7D6N Magical Switzerland by Insight Vacations

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Sale period: 20 Nov 2022 to 04 Feb 2023
Travel period: 20 Nov 2022 to 27 Mar 2023

fr. SGD 3818

Highlights

All Aboard the Glacier Express for a 1-Week Guided Tour of Switzerland’s Winter Festivities

Experience the magic of Switzerland at Christmas, journeying from Lucerne to Brig, and on to Geneva. Start your Swiss adventure in Lucerne, a stunning 14th century fortress city sitting on a lakeshore and surrounded by snowcapped forests. Voyage through the frosted peaks and frozen waterfalls of the Grison Alps to the Alpine ski resort of St Moritz—a retreat frequented by royalty and James Bond in the Spy Who Loved Me. Board the Glacier Express to Brig and adventure through the heart of the Swiss Alps in the Albula Pass tunnel, before crossing the skyscraping Landwasser Viaduct and descending through the Rhône Valley. Explore the car free, cobbled streets of Zermatt Village at the foot of Mount Matterhorn and in the Swiss capital, enjoy a sumptuous Geneva fondue dinner at Le Petit Chalet.

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® EXPERIENCES

Our MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® experiences connect you with people, the planet and wildlife and promote the values of sustainable tourism.

Geneva Red Cross Museum Visit - Visit the fascinating Red Cross Museum. Learn how this world-renowned organization provides assistance to refugees, migrants and asylum seekers and, with your visit, support their vital work.

UNIQUE INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

Explore destinations with engaging Local Experts, gain special access to iconic sites and enjoy fun activities with our Unique Insight Experiences.

Chillon Castle Visit - Visit Chillon Castle with Head of Collections, Maud, to discover the artefacts, treasures and history of the chateau.

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Learn about the landmarks, history and culture that makes your destination special.

Visit Europe's Christmas Markets - Embrace the magic of Christmas time in Europe. Select departures will allow you to have time to explore local markets.

Lucerne Orientation - During your orientation with your Travel Director, see the emotive Lion Monument, Jesuit Church and Chapel Bridge.

St Moritz Orientation - During your orientation of this alpine resort see the spa quarter and glacial lake.

Glacier Express Scenic Train - Travel along the route of the world-famous Glacier Express, through looping tunnels and dizzying viaducts, in the scenic heart of the Swiss Alps, on a regional train fully powered by hydroelectricity.

Brig Orientation - During your orientation with your Travel Director cross the River Rhône and hear about this popular holiday resort at the foot of the Simplon Pass.

Zermatt Orientation - Your Travel Director will lead you on an orientation of this picturesque village, high in the mountains.

Travel to Zermatt via Cogwheel Train - Ride the shuttle trains of the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway up to the traffic-free Alpine resort. Should weather permit, you may even see the majestic peak of the Matterhorn.

Montreux Orientation - At the foot of the Alps this town boasts one of the most beautiful walks along Lake Geneva, join your Travel Director for an orientation before there is free time to explore.

Geneva Orientation - During your orientation, your Travel Director will show you the Jet d'Eau and Floral Clock.


Dates

          Tour Start Date                    Tour End Date          
Sunday
Nov 20, 2022
Saturday
Nov 26, 2022
Sunday
Nov 27, 2022
Saturday
Dec 3, 2022
Wednesday
Dec 21, 2022
Tuesday
Dec 27, 2022
Friday
Dec 30, 2022
Thursday
Jan 5, 2023
Sunday
Jan 8, 2023
Saturday
Jan 14, 2023
Sunday
Jan 29, 2023
Saturday
Feb 4, 2023
Tuesday
Mar 21, 2023
Monday
Mar 27, 2023


Dinner with Wine
Welcome to Switzerland - an enchanting winter wonderland of frozen waterfalls, peaceful cosy villages, snow-laden forests and imposing mountain ranges, crowned by famous peaks. On arrival at Zürich airport, transfers leave for your hotel in Lucerne at 09:30 and 13:30. Join your Travel Director and fellow guests at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner with good food and wine.
Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
Experience Lucerne, a beautiful 14th century city still protected by medieval fortifications. Your Travel Director will reveal the covered wooden bridges, the painted gables and the sorrowful Lion Monument. Then there’s time to enjoy the excellent shops and lakeside walks before heading along the dramatic Walensee, past Chur, to the fashionable ski resort of St. Moritz. Set in the sparkling Engadine Valley, this elegant resort nestles below the awe-inspiring, majestic Grisons Alps.
Breakfast
This whole day is completely at leisure, so maybe enjoy a late breakfast to start? Afterwards you may choose to explore the spa quarter of this chic resort, see the houses with their traditional sgraffito facades or indulge in the stylish boutiques? You may even consider joining the Bernina Express for a scenic rail journey of such epic proportions that it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site?
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine
Board the world famous Glacier Express for a spectacular ride with lunch included, through the heart of the Swiss Alps. Descend through the tunnels of the Albula Pass and traverse the lofty Landwasser Viaduct. Your train then joins the broad Rhine Gorge and meanders beside rock-strewn rivers before climbing through snowy pastures and woodlands. Picturesque landscapes of ice-capped mountains and stone-built villages with chalet-style houses glide by. After a series of spirals, you will reach the highest point of the route, the icy Oberalp Pass. Modern, panoramic viewing cars ensure that you won’t miss a thing on your descent to Andermatt and down the Rhône Valley. Around mid-afternoon, you will disembark in Brig. Marvel at the dramatic Swiss scenery, as you follow the narrow valley which leads to Täsch, your home for the next two days.
Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
Board the cogwheel train that takes you to the traffic-free haven of Zermatt, at the foot of the Matterhorn. Wander along its cobbled streets to browse among the shops, explore the ancient wooden farmhouses and mazot barns in the back alleys, or visit the Matterhorn Museum to pass through the homes of yesteryear. If you have a head for heights, then you may like to board the cable car up the Klein Matterhorn. From the summit, marvel at the incredible views of the icebound Swiss Alps, should weather permit. Return to your hotel in Täsch where the remainder of the day is at leisure.
Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
Journey along the Lower Rhône Valley to the shores of Lake Geneva where the associations with the early European Romantic movement are very strong. Join Maud, the curator of the Chateau, to visit the beautiful Chillon Castle, former home to the Counts of Savoy, set on a rocky islet in the lake. In 1816, the castle inspired Lord Byron to write the poem ‘The Prisoner of Chillon,’ following his walk through the dungeons. Look out for his name, which he carved into a pillar. Close by is the sophisticated tiered town of Montreux, where it is delightful to stroll along the lakeside promenade. Enjoy a beautiful journey alongside the lake, passing Vevey and Lausanne, to reach the immaculate town of Geneva. On arrival, your orientation includes the United Nations Building, officially known as the Palais des Nations, the Old Town and the Jet d’Eau.

Visit the Red Cross Museum for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience and learn how this world-renowned organization provides vital assistance to refugees, migrants and asylum seekers. Spend your night in Geneva, rejoicing with your newfound friends at a local restaurant, as you are treated to a delicious, traditional fondue Celebration Dinner complete with wine.
Breakfast
Your magical journey comes to an end after breakfast. Your transfer will arrive at Geneva airport at 08:00 or 10:00.
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