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Chillon Castle on Lake Geneva

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Chillon Castle on Lake Geneva
Gain insight into Switzerland’s diverse culture, tradition, history and heritage during this 7-day, rail tour from Zurich. Enjoy an excursion to the beautiful countryside of Appenzell and learn the art of cheese making. Explore the vibrant cities of Zurich, Lucerne, Bern and Basel.
Rail
Independent tours

Highlights

Tour Appenzeller Cheese Factory including cheese tasting

Explore the Old Town of Bern

Excursion to Chillon Castle

Full day excursion to Stanserhorn

Discover Swiss culture, tradition, history and architecture on this enthralling, 7-day rail package. This itinerary takes you to the beautiful cities of Zurich, Lucerne, Bern, Montreux and Basel. Your journey starts in Zurich. From Zurich, enjoy Switzerland’s countryside with a full-day excursion of Appenzell, a beautiful village located at the foot of the Alpstein Mountains known for its cheese production. Experience an enthralling cable car ride in Stanserhorn. From Lucerne, take a train to the capital city of Bern. Explore the old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site brimming with historic towers, Gothic cathedrals, gorgeous fountains and narrow streets. From Bern, take to the rail to Montreux, a beautiful resorted town located on Lake Geneva. Visit the popular Chillon Castle, a medieval castle and a former Roman outpost. From Montreux, transfer for Basel by rail. Explore Basel, a city of culture offering a plethora of museums and historic landmarks.

This tour is available from 1 April to 31 October.

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Included

6-night accommodation in 3-star hotels
2nd class rail tickets as per itinerary (Swiss Combi Card with half fare discount). Upgrade available.
Daily breakfast
Excursions to Appenzeller Cheese Factory, Chillon Castle, Stanserhorn (un-escorted) & Bern city tour
Bern and Basel Cards for public transport
Montreux Riviera Card for public transport

Itinerary

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Day 1
Zürich

Upon your arrival in Switzerland, make your way to your hotel via rail transfer and enjoy the rest of your day at your leisure.

Day 2
Appenzell

After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a full day excursion to the stunning, green and hilly countryside. You’ll stop at the picturesque village of Appenzell where you will be introduced to the art of cheese making on a guided tour including cheese tasting. In the Appenzeller Show Dairy in Stein the traditional customs and state-of the-art cheese production go hand-in-hand to create an intriguing mix of old and new. Stop at the Cultural and Historical Museum of Appenzeller which focuses on embroideries, handicraft and traditional customs.

Breakfast
Day 3
Zürich - Lucerne - Stanserhorn

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel before checking out and transferring by rail from Zürich to Lucerne. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel. Early afternoon board a paddle steamer from the main pier in Lucerne opposite the railway station and cruise to Hergiswil. Take a short walk to the railway station where you will connect to a train towards Stans. For the first section, you take a vintage railway dating from 1830 and then - an extreme contrast - the world’s first open-top cable car “CabriO”. The open upper deck and large glass front are truly breathtaking and spectacular. The Stanserhorn Rangers are volunteers working on the mountain and will explain everything about the mountain and they know a lot of stories to tell. In the afternoon, return to Lucerne.

Breakfast
Day 4
Lucerne - Bern

Following breakfast, you’ll take a train from Lucerne to Bern where you check into your accommodation. Later, enjoy a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll through Bern’s Old Town, where you’ll learn more about the city’s 800-year history. Amongst the highlights, you'll marvel at the Gothic Cathedral (Münster) with its stunning portal and its depiction of the Last Judgment.

Breakfast
Day 5
Bern - Montreux

This morning, you will transfer via rail to Montreux after breakfast. Upon arrival into Montreal, make your way to your new hotel and check in. This afternoon, enjoy a visit to the Chillon Castle, an architectural jewel located along the eastern end of the shore of Lake Geneva. Learn about the castle’s intriguing history as a strategic Roman outpost through the Alpine passes.

Breakfast
Day 6
Basel

Following breakfast, you’ll transfer via rail to Basel. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure in Basel. The city lies on the banks of the Rhine and borders France and Germany. Walk though the Old Town, visit the theatre, cross the river by ferry or visit one of the first-rate museums in Basel.

Breakfast
Day 7
Basel - Zürich

After breakfast at your hotel, departure transfer by rail to the airport for your onward journey.

Breakfast

Additional information

Official language
French, Swiss - German, Italian, Romansh
Currency
SWISS FRANC
6 nights
from AUD1,835
per person, twin share
Zurich
1 April - 31 October 2020
Switzerland Brochure
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