Switzerland: Hidden Trails & Majestic Peaks
Neuchâtel, Boudry, Bern, Zermatt, Vevey, Lavaux, Lucerne
From the soaring Alps to the picturesque Swiss Riviera – set your sights on an active journey across Switzerland by train. Walk through centuries-old vineyards and taste unparalleled Swiss wine. Soak in views of the Matterhorn from the mountain town of Zermatt. Watch chocolatiers work their confectionary craft as you sample the sweets. Admire the landscape from your train window as you journey along the country's valleys. Receive your personal Swiss Travel Pass, granting you entrance into all of Switzerland's 500 museums. Nestled between four countries, you'll discover a world of pastoral splendor, striking mountains, and crystalline lakes.
Our prices start from4,499 LAND ONLY
12 Days • GUIDED • 15 MealsOperated Tour
- 10 nights accommodation
- On some dates additional accommodations may be used
- Services of a tour manager
- All on-tour transportation and related fees
- Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
- Round trip home to airport sedan service provided when you purchase airfare through Member Choice Vacations. One transfer per person, per reservation. (Restrictions apply)
- 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
Day 1 - Overnight Flight
You're on your way to a world wedged between Germany, Austria, France and Italy - the country of four languages that's one of the most heralded destinations in Europe. Your journey through Switzerland will be entirely by train, offering an up close and personal rendezvous with the best the country has to offer from the Alps to the historic villages of the Swiss Riviera. Get ready to experience the culture, history and lifestyle of Switzerland firsthand.
Day 2 - Neuchâtel, Switzerland - Tour Begins
Willkkommen! Bienvenue! Board a Swiss Rail train to Neuchâtel, where Gothic landmarks and sandstone grandeur beckon you to discover the abundant history of this medieval waterfront city. This evening, look out over Lake Neuchâtel at dinner with your fellow travelers before retiring to your lakefront room.
Day 3 - Neuchâtel - Boudry - Neuchâtel
Start your morning on a walking tour and discover the treasures of Neuchâtel's historic quarter, taking in its unique architecture and structures from the Belle Époque period. Your day continues at Château de Boudry, a 13th-century castle home to the Museum of Vine and Wine. Wander through the museum with an expert insider, ending with a taste of the local favorites and a sample of four different wines.
Day 4 - Neuchâtel
Enjoy a day of leisure in Neuchâtel. You may use your Swiss Travel Pass to explore the surrounding areas, or simply relax and stroll the town's charming narrow lanes. Perhaps you will choose an optional e-biking excursion on Switzerland's Absinthe Trail to Maison de l'Absinthe to learn the history of production and enjoy a private tasting and cooking experience.
Day 5 - Neuchâtel - Bern - Zermatt
From Neuchâtel, travel via train to Bern, the Swiss capital city. Enjoy time at leisure to discover Bern's enthralling blend of influences - old and new. Then it's on to the resort village of Zermatt, nestled against the backdrop of the Matterhorn. This evening, join a resident expert for a discussion on how climate change is affecting the Alps and learn how villages like Zermatt are acting to create a sustainable future.
Day 6 - Zermatt
This morning, scale the Alps on a funicular ride to the mountain paradise of Sunnegga* to take in breathtaking views of the famed Matterhorn. The remainder of the day is yours to explore all that Zermatt has to offer. Consider joining an optional tour with a local Alpinist and ascend more than 10,000 feet on Europe's highest mountain railway - the Gornergrat. Set out on a leisurely hike and learn about the flora and fauna that inhabit the mountain landscape.
*On select May and October departures the Sunnegga funicular is closed for maintenance. Guests will ascend Furi cable car instead.
Day 7 - Zermatt - Vevey
Head to the north shore of Lake Geneva to Vevey, one of the "Pearls of the Swiss Riviera," with awe-inspiring views of the Alps. Enjoy a walking tour before visiting Läderach, one of Switzerland's most beloved chocolate companies. Participate in an immersive tasting workshop that reveals a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the artistry behind the handmade Swiss chocolate. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 8 - Vevey - Lavaux - Vevey
A relaxed morning in Vevey preludes your journey to the terraced vineyards of Lavaux. Begin with lunch at a family-owned restaurant before visiting with our friends, Jacques and Aurelia, for a wine tasting nestled among the vines. Traipse the Lavaux vineyards (UNESCO) on foot before enjoying another tasting of the region's finest varieties.
Day 9 - Vevey
Today, it's your choice! Enjoy free time, perhaps taking advantage of your Swiss Travel Pass to discover the city's museums, including the Swiss Camera Museum, Charlie Chaplin Museum, and the Nestle Foundation's Nest -OR- discover Montreux and Château de Chillon, before ferrying back to Vevey on Lake Geneva. Personalize your evening with Diner's Choice, choosing your preferred setting for dinner from a selection of different restaurants.
Day 10 - Vevey - Lucerne
Travel by train to Lucerne, known as the "Swiss Paradise on the Lake." Amble through Altstadt (Old Town) with your guide, uncovering the town's 800-year-old secrets and history. You'll walk along the famous covered Chapel Bridge, built in the early 14th century and stretching its way across the River Reuss. The remainder of the day is yours to explore however you'd like.
Day 11 - Lucerne
Make the most of a relaxing morning on your own. Wish Switzerland goodbye at a farewell lunch, taking an open-air cable car to the top of Mount Stanserhorn and dining at its revolving restaurant. Enjoy your meal as you take in stunning 360-degree views, the perfect ending to your Swiss sojourn. The evening is yours to soak up the last of Lucerne's inviting ambience.
Day 12 - Lucerne - Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a conclusion today in Lucerne.
2021 Tour Dates
2022 Tour Dates
Pricing is per person, double occupancy, land and rail only, based on October 8, 2021 travel date. Single supplement from $800. International airfare is additional. Call AAA for current airfare rates and availability. Itinerary featured is for May 2021 - April 2022 tour departures. Departures prior will vary. On some dates alternate hotels may be used..
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