Day 1: Departure
We board our direct flight for Zurich.
Day 2: Zurich / Lucerne
We arrive in Zurich and transfer to the town of Vitznau, situated on Lake Lucerne. From here we enjoy breathtaking views of the lake and surrounding mountains as we cruise to our hotel in Lucerne - our home for the next 3 nights. This evening is our Welcome Dinner.
Day 3: Lucerne
We will have a guided walking tour through the city’s Old Town, seeing the Hofkirche Church, wooden covered Chapel Bridge (the symbol of Lucerne) and the world famous Lion Monument – carved in deep relief into a sandstone cliff. We will enjoy a wonderful Swiss folklore show and dinner, and then some leisure time to explore this beautiful city on your own.
Day 4: Mount Pilatus / Lucerne
We board an aerial cableway and panoramic gondola, to reach the summit of Mount Pilatus. Known as the “Dragon Ride”, the cockpit-like cabin of the gondola has windows extending to the floor and provides breathtaking views in every direction.
Day 5: Golden Pass Train / Interlaken
Our scenic train ride on the Golden Pass Line departs from the Bruenig Pass and travels to Interlaken through the heart of the Swiss Alps. We first travel by train to Brienz, located in the midst of towering mountains overlooking the turquoise-coloured Lake Brienz. From here we take a steam mountain railway and climb over 5000 ft. to the summit of Rothorn, which offers fabulous views of the deep blue lakes below and snow-capped mountains in the distance (including one of Europe’s highest mountains - the Jungfrau!) We return to Brienz and enjoy a cruise on the lake to Interlaken, for a 2-night stay.
Day 6: Jungfrau Railway / Interlaken
We board the Jungfrau Railway to Kleine Scheidegg, home to Europe’s highest mountain - Jungfraujoch. We begin on the Bernese Oberland Railway to Lauterbrunnen, then board the Wengeralp Railway and ascend through ever changing scenery to Kleine Scheidegg. Afterwards, we descend to the charming mountain resort of Grindelwald, and return to Interlaken.
Day 7: Golden Pass Train / Montreux
The Panoramic Express is part of the famous Golden Pass Line from Lucerne to Montreux. The elegant Golden Train takes us from Interlaken to the banks of Lake Geneva. We then travel along Lake Thun and through the scenic Simme Valley to Zweisimmen, where we board the Golden Pass Panoramic of the Montreux Bernese Oberland Railway that takes us to Montreux located on Lake Geneva, for a 2-night stay. There will be time today in Montreux to stroll along the beautiful Swiss Riviera waterfront.
Day 8: Rocher de Naye / Montreux
This morning we visit Chateaux Chillon, located on a rock on the banks of Lake Geneva. This water-castle is Switzerland’s most visited historic building. For 400 years it was the residence of the Counts of Savoy as well as where Lord Byron was imprisoned when he wrote “The Prisoner of Chillon”. Be sure to look for his name carved into his cell wall! Later we board the local railway to Rocher de Naye, and enjoy the panoramic view of the Swiss and French Alps from Eiger to Mont-Blanc, and further to Lake Geneva. We may take some delightful short hikes and perhaps see one of the adorable Marmots that live in these mountains, as well as the countless species of wildflowers.
Day 9: La Gruyere / Broc / Zermatt
We travel by coach to La Gruyere, where we will have some free time and enjoy a typical fondue lunch at a local chalet! Then we continue to Broc to the famous chocolate factory - Cailler. We’ll learn about making chocolate and have a taste of some of their finest chocolates. From Tasch we enjoy a short train ride to Zermatt - a village at the foot of the Matterhorn, for a 2-night stay.
Day 10: At leisure in Zermatt
We enjoy a short walking tour of this quaint village, with the rest of the day at leisure. The air here is clear and clean because only electric cars without combustion engines are allowed to operate in the village. You may wish to climb by rail to Gornergrat – Europe’s highest open air cogwheel train that operates all day. The train crosses impressive bridges, tunnels and also the Matterhorn - the most photographed mountain in the world.
Day 11: Glacier Express Train / Chur
We board The Glacier Express - perhaps the most famous railway in the world! We travel from Zermatt to Chur, meandering through untouched pristine mountain landscapes, deep gorges, breathtaking valleys, through 91 tunnels and across 291 impressive bridges.
Day 12: Bernina Espress / St
Moritz / Chur. We board the Bernina Express for a truly spectacular rail journey. This 100-year-old heritage line has earned UNESCO World Heritage status for its ingenious engineering and the striking beauty of the scenery it winds through. Travelling past craggy mountain peaks and cascading waterfalls we make our way to Poschiavo, then before returning to Chur we pause at St. Moritz. Our Farewell Dinner will be this evening!
Day 13: Zurich
Our scenic bus ride to Zurich passes by snowcapped mountains and sparkling lakes. We will enjoy a late afternoon tour of this beautiful lakeside city, followed by our dinner and overnight.
Day 14: Home
We board our direct flight back to Canada.
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