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Majestic Switzerland

Duration 10 days

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From St Moritz to Zermatt and onto Geneva, this once in a lifetime itinerary weaves across Switzerland aboard the Glacier Express and the summit conquering Gornergrat Mountain train. Between alpine vistas indulge in a Michelin starred dinner at La Ferme de la Hospital—a former farmhouse where chef Jean Jacques Noguier pairs innovative dishes with a formidable array of local wine. In Lucerne, enjoy a VIP experience like no other on a private, after-hours guided visit to the Rosengart Museum—with a sparkling wine reception among the masterpieces of Picasso and Renoir. Before bidding lakeside Lucerne farewell, choose between a visit to the mechanically fascinating Swiss Transportation Museum or meet local watchmaker Walter Hess, for an insight into the workings of his exclusive timepieces.

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DAY 1

Welcome to Switzerland.
Your complimentary, private transfer takes you to your local departure airport. 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, a local favourite.
Hotel: Hotel Schweizerhof Zürich.
Meal: Dinner with Wine

DAY 2

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 the local Restaurant Engiadina in the evening.
Hotel: Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains, St. Moritz.
Meal: Breakfast,Dinner with Wine

DAY 3

The Roof of Europe.
Experience St. Moritz Your Way and choose between joining a nature guide for a gentle mountain hike, if the weather permits, or hearing a talk about the incredible local wildlife, including Marmots, Red Deer and the Golden Eagle. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure, perhaps shopping in the designer boutiques. Alternatively, enjoy the facilities of your prestigious hotel, which boasts a selection of gourmet restaurants, a luxury spa and a tennis-and-squash centre.
Hotel: Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains, St. Moritz.
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 4

All Aboard The Glacier Express.
Step aboard the world-famous Glacier Express and take your first class seat 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’ll be 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 for Your Choice Evening.
Hotel: Mont Cervin Palace, Zermatt.
Meal: Breakfast,Dinner with Wine

DAY 5

Zermatt and Gornergrat Experience.
Board the cogwheel train that winds slowly up through the aromatic forests and alpine meadows of Gornergrat Mountain to reach the highest outdoor train station at 3,089 metres. 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.
Hotel: Mont Cervin Palace, Zermatt.
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 6

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. With your Local Expert, visit the 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.
Hotel: Hotel d’Angleterre, Geneva.
Meal: Breakfast,Dinner with Wine

DAY 7

Highlights of Geneva.
Join your Local Expert for a walking tour 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.
Hotel: Hotel d’Angleterre, Geneva.
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 8

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 creation has been raised to a specialised art form. Travel to the lovely medieval town of Gruyères, Switzerland’s cheese manufacturing mecca. For your 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 your Travelling Concierge will show 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.
Hotel: Hotel Wilden Mann, Lucerne.
Meal: Breakfast,Lunch with Wine

DAY 9

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 with a romantic cruise upon Lake Lucerne to reach Stans, followed by a 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 restaurant, offering expansive views over the Alps.
Hotel: Hotel Wilden Mann, Lucerne.
Meal: Breakfast,Dinner with Wine

DAY 10

Farewell Lucerne.
After breakfast, bid farewell to your travel companions and transfer to Zürich airport for your onward journey. On arrival at your home airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your private transfer home.
Meal: Breakfast

Exceptional Dining

  • Zürich: Brasserie Lipp is one of the oldest Parisian-style brasseries in Zürich and a favourite to locals and travellers alike for many years. Enjoy local Swiss cuisine, served with wine as you get to know your fellow travellers during your Welcome Dinner.
  • St. Moritz: Enjoy your evening meal at the delightful Restaurant Engiadina.
  • Zermatt: On Your Choice Evening, 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: Cruise on Lake Geneva before embarking 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 Breakfasts (B), 1 Lunch with Wine (LW) and 5 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

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: During your orientation of this alpine resort see the spa quarter and glacial lake.
  • St Moritz: Experience St. Moritz Your Way with a choice of joining a nature guide for a mountain stroll or learning about the incredible local wildlife – like Marmots, Red Deer and the Golden Eagle – from a wildlife expert.
  • Glacier Express: Take your first class seat aboard this world-famous train and marvel at unrivalled views of snow-covered peaks.
  • Zermatt: Ride the shuttle trains of the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway up to the traffic-free Alpine resort. Should weather permit, you may even see the majestic peak of the Matterhorn.
  • Gornergrat: Ride the cogwheel train to the summit of the mountain, for a glimpse of Switzerland’s highest peaks, the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa.
  • Lake Geneva: Visit beautiful Chillon Castle, former home to the Counts of Savoy, with your Local Expert.
  • Geneva: Join your Local Expert for an orientation walking tour of Geneva with stops at the Floral Clock and the Reformation Monument.
  • Lucerne: During your orientation with your Travel Director, see the stirring Lion Monument, Old Town Hall, the covered bridges and the quaint square of Weinmarkt with its Renaissance fountain.

Luxury 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: 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.
  • Geneva: Rated as the No. 1 hotel of the ‘Top 15 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.

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.

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.
  • Luxury Gold is proud to offer various modes of transportation, from luxury coach to included train travel and more, so that you always travel in comfort and experience your journey and destination in the best possible and most appropriate way.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert’s fascinating commentary, available on departures with 15 or more guests.
  • At every hotel, you’ll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • 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 speciality representing the destination.
  • Complimentary, private airport transfers are included on start and end dates and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold. Complimentary, private train station transfers are included when train travel is included within the itinerary. Transfers to train stations or alternate hotels, in the same start or end city of the itinerary, may be requested but are not guaranteed.
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Majestic Switzerland

From St Moritz to Zermatt and onto Geneva, this once in a lifetime itinerary weaves across Switzerland aboard the Glacier Express and the summit conquering Gornergrat Mountain train. Between alpine vistas indulge in a Michelin starred dinner at La Ferme de la Hospital—a former farmhouse where chef Jean Jacques Noguier pairs innovative dishes with a formidable array of local wine. In Lucerne, enjoy a VIP experience like no other on a private, after-hours guided visit to the Rosengart Museum—with a sparkling wine reception among the masterpieces of Picasso and Renoir. Before bidding lakeside Lucerne farewell, choose between a visit to the mechanically fascinating Swiss Transportation Museum or meet local watchmaker Walter Hess, for an insight into the workings of his exclusive timepieces.