An Idyllic Swiss Escape
Explore the vineyards of Lavaux, the city of Bern, hike the Aletsch Glacier and discover Zurich
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- Luxury accommodation throughout
- Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip
- Private transfers
- Wine tasting, city tours and a glacier hike
At a glance
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.
Example Trip Itinerary
Meet and greet at Geneva airport
Private transfer to Geneva train station
Train from Geneva to Montreux
Private transfer to your hotel
Accommodation in Montreux
- 155 rooms
Located in the heart of Montreux, The Grand Hotel Suisse-Majestic is the ideal place to relax and enjoy all the region has to offer. Built in 1870 in a belle epoque style, the hotel was completely renovated in 2010. Soft hues and luxurious textures make the 155 rooms tranquil spaces to unwind. Sunlight pours in through stained glass windows in the stairwells, and carefully chosen furniture and fittings in the rooms add an extra touch of class. Lap up the panoramic views at the restaurant 45 which is known for its culinary refinement and its unique blend of tradition and modernity. Or, relive the best moments of your day over drinks at 45 Bis, on the terrace or in the winter garden.
- 168 rooms and suites
- Two Michelin-starred restaurant
- Lounge and bar
- Tennis courts
- Indoor and outdoor swimming pool
The Beau-Rivage Palace opened its doors in 1861 and has welcomed the likes of Victor Hugo, Charlie Chaplin, Coco Chanel, Nelson Mandela and Tina Turner through its doors. The lavish palace, nestled on the shores of Lake Geneva, is surrounded by four hectares of gardens, and boasts beautiful views of the Alps. Making its location even more exceptional is the fact that it’s just ten minutes from the city centre. The 168 rooms and suites are classical and luxurious with rich fabrics, parquet flooring and antique firnishings. Some feature their own balcony and views of the manicured gardens, the lake or the Alps. For elegant, contemporary fine-dining, take a seat at the two Michelin star Anne-Sophie Pic, where exceptional dishes are complimented by panoramic views of Lake Geneva and the French Alps. There is also the option for a more relaxed brasserie-stlye dining as well as Japanese and Italian cuisine. Complete the Beau-Rivage Palace experience with a visit to Cinq Mondes Spa. The 15,000-square-foot spa is a haven for relaxation and pampering. Choose from a variety of treatments and massages and make use of the indoor and outdoor swimming pools, sauna, Jacuzzi and gym.
- 50 rooms
- Restaurant and bar
- Wine bar
- Swimming pool
- Wellness centre
- Spa access
A haven of tranquillity on the shores of Lake Geneva, the Château d’Ouchy is an important landmark in the Lausanne area thanks to its noble bearing and the centuries of history behind it. Dating back to the 12th century, the charming residence houses 50 rooms, each with its own character, combining modern comfort and a fairy-tale atmosphere. The rooms are sleek and contemporary while the suites are characterised by sculpted period ceilings, wood panelling and stained glass windows. Many come with stunning views over Lake Geneva and the Alps, adding a touch of magic to your stay. The Château d’Ouchy’s restaurant takes full advantage of its enchanting surroundings. The menu is well-balanced and seasonal and features vegetables from small independent suppliers, wild fish, farmhouse meats and traditional cheeses. Modern furnishings and grey stone walls combine in the bar where you can enjoy cocktails, aperitifs and cigars. Make the most of the pure alpine air as you plunge into the swimming pool among the trees, before relaxing in the sauna and hammam at the wellness centre.
- 138 rooms
- Michelin-starred restaurant
- Three bars
The beauty of its surrounds makes Lausanne Palace and Spa an exceptional place. With magnificent views across Lake Geneva and to the Alps, the luxury hotel evolves in step with the city. Balancing modernity and tradition, the emphasis is on offering guests the latest in comfort, sophistication and service. The 138 stylish rooms offer views of the cathedral of Lausanne, the narrow streets of the charming old town, the lake and mountains. Large marble bathrooms and comfortable furnishings add to the relaxation and calm. Most of the rooms have balconies or terraces and decorative fireplaces. Offering exceptional cuisine, La Table d’Edgard holds a Michelin Star and remains faithful to the welcoming ethos of the Palace. Chef Edgard Bovier is eager to share his passion for gastronomic creativity with guests. Brasserie du Grand Chêne features Parisian banquet-style seating with green leather, polished wood, brass ornaments and a solid wood staircase. Sample southern flavours in the Mediterranean-style Côté Jardin restaurant or traditional Japanese at Palace Sushi Zen. There are also three stylistically diverse bars for guests to enjoy: The LP’s Bar, the Habana Bar and Bar 1915. Always at the forefront of beauty and health trends, the CBE Concept Spa is constantly evolving. The wellness centre and beauty space are designed with relaxation, balance and discovery in mind.
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.
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.
Train from Montreux to Brig
Private transfer to your hotel in Belalp
Accommodation in Belalp
- 19 rooms
- Sauna, whirlpool and hot tub
Way up high in the green foothills of the Swiss Alps above the village of Belalp, Hamilton Lodge and Spa sits surrounded by grand mountain ranges and lush meadows. Inspired by the stories of Heidi, an iconic character in Swiss literature, this cosy retreat which is gorgeous beneath summer sunshine or a blanket of winter snow. The main lodge has 19 unique rooms, ranging from snug two to four people bedrooms to family rooms with connecting door that can sleep up to six. Designed as a welcoming log cabin, the restaurant is made from stone and wood. The menu is made up of both local and international cuisine, making use of organic products and striving to always make healthy offerings to its guests. The spa is equipped with Finnish sauna and bio sauna, using herbs from the alpine meadow. A plunge bath, hot tub and whirlpool are situated outdoors – in winter in snow, in summer amidst the alpine flowers. In winter, Belalp is a lesser know but wonderful ski area, while in the summer the majestic Aletsch glacier is close by and the lodge is a starting point for hikes to faraway peaks or to the a cheese making farm.
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.
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.
Private transfer to Brig train station
Train from Brig to Bern
Private transfer to your hotel in Bern
Accommodation in Bern
- 128 rooms and suites
- 2 bars
The Bellevue Palace Hotel is a terrific display of opulent sophistication and old-world elegance. It first opened its doors in 1865 before undergoing a full renovation, ready to welcome guests once again in 1913. The hotel has retained the sense of traditional class instilled since its founding. In the 128 rooms and suites, antique furnishings and stucco ceilings offer a sense of grandeur, and large windows offer sweeping views of the Bernese Alps. Vue combines traditional Swiss hospitality with classically modern cuisine, and with large crystal chandeliers, vaulted ceilings and views of the River Aare and the Alps from the terrace, it is the perfect place for a memorable meal. Enjoy a tipple at the hotel bar and lounge – with 99 types of gin on offer, it’s not hard to find your favourite – before heading out to enjoy the beautiful city of Bern. Relax and unwind in the Finnish sauna or enjoy a session in the gym which looks out across the rooftops of Bern to the old town and the Bernese Alps.
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.
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.
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.
Private transfer to Bern train station
Train from Bern to Zurich
Private transfer to your hotel in Zurich
Accommodation in Zurich
- 120 rooms and suites
- Michelin-starred restaurant
- Terrace and lobby bars
- On-site chocolate bar
Located along the shores of the city’s eponymous lake, the Baur Au Lac has been welcoming distinguised guests ever since it opened its doors back in 1844. Situated within its own park, the hotel boasts views of both the Alps in the distance and the shimmering waters of Lake Zürich. The hotel has been in the same family for six generations and in its time has played host to a number of special guests, including nobility and composers Franz Liszt and Richard Wagner. There are 120 rooms and suites, individually styled in art deco, French Louis XVI, and English regency styles. All furniture is custom made and large luxurious marble bathrooms feature underfloor heating for the ultimate luxury. The Pavilion is one of Zürich’s most well-known restaurants, its innovative cuisine earning it a Michelin star. Almost completely enclosed in glass, guests will enjoy superb views of the surrounding park and river. For more casual dining, Rive Gauche serves light Mediterranean spealities which can be enjoyed on the terrace on mild summer evenings.
- 39 rooms
- Fitness centre
Marktgasse is a boutique hotel that combines the charm of days past with contemporary innovation and comforts. With 600 years of history and many of its heritage features carefully preserved, it has plenty of charm and personality. The 39 rooms and suites are all unique, some featuring original stucco, wall panelling, tiled stoves and columns, perfectly complemented by contemporary designer furniture. For some of the best views in Zürich, opt for the junior suite with roof terrace that looks out over the city skyline. With its concise menu and cosmopolitan dishes, the Baltho restaurant is a great option for hungry guests, and the adjoining bar is perfect for a pre-dinner cocktail or nightcap. Guests at the Marktgasse will enjoy use of the Fitnesspark Hamam Münstergasse, a two-minute walk from the hotel. Here you can let go, making use of the hammam, pool and mud room.
- 175 rooms
- Two Michelin-starred restaurant
Dolder Grand is an elegant display of opulence perched atop a hill overlooking the city of Zürich. Green thickets of forest surrounded the grounds of the hotel which carries with it airs of fairy tale mystery and historic Swiss elegance. There are 175 bright and spacious rooms and suites, many of which come with views over the city and lake. The hotel’s ‘top suites’ are inspired by artists and actors and are impeccably styled. They even come with butler service for the ultimate luxury. The Restaurant is one of the most sought-after in Zürich, it contemporary and creative cuisine earning it two Michelin stars. At the Saltz restaurant, the menu is inspired by local ingredients and offers simple yet refined dishes. For the perfecr pre-dinner tipple, the lounge and terrace are where you’ll find expertly mixed cocktails and fine wines. The award-winning spa is an oasis of calm where guests can relax in the sauna and steam baths before taking a dip in the indoor or outdoor whirlpool.
- 32 rooms
- Garden terrace
In a stately home dating from the 18th century, the Hotel Florhof makes its mark in the heart of the city of Zürich. It was once the aristocratic home of the Oeri-Lavater Family who were involved in the manufacturing of florette silk and gauze and it has maintained an elegance befitting of its historic legacy. The 32 rooms are the perfect blend of old and new with traditional parquet flooring and stylish, contemporary decor. Windows look out over the hotel gardens or Zürich’s charming old town. Enjoy seasonal cuisine alongside specially selected wines in the restaurant and lounge, or in the pretty gardens during the warmer summer months. With the tinkling of the Neptune Fountain, the garden is also the perfect place to relax with a morning coffee or a cocktail in the evening.
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.
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.
Private transfer to Zurich airport
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