein and feel the rush of the Rhine Falls. Come full circle as you return to Zürich, where you will savour a farewell dinner.

Stay: Small Luxury Hotel Ambassador Zürich

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 11
Depart Zürich
The fairytale has come to an end. Farewell your tour director and new-found friends after breakfast, then be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Meals: breakfast

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