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Explore the vineyards of Lavaux, the city of Bern, hike the Aletsch Glacier and discover Zurich

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  • Wine tasting, city tours and a glacier hike
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Home to soaring snow-capped mountains, lush valleys and charming towns, Switzerland is one of Europe’s most picture-perfect destinations. Explore its beautiful alpine scenery and two of its most charismatic cities on this week-long trip.

Your Swiss discovery starts in Montreux, a beautiful town on the shores of Lake Geneva surrounded by vineyards. As well as having time to explore the lake and its impressive castles, you’ll visit a local producer to learn all about Swiss wine and enjoy a tasting. You’ll then take the train to Brig where a scenic cable car ride will bring you to Balalp where the Hamilton Lodge is located, set high up in the foothills of the Alps.

Spend two days exploring the epic countryside from your luxury lodge, hiking to the mighty Aletsch Glacier and enjoying the spectacular scenery. Hamilton Lodge is a wonderful cosy retreat, inspired by the stories of Heidi, and when you’re not out breathing in the fresh alpine air, enjoy fine dining and take a dip in the Finnish sauna which uses herbs from the surrounding meadows.

The quaint city of Bern is your next stop, its cobbled streets and squares that hug the banks of the Aare River making it one of Switzerland’s prettiest. No trip would be complete without  sampling some of the country’s world-famous chocolate and you’ll have the opportunity to visit a local atelier to unlock the secrets of what makes Swiss confectionery some of the absolute best.

Your last stop is the bustling and contemporary city of Zurich. Instead of just exploring on foot, you’ll jump in an electric tuk-tuk and discover its charm, with a  glass of champagne in hand.

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Flights & Transfers

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Meet and greet at Geneva airport

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Private transfer to Geneva train station

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Train from Geneva to Montreux

Days 1-3

Montreux

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Private transfer to your hotel

Accommodation in Montreux

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Two days exploring Montreux Two days exploring Montreux

Nestled in a sheltered bay on Lake Geneva and surrounded by vineyards and the snow-covered Alps, Montreux is an incredibly picturesque town. Embark on walks along the flower-adorned promenades, taking in the waters which have inspired musicians such as Deep Purple and Freddie Mercury. Explore Crêtes Castle, standing resolute on the banks, as well as the tower fort of Châtelard Castle and the 12th-century Chillon Castle.

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Montreux wine tour Montreux wine tour

The terraced vineyards of the Lavaux site unfold above Lake Geneva for some 14km, forming a real link between Lausanne and Vevey-Montreux. Today you'll visit a local producer and learn all about wine production in the region. After you've heard what makes Swiss wine so special, you'll of course get to taste some, enjoyed with a delicious rustic lunch.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Train from Montreux to Brig

 
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Cable car ride to Belalp Cable car ride to Belalp
Days 3-5

Belalp

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Private transfer to your hotel in Belalp

Accommodation in Belalp

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Two days exploring Belalp from Hamilton Lodge Two days exploring Belalp from Hamilton Lodge

Belalp plateau is located in the heart of the Jungfrau-Aletsch UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy the beauty of the Alps, exploring the forests and meadows and hiking past glaciers and snow-capped mountains.

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Aletsch Glacier hike Aletsch Glacier hike

The Swiss Alps comprise about 2000 square kilometres of glaciers. Most typical are the valley glaciers, of which the Aletsch Glacier is the most extensive in Europe. The jewel of UNESCO’s Jungfrau-Aletsch World Heritage Site, it is a spectacular sight where an endless stream of ice makes its way towards majestic peaks.

Together with a local mountain guide you will hike to the glacier, which sits 2100 metres above sea level, passing traditional Swiss chalets, old mountain huts and a small mountain lake.

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Cable car from Belalp to Blatten Cable car from Belalp to Blatten
Flights & Transfers

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Private transfer to Brig train station

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Train from Brig to Bern

Days 5-6

Bern

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Private transfer to your hotel in Bern

Accommodation in Bern

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Overnight in Bern Overnight in Bern

A city steeped in history and legend, Bern is a beautiful time capsule dating back to the late 12th century. Flags adorned with the city’s iconic bear fly from the great stone walls and buildings, and stories tell how the city’s founder, the Duke of Zähringen, named the city after the first animal he met on one of his hunts.

Filled with sweeping squares and bustling arcades, Bern manages to capture the beauty of its past and blend it seamlessly with modern style and glamour. Cafes, restaurants, shops and delis adorn the narrow streets that wind themselves through a maze of medieval avenues. The old town is resplendent and elegant with its sandstone structures wrapped snuggly along the meandering waters of the Aare River.

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Bern city tour Bern city tour

Enjoy a walking tour through the beautiful city of Bern, visiting highlights such as the charming old town with the Zytglogge Tower and the Federal Palace. All tours can be customised to suit your interests.

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Swiss chocolate workshop Swiss chocolate workshop

Visit an atelier and learn what makes Swiss chocolate some of the best in the world. Once you've learned how the humble cacao bean is transformed into silky smooth chocolate, you'll have a go at making your own.

Flights & Transfers

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Private transfer to Bern train station

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Train from Bern to Zurich

Days 6-7

Zurich

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Private transfer to your hotel in Zurich

Accommodation in Zurich

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Days in Zurich Days in Zurich

This majestic city stands proudly on the lower end of Lake Zurich, decorative spires piercing the clear sky. The ornate buildings of the old town line the banks of the Limmat, telling the story of the city’s past and adding to its allure, while Lindenhof, the historic heart of the city, sits perched atop a small hill on the west bank of the river.

Stroll along old cobbled streets exploring the interesting shops and boutiques, and be sure to take a moment to drink in the atmosphere at one of numerous cafés as you sip on fresh coffee and a savour the fine chocolate Switzerland is known for. The city might be filled with quaint colourful buildings, but it is also one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan with a thriving cultural scene. As well as an exceptional opera house and world-class museums and theatres, Zurich has a wonderfully forward thinking and contemporary arts scene with many factory buildings being turned into galleries and exhibition spaces.

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Zurich tuk tuk tour Zurich tuk tuk tour

Explore the city with a tour in an electronic tuk tuk. As well as the highlights such as the Bahnhofstrasse, the old town, the Grossmunster and the Fraumunster cathedral, you will also get to discover Zurich's 'west end', the former industrial district which has became a very popular and trendy district in the past years.

Flights & Transfers

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Private transfer to Zurich airport

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