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The charming chalet town of Gstaad during winter

Frozen Lakes & Thrilling Peaks

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The charming chalet town of Gstaad during winter
Awaken your senses and feel the magic of winter during this exhilarating, 8-day tour from Zurich to Bern. This tour will take you to Switzerland’s most stunning alpine towns including Davos and Gstaad, the charming cities of Bern and Neuchatel, and La Brevine, “the Siberia of Switzerland”.
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Highlights

Discover Davos, Montreux, Neuchatel & Bern

Excursion to Gstaad and La Brevine

Experience Switzerland’s awe-inspiring winter landscape during this fabulous, 8-day tour from Zurich. From Zurich, transfer by rail to the alpine town of Davos. Located on the river of Landwasser, Davos has the largest natural ice-skating field in Europe. Enjoy a 1-hour sleigh ride in one of the valleys nearby. Continue your scenic journey to Montreux via the Glacier Express. From Montreux, board the Golden Pass train and travel to the stunning chalet town of Gstaad. Located in Bernese Oberlaand, Gstaad is another major ski destination and known for its breathtaking alpine scenery. After your tour of Gstaad, you have some free time to explore Montreux before continuing to Neuchatel, a charming town filled with rich history and culture. Explore its beautiful Old town packed with historic buildings, fountains, museums and the stunning Castle of Neuchatel. From Neuchatel, venture to the valley of La Brevine, known as “Switzerland’s Siberia”. Your last stop is the beautiful city of Bern, Switzerland’s de facto capital, known for its UNESCO World Heritage Site-inscribed old town.

This tour is available daily from 14 December 2019 to 28 March 2020.

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Included

7-night accommodation in 3-star hotels (upgrade available)
Daily breakfast
2nd class rail travel as per itinerary
Full day excursion of Gstaad from Montreux
Horse-drawn sleigh ride in Davos
Excursion to ‘Siberia of Switzerland’ Valley of La Brévine
Seat reservation on Glacier Express

Itinerary

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Day 1
Zürich – Davos Platz
On your arrival to Zürich airport, make your way via rail transfer to Davos Platz. Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.
Day 2
Davos
Following breakfast at your hotel, descend by funicular or toboggan (small supplement) to the highest-town in Europe, Davos. Browse the many art galleries, cafés, and shops or head for the winter sports areas surrounding Davos. In the early afternoon, enjoy a 1-hour horse-drawn sleigh ride in one of the magical valleys nearby. (In the unlikely event of insufficient snow down in the valley the sleigh will be replaced with a horse-drawn carriage ride).
Breakfast
Day 3
Davos – Montreux

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Then, make your way to the station for your train journey to Montreux. The Glacier Express may not be the quickest route but certainly the most scenic with breath-taking views along the way.

Breakfast
Day 4
Gstaad
After breakfast at your hotel, you will travel by Golden Pass train to the chalet town of Gstaad. Well-known for its vast ski area, the picture postcard winter sports resort is equally attractive to non-skiers, with its beautiful panoramic setting amidst the pristine alpine winter scenery. Soak up the atmosphere, go on one of the many winter walking trails or simply enjoy lunch in one of the excellent restaurants long established here. In the evening return to Montreux.
Breakfast
Day 5
Montreux & Neuchâtel

This morning, you will have some time to explore Montreux at leisure. In the afternoon, board a train for the short transfer to Neuchâtel.

Breakfast
Day 6
Valley of La Brevine

Not far from Neuchâtel you will find the mystical valley of La Brévine where temperatures in winter have been known to drop to -40°C! Warm up with a short winter walking trail (approx. 3km) which passes many typical farmhouses and the lake, Lac des Tailleres. After braving the cold, pick-up your ‘ice diploma’ at one of the restaurants in the valley and indulge in some local specialties.

Breakfast
Day 7
Neuchâtel – Bern

After breakfast, take a short rail transfer to Bern, Switzerland’s capital. Easily explored on foot, the city centre feels like a step back in time with its cobbled streets, water fountains and 15th century buildings. Be sure to visit one of the cellar restaurants for an atmospheric dining experience.

Breakfast
Day 8
Bern – Zurich

Breakfast at your hotel. If your flight time allows do some last-minute souvenir shopping in the quirky shops located in the ‘Lauben’ – Bern’s covered walkways. Depart Bern - rail transfer to the Zürich airport or continue your holiday in Switzerland.

Breakfast

Additional information

Official language
French, Swiss - German, Italian, Romansh
Currency
SWISS FRANC
7 nights
from AUD3,841
per person, twin share
Zürich
14 December 2019 - 28 March 2020
Switzerland Brochure
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