Quality not quantity
mostly off the beaten tourist paths
||8 days, 7 nights, hotels 3* or 4* - all inclusive!|
|All 4 language regions of Switzerland (D, F, I, RR)||small groups, min. 6, maximum 12 participants|
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All Costs in
Extra nights for early arrival / late departure at the same hotel incl. 24 hrs public transport: CHF 255.00 / B&B double room / double occupancy / per 2 person & night
All tours offered by the Switzerland Travel
Shop are conducted by Travelwell, our Destination Management Company,
founded in 1974.
Zurich, Paddle Steamer
Rochers de Naye
Vertic Alp, Emosson
Extra nights: For early arrival - before start of trip - you may book additional overnights at the same hotel - including public transport in the Zurich area - through Travelwell
1) Steam train / Welcome dinner
||Overnight: Zurich (I)||Sunday|
AM: Arrival in Switzerland / Zurich (Airport or Main Station) - Transfer to the hotel.
Please ensure, that your scheduled arrival time at Zurich is before 11:00 am - our program starts 12:00pm (you may arrive a day earlier and book an extra night at the same hotel).PM: Very close to Zurich, in Bauma, the first highlight is awaiting the group. The Dampfbahn Zurcher Oberland (Steam train) will shuttle us from Hinwil to Bauma and back. Welcome Dinner is served on the Vessel of the ZSG, Zurichsee Schifffahrtsgesellschaft (Fleet of the Lake Zurich). If we are lucky, it will be on one of the old 2 steamboats: Town of Zurich or Town of Rapperswil.
|2) Swiss chocolate / Rochers-de-Naye||Overnight: Montreux (II)||Monday|
AM: On the way to the French speaking part of Switzerland, we will be introduced to the secrets of the Swiss chocolate and Swiss cheese.
PM: The cog railroad up to the Rochers-de-Naye is cresting through a most beautiful landscape. On the top, we will enjoy the breathtaking lookout over the Lake Geneva area into the French and Swiss Alps.
|3) Vertic Alp Emosson||Overnight: Gwatt / Thun (III)||Tuesday|
AM: Transfer by minibus to Martigny to reach the Mont-Blanc Express train. Passing through the magical Trient Valley with its rocky outcroppings, forests, wild gorges and classic alpine villages. In order to visit the Emosson hydroelectric power system, we will be using the 3 different mountain railways of the Vertic Alp Emosson.
PM: Continuing to Thun, we will travel by the car shuttle train Lotschberg.
Dinner with a typical Swiss Folk Show.
Gotthard Base Tunnel
Stoos, surface cable car
Brusio, world unique circular viaduct
|4) Lotschberg base tunnel||Overnight: Lucerne (IV)||Wednesday|
AM: Visit the base tunnel system of the Lotschberg and be introduced to the safety and security system of one of the world's longest railway tunnel systems. Later,
we will visit the tunnel system itself - on foot.
PM: As a contrast, we will also use the world unique "Cabrio" aerial cable car up to the Stanserhorn.
|5) Stoos surface cable car||Overnight: Engadin (V)||Thursday|
AM: On the way to the Engadin, we will visit the "Verkehrshaus" in Lucerne, with the Railway Museum of Switzerland.
PM: The new Stoos surface cable car is a construction, you can not see anywhere else in the world (so far)!
6) Bernina Pass
||Overnight: Engadin (V)||Friday|
AM: On the way to the Italian Switzerland you get to see the UNESCO World Heritage route over the Bernina Pass.
In Brusio you pass the circular viaduct with the Rhaetian Railway, this is how the difference in altitude is overcome.
PM: Excursion by horse-drawn carriage to the largely untouched Val Roseg. Dinner will be served at the Roseg Glacier Restaurant and then we will return to the starting point by horse-drawn carriage.
Landwasser Viaduct /Albula Line
Gotthard Base Tunnel
|7) Helical tunnels Albula line||Overnight: Zurich (I)||Saturday|
On the way to Zurich, we will visit the construction site of the new Albula Tunnel, travel on the RhB Albula Bernina Line with its helical tunnels and call by the RhB
train museum in Bergun.
The RhB Railways system from Chur to Tirano (Italy) crossing through the Albula tunnel and over the Bernina pass, is listed as a UNESCO World Culture Heritage.
|8) Gotthard summit- & base tunnel / End||End of tour — travel onward or home||Sunday|
AM: Gotthard summit and base tunnel.
From Andermatt to Bellinzona in the southern part of Switzerland, where the Italian language is natively spoken. The return journey takes us through the longest railroad tunnel (57km) in the world.
PM: End of main program at Zurich Airport: 14:30 pm
Earliest flight departures for:
Extra nights: For late departures - after end of trip - you may book additional overnights at the same hotel - including public transport in the Zurich area - through Travelwell
Stanserhorn, Cabrio Cable Car
One of a kind, exquisite and off the beaten paths!