Swiss Escape (KHA)

8 Day Tour from Zurich to Lugano

2023 Tour Details

Your escape to Switzerland begins in the dynamic city of Zürich, where you’ll meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers for a welcome dinner served at your hotel. Your stay in Zürich includes an orientation of the Old Town. Take a scenic drive to lakeside Neuchâtel with its impressive castle and medieval cathedral, time to stroll along its lake promenade. Lake Geneva, situated at the foot of the Alps, is your spectacular base for 2 nights.

Your Swiss Escape includes a visit to the stately capital of Berne. Enjoy a guided tour of the city to see Bear Park, a panoramic view from the Rose Garden, the Old Town’s Clock Tower with its painted figures, and the flowered-adorned fountains. In lovely Lucerne, be captivated by the Lion Monument, dedicated to the fallen Swiss Guards of the French Revolution, as well as the ornate patrician houses of the Old Town. Cross the famous covered Chapel Bridge to Lucerne’s Jesuit church. Drive through the magnificent Swiss Alps via the famous St. Gotthard tunnel to the Italian-speaking area of Switzerland, home to the lakeside town of Lugano. Enjoy a full day to relax or explore this beautiful setting, before a farewell dinner on your last night in Switzerland. The wonderful memories of your Swiss Escape are made all the sweeter by the absence of high-season crowds on your stunning Switzerland escorted vacation.

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

ZURICH
Welcome dinner; orientation walk of the Old Town

NEUCHÂTEL.
Stop at the lake promenade

LAKE GENEVA
Guided visit to Chillon Castle

BERNE
Guided sightseeing, stop at the Bear Park and enjoy a panoramic view from the Rose Garden

LUCERNE
LF Dinner at a local restaurant; walking tour including the Lion’s Monument and the Chapel Bridge

LUGANO
Farewell dinner

Notes:

  • Hotels listed may occasionally be substituted with alternative hotels of equivalent standard.

Transportation:

Motorcoach

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 3 three-course dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1

ARRIVE IN ZURICH, SWITZERLANDWelcome to Zurich! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Dinner Dinner

Day 2

ZURICH–NEUCHÂTEL–LAKE GENEVA ZURICH Orientation walk of the old town includes sights of the Fraumünsterkirche.
NEUCHÂTEL Free time en route to Geneva.
Breakfast Breakfast 174 mi / 280 km

Day 3

LAKE GENEVA LAKE GENEVA Guided visit to Chillon Castle. Free time this afternoon and evening.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4

LAKE GENEVA–BERNE–LUCERNE BERNE LF Guided walking tour includes the Old Town, a stop at Bear Park, and a panoramic view of the city from Rose Garden. Free time for lunch. Free time late afternoon and evening.
Breakfast Breakfast 155 mi / 250 km

Day 5

LUCERNELUCERNE Walking tour includes the Lion Monument, the Old Town, and Chapel Bridge. Dinner at a local restaurant.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 6

LUCERNE–LUGANO Scenic drive through the Swiss Alps on the way to Lugano.
LUGANO Free time.
Breakfast Breakfast 112mi/180 km

Day 7

LUGANO LUGANO Free time this morning and afternoon. Farewell dinner this evening at your hotel.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Lugano with an excursion to Bellinzona Castles. This and more options throughout your tour are available for purchase with MyGlobus

Day 8

LUGANOYour vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (The nearest airport is Milan, Italy.)
Breakfast Breakfast

SHERYL EVANS

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

"I truly believe that being a Tour Director is the most fulfilling role in the world. Travel is my greatest passion, and I feel honored to be able to share my knowledge and personal experiences with my fellow travelers. One of my aims is to give guests a 'behind-the-scenes' glimpse of each destination. I particularly love the opportunities to go 'off the beaten track' and reveal the hidden treasures to experience the real country, to meet the real people, to hear their real stories. True to my Celtic roots, I am a passionate storyteller and I strive to make each place come alive. My tenet is to always deliver more than expected and I try to ensure that each guest goes home enriched with vivid memories that will last a lifetime and eager to come back for another European adventure."

Tour Director -  SHERYL EVANS

 Accommodations

ZURICH

COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT ZURICH NORTH

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  Free Wifi

LAKE GENEVA

EUROTEL MONTREUX

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  Free Wifi

LUCERNE

ASTORIA

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  Free Wifi

LUGANO

DE LA PAIX

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

Contact your Travel Consultant for more information.
Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)



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