Switzerland: Europe's Crown Jewel 2019

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Small Group Tour
Explore picturesque mountains, sparkling lakes and fashionable Swiss cities including Lausanne, Interlaken, St. Moritz and Lucerne... travel by cogwheel train and funicular in the Alps, by private boat on an alpine lake, and by rail in a domed observation car aboard the Glacier Express... all on Tauck's ultimate Switzerland journey.


Trip type
Small Group Tour
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Trip pace
Balanced schedule


    • A Tauck Exclusive private cocktail reception at the Ice Palace on the Jungfraujoch
    • followed by a private funicular ride up to Harder Kulm for dinner with a view; an overnight at Lausanne Palace in Lake Geneva-view rooms; a two-night stay at the Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa with views of the Jungfrau; a ride aboard a domed observation car into the Alps on the Glacier Express; a climb by cogwheel train to Gornergrat to view the Matterhorn; a cruise aboard a private boat to the Borromean Islands on Lake Maggiore

What's this trip about?

    Explore picturesque mountains, sparkling lakes and fashionable Swiss cities including Lausanne, Interlaken, St. Moritz and Lucerne... travel by cogwheel train and funicular in the Alps, by private boat on an alpine lake, and by rail in a domed observation car aboard the Glacier Express... all on Tauck's ultimate Switzerland journey.

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Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeSmall Group - 24 max
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityGeneva, Switzerland
End CityLucerne, Switzerland

Travel Themes

  • Cultural


  • Europe
  • Switzerland


  • Lucerne
  • St. Moritz
  • Zermatt


  • Culture

Trip includes

    • TAUCK'S YELLOW ROADS! 11 days of in-depth exploration to tiny Alpine villages steeped in charm and glistening lakes radiant with natural beauty TAUCK EXCLUSIVE - A private cocktail reception for Tauck guests only at the Ice Palace on the Jungfraujoch, the "top of Europe," followed by a private funicular ride to Harder Kulm for dinner with panoramic views of the Bernese Oberland An overnight at Lausanne Palace in Lake View guest rooms overlooking Lake Geneva A two-night stay at the Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa in guest rooms featuring views of the Jungfrau A rail journey to your Alpine resort in Zermatt, where views of the Matterhorn astound Passage aboard a domed observation car on The Glacier Express Private boat rides on Lake Maggiore to Isola Bella in the beautiful Borromean Islands, and on a wine tasting cruise on Lake Lugano Multiple-night stays in Zermatt, Lugano, Interlaken and Lucerne Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted 23 meals (10 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 8 dinners), service charges, gratuities to local guides, admission fees, taxes and porterage

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Day 1 Arrive Geneva with included transfer to Lausanne
Tour begins: 6:00 PM at Lausanne Palace. A transfer is included from Geneva International Airport to Lausanne Palace in Lausanne; the drive takes you through the vineyard country high above Lake Geneva to your hotel in Lausanne, overlooking the north-central shore of the...
Day 2 Meadows & mountains, from Chillon to Gruyères and Zermatt
Think spectacular scenery, regal lakeside châteaux, quintessential Swiss villages and snowcapped mountains that glisten in the sunlight. Add ample opportunities to learn about life in this Alpine wonderland and you have a glimpse of what's in store today. Start your day ...
Day 3 Climb to Gornergrat by cogwheel train & view the Matterhorn
Take a cogwheel rail journey up to Gornergrat (10,225 ft.), one of the best viewing points to see breathtaking vistas of the Matterhorn from on high. Descend at leisure; the rest of the day is free to enjoy the resort of Zermatt. MEALS : B LODGING : Hotel Mont Cervin Palace PORTOFCALL : Gornergrat, Switzerland

Day 4 La dolce vita at Lake Maggiore in Italy & Lake Lugano in Switzerland
Travel by train and coach for a trip over the 6,578-ft. Simplon Pass to Stresa on Lake Maggiore in Italy - after lunch, a private water taxi awaits to take you to Isola Bella. Visit the palace and gardens, built in the shape of a ship, before continuing on to your grand hotel nestled on the shores of Lago di Lugano. MEALS : B, L, D LODGING : Hotel Splendide Royal Lugano PORTOFCALL : Lugano, Switzerland

Day 5 A lovely day in lakeside Lugano
Get to know Lugano - a gem of a lakeside resort town - first on a walking tour, then aboard a private wine tasting cruise on Lake Lugano. Following lunch at a local grotto restaurant, the rest of the afternoon and evening are yours to explore on your own. There is much t...
Day 6 Across the Alps to St. Moritz
View some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe as you cross between Italy and Switzerland along Via Regina, the old Roman road. Drive over the Maloja Pass en route to St. Moritz for an overnight stay at one of the town's truly grand hotels, a distinction it has held s...
Day 7 A magical train ride through the Swiss Alps aboard the Glacier Express
Rail travel is one of the best ways to see the Alpine scenery up-close and the Swiss trains are some of the best in the world. Ride The Glacier Express aboard Tauck's private panoramic dome car through the Alps, where you'll travel along silver streams, beneath massive p...
Day 8 To the top of Europe & the Jungfraujoch
This part of the Bernese Oberland is known as Switzerland's "jewel in the crown." Given reasonable weather, today's excursion to "the top of Europe" will be a memorable highlight as your mountain railway train ascends into the majestic Swiss Alps. Arrive at Kleine Scheid...
Day 9 Through the Bernese Oberland to Bern and on to Lucerne
Depart Interlaken and drive through more of the Bernese Oberland, bound for Bern. Switzerland's capital is noted for its charming architectural styles; explore the Old City of Berne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a "Taste of Switzerland" buffet lunch at Bern's Bell...
Day 10 Explore Lucerne and enjoy a special farewell evening
While a thoroughly modern, culturally rich city, lakeside Lucerne retains much of its old-world charm and a strong sense of its history, as you'll see for yourself on a guided walking tour and time to explore on your own today. Surrounded by an alpine panorama, stroll ov...
Day 11 Journey home
Tour ends: Zurich. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from the Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern to the Zurich Airport, an approximate travel time of 60 minutes; allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in. MEALS : B PORTOFCALL : Lucerne, Switzerland

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Price per day$663
Last Updated: 0/8/2019

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Oct 2019

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Great if you like 5-star hotels and lots of food

The tour covered most of Switzerland, with one day in Italy, which could have been eliminated. If you want to see the country from a bus or train, and you desire lu...

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