Majestic Switzerland

Majestic Switzerland (Summer 2018)

Duration: 11 days Visiting: Switzerland

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Step into a world of snow-capped mountains, traditional alpine villages and warm hospitality. This idyllic journey takes you to fairy-tale castles, breathtaking peaks and storybook meadows. Along the way you’ll meet Local Experts and passionate foodies who will share local specialties, such as fondue and creamy chocolate, with you. Stay in luxurious hotels, see beautiful cities and marvel at some of the most extraordinary scenery on the planet.

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  1. Day 1

    Your Journey Begins

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

  2. Day 2

    Welcome to Switzerland.

    On arrival at Zürich Airport, meet your personal chauffeur and transfer to your prestigious downtown hotel, located just steps away from the tree-lined Bahnhofstrasse, one of Europe's most exclusive shopping streets. Join your Travelling Concierge at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner of traditional Swiss cuisine, hosted at Brasserie Lipp.

  3. Day 3 - Relaxed Start

    Vaduz and St. Moritz.

    Journey to Vaduz, the capital of the Principality of Liechtenstein. Known for being one of Europe's smallest countries, Liechtenstein is dotted with medieval castles, traditional villages and dramatic mountains. On arrival, ascend the Julier Pass until you reach 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.

    In the morning, join a nature guide for an included mountain hike, if the weather permits, or perhaps spoil yourself with a spa treatment? Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure, perhaps shopping in the designer boutiques or going for a hike on one of the many breathtaking mountain trails. Alternatively, enjoy the fineries of your prestigious hotel, which boasts a selection of gourmet restaurants, a luxury spa and a tennis-and-squash centre.

  5. Day 5

    All Aboard The Glacier Express.

    Step aboard the world-famous Glacier Express and take your First Class seats 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, 2,033 metres to the icy Oberalp Pass. The modern panorama viewing-car means you won't miss a thing on your descent to Andermatt. Arrive in Zermatt in the late afternoon where you’re escorted to your hotel. As dusk descends, Zermatt offers a wealth of dining possibilities. This evening you’re invited to choose from a hand-picked selection of fine local restaurants and authentic menus.

  6. Day 6 - Relaxed Start

    Zermatt and Gornergrat Experience.

    Board the cogwheel train that winds slowly up the Gornergrat Mountain, the highest open-air railway in Europe. As you travel through the aromatic forests and alpine meadows, keep an ear out for the soft chiming of cowbells in the background. From the summit, expect superb views of the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa, Switzerland's highest peaks. In the afternoon, spend time at leisure, perhaps browsing the shops of Zermatt or enjoying a swim and spa treatment at your five-star hotel?

  7. Day 7

    Chillon Castle and The French Bank of Lake Geneva.

    Journey along the Lower Rhone Valley to the shores of Lake Geneva. Marvel at the grandeur of one of Europe’s largest lakes, known for inspiring the early European Romantic movement. 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, arrive at Hotel d'Angelterre, perfectly situated on the banks of the Lake. Voted No. 1 Hotel in Switzerland by Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2017, the hotel blends British charm with the finest Swiss hospitality. This evening, you’re invited for a special dinner at La Ferme de l’Hospital. This former farmhouse, now a Michelin-starred restaurant led by chef Jean Jacques Noguier, offers a creative menu using only the freshest seasonal ingredients, and a large selection of local wines.

  8. Day 8 - Relaxed Start

    Highlights of Geneva.

    Join your Travelling Concierge for an orientation of Geneva with stops at the Floral Clock and the Reformation Monument, before enjoying the rest of the day at your leisure. Perhaps have High Tea in the afternoon at your hotel or enjoy a cocktail and live music in the Leopard Bar? Walk across the road to the banks of Lake Geneva and watch the sun dip beyond the mountains.

  9. Day 9

    La Gruyère and on to Lucerne.

    Journey through story-book Alpine scenery en route to see the dairy cattle of La Gruyère, famous for producing delicious milk and cheese. Visit Maison Cailler in the village of Broc where chocolate production has been raised to a specialised art form. Travel to the lovely medieval town of Gruyères, Switzerland's cheese manufacturing mecca. For your Highlight Lunch, savour the region’s most famous culinary treat with a pot of bubbling fondue and a glass of chilled white wine. Continue on to beautiful Lucerne where sightseeing with your Travel Concierge shows you its many highlights. See the stirring Lion Monument, Old Town Hall, the covered bridges and the quaint square of Weinmarkt with its Renaissance fountain.

  10. Day 10 - Relaxed Start

    Lovely Lucerne.

    Join a Military Expert at the Vitznau Artillery Fortress, carved into the mountainside, to discover the munitions halls, galleries and armaments, which date back to World War II. Enjoy some leisure time in the afternoon. This evening, embark on a scenic journey, firstly with a romantic cruise upon Lake Lucerne to reach Stans, then travel by cable car to the summit of Mount Stanserhorn. Here, amid true Alpine majesty, your journey comes to a close with a fabulous Celebration Dinner at a panoramic rotating restaurant, offering expansive views over the Alps.

  11. Day 11

    Farewell Lucerne.

    After breakfast, bid farewell to your travel companions and transfer to Zürich airport for your onward journey.

Highlights

 

VIP EXPERIENCES

  • 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.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Liechtenstein: Visit Liechtenstein, known for being one of Europe’s smallest countries, and dotted with medieval castles, traditional villages and dramatic mountains.
  • St Moritz: Join a nature guide for a mountain stroll, taking in scenic views and spectacular alpine scenery.
  • Glacier Express: Take your first-class seat aboard this world-famous train and marvel at unrivalled views of snow-covered peaks.
  • Gornergrat: Ride the cogwheel train to the summit.
  • Lake Geneva: Visit beautiful Chillon Castle, former home to the Counts of Savoy.
  • Geneva: Join your Travelling Concierge for an orientation walk of Geneva with stops at the Floral Clock and the Reformation Monument.
  • Lucerne: See the stirring Lion Monument, Old Town Hall, the covered bridges and the quaint square of Weinmarkt with its Renaissance fountain.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING

  • Zermatt: You will be offered a hand-picked selection of local restaurants, choose your own ambience, cuisine and drinks for an intimate culinary experience.
  • Geneva: Appreciate the quality and flawless service of the Michelin-starred restaurant, La Ferme de l’Hospital, in Bossey. This 17th century farmhouse has been re-imagined by chef Jean Jacques Noguier to serve innovative cuisine featuring seasonal flavours and local wines.
  • Broc: Visit Maison Cailler, in the village of Broc, and immerse your senses in 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.
  • Lucerne: embark on a scenic journey by cable car to the summit of Mount Stanserhorn. Here, amid true Alpine majesty, your journey comes to a close with a fabulous Celebration Dinner at a panoramic rotating restaurant, offering expansive views over the Alps.
  • Dining Summary: 9 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 Lunch with Wine (LW) and 5 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

INCLUSIVE LUXURY GOLD SERVICES

  • You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Relax in comfort on Luxury Gold’s air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom, onboard restroom and and complimentary bottled water for you to enjoy while travelling.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travelling Concierge will enchant you with a Luxury Gold Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • Included complimentary, private transfers are available on start and end dates, and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold.

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.

Hotel 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.

Hotel Wilden Mann Lucerne

Lucerne (Historic) - Switzerland

Guest Reviews & Experiences

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

  • 03 August, 2018

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    Trip: Well-planned itinerary covering most expected places to visit. Could consider increasing length of tour to cover more.

    Service: Knowledgable, friendly & helpful tour director. Friendly & diligent driver with fantastic driving skill.

  • 02 August, 2018

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    Trip: Great scenery and experiences

    Service: Great experience Excellent travelling concierge and driver No problems or issues

  • 01 August, 2018

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    Trip: Needed more time in all areas.

    Service: Our tour leader and bus driver were awesome. Martin showed us as much as he could in the time we had. And Marcel was always smiling and very friendly. The trip could have been longer.

  • 30 July, 2018

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    Trip: We saw many of the most well-known cities and attractions in Switzerland. Our travel by bus showed us continual views of the grandeur of the alps. We also traveled on the Glacier Express Railway from St. Moritz to Andermatt, up the side of Gornergrat Mountain on a cogwheel train, and finished our tour with a trip up Stanserhorn Mountain on a cable car for a luxurious meal in a rotating restaurant at the top. Every hotel provided luxurious accommodations with an amazing breakfast buffet. The hotels were located within easy walking distance of commerce and restaurants. In Geneva our hotel was half a block from the walkway along the water, which we could see from the balcony of our room. We enjoyed several very interesting tours - Chillon Castle, a chocolate factory - with samples!, a World War II Artillery Fortress hidden in a mountain, a Swiss fondue lunch followed by time in the village of Gruyères to buy the delicious cheese, and a late-afternoon boat ride on Lake Geneva. Our trip was an experience we will never forget!

    Service: Our travel concierge was amazing. He was organized, personable, and very well informed about the terrain we were traveling through, as well as the history. He planned ahead to get orders for our dinners together so that we just walked in and the food was ready for us! Martin seemed tireless as he walked and narrated, pointing our so many things. He also made good suggestions for where we could find good meals when we were on our own.

  • 20 July, 2018

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    Trip: Good mix of activities and free time

    Service: Excellent. My tour guide, Susan Mason, went above and beyond to make sure my needs were met. She was terrific and took extra great care of me. She’s an asset to your company

  • 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.

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