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
1028 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 25 September, 2018

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    Trip: Beautiful scenery, strategically chosen!

    Service: The national office helped us respond when my passport was list/stolen.

  • 20 September, 2018

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    Trip: could have spend more time in the city of Geneva

    Service: good and organize

  • 20 September, 2018

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    Trip: I mentioned in the previous note: the destinations seemed to be the ideal ones to see mountains, country-side, cities, historic and contemporary sites, and points of unusual interest such as the WWII military installations within mountains.

    Service: The selecting and planning of each destination, hotel, and excursion was ideal; the tour guide, bus and bus-driver were ideal; the information provided along the way; and the smoothing out of any possible glitches was done so well by the tour guide and bus driver, that the guests would scarcely know there was no glitch - a construction or other traffic problem on the way, etc. Yes: we would recommend Luxury Gold. Glenn

  • 20 September, 2018

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    Trip: As I stated previously, much too long for a 10 day trip.

    Service: The staff at Hideaways was very helpful, especially as we got closer to our departure date and the last hotel on the itinerary was cancelled out and replaced with the Burgenstock spa. We did not get our documents until the week before the trip. Kudos to Hector Flores!

  • 13 September, 2018

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    Trip: It was well planned; every city brought us something interesting -- one slight change you could make -- only 4 people took advantage of the armistice museum in Lucerne -- perhaps an art museum could be another option. Many of us went on our own.

    Service: Carl was an amazing tour director -- he knew a lot about everything and made the trip outstanding!

  • 13 September, 2018

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    Trip: I was physically attacked in Geneva by a young man with a large dog who was trying to steal my purse. I suffered whiplash as a result. Another woman had her wallet stolen out of her purse in Geneva. We were warned about Lucerne but Geneva is the dangerous city.

    Service: Most things were good but a few things were very bad. The tour director (Rob) and driver (Marcel) were excellent. Some accommodations were disappointing; we were often given tiny rooms (much smaller than other Luxury Gold guests). The "highlight meal" in the Michelin star restaurant was terrible. It would have been better to delete it from the itinerary and include more lunches and dinners at non-Michelin star restaurants.

  • 11 September, 2018

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    Trip: Beautiful, scenic country, places we visited gave us a good feel for the country and the hotels were very, very good.

    Service: Our travelling concierge was very personable, well prepared and knowledgable about the places we visited. I would defineately recommend Luxury Gold.

  • 11 September, 2018

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    Trip: We visited Great places within Switzerland

    Service: Carl was an excellent tour guide along with our driver Marcel! They made our travel experience very rememerable!

  • 11 September, 2018

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    Trip: great cities visited, good job.

    Service: Would definitely recommend, and will use again. Carl, our tour director, was amazing at his job, EXCELLENT. The only disappointment was the hotel in Lucerne. 3 star at best, and having to leave our windows open at night due to no a/c meant we heard street noises al night. Strongly suggest Insight find a better hotel or take Lucerne off schedule. Not the right note to end an extremely enjoyable vacation on.

  • 28 August, 2018

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    Trip: The itinerary was twell thought out. the hotels were superb!

    Service: Excellent tour director, bus driver ,and efficient transfers to airport.

  • 28 August, 2018

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    Trip: The iteranary provided adequate free time to explore on our own time. Also, the 'relaxed start' was great. Suited our idea of a holiday.

    Service: All our needs were well taken care of. Martinn was knowledgeable and address our needs very well

  • 28 August, 2018

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    Trip: Very well organised and professionaly carried out

    Service: loved our your guide and driver. The coach was very comfortable Accomadation excursions and eat out excellent. Definitely will recommend and travel again with insight

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