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Day 1 Zurich
Arrive into Zurich and enjoy a private transfer to your pre-tour accommodation where the rest of your day is at leisure.
Day 2 Zurich - Stein am Rhein - Konstanz - Arbon
After setting down in Zurich, we set off to the Schaffhausen region to begin our Alpine adventure in style. It may not come to mind as quickly as Chianti or Bordeaux, but Schaffhausen is fast becoming known for its Pinot Noir grape. Our first stop is Stein am Rhein, where we enjoy a private walking tour through the vineyards, followed by a wine tasting. Later, we follow the Rhine River to Konstanz, a seemingly timeless, medieval university city on Lake Constance. Set off under your own steam to explore the old town, before we all continue on to Arbon for a well-deserved welcome dinner. (B, D)
Day 3 Arbon - Island of Reichenau - Lindau - Arbon
A long, tree-lined boulevard may not be the most usual way to reach an island – but that’s just how we travel to Reichenau, a unique community lapped by the clear waters of Lake Constance. This ambitious construction connected the island to the mainland in the early 19th century, and it’s now a UNESCO World Heritage site. We then step further back in time at Unteruhldingen. This ‘village on stilts’ opens a window into life during the Stone and Bronze ages. Afternoon sees us cruising across the lake to the charming Bavarian town of Lindau before returning to Arbon for an evening at leisure. (B)
Day 4 Arbon - Liechtenstein - Chur
Soak up views of soaring, snowcapped peaks and deep, green valleys as we visit Liechtenstein, a historic kingdom tucked away between Switzerland and Austria. We call in at Vaduz to admire its centuries-old castle, still the home of the country’s reigning prince. Then our trail turns towards Chur – Switzerland’s oldest city and our home for the night. Take the rest of the day to explore the cobbled streets and bustling squares of the Old Town at your own pace. (B)
Day 5 Chur - Lucerne - Weggis
A day of indulgence awaits in Lucerne, where we have an appointment to keep with a local chocolatier. But first, we set the scene with a fascinating walking tour of this enchanting lakeside city, takin in the ornate medieval Chapel Bridge and the Museggmauer city walls. Then it’s time to uncover the secrets of Swiss chocolate making, learning its origins and indulging in a sample or two. Later we swap our mini-coach for a scenic boat ride across Lake Lucerne, setting ashore in Weggis, our base for two nights. (B, D)
Day 6 Weggis - Mount Rigi - Weggis
Today the lakeshore shrinks behind us as we climb Mount Rigi aboard the cog railway – Europe’s first ever mountain line. Rigi’s peak commands a regal position from where we’ll enjoy panoramic views over the Swiss Alps. Then it’s back down to Weggis, where you’ll have the evening to yourself. (B)
Day 7 Weggis - Brienz - Wengen
Surrounded by sweeping green valleys and with pretty chalets adorned with woodcarvings, 18th century Brienz is straight off a Swiss chocolate box. After pausing in this classic farming village, our journey takes us Wengen, where we’ll enjoy a two-night stay. The last leg of our journey to this green, car-free village is by cable car – perfect for enjoying even more beautiful views. You’re free to go your own way this afternoon, before we meet to dip into an Alpine favourite: cheese fondue. (B, D)
Day 8 Wengen - Jungfraujoch - Wengen
Our Swiss adventure wouldn’t be complete without the aweinspiring railway journey to Jungfrau. At 3,454 metres this is Europe’s highest altitude railway station, often referred to as the ‘Top of Europe’. Step down from the platform, and you’re in a fantastical world of ice, snow and sheer rock faces. Visit the impressive Ice Palace and experience soul-stirring views from the Sphinx Observation Terrace, before enjoying an evening at leisure in Wengen. (B)
Day 9 Wengen - Bern - Solothurn
From the mountaintops to underground wonders, our tour takes in an eclectic variety of natural highlights. Today we explore St Beatus Caves, a system of huge caverns and gorges steeped in legend. Then we pay a visit to Switzerland’s peaceful capital, Bern. Soak up the tranquil ambience as we walk the perfectly preserved medieval streets of its UNESCO protected Old Town. Hear tales from the city’s 800-year history as we explore the Gothic cathedral, Clock Tower and see the 13th century gate. We then make our way to Solothurn, one of Switzerland’s most beautiful Baroque towns, to enjoy a farewell dinner together. (B, D)
Day 10 Solothurn - Eggiwil - Rhine Falls - Zurich
Before we say our goodbyes, we head to Eggiwil for the inside story on a curious Alpine instrument whose call echoed around the valleys: the alphorn. A local artisan shows us how these vast horns are made – and you even have a chance to try coaxing a sound out of oneyourself. For a fitting finale, we enjoy an exhilarating boat trip out to the middle of the Rhine Falls, Europe’s largest waterfall. Then it’s back onto dry land for our return to Zurich, where our adventure ends. Your private transfer to the airport is included. (B
Departure Dates & Prices 2017 Mountains, Valleys & Lakes of Switzerland - Tour code SMV
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June 5, 19
September 4, 18
July 3, 17
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Mountains, Valleys & Lakes of Switzerland
10 days / 9 nights - 5% discount
Prices from only £2751
Explore remote Alpine valleys and scale mountain slopes by railway on this unforgettable tour of Switzerland. Here you’ll gain an insight into local life and time-honoured traditions, while enjoying some of Europe’s most sublime scenery and peaceful towns and cities. With visits to Liechenstein, Mount Rigi and the Jungfraujoch.
To book this wonderful 9 day Lakes and Mountains of Italy and Switzerland tour with Back-Roads Touring call them direct on 0208 9870 990 and quote the Travel 55 ref: T55BR to receive the 5% discount.
You can claim a 5% discount on all Back-Roads tours. To book, call them direct on 0208 9870 990 and quote ref: T55BR to receive the Travel 55 discount price
The Back-Roads Difference
- Uncover Switzerland’s best-kept secrets, including Chur and the island of Reichenau
- Enjoy a private tour of the vineyards in Stein am Rhein
- Learn the art of alphorn making in Eggiwil
- Private transfers to and from the airport
- 9 nights’ accommodation in boutique hotels
Experienced Back-Roads tour leader
- Luxury mini-coach transportation
- Cruise to Lindau and Weggis
- Rhine Falls boat trip
- Cog railway to Mount Rigi, train to Jungfraujoch
- European breakfast daily (B)
- Four evening meals (D)
- Wine tasting
- Chocolate tasting
- Entrance fee included to: Pfahlbaumuseum Unteruhldingen, St Beatus Caves and Alphorn factory
Small groups of up to 18
With tour sizes of up to 15 guests, our tour leaders can ensure a more personalised experience. Smaller group sizes also mean we can guarantee our tours will run once we have just four guests booked.
Why Back-Roads Touring
On the vast majority of tours we travel by Mercedes or Mercedes Vito mini-coaches. Think comfortable seats, air-conditioning and large windows for enjoying the view. With the flexibility to go anywhere a car can, we take the smaller roads through beautiful scenery and get right to the heart of tiny villages and buzzing cities.
Along the way, your tour leader can offer intriguing insights about the sights we see over the onboard PA system. And, with long drives kept to a minimum, you’ll have plenty of time to stretch your legs and explore sites for yourself.
Authentic Local Experiences
Truly getting to know a destination means stepping off the typical tourist trail. From hidden-gem attractions to local favourites, we take time to seek out genuine experiences that take you to the heart of each region as well as its culture.
Scenic back roads not motorways
Winding country lanes. Coastal beauty spots. Breathtaking mountain passes. With luxury mini-coaches that take us along scenic roads beyond the reach of large vehicles, the journey is as much a part of the adventure as the destination.
One of the most enjoyable ways to experience a different culture is to sample the cuisine. From visits to local producers to food and wine tastings and even cooking lessons, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to discover new flavours.
Whether it’s a classic country inn or an elegant chateau, each day’s journey ends in a hotel with plenty of character. We opt for accommodation that reflects the personality of the local area, and fits right in with its surroundings.
Leisurely Paced Travel
Forget sunrise starts and long days hopping on and off the bus. We rarely leave before 8.30am and give each stop the attention it deserves – keeping long drives to a minimum. And giving you plenty of time to explore at your own pace.