Day 1: New Zealand –– Zurich
Depart New Zealand today for your incredible Swiss holiday!
Please note: Some flights may depart one day earlier.
Day 2: Zurich
Welcome to Switzerland! Travellers land at Zurich International Airport and can collect their rail pass for a rail transfer to the hotel. Opt to relax in the hotel, or immediately get out to discover the city as soon as you check in and drop off your luggage. A great way to get to know Zurich is from the water; discounted tickets for a cruise on Lake Zurich are a part of your tailor-made Swiss Rail Card.
Your hotel: Bristol (or similar)
Hotel Bristol, at the heart of Zurich, is the ideal base for exploring this fascinating city and its idyllic surroundings. Millions of guests visit the small yet exquisite cosmopolitan city, which offers a huge range of cultural, shopping and relaxation activities. The Bristol, in its smart neo-classical style, is located in the centre, just a few minutes’ walk from the main station, the old town and the Bahnhofstrasse shopping street. Despite its central location, the Bristol enjoys a relatively peaceful location. Our international clientele appreciates the modern, comfortably furnished rooms with their good price-performance ratio.
Day 3: Zurich (B)
Today is a free day. Travellers with an eye for art will want to make a beeline for one of Zurich’s galleries or museums. Roam the streets of the Old Town, stroll the waterfront promenades, seek out one of the verdant parks, or head up Uetliberg for panoramic views over the cityscape.
Day 4: Zurich –– Interlaken/Wilderswil (B)
Following breakfast, a quick train journey takes you from Zurich to Lucerne. Then step onto the Luzern-Interlaken Express for a scenic sojourn that takes in crystal-clear lakes, idyllic waterfalls, clusters of craggy mountains and the Brünig Pass. Come face-to-face with traditional Swiss alpine style with an overnight stay in Wilderswil, a charming village that features wooden houses and chalets. Discover the village at your leisure after dropping off your bags at the accommodation.
Your hotel: Baeren (or similar)
Enjoy your stay in one of 50 traditional Swiss rooms. Historical furniture gives an individual touch to each room, some of which have breathtaking views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.
Day 5: Interlaken/Wilderswil –– Jungfraujoch –– Interlaken/Wilderswil (B)
A trip to the world-famous Jungfraujoch, Europe’s highest railway station, is on the itinerary for today. Travellers don’t need to have a head for heights to appreciate the beauty of the views offered by this mountain-perched station. Here, there are two viewing terraces – Sphinx and Plateau – as well as a vantage point atop the Aletsch Glacier. The Ice Palace is also worth a look-in.
Day 6: Interlaken/Wilderswil –– Golden Pass Line –– Montreux (B)
The Golden Pass Panoramic Line ferries its passengers past classic Swiss scenery, including the meadows and vineyards above Lake Geneva. This journey ensures you travel in style, and the tour arrives in Montreux later this afternoon.
Your hotel: Helvetie (or similar)
This hotel is a witness of the development of tourism in Montreux. Opened in 1865, it was first named Hotel-Pension de Russie, and hosted the many customers who came from the North, looking for a warmer climate during the cold season. In front of the Casino and 200 meters away from the lake, the hotel is located in the heart of Montreux. It is an ideal start to the main touristic attractions of the region: among many others, the promenade by the lake, the Chillon Castle, the Rochers-de-Naye peaks, the cruises on the lake and the Jazz Festival in July.
Day 7: Montreux –– Zermatt (B)
The morning is yours to explore as you like. Get a fix of fresh air by walking along the lakefront in Montreux, or step back in time at Chillon Castle. An afternoon train takes the group to Zermatt.
Your hotel: Elite Garni (or similar)
This hotel provides its guests a friendly setting for an enjoyable and relaxing stay in Zermatt. It offers comfortable and cosy furnished rooms equipped with all desirable amenities. The day starts with a rich breakfast buffet. Guests may end the evening on a cosy note in the bar of the Hotel Elite Garni.
Day 8: Zermatt (B)
A leisure day. There is no shortage of opportunities for travellers in Zermatt, from excursions up neighbouring mountains, to hiking trails. Those keen to explore further by rail are treated to substantially discounted tickets, courtesy of the tailor-made Swiss Rail Card. One of the most popular routes to take is on the Gornergat Railway; its ascent includes a view of the Matterhorn.
Day 9: Zermatt –– Glacier Express –– St Moritz (B)
Experience the end-to-end journey of the legendary Glacier Express as it ferries travellers between Zermatt and St. Moritz. Travellers are treated to a place in the panoramic carriage for a front-row seat to some of the most dramatic scenery Switzerland has to offer. This route voyages into the Rhone Valley, over the Oberalp Pass and through the Rhine Gorge; pulling into ritzy St. Moritz in the afternoon. The entire journey takes about 8 hours and on-board English commentary is available.
Your hotel: Soldanella (or similar)
The hotel’s Art Nouveau style is felt everywhere, especially in the main dining room called “Salle à manger”. Another outstanding feature of the Hotel Soldanella is the unique location, only a 5-minute walk to the centre of St. Moritz and the famous Corviglia cable car. It also has an unobstructed view of lake St.Moritz as well as the snow covered mountain range.
Day 10: St Moritz (B)
Today is a free today. Travellers receive a St. Moritz transport card, enabling unlimited travel on the public network and most of the mountain railways or cable car. Three nearby mountains – Corviglia, Corvatsch and Diavolezza – feature incredible views and alpine atmospheres. Keen walkers may opt to tackle the Philosopher’s Trail atop Muottas Muragl. This path comes in at an almost 7-kilometre round-trip and retraces the footsteps of notable authors.
Day 11: St Moritz –– Bernina Express –– Lugano (B)
Look out onto UNESCO-protected landscapes as you experience the Bernina Express, which travels along circular viaducts and over remote glaciers before moving towards the Swiss-Italian border. The Bernina Express bus then takes travellers though parts of Italy, along the lakes and back to Switzerland and Lugano. On-board English commentary is available.
Your hotel: Continental Parkhotel (or similar)
Located in the heart of Lugano, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Swiss Alps, San Lorenzo Cathedral, and Santa Maria degli Angeli. Lugano Funicular Station and Lugano Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Day 12: Lugano – Gotthard Express – Lucerne (B)
After breakfast, it is time to travel on the spectacular Gotthard Express and move into the traditional heart of Switzerland. A lake cruise from Flüelen to Lucerne on an old paddle steamer boat caps off the tour in grand style. The remainder of the evening is yours to explore Lucerne.
*Please note that the Gotthard Express does not operate on Mondays and will be replaced with similar trains servicing the same route if you select a Thursday departure in the calendar where day 12 falls on a Monday. The itinerary will be unaffected by this operational change, however we suggest you opt for Friday – Wednesday departures if you wish to experience the original Gotthard Express carriages.
Your hotel: Ambassador (or similar)
Any one of the 31 friendly and comfortable rooms is ideal for relaxing and unwinding. Some of the rooms look onto the bright inner courtyard or the sunny terrace, for a particularly quiet location in the heart of the city.
Day 13: Lucerne – Zurich –– New Zealand (B)
Bid Switzerland farewell today as you take the included rail transfer to Zurich International Airport.
Day 14: New Zealand
Arrive home today.
Please note: Some flights may arrive home one day later.