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Switzerland: Europe's Crown Jewel 2019 tour

Switzerland: Europe's Crown Jewel 2019

Tauck
By Tauck
4.5 . Excellent
91%
Travel Style: Array Mixed
Physical Level: All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
11 days
From: $ 7,290 $ 663 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • 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

Short Description

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.

Style Small group tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Comfort (4*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions N/A
Start City Geneva, Switzerland
End City Lucerne, Switzerland

Theme

Cultural

Destinations

Switzerland

Attractions & Cities Visited

Lucerne St. Moritz Zermatt

Activities & Interests

Culture

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Itinerary

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 famous lake. Meet your fellow alpine travelers at our welcome cocktail reception and dinner tonight at the hotel.

MEALS : D

LODGING : Lausanne Palace

PORTOFCALL : Montreux, Switzerland

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 with a visit to Château de Chillon on Lake Geneva; with over 1,000 years of history, this monument has served as the inspiration for many artists and writers, from Victor Hugo and Lord Byron to Delacroix and Courbet. Continue to Taesch where you climb toward Zermatt by rail for a two-night stay in an elegant landmark hotel nestled in the shadow of the Matterhorn.

MEALS : B, L, D

LODGING : Hotel Mont Cervin Palace

PORTOFCALL : Zermatt, Switzerland

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 to see, do and savor here in and around Lugano, and your Tauck Director will have many pleasurable activities to suggest, from checking out the Via Nassa to calling on little coastal villages like Gandria or Marcote by boat.

MEALS : B, L

LODGING : Hotel Splendide Royal Lugano

PORTOFCALL : Lugano, Switzerland

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 since it was built in 1896. Celebrity spotting is almost as popular as skiing in this fashionable resort town. Enjoy dinner at your hotel tonight.

MEALS : B, L, D

LODGING : Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains St. Moritz

PORTOFCALL : St. Moritz, Switzerland

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 peaks with crystal-blue glaciers and through lush valleys speckled with tiny Alpine villages; the scenery is breathtaking everywhere you look. Depart the train at Andermatt for a scenic drive to Interlaken for a two-night stay... in guest rooms featuring views of the Jungfrau!

MEALS : B, D

LODGING : Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa

PORTOFCALL : Interlaken, Switzerland

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 Scheidegg at the foot of the Eiger. Continue to the Jungfraujoch (11,333 feet). Here, at what truly feels like the "top of Europe" - you'll enjoy a Tauck Exclusive... a private reception at the Ice Palace; take time to savor the astounding views of the lofty peaks of the Eiger, Jungfrau and Mönch. Following an afternoon spent as you please back in the alpine resort of Interlaken, you'll enjoy another Tauck Exclusive this evening - a private ride on the Harderbahn funicular up to the Harder Kulm (or Harderkulm) viewpoint, overlooking Interlaken and Unterseen, for dinner at a restaurant with panoramic views of the spectacular scenery below.

MEALS : B, D

LODGING : Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa

PORTOFCALL : Interlaken, Switzerland

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 Bellevue Palace, continue to Lucerne, one of Europe's premier cities, on the shores of Lake Lucerne. Stop at the Löwendenkmal (Lion Monument) en route to your home, Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern, for the next two nights. A historic landmark built in 1845 and ideally located in the heart of Lucerne's Old Town, the hotel was a recent recipient of The Milestone Award, Swiss tourism's top accolade. Under the project titled "Wo Luzern Geschichte(n) schreibt" (Where Lucerne writes history/stories), every guest room has been allocated a guest with a unique story. They include great personalities such as thinkers, artists, politicians, athletes, musicians and crowned heads as well as unknown guests, whose stories are part of the hotel's history.

MEALS : B, L, D

LODGING : Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern

PORTOFCALL : Lucerne, Switzerland

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 over its medieval covered wooden bridges and discover the many Renaissance and Baroque fountains that dot the city - along with many wonderful galleries, shops and cafés. Late afternoon, join us for a boat ride across the lake that brings us to our special farewell dinner at the popular restaurant Seehotel Baumgarten.

MEALS : B, D

LODGING : Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern

PORTOFCALL : Lucerne, Switzerland

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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22 Tauck Travel Reviews & Ratings

91%
4.5 out of 5 (100+ reviews)
Excellent 16
Great 4
Average 0
Disappointing 2
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Value
4.5
Guide
4.6
Activities
4.7
Lodging
4.7
Transportation
4.9
Meals
4.5

Switzerland: Europe's Crown Jewel 2019

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

4.0
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Value3.0
Guide3.0
Activities3.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
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 luxury hotels and gourmet food, then this is the tour for you. If you want to have a closer connection to the local people, and walk a bit in the mountains, or even hear the cowbells up close, then don't take this trip. While the trip was nice, I felt a disconnect from the local people and the country itself. We were always separated in a private train car, or on a private tour. I came home not really knowing what it's like to live there, other than it's very expensive.
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Company Reviews

Nice trip but not if you are a loyal Tauck Customer like myself

2.0
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Value2.0
Guide2.0
Activities4.0
Lodging2.0
Transportation5.0
Meals2.0
This was my 16th Tauck Tour. I was assigned a room with a "mountain" view only to be obstructed by lawn chairs, pool covers, large plants and buildings. It was a 1st floor room. I complained to tour director who said everyone got the same (NOT TRUE). I called Tauck 800 number on Sept 3 to request a call back from Customer Service. It took them until September 8 for a call back. The person on the phone was rude, non caring and (I'm paraphrasing) and told me just because you have taken 16 tours doesn't mean you deserve a better view that a first time customer. He went on to imply Tauck doesn't respect loyalty and wants to impress first time travelers. I ended the call and wrote an email to a good person at Tauck who was very helpful in the and requested this go to the top. I included pictures of my view and one dead fly because there were flies in the room and I guess Tauck thinks that makes the room special? I'm not done with them yet. Consider my treatment by this Customer Care agent before spending the big bucks to travel with Tauck.
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Pay for a 4 star trip and get 2 star food

2.0
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Value1.0
Guide5.0
Activities4.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals1.0
My husband and I took the Treasures of the Mediterranean tour two weeks ago. The food off the ship was very good. The food on the ship was subpar (2 stars out of 4 stars). We ended up ordering French Fries at the beginning of each meal so we would at least have something to eat. I called Tauck and voiced my concerns. They offered us a $250 voucher each for another trip. I hardly think the food portion on the yacht was $250. Why would I go on another Tauck trip when my first one, which was our retirement celebration due to the poor food. The majority of the people on the trip were dissatisfied with the food and their reviews reflected it.
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Still Spellbound by the Grandeur of Alaska

5.0
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Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
Focused on the amazing wildness of Alaska without worrying about the mundane details. Expert, low-key tour director made everything look easy. Excursions enhanced appreciation for the history, terrain, wildlife, peoples, boom and bust cycles that make Alaska so unique. Clear view of Denali, great weather, days 'at sea' with binoculars in hand!

Most Memorable Moment:
Flightseeing, Tundra Wilderness tour (clear Denali, rare wolf sighting and grizzlies in distance), crossing Prince William Sound (sea-otters, orcas, stellar sea-lions, and more), Hubbard Glacier calving, Glacier Bay entire day, Whale Watching out of Juneau, and bald eagles everywhere!
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Australia/New Zealand - Ultimate Experience

5.0
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Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
Travel Date: March 2018
We were excited to have experienced 20 days of everything these 2 countries had to offer. We felt we didn't miss anything. Tauck knows how to provide you with the ultimate activities that any seasoned traveler walks away with and says WOW - truly an experience of a lifetime. Our tour Director Gary was an added plus.

Most Memorable Moment:
Too many to name, all planned activities were outstanding. We particularly enjoyed everything Queenstown had to offer. Probably the most impressive thing about the whole trip was that we got off each of our 6 private flights directly onto an awaiting bus and never during the 3 weeks did we touch our luggage.
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Small Group - 24 max

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