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8 Days / 7 Nights Swiss Gems


  • Discover:
    Appenzell, Stein am Rhein, Lenzerheide, St Moritz, Engadin Villages, Münster Valley, Davos or Albula, Bellinzona.
  • Attractions:
    - German-speaking, Romansch-speaking & Italian-speaking parts of Switzerland
    - prettiest small town in Switzerland
    - a very traditional Swiss town whose inhabitants are very proud of their traditions
    - Bernina Express panorama train ride (optional)
    -  resort where the high society of the world go to
    - resort where one of the events of the Ski World Cup is held every March and where the Federer family has one of their holiday homes
    - rodel toboganning on the world's longest toboggan run on rails (optional)
    - drives over scenic mountain road passes 
    - a walk around a lake that is said to have a second lake beneath it
    - Top of Switzerland to see the highest ice-packed mountains of the Eastern Alps, lake plateau (3 lakes in a row) & glacier (optional)
    - only duty-free oasis in Switzerland
    - mountain visit for an impressive 360° panoramic view of Swiss Alp / view of 1000 summits (optional)
    - UNESCO World Heritage defensive medieval castles
Day 1
Arrival and pick-up at Zürich airport / hotel in Zürich / Zürich main station. Take a drive to a charming medieval town also known as the prettiest small town in Switzerland, famous throughout Europe for her medieval frescoes. Next, have lunch at a restaurant that was once an arsenal. Try one of the best chocolate cakes in the world at a well-known café-cum-chocolate boutique. Take a walk in the old town of Zürich with narrow lanes and little specialty shops. A scenic ride passing by the Lake of Zürich, Lake Walen and the pretty Churfirsten mountain range (7 mountains in a row), the Heidi World, THE Pinot Noir Region of Switzerland before arriving at your hotel embedded in an inner alpine valley in the geographic heart of the Alps.
Day 2
Visit a resort where one of the events of the Ski Word Cup is held every year in March, where former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, took her twins to learn skiing and where the Federer family has one of their holiday homes. Here you have various optional tours to choose from: 1) 1-hr horse-carriage ride through the picturesque countryside along lakes and through villages and pine woods.2) Swiss Alps visit for a 360º panoramic view or a view of 1000 summits of the Swiss Alps in Graubünden, well-known throughout Switzerland for her beautiful mountains. 3) Rodel tobogganing on the world's longest toboggan run on rails (according to Guinness Book of World Record) at 3.1 km long (availability: Jun to Oct, Dec to Mar).
Day 3
Take a scenic drive over to the resort of St Moritz where the 1928 & 1948 Winter Olympics and the 2003 World Ski Championship were held and where the wealthy go to enjoy their riches.
Optional: Visit Top of Switzerland for a view of the highest group of mountains in the eastern Alps – the ice-packed Bernina Massive, the Engadin lake plateau (3 lakes in a row) and glacier that was shown in the movie ‘An Inconvenient Truth' by Al Gore, former U.S. vice-president. Next, take a drive through the Swiss National Park to a quaint village situated at the easternmost valley of Switzerland. Explore the village. Stay a night at this village. Enjoy Swiss wellness of hay bath, pumpkin bath or evening primrose bath (optional).
Day 4
Today we drive to the only duty-free oasis in Switzerland. Next, go to the Lower Engadin Valley. Take a walk in quaint villages to see typical Engadiner houses. Optional: Take dips in various indoor and outdoor thermal massage pools.
Day 5
1) Visit the highest city in Europe. This is where 2000 of the world's most elite people (politicians, business leaders, celebraties etc) go to attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) every winter.
2) Drive over an alpine pass which cannot be driven over by coaches. Take a hike around a lake which is said to have a second lake beneath it. If weather permits, have a lunch picnic by the lake.
Drive over the Julier Pass, mentioned by travel magazines as one of the most beautiful passes in the world.

Then take a drive back to your hotel embedded in the holiday corner of Switzerland and the rest of the day is yours.
Day 6

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. Explore the city or visit the medieval castle(s). Experience the Saturday morning market and feel a different ambiance. Next, visit a beautiful lakeside town situated at the lowest point in Switzerland and at the foot of the southern Swiss Alps.


If weather permits, we 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 7

Drive through the countryside area of Appenzell, famous throughout Switzerland for her countryside landscape. Go to the very authentic and traditional town of Appenzell and admire pretty Appenzeller houses. Appenzell is not only known throughout Switzerland for her unique Appenzeller houses but also her high quality cheese, delicious sausages, beer made from mountain spring water, sweets etc.

Optional: Take a drive to the Queen of the North-Eastern Swiss Alps for a 360º splendid view of 5 countries – Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, Italy and Switzerland.
Day 8
Hotel check-out. Scenic ride to Zürich airport / hotel in Zürich / Zürich main train station. Please do NOT schedule your flight to depart Zürich airport before 10:45 am.


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) Some tours are included as optional tours because travellers MUST have the choice not to choose them in case of bad weather. In Switzerland, views from the summit of mountains are not always visible.  Sometimes there is ZERO visibility due to low or heavy clouds.  If the optionals are included in the tour price, then the mountain visit is a must-do even when the weather is not suitable for a mountain visit.  This would be unfair to the unaware traveller and it would be a wasted trip. We always check the weather one day before and advise our travellers if the scheduled mountain visit would be good or not.  Otherwise, we either shuffle the itinerary and do the mountain visit another day when the weather is good (as per forecast) or advise them not to do it at all when the next days are not suitable for mountain visits. For other optional tours like horse-carriage rides, thermal pools, etc, some travellers might not want to do them for some reason or some may have done them before.

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 / hotel in Zürich / Zürich main train station.
  • 7 nights accommodation in countryside.
  • 7 Swiss breakfasts.
  • 7 Swiss dinners.
  • 1 driver-guide.
  • 1 tour guide.
  • 1 touring vehicle.

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