Highlights of Switzerland

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Travel Style: Array Mixed
Physical Level: Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
11 days
From: $ 5,735 $ 521 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Visit two medieval cities, Zürich and Bern, both laced with history.
  • Head to the Top of Europe at Jungfraujoch to admire the Bernese Alps.
  • Visit a traditional cheesemaker to learn how Emmental gets its holes.
  • Ride the world’s steepest cogwheel train to the top of Pilatus Kulm.
  • Journey on the GoldenPass panoramic train through some of Switzerland’s most inspiring scenery.

Short Description

With its pristine Alpine mountainscapes, bucolic dairy villages and glittering international cities, Switzerland combines broad cultural influences with a deeply independent attitude. Surrounded by other European countries yet protected by its forbidding mountain range, Switzerland is a nation of many regions, languages and landscapes. Our specialists have visited the whole country, from French-speaking Geneva in the west, where the UN has its headquarters, to the glitzy mountain retreat St. Moritz in the east, where Swiss-German is the main language.

Style Private guided tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions All internal ground transport
Start City Zürich
End City Bern

Itinerary

Day 1 Zürich

Location: Zürich

Arrive into Zürich to be met by a driver for a private transfer to your hotel in the old town. Once you've settled into your hotel, meet your guide for a private walking tour of the city. Highlights may include the tower of Fraumünster and the enormous clock face of Saint Peter's church. Finish up at Lindenhof Hill for views down across the old town.

Day 2 Zürich

Location: Zürich

Take a train one hour from Zürich to Neuhausen. Here you can spend the morning at Europe's largest waterfall, the Rhine Falls, viewing it from a raised platform or from below on a boat trip. Head back to Zürich for an afternoon cruise around the lake, hopping on and off the boat to visit sights like the Lindt & Sprüngli chocolate factory.

Day 3 Lucerne

Travel in Switzerland ,  Zürich ,  Location: Lucerne

Board a train for a short journey through the countryside to arrive in Lucerne. This afternoon, indulge in a gourmet chocolate tasting, then board a sunset boat cruise to explore Lake Lucerne, passing sights such as the former home of composer Richard Wagner.

Day 4 Lucerne

Location: Lucerne

Spend a full day visiting Pilatus Kulm, ride the steepest cog wheel train in the world to reach the summit, then meander along a multitude of trails to enjoy far-reaching views. Descend by funicular to return to Lucerne.

Day 5 Lucerne

Location: Lucerne

Enjoy a full day at leisure. Lucerne is a small town that's easy to navigate on foot. You may wish to visit the Glacier Garden and Lion Monument before strolling the length of the 13th-century Musegg Wall, part of the town's original fortifications.

Day 6 Grindelwald

Lucerne ,  Interlaken , Location: Grindelwald

Today you'll take the GoldenPass panoramic train from Lucerne to Interlaken in the heart of Bernese Oberland. Change trains here and continue the short distance to the quintessential Alpine village of Grindelwald, dwarfed by the imposing face of the Eiger.

Day 7 Grindelwald

Location: Grindelwald

Venture to the Top of Europe today. The Jungfraujoch is an icy saddle between two Alpine peaks and home to the continent's highest train station. Take the railway up with a stop to see the Ischmeer glacier on the way, before continuing up to the observation deck. You can also explore below the ice through a network of tunnels and caves dotted with sculptures.

Day 8 Grindelwald

Location: Grindelwald

Enjoy a day at leisure in Grindelwald. You can head out to explore the other tiny villages of Wengen and Mürren or take the funicular up from Grindelwald to enjoy some mountain air on a moderate hiking trail to Bachalpsee.

Day 9 Bern

Grindelwald ,  Interlaken ,  Location: Bern

This morning, board another scenic train heading north to the Swiss capital of Bern. Your private guide will meet you for an afternoon walking tour of the city, including a behind-the-scenes peek inside the still-working 13th-century clock tower.

Day 10 Bern

Location: Bern

Today is a chance to sample the renowned (and holey) Swiss cheese. A private driver will take you out to the Emmental Valley for a tour of a show dairy. You will journey through the ages of cheese-making, tasting different maturities of cheese along the way. Afterwards you can also turn your hand to making your own versi

Day 11 Return home

Location: Bern

Journey by train to Basel for your flight home on of soft cheese.

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Ewan was fantastic in helping me arrange a US trip for me and my Fiancée. Gave me all the top spots and recommendations on what to do, when all I really had to start with was a broad idea of where I wanted to go.
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Unfortunately, I can't review our TRAVEL experience with Audley Travel, but can comment on their non-responsiveness.

I contacted Audley as they came recommended by Wilderness Travel, the company we traveled with previously.

I left multiple messages for their regional specialist Adam -- voice messages through his co-workers (Alec and Jacky), email, website inquiry -- he didn't reply. I finally spoke to another specialist at the office (Lydia) and pressed her to not take yet another message for Adam, but tell me honestly if they are interested in working on our itinerary or we should move on. She then told me that they are busy. Well, wish they had some integrity to tell me on the first call, so I didn't have to loose time on trying to contact their "specialist".

p.s. They sent their automated marketing message with ALL their trips listed in response to my website inquiry. In this message they included: "When you are ready...". I replied that, indeed, we are ready, as I explained in my inquiry -- ready, know where and when we want to travel and are inquiring if you are interested in creating a private journey for us. No reply! Instead, they sent another marketing message the next day (and after Lydia already told us that they are very busy and won't be able to make reservations.) The second marketing message had no option to "unsubscribe". Again, I replied to that message and asked them to stop spamming me with marketing materials.

UPDATE: Audley's Client Experience Executive reached out to me in response to this review. She apologized profusely and wanted me to know that my "feedback is being heard". She said that she spoke with the employees' manager to "ensure mistakes like this don’t happen again and provide additional training to support their growth." She also promised to ask the marketing to delete my name from their marketing list. I took her at her word.

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Unfortunately Audley Travel are so arrogant they don’t believe anyone else can provide a better holiday at lower cost

I’m booking for South Africa and they simply can’t accept that another company can provide a better itinerary at a lower price - even to the point of asking for the other quote and saying this is usual practice in the industry!! ( rubbish) . Totally unprofessional behaviour. Furthermore , sending me emails knocking my choice of hotel and safari park while at the same time promoting hotels that clearly have issues as evidenced by poor ratings on the major sites

I use another well known travel provider that actually provide high quality at a decent price

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Mark Hotham at Audley Travel helped us to put together the holiday of a lifetime. He helped us through the complexity of different start dates, advised on a suitable hotel and arranged a terrific trip to the Elephant Hills camp in the jungle.
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