Come and view nature on a grand scale, in a country already well endowed with spectacular scenery and breathtaking alpine vistas, this Swiss Alps vacation contain some of Switzerland’s most dramatic and awe inspiring landscapes. This tour is one of our customers’ and our personal favorites!
View and sail on beautiful shimmering emerald lakes reflecting snow capped mountain peaks. See and feel roaring waterfalls that shake the earth and rattle your senses as they spill over cliffs and steep walls as they tumble down steep mountain sides. Breathe in the clear clean mountain air as you absorb the sight of three of the most famous mountains in Switzerland, the Monch, Eiger and Jungfrau with their rugged cliffs and blue crystalline glaciers shining in the sun. Experience unique travel by Swiss rail, cog-rail, funiculars, and inter-mountain cable cars, for they are the only mode of travel to these wondrous sights. 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.
You may have been to Switzerland, but you will not have seen this Switzerland. Spend 7 nights in the quaint alpine village of Wengen (1,000 people at 4,800 feet) surrounded by 14,000 foot mountains like the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau. All this and more when you travel the back roads of Switzerland.
For over 38 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||$249 per person|
|Courtyard View Room Upgrade||$179 per person|
|Deposit||$350 per person|
|Travel Insurance||Call for quote|
|Vacation Pace||Active Pace|
|SAVE $100||Book by February 1st (June), March 1st (Aug);|
April 1st (Sept)
*Air is not included. Call for pricing from Indianapolis and 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.
Note: This tour involves high altitudes. Please check with your doctor if you have any health conditions affected by high altitude.
Day 1: Fly to Zurich
Depart for Zurich, Switzerland. (IFM)
Day 2 – To Wengen
Arrive the following morning, board your coach and travel to the capital city, Bern, to see the Rose Gardens & Glockenspiel. Then, drive up into the massive Swiss Alps. The scenery is increasingly spectacular as you arrive in Lauterbrunnen, with its towering cliffs. Travel by cog railway up to the enchanting alpine village of Wengen for 6 nights (altitude 4,180′). Hotel Silberhorn, Wengen (D)
Day 3 – Lauterbrunnen Valley
Board the cog railway for an excursion to the glacier-carved Lauterbrunnen Valley. Board a Postbus to Trummelbach Falls. Go inside the mountain and see how the falls have carved incredible caves. Next, take the cable car up to Gimmelwald, then to Murren for free time. Ride the funicular up to Allmendhubel (altitude 6,200’) for the view, or take the optional Schilthorn cable car up to Piz Gloria (altitude 9,700’), the setting used in the 1969 James Bond movie. (B,D)
Day 4 – Interlaken / Lake Cruise
Today we make our way to Wilderswil where we board the vintage cog rail train to Schynigge Platte, where astounding views and a Swiss Wildflower Garden await you. Later cruise across turquoise blue Lake Brienz. Then we ride a steam train to the heights of the Rothorn though alpine meadows and the sound of Swiss cow bells (altitude 7,700’). (B,D)
Day 5 – Free Time / Zermatt Optional
Enjoy free time in Wengen to shop, hike, and explore with your travel pass OR join our optional day trip to Zermatt to view the Matterhorn (weather permitting). Travel by train over, under, and through the Alps to the ski resort of Zermatt. Free time here or ride the optional train up Gornergrat Mtn. (altitude 10,300’). Options at additional cost. Return to Wengen after a long but rewarding day. (B)
Day 6 – Jungfrau / Grindelwald
Free morning or optional rail up to the Jungfraujoch Mountain at 11,133 feet (optional at approx. $100pp due to high altitude). This afternoon, we will all go via cog railway to Grindelwald for shopping. Enjoy Europe’s longest cable car as you glide over the tops of Swiss Chalets and pastoral scenery (altitude 7,600′). Then, return to Wengen via Zweilutschinen. (B)
Day 7 – Schwarzwald / Aare Gorge
Travel by cog train along the sheer walls of the Swiss Alps to the village of Grindelwald. Then travel by Post Bus though the most remote portions of Switzerland for exploration of the Rosalaui Glacier Gorge. You then decend out of the mountains to the Aare River Gorge, where the river cuts through the mountain in a spectacular 600 foot deep gorge. After free time in Meiringen, take the Panoramic Express train to Interlaken, along Lake Brienz, and then cog rail to Wengen. (B,D)
Day 8 – To Zurich
Today we visit one of the most scenic local resident streets in Europe, the Brungasse, which will include a visit to a local wood carving shop. Then we travel over the Brunig Pass for a visit to Lucerne. See the Lion’s Monument and Chapel Bridge. Continue to Zurich and your Farewell Dinner. (B,D)
Day 9 – Fly Home
Transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)
Note: This tour involves high altitude. Please check with your doctor, if you have any health conditions affected by high altitude.