Sensational Swiss

  • Duration: 11 days
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Overview

Switzerland is a land of contrasts. Cities like Lucerne combine modern architecture with a medieval downtown and a 2500 m high mountain is just around the corner. Nevertheless, one may say that those who are looking for music, arts, important historical monuments, museums or shopping will generally find points of interest in major cities while those who want to get more than a glimpse of the alpine scenery are much better served in the alpine resorts. Quality of service and access to modern communication is equally high in both places.

Itinerary

Day 1
0050Hrs Depart Mumbai By Air India/ Swiss Air AI7701 0615 On Arrival after clearing customs and immigration, Make your own Way to Zurich Airport Train Station. Later validate your Swiss Pass at SBB counter. Later board the train for Zermatt. Zurich airport to Zermatt ( approx 3 hrs 40 min by train). Arrival at Zermatt station and transfer on your own to the hotel. Zermatt epitomizes their image of switzerland: high-alpine, awe-inspiring and original. Almost one- third of the 4,000-metre mountains in the Alps are grouped around this word-famous health resort, which has been visited by mountaineers from all around the world since the first successful ascent of the Matterhorn in 1865. The hotels and restaurants are world-class, and the ski area is not only the highest in the Alps – it is also one of the best developed and most convenient in the world, ensuring thrilling sporting experiences on the steepest slopes in the world – and that 365 days a year. The climate is of an excellent quality: with 300 sunny days a year, there is less rainfall than anywhere else in Switzerland. The air in Zermatt is clear, dry and clean, because, since 1947, only electric cars without a combustion engine are allowed to operate in the village. Overnight at Hotel Zermatt
Day 2
After Breakfast leave for excursion to Matterhorn. How to reach there : Walk to Zermatt Zbag – Furi – 5 Minutes gondola lift and from furi to Trockener steg by cable way ( approx. 8 min). Arrive Matterhorn. Matterhorn has panoramic views of 38 four-thousand-meter-high peaks – a chance to immerse yourself in a Glacier Palace 15 m below the surface of the ice – Europe’s highest restaurant at 3883 m above sea level! Europe’s highest cable car will whisk you away over gaping glacial crevasses up to the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise and a breathtakingly beautiful world of eternal ice and snow! Matterhorn guarantees 365 days snow on alpes. Once you are here you can see 3 countries down which are Italy, France and Swiss. Overnight at Hotel Zermatt
Day 3
0900 hrs Breakfast at the hotel. Later proceed to train station to reach at Montruex. Arrive and check in at the hotel. Montreux is honeymooners paradise nestles in lake Geneva region. Its also Unesco’s world heritage site for its vineyards. The long, flower-bordered lake promenade which links Vevey and Montreux going all the way to Chillon Castle is simply asking to be strolled along. One can visit Chillon castle with Swiss Pass. any of the houses along the lakeside road, including the magnificent Fairmont Le Montreux Palace, date from the hayday of the Belle Epoque. And the town has a modern congress and exhibition centre: the Montreux Music and Convention Centre From Montreux one can visit to Geneva or Laussane. Laussane is again beautiful town which has Olympic statidium. Montruex to Laussane one can travel by train but bus journey is more scenic and one can reach in half an hour. Overnight at Hotel Montreux.
Day 4
0900 hrs Breakfast at the hotel. Arrive and check in at the hotel. From the top of Gstaad’s glacier you can see 24 summits over 4000 m altitude, from the Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn and the Bernese Alps. The mountain station with the restaurant Botta designed by star architect Mario Botta is worth the visit alone. The Refuge l’Espace offers spectacular views. Cable car leaves from station Col du Pillon (el. 1546 m) is a mountain pass in the western Swiss Alps, inkingAigle, Le Sépey and Les Diablerets in the canton of Vaud with Gstaad in the canton of Berne. The pass itself is located within the canton of Vaud, approximately one kilometre from the border with Berne. Col du Pillon is overlooked by the Diablerets and at the pass is located the lower station of theSex Rouge cable car.. Overnight at Hotel Montreux.
Day 5
After Breakfast . Depart for Interlaken Make your own way to Montreux station . On Arrival Make your own way to the Hotel in Interlaken 1400Hrs Check in at the Hotel . Interlaken – a mecca for visitors who never have enough of its spectacular scenery. Day at leisure to explore Interlaken’s Hoheweg- an inviting 700 meter long boulevard with hotels, cosy cafes, fashion boutiques, watch and jewellery stores. Interlaken situated between the Lakes of Thun and Brienz and at the foot the famous trio of peaks, the Eiger, the Mönch and the Jungfrau. Evening free at leisure for shopping . The Höheweg is Interlaken’s main street which runs between Interlaken West and Interlaken Ost Railway Stations. On this street you will find many souvenir shops. Have a look at the “Japanese Garden”, the 150-year old Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel, and don’t miss the beautiful view of the famous snowcovered Jungfrau mountain from “Höhematte”. Overnight at the Hotel Interlaken
Day 6
0900 hrs Breakfast at The Hotel. Proceed to for excursion to Junfraujoch From Interlaken Ost board the train to Kleine Scheidegg via Lauterbrunnen (approx. 1.5 hrs). The famous Jungfrau railway takes you to the highest station in Europe (approx. 1 hrs). A day of fun and excitement is awaiting you in the captivating snow peaks of Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe (3’454 m/11’333 ft). Film star Sunny Deol jumped from here into the depth in his award winning Film “The Hero”. Visit the Ice Cave with its ice formations or else explore the snow on the glacier. You find a range of international restaurants on the Jungfraujoch. Return to Interlaken (approx. 2.5 hrs) by train with an optional stopover in Grindelwald. Overnight stay at Hotel Interlaken
Day 7
0900 hrs Breakfast at The Hotel. Day free at Leisure. Intelaken is also known for adventure sports so one can definitely opt for. Or Visit Ballenburg open air museum. A stroll through the past. More than one hundred century-old buildings from all over Switzerland, 250 farmyard animals, traditional, old-time gardens and fields, demonstrations of local crafts and many special events create a vivid impression of rural life in days gone by. Ballenberg is indeed unique. Or visit beautiful trummblebach falls The Trummelbach Falls (In German: Trümmelbachfälle) in Switzerland are a series of ten glacier-waterfalls inside the mountain made accessible by tunnel-lift and illuminated. The Trummelbach alone drains the mighty glacier defiles of Eiger (3970 m), Mönch (4099 m) and Jungfrau (4158 m) and carries 20,200 tons of boulder detritus per year. Overnight stay at Hotel Interlaken
Day 8
0900 hrs Today breakfast at the hotel. Later check out and proceed to train station for Lucerne. Arrive and check in at the hotel. Lucerne is the gataway to central Switzerland sited on lake Lucerne. Complete with gable paintings, the covered, medieval Chapel Bridge forms the centrepiece of Lucerne’s townscape and is considered to be one of the oldest, covered wooden bridges in Europe. A further landmark of the town is the Museggmauer, a wall which, with the exception only of one of its towers, has been preserved in its original, well-fortified state. Lucerne is a city of town squares and churches. The Jesuit church dating from the 17th century is regarded as Switzerland’s first sacral Baroque building and the twin towers of the Hofkirche form an integral part of the townscape. The figure of a dying lion which was hewn from the face of rock in remembrance of the heroic death of Swiss guards killed during an attack on the Tuileries in 1792 is one of the best-known monuments in Switzerland. And with its 112-metre-long Bourbaki panorama, Lucerne possesses one of the world’s few maintained, mammoth circular paintings. Overnight stay at Hotel Lucerne
Day 9
0800hrs Breakfast at the hotel 0900hrs Proceed for Excursion to Mt. Titlis. There are trains which departs from Lucerne at 0906 hrs and reaches at Engelburg at 0953 hrs. Mt. Titlis : This picture perfect glacier is conveniently located just a short distance from Lucerne, an international cultural venue in Switzerland. A paradise at 10,000 feet, it offers a snow and ice experience on the highest viewpoint in Central Switzerland. How to get there – After arriving at Engelberg Bet walk to for 8 minutes. From Engelburg Bet to Trubsee take a gondola lift which is approx. 20 min. From Trubsee take a cable car way to Klentitlis which is approx. 15 min. Enjoy Mount Titlis with Ice Flyer (3’020 m /10’000 ft). Overnight stay at Lucerne.
Day 10
0900 Hrs Today morning after breakfast leave for train station to board the train for Zurich. Arrive and check in at the hotel later day free at leisure to explore the city on your own. A relaxed stroll through the city reveals something amazing at every corner: architectural highlights, historic squares, streets and districts, churches, work s of art and much more. Zurich As a “metropolis of experiences” by the water, with a magnificent view of the snowcapped Alps on the horizon, Zürich Downtown offers a unique mixture of attractions. Later You also have the option to visit Rhine Falls – Europe’s biggest water falls for which you needs to reach at the station Schaffhausen and later walk down to Rhine Falls. Overnight at Zurich.
Day 11
0600hrs Leave for Airport for your flight back to India. 0945 hrs AI 7702/ Swiss Air leave for India.