Swiss Sampler 13-day (guided Switzerland sightseeing tour)
Visit: Lucerne, Mürren, Montreux, Zermatt, St. Moritz, Lugano
Length: 13 days, 12 nights
Meals: All breakfasts (12), 6 dinners
From soaring mountains to gorgeous lakes, thriving cities to timeless villages, Switzerland is one great surprise after the next. Our Swiss Sampler tour is the best way to fully explore this amazing country! No busses and no hassles... just great train rides, fantastic destinations, charming hotels, and the best sights Switzerland has to offer. This tour combines stays in 3 of Switzerland's prettiest and most interesting cities - Lucerne, Lugano and Montreux - along with visits to 3 of the most incredible mountain areas anywhere - the Matterhorn region (Zermatt) and Jungfrau region (Mürren), and the Engadine (St. Moritz). We'll travel every 2nd day, a sensible pace that gives us enough time to soak in the sights at each stop.
This tour is designed with comfort in mind, staying in a mix of distinctive 4-star and top 3-star hotels, and includes a 1st class railpass for free train travel throughout your stay. Ride the Goldenpass route, Chocolate train, Glacier Express and Bernina Express - all wonderful train rides that link the German, French and Italian sections together in an itinerary that gets the most out of your time in Switzerland. Your guide will be there to ensure your trip runs seamlessly, and to present the numerous options for your time at each stop. Take a walk through flower-filled landscapes, or fly by cablecar to mountaintop viewpoints. Visit local monuments and museums, or relax on a lake steamboat.
This tour offers a refreshing blend of guided travel with plenty of freedom to follow your own bliss. 15-day 1st class Swiss Saverpasses are included in the tour price, which give you free travel to each location, free entrance to most museums, plus 50% discounts on almost all mountaintop cablecars and trains. There will be a guided excursion offered at each stop, but you are also encouraged to explore on your own if you prefer. Six group dinners are included in the tour, while the other nights will be free for individual exploration.
For those without time to join the whole tour, we've also split the Sampler tour into two halves. The Swiss Sampler Goldenpass starts in Lucerne and finishes 6 nights later in Montreux, while the Swiss Sampler Glacier Express begins in Zermatt and continues on to Lugano. See dates and prices below.
Day 1 Arrive in Zurich and travel one hour to Lucerne, perhaps Switzerland's prettiest city, where our tour will meet. We'll be right in the heart of Lucerne's historic Old Town center, with cobblestoned, car-free roads presided over by ornate buildings and ringed by ancient city wall. See the famous Chapel Bridge, the Lion of Lucerne, and local museums, or perhaps take the cablecar and cogwheel train up to the views from Mount Pilatus. 3-star hotel Lucerne, dinner included.
Swiss Sampler, Goldenpass and Glacier Express parts
Length: 7 days, 6 nights
Rating: Easy, 5-8 hours/day, 2500'-4500' elevation gain/loss
If you don't have time for the full 13-day tour, we also offer the Sampler as two 7-day tours. The first half follows the Goldenpass route, meeting in Lucerne and continuing to Murren and Montreux. The second half starts with 2 days in Zermatt, then takes the Glacier Express to St. Moritz and Bernina Express to Lugano. Both are great trips alone, with mountain and city stays, great train rides, and memorable hotels. Both are guided tours, and include 8 day railpasses, 6 nights lodging, 6 breakfasts and 3 dinners.
13-day Swiss Sampler Self-guided:
Standard tour, modest inns & 3-star hotels, 2nd class railpass
Standard-deluxe tour, 3 & 4-star inns, 1st class railpass
Deluxe tour, luxurious 4 & 5-star hotels, 1st class railpass
If you're an independent traveler and prefer to go at your own pace, or have travel dates that don't match up with our guided tours, you may prefer to arrange the Swiss Sampler tour as a self-guided tour. The tour prices are per person based on two people sharing a standard double room.
As always, you can count on your hotels being the best in their class - charming, family run inns with perfect locations, great food, and professional service. You'll see sights such as Lucerne's Chapel Bridge or Mount Pilatus, Jungfraujoch - Switzerland's highest train station, Lauterbrunnen's Trummelbach waterfalls, or breathtaking Gornergrat in Zermatt. Many days will include a scenic train ride between villages such as the Bernina Express and Glacier Express routes.
The tour includes prepaid hotels with breakfast each morning and 6 dinners, a Swiss Saverpass railpass for 15 free days of rail travel, free museum entrance, trail maps, detailed route descriptions for optional hikes, train schedules, Glacier Express reservations, and lots of useful information that will help your trip run smoothly. Not included are lunches, drinks with your meals, dinners in Lucerne, Lugano and Zurich, extras (such as laundry, phone calls from the room, etc), transportation not covered by your rail pass, or the reservation fees for the Glacier and Bernina Express trains.
This tour can be customized to fit your needs. If you'd like to lengthen or shorten the tour, upgrade hotels (or go rustic), or create a customized tour of Switzerland from scratch, let us know. We have extensive experience across the Alps, and will be happy to work with you to build the hiking vacation that best suits your needs.
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