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Grand Tour of Switzerland (6020) - 2015 / 2014

10 Day Tour from Zürich to Zürich


Grand Tour of Switzerland
Lake Maggiore
Lake Maggiore
Lake Lucerne
Lucerne, Switzerland at night
Appenzell, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Isola Bella
Visit the iconic Matterhorn in the heart of the Swiss Alps
Stunning view of the beautiful Lake Maggiore
Lake Geneva
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Discover the wonders of this extraordinary country: unspoiled scenery, majestic peaks, sparkling lakes, and cities with cosmopolitan flair. Begin with an overnight in Zürich, then travel through the hilly landscapes to Appenzell with a stop in the tiny Principality of Liechtenstein. Enjoy pastoral “Heidiland” on your way to the glamorous St. Moritz resort. Marvel at the breathtaking views on the included Bernina Express alpine train that whisks you to Tirano, Italy. Rejoin your motorcoach to arrive on the shores of splendid Lake Lugano, then to Italy’s Lake Maggiore and crossing Simplon Pass to re-enter Switzerland. Overnight in Täsch and join the included train excursion to car-free Zermatt at the foot of the mighty Matterhorn. Journey on to Lake Geneva, then to Gruyère to visit a local cheese factory, to the charming Swiss capital of Berne, and to Lake Lucerne, surrounded by snowcapped Alps. Your adventure concludes with a final overnight in vibrant Zürich.

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Headsets throughout the tour

Sightseeing:
Visits to Appenzell, Vaduz, St. Moritz, Lugano, Zermatt, Gruyère village, Berne, Interlaken, Lucerne

Scenic Highlights:
Julier Pass, Engadine Valley, Swiss-Italian Lake District, Simplon Pass, Matterhorn, Bernese Oberland

Guides:

Professional Tour Director while touring


Day 1Arrive in Zürich, Switzerland

Check into your hotel in Zürich. The rest of the day is free for exploring this exciting city. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers. (D)

Day 2Zürich–Appenzell–Liechtenstein–St. Moritz

A sensational drive today takes you through some of Switzerland’s most renowned cantons. By way of the market town of Herisau, stop in Appenzell to see the Old Town with its 16th-century Town Hall. Continue east to the minute Principality of Liechtenstein for a visit of its tiny capital, Vaduz. Pass through scenic “Heidiland” and into the Rhine Valley before starting the ascent up mighty Julier Pass. Soon you’ll be in the heart of Switzerland’s largest canton, the Grisons, where you’ll marvel at some of the world’s best Alpine views. Spend the next two nights in glamorous St. Moritz, host of two Olympic Winter Games (1928 and 1948) and the premier winter retreat of European royalty, celebrities, and the international jet set for more than a century. (B)

Day 3At leisure in

St. Moritz. Enjoy a whole day to explore this scenic Engadine valley resort. Renowned for its stunning forest, lake, and mountain setting and an average of 322 days of sunshine per year, St. Moritz is comprised of two villages separated by a mile of lake shore—St. Moritz Dorf and St. Moritz Bad. Extending up the slope from the lake, terraced Dorf is a tapestry of grand hotels, upscale boutiques, and traditional Engadine architecture, characterized by arched wooden doors, small deep-set windows, and artistically etched facades. Meanwhile, neighboring Bad is known for its ice rink, mineral and mud baths, and energetic nightlife. (B,D)

Day 4St. Moritz–Bernina Express Train to Tirano, Italy–Lugano, Switzerland

One of Europe’s most spectacular train rides begins today in St. Moritz, whisking you across lofty Bernina Pass via the Swiss Poschiavo area to Tirano in the Italian Valtellina. Here, rejoin your motorcoach and journey to the shores of sparkling Lake Lugano. (B)

Day 5Lugano–Lake Maggiore–Täsch

This morning, discover the highlights of charming, subtropical Lugano before traveling to Lake Maggiore, Italy’s second-largest lake. Consider joining the optional visit to the garden island of Isola Bella with its splendid 17th-century palazzo (palace). Return to Switzerland via picturesque Simplon Pass and spend the night in Täsch, gateway to the Matterhorn! (B,D)

Day 6Täsch–Zermatt–Lake Geneva

This morning, hop aboard the train for the only connection to car-free Zermatt, a resort surrounded by Switzerland’s highest mountains—including the celebrated Matterhorn. Stroll through town and maybe take a break to sample the local fare, like raclette, fondue, or hand-made chocolate, or to shop for an authentic Swiss watch or Swiss Army Knife. This afternoon, motor through the vineyards and apricot groves of the lower Rhône Valley to crescent-shaped Lake Geneva, one of Europe’s largest lakes. (B)

Day 7Lake Geneva

Spend either a whole day at leisure exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Lavaux terraced vineyard; relax at the hotel; or join an optional excursion to charming Geneva, with its cobblestoned Old Town and the Palais des Nations, European headquarters of the United Nations. (B,D)

Day 8Lake Geneva–Gruyère–Berne–Interlaken–Lucerne

Travel northeast today, stopping in picturesque Gruyère to visit a local cheese factory. Then, on to Berne, Switzerland’s charming 12th-century capital. The Old Town is a showcase of medieval architecture, arcaded shops, artistic fountains, and the landmark Zytglogge (clock tower), an ornate animated astronomical clock built in 1530. Travel on, skirting the shores of Lake Thun, and arrive in the renowned resort of Interlaken for a visit before crossing Brünig Pass to Lucerne. Tonight, why not join an optional folklore evening, complete with yodeling and alphorn blowing? (B)

Day 9Lucerne–Zürich

Today, discover the wonders of Lucerne, a city straight out of a storybook. Situated on Lake Lucerne in the shadows of the snowcapped Alps, your visit takes in the highlights, including cobblestone streets lined with frescoed homes, the world-famous Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge), and the poignant Lion Monument. Perhaps choose from a wonderful selection of optional activities—the most popular is an excursion to Stanserhorn mountain. In the late afternoon, an easy drive returns you to Zürich for a final overnight. (B)

Day 10Zürich

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Transportation:
Scheduled transatlantic flights and airport transfers in Zürich if Cosmos issues the air tickets. Touring by private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach. The Bernina Express train; Mountain Train Täsch-Zermatt


ZÜRICH Novotel City West (F)
ST. MORITZ Bären (F)
LUGANO Holiday Inn (F)
TÄSCH Matterhorn Resort (ST)
LAKE GENEVA Clarion Collection (F) at Lavaux
LUCERNE Luzernerhof (F)

Buffet breakfasts; 4 dinners


With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

MARCO NOCI

Years of Experience: 7 years

Switzerland-where better to take a break than in this naturally stunning and peaceful country? On a tour of this remarkable place, I  won't just show you the Switzerland that you will find in the guidebooks (chocolate, fondue, and clocks that go "cuckoo"),  I will share with you the genuine "Swiss" experience. There's more to this unique country than meets the eye!

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