Switzerland Tour

An In-depth Adventure by Rail
TOURCODE: SW1

Duration:
14 Days

Activity Level:
2

When To Go:
May, Sep

Countries Visited:
1

Arrive In / Depart From:
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Max Group Size:
Never more than 18

Tour Style:
Cultural

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  Overnight in: Zurich, Bern, Montreux, Interlaken, Zermatt, St. Moritz, St. Gallen

Discover the country's true culture with the help of experienced local guides.

  • Small group sizes to help escape the beaten path.
  • All-inclusive with top-rated restaurants and hotels.
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Countries Visited: 1 Activity Level: 2 Tour Style: Cultural

History has given Switzerland little land, but nature has blessed it with the finest natural sights in Europe. The scenic lakes and rivers seem to have a special sparkle.

The Alps make Switzerland a truly three-dimensional country; from the air or from the valleys, they are truly spectacular. The cities, while relatively grand, blend charm and comfortable human-scale settings.

And the inheritance of several different cultures can be seen in ancient Roman roads and amphitheaters; in monasteries and chapels built for pilgrims; and in Renaissance and Baroque art.

Though not often regarded as an "adventurous" touring destination, on our Switzerland tour, you'll discover uber-organized Switzerland can be many things to the traveller.

To us it is one of the most culturally-diverse countries in Europe and, without question, one of the most visually impactful.

This is truly a land in three dimensions, and our small group, low-impact approach benefits beautifully from our Swiss hosts' efficient and scenic rail system, which we prefer over large buses.

This trip never fails to thrill even the most adventurous.

 


 

Dates & Prices
Dates & Prices

 

Prices below are per person, twin-sharing costs in US Dollars (USD). Pricing does not include airfare to/from the tour and any applicable taxes. For single supplement rates and taxes (if any), please refer to below Prices & Dates table. For general information on flights to/from the tour, click here.

 

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Optional Single Supplement: $1080 USD (number of singles limited).
This tour may require a mandatory single supplement charge of $540 if you join our share program and we are unable to pair you.

 


 

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Day 1 Arrive in Zurich
Today we arrive in Zurich.

Overnight in Zurich.

Included Meal(s): Dinner



Day 2 Zurich: City tour - Train to Bern
This is a pretty active day, with walking tours in both Zurich and Bern.

This morning in Zurich we visit the Fraumunster Cathedral, with its slender blue spire, designed in an orthodox manner. It is small in size but is richly ornamented and adorned with paintings, frescoes and stained glass windows, some of those have been executed by Marc Chagall. The site of the Cathedral was originally a Benedictine abbey established in AD 853, later converted into a Royal Cathedral in the 14th century. The chief attraction of this church are five stained glass windows, each with it's own thematic colour scheme, designed by Chagall in 1970.

A short train ride* takes us to Bern, Switzerland's capital city with a medieval town centre (designated a World Heritage Site) dating back to 1191. The old town is framed by the Aare River and offers spectacular views of the Alps.

A walking tour in Bern will allow us to see some of the town squares and rows of limestone buildings and medieval arcades, its Renaissance fountains with colourful figures, and the beautiful Cathedral surrounded by picturesque rooftops, Bern is truly a gem of medieval architecture in Europe. Bern is the birthplace of Einstein's relativity theory, cradle of Toblerone chocolate.

* PLEASE NOTE: Most of our longer journeys will be accomplished using Switzerland's extensive and efficient public rail service. While the trip overall is not "strenuous" per se, this is an ambitious trip with lots of moving around, train journeys and connections. You MUST be able to manage with your own luggage at rail stations and from station to hotels nearby.

Overnight in Bern.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 3 Bern - Train to Solothurn & Montreux
This morning a short train ride takes us to Solothurn, regarded as the finest Baroque town in Switzerland, where Italian grandeur is combined with French charm and German practicality.

From the 16th to the 18th centuries, the Catholic town of Solothurn was the residence of the French king's ambassador. Fine Baroque and Renaissance buildings, such as the noble Palais Besenval, and magnificent religious buildings greet the visitor at turn; the Old Town has eleven churches and chapels and the same number of fountains and towers. Truly magnificent is the St. Urs Cathedral, with a façade donated by Louis XIV, and an Italian-style staircase in front. Inside are wonderful Baroque stuccos. The town walls, which are still intact in some places, were built according to the principles of the French military engineer Vauban.

We reconnect with our baggage (safely stored while touring Solothurn), and then take the train to Montreux on Lake Geneva. We have now left the German-speaking part of Switzerland and entered the French-speaking area. This provides a completely different cultural and historical atmosphere. We have also left the area of snow-capped mountains and entered a region with a Mediterranean climate, an area known as the "Swiss Riviera". Montreux's lakefront boulevards are studded with palm trees. The town is a favourite get-away for rock stars and hosts one of the world's most famous jazz festivals each year.

The long, flower-bordered lake promenade which links Vevey and Montreux and then onwards to Chillon Castle is wonderful for an evening stroll.

Overnight in Montreux.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 4 Montreux: Gruyeres & Lausanne
This morning a quick train ride takes us to the charming town of Lausanne on Lake Geneva where we meet our guide for a relaxing walking tour.

Many poets and writers, from Wordsworth to T.S. Eliot, have enjoyed the flourishing artistic climate of Lausanne, still an important centre for art and entertainment; indeed, the Palais de Beaulieu and the Theatre Municipal frequently host dance and musical performances. At the centre of the old town is the Place de la Palud lined by old houses and the Renaissance facade of the Town Hall. In the square is the charming 17th century Fountain of Justice. The nearby 15th century Castle St-Marie is today the seat of local government, and the 12th century Cathedral is considered one of the finest Gothic buildings in Switzerland. The town is also the home of the International Olympic Committee and has a museum to the Olympic Games, which we visit after connecting with our bus transport.

We continue by bus to the picturesque town of Gruyeres in the Canton of Fribourg. The main street is lined with 15th and 17th century houses with twin windows and wide eaves. The cobbled street slopes down to the town fountain before rising again towards the castle. The 15th century castle affords excellent views of the wooded slopes and jagged mountains rising all around. We tour the castle which was formerly home to the Counts of Gruyeres.

After some free time (our Swiss Pass includes entrance to any museums of interest) and dinner in Gruyeres, we return to Montreux.

Overnight in Montreux.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 5 Montreux - Train to Fribourg: Walking Tour - Train to Interlaken
A short train ride from Montreux takes us to Fribourg, nestled on a rock promontory and surrounded on three sides by the Saane River (our luggage is safely stored while touring). Fribourg is one of the largest medieval towns in Uechtland. Over 200 unique Gothic facades from the 15th century impart medieval charm to the Old Town. Ramparts that are over two kilometers long used to protect the city in the past. Most impressive, however, is the Cathedral of Fribourg with its extraordinarily beautiful stained-glass windows. Construction started in 1283 and continued in several stages; dedicated to St. Nicholas, it boasts a 74-meter-high tower that offers a fantastic panoramic view. Today's relaxed walking tour takes in the highlights of the city, a very "walkable" town.

We continue by train to Interlaken for a three night stay. The name 'Interlaken' implies "between the lakes" -- as it lies between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, with water omnipresent throughout the area with idyllic clear mountain streams and waterfalls running off the hills and into the lakes.

Overnight in Interlaken.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 6 Interlaken: Excursion to Jungfraujoch
Today we make a full day excursion out of Interlaken by train and cog railway to visit the spectacular Jungfrau Mountain, the 'Top of Europe'. This is the highest railway station in Europe at 3454m / 11,330 ft. and with views of the Aletsch glacier, the longest in the Alps and a UNESCO heritage site.

En route we pass below the Eiger Mountain and see the Eiger Glacier. After travelling 6 km (4 miles) through a tunnel in the mountains we emerge at Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe. From here, on a clear day, we can see the immense Aletsch Glacier in one direction and the whole of the Interlaken area laid out below us in the other. Returning in a circular route via Wengen we arrive back in Interlaken.

Overnight in Interlaken.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 7 Interlaken: Train Excursion to Lucerne
Today we have a train day-trip to nearby Lucerne.

The over 600 year old covered bridge in Lucerne is one of the most recognized symbols of Switzerland which makes the city a major destination for travellers from all over the world. However, Lucerne and the region around Lake Lucerne are also the heart and soul of this country. It was in this region that in 1291 Switzerland was founded by the oath of the representatives of the first three cantons.

Lucerne is situated on both sides of the Reuss River where it exits Lake Lucerne. The old town is charming with narrow streets and buildings in many styles. Lucerne is particularly famous for its covered wooden bridges. The watertower on the restored Kapellbrucke is a well-known landmark. The intact Spreuerbrucke features painted scenes inside illustrating "The Dance of Death". After spending some time enjoying the delights of Lucerne we take the train back to Interlaken and have the evening free to explore the pretty village on our own.

Overnight in Interlaken.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 8 Interlaken - Train to Zermatt
This morning we travel by train into the mountains to the ski resort of Zermatt. This relaxing town has no cars (electric taxis are the only motorized transport) and sits in the shadow of the magnificent, jagged peak of the Matterhorn. The views of the 4478 m (14,692 feet) mountain are stunning. You feel so close that you could reach out your hand and touch the peak!

We take the famous Gornergrat cog railway from Zermatt across stunning bridges, through galleries and tunnels, idyllic forests, past gorges and mountain lakes with the Matterhorn continually in the field of vision, to the observation at Gornergrat located at a height of 3,089 metres. Surrounded by 29 four-thousand metre high peaks, by the highest Swiss mountain (Dufourspitz in Swiss, better known as Monte Rosa) and by the third-largest glacier in the Alps (Gorner Glacier), it offers a mountainscape panorama that couldn't be more overwhelming.

The balance of the day is free to explore Zermatt.

Overnight in Zermatt.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 9 Zermatt & The Matterhorn
For those who wish to have a closer view of the Matterhorn and would enjoy some gentle hiking, we make an excursion to the foot of the Matterhorn. The first section of our ascent is by cable car to Furi -- 1865 m (6,119 feet). From here we take a second cable car to Furgg -- 2434 m (7,985 feet). The views here of the Theodul Glacier and surrounding Alps are awe-inspiring. Another short cable car ride takes us to the plateau below the Matterhorn where there is a small lake called the Schwarzsee (available only on late summer tours). In this flat area we walk a path around the lake drinking in the mountain vistas and savouring the fresh mountain air. There is a beautiful spot for a picnic near an old chapel by the lake. After our easy-paced walk we return by cablecar to Zermatt. Please note that if the weather is poor other sightseeing will be substituted this day.

For those who do not wish to join today's excursion, the day is free to enjoy the wonderful mountain panorama and clean mountain air from the town of Zermatt itself.

Overnight in Zermatt.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 10 Zermatt - Glacier Express Train - St Moritz
Today we take the spectacular Glacier Express train ride. Round every corner are mountains and more mountains, small villages, cows with clanking bells, glaciers, blue lakes and rushing rivers. The full length of the Glacier Express route from Zermatt to St Moritz passes over 291 bridges and through 91 tunnels. For much of its journey, it also passes along and through the World Heritage Site known as the Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes.

The train is not an "express" in the sense of being a high-speed train, but rather in the sense that it provides a one-seat ride for a long duration travel. In fact it has the reputation of being the slowest express train in the world. The entire line is metre gauge (narrow gauge railway), and large portions of it use a rack-and-pinion system both for ascending steep grades and to control the descent of the train on the back side of those grades.

We arrive in St Moritz late this afternoon and transfer to our hotel (lunch on board the train is included in lieu of dinner today).

Overnight in St Moritz.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch



Day 11 St Moritz Area
This region has many significant mountains and ski resorts, the most famous of which, and possibly the most famous ski resort in the world is St. Moritz. The town lies in two parts beside Lake St Moritz, and is located at 1856m (6,089 feet) and surrounded by mountain peaks, such as Piz Nair at 3057m (10,027 ft). The resort is still very exclusive and expensive, attracting the rich and famous, attracted to, among other things, the healing powers of its mineral waters.

Travelling by road today allows a quick stop in the town of Zuoz on the way to Zernez. Imposing, palatial houses bear witness to the turbulent history of this village. Until the 19th century, Zuoz played an important role on the political and cultural scene and today is one of the best preserved villages of the Upper Engadine.

We then explore the museum and the town of Zernez and have a break for lunch. If the weather is nice we would stop at Diavolezza for a gondola ride up to about 3000m height (May only; September tours will return to St Moritz and go up one of the hills there after a walk in town).

We return to St Moritz and walk through the village where winter tourism was born.

Overnight in St Moritz.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 12 St Mortiz - Liechtenstein - Appenzell - St Gallen (By road)
From St Moritz we travel by bus (a train-free day) to the Principality of Liechtenstein, one of the world's smallest states with one of the highest per capita incomes. Lying on the right bank of the River Rhine between Switzerland and Austria, Liechtenstein is only 160 sq km (61 sq miles) in size with a population of less than 30,000 -- one third of whom are foreigners.

Although Liechtenstein's independent status allows it to be a tax haven, the functioning of the country is heavily integrated with that of Switzerland. There are no border formalities involved in crossing between the two countries but you can get a Liechtenstein stamp in your passport.

Liechtenstein uses the Swiss phone and postal systems, the Swiss Franc is the local currency, and Liechtenstein is represented abroad by Switzerland's diplomats. However, Liechtenstein has no army, is a monarchy, and issues its own highly-collectable postage stamps. The capital city, Vaduz, is built around the castle. We explore the narrow streets and visit the National Museum.

This afternoon we return to Switzerland and make our way to the delightful town of Appenzell, one of the most traditional towns in Switzerland. Here many folk arts flourish and many houses have whimsical paintings on their walls. With about 7,000 inhabitants, Appenzell is the cultural center of Appenzell Innerrhoden, the smallest Swiss canton. The car-free village beckons with pretty lanes and myriad small stores and boutiques that are ideal for browsing. The facades of the buildings are decorated with frescoes and Appenzell Museum located in the town hall, shows a cross section of Appenzell's history and culture.

After visiting Appenzell, we will then continue to St Gallen where we will be staying tonight.

Overnight in St Gallen.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 13 St Gallen - Train to Zurich
This morning we explore the Old Town of St Gallen. The town became exceedingly prosperous in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries due to the linen industry. In the streets leading off the Marketplatz there are many handsome 17th and 18th century houses. St Gallen's most famous attraction is its cathedral, part of which dates from the 10th century. Here we see the colourful ceiling paintings and visit the library.

From St Gallen we will then make our way to Zurich by train. You will have some free time this afternoon to explore Zurich before we meet up again for dinner.

Overnight in Zurich.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 14 Departure
Departure from Zurich.

BON VOYAGE!

Included Meal(s): Breakfast

 


 

Trip Info
Trip Info

Inclusions
Services of a full-time Tour Leader plus local guides in various locations.

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).

Exclusions
International airfare to/from the tour.

Tour Leader gratuities, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), international air taxes (if applicable), any excursions referenced as 'optional'.

Optional trip cancellation insurance.

Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs and shopping.

Zurich is an EXCEPTION to our usual policies governing airport transfers. Because the airport is served by a fast, efficient, and affordable train service from/to city centre, we have found that organizing escorted road transfers (slow, costly) does not provide the usual degree of convenience and comfort that once can usually expect of such of a service. Accordingly, we do not provide or sell transfer services in Zurich, preferring instead to provide instructions on how to easily make your own way on arrival (per person cost approx US$6).

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.

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.

Most of our longer journeys will be accomplished using Switzerland's extensive and efficient public rail service. While the trip overall is not "strenuous" per se, this is an ambitious trip with lots of moving around and train journeys and connections. You MUST be able to manage with your own luggage at rail stations and from station to hotels nearby.

Hotels are usually located very near stations, which usually have escalators where applicable. Wheeled bags, NOT hard-sided baggage, are best as you will likely be transporting your luggage from hotel to station.

The importance of packing light cannot be overemphasized. Given the nature of this itinerary you will walk with your luggage more than you may think. Remember that with train travel you keep your luggage with you throughout the journey; putting it on the racks above your seat, between the seats or at the end of the car. There is usually no separate baggage car. Unlike travelling by air, you do not check your bags in; you can access to your bags throughout the journey.

For days on which we have sightseeing en route to our final destination, your luggage is kept in storage, to be collected again for our onward journey (such days are indicated in the full itinerary).

Though some of our excursions travel to areas of high elevation, these visits are relatively short on duration and most people are not adversely affected. All of our overnights are at lower levels; as such we don't rate this as a "high altitude" tour.

Am I suitable for this tour? Please refer to our self-assessment form.

Accommodation
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.

Group Size
Maximum 18 plus Tour Leader

 


 

Map & Hotels
Map & Hotels

Regions visited: Western Europe
Countries visited: Switzerland


*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.


The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.


Hotel Adler
3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation
Location: Zurich
Country: Switzerland
Enjoy a good night’s sleep at the charming Hotel Adler Zürich, a unique 3-star superior Hotel in the middle of Zurich’s old town, 52 total renovated rooms with air-conditioning, and nice art ... of Zürich in each room.

Our hotel is officially certified by Hotellerie Suisse as a Business- and Boutique-Hotel. Enjoy your time, whether you want to explore the city or doing business in Zurich.
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Eden Palace au Lac
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Montreux
Country: Switzerland
The Eden Palace au Lac offers you every comfort in the heart of the town of Montreux, on the shores of Lake Geneva.

Whether you’re looking for a standard or deluxe
... or a junior suite, Eden Palace au Lac offers 100 rooms, all equipped with Wi-Fi. Whether you are in a lakeside room with a superb view of Lake Geneva and the Alps, or a cityside room, you are guaranteed a magnificent and relaxing setting.
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Hotel Hey
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Interlaken
Country: Switzerland
Relaxation, enjoyment, adventure - and an exhilarating stay in the newly renovated rooms. And to cool off your enthusiasm, we have already equipped all rooms with air conditioning. A cool head is ... an advantage if you decide to visit our Restaurant Lisi. The equally varied selection of delicious dishes - vegetarians are not spared either! - as well as the decidedly cozy and uncomplicated atmosphere want to be really enjoyed.
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Hotel Sonne
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Zermatt
Country: Switzerland
Recover and rejuvenate after a day on the sloops or hiking the mountains, whatever your pastime this exceptional retreat will invigorate you. A unique heated outdoor hot tub adjacent to the indoor ... is exceptional; the hot tub is located in front of a natural cascade of water which becomes the centrepiece of the wellness oasis as an extraordinary ice wall during the colder months. Enjoy your favourite aperitif in the intimate hotel bar and lounge and join us for a gourmet meal. The Hotel Sonne has been awarded four times by "Switzerland Tourism", as one of the friendliest Swiss hotels.
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Hotel Derby Zermatt
3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation
Location: Zermatt
Country: Switzerland
The Hotel Derby is located directly on the well-known Bahnhofstrasse in Zermatt, near the train station and the Gornergratbahn. Enjoy the unique atmosphere of the heart of Zermatt right from your balcony. ... newly built main building of the Hotel Derby impresses with an architecture that skilfully takes up the Valais tradition and reinterprets it in a unique way.
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Hotel Hauser
3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation
Location: St. Moritz
Country: Switzerland
Hotel Hauser deliberately designed the 51 guest rooms in the hotel in Graubünden to be simple and contemporary. High-quality materials, whenever possible from the region, are important. In Hotel Hauser rooms you ... longer and healthier! A daring statement that Hotel Hauser is happy to explain here. The processed moonwood from larch and Swiss stone pine from the Engadin is particularly valuable because it is felled shortly before the new moon. In the Engadin, the hard and robust moonwood bears the GOD label (Romansh for forest), which stands for authenticity, sustainability and quality.

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Hotel Baren
3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation
Location: St. Moritz
Country: Switzerland
Hotel Bären, St. Moritz's traditional, friendly family hotel lies beautifully quiet nearby the village centre of St. Moritz. You experience not only a wide range of amenities but also a cosy and ... atmosphere to make you feel totally at ease. You are surrounded by a fantastic Swiss mountain world with countless opportunities on offer – whether you have sporty ambitions or you are looking for relaxation.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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Frequently Asked Questions
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01. What is the maximum number of participants on a trip?
Most of our tours carry a maximum of 18 participants; some tours (ie hiking tours) top out at 16. In the event that we do not achieve our minimum complement by our 60-day deadline, we may offer group members the option of paying a "small-group surcharge" as an alternative to cancellation. If all group members agree, we will confirm the trip at existing numbers; this surcharge is refundable in the event that we ultimately achieve our regular minimum. If the small group surcharge is not accepted, we will offer a refund of your deposit or a different trip of your choice.
02. Can I extend my tour either at the beginning or end? What about stopovers?
Yes, you can extend your tour either at the beginning or the end and we can book accommodation in our tour hotel. Stopovers are often permitted, depending on air routing. Stopovers usually carry a "stopover" fee levied by the airline.
03. How do I make a reservation? How and when do I pay?
The easiest way to make a reservation is via our website; during office hours, you are also more than welcome to contact us by telephone. A non-refundable deposit is payable at the time of booking; if a reservation is made within 60 days, full payment is required. Some trips require a larger deposit. If international airline bookings require a non-refundable payment in order to secure space or the lowest available fare, we will require an increase in deposit equal to the cost of the ticket(s). Early enrolment is always encouraged as group size is limited and some trips require greater preparation time. Once we have received your deposit, we will confirm your space and send you a confirmation package containing your trip itinerary, any visa/travel permit related documents, invoice, clothing and equipment recommendations, general information on your destination(s), and forms for you to complete, sign and return to us. Your air e-tickets (if applicable), final hotel list, final trip itinerary, and instructions on how to join your tour, will be sent approximately 2-3 weeks prior to departure.
04. What about cancellations, refunds, and transfers?
Please review our cancellation policy page for details.
05. I am a single who prefers my own room. What is a single supplement?
All of our tours have a single supplement for those who want to be guaranteed their own room at each location. This supplement is a reflection of the fact that most hotels around the world do not discount the regular twin-share rate for a room by 50% for only one person occupying a room. Most hotels will give a break on the price, but usually in the range of 25-30% of the twin-share rate. This difference, multiplied by each night, amounts to the single supplement. The conventional amount can also vary from country to country and some destinations are more expensive than others for single occupancy. In order to be "single friendly," the supplements we apply are not a profit centre for us and we do our best to keep them as reasonable as possible. On most tours we limit the number of singles available, not to be punitive, but rather because many hotels allow for only a limited number of singles; some smaller hotels at remote locations also have a limited number of single rooms available. Please note that most single rooms around the world are smaller than twin-share rooms and will likely have only one bed.
06. Do you have a shared accommodation program?
Yes! If you are single traveller and are willing to share, we will do our best to pair you with a same-gender roommate. On most of our tours, if we fail to pair you, we will absorb the single supplement fee and you will default to a single room at no extra charge. At some destinations, however, where single rooms are not significantly discounted, or not at all, we may apply a "mandatory" single in the event that we cannot find you a share partner. This is usually 50% of the usual supplement, but can be as much as 100%. If applicable, this proviso will be noted on each tour page on this website, on your invoice, and in our tour date/price book (available for download under "Resources").

 

What People are Saying
Lois D.
Calgary, AB - CA
I enjoyed all the opportunities to learn of the history of the region and see the many picturesque towns. Everything I experienced was very rewarding. I particularly enjoyed the walk we took down from Schwarzee to the cable car that transported us the rest of the way to Zermatt. I actually enjoyed all the sightseeing elements of the trip. Our tour leader was very caring and made everything enjoyable. The Glacier Express train ride was very long, but I found the views spectacular so I wouldn't have wanted to miss it. The transportation was excellent. The Switzerland Travel Pass not only made travel easy; it also gave us the ability to go to places on our own with ease. The hotels were clean and comfortable. I was very pleased with the Tour Leader and must say that he made this one of the most enjoyable tours I have taken. I thoroughly enjoyed this trip.
Denise D.
Tillamook, OR - US
Excellent tour. I enjoyed seeing the beautiful highlights of the country: mountains, scenery, local color, and traditions of Switzerland. Swiss rail and bus system is amazing. The only way to travel! All restaurants were well chosen, good selection, local fare if wanted, and very good food! The tour had an amazing itinerary, accomplished my goal to see as much of Switzerland as possible in the 13 day tour, and had no issues or problems concerning our tour, very well handled and organized.
Robert C.
Fort Pierce, FL - US
Loved the trains!!! Every train ride was an adventure. Loved the hotels close to the stations. The cable car rides were the most enjoyable with the boat rides second. Wonder why we waited so long to book this trip. Very happy with great memories.
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25 days from Lisbon to Sevilla
On this Portugal & Spain tour we see how referring to history as existing in a series of…
TOUR CODE: IT2
24 days from Palermo to Venice
What do you get if you mix the incredible cultural riches of Italy's north with the laid…
TOUR CODE: ES6
24 days from Madrid to Marrakech
One look at the mountains framing the sky or the lakes that mirror any beauty that…
TOUR CODE: AG3
23 days from Algiers to Malta
On our Algeria, Tunisia & Malta tour, the entire country of Algeria makes for a…
TOUR CODE: GD2
22 days from Chania (CHQ) to Athens (ATH)
This is a wonderful combo of our Dodecanese Islands trip with an extension to Western…
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Switzerland.
Activity Level: 2

These are particularly busy tours that feature a lot of moving around, sometimes by train and short journeys on local transport. Walking tours of towns and cities are leisurely but you should be prepared to be on your feet for several hours. Some of our cultural trips that occur at high altitude and/or require greater independence with baggage handling (at hotels, airports, train stations) also fall into this category.
Tour Style: Cultural

These three- and four-star hotel-based, "soft adventure" trips concentrate on the culture, history, and natural attributes of our destination. Though there are no strenuous activities built into these tours, you need to be prepared for some full days with some early starts, plenty of walking on uneven surfaces through villages, cities and archaeological sites, and not a lot of "down time." Independence, reasonable fitness, and an ability to be steady on one's feet are critical in order for you to get the most out of these programs.
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