8-Nights Spectacular Switzerland
On this Spectacular Switzerland tour, enjoy stunning mountains and lakes-with overnights in Zurich, Geneva, the Gruyere area, Grindelwald, and Lucerne. The highlight of this tour is the time spent in the mountain resort of Grindelwald, in the vicinity of three mighty mountains: Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. Globus has arranged an unforgettable rack railway trip to the "Top of Europe," a high Alpine wonderland of ice and snow. Here, at the amazing Jungfraujoch, Europe's highest railway station at 11,332 feet, experience the Alpine Sensation, the Ice Palace, and you can also take the elevator to the Sphinx Observatory. Don’t forget to pick up your souvenir "Jungfrau passport"… it's an unforgettable experience!Another special highlight arranged by Globus is a visit to the magnificent castle in Gruyères, where you’ll walk through eight centuries of architecture, history, and culture. Here, lunch with local specialties and a traditional dessert of meringue and double crème has been included. Enjoy the time spent in Geneva, Switzerland's most international and second-largest city, which has a fantastic lakeside setting and breathtaking panoramas of the Alps. Guided sightseeing of the city features a visit to the Reformation Park. Enjoy a chocolate tasting at the famous Maison Cailler in Broc, and stop for an orientation in Gstaad, one of Switzerland's most famous skiing resorts and a popular destination for international celebrities. A walking tour in Lucerne includes Chapel Bridge, a picturesque covered wooden bridge and the impressive Lion Monument.These are just a few of the highlights on this Spectacular Switzerland tour. It's the vacation of a lifetime!Selected departures can join cruise WZA "Romantic Rhine"
ZÜRICH Welcome dinner; orientation walk of the Old TownBIEL/BIENNE Visit the historical centerNEUCHTEL Visit the townGENEVA Guided sightseeing, visit Reformation ParkEVIAN-LES-BAINS Stop on the French side of Lake GenevaGRUYÈRE[LF] Visit the castle in Gruyères town, followed by a lunch with local specialtiesBROC[LF] Chocolate tasting at Maison CaillerGSTAADOrientationINTERLAKENTake pictures of the Jungfrau mountainsGRINDELWALD [LF] Excursion to the JungfrauBERNE See the Bear Park, enjoy a panoramic view from the Rose Garden, Old TownLUCERNE Walking tour including the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge; farewell dinner at a local restaurant
8 nights from $2979 per person
Without a doubt one of the prettiest towns in Switzerland, Lucerne lies in the heart of the country on famous lake of Lucerne. Dotted with Renaissance and Baroque fountains, colorful paintings on the gables and commanded by the exquisite wooden bridge, the Kapellbrücke and Wasserturm, the 13th century octagonal water tower, Lucerne's character is pure charm. Spectacular views and sights abound from almost every vantage point in and around Lucerne. The Old Town Hall is a fine example of a Renaissance building while the City Wall, built between 1350 and 1405 stands proud above the city. A stroll along the quay leads past the modern health resort and onto the largest, most important Transport Museum in Europe and the only Planetarium in Switzerland. The famous Lion Monument and Glacier Garden make for remarkable viewing as do the mountain peaks surrounding the city. A short drive from town takes visitors to some of the most breathtaking landscapes on earth, and a short drive from Viewaldstätter Lake leads to nearby winter resorts and many more lakes.
Zurich is often referred to as the "garden city on the lake". A stroll through the fascinating city will soon explain the reason for this. Zurich is one of the richest cantons in the country and home to the famous and very beautiful shopping street, Bahnhofstrasse. It is a bustling metropolis with many new buildings and modern architecture. Age-old landmarks and examples of unique design and artistic styles proliferate the city; the oldest and best preserved are most densely distributed in Neumarkt. The famous Grossmunster with its two tall towers is most dominant. Visit the late 15th century Wasserkiche and the Rathaus, a graceful town hall built in renaissance style. Famous for its traditional festivals and holiday celebrations, Downtown Niederdorf is the center of activities. From jazz clubs to restaurants & bars to cultural pursuits including galleries, museums and exhibitions, there is something interesting all year. To really get familiar with Zurich, experience it from the Lake of Zurich. The perspective of the city and its romantic surrounds from this vantage point is unique and not to be missed.
Geneva is located between the Alps and the Jura mountains, at the extreme southwest of Switzerland and Lake Geneva. The Rhône and the Arve are the main rivers crossing Geneva. It is the central crossroads of Western Europe. Geneva holds a privileged geographical position and it is only one hour far from Paris or Milan by plane and less than two hours from London, Rome or Madrid. Geneva is a town of Arts and Culture. Its numerous museums and libraries, the Opera, the Orchestra of the Suisse romande have largely contributed, among others, to its development. For nearly twenty years they have been new cultural centers which have been created from old uninhabited buildings, some of which are now preserved as monuments, like the Halles de l’Ile, l’Usine, la Maison des Arts du Grütli.
La Gruyère is a spectacularly beautiful region of Switzerland. Deep valleys surrounded by high mountains hold wooded hamlets, farms and farmlands. The forests are without equal and are considered a national treasure. The village of Gruyere is known for the crafts produced there- from laces, the Waistcoasts of the Rock, which is knitted from wool, to pottery and hand carved wooden spoons.
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