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Scenic train trip to Interlaken; Spectacular Jungfrau day excursion; Lucerne town tour; Seasonal festivals; Zermatt and the Matterhorn; Famous Glacier Express to St Moritz; Charming Innsbruck; Stately Salzburg; Classy Vienna
Breakfast and dinner (mostly local restaurants) daily. All transport, accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for driver, restaurant staff, porters (if available) Airport transfers for land & air customers arriving / departing on tour dates.
Tour Leader gratuities, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), international air taxes (if applicable), any excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs and shopping.
Seasonality and Weather
The Alps cause many climatic variations throughout Switzerland. In the higher Alpine regions temperatures tend to be lower on average, while the lower land of the northern area has higher temperatures and warm summers. Temperatures are likely to reach the teens C and 20's C (60's and 70's F) during the day, with cooling breezes and occasional rain. At night the temperature will drop quite a bit, depending on the altitude. Mountain weather is fickle. It can range from blue skies with the temperature in the low 20's C (70s F) to cloudy, wet, cold days on which rain gear and warm garments are necessary.
In spring of every year in the arena of Aproz near Nendaz, a National Festival of the Herens breed is held where the best cows of the Herens breed combat in the arena (cows are rarely harmed). Tension, suspense, emotion, the cow fighting national finals offers a unique show which attracts visitors and participants well beyond the Valais boundaries.
In September every year the 'Return of Cattle', one of the best-known traditional Alpine herdsman festivals takes place. After four-months of summer spent high in the mountains, colourfully decorated cattle return to the lower valleys in September. The clean and decorated animals parade down village streets with a cheering audience in attendance. 700 animals arrive over the course of the whole day and a local market displays craftsmanship and culinary specialities of the region.
Transport and Travel Conditions
Local land transport provided by private bus, 16-24 seats depending on ultimate group size (see 'group size'); local bus, taxi, and train. Numerous walking tours on uneven / cobbled surfaces. This tour is not strenuous per se, but you MUST be able to manage with your own luggage at rail stations and from station to hotels nearby.
Mid-range (3*), well-located, air-conditioned, simple hotels and inns throughout. Many are smaller properties (2-3 story) and may not have elevators. All hotels have en suite toilet and bath, though some will have shower only (no tub). Porters may be available (see 'Inclusions'), though you must be prepared to manage your own luggage to and from your hotel room.
Staff and Support
Tour Leader, driver/s, local step-on guides at some locales.
10-21 plus Tour Leader
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