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Tour 8

Switzerland's Exquisite Lakes and Mountains featuring Geneva, Montreux and Zermatt

 TOUR SUMMARY

SPLENDORS OF EUROPE offers this one week luxury escorted tour to Switzerland featuring Geneva, Montreux, Zermatt, and the Matterhorn.  This is a small group tour of Switzerland that includes walking tours and excursions which highlight Switzerlands lakes, mountains, history, architecture, art, castles, medieval towns and museums.   This tour has a regional focus and provides in-depth cultural and grand gourmet culinary experiences.  Two professional escorts ensure that everyone in our small group of 12 or less has a rewarding personal experience.  Travel in Switzerland is by first class panoramic train, cogwheel mountain train and luxury lake steamer.  The tour includes lake cruises and visits to all the best sights near Geneva, Montreux, and Zermatt.  Travel to the exquisite Alps and Lake Geneva region of Switzerland with SPLENDORS OF EUROPE and youll enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery anywhere.  You'll have the best vacation trip ever.  Visit the hotel, restaurant, and tour photo galleries at the end of this page.

Luxury escorted tour of Switzerland

SWITZERLAND

Switzerland offers great beauty and diversity in a small country.  Modern metropolitan centers, sophisticated resorts, and sleepy Alpine hamlets are all surrounded by the impressive beauty of the Alps with their snow peaked mountains, picturesque valleys, and clear Alpine lakes.  On this tour, youll travel to scenic mountain summits, see glaciers, and visit an enchanting castle and a picture post card Swiss village.  Youll enjoy the first class service and exceptional scenery aboard the classic lake steamers and scenic trains of the Rhne Express.  Youll ride a variety of dramatic Alpine trains and cable cars to mountain summits near Montreux and Zermatt.  Here youll enjoy more breathtaking views.  Youll also enjoy irresistible gourmet cuisine and luxury world class hotels with incredible views.

escorted walking tour of Geneva

GENEVA

Geneva is an inviting international city rich in history and culture.  It is situated at the southern tip of Lake Leman (Lake Geneva) where the Rhne exits the lake.  Youll enjoy commanding panoramic views of the waterfront and the French Alps nearby.  In town you will visit the old historic left bank of the Rhne.  Here youll discover the 16th century cobbled streets with a pleasant mix of museums, churches, shops and restaurants.

 

Luxury lake steamer on Lake Geneva with onboard dining

CLASSIC SIDE PADDLE LAKE STEAMERS

Beautiful lake steamers provide transportation across Switzerlands major lakes in classic style and comfort.  On board chefs serve delicious meals which youll enjoy while taking in the fabulous scenery.

Arriving in Montreux Switzerland

MONTREUX and LAKE GENEVA

Montreux is known as the pearl of the Swiss Riviera.  Facing the southern sun, Montreux enjoys a mild climate capable of supporting palm trees, cypresses and magnolias.  The attractive resort town boasts many fine Mansard roofed luxury hotels with brightly colored awnings facing the French Alps across the lake.  Youll explore romantic Chillon Castle nearby.

The Matterhorn near Zermatt Switzerland

ZERMATT

You will enjoy the unspoiled car free village of Zermatt.  Located in a narrow mountain valley of meadows and trees, its weathered wood chalets, geranium filled flower boxes and ancient stone roofed houses contribute to its inescapable Alpine ambiance.  Its from the twisting pedestrian streets you will first see the awe-inspiring Matterhorn, that tooth shaped icon of Switzerland.  The Gornergratbahn, a 5.5 mile cog wheel train excursion takes us up close to the Matterhorn and further up to Gornergrat station for a broader perspective of the areas expanse of 24 glaciers and the highest peaks in the Alps.

WHATS INCLUDED

1. All of "Our Special Features and Qualities" listed in the table of contents

2. Airport greeting and transfers to and from Geneva International Airport.

3. Ground transportation throughout your tour including first class panoramic trains and ships.

4. Two Professional Escorts

5. Seven nights in deluxe character hotels. See the "Tour 8 Hotel Photo Gallery" at the bottom of this page.

  • Three nights in Geneva
  • Two nights in Montreux
  • Two nights in Zermatt

6. All hotel taxes and gratuities

7. Award winning dinning.  See our "Gallery of Restaurants" at the bottom of this page.

8. Seven Breakfasts

9. Seven Delicious lunches

10. Five Gourmet dinners

11. Caf refreshments

12. Beverages, mineral water, coffee, and dessert with all dinners

13. All restaurant gratuities

14. Admission with choice of escorted or self discovery visits to approximately 13 sites.

15. Interactive discussions with authentic local experts.

9 Day Itinerary

SATURDAY - International flight to Geneva International Airport

SUNDAY - Arrive In Geneva. Quiet afternoon walk in old town.

Your escorts greet you at the airport. We check you into our beautiful hotel and show you around. Get acquainted with your escorts and fellow travelers over lunch at a charming local restaurant. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon walk along the lake.

This evening we enjoy welcome cocktails at our hotel before we savor dinner. Each evening your escorts can assist you with information about evening entertainment opportunities. L+D

MONDAY Discover GenevaJet fountain at the entrance to Geneva harbour

This morning we take a walking tour through the cobble stone streets of old town Geneva.

Here we visit Cathedral St.-Pierre.

We also make a visit to the museum of Art and History. We enjoy lunch al fresco in old town.

This afternoon, your escorts will take you through the shopping district to explore the many fine specialty shops. Here we enjoy the terrace of a caf or salon de tea for refreshment.

Tonight we enjoy an elegant dinner in old town Geneva. B+L+D

 

 

TUESDAY - Steamer to Montreux.

We board our lake steamer this morning for a romantic cruise the length of Lake Geneva. As we leave Geneva you get an up close look at the famous Jet dEau. At 460 feet its Europes tallest water fountain. Luxury lake steamer

The ride is as smooth as silk and the views on board are extraordinary.

We enjoy lunch onboard in the ships paneled dining room.

This afternoon we arrive in the resort town of Montreux and check in at our luxury hotel. We make a brief orientation walk around Montreux and then youre at your leisure to explore lovely Montreux.

Tonight we enjoy an elegant gourmet dinner at one of the best restaurants in town. B+L+D

 

WEDNESDAY - Chillon Castle and Rochers-de-Naye excursions

This morning we take the paddle steamer to romantic Chillon Castle. We explore this fascinating medieval fortress made famous by Lord Byron.

escorted tour of Chillon castle near Montreux Switzerland

After our castle visit, we take the lake steamer back to Montreux for a delightful gourmet lunch near the lake with the French Alps providing a wonderful backdrop.

This afternoon youll enjoy the adventure of a panoramic cog wheel train excursion up the steep incline to the summit of Rochers-de-Naye.  The elevation of this promontory high above the tree line provides the best scenic views of Lake Geneva and the French Alps in the region.

Dinner is at your leisure this evening with many fine choices available. B+L

 

THURSDAY Train to ZERMATT

Today we make the scenic train journey to the Valais region of Switzerland. Long isolated by mountains, the Valais is a wilderness country of glaciers, forests, and steep green hillsides.

Panoramic train to Zermatt Switzerland

We cross the Forclaz Pass, and enjoy a scenic ride through the Rhne valley, with the Berner Alps to the left, and the Pennines Alps to the right.

We arrive at the rustic resort town of Zermatt.  Here we check into our charming mountain chalet hotel as we catch our first view of the famous Matterhorn.

We enjoy lunch at our hotel on the terrace.

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon orientation walk through this charming Alpine village with your escorts and hear about its history, and the famous Matterhorn expeditions of the past.

This evening we luxuriate in an elegant gourmet dinner at the Schnegg restaurant while we marvel at the Matterhorn and all the mountains that surround this magnificent valley in anticipation of tomorrows excursion. B+L+D

FRIDAY - Zermatt, the Matterhorn, and a high Alpine excursion.

This morning we experience first hand, the fascinating world of Alpine peaks, glaciers and expansive ice fields. We make the 43 minute ascent to the Gornergrat on Europes highest tunnel free railway, the Gornergratbahn.

The ride offers an ever-changing panorama of glorious Alpine scenery beginning with slopes of verdant forest gradually ebbing to a rocky summit where we find the civilized Gornergrat hotel (10,286ft). From the terrace you will be able to enjoy breathtaking views and hot refreshments. From here you will see the tallest mountains in Switzerland including Monte Rosa and the Dom at 14,911ft, but the splendid isolation of the nearby Matterhorn will command your attention.

Below, a river of ice called the Gornergletscher will fascinate you with its immense size and its crystal blue icy sculptures.

For those who desire to explore further, a cable car takes us up to the Hohtalligrat, and the world of eternal snow and glaciers at Stockhorn ice station (11,178 feet)

Upon our return to earth, a memorable lunch is enjoyed where we regale about our high Alpine adventure.

This afternoon we return to further explore the car free village of Zermatt. A wide assortment of wonderfully weathered Alpine shops, restaurants, and chalet style hotels complete with geranium filled window boxes provides a pleasant afternoon of browsing.

Dinner is at your leisure tonight with a wide array of choices, just steps from our hotel. B+L

SATURDAY Train to Lausanne and Lake Cruise to Geneva

We spend a leisurely morning in Zermatt with time to snap a few more pictures or to purchase that special item you saw earlier

We depart Zermatt for a scenic rail journey to the lake side town of Lausanne. We descend from the high Alps to the Rhne where we follow the green river valley past romantic vineyards, medieval towers, churches, and castles. We travel along Lake Geneva and enjoy views of Lavaux vineyards along the sunny south facing slopes of Lake Geneva.

We arrive in Lausanne where we board a classic lake paddle steamer for a whimsical cruise back to Geneva.

On board we enjoy a three course lunch and refreshments in a beautiful dining salon while gazing in amazement at the mountains that tumble down into the lake. This dramatic scenery has inspired many an artist and Poet.

We stop at the town of Yvonne where we take a walk through this medieval village of flowers. We re-board our steamer and continue our cruise to Geneva.  As we enter port Geneva were greeted by the famous Jet dEau landmark.

We check into our Geneva hotel and enjoy cocktails. Saturday night is spent in the wonderful ambiance of Geneva.

Dinner is enjoyed in old town Geneva on the terrace of one of the many outstanding restaurants.

Regale with your new friends about the wonderful journey youve been on.

A stroll along the romantic night lit quays provides a fitting end to this fabulous vacation. B+L+D

SUNDAY - Transfer to Geneva International Airport and your return flight home or extend your stay in Europe with the next tour. B

 

INCLUDED SITE VISITS AND EXCURSIONS

1. Walking Tour of old town Geneva

2. Cathedral St-Pierre

3. Museum of Art and History

4. Scenic Lake Steamer cruise from Geneva to Montreux

5. Orientation walk in Montreux

6. Steam Ship excursion to Chillon Castle

7. Picturesque cog wheel train excursion to Rochers-de-Naye

8. Scenic Train from Montreux to Zermatt

9. Orientation walk of Zermatt

10. Matterhorn Museum

11. Dramatic Alpine train and cable car mountain excursions near the Matterhorn in Zermatt

12. Scenic Train from Zermatt to Lausanne

13. Scenic Lake Steamer cruise from Lausanne to Geneva

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