This vacation was designed for those who took our Alpine Swiss Villages vacation in the past and want to see more of this spectacular region. All new attractions to Aare River Gorge, Rosenlalui Glacier, Rothorn Steam Train, Niederhorn Gondola and much more!
Remember the fun of travel by Swiss rail, cog-rail, funiculars, and inter-mountain cable car? And breathing that clean mountain air? And what about that pure fresh water…never tasted water so good! Stroll through picturesque hamlets and villages, cozy in their valleys or clinging to their mountain peaks; soak up the culture and experience traditional Swiss cuisine.
We’ll again stay in the quaint alpine village of Wengen (1,000 people at 4,180) for 6-nights, surrounded by 14,000 foot mountains like the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau. All this and more when you travel the back roads of Switzerland. Join us for this awe inspiring travel experience you enjoyed so much in the past – with all new sites!
For over 37 years, your Vacation Manager, Chris McCool has led tours to 127 countries and all 50 states. If you love to learn and laugh, take a tour with Chris.
|PRICING DETAILS (Cost Per Person)||PRICING LAND ONLY*|
|Jungfrau View Room Upgrade||$209|
|Courtyard View Room Upgrade||$159|
|Deposit||$350 per person|
|Travel Insurance||Call for quote|
|Vacation Pace||Active Pace|
*Air is not included. available approximately 6 months prior to departure. Call for pricing from other departure cities.
Cancellation policy: if travel insurance is not purchased, cancellation charges are: 136 days and earlier: full refund. 135 – 76 days prior to final payment: $350 plus the cost of any non-refundable air tickets; 75 and less days prior to departure: no refund. A valid passport is required with expiration greater than 6 months from return date.
Day 1: Fly to Zurich
Depart today for Zurich, Switzerland. (IFM)
Day 2: Zurich / Wengen
Arrive in Zurich and board a train for Lucerne, Interlaken and Lauterbrunnen. You will remember the spectacular scenery and then the familiar cog-rail to the enchanting village of Wengen (altitude 4,180′). Free time this afternoon before dinner. Wengen, Hotel Silberhorn (D)
Day 3: Gelmerbahn / Grimsel Pass
Train along Lake Brienz to Meiringen, then coach thru the Aare Valley and stop to ride the exciting Gelmerbahn funicular as it climbs a 105% grade to Gelmer Lake. Continue by coach up to the top of Grimsel Pass with incredible alpine views. Look down at the switchback road below with it’s many tight, hairpin turns. Return to Wengen via rail after a rewarding day filled with unsurpassed beauty.
Day 4: Ballenberg / Gorge / Glacier
Depart Wengen and travel up the Mannlichenbahn Cablecar just outside your hotel. At the top, take the high speed gondolas down to Grindelwald, where we board a Postbus for some of the most remote alpine scenery on the tour. Visit the awesome Rosalaui Glacier or Reichenback Falls plus explore the spectacular Aare River Gorge. Then train to Brienz where we stop to visit the historic Ballenburg Open-air Museum featuring the architecture of 26 cantons (states) of Switzerland. Return to Wengen after another fantastic day. (B,D)
Day 5: Brunig Pass / Giswill / Rothorn
Ride the train along Lake Brienz, then coach up over the Brunig Pass to the town of Giswil. Continue by Postbus up to the Brienzer Rothorn cable car and ride up to the top of Rothorn Kulm. Enjoy the views before descending the other side via the nostalgic Rothorn Steam Train. Return to your hotel for another delicious dinner. (B,D)
Day 6: Free Day or Zermatt
Enjoy a free day on your own to revisit your favorite attractions around Wengen. Or travel down to Interlaken to take a guided tram tour or ride the cog rail up to Harder Kulm. Or if the weather is good, join us on our optional day trip to the ski village of Zermatt to see the mighty Matterhorn. Travel by coach and train, along lakes, thru mountains, and up valleys to Zermatt. Tonight, dinner is not included so you can sample a local restaurant in town. (B)
Day 7: Lake Thun / Niederhorn
Board the cog-rail to Interlaken to cruise across Lake Thun. Five magnificent castles with spacious parklands are directly on the lake shore, all offering stunning views of the Bernese Alps. Tour a fairy-tale castle before visiting Thun’s Saturday street market, a happening for over 600 years. Later, take the local bus along the lake to Beatenbucht, then up to the top of the Niederhorn for amazing views. Later, we return to Wengen. (B,D)
Day 8: Free Time / Rail to Zurich
Enjoy a free morning for last minute shopping or sightseeing before we descend for the last time down to Interlaken to board the train for Bern, the capital city of Switzerland. Then continue by rail to Zurich and our airport hotel for one night. Tonight, enjoy our Farewell Dinner together. Dorint Hotel, Zurich (B,D)
Day 9: Zurich / Fly Home
Transfer to nearby Zurich airport and fly home. (B, IFM)
Note: This tour involves high altitude. Please check with your doctor, if you have any health conditions affected by high altitude.