8 Day Affordable Switzerland

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8 Day Affordable Switzerland
Swissotel Zurich Zurich
Ameron Hotel Flora Lucerne
Grand Europe Hotel Lucerne
Hotel Novotel Lugano Paradiso Lugano

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2019 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land Land Only
$2639* $2009
  $2209* $1579
$2729* $2169
  $2299* $1739
$2469* $1909
  $2039* $1479
$2469* $1909
  $2039* $1479
$2389* $1859
  $1959* $1429
2020 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land Land Only
$2389* $1859
  $1959* $1429
$2439* $1909
  $2009* $1479
$2659* $2069
  $2229* $1639
$2609* $2069
  $2179* $1639

*Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.

Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.

Is This Trip Right for You?

This fast-paced trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. For every touring day, expect three to four hours walking where you will encounter uneven surfaces, stairs, steps significant slopes, as well as considerable time standing. Many historical cities have specific driving regulations, with set drop-off and pick-up points, that result in extra walking to and from the sights. Please be aware that Switzerland is an expensive destination. This is an Off Season program. For more information, click here.

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DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Switzerland
Depart for Switzerland

DAY 2, Saturday - Arrive in Zurich
Arrive in Zurich, Switzerland’s financial center and home to many of the world’s leading banks; transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure to rest and relax. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Drink and attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 6 pm, followed by a Welcome Dinner at the hotel. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in Zurich no later than 4 pm or earlier, if possible
Overnight: Zurich
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Sunday - Morning Tour of Zurich, Einsiedeln, Travel to Lucerne
Begin this morning with a walking tour through the Old Town of Zurich. Stroll along the famous shopping Bahnhofstrasse street, view the baroque St Peter's church, with Europe’s largest clock on its tower, and admire the gorgeous views from Lindenhof hill. The tour concludes with a scenic drive along Lake Zurich. Afterward, journey to Einsiedeln, located in the heart of Central Switzerland. The baroque Einsiedeln Abbey, has been one of the most important places of pilgrimage in Europe since the Middle Ages. Free time for lunch on your own. Later, continue to beautiful Lucerne, with its pristine lakeside setting and gorgeous mountainous panorama. Upon arrival in late afternoon, check into your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Lucerne
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Monday - Lucerne City Tour
A day to explore the heart of central Switzerland. Begin this morning with an orientation drive through Lucerne starting at 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 in 1792 during the French Revolution. View the 14th century medieval Chapel Bridge, one of the oldest covered wooden bridges in Europe forming the centerpiece of Lucerne's townscape. Remainder of the day is at leisure. Shop for chocolate, watches and the famous Swiss and German cuckoo clocks, sip coffee at a café, or perhaps join the exciting optional tour to Mount Pilatus. Ascend to the peak of Mount Pilatus via aerial cableway, and enjoy the jaw dropping views out of the panoramic windows, especially designed to give the feeling of flying. Once at the top, take a short hike or, relax on the panorama terrace. After admiring the splendid scenery at nearly 7,000 feet, descend by aerial cableway and return to the hotel. Tonight, gather together for dinner at the hotel
Optional: Mount Pilatus Tour (AM)
Overnight: Lucerne
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Tuesday - Full Day in Lucerne
Today is at leisure for individual explorations, or join the optional tour to Berne, the capital of Switzerland. The medieval air of this city with its many fountains, sandstone facades, narrow streets and historic towers is unique. Stroll along the beautifully preserved cobblestone streets of the Old Town and visit the Zytglogge*, a landmark medieval clock tower built in the early 13th century. View the house where Albert Einstein lived and wrote the Theory of Relativity. Admire the House of Parliament, boasting stunning views of the majestic Bernese Alps. Free time for lunch on your own. Return to Lucerne later in the afternoon
*For Nov 8 and Nov 15 departures, the visit to the Zytglogge will be substituted with Einstein House, due to renovations
Optional: Full Day Berne
Overnight: Lucerne
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Wednesday - Gotthard Pass en Route to Lugano, Cruise on Lake Lugano
This morning, depart Lucerne and travel south to Lugano, a city located in the Italian-speaking Ticino region. En route, travel through the Gotthard Road Tunnel. A masterpiece of engineering, the almost 10.5 mile long road tunnel connects the snowy Alps with the beautiful palm trees of the Italian region. Early afternoon arrival in Lugano, set on the shores of glacial Lake Lugano. After lunch on your own, take a boat cruise on Lake Lugano and marvel at the surrounding alpine scenery. Spend the rest of the day at leisure
Overnight: Lugano
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Thursday - Full Day in Lugano
A day to explore Lugano on your own. Perhaps, stroll along Lake Lugano’s charming tree-shaded promenade with spectacular panoramic views, or observe and sample chocolate being made at the Alprose Chocolate Museum. On your last night in Switzerland, bid goodbye to your Tour Manager and newfound friends at the Farewell Dinner
Overnight: Lugano
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Friday - Depart Switzerland
Transfer to the airport in Milan for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Optional Tours

Ascend the world's steepest cogwheel railway which winds up through lush meadows carpeted with Alpine flowers, past sparkling mountain streams and fascinating rock faces to Mt. Pilatus. After admiring splendid views of the Bernese Oberland and the snowcapped Swiss peaks from the summit at nearly 7000 feet, descend by aerial cableway and return to Lucerne.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

*From November to May and in the event of adverse weather, the cogwheel will be replaced by the aerial cable car.

Day #4 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2020 $99.00
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Travel via the Emmental region famous for its cheese to Berne, set in the heart of Switzerland and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll along the beautifully preserved cobblestone streets of the Old Town and admire the clock towers that have been around since the 1400s. View the house where Albert Einstein lived and wrote the Theory of Relativity. Afterward, visit the Rose Garden, a beautiful park where 220 types of roses are displayed along with countless rows of colorful flowers. Admire the wonderful views of the River Aare and Old Town. Free time for lunch on your own and to explore one of the longest weather-sheltered shopping promenades in Europe.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 9 hours.

Day #5 01 Oct 2019 - 30 Apr 2020 $75.00
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