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Discover the extraordinary splendor of Switzerland’s famed lakes on this nine-night vacation from London. Following an overnight stay in Geneva, journey to the French-Swiss town of Lausanne and take a paddle steamboat to Chillon. Ride the rails to Interlaken and be amazed by the majestic mountain backdrops of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. From there, you’ll take a scenic cruise on the glacier-fed Lake Brienz at the heart of the Bernese Oberland before arriving in Lucerne to exceptional sightseeing. Experience the Gotthard Panorama Express and travel by vintage lake steamer to take in the fjord-like landscape of Lake Lucerne and board the train as it traverses through the heart of Switzerland. Take a boat ride on the turquoise-colored Lake Lugano to the charming village of Gandria and Paradiso before riding to the summit of San Salvatore mountain.

Highlights

  • Take a short ferry ride on stunning Lake Geneva in Lausanne to Chillon Castle
  • Be awed by the spectacular mountain vistas of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau in Interlaken
  • Enjoy a scenic tour on glacier-fed Lake Thun
  • Embark on an unforgettable train journey via the Gotthard Panorama Express (seasonal)
  • Explore the ancient city of Lucerne—the gateway to central Switzerland
  • Travel by boat to the villages of Gandria and Paradiso
  • Venture to the summit of San Salvatore mountain
  • Stroll along Lake Lugano
  • GoldenPass Line through the Swiss Alps

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • 8-day Swiss Pass in First class
  • GoldenPass rail reservations
  • Gotthard Panorama Express reservations (when running between 21st April and 14th Oct)
  • 1 night hotel stay with breakfast in Geneva
  • 2 nights’ hotel stay breakfast in Lausanne
  • 2 nights’ hotel stay with breakfast in Interlaken
  • 2 nights’ hotel stay with breakfast in Lucerne
  • 2 nights’ hotel stay with breakfast in Lugano
Trip Map

Disclaimer:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

DAILY ITINERARY:

DAY 1 - ARRIVE IN GENEVA
Welcome to Geneva! On arrival, make your way to your hotel for an overnight stay. Spend the evening enjoying a delicious meal at a local lakeside restaurant or take a serene boat trip out on the lake to admire the city's stunning backdrop of the Alps and the Jura mountains. (Overnight in Geneva)

DAY 2 – GENEVA TO LAUSANNE
Following breakfast, take a picturesque 30-minute train ride along Lake Geneva to the French-Swiss town of Lausanne. Located in the canton of Vaud, Lausanne is built on three hills and surrounded by vineyard-covered slopes. Narrow cobblestone alleyways dotted with cafés and boutiques and lovely hidden courtyards shape the streetscape. Stroll down to the waterfront district in the Ouchy neighborhood to dine, lounge, people watch, or take in incredible mountain views. For those who love classical music, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande is a must-see at the Théâtre de Beaulieu. (Overnight in Lausanne) B

DAY 3 –LAUSANNE
After enjoying breakfast, board a beautiful paddle steamboat to Chillon and visit Chateau de Chillon Castle located near Montreux. Admission to the castle is included with your Swiss Pass. It is open year-round and only closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day. When you’re ready to head back to Lausanne, you will take the train back. If you wish to return by boat, you can, it would just take longer. Back in town, enjoy a local dish for dinner outside at a popular restaurant and soak up the atmosphere, then listen to Lausanne Cathedral’s watchman callout “All’s well!” on the hour from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. (Overnight in Lausanne) B

DAY 4 – LAUSANNE TO INTERLAKEN
Travel to Interlaken by train from Lausanne after breakfast and be awed by sweeping mountain vistas of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, as well as the glacier-fed Lakes Thun and Brienz. Offering incredible outdoor opportunities, mouth-watering chocolate, and unparalleled cultural experiences, Interlaken is a wonderful destination. Choose to roam around Höhematte or the Schynige Platte Botanical Alpine Gardens, visit the St Beatus Caves, or use your included Swiss Pass to explore the charming town’s other activities and attractions at your leisure. Immerse yourself in breath taking beauty on the GoldenPass Line from Montreux to Interlaken with a change in Zweisimmen. (Overnight in Interlaken) B

DAY 5 –INTERLAKEN
Once you’ve finished breakfast, enjoy a peaceful, scenic cruise on the turquoise waters of Lake Thun. Surrounded by the spectacular scenery of the Bernese Oberland, this tour showcases the area’s mountains, forested hillsides, craggy cliffs, and waterfalls. Following your cruise, you’ll take the train back to Interlaken using your Swiss Pass. With the flexibility of the Swiss Pass, you can hop on and off the train whenever you like en route to your destination. (Overnight in Interlaken) B

DAY 6 - INTERLAKEN TO LUCERNE
After breakfast, take the train along the magnificent shore of Lake Brienz from Interlaken to the ancient city of Lucerne, known as the gateway to central Switzerland. This stunning town boasts delicious food, friendly locals, sunny plazas, waterfront promenades, and unforgettable countryside and mountain views. Oh, and you can’t forget the cheese! Prepare to indulge in some tranquility and relaxation. There’s a reason this city of lights wins over so many travelers’ hearts. (Overnight in Lucerne) B

DAY 7 –LUCERNE
Following breakfast, take advantage of an entire day of sightseeing at your own leisure. The included Swiss Pass gives you exclusive access to all available lake cruises and day trips throughout this enchanting city. Discover the marvelous Chapel Bridge, marvel at classic Swiss architecture, or take the opportunity to visit Mount Rigi. Easily accessible by cable car, from the top of Mount Rigi you will get extraordinary panoramic views of alpine peaks and all the lakes in central Switzerland. (Overnight in Lucerne) B

DAY 8 – LUCERNE TO LUGANO
Start the morning with breakfast then embark on one of the most unique and unforgettable travel experiences imaginable aboard the Gotthard Panorama Express! What makes this journey so special is that you will be traveling by both vintage lake steamer and train through the heart of Switzerland. Enjoy a leisurely cruise across Lake Lucerne where you’ll pass mystical coves, quaint villages, and sweeping mountain landscapes before arriving in Flüelen. From there, make the easy transfer to the historical Gotthard Panorama Express and venture into southern Switzerland. This spectacular route features stunning scenery, plenty of loop tunnels, and exclusive presentations about the history, myths, and legends surrounding the region. (Overnight in Lugano) B

DAY 9 – LUGANO
Catch a boat from Lugano and cruise around to the northern shore of Lake Lugano to the Swiss village of Gandria. When you step off the boat, enjoy a drink and appetizer at Miralago Gandria. If you arrive early enough, you’ll snag a lakeside table. From Gandria, catch the last boat to Paradiso and take the San Salvatore lift to the summit of the mountain in the Lepontine Alps. Take in beautiful views of Lake Lugano below before riding back down and strolling along the lake to Lugano. (Overnight in Lugano) B

DAY 10 – DEPART LUGANO
Have breakfast then check out of your hotel and continue with your onward travels. If you wish to extend your vacation, please contact a Rail Expert for details. B

MEAL GUIDE: B - BREAKFAST, BR - BRUNCH, L - LUNCH, AT - AFTERNOON TEA, D -DINNER

Hotel Cornavin Geneva

The superior Cornavin Hotel in Saint-Gervais / des Grottes district offers cozy rooms with views over Lake Geneva. Built in 1932, the hotel is a combination of traditional architecture and contemporary facilities. The hotel is nestled in the heart of Geneva, steps away from Gare de Cornavin train station. The property is set within 2 km distance from the city center.

Hôtel Cristal Geneva

Hotel Cristal welcomes guests in the heart of Geneva meters away from a cathedral and a museum. The hotel occupies 7 floors and was renovated in 2001.The property is located in Saint-Gervais / des Grottes district, 3.5 km from PalExpo. Hotel Cristal is within about 20 minutes' walk of the center of Geneva. Offering climate control, high-speed internet, a laptop-size safe, TV and a refrigerator, modern guestrooms boast an English interior. Hotel Cristal offers rooms with the lake view. The bathrooms come with a bathtub, a shower and a hairdryer for more comfort.

Hotel Les Nations Geneva

Les Nations Hotel is a 3-star property in Petit-Saconnex / Servette district of Geneva close to restaurants and pubs. Featuring original architecture, the hotel occupies a 7-story building opened in 1975. This comfortable hotel is situated 1.7 km from Lake Geneva. Set within a 30-minute walking distance from Geneva city center.

Lugano Dante Center Swiss Quality Hotel

No stress: everything you need is within easy reach, since we are located in the very heart of downtown Lugano. Reaching Hotel Lugano Dante is easy and convenient by any means of transport.

Hotel International Au Lac Hotel Lugano

Nestled in a prime location between the lakeside promenade and the lively restaurants, cafés and boutiques of Via Nassa, the International au Lac is a family-run property in a sensational location. The hotel was given the honorary distinction of “Historical hotel worthy of special mention” by UNESCO. The hotel’s rooms are individually decorated, all with a classic elegant style. Relax after sightseeing with a stroll through the garden or a dip in the outdoor pool. The hotel even boasts an exhibition about its 100 year history!

Romantik Wilden Mann Luzern

The Romantik Hotel Wilden Mann is a traditional hotel with 51 bedrooms and suites set over seven historic Lucerne townhouses. The hotel has two restaurants, fine dining in the Wilden Mann Stube, and the Burgerstube, serving regional Swiss cuisine. The hotel is located in the centre of Lucerne's old town, 200 metres from the famous Chapel Bridge and a few minutes walk to the train station.

The customers staying in the Summer 2018 for minimum 3 nights will get free one hour cruise on Panorama-Yacht Saphir on Lake Lucerne

Waldstaetterhof Lucerne

The Waldstaetterhof is a modern hotel located in the centre of Lucerne. The hotel offers 78 comfortable ensuite bedrooms all with Wi-Fi internet access and tea & coffee making facilities. There is also a restaurant serving Swiss regional and national specialities as well as a comfortable lounge area. The hotel is situated opposite the railway station in the centre of Lucerne, offering easy access to all of the city's main sights, attractions, bars and restaurants.

Alpha Palmiers Lausanne

The Alpha Palmiers Hotel is a modern hotel set around an internal courtyard. The hotel has 210 spacious and stylish air-conditioned bedrooms with modern ensuite bathrooms. The hotel has a Thai restaurant, French restaurant and a bar. The hotel is well located in a quiet area between the railway station and the main shopping district of the city.

Swiss Wine Hotel And Bar Lausanne

The Swiss Wine Hotel and Bar is a contemporary hotel located in the heart of the city. All 62 comfortable bedrooms are well-equipped and guests can benefit from access to a fitness centre with Sauna. Guests can enjoy breakfast in a room offering panoramic views over the Old Town and Cathedral. The hotel’s Wine bar offers wine tastings and exclusively serves wines from Switzerland.

Agora Swiss Night Lausanne

The Agora Swiss Night Lausanne is a modern hotel with 147 air-conditioned bedrooms, all of which have large windows which overlook the hotel garden. The hotel breakfast room offers panoramic views of the lake, the Alps, and the Jura Mountains, whilst the hotel offers guests a public transport card for use in Lausanne. The hotel is ideally located a short walk from the train station and Lake Geneva.

Krebs Interlaken

The Krebs Interlaken is a charming hotel located in the heart of Interlaken. The 44 rooms are beautifully decorated in bright colours with comfortable furnishings and feature Wi-Fi internet access. The hotel's popular bistro serves traditional Swiss cuisine whilst the impressive restaurant serves seasonal dishes and fine wines. The hotel staff are happy to help with any excursions and activities available in Interlaken and beyond. The Krebs Interlaken is located 2 minutes walk from Interlaken station and close to all the main attractions.

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Disclaimer:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

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