Day 1 – Fly from USA or Canada
Day 2 – Arrive Zurich ~ Train to Lucerne
Day 3 – Lucerne
Day 4 – Lucerne
Day 5 – Train to Wengen
Day 6 – Wengen
Day 7 – Wengen
Day 8 – Train to Geneva
Day 9 – Fly to USA or Canada
$2,595 per person, double occupancy
June 1 to September 30* — 2015 and 2016
LAND ONLY (airfare NOT included)
Fly into Zurich and out of Geneva
* Prices are for travel which begins and ends within dates shown.
Here’s the best way we can think to spend A Week in the Heart of Switzerland. Fly into Zurich and train to Lucerne for three nights in your hotel.
Lucerne is the immensely appealing old town nestled along a river crossed by those old wooden bridges you’ve surely seen in travel pictures. Look out from Lucerne to magnificent views of lake and mountains. Visit Mount Pilatus and Mount Rigi, and ride a boat on Lake Lucerne. Our tips will tell you how. Stroll the old town of Lucerne. Eat at one of the restaurants overlooking the river and Lucerne’s famous covered bridges. Then board your train — the first leg of Switzerland’s Golden Pass Line — to Interlaken, the jumping off place for Switzerland’s best collection of mountain journeys.
At Interlaken you’ll change trains and head up the spectacular Lauterbrunnen Valley to Wengen, perched high on the side of the valley and looking up to majestic peaks including the Jungfrau and the Eiger. We’ll tell you about the many choices for day-trips to mountaintops and mountain villages. Your Swiss Pass allows you to ride the trains between towns and villages as often as you like. And for the final ascents to the mountaintops by gondola or rack railway, the Swiss Pass provides significant discounts. Visit your choices of the Jungfraujoch, the Schilthorn, Schynige Platte, Gimmelwald, Murren, and more. You can talk to someone here who’s made those trips, and our tips will tell you more about them.
After your three nights in hotel at Wengen, you’ll take the train back down the valley to Interlaken to pick up the Golden Pass Line again, this time heading west and south towards Lake Leman. This is another wonderful train ride, especially as the narrow gauge train follows switchbacks down the mountain to the lake, at Montreux. You might want to make a stop near Montreux to visit one of the icons of Swiss tourism, Chillon Castle. Then complete your journey by train along the shore of Lake Leman to Geneva to spend your final night before flying home. Your Geneva hotel is near the lakefront and the old town for a great finish to this Swiss adventure.
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