Mountains, Valleys and Lakes of Switzerland 2023

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10 Days / 9 Nights
Availability : May to October
Start: Zurich, Switzerland
End: Zurich, Switzerland

Mountains, Valleys and Lakes of Switzerland: 1 nt Zurich, 2 nts Appenzell, 2 nts Lucerne Region, 2 nts Bern, 2 nts Bernese Oberland

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca to book. 

Uncover Switzerland’s hidden gems, explore remote Alpine valleys, scale mountain slopes along historic railways and stand in awe of breathtaking waterfalls – all the while savouring rich flavours and a fascinating culture laden in time-honoured traditions. Join us as we gain a unique insight into a Swiss way of life while journeying through one of Europe’s most scenic countries.

10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS / MAX 18 GUESTS

Tour Details

The Blue-Roads Difference

– Be blown away by the majestic alpine views from Mt Jungfrau: the ‘Top of Europe’
– Indulge in a delicious cheese fondue tasting at a local farm in Einsiedeln
– Relish panoramic views over the Bernese Oberland from the enchanting Thun Castle

Pick Up Location & TIme

Hotel Adler Zürich (Zurich) (Google Map)
6:00pm – Meet tour guide and group for welcome dinner.

Drop off Location & Time

TBA (Zurich)
The tour finishes late afternoon/early evening.

Price Includes

  • 9 nights' in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily breakfasts, 3 dinners
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary

Meals

  • 9 breakfasts
  • 0 lunches
  • 3 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Blue Roads Tours are conducted at a leisurely pace; we take our time and avoid rushing from place to place.  Stops are made frequently during the day to avoid extended periods of time on the coach.  On a typical day they might leave at 9am and arrive at the hotel at 5pm.  We endeavor to build rest and relaxation time into our itineraries, an most inclusions are not mandatory – so if you’d rather explore on your own, you’re welcome to meet up with the group at the designated meeting point. 

The Blue Roads Tours are designed so that there is as little time as possible on the mini-coach and plenty to see while on board.  We travel along the scenic route wherever possible, meaning you’ll see more of the countryside and local village life than on a regular tour.  Inevitable, there are days when travelling between locations may involve motorway driving and more mileage.  Generally, driving time will not last for more than three or four hours per day.

Itinerary

Day 1Zurich

This evening, we’ll meet the group in one of the most impressive cities in the world: Zurich – and have the opportunity to get to know one another over a delicious welcome meal. (D)

Accommodation: Hotel Adler Zürich (or similar)

Day 2Zurich – Schaffhausen – Appenzell

This morning, it’s all aboard the mini-coach as we make tracks to our first stop: Schaffhausen. On an orientation tour with our expert Tour Leader, we’ll explore the quaint Old Town located on the banks of the Rhine River. Afterwards, we’ll have time to wander at our own pace and take lunch at a local cafe or restaurant. Then, we’ll move on to our final destination of the day: Appenzell. Here, we’ll learn how to make traditional biberli (gingerbread pastries) at a local bakery – before having the rest of the evening free to explore the fairytale town and indulge in some delicious local fare. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Löwen (or similar)

Day 3Appenzell – St Gallen – Appenzell

After breakfast it’s off to St Gallen – where we’ll spend some time exploring the city’s Old Town and UNESCO World Heritage-listed Abbey District with our Tour Leader. Bearings set, we’ll have some free time to explore and enjoy lunch at our leisure. Then: a brewery tour awaits us back in Appenzell. After learning all about the brewing process and sampling a taste of the local beer, the evening will be yours to spend as you wish. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Löwen (or similar)

Day 4Appenzell – Lucerne – Lucerne Region

A day of indulgence awaits us in Lucerne today, where we have an appointment to keep with a local chocolatier. After learning the secrets behind Swiss chocolate making, we’ll take the time to savour a delicious sample (or two). We’ll have some free time to explore the colourful Altstadt (Old Town), visit the Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge) and enjoy lunch at our leisure – before swapping our mini-coach for a scenic boat ride across Lake Lucerne. Later, we’ll set ashore in Weggis: an idyllically located resort set at the foot of Mt Rigi. (B,D)

Accommodation: Romantik Hotel Beau Rivage (or similar)

Day 5Lucerne Region – Einsiedeln and Mount Rigi – Lucerne Region

Leave room at breakfast – this morning we’ll be visiting a local farm in Einsiedeln, where we’ll have the chance to make our own cheeses before indulging in a fondue tasting session. Then, it’s all aboard the cog railway – Europe’s first ever mountain line – as we scale the towering Mt Rigi, taking in some magnificent views of deep blue lakes and snow-capped peaks along the way. Afterwards, you’ll have an array of local restaurants serving delicious Swiss cuisine to choose from for dinner. (B)

Accommodation: Romantik Hotel Beau Rivage (or similar)

Day 6Lucerne Region – Eggiwil – Bern

Today we’ll make tracks to Eggiwil – where we’ll meet a local alphorn maker. After learning how the traditional instrument is made, we’ll move on to captivating Bern. Here we’ll soak up the picture-perfect scenery and marvel at the medieval architecture preserved in the Altstadt on an orientation tour with our knowledgeable Tour Leader. After, we’ll have the evening free to spend exploring Bern at our own pace or relaxing back at our hotel. (B)

Accommodation: Best Western Plus Hotel Bern (or similar)

Day 7Bern

Today, the day will be yours to visit Bern’s excellent museums and wander the cobbled centre at your leisure. You can choose to visit the home of Albert Einstein – who developed his Theory of Relativity here – or take a fascinating tour of the Zytglogge (Clock Tower) and admire the wonderful view from the top. This evening is yours to spend indulging in some delicious local cuisine or relaxing back at the hotel. (B)

Accommodation: Best Western Plus Hotel Bern (or similar)

Day 8Bern – Thun – Interlaken – Bernese Oberland

Today our path will carry us away from Bern and onwards towards the striking Thun Castle. Built in the 12th century, this enchanting medieval castle boasts panoramic views over the Bernese Oberland and is a Swiss Heritage Site of National Significance. Then we’ll continue on to Interlaken –gateway to the mesmerising Jungfrau region – and enjoy lunch at our leisure. We’ll traverse the scenic Lauterbrunnen Valley in search of the breathtaking Trümmelbach Falls – a series of ten glacier-fed waterfalls hidden within the mountainside. After a day filled with spectacular sights, we’ll climb aboard the train to picture-perfect Wengen, where you’ll have the rest of the afternoon to explore as you please. (B)

Accommodation: Arenas Resort Victoria-Lauberhorn (or similar)

Day 9Bernese Oberland – Jungfraujoch – Bernese Oberland

Today we’ll be treated to some more intoxicatingly beautiful vistas as we travel to the top of Mt Jungfrau aboard the Jungfrau Railway. Dubbed the ‘Top of Europe’, we’ll revel in views of the Mittelland up to the Vosges – taking in mighty glaciers, thousand-metre peaks and otherworldly landscapes. This evening we’ll come together for one last group dinner and toast to our superb Swiss adventure! (B,D)

Accommodation: Arenas Resort Victoria-Lauberhorn (or similar)

Day 10Bernese Oberland – Lauterbrunnen – Zurich

After our final breakfast as a group, we’ll take the picturesque cog railway to tranquil Lauterbrunnen: a secluded village nestled in a valley and surrounded by vast, rocky cliffs. Following this we’ll return to Zurich, where our adventure will come to an end. What a trip it’s been! (B)

Dates and Prices:
Departure Dates Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2023: May 19 $6,399 $7,669
2023: June 9 $6,399 $7,669
2023: July 14 $6,399 $7,669
2023: August 18 $6,399 $7,669
2023: September 8 $6,399 $7,669
2023: September 22  $5,939 $7,119

Dates shown in green are guaranteed departure.

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on twin/ double occupancy.
Rates are in $ CAD.

 


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca  to book.

Ask us for the best available pricing for your dates & choice of airline.

 

Notes
Back-Roads Touring have hand-picked an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Luggage:  As we travel in mini-coaches, luggage space is limited.  You are allowed 1 x suitcase: 20 kg  and 158 cm total (Length plus Width must equal 158 cm) and 1 x Hand Bag / Small Back Pack

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