Majestic Switzerland - Insight Vacations

Majestic Switzerland (Luxury Gold - Summer 2017)

Duration: 11 days Visiting: Switzerland

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Winding high among the world-famous peaks of the Swiss Alps, the Majestic Switzerland itinerary is designed to provide a breathtakingly elevated experience, both literally and figuratively. Here, idyllic alpine passes, a Michelin-starred meal, and perhaps the highest expression of both cheese and chocolate, meet the lofty standards for quality and service that are the hallmark of a Luxury Gold vacation. Enjoy all of the advantages of Insight as we take you above and beyond in Majestic Switzerland.

• Hike the Swiss Alps in St Moritz with a local naturalist guide

• Enjoy private access to Vitznau Fortress with a local military historian to find out about the Swiss military preparations during WWII

• Dip into a fondue lunch in world famous Gruyères

• Punch your First Class tickets on the beautiful Glacier Express

• Dine in luxury at the Michelin-starred Seerestaurant Belvédère in Hergiswil

  1. Day 1

    Your Journey Begins

    Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).

  2. Day 2

    Welcome to Switzerland

    A transfer from Zürich Airport will bring you to your prestigious downtown hotel, located just steps from the tree-lined Bahnhofstrasse, one of Europe's most exclusive shopping streets. Join your Travelling Concierge at 18:00 for your Welcome Reception, drinks and a pleasant evening of traditional Swiss cuisine at Linde Oberstrass.

  3. Day 3 - Relaxed Start

    Vaduz and St. Moritz

    (Relaxed Start) Journey to Vaduz, capital of the Principality of Liechtenstein - one of Europe's smallest countries. Then ascend the Julier Pass to arrive in the sparkling Engadine Valley and the chic ‘jet-set' resort of St. Moritz. Dine in style at a local restaurant in the evening.

  4. Day 4 - Relaxed Start

    The Roof of Europe

    (Relaxed Start) In the morning, join a nature guide for an included mountain hike (weather permitting), or maybe treat yourself to a spa treatment. The afternoon is free to shop in the elegant boutiques of this beautiful Alpine resort.

  5. Day 5

    All Aboard The Glacier Express

    Board the world famous Glacier Express for a spectacular ride through the heart of the Swiss Alps. Descend through the spiral tunnels of the Albula Pass and over the lofty Landwasser Viaduct. Picturesque landscapes of ice-capped mountains and stone-built villages, with chalet-style houses, will be in sight as you ascend to the highest point of the route, the icy Oberalp Pass (2,033m). The modern panorama viewing car means you won't miss a thing on your descent to Andermatt. Arrive in Zermatt in the late afternoon and transfer to your hotel. As dusk decends, Zermatt offers a wealth of dining possibilities. Enjoy a selection of ambience and local cuisine offered on your Dine-Around evening.

  6. Day 6 - Relaxed Start

    Zermatt and Gornergrat Experience

    (Relaxed Start) Board the cogwheel train that winds slowly up the Gornergrat mountain, the highest open-air railway in Europe. The train crosses impressive bridges, galleries and tunnels, in the midst of aromatic forests and alpine meadows. From the summit, expect superb views of the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa, Switzerland's highest mountain. In the afternoon, you are at leisure to relax or browse the shops of Zermatt.

  7. Day 7

    Chillon Castle and The French Bank of Lake Geneva

    Journey along the Lower Rhone Valley to the shores of Lake Geneva where the associations with the early European ‘Romantic' movement are very strong. Visit beautiful Chillon Castle, former home to the Counts of Savoy, set on a rocky islet in the lake. Following his walk through the dungeons, Lord Byron was inspired to write the poem ‘The Prisoner of Chillon'. Look out for his name, which he carved into a pillar. In the afternoon, drive along the French Bank of Lake Geneva passing the resort town of Évian-les-Bains, famous for its Natural Mineral Water. Once in Geneva you will arrive at Hotel d'Angelterre, perfectly situated on the banks of the Lake.

  8. Day 8 - Relaxed Start

    Chocolate, Gruyere and Lake Geneva

    (Relaxed Start) Grazing on rich pastures, the dairy cattle of La Gruyère produce exceptional milk - the creamy source for the day's excursion. Visit Maison Cailler in the village of Broc where chocolate production has been raised to an art form. Move on to the lovely medieval town of Gruyères, Switzerland's cheese manufacturing Mecca - the perfect spot to convene with friends, sharing a bubbling pot of fondue with a chilled glass of white wine. Later this evening, board your Twilight Cruise directly from your hotel. Enjoy dinner and wine in great company as you marvel at the glittering shoreline.

  9. Day 9 - Relaxed Start

    Interlaken and a Cruise to Lucerne

    (Relaxed Start) Beautiful landscapes await as you journey through the Bernese Oberland to Interlaken. Continue over the Brünig Pass and board your nostalgic launch for an idyllic cruise on Lake Lucerne, past vertiginous cliffs and some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the Alps.

  10. Day 10 - Relaxed Start

    Lovely Lucerne

    (Relaxed Start) A sightseeing tour will show you Lucerne's stirring Lion Monument, Old Town Hall, the covered bridges and Weinmarkt - a quaint square with a Renaissance fountain. In complete contrast, go behind the scenes at the Vitznau Artillery Fortress. Carved into a mountain and kept secret for decades, join a Military Expert to discover the munitions halls, galleries and armaments. There will be time set aside in the afternoon to browse the shops admiring the vast range of prestigious watches. In the evening, whilst surrounded by the nature of Lake Lucerne, enjoy the choice and quality of your dining experience at the chic, Michelin starred Seerestaurant Belvédère, the fresh, ambitious, seasonal cuisine and the perfect venue for your end-of-tour Celebration Dinner.

  11. Day 11

    On to Zürich Airport

    After breakfast, transfer to Zürich airport.

Highlights

 

EXCLUSIVE INSIGHTS

  • St Moritz: Join a nature guide for a mountain stroll, taking in scenic views and spectacular alpine scenery.
  • Glacier Express: Experience a stunning, scenic rail journey, in First Class seats, on-board this world famous train.
  • Gornergrat: Ride the cogwheel train to the summit.
  • Lake Geneva: Visit beautiful Chillon Castle, former home to the Counts of Savoy.
  • Interlaken: Enjoy a nostalgic launch cruise on Lake Lucerne.
  • Lucerne: Join a Military Expert at the Vitznau Artillery Fortress, carved into the side of a mountain, to discover the munitions halls, galleries and armaments.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Vaduz: Journey to the capital of the Principality of Liechtenstein - one of Europe's smallest countries.

EPICUREAN DINING

  • Zermatt: You will be offered a selection of restaurants on your Dine-Around evening. Choose your own ambience, cuisine and drinks for an intimate culinary experience.
  • Broc: A visit to Maison Cailler, in the village of Broc, to immerse your senses in to the wonderful world of chocolate!
  • Gruyères: Around a bubbling pot of delicious freshly made fondue, savour authentic Swiss dining with a chilled glass of wine.
  • Lake Geneva: Indulge in the luxury of boarding your Twilight Cruise directly from your hotel, to enjoy dinner and wine in great company, as you marvel at the glittering shoreline.
  • Lucerne: A Michelin-starred Celebration Dinner awaits in the chic Seerestaurant Belvédère, situated by the lake with great views and a beautiful terrace. Embrace the quality and flawless service of this Michelin-starred restaurant.
  • 9 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Restaurant Dinner (RD), 1 Dine-Around Evening (DA), 1 Highlight Lunch (HL), 1 Highlight Dinner (HD) and 1 Michelin-starred Celebration Dinner (MCD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.

OUTSTANDING HOTELS

  • St. Moritz: Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains is located at the Mauritius spring, the actual root of St Moritz itself. With direct access to the ski and hiking region of Corviglia, the hotel offers excellent facilities. The sports centre and local swimming lakes are also within easy walking distance.
  • Zermatt: Mont Cervin hotel offers fantastic facilities such as their various gourmet restaurants and spa. Outside the hotel is charming Zermatt. Here you're just a step away from the beautiful mountains.
  • Geneva: Set on the banks of Geneva's Lac Leman, the Hotel d'Angleterre is in true essence of a Red Carnation Hotel, where each of the individually designed rooms combine traditional charm and elegant style with modern amenities.

INCLUSIVE LUXURY GOLD SERVICES

  • Be escorted by the crème de la crème of Insight Travelling Concierges - handpicked for every departure. This skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40-seat coach, with extended leg room and an on-board restroom. It's Business Class comfort, complete with complimentary bottled water for you to enjoy during your luxury coaching tour.
  • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling with prompt delivery to inside your door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus, we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • With Insight Flourishes, from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Airport transfers to and from your hotel are included.

Accommodation

 

Hotel Schweizerhof Zurich

Zürich (Traditional) - Switzerland

Kempinski Grand Hotel Des Bains St Moritz

St.Moritz (Traditional) - Switzerland

Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains is located at the Mauritius spring, the actual root of St Moritz itself. With direct access to the ski and hiking region of Corviglia, the hotel offers excellent facilities. The sports centre and local swimming lakes are also within easy walking distance.

Mont Cervin Palace Zermatt

Zermatt (Traditional) - Switzerland

Situated in the heart of Zermatt, Mont Cervin hotel offers a range of gourmet restaurants, a wellness spa and easy access to beautiful mountain trails.

Hotel d Angleterre Geneva

Geneva (Heritage) - Switzerland

Rated as the No. 1 hotel of the 'Top 12 Hotels of Switzerland' at the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2017, the Hotel d'Angleterre is set on the banks of Geneva's Lac Leman and beautifully reflects the essence of a Red Carnation Hotel, where each of the individually-designed rooms combines traditional charm and elegant style with modern amenities.

Art Deco Montana Lucerne

Lucerne (Central) - Switzerland

Art Deco Hotel Montana, Lucerne

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
786 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 18 July, 2018

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    Trip: Unbelievable Majestic !!!

    Service: Enjoyed the company and scenery, the tour guides were exceptional and accommodations supreme. Only the last Hotel could use improvement !

  • 18 July, 2018

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    Trip: An experience well beyond our expectations!

    Service: Martin is an outstanding concierge, and did a wonderful job! Food ranged from great to just OK. Great accommodations in most cities to poor in Lucerne, our last stop. Not very flexible in accommodating specific medical issues.

  • 18 July, 2018

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    Trip: Great itinerary. Liked ythe mix of group activities and free time.

    Service: Our travel concierge and driver were great! Loved the itinerary.

  • 18 July, 2018

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    Trip: We traveled through the most beautiful and spectacular parts of Switzerland, with Lichtenstein and France as a little surprise

    Service: Perfect tour, the adventures, the views, the people, the food, the fun! We couldn't have asked for anything better. Cheers to our fellow travelers and to Martin, our tour guide and Marcel, our driver.

  • 18 July, 2018

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    Trip: Two nights in each location allowed us to enjoy each stopvoer

    Service: All the arrangements were made without any problems. Our travelling Conceirage took care of all the necessary details.

  • 10 July, 2018

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    Trip: A well organized itinerary with the most important sights.

    Service: Yes, would definitely recommend Luxury Gold again. From the very comfortable bus and excellent bus driver (Marcel) to the outstanding expertise, knowledge, intelligence, organization, friendliness, wit and charm and warmth of our Travel Concierge, Sue Mason, the trip exceeded our expectations. The hotels and service were wonderful. The combination of escorted sightseeing and independent leisure time made for a wonderful balance. The five cities on Majestic Switzerland were breathtaking. Other modes of transportation such as the boat ride, glacier express, cable car, cog railroad, etc., were varied and exciting. Meeting travel companions from around the world made for a very interesting experience. Pick up to airport and delivery home was a an added pleasure.

  • 03 July, 2018

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    Trip: Itinerary was good, not too fast paced and enjoyed free time as you could go off and explore different places. Overall, hotels we stayed at were comfortable and clean.

    Service: Our tour concierge, Susan, was excellent as she was able to provide good knowledge of the regions we travelled to and made the tour easy for us, meaning she promptly attended to any issues that arose. Susan gave us options on how to spend and maximise our free time.Our bus drivers, Marcel and Michael were excellent too. The transfer from airport to hotel went smoothly, tour itinerary was good, not too fast paced. The welcome dinner was average though but the rest of the included dinners were good. This was our second tour with Insight Vacations and we would travel with them again.

  • 14 October, 2017

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    Trip: Great selection of visited places, very good hotels & cuisine. As they said, a nice leisurely pace of tour. Amazing scenery !! Thoroughly recommended !

    Service: A wonderful experience, very good customer service, excellent tour director, hotels, food & tour schedule/places visited.

  • 03 October, 2017

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    Trip: fun to buy chocolates and other items

    Service: the only reason I did not give e 5 stars was at several hotels our room was not in a good place and we had to ask the desk to change our room. for the level of hotel we should not have had to do this. the hotels were not full so it should have been taken care of with the status of Luxury Gold.

  • 19 September, 2017

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    Trip: From the alps to Lake Geneva to Lucerne-great coverage!

    Service: We were so well taken care of. I feel we seen about the whole country. Our tour guide was the best!

  • 19 September, 2017

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    Trip: Would have added only one thing: a close view of Jungfrau. It was good to have two nights in each hotel.

    Service: Very personable tour director and drivers who went out of their way to ensure an enjoyable tour

  • 19 September, 2017

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    Trip: Great locations wonderful food and scenery

    Service: Wonderful accommodation and knowledgeable and helpful guide.

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