Point of Arrival & Departure: Zurich & Geneva
Destinations Covered: Zurich-Lucerne-Berne-Lausenne-Geneva
Highlights: Zurich, Bahnhofstrasse, Limmatquai street, Fraumünster Church, Zurich’s Altstadt (Old Town) , Romanesque and Gothic cathedral of Grossmünster, Swiss National Museum (the Castle of Prangins, the Forum of Swiss History Schwyz, Affoltern am Albis), Lucerne, Mount Pilatus, Rigi Mountain,
Duration: 6 Nights & 7 Days
Days 1 & 2: Zurich, Gateway to Switzerland
Get transferred to hotel on arrival at Zurich, The Gateway to Switzerland. Get refreshed from your room. Spend time with your own ideas. Or you may take a walking tour of Bahnhofstrasse.
Bahnhofstrasse: Bahnhofstrasse is Zurich’s main downtown street and one of the world’s most expensive and exclusive shopping avenues lined with some of the world’s most elegant shops. Even if you can’t afford to purchase anything, it’s fun to just look at the luxury merchandise, especially the Swiss watches and jewellery. Go for a boat trip along Lake Zurich, departing from the lake end of Bahnhofstrasse. Depending on your time, the tours last from 2 to 4 hours.If you still have time in the afternoon, take the city’s best walk by promenading along the quays of Zurich, such as the finest and most famous, Limmatquai.
Limmatquai: Limmatquai is the street along the right side of the river Limmat in central Zurich. On one side is the Rathaus, Zurich’s Baroque parliament building. Limmatquai is a vibrant shopping, dining and hotel area with many interesting buildings dating from the days of the rich Guilds which governed Zurich until 1789. It is the perfect place to start your exploration of the narrow, charming streets of the Old Town. As the afternoon fades, check out the stained-glass windows at the Fraumünster Church.
Fraumünster Church: Located on the west bank of the Limmat River, the Fraumünster Church was built from the middle of the 9th century still thrills visitors around the world by the five stained glass windows designed by artist Marc Chagall and Augusto Giacometti in 1970. Each of the windows has a dominant color and depicts a Christian story. The 5 works from left (northern wall) to right are:
• Prophets, depicting Elijah’s ascent to heaven
• Jacob, displaying his combat, and dreams of heaven
• Christ, illustrating various scenes of Christ’s life
• Zion, showing an angel trumpeting the end of the world
• Law, with Moses looking down upon the suffering of his people.
Equally impressive is the 9m tall stained glass of the North transept, created by Augusto Giacometti in 1940.
Tonight you may dine Zurich’s most famous beer hall, Bierhalle Kropf, or at the Zeughauskeller, a formal arsenal dating from 1487.
Day 2: Walking Tours
Enjoy your breakfast from the hotel. A walking tour of Zurich’s Altstadt (Old Town) is advised for the day. Check out the Romanesque and Gothic cathedral of Grossmünster as you continue the walk. Before lunch, head to Landesmuseum (Swiss National Museum), which is a virtual case history of the culture of the Swiss people. After the lunch in the afternoon visit the Kunsthaus Zürich (fine art museum), with one of the greatest art collections in Europe. By the remaining time in the afternoon, take a boat and aerial cableway to Felsenegg at 795m (2,608 ft.). You can view one of the greatest panoramas in this part of Switzerland here: a fit ending for your last day of Zurich sightseeing.
Landesmuseum (The Swiss National Museum, Zurich): Three museums are united under the umbrella of the Swiss National Museum (SNM)– the Castle of Prangins, the Forum of Swiss History Schwyz as well as the collections centre in Affoltern am Albis. The permanent exhibitions at the museums present Swiss cultural history from its beginnings to the present, and give an insight into Swiss identity and the rich tapestry of our country’s history and culture. Temporary exhibitions on current topics add to the experience.
Days 3 & 4: Lucerne: Mountain Magic (50 K.ms from Zurich)
Either by rented car or train, proceed to Lucerne (south of Zurich), the city most favoured by American visitors, lying on the western edge of Lake Lucerne. Check in to a hotel for 2 nights with breakfast. In the late morning, take a walking tour of Lucerne, which is not only be a beautiful experience, but will also give you an orientation of the area. After lunch, visit the Verkehrshaus der Schweiz (Swiss Transport Museum), one of the finest museums of its kind in the world. With time remaining, you can take in one or two of the minor sites that interest you, such as the Picasso Museum, the Gletschergarten (Glacier Garden), or the Neues Kunstmuseum (Modern Art Museum). For atmosphere and good food, dine that night at the Old Swiss House.
Verkehrshaus der Schweiz: Verkehrshaus der Schweiz or The Swiss Transport Museum in Lucerne is opened in July 1959 and exhibiting all forms of transport including locomotives, automobiles, ships, and aircraft as well as communications. The museum also maintains a large collection of work by Hans Erni, a local painter and sculptor. There are several other attractions in the museum besides the collection.
Your 4th day can be devoted to two mountain excursions, each among the most important attractions in all of Switzerland.
1) Mount Pilatus, 15km south of Lucerne. The best way to go is to take a steamer from Lucerne to Alpnachstad, where you get transferred to a cog railway. With careful planning,
2) Mount Rigi, 24 K.ms east of Lucerne. Rigi (1,680 meters above sea level) is the most famous mountain view in Switzerland. Mark Twain, a famous American author and humorist also climbed it. Return to hotel in Lucerne. Spend overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Bern: The Great Medieval Capital (111k.ms from Lucerne)
Today after breakfast leave Lucerne and travel by train or car to Bern, the capital of Switzerland. Trains leave every 30 minutes during the day, and the trip takes 1.5 hours. Check in to the hotel on arrival for the night and set out to discover a city declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 because of its medieval architecture. To see the highlights, take a 2-hour walking tour of the historic Altstadt (Old Town), finishing at the Swiss Parliament (Bundeshaus). Have lunch and head for Mount Gurten (844 meters above sea level) for the grandest panoramic views in the area. In the afternoon, visit the Kunstmuseum (Fine Arts Museum) to see the capital’s largest collection of paintings by European masters. No visit to Bern is complete without a stop at the famous Barengraben (Bear Pits). Spend the better part of the evening enjoying the regional food and plenty of wine at Klötzlikeller, the oldest wine tavern in Bern.
The Bärengraben or Bear Pit: This is a well-known tourist attraction in the Swiss capital city of Bern. It is a bear pit, or enclosure housing bears, situated at the eastern edge of the old city of Bern, next to the Nydeggbrücke and the River Aar. Although still in use, the Bärengraben has been supplemented since 2009 by the adjacent BärenPark, a larger and more natural enclosure alongside the River Aar.
Day 6: Lausanne: Gateway to Lake Geneva (101 K.ms from Bern)
After breakfast travel to lakeside city of Lausanne, 101 K.ms south west of Bern
where you can enjoy boat trips and also wander the medieval labyrinth of its Vieille Ville (Old Town). Enjoying a great heyday under the Romans, the town has long been a favourite of expats and a choice watering hole for literati — everybody from Dickens to Thackeray; T. S. Eliot even wrote The Wasteland here. After checking in to a hotel in the morning, wander for 2 hours or so around Haute Ville, the Upper Town, visiting the Cathedral of Lausanne and other sights before lunch. Spend the afternoon exploring Ouchy, the port and resort area of Lausanne, opening onto Lake Geneva. You can enjoy 2 or 3 leisurely hours exploring the quay-side flower gardens, which stretch for half a mile. The lakeside promenades of quai de Belgique and quai d’Ouchy are of particular interest. You can also rent pédolas (pedal boats) for fun in the lake itself.
Day 7: Geneva: A Summer Garden ( 60 K.ms from Lausanne)
After a delicious breakfast travel 50 minutes by car or train to Geneva. Geneva is entirely different from Lausanne, Straddling on the Rhône River as it opens onto Lake Geneva (Lac Léman), the city itself will easily fill up one very busy day of sightseeing, so arrive as early in the day as possible. Spend the morning exploring Vieille Ville (Old Town); the highlight is the Cathédrale de St. Pierre. For a fast preview, take our 2-hour walking tour of Geneva’s quays and Old Town, viewing the famous fountain, Jet d’Eau, and the Flower Clock in the Jardin Anglais. At some point before the afternoon fades, consider one of the boat tours of Lac Léman. Stay overnight in Geneva, which is one of the major transportation hubs of Switzerland. In Geneva you can usually link up by train or plane to where you’re going next in Europe or back to home country by flight from Geneva.
Day 8: Departure transfer
After breakfast you will be transferred to the departure point for the onward journey back home or the next destination.
The package Includes:
- Accommodation as per the itinerary,
- Daily breakfast,
- Swiss Rail passes,
- Airport pick up & drop,
- And all taxes and service charges.
Price as per the Request