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7 Days / 6 Nights Swiss Harvest

Highlights

  • Discover:
    Zürich or Schaffhausen, Heinzenberg, Lenzerheide, Appenzell, Bellinzona, St. Moritz or Engadin villages, Feldkirch (Austria), Vaduz (Liechtenstein).
  • Attractions:
    - lunch at a restaurant that was once an arsenal
    - dinner at a grotto (stoned warehouse that was once used before the refrigerator was invented)
    - alpine berry-picking
    - UNESCO World Heritage castles and their city walls
    - lunch picnic at castle compound
    - horse carriage ride through villages in the picturesque countryside (optional)
    - mountain visit for an impressive 360° panoramic view of Swiss Alps / view of 1000 summits (optional)
    - rodel toboganning on the world's longest toboggan run on rails (optional)
    - Heidi village
    - lunch in the knights' or hunters' room of a castle
    - Top of Switzerland mountain visit to see the highest ice-packed mountains in the Eastern Alps and glacier (optional)
    - various outdoor and indoor mountain spring mineral thermal pools (optional)
Day 1
Arrival and pick up at Zürich airport / Zürich main train station / hotel in Zürich. Proceed to a charming medieval town in the northern part of Switzerland, also known as 'the prettiest small town in Switzerland' situated at the River Rhine. Next, go to Zürich. After lunch, walk along elegant Bahnhofstrasse - a shopping stretch - and visit a very pretty chocolate-cum-confectionery shop and a very well-known chocolate boutique-cum-café. After that, walk through narrow lanes in the Old Town area where the largest clockface in Europe awaits you just around the corner - beaming, ready for a photo shot. Then take a walk up one of the twin towers of the Grossmünster and have a bird's-eye view of the city of Zürich (optional).
A scenic drive along the Lake of Zürich, Lake Walen and the majestic Churfirsten mountain range to the Holiday Corner of Switzerland. Welcome to the land of 150 valleys, 615 alpine lakes and 937 mountain peaks. Pass the Heidi World, THE Pinot Noir region of Switzerland and the oldest city in Switzerland. Continue to drive through Graubünden, the most diversified and largest but the least densely populated canton of Switzerland, known for her widely untouched landscapes and home to three of the four cultures of Switzerland.
Drive into the valley of castles & ruins before checking into your hotel embedded at the foot of an inner alpine valley, also known as the ‘Orchard of Graubünden'. Here, in the geographic heart of the Alps, is the crossroads of the high and ancient alpine passes. Complimentary welcome drink during dinner.
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(Note: If you have been to Zürich, it might be replaceable with Rhine Falls (largest waterfall in Europe) and Schaffhausen where you discover the rare beauty and cultural diversity of this charming town with its delightful countryside, situated along the River Rhine next to Germany. The houses of the Old Town are richly decorated with 171 oriels and valuable murals. Narrow streets invite the visitor to stroll and shop, and if the weather is warm enough, the streets of the car-free town centers are transformed into pocket-size Parisian boulevards. These historical treasures date back to the Middle Ages. Optional: a visit to a majestic 16th century fortress.)
Day 2
Go to the alpine pastures or forests. Pick wild berries like blueberries, cranberries or raspberries. Collect wild walnuts/hazelnuts. (As nature has her own special unpredictable timing for bearing fruits or nuts, this itinerary will be changed, if necessary.)
Day 3
Visit a winter & summer sports resort. Here, you have various optional tours to choose from: (1) Horse carriage ride through the villages in the beautiful countryside (2) cable-car/chairlift ride up to one of the mountains of the largest and highest canton of Switzerland, Graubünden, for a panoramic view of the south-eastern Swiss Alps or a view of 1000 summits (3) rodel tobogganing on the world's longest toboggan run on rails.
Day 4
Bellinzona - capital of the Italian-speaking canton Ticino in the southern part of Switzerland, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its city walls and 3 famous castles enclosing a picturesque vineyard.Visit the castles and if the weather permits, have a lunch picnic in the castle compound. Next, visit the famous medieval bridge in a valley where the opening scene of James Bond 007 ‘Goldeneye’ was filmed or go to a pretty lakeside town situated at the foot of the southern Swiss Alps. Then go to a stone warehouse where people from the Swiss south valleys stored their foodstuff before the refrigerator was invented, to try south-eastern Swiss cuisine.

OR

If the weather permits, do an optional tour: a panorama train ride on the Bernina Express which got inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List on 7 July 2008 for being a masterpiece of engineering amidst panoramic landscapes and cultural diversity. Enjoy riding the most famous train in the Alps on board the Rhaetian Railway panorama coach whose north alpine route is a 145-km stretch that cuts through Graubünden, boasting the most beautiful railway routes in the world. During the trip over the Bernina pass, the train reaches an altitude of 2.253 m (7.390 ft) and masters gradients of 70%. The Bernina Express runs without cogwheels, on the highest long-distance railway transversal in the Alps over up to more then 200-metre long and 90-metre high bridges, through winding tunnels, past raging mountain torrents, glaciers and a rich array of alpine flowers to southerly Valposchiavo, over the spiralling viaduct at Brusio and on to Tirano in Italy.

Note: If the weather is not suitable for train ride today, you still have the opportunity to do it another day.
Day 5
The story of the little girl, Heidi, originates from a village in the Swiss countryside. Visit Heidi village to see the Heidi house with Heidi's room, attic, living room, cellar, kitchen etc like it was over 100 years ago. Then go across the nearby border to Austria to the city of Feldkirch. Next, hop across another border just around the corner to Liechtenstein and visit the capital city of Vaduz. A good range of cuckoo clocks is available here. If you are interested in alpine nature (e.g. alpine animals etc), the Liechtenstein National Museum is worth a visit.
Day 6
Today we visit the eastern part of Switzerland, St. Moritz, in the Upper Engadin Valley where the wealthy go to enjoy their riches and where the Alpine Ski World Championship 2003 as well as the Winter Olympics 1928 & 1948 were hosted. The town is yours to explore. Optional: a visit to one of the mountains in the eastern Swiss Alps for a very impressive 360° view of the Alps including a close view of the Bernina range, the highest mountain range in the Eastern Alps. On a clear day, depending on the sun's rays, 7 or 8 layers of mountain ranges can be seen from here! Graubünden has the most number of mountain peaks in the Alps exceeding 3000 m, making it the highest region in the Alps and earning it the name 'the roof of Europe'.
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(Note: If you have been to St. Moritz, it might be replaceable with visits to quaint villages in the Lower Engadin Valley where people go to see typical Engadiner sgraffito-painted houses with huge doors and sunken in funnel-like windows decorated with flowers. Optional: Take dips in various outdoor & indoor mountain spring mineral thermal pools.)
Day 7
Hotel check-out. Scenic ride to Zürich airport / Zürich main train station / hotel in Zürich. Please do NOT schedule your flight to depart Zürich airport before 10:45 am.

Note

1) As we would very much want our travellers to get the most out of our tours, the sequence and/or parts of the content of the above itinerary are subject to changes depending on weather conditions, forthcoming special events and unforeseen circumstances.

2) It might be possible to change above itinerary to an all-Switzerland holiday. Please write to us at tours @ tour168.ch.

3) If you have been to a few of the above-mentioned places but would like to visit other not-to-be-missed places or experience some interesting activities, we might be able to do some alteration. Do write to us.

What's included:

  • Transfer to and fro Zürich airport / Zürich main train station / hotel in Zürich.
    (Transfer to Zürich on last day not included for budget tours. Top-up applies.)
  • 6 nights hotel accommodation in countryside town.
  • 6 Swiss buffet breakfasts. (Not included for budget tours)
  • 5 Swiss dinners. (Not included for budget tours)
  • 1 driver-guide.
  • 1 tour guide.
  • 1 touring vehicle.

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