11 day Iconic Switzerland tour with flights

11 day Iconic Switzerland tour including return international flights, breakfast daily, scenic transportation by rail, in-depth sightseeing and more.

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  • 11 day Iconic Switzerland tour with flights
  • 11 day Iconic Switzerland tour with flights
  • 11 day Iconic Switzerland tour with flights
  • 11 day Iconic Switzerland tour with flights
  • 11 day Iconic Switzerland tour with flights
  • 11 day Iconic Switzerland tour with flights
  • 11 day Iconic Switzerland tour with flights
  • 11 day Iconic Switzerland tour with flights
  • 11 day Iconic Switzerland tour with flights
  • 11 day Iconic Switzerland tour with flights
  • 11 day Iconic Switzerland tour with flights
  • 11 day Iconic Switzerland tour with flights
 

Highlights

 

Unearth the best of Switzerland with an 11 day Iconic Switzerland tour.

Start your journey in Engelberg, a scenic mountain resort at the foot of the famous Titlis mountains. Cruise across Lake Lucerne as you travel the Gotthard Panorama Route, passing through the impressive Reuss Valley on your way to the capital of Canton Ticino, Bellinzona. Explore the castles that surround the small town or wander around the picturesque towns of Locarno and Ascona.

Board the incredible Bernina Express on your way to Pontresina and St. Moritz. Experience a journey like no other as your train climbs to over 2,000m above sea level, with stunning views to be seen over snow-capped mountains and glaciers. Known as one of the best holiday resorts in the world, St. Moritz is surrounded by stunning lakes and has the only natural national park in Switzerland.

Hop on board the famous Glacier Express as you begin your journey across the Swiss Alps. Be in awe as you experience the breath-taking scenery of the Alps from the comfort of you panorama car and witness a range of unspoilt mountain forests, lush Alpine pastures, rushing streams and stunning valleys. End your tour exploring beautiful Zermatt, a city dominated by the unmistakable peak of the Matterhorn and a place that has preserved much of its original character and charm

Your package includes return flights, accommodation, in-depth sightseeing and more.

 
 

Day 1: New Zealand –airplane-takeoff– Zurich  

Depart New Zealand today for your incredible Swiss holiday!

Please note: Some flights may depart one day earlier 

Day 2: Zurich –train-icon– Engelberg

Welcome to Switzerland! Upon arrival at Zurich International Airport, proceed to collect your rail pass and take a rail transfer to your hotel. Engelberg, in the heart of Switzerland, is a scenic mountain resort at the foot of the famous Titlis mountains. If time permits, a trip to the icy top of Mt Titlis is a must! Featuring a glacier cave, ice flyer and various fun activities in the snow, it is one of the most popular mountain destinations in Switzerland. In the evening explore the small resort centre with its monastery and restaurants serving typical traditional Swiss cuisine. 

Day 3:  Engelberg – train-icon – Gotthard Panorama Route –cruise-icon – Bellinzona (B)

Rise early this morning and depart for Lake Lucerne where a leisurely walk will take you from the station to the boat landing quay.

The Gotthard Panorama Route links two of Switzerland’s most attractive regions: Central Switzerland and Ticino. The trip starts in Lucerne as you board the boat or steamer for the 2.5h cruise across Lake Lucerne to Flüelen. Sit back and relax as you watch sleepy bays and picturesque village glide by. The trip continues through the impressive Reuss Valley with its deep ravines and cliffs. The world-famous Gotthard line swiftly climbs from 470 to about 1100 meters above sea level to finally enter the 15-kilometre-long Gotthard tunnel – Europe’s most important North/South gateway. After approx. 10 minutes through the tunnel passage you will arrive in the Mediterranean climate of Switzerland’s Italian speaking canton of Ticino. In the Leventina Valley, the Gotthard Route crosses breath-taking bridges and passes charming villages on its way to Bellinzona. 

Arrive in Bellinzona in the late afternoon where your hotel is situated opposite the railway station. Why not explore one of the three castles that made the town such a popular tourist attraction? From the town centre you can take the lift to Castle Grande, watch the sunset and return to the medieval heart of the city for dinner.

Day 4: Ticino (B)

Your hotel will have issued you with your Ticino ticket which will allow you free travel all over the canton of Ticino and offers various discounts on attractions in the region. Whether you want to explore around Lake Maggiore with the picturesque towns of Locarno and Ascona or if you want to travel up into the enchanted valleys with their crystal-clear streams and chestnut forests.

Alternatively stay close and enjoy the picturesque, small town centre of Bellinzona or visit one of the other two castles surrounding the town.

Day 5: Bellinzona –train-icon– Bernina Express – Pontresina / St. Moritz (B)

After an early morning breakfast, depart by train to Lugano. From Lugano you travel with the Bernina Express coach to Tirano, which is located on Italian territory. There will be time to explore the city centre before boarding the Bernina Express train to Pontresina next to St. Moritz.  The train journey over the Bernina Pass is an incredible experience and one of the most spectacular routes across the Alps. Travelling over circular viaducts, the train climbs to over 2,000m above sea level, with stunning views over snow-capped mountains and glaciers. Onboard commentary in English available.

Day 6: Pontresina / St. Moritz (B)

Today is yours to explore Pontresina and St. Moritz, the latter being one of the best-known holiday resorts in the world, famous for its elegance and cosmopolitan air, with exquisite gastronomy and exclusive shopping and leisure facilities. The rich and famous flock to St. Moritz to enjoy its beauty; at 1856m above sea level, it is surrounded by stunning lakes, snow-capped mountain peaks and the only national natural park in Switzerland.  Wander around the old town at your leisure and soak up the atmosphere, take a stroll around the lake or hike along one of the scenic hiking trails of the Upper Engadine. 

Pontresina is a few minutes by train from St. Moritz and offers a much more relaxed and traditional ambience, perfect to take in natural beauty and tranquility. 

Optional Tour (at own expense): Optional mountain excursions to the Diavolezza or Muottas Muragl. 

Day 7: Pontresina / St. Moritz – Glacier Express –train-icon– Zermatt (B)

The Glacier Express is a fascinating 7.5h hour rail journey across the Swiss Alps, crossing 291 bridges, passing through 91 tunnels and climbing over the 2,000m high Oberalp Pass to connect the world-renowned resorts of St. Moritz and Zermatt. Experience the Alps in all their breath-taking glory from the comfort of your seat in the panorama car: unspoilt mountain forests, lush Alpine pastures, rushing streams and valleys with their rich traditions stretching back hundreds of years. Onboard commentary is available in English throughout the journey as a guide to the dramatic landscape and spectacular views. Arrive in Zermatt in the late afternoon for your overnight stay.

Day 8 Zermatt (B)

Spend the day in Zermatt today. Dominated by the unmistakable peak of the Matterhorn, standing alone at the head of the valley, Zermatt is encircled by a ring of four-thousand metre peaks. At the foot of the Matterhorn, the old town of Zermatt has preserved its original character and traditional features.

Optional Tour (at own expense) Optional Gornergrat Excursion:  The journey takes a little more than half an hour per way and can easily be done within half a day.

Optional Tour (at own expense) Optional Matterhorn Paradise:  Travel time just under 1h per way. The excursions take a good half-day.

Day 9: Zermatt – Zurich (B)

Make your way to Zurich this morning for your penultimate day in Switzerland. Zurich unites creative city life and idyllic scenery within the smallest of areas. Art connoisseurs and culture enthusiasts have over 50 museums and more than 100 galleries to choose from, while inquisitive city explorers can discover the striking contrast between the picturesque Old Town and the modern, constantly changing urban quarters. Nature lovers seeking fresh air and green open spaces will delight in the city’s location directly by the lake, in its abundant expanses of forest and parkland, and in its very own mountain, the Uetliberg.

Day 10: Zurich (B)

Bid Switzerland farewell today as you take the included rail transfer to Zurich International Airport.

Day 11: New Zealand

Arrive home today.

Please note: Some flights may arrive home one day later 

 

 

 

Inclusions

 
  • Return international airfares, including 30kg checked baggage 
  • Arrive early or extend your stay fee-free with Flexi Flights
  • Free upgrade to 1st class rail for April, May and June departures
  • 8 nights’ twin share accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Scenic transportation by rail, including Gotthard Panorama Express, Bernina Express and Glacier Express
  • Seat reservation on all scenic trains
  • Ticino Ticket for free travel on buses and trains in Bellinzona and whole of Ticino
  • Swiss Rail Card, offering additional bonuses such as discounted local excursions
  • Return airport transfers by rail

Please note: This is an independent tour, accompanying guides are not provided

 

 

Fine Print

 

How To Book:

To book your Tour:

  • Bookings essential
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Once booked and confirmed, no cancellations permitted
  • Must book by the 65 days prior to departure. 
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time

Deposit Information:

  • A deposit of $399 per person are due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date.
  • All peak season surcharges, interstate surcharges (if applicable) and single supplements (if applicable) are also due at the time of purchase and will be reflected at the checkout stage.
  • Final Payment is due 120 days prior to travel. If you book within 120 days of travel, you will be sent an invoice within 7 days for final payment. 
  • Invoices will be emailed to you in advance and it is your responsibility to ensure payments are made prior to the due date
  • Should payment not be received by the due date, your booking will be cancelled and all prior payments will remain strictly non-refundable. 
  • Your tour is subject to availability at the time of your booking. We advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.

Excludes: Travel insurance, Visas, Personal expenses, Anything not mentioned or “optional” or “own account” in the itinerary.

Single Supplement: $399 per person in addition to 1 x twin share voucher

To purchase you single supplement please click here

Triple Share: Not available

Group Sizes: This is an independent tour, accompanying guides are not provided.

Accommodation: 

Engelberg: Sonnwendhof or similar
Bellinzona: Hotel & Spa Internazionale or similar
Pontresina / St Moritz: Soldanella or Schweizerhof or similar 
Zermatt: Elite Hotel

Land Only: To purchase this tour land only (no flights) please click here

Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that all customers purchase Travel Insurance as soon as they make a purchase on our website. Help cover yourself for the unexpected with great value Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote.

Any deposits paid at the time of purchase are non-refundable.

 

Travel Dates

 

Daily departures between 20 April 2019 – 8 October 2019 

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure

Availability on Departure Dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. Live availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BUY NOW button

 

 

Flight Information

 

 Airline: 
  • Return economy airfares departing Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch with Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airlines or similar 
  • Including at least 23kg checked baggage per passenger (actual limit is subject to change according to airline policy).
  • One return airfare is supplied per voucher
  • Names cannot be changed once flights have been booked.
  • Flights cannot be used one-way only 

Flights:

  • Note that the total length of the package includes time spent in flight as specified in the itinerary
  • Some flights may depart a day before the itinerary and involve up to 2 transits. These changes are beyond our control and are subject to availability and airline schedule changes.
  • Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided for ticketing. Passport Details are also required at time of booking in order to confirm your flights. 
  • Once your flights are confirmed and ticketed, flights are non-refundable and non-changeable.
  • Flight itineraries will not be provided until 30 days prior to departure, along with final documentation.
  • All flights have been booked to meet minimum connection times as per airline policy and fare rules.

Schedule Changes: 

  • Airline schedule changes or cancellations can happen from time to time and are beyond our control. The customer is responsible for reviewing their flight schedule prior to their departure. Webjet Exclusives endeavours to assist customers where possible, however should any change or cancellation occur, please contact your Travel Insurance provider to check whether you are covered by your policy.

Flight Variations:

Option 1: Arrive early and/or extend your stay post tour with the promotional airline

  • Please select how many days you want to arrive early and/or extend your stay by on your Booking Form. 
  • Flights will arrive into the city as per the tour itinerary and depart from the city as per tour itinerary. Customers cannot choose another airport or city for their arrival and/or departure.
  • All flights will be booked with the promotional airfare available at the time of booking – for your choice of preferred airline or cabin class, please see below.
  • Your flight request is subject to availability and if the promotional airfare is not available, you will be quoted the fare difference.
  • Your varied flight itinerary will not be provided in advance of ticketing and once your flights have been ticketed, no further changes can be made.
  • If you are wishing to arrange internal flights, this must be arranged at your own expense. Webjet Exclusives cannot assist with the purchase of additional flights outside of the itinerary.
  • Webjet Exclusives are unable to provide any additional accommodation outside of the tour itinerary and this will need to be arranged at your own expense. By arriving early and/or extending your departure date, you will also forfeit the included airport transfers (if applicable) and will need to make your own way to and/or from the airport at your own expense.

 Option 2: Upgrade to Premium Economy or Business Class (where available)

  • A flat fee of $350.00 per person, plus additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to upgrade your flights to another cabin class.
  • Please select your preferred cabin class from the drop down box on the booking form at the time of making your purchase.
  • If you have a preferred airline for your upgrade quote, please mention this in the Special Request field of your Booking Form. If no specific airline is requested, the best available fare will be quoted to you.
  • Your quote will not be provided immediately and will be processed in departure date order only after the final payment.
  • The quote will be sent via email only and will include clear instructions on how to make payment. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will cause the quote to expire, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book the promotional airfare included in your packages.
  • If also choosing to arrival early and/or extend your stay, this will be quoted to you in conjunction with your preferred airline request.

 Should you be unsatisfied with the quote provided for your cabin upgrade, you can opt to:

1. Travel with the group as per the tour itinerary on the promotional airfare or;
2.Take the package as Land Only and receive a refund of the Land Only discount, if available.

Once your flights have been confirmed and ticketed, no further changes can be made and your booking will remain non-refundable.

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return international airfares
  • Arrive early or extend your stay fee-free with Flexi Flights
  • Free upgrade to 1st class rail for April, May and June departures
  • 7 nights’ twin share accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Scenic transportation by rail, including Gotthard Panorama Express, Bernina Express and Glacier Express
  • Seat reservation on all scenic trains
  • Ticino Ticket for free travel on buses and trains in Bellinzona and whole of Ticino
  • Swiss Rail Card, offering additional bonuses such as discounted local excursions
  • Return airport transfers by rail

 

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