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
Visit the Klötzli Messerschmiede workshop and watch on as masterful artisans hand-craft Swiss folding knives, where you will gain an appreciation of the skill it takes to maintain such high standards of knife production.
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
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.
It’s wine time as you pause for a moment to savour a Mauler tasting, a fine cuvée that is based on traditional methods since 1829.
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.
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
Should you wish to head off-piste, set out on a hike along the 5-Seenweg (Five Lakes) Trail. Follow the path along the Stellisee, Grindjisee, Grünsee, Moosjisee and Leisee lakes, where you will see the reflection of the Matterhorn in the shimmering waters – the perfect photo opportunity. Otherwise head to the village centre, where you will soar to new heights as you board a train to Gornergrat, ascending 3,089 metres in just 33 minutes. At the peak, the views will leave you spellbound.
You will have the choice of sightseeing that best suits you. We have left the afternoon free for you.
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.
Stay: Two Nights, Pontresina, Hotel Saratz
In the Roseg Valley, sit back and relax, while a horse-drawn carriage takes you on a leisurely journey through stunning scenery. This is what fairytales are made of.
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.
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
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
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.
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