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Switzerland for First Timers

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Combine three of the most picturesque and famous regions of Switzerland aboard one of the country’s famous scenic trains, Golden Pass Line. Stay at selected, centrally located hotels and enjoy impeccable service and hospitality as you discover Switzerland’s lakes and mountain tops on this 8-day journey. The ideal introduction to Switzerland as this holiday encompasses many of Switzerland’s famous destinations, mountains and lakes.
Switzerland
Rail
Independent Holiday Packages

Highlights

Scenic journeys on board GoldenPass Line

Lake cruise with magnificent mountain views

Famous Jungfraujoch Excursion

3 days of Freedom of Choice activities

Discover the heart of Switzerland on this exhilarating, 8-day rail package. Lucerne is a picturesque town located on the banks of Lake Lucerne. Explore the town’s popular landmarks including the Chapel Bridge, one of Europe’s oldest wooden bridges. From Lucerne, enjoy a visit to Mount Rigi, the ‘Queen of the Mountains’ or Mount Pilatus, the ‘Dragon Mountain’. Your epic journey continues as you board the Golden Pass en route to Interlaken. From Interlaken, journey to Jungfraujoch by rail, Switzerland’s crowning jewel. Enjoy Lake Brienz, set amid spectacular mountain scenery or Schiltorn where you can see the finest views of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau! Your Golden Pass itinerary continues to Montreux, a charming resort town located on the shores of Lake Geneva. Visit the famous landmark, the Chillon Castle or soak in the panoramic views at Rochers-de-Naye.

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Included

2 nights in Lucerne - 4* Hotel
3 nights in Interlaken - 4* Hotel
2 nights in Montreux - 4* Hotel
Rail ticket in 2nd class for rail travel per itinerary
Seat Reservation on Golden Pass Line
Daily Breakfast
Jungfraujoch Excursion
Freedom of Choice Days
50% discount on additional local rail tickets
50% discount on some mountain excursions
Riviera Card for free local transport and various discounts
Lucerne Guest Card for free local, urban transport and various discounts
Interlaken Card for free transport on local buses and various discounts
Freedom of Choice Days

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 2 
  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 5 
  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 7 

Expand the itinerary below for more details.

 

Optional Extras:

  • Upgrade to 1st class rail for an additional $100 per person. 

Excluded

  • International airfares and taxes
  • Domestic airfares and taxes, unless otherwise specified in our holiday package
  • Visa expenses, processing and issuance fees
  • Meals other than as specified in our holiday package
  • Travel Insurance or expenses of a personal nature (mini-bar, phone call, laundry, etc.),
  • Tips or gratuities to guides, drivers, porters, hotel, restaurant or boat staff, etc.
  • Or any other travel expense that has not been included in our holiday package
Day 1
Lucerne

Lucerne is quintessential Switzerland – the town, the lake, the mountains. A charming unique town where avant-garde architecture and historic monuments stand side by side and hidden paths of the Old Town suddenly open up to reveal the beauty of famous Lake Lucerne itself.

Depending on arrival late afternoon stroll through Lucerne.

Overnight stay in Lucerne.

Lucerne
Chapel Bridge, Lucerne
Day 2
Lucerne

Breakfast at your hotel.

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

  • Mt Rigi: A visit to Mount Rigi – 'Queen of the Mountains’. From Lucerne board a vintage paddle steamer (summer) to Vitznau, where you will be taken to Rigi Kulm via the cogwheel railway. The mountain is perfect for walks and mountain hikes with well sign-posted routes. The wonderful Alpine flora and magnificent views will delight. Return by train via Arth Goldau back to Lucerne.

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  • Mt Pilatus: A visit to Lucerne’s house mountain or ‘Dragon Mountain’. By boat across the lake to Alpnachstad and on to the world’s steepest cogwheel railway to Pilatus Kulm. Enjoy the overwhelming mountain panorama whilst soaking up the rays on the sun terrace. Explore the dragon trail or flower path and return by a set of gondolas back down to Lucerne and by bus back to the centre of Lucerne.

Overnight stay in Lucerne

Breakfast
Lucerne
Cogwheel railway, Mount Rigi
Day 3
Lucerne → Interlaken

Breakfast at your hotel.

Journey along the Golden Pass Route. The panoramic journey over the Brünig Pass to Interlaken with its beautiful views will make 2 hours fly by. Enjoy the views from the comfort of your seats through panorama windows.

Afternoon – time for a stroll through this famous resort.

Our tip: Away from the popular main road - discover the quieter more historic part of Interlaken called "Unterseen’.

Overnight stay in Interlaken.

Breakfast
Lucerne → Interlaken
Interlaken | Credit Ivo Scholz
Day 4
Interlaken

Breakfast at your hotel.

Famous Jungfraujoch Excursion. Interlaken is the gateway to the Jungfrau Region characterised by flower strewn meadows, crystal clear mountain lakes, the sound of cow bells and snow covered mountain peaks.

Enjoy your flexible, self-guided excursion to the Jungfraujoch, Europe’s highest railway station at 3,454m where snow and ice await. We recommend planning in a full day. In the summer – at the top – you can join the snow fun park (supplement), you are also able to stop in the picturesque villages on the way up or down. There is also the choice of going up by train all the way (2 changes) or take part of the journey with the brand new (opening Dec 2020) V-Cableway from Grindelwald to station Eigergletscher.

Overnight stay in Interlaken.

Breakfast
Interlaken
Famous Jungfraujoch Excursion
Day 5
Interlaken

Breakfast at your hotel.

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

  • Jetboat on Lake Brienz: Take a seat in Switzerland’s first commercial jetboat, offering an exhilarating ride on the turquoise blue Lake Brienz with a backdrop of snow-covered mountain peaks. See the majestic 500m Giessbach Waterfalls and learn some stories of the regions from your driver. (April - October)

OR

  • James Bond Schilthorn Excursion: It has been over 50 years since the iconic James Bond movie ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ was filmed on the Schilthorn, but the memories are still alive. Experience the 2,970 m high mountain with its 360-degree panoramic views, James Bond memorabilia and interactive displays. Enjoy a spectacular cable car ride to the top, lunch at the revolving restaurant, 007 Walk of fame and interactive indoor attractions. This excursion can easily be combined with at a stop at the spectacular Trümmelbach glacier falls (sup. Payable locally) in the Lauterbrunnen Valley.

Overnight stay in Interlaken.

Breakfast
Interlaken
Lake Brienz | Credit Ivo Scholz
Day 6
Interlaken → Montreux

Breakfast at your hotel.

Continue on the GoldenPass from Interlaken via Zweisimmen to Montreux.

The highlight of the Golden Pass route will take you along the crystal blue lake of Thun and through the green rolling hills of the Simmental before slowly winding down through golden green vineyards to the shores of Lake Geneva. Experience the ‘golden age’ of travel in special carriages decked out in belle époque style.

Overnight stay in Montreux.

Breakfast
Interlaken → Montreux
Golden Pass belle epoque from Zweisimmen-Montreux
Day 7
Montreux

Breakfast at your hotel.

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

  • Rochers-de-Naye: Montreux’s local mountain stands at 2,042m above sea level and offers spectacular views over Lake Geneva and the Alps, a species rich Alpine garden with beautiful examples of Alpine flora and a Marmot’s Paradise where you can obvserve these shy creatures. Half day excursion. Our Tip: Have lunch on the way down at the middle station Haut-de-Caux at restaurant Le Coucou– a typical rustic Swiss mountain restaurant in a chalet-style building with open fire place.

OR

  • Chillon Castle & Wine Tasting at Chexbres: The Swiss Riviera has much to offer but a visit to this region would not be complete without visiting its famous landmark ‘Chillon Castle’ and to taste some of the delightful wine grown in this area. The Swiss famously do not export their wines as their production just about covers the needs of the local population. We recommend visiting Chillon Castle in the morning, taking the lake steamer to Vevey and continuing by train to Chexbres in the late afternoon for the wine tasting.

Overnight stay in Montreux.

Breakfast
Montreux
Chillon Castle, Lake Geneva
Day 8
Montreux

Breakfast at the hotel.

Today your journey ends.

Breakfast

Additional information

Official language
French, Swiss - German, Italian, Romansh
Local currency
SWISS FRANC
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Switzerland for First Timers

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Lucerne
Montreux
Rail
Independent Holiday Packages
09 January 2022 - 20 December 2022

Important notes

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.

Blackout dates may apply during festive season.

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What’s unique about Entire Travel Group Holiday Packages?
  • They are not group tours with set departures - they are pre-designed, purpose built, independent holiday packages full of unique and memorable experiences.
  • Our holiday packages have been exclusively built for us in collaboration with our handpicked suppliers, who also offer full on-ground support for the clients.
  • We are offering unique travel experiences which cannot be found elsewhere.
  • Many packages include our “Freedom of Choice” options which allow you to tailor the holiday experience. Like a sommelier matching wine to a meal, we have used our experience to carefully select and offer the right experiences in each location.
  • They include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan.
  • A wide selection of our packages are compliant with the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Covid Safe Travels.
What is an independent holiday package?

Our motto for Independent Holiday Packages is start your holiday when and with who you want!

Our Independent Holiday Packages are NOT group tours with set departure dates. Group Tours have specific set departure dates, and of course, you are travelling with unknown passengers in a coach. These tours are great for certain travellers and there are many reputable tour operators providing a wide range of options around the world.

At Entire Travel Group, our focus is Independent Holiday Packages. Available daily, they are pre-designed, purpose built, packaged itineraries full of memorable experiences delivered by our hand-picked local partners.

Our holidays suit every demographic, from couples to singles, to retirees to families and everyone else in between.

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What is Freedom of Choice?

At Entire Travel Group we understand that our customers have their own personal tastes and interests - so throughout our packages look for “Freedom of Choice” which gives you the ability to tailor your holiday from the various experiences offered on selected days. Like a sommelier matching wine to a meal, we have used our experience to carefully select and offer the right experiences in each location.

The Freedom of Choice options are included in the package price, and the price remains the same regardless of the choice you make on each day.

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Do Freedom of Choice options cost extra?

Our Freedom of Choice program offers flexibility, by allowing you to choose from different options on pre-selected days in the itinerary.

  • Our per person price includes one tour on each Freedom of Choice day in the itinerary.
  • The price of the package remains the same regardless of the choice you make on each day.
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We found that many customers may prefer:

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