Grand Tour of Switzerland (6020)

10 Day Tour from Zürich to Zürich

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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 enjoy free time in car-free Zermatt at the foot of the mighty Matterhorn. Journey to the Lausanne area, 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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 Destinations & Sightseeing

Individual headsets

Inside visits and special features:
Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.

Sightseeing:
Visits to Appenzell, Vaduz, St. Moritz, Lugano, Zermatt, Gruyères Village, Berne, Interlaken, Lucerne

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; the 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.

Day 1 Arrive 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.

Dinner

Day 2 Zürich–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.

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.

Breakfast
Dinner

Day 4 St. 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.

Breakfast

Day 5 Lugano–Lake Maggiore–Täsch–Zermatt

This morning, 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 the TRAIN in Täsch for the only connection to car-free Zermatt, a resort surrounded by Switzerland’s highest mountains—including the celebrated Matterhorn.

Breakfast
Dinner

Day 6 Zermatt–Lausanne Area

Time this morning 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. Later, 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.

Breakfast

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
Dinner

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

Travel northeast today, stopping 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 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?

Breakfast

Day 9 Lucerne Area–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 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.

Breakfast

Day 10 Zürich

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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: 9

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!

 Accommodations

ZÜRICH Novotel City West (F)
ST. MORITZ Hotel Bären (ST)
LUGANO Admiral (ST) or Ibis (ST)
ZERMATT Tschugge (F)
LAUSANNE AREA Novotel Bussigny (F)
LUCERNE AREA Drei Köonige (ST) or Ibis Styles (ST) or Ibis (ST) at Kriens

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