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Come and view nature on a grand scale, in a country already well endowed with spectacular scenery and breathtaking alpine vistas, this Swiss Alps vacation contain some of Switzerland’s most dramatic and awe inspiring landscapes. English author Mary Shelly wrote: “The mighty Alps, whose white and shining pyramids and domes towered above all, as belonging to another earth, the habitations of another race of beings.” You will experience what Mary Shelly wrote about as you explore this awesome wonderland of towering mountains and peaks, deep green valleys painted with green rolling meadows and dotted with delicate alpine flowers.
View and sail on beautiful shimmering emerald lakes reflecting snow capped mountain peaks. See and feel roaring waterfalls that shake the earth and rattle your senses as they spill over cliffs and steep walls as they tumble down steep mountain sides. Breathe in the clear clean mountain air as you absorb the sight of three of the most famous mountains in Switzerland, the Monch, Eiger and Jungfrau with their rugged cliffs and blue crystalline glaciers shining in the sun. Experience unique travel by Swiss rail, cog-rail, funiculars, and intermountain cable cars, for they are the only mode of travel to these wondrous sights. Stroll through picturesque hamlets and villages, cozy in their valleys or clinging to their mountain peaks; soak up the culture and experience traditional Swiss cuisine.
You may have been to Switzerland, but you will not have seen this Switzerland. Spend 7 nights in the quaint alpine village of Wengen (1,000 people at 4,800 feet) surrounded by 14,000 foot mountains like the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau. All this and more when you travel the back roads of Switzerland.
For over 37 years, your Vacation Manager, Chris McCool has led tours to 127 countries and all 50 states. If you love to learn and laugh, take a tour with Chris.
|PRICING DETAILS (Cost Per Person)||PRICING LAND ONLY*|
|Guaranteed Jungfrau View Room Upgrade||$249 per person|
|Matterhorn Option||$85 per person|
|Deposit||$350 per person|
|Travel Insurance||Call for quote|
|Vacation Pace||Active Pace|
|Airfare approximately $1,400|
*Air is not included. Call for pricing from Indianapolis and other departure cities.
Cancellation policy: if travel insurance is not purchased, cancellation charges are: 136 days and earlier: full refund. 135 – 76 days prior to final payment: $350 plus the cost of any non-refundable air tickets; 75 and less days prior to departure: no refund. A valid passport is required with expiration greater than 6 months from return date.
Note: This tour involves high altitudes. Please check with your doctor if you have any health conditions affected by high altitude.
Day 1: Fly to Zurich
Depart for Zurich, Switzerland. (IFM)
Day 2: Zurich / Lauterbrunnen / Wengen
Arrive in Zurich, board our coach and travel through the Swiss landscape past sparkling lakes. Stop in the capital city, Bern, to see the Rose Gardens & Glockenspiel. Then, it’s up into the massive Swiss Alps. The scenery is increasingly spectacular as you arrive in Lauterbrunnen, with its towering cliffs. Then, travel by cog-rail up to the enchanting alpine village of Wengen for 7 nights (altitude 4,800′). Wengen, Hotel Silberhorn (D)
Day 3: Wengen / Interlaken / Lake Steamer Cruise
Enjoy a day trip to Interlaken to shop for woolens, lace, and watches. Ride the vintage cog railway up to Schynige Platte for an incredible view (altitude 6,800′). Later, cruise across Lake Brienz to visit the Wood Carving School. Later, board Swiss Rail back to Lauterbrunnen, then cog rail up to Wengen. Wengen, Hotel Silberhorn (B, D)
Day 4: Wengen / Jungfraujoch Option / Grindelwald
Free morning or optional rail up to the Jungfraujoch Mountain at 11,133 feet (optional at approx $85 pp due to high altitude). This afternoon, we will all go via cog railway to Grindelwald for shopping. Continue on to “First Summit” via Europe’s longest cable car (altitude 7,600′). Then, return to Wengen via the Männlichenbahn cable car. Wengen, Hotel Silberhorn (B, D)
Day 5: Wengen / Schwarzwald / Reichenbach Falls
Ride the Cable Car & gondola over to Grindelwald to board a PTT bus for an excursion over the Grosse Scheidegg to Schwarzwaldalp. Stop at the upper Reichenbach Falls (of Sherlock Holmes & Professor Moriarty fame). Walk down thru the falls or ride the bus to Merrigan. Then, ride the Swiss Rail along Lake Brienz and back to Wengen. Wengen, Hotel Silberhorn (B, D)
Day 6: Wengen / Lauterbrunnen Valley / Trummelbach Falls / Murren / Schilthorn Summit Option
Board the cograil for an excursion to the glacier-carved Lauterbrunnen Valley. Board a PTT bus to Trummelbach Falls. Go inside the mountain and see how the falls have carved incredible caves. Next, take the cable car to Gimmelwald, then to Murren for free time. Ride the funicular up to Allmendhubel (altitude 6,200′) for the view, or take the $50 pp optional Schilthorn cable car up to Piz Gloria (9700’), setting for the 1969 James Bond movie. Wengen, Hotel Silberhorn (B, D)
Day 7: Wengen / Free Time / Matterhorn Option
Enjoy free time in Wengen to shop, hike, or explore with your Travel Pass. OR join our optional day trip to the Matterhorn. Travel by train over, under, and thru the Alps to the ski resort of Zermatt. Free time here or if the weather is good, ride the optional train up Gornergrat Mtn (10,300’) for an exceptional 360º view. Return after a long but very rewarding day. Reserve this option at booking – $85/person. Wengen, Hotel Silberhorn (B, D)
Day 8: Rothorn Train / Free Time
Enjoy a trip down to the historic Rothorn steam train for a ride up the mountain for a spectacular view of the lakes (or similar excursion). For the July departure, this will be Swiss National “Confederation” Day, the 728th birthday of Switzerland. Enjoy local street parties, parades, food stalls, folk music & dancing, alpine horn blowing, fireworks & bonfires. Wengen, Hotel Silberhorn (B)
Day 9: Lucerne / Zurich
Descend on the now familiar cog-rail train. Board your private motorcoach and motor to Lucerne. See the Lion’s Monument and Chapel Bridge. Continue to Zurich for the night and your Farewell Dinner. Dorint Hotel, Zurich (B, D)
Day 10: Zurich / Fly Home
Transfer to the Zurich airport and fly home. (B, IFM)
Note: This tour involves high altitude. Please check with your doctor, if you have any health conditions affected by high altitude.