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Switzerland
Cool Switzerland - Overview
July 6 - 16, 2024 
DATES & COST 

July 6 - 16, 2024
11 Days /10 Nights

This tour starts and ends in Zurich

$5,980 per person/double occupancy
$1,940 optional single supplement
$420 early arrival, single or double room (airport transfer included)
Includes all fees and taxes

THIS TOUR IS FULL
AND CLOSED 

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE 
  • 2 nights at a modern urban hotel in Zurich; 4 nights at a luxurious mountain chalet hotel in Wengen; 2 nights at a stylish boutique hotel in Zermatt; 1 night at a "mountain chic" hotel in Chur; 1 night at a contemporary airport hotel in Zurich Airport
  • Delicious a la carte meals - traditional Swiss and international cuisine: 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 8 dinners, including drinks
  • Comfortable, private coach between Zurich and Lauterbrunnen and between Chur and Zurich
  • Train travel between Zurich and Lucerne, Wengen and Zermatt and all the mountain trains, cable cars, aerial gondolas, and cogwheel trains getting us to tour locations
  • Glacier Express between Zermatt and Chur
  • Private airport transfer on arrival (departures are from the airport hotel, adjacent to the terminal) 
  • Cultural activities as per itinerary, including a chocolate making class and a cheese experience
  • An experienced Sights and Soul Travels' Tour Director, professional local guides, guided tours, all sightseeing and admission fees
  • All guides', drivers' and restaurants' gratuities
NOT INCLUDED

Additional/optional costs may include: optional single supplement, optional travel insurance, additional accommodations, early hotel check-in, meals not included in the itinerary, optional activities not in the itinerary, optional Tour Director's gratuities, telephone charges, room service, minibar, laundry, personal expenses, etc. The tour cost does not include airfare to and from the tour’s location.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • The Glacier Express
  • Jungfraujoch and Shilthorn summits
  • Hiking the Swiss Alps
  • Chocolate making class with tasting
  • Traversing the Alps by trains
  • Staying in car free villages of Wengen and Zermatt
  • The covered bridges of Lucerne
  • Cruising on Lake Lucerne
  • Zurich's Old Town
  • Oberhofen Castle
  • The waterfalls of the Lauterbrunnen Valley
  • Seeing Matterhorn from Gornergrat
  • Matterhorn Glacier Paradise
  • St. Gallen Baroque Abbey and Library
  • The cheese experience in Appenzeller
Testimonials 

The tour was fabulous.  The restaurants were delicious, the hotels were very very nice, and the sites and towns we toured were perfect.  And the views will be remembered for a life time. - Ann from North Carolina

Highly, highly recommend. I never really heard people talk about traveling to Switzerland, and I was intrigued by all the activities on the S&S tour description. Now Switzerland is one of my all time favorite tours and I tell everyone to go there! I want to go back and do more hiking! - Mary from Illinois

The tour of Switzerland was outstanding. Everything was handled professionally, efficiently, and held to a high standard. I enjoyed our Leader Marina and the group participants as much as the beautiful sights of Switzerland. I would not hesitate to travel again with Sights and Soul tours and have signed up for several trips in the coming year. I enjoyed every aspect of the tour -- the many train rides, the beautiful hotels, the great food--and the wonderful folks I traveled with. I look forward to my next trip with Sights and Soul Tours. - Gwendolyn from Arkansas

After my experiences in Switzerland, I am looking forward to continue with my traveling "around the world adventure" with Sights and Soul, definitely. Excellent quality, great taste choosing places and activities.... 100%. - Alicia from California

I loved this tour with its myriad of transportation types. Loved taking the trains around the country vs being on a bus. Gondolas, cog rails, funiculars - what fun. Spending four days in Wengen was the best! It proved a perfect base for our activities in that area. Thank you for the Maya Caprice. The staff at that hotel was the best! And the views from the rooms could not be beat. All that beautiful scenery. I especially liked hiking the trails and soaking in all that beauty. The Glacier Express gave me a chance to experience the scenery at a slower pace vs watching it zip by past a bus window. - Patricia from California

The tours I’ve taken with Sights and Soul Travels have been fantastic! The hotels are always more than comfortable and conveniently located. Transportation to everything you want to see is smooth and the tour director will quickly take care of any problems that may arise. On every tour I’ve taken, there are places and things I would never have thought to include. I’ve been on 5 tours and have 3 more booked, so obviously – I love this company! - Diane from Iowa

This was my first tour with Sights and Soul Travel and the experience was wonderful. I will definitely be traveling with your group again. - Lynn from Georgia

Tour Director: Anne Thompson

Switzerland checks off all the boxes of an idyllic mountain vacation. It offers ravishing landscapes of green pastures, hiking trails, views of glacier-encrusted Alps, glittering lake shores, and pea-green vineyards, while the uber-cool Zurich gives it a modern urban edge. Traveling through Switzerland is mapped by castles and craft beer, new-wave restaurants and relaxed waterfront bars with Alpine views, mountain chalets brightened with red geraniums, folk fairs, and the alp-horn concerts, while the celebration of gooey cheese, velvety chocolate, and air-dried meats provide a flavorful culinary background, spiced with the unexpected encounters with modern aesthetics, contemporary art and fresh-faced design. Beyond cheese, chocolate and cuckoo clocks, lies contemporary Switzerland, a land of four languages, once-in-a-lifetime train journeys, heart-racing Alpine pursuits, and tantalizing urban culture.

Defined by unspoiled, iconic mountain ranges with massive, snow-covered peaks reaching to the sky, azure lakes, Alpine meadows filled with rare flowers, sloping green hills sheltering medieval towns and castles, a sophisticated network of trains and cable cars, and of course cheese and chocolate, Switzerland is easy to love. This is a country of geologic and natural wonders, fresh mountain air, cows wandering freely in green pastures, and people adhering to old ways, yet embracing the newest technological achievements and doing their best to preserve the planet.

The Cool Switzerland Tour offers an intimate, in-depth encounter with the Swiss mountain wonderland, and it incorporates an amazing array of varied activities: Zurich, Lucerne, Interlaken and the Bernese Alps, Zermatt, St. Moritz, Appenzell, the Glacier Express, a castle, Alpine hikes, lake cruises, scenic drives and train journeys, cable cars to famous summits: Jungfrau, Schilthorn, Harder Kulm, Gornergrat, Klein Matterhorn; chocolate making and tasting experience, cheese making, Baroque Abbey with a stunning library, each day is different and exciting.

  • While staying in Zurich, we'll tour the Old Town, then take a day trip to Lucerne, where we'll cruise on Lake Lucerne, and admire the town's art filled covered bridges and the medieval Old Town. On the way from Zurich to Wengen, we'll tour the 12th century Oberhofen Castle and its Alpine lakeside gardens.
  • While in Wengen, a car-free village in the Jungfrau region of the Bernese Alps, we'll take two easy mountain hikes, ride the mountain trains, cable cars, aerial gondolas and cogwheel trains to the Alpine summits of Jungfrau and Schilthorn. We'll spend a day in Interlaken, admiring the town's location between two lakes from suspended platforms at Harder Kulm and indulging in a chocolate-making class.
  • While in Zermatt, we'll admire Matterhorn both from Gornergrat and from the Klein Matterhorn, as we get to play in the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise.
  • We'll ride the legendary Glacier Express from Zermatt to Chur.
  • Before returning to Zurich, we'll follow the Bernina Express route, stopping in St. Gallen to see the Baroque Abbey with its beautiful library, and in Appenzell for a cheese-making class.

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WHAT MAKES THIS TOUR SPECIAL
  • Carefully curated itinerary, including signature Swiss experiences
  • Accommodation in upscale, perfectly located hotels throughout the tour
  • Knowledgeable private guides
  • Experienced Tour Director
  • Private, comfortable transportation
  • Exquisite meals throughout the tour
  • Exclusive, private experiences, not available to larger groups
  • A small group of maximum 16 women
  • No forced shopping