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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 6 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||$199 per person|
|Deposit||$350 per person|
|Final Balance Due||May 11, 2018|
|Travel Insurance||Call for quote|
*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 / Wengen
Upon arrival in Zurich, board your coach and travel through the Swiss landscape past sparkling lakes. Stop in the capital city, Berne, to see the Rose Gardens & Glockenspeil. 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 railway up to the enchanting alpine village of Wengen for 6 nights (altiltude 4,800′). From your hotel, you are just a few steps from the rail station and Mannlichenbahn cable car for day tripping from your resort. From Wengen to other tour sites your exciting transportation will be by Swiss Rail train, cog-rail, funicular, scenic intermountain cable cars and Postbus. Wengen, Hotel Silberhorn (D)
Day 3: Wengen / Interlaken / Schynige Platte / Lake Steamer Cruise
Enjoy a day trip to Interlaken with its mile-long shopping district filled with woolens, llce and watches. Ride the vintage cog railway up to Schynige Platte for an incredible view (altitude 6,800′). This afternoon travel on a lake steamer across the beautiful turquoise-colored lake Brienz, to the cozy village of Brienz well known as the “village of carving.” There visit the Jobin Wood Carving School and museum which houses the world’s largest collection of antique wood carvings and an impressive variety of antique musical boxes, or ride on the Rothorn steam train for a view of the lakes. Later, board a Swiss Rail train back to Lauterbrunnen, then cog-rail up to Wengen. Wengen, Hotel Silberhorn (B, D)
Day 4: Wengen / The Eiger / Jungfraujoch Option / Grindelwald
Free morning or optional ride the rails of Switzerland’s most popular mountain railway excursion. Travel through the Eiger Mountain tunnel to a height of 11,133′ to emerge at the Jungfraujoch, the site of the highest train station in Europe offering an unforgettable experience of mountains. (Due to high altitude, we have not included this trip and it is at an extra cost). Enjoy an afternoon of free time in Grindelwald, visit shops and explore the garden like cemetery. Continue on to “First Summit” via what was once Europe’s longest cable car (altitude 7,600′) for spectacular views. Then return to Wengen via the Mannlichenbahn cable car. Wengen, Hotel Silberhorn (B, D)
Day 5: Wengen / Schwarzwald / Reichenbach Falls
Ride the train down to Interlaken and cruise Lake Thun or return to Grindelwald where you board the bright yellow Postbus with its unique three tone horns for an excursion on a beautiful scenic route with narrow hairpin curves, on a road which is otherwise closed to the public. You will travel up and over the high mountain pass Grosse Scheidegg to Schwarzwaldalp. Arrive in Meiringen the village famous for the seven tiered Reichenbach falls, made world famous thanks to the writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The protagonist, Sherlock Holmes, staged his own death from the falls observation platform in “Professor Moriarty.” You will have time to tour the village, visit Reichenbach falls, and the pristine Schwarzwald-alp area situated in the middle of alpine meadows and dense forest, encircled by rock faces, glaciers and brooks, the Schwarzwald-alp is practically an untouched piece of nature. Ride Swiss Rail along beautiful Lake Brienze and back to Wengen. Wengen, Hotel Silberhorn (B, D)
Day 6: Wengen / Lauterbrunnen Valley / Trummelbach Falls / Murren / Schilthorn Summit Option
Board a cog-train for an excursion to glacier carved Lauterbrunnen Valley. The Lauterbrunnen Valley, often called the valley of 72 waterfalls, is an ideal place for travelers who wish to enjoy the unparalleled natural beauty of Switzerland. Board a post bus for the roaring, foaming, churning Trummelbach Falls, Europe’s largest subterranean glacier water fall. Continue on to Stechelberg a small village located at the base of the Jungfrau Mountain which is a connection point for an aerial tramway to Gimmelwald, then to Murren. You travel past turbulent waterfalls and up craggy rock faces to the hamlet of Murren perched on the edge of a 3000 foot cliff. Unreachable by public road, Murren is fairy-tale Switzerland come to life, with exquisite combination of alpine scenery, mountain culture and breathtaking scenic activities. In Murren enjoy free time. Ride the funicular up to Allmendhubel for the view or take the optional Schilthorn cable car to the Schilthorn summit (due to high altitude, we have not included this trip and it is at an extra cost). Here, marvel at the most stirring, panoramic views in Switzerland with over 200 mountain peaks and endless glaciers and lakes. Best of all, this spectacular scene-scape forms the dramatic backdrop to the Piz Gloria, the revolving mountaintop restaurant that pays homage to 007, a principal filming location for the James Bond movie “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” (altitude 9,700′). Let your senses revel in the breathtaking, overwhelming beauty laid out before you, a scene that will be imprinted on you forever. Wengen, Hotel Silberhorn (B, D)
Day 7: Wengen / Free Time / Matterhorn Option
Today, the July tour will include special Swiss Confederation Day holiday activities in town. Enjoy free time, or join the optional day trip to the Matterhorn. Travel to the ski resort of Zermatt. Choose to ride to the ice world o f Klein Matterhorn (altitude 12,780′). From there, up to the “Gipfel-lift” (subject to weather) is an exceptional 360 degree view. Explore the glacier grotto, “Gletschergrotto.” Then, stroll & shop in town, or visit the Matterhorn Museum. Return after a long but very rewarding day. Reserve this option at booking – $85/person. Wengen, Hotel Silberhorn (B)
Day 8: Wengen / Lucerne / Zurich
Alas you must leave, as you embark on the now familiar cog-rail, descend from your alpine paradise of mountain vistas, deep green valleys and emerald lakes. Board your private coach and travel to Lucerne a lake city of town squares and churches where historic houses decorated with frescoes line the picturesque town squares. Visit Chapel (Kapellbrucke) Bridge, an iconic structure widely associated with the Swiss city of Lucerne the, with its 17th century gable paintings the covered medieval bridge forms the centerpiece of Lucerne’s townscape and is one of the oldest covered wooden bridges in Europe. View the Lion’s monument, 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 one of the best-known monuments in Switzerland. Continue on to Zurich for the night. Tonight gather for your farewell dinner, reminisce and recall with fellow travelers the awesome sights and breathtaking beauty of the back roads you have experienced in the Swiss Alps. Dorint Hotel, Zurich (B, D)
Day 9: Zurich / Fly home
Coach to Zurich airport to fly home. (B, IFM)