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Switzerland,  Jewel of the Alps (12 Days)

For many years, Europeans have flocked to the Swiss Alps in search of health, recreation and beauty. On this Edventure, you will not only invigorate your body, but your spirit as well as you travel among crystal glacial lakes, dramatic mountain passes and soaring Alpine peaks. Explore the charming towns and picturesque vineyards around Lakes Geneva and Lucerne, as well as the spectacular slopes of Mount Pilatus. And, just when you think you've explored the best that this country has to offer, climb aboard mountain trains to reach the highest summits of the Alps as you marvel at the most magnificent scenery in the region. Although this tour is not strenuous, it does include a considerable amount of walking, so travelers should be physically able to walk for up to two hours, and bring a sturdy pair of shoes!
Your Edventure includes
  • Round trip airfare from SFO or LAX (price may vary based on additional gateway choices)
  • 10 nights in hand-picked hotels
  • Breakfast daily
  • 5 three-course dinners with beer or wine
  • Private deluxe motor coach
  • Transportation while on tour (trains, boats, gondolas, etc.)
  • Full-time tour coordinator
  • Multilingual tour guides
  • Select admissions with priority entry
  • Visit to Regionalgefängnis Bern (Correctional/Law Enforcement Officials only)

Cogwheeled Train to Mt. Pilatus

Glacial Express

Zermatt at Base of Matterhorn

Triberg's Famous Cuckoo Clock

Freiburg Cathedral with Gargoyles

Strasbourg on the Rhine River

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Price: $5,789 (2018) based on double occupancy, plus optional $394.00 premium trip protection*

Next Departure Dates:
August 2019 (SWPK0819)
June 2020 (SWPK0620)
August 2020 (SWPK0820)

Contact us for exact departure dates

Edventure Highlights

~ Welcome dinner

~ A stroll through the cobblestone streets of Lucerne, with a visit to the famous Lion Monument, the  Löwendenkmal, which serves as a tribute to the fallen Swiss guard, and the Kapellbrucke, the iconic muraled, covered wooden footbridge that spans the Reuss River

~ Mt. Pilatus, where the steepest cog-wheeled railway in the world ascends 7,000 feet to the top of the mountain, offering views up to 200 miles away on a clear day

A walking tour of Montreaux, on the shore of Lake Geneva, with a visit to Chateau de Chillon, whose beauty has inspirted artists and writers from Jean-Jaques Rousseau to Victor Hugo and Lord Byron

~ Zermatt, accessible only by train, at the base of the Matterhorn, offering spectacular views of the famous mountain

~ The mountainous landscape that surrounds the Matterhorn, including Gornergrat, a ridge that overlooks the Gorner Glacier, and the world's highest cog-wheeled railway taking passengers to the top of the mountain

~ A ride on the Glacier Express, a train specifically designed to provide panoramic views of Europe’s most impressive mountain scenes, and proud to call itself "the slowest express in the world" 

~ Andermatt, breathtaking town located among the peaks of the Swiss Alps, on the way to Interlaken, a town surrounded by Alpine woods and pristine lakes

~ The UNESCO World Heritage site of Jungfraujoct, a windswept mountain pass known as the “Top of Europe”, where a gondola takes visitors to the vast snowy field perched atop a saddle between the peaks of Monch and Jungfrau

~ A stop at the Sphinx Observation Terrace to enjoy views that seem to go on forever, a walk on the snows of the Jungfrau plateau, and exploration of the Ice Palace, where visitors find delicate ice sculptures showcased inside Europe's longest glacier

~ Bern, capital of Switzerland, and its medieval Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and home to the Cathedral of Bern

~ Regionalgefängnis Prison in Bern (Corrections/Law Enforcement Officials only)

~ A sightseeing tour of Strasbourg, including Grand Ile neighborhood, Place Gutenberg, Cathedral Notre-Dame, and Palais Rohan, known as "Little Versailles"

~ A cruise on the Rhine River as it flows through Strasbourg's Petit France neighborhood, with views of Barrage Vauban and Pont Couvert

~ The picturesque vineyards that dot the Alsace countryside on the way to medieval villages in the Ribeauville and Riquewihr regions, famous for their Riesling and Gewurztraminer wines, for a wine-tasting and Alsace dinner

~ The "Little Venice" town of Colmar, known for its many canals and impeccably-preserved Old Town, with a visit to the Bartholdi Museum, dedicated to the artist who created the Statue of Liberty 

~ A visit to Freiburg, gateway to the Black Forest, including a tour of its Gothic Cathedral, built in the 13th Century, and its Historisches Kaufhaus (city hall) and Martinstor city gate

~ The open-air Black Forest Museum, where the history, traditions and culture of the region are preserved

~ Triberg, a city deep in the Black Forest, including a visit to the highest waterfall in Germany, a view of the world's largest cuckoo clock, and a tasting of the region's famous cake

Tour Activity Estimates
 Average Daily Walking: 1 Hours
Average Activity Level: Moderate (mostly uneven terrain, including paved and unpaved roads, cobblestone streets, dirt and gravel paths, hills and steep stairs)

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