Enjoy six days amid spectacular Alpine beauty on your guided tour of Switzerland. You’ll meet your Tour Director and traveling companions in the vibrant city of Zurich before continuing on to the picturesque Emmental Valley. Visit a local dairy and sample world-class cheeses before setting off for Interlaken – nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, and surrounded by the magnificence of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau peaks. You’ll venture to Europe’s highest railway station serving the 13,642-ft. summit of the Jungfrau Mountain. This Alpine wonderland offers a wealth of activities and experiences for this full day’s trip.
Traveling on to Lucerne, you’ll pass through charming mountains to visit Brienz – home to the “Most Beautiful Street in Europe,” then on to a special highlight of Ballenberg’s open-air museum with its centuries-old Swiss buildings.
Your two-night stay in Lucerne includes a walking tour of the many inspirational and historic sites in the city including a visit to the Lion Monument – built in recognition of the Swiss Guards’ sacrifice in protection of the Royal House of France during the French Revolution centuries before. A sumptuous farewell dinner will conclude your Swiss adventure. With many stories of the stunning natural scenery and the warm and welcoming culture here, you’ll remember your guided tour of Switzerland as the height of your travels so far.
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Welcome to Zurich! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Enjoy an orientation walk of Zurich’s well-preserved OLD TOWN with its medieval guild houses before continuing to the Emmental Valley to visit the SCHAUKASEREI AFFOLTERN. Try out the locally produced cheese and enjoy a light lunch. Then, continue to Interlaken. The town’s unique location, nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and surrounded by the world-famous Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau mountains, guarantees spectacular views.
An unforgettable trip to the high Alpine wonderland of ice and snow is the true highlight of a visit to Switzerland. At an amazing 11,332 feet (3454 metre), the JUNGFRAUJOCH is Europe’s highest railway station. Jungfrau’s 13,642-foot (4158 metre) summit was first ascended in 1811, and in 1912 the rack railway was opened. There are lots of things to do here: enjoy the Alpine Sensation, the Panorama 360? Experience, the ICE PALACE, and take the elevator to the Sphinx Observatory. Also receive your Jungfrau Passport as a souvenir to take home with you. The round trip to the “Top of Europe” by MOUNTAIN TRAIN will take most of the day.
A scenic drive through charming mountains brings you to cozy Brienz, where you will visit the interesting WOODCARVING MUSEUM. Also walk through the romantic Brunngasse, once awarded the title “Most Beautiful Street in Europe.” Next is a visit to the fascinating OPEN-AIR MUSEUM of Ballenberg with its centuries-old buildings from all parts of Switzerland. Arrive in picturebook Lucerne, where you will stay for the next two nights. Tonight, you may wish to join an optional dinner excursion to a folklore party with cheese fondue, yodeling, and alphorn blowing.
On your walking tour this morning, admire Thorwaldsen’s impressive LION MONUMENT, dedicated to the Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France during the French Revolution, and ornate patrician houses of the walled Old Town, then cross the famous covered CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit church. Later, an exciting optional excursion is available to Mount Pilatus, the “Guard of Lucerne.” This evening, a farewell dinner has been prepared for you to celebrate the success of your holiday and the best way to say auf Wiedersehen.
Morning transfer to Zurich Airport in time for homebound flights leaving no earlier than 10 am. Extra nights are available in Zurich, not Lucerne.