Holiday Itinerary - Grand Tour of Switzerland

Day 1: Arrive inZurich, Switzerland.

Check into your hotel and start exploring Zurich. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers. (D)

Day 2: Zurich-Appenzell-Liechtenstein-St Moritz.

A sensational drive today takes you through some of Switzerland’s most renowned cantons. Stop in Appenzell to see the Old Town with its 16th-century Town Hall. Continue to the minute Principality of Liechtenstein for a visit of its tiny capital, Vaduz. Pass through scenic “Heidiland” and into the Rhine Valley before ascending mighty Julier Pass. Soon, you’ll be in the heart of Switzerland’s largest canton, the Grisons, where you’ll marvel at some of the world’s best alpine views. Spend the next two nights in glamorous St. Moritz, host of two Winter Olympic Games (1928 and 1948) and the premier winter retreat of European royalty, celebrities, and the international jet set for more than a century. (B)

Day 3: At leisure in St. Moritz.

Enjoy a whole day to explore this scenic Engadine valley resort. Renowned for its stunning forest, lake, and mountain setting and an average of 322 days of sunshine per year, St. Moritz is comprised of two villages separated by a mile of lake shore—St. Moritz Dorf and St. Moritz Bad. Extending up the slope from the lake, terraced Dorf is a tapestry of grand hotels, upscale boutiques, and traditional Engadine architecture, characterised by arched wooden doors, small deep-set windows, and artistically etched facades. Neighbouring Bad is known for its ice rink, mineral and mud baths, and energetic nightlife. (B,D)

Day 4: St. Moritz-Bernina Express to Tirano, Italy-Lugano, Switzerland.

One of Europe’s most spectacular train rides, the BERNINA EXPRESS begins today in St. Moritz, whisking you across lofty Bernina Pass via the Swiss Poschiavo area to Tirano in the Italian Valtellina. Here, rejoin your coach and journey to the shores of sparkling Lake Lugano. (B)

Day 5: Lugano-Lake Maggiore, Italy-Täsch, Switzerland-Zermatt.

Discover the highlights of charming, subtropical Lugano before travelling to Lake Maggiore, Italy’s second-largest lake. Consider joining the optional boat trip for a visit to the garden island of Isola Bella with its splendid 17th-century palazzo (palace). Return to Switzerland via picturesque Simplon Pass and hop aboard a train in Täsch for the only connection to car-free Zermatt, a resort surrounded by Switzerland’s highest mountains—including the celebrated Matterhorn. (B,D)

Day 6: Zermatt-Lausanne area.

Time to stroll through town and maybe take a break to sample the local fare, like raclette, fondue, or hand-made chocolate. Perhaps shop for an authentic Swiss watch or Swiss Army Knife. Then, take the train back to Täsch, where you will rejoin the coach and continue your journey through the vineyards and apricot groves of the lower Rhône Valley to crescentshaped Lake Geneva, one of Europe’s largest lakes. (B,D)

Day 7: Lausanne area.

Spend either a whole day at leisure exploring Lausanne and its environs, or join an optional excursion
to charming Geneva with its cobblestoned Old Town and the Palais des Nations, European headquarters of the United Nations. (B)

Day 8: Lausanne area-Gruyères-Berne-Lake Thun-Interlaken-Lucerne area.

The first stop today is in picturesque Gruyères to visit a local CHEESE FACTORY. Then, on to Berne, Switzerland’s charming 12th-century capital. The Old Town is a showcase of medieval architecture, arcaded shops, artistic fountains, and the landmark Zytglogge (clock tower), an ornate animated astronomical clock built in 1530. Travel on, skirting the shores of Lake Thun, and stop in the renowned resort of Interlaken for a visit before crossing Brünig Pass to Lucerne. Tonight, why not join an optional folklore evening, complete with yodelling and alphorn blowing? (B)

Day 9: Lucerne area-Zurich.

Discover the wonders of Lucerne, a city straight out of a storybook. Situated on Lake Lucerne beneath the snowcapped Alps, Lucerne highlights include cobblestone streets lined with frescoed homes, the world-famous CHAPEL BRIDGE, and the poignant LION MONUMENT. Perhaps choose from a wonderful selection of optional activities—the most popular is an excursion to mount Stanserhorn. Return to Zurich for an overnight.  (B)

Day 10: Zurich

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Departure dates 2020 : Grand Tour of Switzerland (10 days) : 7% discount on all dates.

Cosmos brochure price in black from £1519

Travel 55 discount price in red from £1413

Telephone Cosmos on 0330 8088 351 and quote Travel 55 code TR55C

Tour 6020 starts and ends in Zurich. Departure dates and prices from.
Dates Prices from Dates Prices from
March 28 £1519
£1413
August 1, 8
£1679
£1562
April 11
£1599
£1488
August 22 £1699
£1581
April 25 £1679
£1562
August 29 £1679
£1562
May 9, 23
£1679
£1562
September 5
£1679
£1562
June 6
£1679
£1562
September 12 £1699
£1581
June 13, 27 £1699
£1581
September 19
£1679
£1562
July 11, 18, 25 £1679
£1562
September 26 £1619
£1506

*Prices above do not include international air travel. To add flights and overseas transfers to your holiday, please call Cosmos. 

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy. Single room supplement from £334; Extra nights before and after your tour may be available, call Cosmos. Please see Cosmos Terms & Conditions  for further details. Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking as Cennet Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors showing on it’s website

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Cosmos Tours
Grand Tour of Switzerland

7% discount - 10 Days escorted touring holiday

2020 discount prices start from only £1413

Drive amongst the spectacular scenery of some of Switzerland's most famous cantons.

Renowned for its stunning forest, lake and mountain setting and an average of 322 days of sunshine per year, St. Moritz is comprised of two villages separated by a mile of lake shore - St. Moritz Dorf and St. Moritz.

Experience a memorable railway trip aboard the Bernina Express. Crossing the Alps to Tirano in Italy, this spectacular rail journey takes you to heights of more than 6,560 feet. 

Explore Lugano, described as having the 'gaiety and romance of Italy, encased in a Swiss precision watch'. There's also a visit to the famous cheese-making town of Gruyère and a visit to a local cheese factory.

This amazing 10 day Grand Tour of Switzerland comes with a 7% discount saving when you book direct with Cosmos on 0330 8088 351 and quote the Travel 55 code TR55C.

Travel 55 in association with Cosmos. To book call direct on 0330 8088 351 and quote Travel 55 code TR55C you will then receive a 7% discount from the Cosmos brochure price. 

At a glance - Tour Highlights

  • APPENZELL See the Old Town
  • VADUZ Visit the capital of Liechtenstein
  • ST. MORITZ Visit
  • BERNINA EXPRESS TRAIN St. Moritz-Tirano
  • LUGANO Visit
  • LAKE MAGGIORE (Italy) Scenic drive
  • ZERMATT Visit
  • GRUYÈRES Visit the village and a local cheese factory
  • BERNE Visit
  • INTERLAKEN Visit
  • LUCERNE Visit Old Town

PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR

TRANSPORTATION: Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; Bernina Express train St. Moritz-Tirano; Alpine train Täsch-Zermatt-Täsch

HOTELS: Listed below or equivalent. Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel and city taxes, required local taxes, porterage plus any mandatory service and resort fees.

  • ZURICH Novotel City West (F) or Züri by Fassbind (F)
  • ST. MORITZ Sporthotel Bären (ST)
  • LUGANO Ibis (ST)
  • ZERMATT Perren (ST) or Best Western Butterfly (ST)
  • LAUSANNE AREA Novotel Lausanne (F)
  • LUCERNE AREA Drei Könige (ST) or Ibis Styles (ST)

MEALS: Buffet breakfasts (B) daily; 4 dinners (D)

HEADSETS: throughout the tour

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