Chocolate and Cheese. Alps and Alp horns. Precision timepieces and timeless scenery. There is so much to yodel about in sweet and scenic Switzerland. With snow-dusted peaks in view from Zurich to Geneva to Lucerne, this uplifting tour of Switzerland has many elevating experiences in store. A stroll through the13th-century Gruyères Castle, a drive through the picturesque vineyards of the “Swiss Riviera,” and a tasting at the delectable Maison Cailler chocolate factory are just the beginning of your delightful ascent. You’ll also visit the resort towns of Gstaad and Interlaken before heading via mountain train to the “Top of Europe,” the nickname for Jungfraujoch, Europe’s highest railway station at more than 11,000 feet. This Alpine wonderland of ice and snow, complete with multiple viewing terraces and an Ice Palace, is not just high in elevation—it’s the highlight of this spectacular Swiss journey.
Highlights of Spectacular Switzerland
We’ve packed everything you need for the perfect vacation—from hand-selected hotels and dining to the friendly expertise of Globus Tour Directors and Local Guides (with headsets to hear every word), to seamless transportation between destinations and VIP access to the world’s most iconic sites! Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi.
6 guests in a party: $2,422*18 guests in a party: $619*
Globus offers Small-Group Discoveries on select Europe dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 24 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus Europe escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized European tour—without the crowds.
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Old City of Berne|Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 lunch, 4 three-course dinners
ARRIVE IN ZURICH, SWITZERLAND Welcome to Zurich! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)
ZURICH–BIEL/BIENNE–NEUCHÂTEL–GENEVA Swiss Strolls in Geneva ZURICH An orientation walk in the Old Town includes the Fraumünsterkirche.BIEL/BIENNE Enjoy free time at the historical district.NEUCHÂTEL Free time for lunch en route to Geneva. (B) 174 mi / 280 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHT CITY SIGHTS Fall in love with Zurich with a walk through the Altstadt – its Old Town, in the historic heart of the city. See the guild houses and historic squares that span both sides of the Limmat River. Gracing the shore is the famous Fraumünsterkirche, with its signature green steeple marking the skyline above stained-glass windows designed by masters Chagall and Giacometti.
GENEVA Grandeur in Geneva GENEVA Guided sightseeing includes Reformation Park and a walk through the Old Town. Free time this afternoon and evening. (B)TOUR HIGHLIGHT HISTORY & TRADITION Explore Geneva's Old Town where the imposing St. Peter's Cathedral stands in the city of the Reformation. Discover fascinating stories along the small cobblestone streets and small squares, as well as secret passages. See the Parc des Bastions where giant statues of the leading figures of the Reformation are carved into the great wall – engraved with Geneva's motto, 'Post Tenebras Lux' (Light After Darkness).
GENEVA–ÉVIAN-LES-BAINS, FRANCE–GRUYÈRES, SWITZERLAND–BROC–GRUYÈRE AREA How Sweet it Is ÉVIAN-LES-BAINS Enjoy free time to browse.GRUYÈRES [LF] Visit the castle and enjoy lunch with local specialties and a traditional dessert with meringue and double crème.BROC [LF] Visit Maison Cailler Swiss chocolate factory for a tasting. (B,L,D) 87 mi / 140 kmLOCAL FAVORITELOCAL TASTES Meringue a la crème and Swiss chocolate are two perfect pleasures we can’t resist! Capture the tradition of the medieval hilltop Castle of Gruyères with the double sweetness of crème and meringue. Later sink your sweet tooth into Maison Cailler’s decadent delicacies when you visit their famous chocolate factory.
GRUYÈRE AREA–GSTAAD–INTERLAKEN–GRINDELWALD Spectacular Switzerland GSTAAD Orientation walk and free time to browse.INTERLAKEN Free time to explore.GRINDELWALD Enjoy free time this afternoon and evening. (B) 87 mi / 140 kmFREE TIME TIPSEXPLORE MORE Grindelwald has been attracting visitors since the 18th century, a popular hub for those wishing to explore the Bernese Oberland, an area renowned for stunning scenery and unspoilt nature. During the winter months the area is a top ski destination, and Grindelwald is Switzerland’s largest ski resort.
GRINDELWALD. EXCURSION TO THE JUNGFRAU The Top of Europe GRINDELWALD Join an excursion to the [LF] Jungfrau Massif with a mountain train ride to the summit, Ice Palace, and receive your Jungfrau Passport. Enjoy free time to explore. (B,D)TOUR HIGHLIGHTEPIC RIDE An unforgettable journey to the Jungfraujoch, often called the “Top of Europe.” Disembark at Europe’s highest railway station and spend time exploring. Visit the Ice Palace where artists have created incredible ice sculptures. Enjoy 360° cinematic experience of the Jungfrau Panorama and don’t miss the chance to take the ultrafast lift to the Sphinx Observatory to get a fantastic view of the longest glacier in the Alps.
GRINDELWALD–BERNE–LUCERNE Alpine Attraction BERNE Guided walking tour includes a stop at Bear Park, panoramic views of the city from the Rose Garden and the Old Town. Free time for lunch.LUCERNE Enjoy free time late this afternoon and evening. (B) 112 mi / 180 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHTCITY SIGHTS BärenPark (Bear Park) is home to Pyrenean brown bears (after which the town is named). This hillside habitat in Berne differs greatly from the bear pit of 1191 when Duke Berthold V vowed to name the town after the first animal his hunt found in the nearby woods. The first records of bears being kept in the city date back to 1513 when soldiers brought live bears home as spoils of war. Fast forward to the modern day as the inhumane bear pit of the 16th century has evolved into a 6,000 square-meter natural habitat alongside the Aar River.
LUCERNE Bridging History LUCERNE Walking tour includes the Lion monument, the Old Town, and the Chapel Bridge. Farewell dinner this evening at a local restaurant. (B,D)TOUR HIGHLIGHT CITY SIGHTS See the symbol of Lucerne at the famous Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge), the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe. Originally built in 1365, the bridge includes the Wasserturm (water tower) that once served as a prison. Today, this the world-famous timber bridge is Lucerne’s most photographed landmark.
LUCERNE–ZURICH AIRPORT Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. A complimentary morning transfer to Zurich Airport. in time for homebound flights leaving no earlier than 10 am. Extra nights are available in Zurich. (B) 42 mi / 68 km
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|1||Sheraton Zurich||A newly opened 197 room hotel set in an urban cosmopolitan district with a cozy lobby lounge fireplace and complimentary wireless internet access in public areas. The à-la-carte restaurant has an emphasis on fresh regional food with exciting cooking displays and there is a hip Italian hotel bar serving snacks and drinks as well as a fitness room for workouts.||Zurich||Pfingstweidstrasse 100||Superior First-Class|
|2||Royal Manotel||In the heart of Geneva, this 203 room hotel welcomes you into a warm cozy atmosphere, where you will be met with tradition in a neoclassical ambiance with Free Wi-Fi access available throughout the hotel. Dining options include an upscale restaurant, a bistro and bar and leisure facilities comprise of a fitness area, sauna and hammam.||Geneve||41-43, Rue De Lausanne||First-Class|
|3||Cailler||A charming 63 room chalet style hotel set in a magnificent natural setting in the Freiburg foothills of the Alps with two restaurants, a bar and Free Wi-Fi internet access throughout. The hotel is connected to the thermal baths of La Gruyère which include indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, Turkish steam bath and Spa facilities.||Charmey||Gros Plan 28||First-Class|
|4||Sunstar Hotel||Enjoying a quiet yet central location in the popular Alpine resort of Grindelwald which has beautiful unspoilt panoramic views of the famous North Face of the Eiger and the Wetterhorn. This 217 room chalet style property has a stylish lobby bar area with open fireplace and offers Free Wi-Fi internet access, two restaurants, a fitness centre and also boasts a wellness oasis with swimming pool, steambath and sauna.||Grindelwald||Dorfstrasse 168||First-Class|
|5||Astoria||Ideally located in the heart of Lucerne, surrounded by mountains, close to its lake boasting crystal clear waters, the historic old town, and famous Chapel Bridge. All 252 contemporary rooms have a minibar and Wi-Fi. There's a plush cocktail lounge, a stylish café, and a rooftop bar affording city views. Other facilities include a full equipped modern gym.||Lucerne||Pilatusstrasse 29||First-Class|