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Grand Tour of Switzerland (6020)

10 Day Tour from Zürich to Zürich

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With its unspoiled scenery, majestic peaks, fascinating old towns, sparkling lakes, rich history, and cities with a cosmopolitan flair, Switzerland is the perfect vacation offering something for everyone. On this Switzerland tour, you’ll experience some of its most beautiful scenery and interesting cities with overnights in Zurich, St. Moritz, Lugano, Zermatt, the Lausanne area, and the Lucerne area.

No tour to Switzerland is complete without seeing the stunning scenery. Enjoy a scenic drive through the high Alps to the tiny Principality of Liechtenstein. Witness quaint villages, finely carved chalets, green pastures, beautiful forests, magnificent mountain peaks, and rolling, green hills on your way to St. Moritz, one of the world's most famous resorts. Switch mode of transportation in Täsch, where you’ll board a mountain train to car-free Zermatt, a picturesque cluster of rustic chalets beneath the famous Matterhorn. If you desire to see lakes, you'll enjoy Lake Maggiore, Italy’s second-largest lake; stunning Lake Geneva; Lugano, the popular subtropical resort on the shores of Lake Lugano; Interlaken, situated between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz; and Lucerne, situated on Lake Lucerne in the shadows of the snowcapped Alps.

One highlight of this Switzerland tour is the journey aboard the Bernina Express from St Moritz to Tirano, Italy. Traveling on the “red train”, the highest railway across the Alps, you’ll witness glistening glaciers, stunning mountain streams, and alpine scenery, and you’ll travel through tunnels and over bridges that are engineering masterpieces! Enjoy a visit to a local cheese factory in Gruyères, a picturesque medieval town that has been unaffected with the passage of time. You’ll also spend time in Switzerland’s capital, Berne, and storybook Lucerne.

From stunning scenery and vibrant cities to its special experiences, this Switzerland tour is sure to delight. So grab your camera and get ready for an amazing vacation!
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 Tour Highlights

Individual headsets

Sightseeing:
Visits to Appenzell, Vaduz, St. Moritz, Bernina Express train, Lugano, Zermatt, Gruyères cheese factory, Berne, Interlaken, Lucerne Chapel Bridge. Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.

Guides:

Professional Tour Director while touring

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

Scenic Drive:
Lake Maggiore, Lake Geneva

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Old City of Berne
  • Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes
  • Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces

Transportation:

Transportation:
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; Bernina Express train; Mountain Train Täsch-Zermatt

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts saily; 4 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 Arrive in Zürich, Switzerland

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

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Day 2 Zürich–Appenzell–Liechtenstein–St. Moritz

A sensational drive today takes you through some of Switzerland’s most renowned cantons. 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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 At 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.

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

One of Europe’s most spectacular train rides, the BERNINA EXPRESS 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 coach and journey to the shores of sparkling Lake Lugano.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 Lugano–Lake Maggiore–Täsch–Zermatt

Discover the highlights of charming, subtropical Lugano before traveling to Lake Maggiore, Italy’s second-largest lake. Consider joining the optional boat trip for a visit to the garden island of Isola Bella with its splendid 17th-century palazzo (palace). Return to Switzerland via picturesque Simplon Pass and hop aboard a train in Täsch for the only connection to car-free Zermatt, a resort surrounded by Switzerland’s highest mountains—including the celebrated Matterhorn.

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Day 6 Zermatt–Lausanne Area

Time to 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. Then, take the train back to Täsch, where you will rejoin the coach and continue your journey through the vineyards and apricot groves of the lower Rhône Valley to crescent-shaped Lake Geneva, one of Europe’s largest lakes.

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Day 7 Lausanne Area

Spend either a whole day at leisure exploring Lausanne and its environs, or join an optional excursion to charming Geneva with its cobblestoned Old Town and the Palais des Nations, European headquarters of the United Nations.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 Lausanne Area–Gruyère–Berne–Interlaken–Lucerne Area

The first stop today is in picturesque Gruyères 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 stop 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?

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 Lucerne Area–Zürich

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 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. Return to Zurich for an overnight.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 Zürich

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

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: 10

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!

Tour Director - MARCO NOCI

 Accommodations

ZURICH Novotel Zurich City-West (F)
ST.MORITZ Hotel Baeren (ST)
LUGANO Ibis Lugano (TC)
ZERMATT Best Western Butterfly (ST) or Perren (ST)
LAUSANNE Novotel Bussigny Lausanne (ST)
LUCERNE Drei Koenige (ST) or Ibis Kriens (TC)

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Lugano
Lake Maggiore
Zermatt
Geneva
Lucerne

Lugano

Lake Lugano Cruise with Meal

Lake Lugano Cruise with Meal

Embark your private boat for a relaxing cruise on breathtaking Lake Lugano and learn about the local traditions and dishes in a typical Swiss grotto surrounded by nature.

Price Range: $$

LakeMaggiore

Boat Trip to Isola Bella

Boat Trip to Isola Bella

Explore one of the last privately owned islands open to visitors.

Price Range: $

Zermatt

Gornergrat

Gornergrat

Europe's highest mountain railway takes you to the Gornergrat (10,132 feet) in 40 minutes. The incomparable panoramic views embrace some of Switzerland's loftiest peaks, including the world-famous Matterhorn.

Price Range: $$

Geneva

Wonders of Geneva

Wonders of Geneva

Discover the secrets of this international city known as the centre of the world' s peacemaking organizations.

Price Range: $

Lucerne

Swiss Folklore Party and Dinner

Swiss Folklore Party and Dinner

Toast your Swiss evening while experiencing a traditional show with alphorns and yodeling.

Price Range: $$

Scenic Lake Cruise

Scenic Lake Cruise

One hour cruise on lake Lucerne

Price Range: $

Mount Stanserhorn

Mount Stanserhorn

A trip up the Stanserhorn mountain for breathtaking views is an experience not to be missed.

Price Range: $$

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