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Authentic Switzerland

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Travel across Switzerland from North to South and discover different regions, cultures and food on this classic self-guided tour.
Switzlerland
Cultural
Food & Wine
Rail
Independent Holiday Packages

Highlights

Guided Walking Tour of Lucerne

Lake Lucerne Gourmet Cruise

Gotthard Panorama Express

Lugano Cook & Cruise Tour

Horse drawn carriage ride on Mount Rigi

1 Freedom of Choice Activity

Head off for an exciting journey across Switzerland to discover fantastic lakes and mountain sceneries. Explore Zurich through its medieval alleys, squares and arcades. A quick train journey takes you from Zurich to Lucerne, where you will be enchanted by the beautiful lakeside setting and iconic Chapel Bridge. Continue to Mt. Rigi, the “Queen of the Mountains”. It’s a great location for hiking or merely soaking up the views. Travel on the Gotthard Panorama Express to Lugano, a town full of Mediterranean flair, with parks and flowers, villas and sacred buildings.

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Included

1 night in Zurich - 4* Hotel
2 nights in Rigi at Kräuter Hotel Edelweiss - 3* Superior
1 night in Lucerne - 4* Hotel
2 nights in Lugano - 4* Hotel
Swiss Travel Pass 8 Days (2nd class rail)
1st class Reservation on Gotthard Panorama Express
Daily Breakfast
2 x 5-course Gourmet Dinner in Kräuter Hotel Edelweiss
Choice of 1 of 2 'Freedom of Choice Activities' on Day 4
Horse-drawn carriage ride on Mt. Rigi
Sunset or Dinner cruise on Lake Lucerne
Cook & Cruise tour in Lugano
Ticino Ticket for free local transport
Lucerne Guest Card

Freedom of Choice 

For this package we have included Freedom of Choice days in the itinerary. Our per person price includes one tour on each Freedom of Choice day.

Pre-select one tour on the following days:

  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 4 

Expand the itinerary below for more details.

 

Optional Extras:

  • Upgrade to 1st class rail for an additional $470 per person.

Itinerary

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Day 1
Zurich

Arrival in Zurich and check in to your hotel. Time at leisure.

Overnight stay in Zurich.

Zurich
Limmatquai, Zurich | Credit: Switzerland Tourism - Jan Geerk
Day 2
Zurich → Lucerne

Breakfast at your hotel.

Train journey to Lucerne, enjoy a guided walking tour through Lucerne (2.5 hours).

Depending on your arrival time in Lucerne, you will either enjoy a lunch cruise or a dinner cruise on Lake Lucerne. (Dinner cruise only available from mid-May)

Overnight stay in Lucerne.

Breakfast
Zurich → Lucerne
Chapel Bridge, Lucerne
Day 3
Lucerne → Mount Rigi

Breakfast at your hotel.

Your next destination lies high above Lucerne and offers magnificent views over Central Switzerland. Here you will relax for the next 2 nights and enjoy organic food, freshly prepared from the hotel`s own garden.

Enjoy a 5-course Gourmet dinner tonight at your hotel.

Overnight stay on Mount Rigi at Kräuter Hotel Edelweiss.

Breakfast, Dinner
Lucerne → Mount Rigi
Cogwheel railway, Mount Rigi
Day 4
Mount Rigi

Breakfast at your hotel.

Today you will enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride in the surroundings of Mount Rigi with magnificent views across Lake Lucerne. 

Enjoy your pre-selected tour from our Freedom of Choice options:

  • Cheese workshop at an authentic Alpine dairy farm.

OR

  • Entry to the Mineral Bath & Spa Rigi Kaltbald for the day - including bathing towel hire. Various pools, steam room and sauna as well as a connect outdoor pool with spectacular views across Lake Lucerne await.

Enjoy a 5-course Gourmet dinner tonight at your hotel.

Overnight stay on Mount Rigi at Kräuter Hotel Edelweiss.

Breakfast, Dinner
Mount Rigi
Mount Rigi overlooking Lake Lucerne
Day 5
Mount Rigi → Lucerne → Lugano

Breakfast at hotel.

After descending from the heights of Mount Rigi by cogwheel railway, your journey continues with the Gotthard Panorama Express by boat cruise and panoramic train all the way to Lugano.

Overnight stay in Lugano.

Breakfast
Mount Rigi → Lucerne → Lugano
Gotthard Panorama Express
Day 6
Lugano

Breakfast at hotel.

Get to know the historic town centre of Lugano. In the late afternoon you will enjoy a boat cruise followed by a typical Risotto workshop. Lean back and enjoy the sunset views of the lake while enjoying a delicious dinner with a nice glass of wine.

Overnight stay in Lugano.

Breakfast, Dinner
Lugano
Panoramic views over Lugano
Day 7
Lugano

Individual return journey from Lugano to your next destination or back to the airport.

Breakfast

Additional information

Official language
French, Swiss - German, Italian, Romansh
Currency
SWISS FRANC
2021 Packages - Book Now
2021 Packages - Book Now
6 nights
from AUD4,593
per person, twin share
Switzerland
Zurich
Lugano
Cultural, Food & Wine, Rail
Independent Holiday Packages
12 April 2021 - 19 October 2021

Hotel options

Kräuter Hotel Edelweiss Rigi
Kräuter Hotel Edelweiss Rigi

Rigi Kaltbad
This 3-star hotel, family-owned for four generations, is located directly on the crest of the Rigi mountain and boasts a beautiful panorama of the Alps and Lake Lucerne. The hotel features a wellness centre with Finnish sauna, Turkish steam bath, Jacuzzi and Kneipp. In addition, the hotel offers 5 fully equipped seminar rooms for 2 to 50 persons, each with a magnificent mountain view. The hotel is also ideally suited for private events of every kind.

We work with a selection of hotels in each location. All bookings are subject to availability, which means our team will confirm your specific hotels upon confirmation and payment of deposit. The package price is based on 4-star accommodation. This itinerary is bookable in reverse.

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