First time Switzerland 2 seniors - escorted tours?

First time Switzerland 2 seniors - escorted tours?

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krazykubanz
krazykubanz
7 posts
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Oct 3, 2017 - 5:16 PM

Hi Forum:

Need anyone's help. Recommend an excellent extensive escorted Switzerland tour operator.

I see some escorted trips but the only places they go in the West of Switzerland is just Geneva? The mostly concentrate in the middle and the east section. Any recommendations? We dont want to do solo trip at our age.

Thanks

Alpenrose666
Alpenrose666
1218 posts
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Oct 3, 2017 - 11:52 PM in reply to krazykubanz

Hi, and welcome to MySwissAlps!

>> Need anyone's help. Recommend an excellent extensive escorted Switzerland tour operator.

Viator Tours have some great tours. You do not say what length of tour you are considering, but here is a 6-day tour with an excellent itinerary:

tinyurl.com/y8lw4k2o

>> I see some escorted trips but the only places they go in the West of Switzerland is just Geneva? The mostly concentrate in the middle and the east section.

There's a good reason for that! That's where the most spectacular mountain and lake scenery is to be seen.

I suggest you find a tour that appeals to you and then ask for comments on the tour's itinerary and inclusions.

>> We dont want to do solo trip at our age.

If you change your mind, you will find that Switzerland is probably the easiest country in the world to get around in. It has a very dense rail network, on which services are frequent, reliable and safe. Areas of great scenic beauty are easily accessible by trains, cable cars, boats and PostBus.

Alpenrose

Last modified on Oct 3, 2017 - 11:55 PM by Alpenrose666
krazykubanz
krazykubanz
7 posts
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Oct 4, 2017 - 3:01 AM

Thank you so very much for your help. i will look into each of your suggestions and let everyone know what i found.

Again, very appreciative of your reply.

Miriam M

rockoyster
rockoyster
1023 posts
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Oct 4, 2017 - 4:11 AM in reply to krazykubanz

Hi Miriam,

When are you planning to travel and for how long?

My wife and I are in the seniors category. We spent 20 days in Switzerland in May/June this year. Everyone told us to do an organised tour for our first overseas trip (from Australia) in 30 years or more. We ignored their advice and organised an itinerary ourselves, with amazing assistance from this fabulous forum. We had a great time and found getting around Switzerland infinitely simpler than we dreamed. With so many wonderful things to see in Switzerland the hardest part was narrowing down the options and settling on an itinerary.

See www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/the-reluctant-travellers-swiss-adventure and flic.kr/s/aHskYag4FS

Here's a trip we were considering before we decided to do a "roll your own" backroadstouring.com/t our-tuz/lakes-and-mountains-of-italy-and-switzerland/tour-itinerary#

Last modified on Oct 4, 2017 - 4:16 AM by rockoyster
Lucas
Lucas
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Oct 4, 2017 - 7:55 AM in reply to krazykubanz

Hi krazykubanz and welcome!

We have a a list of different holiday packages on our website's plan your trip web page.

There are several options for you to look into: rail holidays, self-guided packages, escorted tours and custom-made holiday packages as well!

Have a look through the page linked above and let us know if you have further questions or concerns.

Cheers,
Lucas

krazykubanz
krazykubanz
7 posts
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Oct 4, 2017 - 3:47 PM in reply to rockoyster

Thank you Rockoyster ....I will check out both links and let you know. Thanks again for the help.

Miriam

cam223
cam223
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Oct 4, 2017 - 6:57 PM

While tours may seem "safe" and provide you with a zone of comfort, there is so much to see on your own. What are you interested in seeing? What aren't you interested in seeing? You can do so much research on the internet and discover all sorts of places that would be fun for both of you, not just places that many tour guides are paid to take you to. You can always do city tours when you get there to acquaint yourself with the area. You can research restaurants and day trips online and get feedback from people who ate there or who took those trips. Don't underestimate your own abilities--you would be pleasantly surprised to see what you can do on your own. We've traveled in Switzerland three times and each time we are simply amazed at how much more there is online. Thirty years ago, I had to personally call hotels to book, now it's so easy online and I can see how they are rated. We've branched out to airbnb and had a wonderful time the last 2 years in England and France. We are off to Switzerland again late this year and we can't wait to see what new things we can discover!

krazykubanz
krazykubanz
7 posts
new member
Oct 4, 2017 - 9:16 PM

Thanks Cam223

Your post has so inspired me, that I am going to start doing exactly what you said. I am not that good on the internet, but it is never too late to learn....I will let you know how it went.

Thanks a zillion, truly appreciate it

Mriam

Alpenrose666
Alpenrose666
1218 posts
top member
Oct 5, 2017 - 4:39 AM in reply to krazykubanz

>> Your post has so inspired me, that I am going to start doing exactly what you said. I am not that good on the internet, but it is never too late to learn

Don't overlook the wealth of information to be found on this very website! You will find the level of practical detail here far superior to anything else on the internet - and it is all in one place, so no need to go trawling through the internet!

Try all the tabs above: Getting started, Where to Go, What to Do, Where to Sleep, How to Travel.

You will find the Swiss Timetable invaluable for finding out how to get from one place to another, and how long it will take:

www.myswissalps.com/ti metable

This map of scenic routes in Switzerland might help with your planning:

www.sbb.ch/content/dam /sbb/en/pdf/en_bahnhof -services/en_am-bahnhof/en_unsere-bahnhoefe/panoramic-routes.pdf

The Wilhelm Tell Express is now called the Gotthard Panorama Express.

Travel times for the scenic routes (one way) are as follows:

  • Golden Pass Line (part) from Luzern to Interlaken Ost: 1 hour 50
  • Golden Pass line (part) from Interlaken Ost to Montreux: 3 hours 05
  • Gotthard Panorama Express (boat and train) from Luzern to Lugano: 5 hours 26
  • Palm Express (PostBus) from Lugano to St Moritz: 3 hours 48
  • Voralpen-Express from Luzern to St. Gallen: 2 hours 16
  • RegioExpress Lötschberger (full) from Bern to Brig: 1 hour 41
  • RegioExpress Lötschberger (part) from Spiez to Brig: 1 hour 08
  • Centovalli Railway from Locarno to Domodossola: 1 hour 46

If you want to calculate travel time for short sectors along these routes, you can use the Swiss Timetable.

It would be a good idea to tell us as soon as possible what your travel dates will be, as options for sightseeing in the alps are limited at some times of the year (e.g. November and May in particular) It would be good to be aware of that before you do too much work on an itinerary!

Alpenrose

juluftravel
juluftravel
19 posts
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Oct 5, 2017 - 7:08 AM in reply to krazykubanz

Hi, Krazykubanz, I totally understands if you don't know where to starts planing your holidays. Myswissalps forum is really helpful in your planing. But if you still thinks a guided tour, then I can recommend you Europamundo tours. Their tour are flexible. You can choose the dates to join them & leaves. Don't have to join from their starts date & end. Choose which itinerary suits you. Then you can mix some guided tour & some venture on your own on the rail. You will fine their tour pricing reasonable. This way you get both. For me I love doing the planing.

rockoyster
rockoyster
1023 posts
top member
Oct 5, 2017 - 7:21 AM in reply to krazykubanz

Hi Miriam,

I posed the question earlier "When are you planning to travel and for how long?"

Alpenrose, as always, said it more effectively when saying "It would be a good idea to tell us as soon as possible what your travel dates will be, as options for sightseeing in the alps are limited at some times of the year (e.g. November and May in particular) It would be good to be aware of that before you do too much work on an itinerary!"

krazykubanz
krazykubanz
7 posts
new member
Oct 5, 2017 - 6:25 PM in reply to rockoyster

Sorry, just saw your post Rockoyster.

We have available three weeks in April and also 24 days in May 2018.

krazykubanz
krazykubanz
7 posts
new member
Oct 5, 2017 - 6:27 PM in reply to juluftravel

Juluftravel: Thank you. I did not know that I could do an escorted that had flexibility as to when to join or leave. Thank you, so much. I will be checking Europamundo tours for sure.

Miriam

pkhedkar1512
pkhedkar1512
22 posts
new member
Oct 6, 2017 - 10:40 AM in reply to krazykubanz

Hello sir, how old are you?

Please do not hesitate to go by on your own to Switzerland , we are young and travelled by ourselves. But we met so many old couples and also old solo travellers, one of the grandpa was 91 years old, although swiss ,but was a solo traveller. Switzerland is very safe and since it's a tourist place everyone is very helpful. People respect tourists a lot. And also you will feel more relaxed if you go on your own rather than going with the operators.

krazykubanz
krazykubanz
7 posts
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Oct 6, 2017 - 4:28 PM in reply to pkhedkar1512

pkhedkar1512 Thank you, I feel so much better with all the help from this forum.

Thanks again

Miriam

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