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9 Days / 8 Nights

Day 1 - Zurich - Stein Am Rhein - Konstanz - Arbon

After setting down in Zurich, we set off to the Schaffhausen region to begin our Alpine adventure in style. It may not come to mind as quickly as Chianti or Bordeaux, but Schaffhausen is
fast becoming known for its Pinot Noir grape. Our first stop is Stein am Rhein, where we enjoy a private walking tour through the vineyards, followed by a wine tasting. Later, we follow the
Rhine River to Konstanz, a seemingly timeless, medieval university city on Lake Constance. Set off under your own steam to explore the old town, before we all continue on to Arbon for a well-deserved welcome dinner. (B, D)
Overnight: Hotel Seegarten (or similar)

Day 2 - Arbon - Island Of Reichenau - Lindau - Arbon
A long, tree-lined boulevard may not be the most usual way to reach an island - but that's just how we travel to Reichenau, a unique community lapped by the clear waters of Lake Constance. This ambitious construction connected the island to the mainland in the early 19th century, and it's now a UNESCO World Heritage site. We then step further back in time at Unteruhldingen. This ‘village on stilts' opens a window into life during the Stone and Bronze ages. Afternoon sees us cruising across the lake to the charming Bavarian town of Lindau before
returning to Arbon for an evening at leisure. (B)
Overnight: Hotel Seegarten (or similar)

Day 3 - Arbon - Liechtenstein - Chur
Soak up views of soaring, snowcapped peaks and deep, green valleys as we visit Liechtenstein, a historic kingdom tucked away between Switzerland and Austria. We call in at Vaduz to admire its centuries-old castle, still the home of the country's reigning prince. Then our trail turns towards Chur - Switzerland's oldest city and our home for the night. Take the rest of the day to explore the cobbled streets and bustling squares of the Old Town at your own pace. (B)
Overnight: Hotel Stern (or similar)

Day 4 - Chur - Lucerne - Weggis

A day of indulgence awaits in Lucerne, where we have an appointment to keep with a local chocolatier. But first, we set the scene with a fascinating walking tour of this enchanting lakeside city, takin in the ornate medieval Chapel Bridge and the Museggmauer city walls. Then it's time to uncover the secrets of Swiss chocolate making, learning its origins and indulging in a sample or two. Later we swap our mini-coach for a scenic boat ride across Lake Lucerne, setting ashore in Weggis, our base for two nights. (B, D)
Overnight: Hotel Beau Rivage (or similar)

Day 5 - Weggis - Mount Rigi - Weggis

Today the lakeshore shrinks behind us as we climb Mount Rigi aboard the cog railway - Europe's first ever mountain line. Known locally as the Queen of the Mountains, Rigi's peak commands a regal position from where we'll enjoy panoramic views over the Swiss Alps. Then it's back down to Weggis, where you'll have the evening to yourself. (B)
Overnight: Hotel Beau Rivage (or similar)

Day 6 - Weggis - Brienz - Wengen
Today we embark on a scenic drive through the Swiss valleys to Brienz, a charming village whose 18th century houses, decorated with wood carvings, add to the lakeside backdrop. Our final destination today is Wengen, after a train journey into the town, enjoy free time to explore the town independently before we meet for a cheese-fondue dinner. We stay at Hotel Belvedere or similar for the next two nights. (B, D)
Overnight: Hotel Belvedere (or similar)

Day 7 - Wengen - Jungfraujoch - Wengen
Our Swiss adventure wouldn't be complete without the aweinspiring railway journey to Jungfrau. At 3,454 metres this is Europe's highest altitude railway station, often referred to as the ‘Top of Europe'. Step down from the platform, and you're in a fantastical world of ice, snow and sheer rock faces. Visit the impressive Ice Palace and experience soul-stirring views from the Sphinx Observation Terrace, before enjoying an evening at leisure in Wengen. (B)
Overnight: Hotel Regina (or similar)

Day 8 - Wengen - Bern - Solothurn
From the mountaintops to underground wonders, our tour takes in an eclectic variety of natural highlights. Today we explore St Beatus Caves, a system of huge caverns and gorges steeped in legend. Then we pay a visit to Switzerland's peaceful capital, Bern. Soak up the tranquil ambience as we walk the perfectly preserved medieval streets of its UNESCO protected Old Town. Hear tales from the city's 800-year history as we explore the Gothic cathedral, Clock Tower and see the 13th century gate. We then make our way to Solothurn, one of Switzerland's most beautiful Baroque towns, to enjoy a farewell dinner together. (B, D)
Overnight: Hotel Roter Ochsen (or similar)

Day 9 - Solothurn - Eggiwil - Rhine Falls - Zurich
Before we say our goodbyes, we head to Eggiwil for the inside story on a curious Alpine instrument whose call echoed around the valleys: the alphorn. A local artisan shows us how these vast horns are made - and you even have a chance to try coaxing a sound out of one yourself. For a fitting finale, we enjoy an exhilarating boat trip out to the middle of the Rhine Falls, Europe's largest waterfall. Then it's back onto dry land for our return to Zurich, where our adventure ends. (B)

         
    2017    
         
    Departure: May to September, 2017  
         
    Departure Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
    Jun 06, 20 $4,865 $5,710
    Jul 04, 18 $4,865 $5,710
    Aug 22 $4,865 $5,710
    Sep 05, 19 $4,865 $5,710
         
         
Inclusions:
  • 8 nights’ accommodation
  • Experienced tour leader
  • Luxury mini-coach transportation
  • European breakfast daily (B)
  • 4 x evening meals (D)
  • Wine tasting
  • Boat cruise to Lindau and Weggis
  • Chocolatier in Lucerne
  • Cog railway to Mount Rigi
  • Train to Jungfraujoch
  • Rhine Fallsboat trip
  • Included Entrances: Pfahlbaumuseum Unteruhldingen, St Beatus Caves and Alphorn factory.
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