Dear All, I will be visiting Switzerland with my family in mid Nov. I have shortlisted 2 group tours but not sure which is better. Both charge the same amount. We are a family of 5. Two 30+ yrs old adults, one 70+ yrs old elder and 2 children age 9 and 11. Appreciate any advice/feedback.
Itinerary 1:the whole tour is travelling via train
DAY 1 SINGAPORE → ZURICH (Meals on Board)
Assemble at the Singapore Changi Airport and depart for Zurich, Switzerland’s bustling city.
DAY 2 ZURICH → LUCERNE (Dinner - Local Fare)
From Zurich you will head to Lucerne via train. Upon your arrival you will embark on an orientation tour of Lucerne with your tour manager; visit the Old Chapel Bridge – the oldest wooden bridge in Switzerland, Old Town Lucerne with its unspoiled buildings covered with colourful murals and the Lion Monument. Then, you will make your way to the Glacier Garden Museum, which was discovered in 1872. The site comprises of glacial portholes that date back to the Ice Age. Check in your hotel in Lucerne city.
DAY 3 LUCERNE → MT PILATUS → LUCERNE(Breakfast)
Begin your day with a mountain excursion, and take the world’s steepest cog railway to the top of Mt Pilatus. The railway is famed for offering scenic sights of lush meadows dotted with Alpine flowers and pristine mountain streams. After acquainting yourself with the natural beauty of the region, make your way to Lucerne City for an overnight stay.
DAY 4 LUCERNE → GRINDELWALD→ JUNGFRAUJOCH → WENGEN (Breakfast, Lunch – (Sausage & Rösti)
Today you will leave Lucerne and depart for Grindelwald, a picturesque village in Switzerland. The tourist destination is famed for offering numerous activities, including skiing in winter and hiking in summer. You will join a mountain excursion and continue to Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe, where you will get an unhindered, panoramic view of the snow-clad mountain ranges and the expansive sky. As you take the train up to the mountain, acquaint yourself with the alpine sceneries, and the towering peaks of Mt.Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau.
At top, indulge in the magnificent view of the Aletsch glacier - Europe’s longest glacier. While here, you can also visit the Sphinx Observatory, an astronomical observatory located above the Jungfraujoch and the Ice Cave. Take a moment to admire the captivating surroundings before heading down to the car-free village - situated on the top of a cliff - Wengen for the night.
DAY 5 WENGEN → INTERLAKEN → THUNERSEE BOAT RIDE → ZERMATT Breakfast, Lunch – Swiss Fondue Combo)
Start your day with an orientation tour of Interlaken, a small town below Jungfrau. After exploring the region, indulge in a Swiss fondue combo lunch that is simply out of this world. You will then board a boat from Thunersee (Lake Thun) and make your way to Spiez. Enjoy the scenic boat ride at a slow pace and be awestruck by the towering, snow-capped mountains of the region. From Spiez, head towards Zermatt, the mountain resort is renowned for Matterhorn, the king of all mountains. It is also believed to be one of the most of the most photographed mountains in the world. You will spend the night in Zermatt.
DAY 6 ZERMATT → ROTHORN PARADISE → ZERMATT (Breakfast)
After taking your breakfast, you will make your way to Rothorn Paradise. Be enchanted by the sweeping views of the Zermatt region from the peaks of Rothorn. Afterwards, continue your journey to Stellisee Lake, a charming mountain lake that is situated 20 minutes from the cable car station. The placid waters of the lake reflect the majestic and jagged Matterhorn. From there you will visit the Matterhorn Museum, a cultural-natural museum, which offers a deeper insight into the history and development of Zermatt.Transfer to your hotel and retire for the night
DAY 7 ZERMATT → GLACIER EXPRESS → ST MORITZ (Breakfast, Lunch - Three-course Menu)
Embark on a memorable trip when you board the Glacier Express – the world’s most famous panorama train. Travel in comfort as you traverse from the eastern to the western Swiss Alps by train. You will begin your 8-hour journey in Zermatt and takes you to St Moritz. The train will travel through 91 tunnels and across 291 bridges, bringing you panoramic views of snow-capped mountains,breath-taking rivers, peaceful alpine pastures,magical castles, and charming villages. You will then enjoy a three-course menu lunch on board the train.
St Moritz at an elevation of 1856m, is one of the world’s most famous holidays resort. St Moritz first became famous thanks to its mineral springs, which were discovered 3,000 years ago, and established the town as a summer spa resort early on
DAY 8 ST MORITZ → ZURICH (Breakfast, Lunch - Chinese Fare)
Today you will leave St Moritz and continue to Zurich, the lively city of Switzerland. Join an orientation tour and discover the fascinating attractions that encompass this vibrant place. From its diverse cuisine to its historical highlights, Zurich has something for everyone. Drop by the Swiss National Museum, one of the most prominent art museums that
encompass the cultural history of Europe. Afterwards, make your way to the Zurich Airport for an overnight stay.
DAY 9 ZURICH → SINGAPORE (Meals On Board)
If time permits, you can do some last-minute shopping before transferring to the airport for your flight home.
Itinerary 2: Travel by coach
Day 1 SINGAPORE – ZURICH
Meals on Board
Troop down to Singapore Changi Airport where you will set off to Zurich.
NoteIf you are flying by Singapore Airlines, you will assemble at the airport on the night of Day 1. However, the flight only departs after midnight.
Day 2 ZURICH – BERN – GENEVA– MONTREUX
Meals on Board/Dinner
Welcome to Switzerland, land of clocks, chocolates and indispensable Swiss army knives. Begin your trip with a scenic drive to Bern, the capital of Switzerland. Upon arrival, proceed to Bahnhofplatz and commence your tour of the city. Keep your eyes peered for the 16th-century astronomical Clock Tower with its ornate decorations. A short walk away, you will find house No. 49, once Albert Einstein’s home where he had written the groundbreaking “Theory of Relativity” in 1905. Not to be missed is a visit to the iconic bear pit, dedicated to the bear which is the protagonist of Bern’s coat of arms. Next, proceed to Geneva, the 2nd-largest city in Switzerland by population size, but holds more than its weight as the city where international bodies such as World Health Organization and International Labour Organization are headquartered. Upon arrival, head for the city’s most famous landmarks, namely the harbour, magnificent Jet d’eau, the highest fountain in the world, Flower Clock and Reformation Wall. True citizen of the world that you are, make stops at landmarks such as United Nations Building and International Committee of the Red Cross. Next, adjourn to beautiful Montreux, Switzerland’s modern resort city on Lake Geneva, beloved by locals and tourists alike for its vibrancy and scenic lakeside splendour.
Day 3 MONTREUX – ZERMATT +
After breakfast, visit the fabled Chillon Castle, one of the best-preserved medieval castles in the region that dates back to the 11th century. With its rugged mountainous setting, this castle houses some of the most impressive relics of Switzerland’s past and consists of 100 independent buildings that were gradually connected through the ages. A vision of peace and majesty, you will see why this castle has inspired poets such as Lord Byron. Next, enjoy a wine-tasting session in which you may sample some of the region’s finest Swiss wines. In the afternoon, journey to the municipality of Tasch and board the rack rail to Zermatt, the famous resort town at the base of Matterhorn, Switzerland’s icon and one of the most distinctive mountains in the world with its pyramidal shape.
Overnight accommodation may not be in Zermatt during ski season.
Day 4 ZERMATT – LEUKERBAD +
This morning, spend your time at leisure exploring Hinterdorf Street, a car-free village dotted with sloped-roof wooden alpine dwellings. Next, head to Leukerbad, one of the largest spa and wellness resorts in Switzerland. This evening, enjoy a rejuvenating dip in the thermal springs of Leukerbad. You deserve it.
Day 5 LEUKERBAD – GRUYERES – INTERLAKEN +
Breakfast/Swiss Combo Fondue Dinner
What could be better than a morning of cheese and chocolates? Today, travel to the medieval town of Gruyeres, famed for its cheese, to visit a gruyere cheese factory, followed by a visit to Cailler-Nestle chocolate factory, one of the oldest and famous chocolate factories in Switzerland. Enjoy a cheese and chocolate-tasting session. Next, visit Castle of Gruyeres. Set against the green alpine landscape, this majestic 13th-century building had once been the residence of numerous counts. Make your journey to Interlaken, where you can catch gorgeous views of Jungfrau Mountain. Stroll through the town and indulge in a cuppa or two at one of the many chic sidewalk cafes. Tonight, savour a Swiss combo fondue dinner of cheese, meat and chocolate.
Day 6 INTERLAKEN +
Today, spend the morning at leisure to revel in this spellbinding resort town. Alternatively, you may choose to take an optional journey to Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe at your own expense.
Day 7 INTERLAKEN – LUCERNE +
After breakfast, continue to the picturesque township of Lucerne and embark on a walking tour to the famous Chapel Bridge and the stirring Lion Monument, carved from a limestone cliff in memory to the Swiss guards that died defending the French King. Thereafter, you may opt to while the day away with shopping. Luxury brands, watches, music boxes, famous Swiss chocolates and more, there’s (almost) something for everyone.
Overnight accommodation may not be in Lucerne.
Day 8 LUCERNE – RHINE FALLS – TITISEE – ZURICH +
Breakfast/Original Black Forest Lunch/Dinner
After days of alpine peaks and valleys, it is time for a change in scenery. Travel to Schaffhausen to witness the natural grandeur of Rhine Falls, the largest waterfall in Western Europe. Thereafter, cross the border to Germany and take a scenic drive through Black Forest, the largest forest in the country. Then, adjourn to the tourist resort township of Titisee, home to Germany’s largest cuckoo clock centre. You will be pleased to learn that you can tuck in to an original Black Forest lunch comprising German pork knuckles, sausages and the iconic Black Forest cake. Thereafter, proceed to Zurich for your overnight stay.
Day 9 ZURICH – SINGAPORE +
Breakfast/Meals on Board
This morning is free for leisure, and perhaps take some parting shots of Zurich before you transfer to the airport for your flight home.