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10 Day Unforgettable Switzerland Premium Small Group Tour

A portion of this tour runs as a group tour where you will be escorted by an expert tour leader. Another portion is self-guided, whether conducted by rail, cruise or land, and you will travel between destinations on your own, with free time to explore at your own pace.

Escorted Type
Partially Escorted

This tour is conducted at a medium-fast pace. Some long travel days may be required to complete this itinerary and you will typically spend two nights at each destination, with some one night stays required. This trip includes a mix of sightseeing and free time to explore at your own pace. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and some activities will be conducted on uneven or steep terrain. You will be required to handle your own luggage.

Pace
Moderate Pace

These tours are our proudest creations. They have been crafted for Inspiring Vacations travellers exclusively, with personal and unique experiences in mind. Please see the Important Information on your selected tour for exact group size. Enjoy features such as hand-picked accommodation, a sampling of the region’s best culinary delights, and a range of optional activities to choose from to best suit your travel style.

Group Size
Small Group

Take advantage of our 7 day cooling-off period. 

Cooling Off Period
7 Days
Small Group Tour
634 people have travelled to this destination

✓ Incredible sightseeing! Tour Switzerland by world-famous rail journeys and luxury vehicles, experience the alpine wonderlands of Jungfraujoch and Gornergrat, explore cosmopolitan cities like Zurich and charming Swiss villages and resort destinations like Lucerne, Lugano, St. Moritz, Montreux and Grindelwald
✓ Intimate group experience with no more than 12 people 
✓ 9 nights in centrally located, premium 4-star accommodation
✓ Breakfast daily 
✓ Dedicated luxury transportation in a Mercedes Cabrio Sprinter convertible with a sliding roof and windows, including professional English-speaking driver-guide and on-board WiFi 
✓ Convenient luggage transfers from day 2-9 
✓ 1st class scenic train journeys through the Swiss Alps, including the spectacular Golden Pass Express, Glacier Express, Bernina Express
✓ Seat reservation on all scenic trains 
✓ Self-guided excursion to Jungfraujoch, Europe’s highest railway station, and Gornergrat 
✓ City tour of St. Gallen including entry to the UNESCO Abbey Library 

✈ Needing international airfares to accompany your Inspiring Vacation? You will be able to access our flight portal after securing your package to add international airfares to your booking.

What we love about this tour

Travel with the experts for a carefully curated, value-packed discovery of the world's most iconic destinations. Our tours are bursting with must-see sights, rich experiences and quality inclusions, all at an unbeatable price. Bucket list dreams are ticked off on these all-encompassing journeys.

Itinerary

Hotel
Hotel Ambassador or Similar

Welcome to Switzerland! Make your own way to the hotel (optional transfer available) and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. We recommend a stroll through the picturesque Old Town (Altstadt) with its historic churches and charming streets.

Hotel
Sorell Hotel City Weissenstein or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Meet your driver-guide in the lobby for an exciting day trip to the Rhine Falls, Europe's largest and most powerful waterfall. After a refreshing lunch break, your driver will accompany you to St. Gallen. There, you'll have the opportunity to explore the captivating medieval old town and visit the renowned Abbey library during a guided city tour. Enjoy a day filled with natural wonders and cultural delights.

Hotel
Schweizerhof Swiss Quality Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today's journey takes you to one of Switzerland's most renowned resorts, St. Moritz. En route, relish the opportunity to savour a quintessential Swiss delight – Swiss Cheese. At the Appenzeller Show Dairy, witness the art of Swiss cheese-making and indulge in its delectable flavours. Following a stop in the picturesque town of Appenzell, your adventure continues to the capital of Liechtenstein, Vaduz. Here, you'll have ample leisure time to explore and enjoy all that this charming city has to offer.

Arrive in St. Moritz and spend the rest of the day at leisure. 

Hotel
Villa Sassa Hotel, Residence & Spa or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Embark on a remarkable journey as you board the Bernina Express. This panoramic train will carry you from Switzerland, weaving its way over and through the majestic Alps, ultimately arriving in Tirano, Italy, where you'll have the opportunity to relish a delightful lunch break. Afterward, your driver will be waiting for you in Tirano, and you'll continue your travels along the picturesque Lake Como, making your way back to the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland known as Ticino. Your day concludes with an overnight stay in the charming city of Lugano.

Hotel
BEAUSiTE Zermatt or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Your journey continues with your driver picking you up from the lobby. You'll traverse the scenic Gotthard mountain pass en route to Andermatt, where you'll have the opportunity to relax and enjoy some leisure time as well as a delightful lunch. In the afternoon, your adventure reaches a new high as you board the iconic Glacier Express, which will carry you through stunning landscapes all the way to your next destination, Zermatt.

Hotel
Hotel Eden Palace au Lac or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Savour your morning at leisure in the charming town of Zermatt, and don't miss the opportunity to take the cogwheel train up to the Gornergrat, where you'll be treated to the most stunning view of the iconic Matterhorn. Following your journey back to Zermatt, your next destination is the French-speaking part of Switzerland. Upon your arrival in Montreux, you'll have the chance to relish an afternoon at your own pace, exploring the beautiful surroundings and enjoying the leisurely atmosphere of this picturesque town.

Hotel
Grand Hotel Beau Rivage or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Your journey continues as your driver escorts you to the train station in Montreux, where you'll board the GoldenPass Line. This scenic train route will lead you through various language regions, ever-changing landscapes, and past numerous pristine lakes as you make your way to Interlaken in the Bernese Oberland. Enjoy some time at leisure in Interlaken by exploring the famous Höhematte park before traveling up to Harder Kulm, the local mountain with scenic views over the lakes and alps.

Hotel
Hotel Des Balances or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Your morning begins with an exploration of the renowned Jungfraujoch, often referred to as the "Top of Europe." The journey to this lofty destination, which houses Europe's highest railway station, is a marvel of engineering, with the last section of the rail line ingeniously carved into the mountain itself. On the way back to Interlaken you get to explore the famous mountain town Grindelwald as well as the Lauterbrunnen valley. After your return to Interlaken, your driver will whisk you away to Lucerne, taking the scenic route through the picturesque mountain pass of Brünig. Once in Lucerne, you'll have the afternoon to enjoy at your own pace, allowing you to explore this captivating city and its charming surroundings.

Hotel
Hotel Ambassador or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

You will be transferred to Zurich to spend the remainder of the day at leisure. We invite you to explore and enjoy all that this vibrant city has to offer. Perhaps take a boat ride, or relax by the water with a picturesque view of the Alps. Alternatively, discover Switzerland's rich cultural history through a diverse collection of artefacts, art, and exhibitions. And don’t forget to sample Swiss chocolate and cheese at local shops and markets to savour the country's culinary delights.

Meals
Breakfast

Take advantage of the included rail transfer to Zurich Airport to ensure you reach your departure terminal in time for your onward flight. We hope you've had a wonderful time exploring Switzerland and that you depart with cherished memories of your visit. Safe travels!

Inclusions

  • Small, intimate group experience – no more than 12 people
  • Partially escorted by an English-speaking driver-guide
  • Luggage transfers from day 2-9
  • Dedicated luxury transportation in a Mercedes Cabrio Sprinter convertible with a sliding roof and windows, including professional English-speaking driver-guide and on-board WiFi 
  • 9 nights’ accommodation in centrally located, premium 4-star hotels 
  • Breakfast daily 
  • 1st class scenic train journeys through the Swiss Alps, including the spectacular Golden Pass Express, Glacier Express, Bernina Express
  • Seat reservation on all scenic trains 
  • Incredible sightseeing! Tour Switzerland by world-famous rail journeys and luxury vehicles, experience the alpine wonderlands of Jungfraujoch and Gornergrat, explore cosmopolitan cities like Zurich and charming Swiss villages and resort destinations like Lucerne, Lugano, St. Moritz, Montreux, Interlaken 
  • City tour of St. Gallen including entry to the UNESCO Abbey Library 
  • Self-guided excursion to Jungfraujoch, Europe’s highest railway station, Gornergrat and Harder Kulm
  • Entry to Appenzell Show Dairy with audio guide 
  • Stops in Vaduz, Liechtenstein and Andermatt 
  • 50% discount on additional rail tickets (local transport) and select mountain excursions

  • Zurich – Stroll through the picturesque Old Town (Altstadt) with its historic churches and charming streets. 
  • Rhine Falls – Marvel at Europe's largest and most powerful waterfall.
  • St. Gallen – Explore the captivating medieval old town and visit the renowned Abbey library during a guided city tour.
  • St. Moritz – En route, witness the art of Swiss cheese-making and indulge in its delectable flavours at the Appenzeller Show Dairy. In St. Moritz, board the panoramic Bernina Express. 
  • Andermatt  – Board the iconic Glacier Express, which will carry you through stunning landscapes all the way to your next destination, Zermatt.
  • Zermatt – Take the cogwheel train up to the Gornergrat, where you'll be treated to the most stunning view of the iconic Matterhorn.
  • Montreux – Relish an afternoon at your own pace, exploring the beautiful surroundings and enjoying the leisurely atmosphere of this picturesque town.
  • Jungfraujoch – Discover Jungfraujoch, often referred to as the "Top of Europe."

Fine Print

Secure your trip with a $99.00 deposit per person.

Once we receive your deposit, we will send you an invoice with your remaining balance and payment options.

Instalment Schedule:

  1. At the time of booking pay a $99.00 deposit per person.
  2. Pay a 1st installment of $490.00 per person within 28 days.
  3. Pay a 2nd installment of $979.00 per person within 90 days.
  4. You will then be invoiced for final payment 120 days prior to departure.

This is a land only package.

This package does not include international airfares. If you would like to add airfares to your booking our flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub. The flight portal will allow you to search for all available airfares to your destination. The function works like most general flight search engines allowing you to select your preferred airline, book different cabin classes (eg. Business class) and view flight durations and transit times to your destination. 

The flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub once the following criteria has been met:

  • Your booking is confirmed
  • Your departure date is within 11 months
  • You  have completed your passenger detail form

Visit our Flight Hub for more information on terms and conditions, amending your flights and information on luggage allowances. 

It is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of return. Visas may be required for your destination. For further visa information, click here.

Fitness Requirements
While the tour itinerary should give you some guidance and overview to the expected requirements, to determine if this tour is right for you we categorise each of our tours in terms of their intensity. These guidelines are to ensure that each tour group is conducted as expected and to ensure the overall satisfaction of all Inspiring Vacations customers.

As a general rule, porterage is not included, therefore at all times you are expected to handle your own luggage where help may not be available.

This particular tour is categorized as a ”3”

3 – Moderate Tour: A good level of fitness and mobility is required, as this tour includes a moderate level of physical activity and is considered a medium-fast paced tour. You should be able to walk up and down stairs, get on and off the coach and able to walk reasonable distances of approximately 2 kilometres per day or more with ease. Any physical ailments you may have must be disclosed at the time of booking to determine your suitability. If you have any form of walking aids, other than a walking stick or hiking poles, then this tour is not suitable.

Tipping
A friendly reminder that tipping is not included in your package. Tipping is not compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry. If you feel that your guide and driver have done an impeccable job, you can choose to give a gratuity, but this is entirely your decision.

Accommodation
The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences, but we can’t guarantee your request will be available at all properties.

Single travellers
When booking this tour, solo travellers will be presented with two options:

1 - Single Supplement
By paying an additional $1,279.00 per person, in addition to the twin-share price, you guarantee the privacy of your own room throughout the entire trip.

2- Shared Room with a known friend
If travelling together with a friend, you can opt to share your room with him/her and avoid paying a single supplement. 

You and your friend can create a unique booking each. Creating a unique booking, gives each of you the flexibility of making different travel arrangements (such adding extra accommodation, flights, etc), make separate payments and have individual access to our Traveller’s Hub

During the purchase path, you will need to provide your friend’s booking ID (if known) or at a minimum, your friend’s full name.

Transportation
Your designated transport will be a Mercedes Cabrio Sprinter convertible equipped with a sliding roof and windows. If the group size does not exceed 3 guests, it will be replaced with a Tesla X.

Triple Share
Not available.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is recommended to protect yourself against the unexpected. In addition to the support that a policy may provide, you may be asked to present a copy of your travel insurance documentation while traveling.

Group Size
2 -12 Persons

Children
Children must be 5 years old or above and share a room with parents at all times. Children are charged the same price as adults.

Tour Style
To meet the needs of various types of travelers, we choose to operate various types of tours, and depending on your selected package will mean different services are provided throughout your trip. The following descriptions of each tour style we hope will ensure that each traveller has appropriate expectations before they start their travels: 

  • Partially Escorted - A portion of these packages runs as a group tour where you will be escorted by an expert tour leader. Another portion is independent, whether conducted by rail, cruise or land, and you will travel between destinations on your own, with free time to explore at your own pace.

All participants must be in good physical condition to fully engage in this journey. For the safety and welfare of yourself and fellow travellers, if you are feeling unwell prior to departure, we advise staying home and contacting us to arrange alternate plans.

Prior to selecting your trip, carefully review the itinerary to assess your ability to comfortably manage our travel style. Please be aware that if, based on evaluation by our leader or local representative, a participant is deemed unable to safely complete the itinerary, we retain the right to exclude them from all or part of the trip without reimbursement.

It is advisable to consult your physician for current medical travel advisories and any required vaccinations before embarking. We recommend carrying a first aid kit and any necessary medications in their original packaging, as they may not be readily available during travel. For those carrying medication, it's essential to check your government's foreign travel guidelines for local restrictions or regulations.

You can enhance your holiday by arriving or departing before or after the tour. On this tour you can choose from the following options:

Pre Tour Accommodation

  • $462.00 per room, per night for double and twin share
  • $370.00 per room, per night for solo travellers

Post Tour Accommodation

  • $462.00 per room, per night for double and twin share
  • $370.00 per room, per night for solo travellers

Please select the number of extra nights required in the 'Additional Nights Accommodation' field when making your purchase. The additional cost for these arrangements will be added to your final payment invoice and are subject to availability.

  • International airfares
  • Airport Transfers
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Tipping
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary
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