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Switzerland Tour

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10 days: Zurich - Lucerne - Zug - Pilatus - Bern - Interlaken - Vevey - Montreux - Murten - Neuchatel - Geneva - Alps - Sion - Zermatt - Matterhorn - Zurich


A 10-day Switzerland Tour


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Switzerland Tour with your

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Switzerland Tour Itinerary

This tour starts and ends in Zurich.
Switzerland is in the heart of Europe, yet not part of the European Union. One of the many contradictions of that country, which is in fact a concentrate of Europe by its multitude of cultures and languages. Explore medieval and classic cities, admire the serene lakes, climb the snow-capped mountains; all that with peace away from the hustle and bustle of other parts of Europe. Maybe the ultimate privately guided tour in Europe.

Day
1
Zurich - Lucerne Switzerland Tour
Arrival at Zurich airport. Your driver-guide welcomes you. Highway transfer to Lucerne (50 miles), the most visited city in Switzerland, at the crossroads of Europe. Time for rest and sightseeing around town. 4 nights in Lucerne. LDA*
Luzern
2
Luzern Switzerland Tour
Lucerne city discovery: historic town, wooden bridge, panorama circular painting, Lucerne Lion monument. Swiss Transport Museum or Richard Wagner museum. 2nd night in Lucerne. BLDA*
Lion of Lucerne
3
Pilatus - Lake Lucerne Switzerland Tour
Today we head towards the mountains. The Pilatus stands almost 7,000ft above sea level. We reach it by one of the steepest railways in the world. In the afternoon, cruise on the Lake Vierwaldstattersee (Lake Lucerne). This is the heart of European glaciated landscapes. 3rd night in Lucerne. BLDA*
Vierwaldstattersee
4
Zug - Zurich Switzerland Tour
Day tour to Zug and Zurich. Zug is a charming town, site of one of the earliest settlements in Switzerland, dating back to neolithic times. Zurich, Switzerland's largest city, offers its peaceful lake, its Fraumunster and Grossmunster cathedral. Europe's most powerful banks are here. Scenic drive back to Lucerne. 4th night in Lucerne. BLDA*
Zug
5
Interlaken - Bern Switzerland Tour
Scenic drive along the shores of Lake Brienz and Lake Thun. Interlaken resort, with its stunning views over the Alps. Bern, the capital of Switzerland: guided walk in the medieval city. Bear pit. 5 nights in Vevey / Montreux. BLDA*
Bear Pit
6
Vevey - Montreux Switzerland Tour
Discover the Swiss Riviera. Vevey and its delightful Lake stroll. Vineyard drive to Mont Pelerin (panoramic views). Montreux lakefront. Chillon castle. 2nd night in Vevey / Montreux. BLDA*
Chillon
7
Murten - Neuchatel Switzerland Tour
Day tour to Murten and Neuchatel. These lesser known towns of Switzerland offer their spectacular setting and sights. Medieval Murten has a 13th century castle. Neuchatel is of a more classical style. Chaumont cable car and panorama. All in all, this day is a concentrate of Europe. 3rd night in Vevey / Montreux. BLDA*
Murten
8
Geneva Switzerland Tour
Day tour to Geneva. Vineyard road. Lake side walk. Glimpse on the UNO and other world and European international organizations. See the old town. Visit the Maison Tavel, a homage to Geneva's history and everyday life. 4th night in Vevey / Montreux. BLDA*
Geneva
9
Swiss Alps Switzerland Tour
Today, we enter the core of the highest mountains in Europe, the Swiss Alps, with a trip to the Valais canton. The historic capital Sion and its twin hills. Grande Dixence dam. Alternatively, drive as far as Zermatt and see the famous ski resort and its famous Matterhorn peak. 5th night in Vevey / Montreux. BLDA*
Sion
10
Zurich Switzerland Tour
3-hour highway transfer to Zurich, with a few stops along the way for last sightseeing and shopping. The tour ends at Zurich International Airport. BL*
Zurich


Tour departures: on request - please book at least 3-6 months ahead


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Prices of this Tour

(all prices are per person)

Book this tour 4-6 passengers - US$ 2-3 passengers - US$
Gold 10,896 12,822
Platinum 18,917 22,252

The Lucerne Lion Monument

The Lion of Lucerne is a dramatic monument set into a quiet space with trees and a pond; all who visit feel the intense sadness, but also a sense of sanctuary and reflection. An inscription that reads, “To the loyalty and bravery of the Swiss” explains only briefly the purpose of this monument. Referring to a regiment of Swiss mercenaries who were serving the French royal family in Paris at the time of the French Revolution, the dedication is a nod of respect to the roughly 800 men who died in 1792 when the royal residences were sacked.

The monument was designed by Danish sculptor, Bertel Thorvalsen, and hewn by Lukas Ahorn from 1820-21 at a former sandstone quarry near Lucerne in Switzerland. The method of carving makes the reclining lion’s figure protrude naturally from the low-lying cliff, and appears as thought the lion s sleeping in a shallow cave. Upon closer inspection, it becomes clear that the majestic lion has been pierced by a spear and the pained expression on its face is that of a proud being in the throes of death.

Measuring 10 metres wide by 6 metres high, the lion is large and impressive. American writer, Mark Twain, penned his observations of the Lion of Lucerne Monument: “This is the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world.” For all its sad history, the Lucerne Lion Monument is a place of great beauty and tranquility, ideal for meditation and quiet relaxation.