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8 Day Affordable Switzerland

Duration

8 Days

Max People

6

Age Range

1-90

Operated in:

English

Included/Excluded

  • Accommodation
  • guides
  • Sightseeing
  • Additional Services
  • Flights
  • 8 meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners

Tour Plan

DAY 1- Depart for Switzerland

Depart for Switzerland

DAY 2- Arrive in Geneva

Arrive in cosmopolitan Geneva and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure to rest and relax. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 6 PM, followed by a light dinner. We recommend that you select flights which arrive no later than 4 PM
Overnight: Geneva
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3- Full Day in Geneva

During your morning orientation tour of Geneva, view the Jet d'Eau, Floral Clock, Reformation Monument and learn about the city's rich history. Spend the balance of the day at leisure to explore this dynamic city. Perhaps take a walk along the lively streets in the old town, stroll the mile-long promenade around the lake, or just unwind in one of Geneva's many parks. Alternatively, perhaps join the optional tour of Annecy, nestled amidst the breathtaking landscapes of the French Alps. On arrival, begin your guided walking tour, and learn about Annecy's history, dating back to the Roman times. Admire the picturesque canals, and medieval architecture, including the iconic Palais de L'Isle. Stroll along the scenic shores of Lake Annecy, known as the "Pearl of the French Alps," and marvel at the crystal-clear waters, and snowy peaks of La Tournette and les Aravis mountain ranges. Browse through the markets, artisan shops, and unwind at one of the quaint cafes, sampling local delicacies
Optional: Annecy Tour
Overnight: Geneva
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4- Gruyere, Bern, Travel to Lucerne

This morning, depart Geneva and travel to Lucerne. Along the way, visit the hilltop village of Gruyere, home of Switzerland's most famous cheese. Walk through the small medieval village with its cobbled streets, and towering 13th century castle. There will be free time for shopping and lunch on your own. Afterward, head to Bern, the capital of Switzerland, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a stroll through the Old Town and view the late Gothic Cathedral, the Münster, with its stunning portal and its depiction of the Last Judgment. Witness the hourly parade of painted figures at the Clock Tower (Zytglogge). Continue the drive to Lucerne and check into your hotel
Overnight: Lucerne
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5- Full Day in Lucerne

Start the day with an orientation tour of Lucerne, including the inspiring Lion Monument. One of the best-known monuments in the country, the Lion of Lucerne was created in remembrance of the heroic death of Swiss guards killed during the French Revolution. View the 14th century medieval Chapel Bridge, forming the centerpiece of Lucerne's townscape. Remainder of the day is at leisure, perhaps join the optional tour to Mount Pilatus. Ascend the world's steepest cogwheel railway to the summit of Mt. Pilatus at nearly 7,000 feet. After admiring the splendid panorama, descend by aerial cableway and return to the hotel
Optional: Mount Pilatus Tour (AM)
Overnight: Lucerne
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6- Bellinzona, Locarno, Lugano

Begin the scenic journey through the majestic Swiss Alps via the famous St. Gotthard tunnel to Bellinzona in southern Switzerland's Italian-speaking Ticino region. Explore the city and visit the medieval Castelgrande, Bellinzona's mightiest castle. Continue to the resort town of Locarno, located on the shores of Lake Maggiore. Free time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and lunch on your own, before heading to Lugano. On arrival, take a orientation tour of the city with its mix of Swiss-Mediterranean cultures. Afterward, check into your hotel
Overnight: Lugano
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7- Full Day in Lugano

Today is free to explore Lugano on your own, or join the optional Lake Como Tour. Take a guided walking tour to the town of Como, home to exquisite Lake Como, one of Italy's most romantic destinations. Enjoy a private cruise of the lake, admiring the elegant villas. Spend some free time independently exploring picturesque villages before returning to your hotel in Lugano. On your last night in Switzerland, bid farewell to your Tour Manager at dinner
Optional: Lake Como Tour
Overnight: Lugano
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8- Depart Switzerland

Transfer to the airport in Milan for your departure flight. The Milan Airport is approximately an hour and a half drive from Lugano
Meals: Breakfast

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