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  • Starting Price: $3,605
  • Length: 8 days
  • Operator: iExplore Exclusive
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    Destinations: Europe, Switzerland
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Tour Description

Switzerland is a small multi-cultural, multi-lingual country located in the very heart of Europe. It shares common frontiers with five countries - Germany, France, Italy, Austria and the tiny Principality of Liechtenstein. Switzerland is therefore at the crossroads of the continent. It is a focal point of international air, road and rail traffic and easily accessible within hours from major European cities and centers.

Itinerary

Day 1: Zurich- Lucerne, Switzerland

Arrive Zurich International Airport. Upon clearing Customs and Immigration, you are met by an iExplore Representative who will present you with a welcome packet including all necessary documentation. Transfer by private car to your hotel in Lucerne, where the balance of the day is at leisure.

Lucerne is one of Switzerland's most charming medieval cities. Lucerne is situated in the historic and scenic heart of what many believe to be the "true" Switzerland picture mountains, lakes, cowbells, alpine villages and meadows full of edelweiss. The town straddles the Reuss River on the western edge of Lake Lucerne and makes an excellent base for excursions.

Romantik Hotel Wilden Mann offers incomparable charm of bygone days harmoniously blended with modern amenities: 43 rooms, each with its own unique ambiance, colour TV, radio, minibar and direct-dial telephone. Whether in the "Chambre bleue" or the "Honeymoon-Suite", in the conference and meeting rooms or in the "Salon" – gracious hospitality, a pleasant atmosphere, a flair for detail is omnipresent. An oasis of serenity and repose in a prime central location.

Romantik Hotel Wilden Mann- Standard Room

Day 2: Lucerne

Meet your English speaking local guide for a walking tour of Lucerne.

Explore storybook Lucerne, situated on Lake Lucerne, a charming city with many faces. Reflect on the history of Lucerne as you walk across the 14th century Chapel Bridge with its paintings of heroic town events. Then cross Mill Bridge to see the "Dance of Death" paintings. Musegg Town Wall, the old city ramparts and the stately Town Hall, displaying suits of armours, remind you of the Middle Ages. Continue on to the Lion Monument memorialising the Swiss Guards who defended the Royal Palace in Versailles during the French Revolution.

Romantik Hotel Wilden Mann- Standard Room

Day 3: Lucerne- Mt. Pilatus- Lucerne

After enjoying a breakfast buffet at the hotel, embark on a leisurely first-class boat cruise on crystal-clear Lake Lucerne to Alpnachstad ascend by the steepest rack railway in the world to Pilatus Kulm, 7000ft high. On top you have time to walk up to the vista point and to admire the breathtaking panorama over the Swiss Alps and Lucerne. Then descend by aerial cable car to Fraekmuentegg, change to smaller cable cars which sweep you over pine forests and mountain meadows to the village of Kriens. Return to Lucerne by public bus.

Breakfast

Romantik Hotel Wilden Mann- Standard Room

Day 4: Lucerne- Grindelwald

Transfer by pre-arranged taxi to the Lucerne train station. A First Class train will take you from Lucerne to Grindelwald. The hotel bus will meet you in Grindelwald for the transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

This lovely Alpine village in the heart of Switzerland is embraced by the snow-capped peaks of the Eiger, Moench & Jungfrau. The peaks of the Jungfrau, Moench and Eiger are the most dramatic watershed on the European continent. Grindelwald, an Alpine village in a sunny valley, located between 1,050 m and 3,454 m, has hotels for all budgets and is dotted with charming cottages.

Located in the Jungfrau region, Grindelwald is a good base for winter and summer activities in the mountains. In winter, there's good skiing; during other seasons, there are plenty of opportunities for hiking and more adventurous pursuits, such as canyoning. Be sure to visit one of the nearby glaciers.

Hotel Kirchbuehl is situated in a sunny and quiet location with a spectacular view to the mountains and the glacier. The hotel has a specialty restaurant and offers sauna, steam bath, whirlpool and solarium.

Breakfast

Hotel Kirchbuehl- Standard Room

Day 5: Grindelwald- Jungfraujoch- Grindelwald

This excursion takes you to the very heart of the Bernese Alps - from the green valleys to the glistening, eternal snow fields and glaciers encircling the mighty "Eiger" (13'026 ft/ 3970m), "Mönch" (13'449 ft/ 4099m) and "Jungfrau" (13'643 ft/ 4158m), which form an imposing nucleus of the Alpine Region. The railway of the Jungfrau Region are under unified management and comprise an electrified, highly efficient transport system. For those technically interested: there are different gauges, also gradients up to 25%. The highlight, of course, is the spectacular ride through the tunnel (4.4 miles long) cut into the rocks of the "Eiger". The travelling time from Grindelwald to the Jungfraujoch is approx. 2 hours each way.

At Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe, you can visit the Ice Palace and the Sphinx Terraces - reached by lift affording breathtaking view of the Aletsch Glacier, the largest river of ice in Europe. Refreshment or a meal can be obtained at the Jungfraujoch Restaurant "Top of Europe". After approx. 2 hours, you will return to the mountaineering village of Grindelwald.

Breakfast

Hotel Kirchbuehl- Standard Room

Day 6: Grindelwald- Montreux

Transfer by hotel bus to the Grindelwald train station. Take a First Class train from Grindelwald to Montreux via Zweisimmen. You will be met at the Montreux train station by your local guide for a tour of the wine lands area. You will depart by private car on a scenic drive through the beautiful vineyards and charming villages of the major wine producing area of Switzerland. Then stop at a typical old wine cellar (about 400 years old!) for a wine tasting- a delightful custom enjoyed by the Swiss for centuries!

In the 19th century, writers, artists and musicians flocked from all over Europe to Montreux, a pleasing lakeside resort. The "Riviera on Lake Geneva" offers miles of lakeside to stroll along, snow-capped mountains, and a lake with steamships plying up and down.

Stay in Hotel Ble Epoque with mountain and lake view rooms with air-conditioning. The hotel is centrally located, across from the train station and near the Congress center, casino and shops. Facilities for conventions, banquets. Panoramic terrace, coffee-shop, and French restaurant are available.

Breakfast

Hotel Suisse Majestic- Standard Room

Day 7: Montreux- Gruyeres- Broc- Montreux

Today, enjoy a fascinating excursion aboard the famous "Chocolate Train." First Class train Montreux - Gruyères - Broc - Montreux

Please note: the Chocolate Train runs on Monday, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from May to October, as well as on Monday thru Friday in July and August, excepting national holidays. If the Chocolate Train is not available, train tickets from Montreux to Gruyères and return will be provided.

The "Chocolate train" of the Golden Pass Services Montreux-Oberland bernois leads to Gruyères as well as to the Nestlé/Cailler chocolate factory located in Broc. During this journey in the nostalgic carriages " Belle-Epoque " or the panoramic car, a coffee and a croissant will be served through the hostess. Visit of the "Gruyères" Cheese factory and than you have time at your disposal for visiting the village and its castle, as well as for lunch time. Continue to Broc, the chocolate factory, where a projection of a film about the chocolate making will be showed. Do a mini-circle at the factory, followed by a chocolate tasting and an interesting factory sale. On the way back to Montreux enjoy the charming Swiss country side. Return by train to Montreux this afternoon.

Breakfast

Hotel Suisse Majestic- Standard Room

Day 8: Montreux- Geneva- Depart

Today, depart from your hotel to the Montreux train station. (Next door) Take the First Class train from Montreux directly to Geneva Airport.

Breakfast

Departures

This trip is available May 11 to October 22, 2012. Alternate itineraries are offered year round. Please call for details.

Pricing Information

2012 Prices: Valid from May 11 to October 22, 2012*

Accomodations Price per Person (USD)
1 person in 1 single room $6005
2 people in 1 double room $4050
3 people in 1 double and 1 single room $4250
4 people in 2 double rooms $3605

*Hotel Kirchbuehl will be closed from approx. April 11 to May 10, 2012

Inclusions

  • 3 nights accommodation at the Romantik Hotel Wilden Mann in Lucerne, standard rooms
  • 2 nights accommodation at the Hotel Kirchbuehl in Grindelwald, standard rooms
  • 2 nights accommodation at Hotel Suisse Majestic in Montreux, standard rooms
  • Full buffet breakfast daily
  • Service charge and taxes
  • Arrival transfer from Zurich airport to Lucerne by private sedan or minivan with English speaking driver
  • Taxi transfer from Hotel Wilden Mann to train station on day 4
  • Transfer by hotel bus from train station to Hotel Kirchbühl in Grindelwald on day 4
  • Transfer by hotel bus from Hotel Kirchbühl to train station in Grindelwald on day 6
  • Half day private car (sedan or minivan) for visit to the vineyards in Montreux and area, ending at hotel
  • Taxi transfer from Hotel Eden au Lac to train station in Montreux on day 8
  • English speaking local guide in Lucerne for morning city walk on day 2
  • English speaking local guide in Montreux for vineyard tour in Montreux area on day 6
  • wine tasting with cheese and bread on day 6

Train and Bus Tickets

  • half fare card valid for 1 month
  • day 3– tickets to Mount Pilatus
  • day 4 – first class train Lucerne to Grindelwald
  • day 5 – tickets to Jungfraujoch
  • day 6 – first class train Grindelwald to Montreux
  • day 7 – tickets for chocolate train or Lausanne to Gruyeres and back
  • day 8 – first class train Montreux to Geneva airport

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

Options and Extras

Supplements: July 6 – August 19, 2012 (Grindelwald)

$35 for 1 person in 1 single room

$70 for 2 people in 1 double room

$105 for 3 people in 1 double room and 1 single room

$140 for 4 people in 2 double rooms

$350 supplement for English speaking guide for trip to Mount Pilatus

Tour Notes