Switzerland’s Alps and Heritage
Journey through Switzerland, a country of vibrant wonderment; the small mountainous country embraces its landmarks, cities, and nature with pride. Soaring glacier-encrusted mountains that stand proudly throughout the nation are home to the much-skied snow and ice lands. The mountains are transformed into meadows of wild alpine flowers and edelweiss as the winter turns to spring. You’ll traverse various UNESCO World Heritage cantons aboard the Bernina Express, Glacier Express, and Swiss first-class rail carriages. The postcard-perfect village of Lauterbrunnen is nestled deep in the yawning valley of 72 waterfalls. The region is a magnet for nature lovers who enjoy outdoor activities from hiking, canyoning, and even base jumping. It’s said that there is nowhere the resorts are more beautiful, the peaks higher and the glaciers grander. In Kandersteg, the mountains rise like ecological battlements above the ludicrously beautiful turquoise Oeschinensee lake.
Discover beautiful castles, sparkling lakes, pea-green vineyards, and colorful villages jostle with UNESCO world heritage sites, medieval towns, and the industrial districts of modern cities that intersperse the ever-changing Switzerland landscapes. The vibrant multicolored towns host ancient markets that are abuzz with tradition, folkloric fairs, and alp-horn concerts. Celebrate hearty gastronomic feasts with air-dried meats, gooey fondue cheese, velvety chocolate, and lashings of kirsch.
The Rail Journey
Lucerne - Zurich - St-Moritz - Zermatt - Bern - Geneva
Switzerland's Alps and Heritage Journey Highlights
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Itinerary Day by Day
Day 1 – Lucerne
Welcome to Lucerne, upon your arrival, you will be greeted by your trip manager, and be treated with local specialities. Lucerne is known as the ‘city of lights,’ and home to Richard Wagner lazily lies around its eponymous indigo lake surrounded by beautiful Swiss scenery and towering mountains. Explore with your guide the many cobblestone alleyways with elaborately frescoed buildings and beautiful medieval squares. Follow the meandering cherry road as it winds you through magical lands of cherry trees and kirsch before heading towards the Chapel Bridge, considered the oldest covered wooden bridge in Europe. Savor the tradition and modernity harmoniously collide with its innovative designs and architecture and is showcased in Jean Nouvel’s Culture and Convention Centre.
Return to your hotel to rest or explore your immediate surroundings on your own or with your trip manager. Later, enjoy a delicious cocktail or two and a three-course Swiss dinner at your hotel.
Day 2 – Lucerne
Breakfast is packed with Lucerne delights such as open-faced freshly-baked bread slices, birchermüesli, and a fresh fruit salad or buttery and sweet croissants. Lucerne has an opulent heritage that you can continue to explore either under your own steam or with your trip manager. Along the banks of the River Reuss are fastidiously maintained esplanades boasting seemingly endless eateries that serve traditional hearty raclette, gooey fondue, rösti, and Zürcher Geschnetzeltes.
Wander through the narrow streets and admire the old burgher’s houses and little squares. If you prefer to go further afield, then you can choose from a carefully curated collection of explorations that will unravel the magic of Engelberg, Mt. Titlis, and Mt. Pilatus. If you prefer to discover regional cheese and beer offerings, Venez Discover Switzerland has tasty curated explorations that suit every palate,
Itinerary Day by Day Inclusions
Day 1 – Lucerne
- Welcome treat at the hotel
- Lucerne’s heritage with a treat and lake cruise
- Upon request, transfers from the airport or train station to your hotel
- A cocktail and three-course dinner
Day 2 – Lucerne
- A selection of memorable curated explorations