Switzerland & Central Europe in 18 Days

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Bad Ragaz
Interlaken
St. Moritz
Zermatt
Zurich
Viena
Budapest
Prague
Berlin
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All flights
Accommodation
Some transfers
Activities
Some meals
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until October 2023
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From + £ 1,030
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charm by bus
included
charm by train
From + £ 200
superior by bus
From + £ 800
superior by train
From + £ 1,000
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From Zurich, discover charming Bern and idyllic Interlaken. Admire the scenery of Zermatt and take the Glacier Express railway to luxurious St. Moritz. Relax in Bad Ragaz and enjoy the medieval charms of Lucerne. Unearth the history of Berlin, and stroll through the fairytale streets of Prague. Discover the artistic legacy of enchanting Vienna and the Hungarian capital of Budapest.

18 days trip including flights*

18 days and 17 nights in destination

1

LON - ZRH

Zurich

2

Interlaken

3

Zermatt

4

Zermatt

5

St. Moritz

6

Bad Ragaz

7

Zurich

8

ZRH-BER

Berlin

9

Berlin

10

Berlin

11

Prague

12

Prague

13

Vienna

14

Vienna

15

Budapest

16

Budapest

17

Budapest

18

BUD - LON

* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.

The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.

1st Day: UK/Ireland - Zurich

Ready to discover the spectacular cities and landscapes of Switzerland? Arrive at your departure airport, ready to catch a flight to Zurich. Touch down in Zurich, famous as a global center of finance on the north shore of beautiful Lake Zurich. Transfer to the hotel, get settled in and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. Overnight stay in Zurich.



2nd Day: Zurich - Bern - Thun - Interlaken

After breakfast at the hotel, a 2-hour walking tour of Zurich with a professional guide. Explore the atmospheric Old Town, see the 12th-century Grossmunster cathedral and stroll down bustling Bahnhofstrasse. Discover Paradeplatz, the 11th-century Fraumunster Church and stroll along the river banks at Limmatquai. Afterwards, set off for the Swiss capital of Bern, a small city known for its medieval old town. Upon arrival, enjoy a 2-hour guided city tour with a professional guide. Pass through the old town where you can admire the Zytglogge medieval clock tower, the beautiful Rose Garden and Parliament Square. See the Gothic-style Bern Cathedral and visit Bear Park, named after the brown bear which is the symbol of the city. Later on, pass through Thun before continuing to Interlaken, a traditional resort town in the mountainous Bernese Oberland region. Get settled at the hotel and enjoy the breathtaking mountain scenery and charming alpine architecture. Overnight stay in Interlaken.

Included
Zurich City Tour
Included
Bern & Thun City Tour
3rd Day: Interlaken - Zermatt

Breakfast at the hotel. Take a short panoramic tour with your driver through Interlaken this morning, one of Switzerland's most important resort towns. Later, transfer to Zermatt, in the shadow of the famous Matterhorn mountain! This car-free resort is a natural paradise where you can soak up the tranquillity of the Swiss mountains. Overnight stay in Zermatt.

 

4th Day: Zermatt

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day at your leisure in Zermatt. Admire the majestic silhouette of the Matterhorn or soak up the charming atmosphere of this Alpine town as you wander through its pretty streets, flanked by wooden architecture and chocolate-box style lodgings. One of the best ways to enjoy the beauty of the famous Matterhorn is to take the Gornergrat Cogwheel Railway, which reaches a maximum height of 3,100 metres above sea level for spectacular views of the mountain and surrounding scenery!* Overnight stay in Zermatt.

* Tickets for the Gornergrat Cogwheel Railway can be purchased at the destination. Timetables for the service are available locally. 

5th Day: Zermatt - St. Moritz by Glacier Express

Breakfast at the hotel. Prepare for an exciting day ahead as you set off on the famous Glacier Express, one of the most scenic train rides in the world! Journey through the inspiring landscapes of the Alps as you travel from Zermatt to St. Moritz, an unforgettable journey of around 7.5 hours. Pass through 91 tunnels, across 291 bridges and climb as high as 2033 meters as the Glacier Express crosses the Oberalp Pass. The journey includes a three-course meal and the panoramic windows ensure ample opportunities to kick back and take in the views! Arrive in St. Moritz and transfer to the hotel. St. Moritz is the most luxurious alpine resort in Switzerland so be sure to get out and explore the upmarket eateries and glamorous streets. Overnight stay in St. Moritz.

Included
Glacier Express
6th Day: St. Moritz - Davos - Klosters - Bad Ragaz

Breakfast at the hotel. Free morning to explore St. Moritz at your leisure, famous for hosting the Winter Olympics twice and one of the most prominent ski resorts in Europe. Afterwards, head off to Davos, the highest town in the Swiss Alps. Enjoy this unique town, famous for holding the annual World Economic Forum before heading to Klosters which has a more laid-back atmosphere and boasts plenty of pretty wooden Alpine architecture. Afterwards, head to Bad Ragaz, one of Switzerland's most famous spa resorts. Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure. We recommend a visit to the Tamina Therme, a spa oasis that harnesses the healing properties of the thermal waters of Bad Ragaz. Overnight stay in Bad Ragaz.

7th Day: Bad Ragaz - Lucerne - Zurich

Breakfast at the hotel. Leave beautiful Bad Ragaz behind you today as you depart to Lucerne, an enchanting Swiss city filled with medieval architecture. Take in the views of Lake Lucerne and see St. Peter's Chapel, the Jesuit Church, the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge as you enjoy a 2-hour guided city tour, accompanied by a professional guide. Afterwards, continue your journey back to Zurich. On arrival, get settled at the hotel and enjoy your final evening in Switzerland. Overnight stay in Zurich.

Included
Guided Tour of Lucerne
8th Day: Zurich - Berlin

Breakfast at the hotel. Bid farewell to the charming culture and unforgettable landscapes of Switzerland. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight to Berlin.* Touch down in Berlin, the stylish and historic German capital. Get settled at the hotel and, if time allows, get to know the city at your leisure. Overnight stay in Berlin.

* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast.

9th Day: Berlin

Tuck into a hearty German breakfast at the hotel and set off on an exciting panoramic city tour of East and West Berlin, to uncover the history and sights of the capital! Take an iconic photo at the majestic Brandenburg Gate, visit the poignant Holocaust Memorial and stroll along the leafy Unter den Linden Avenue. Discover Museum Island, the Red Town Hall, the Nikolai Quarter. Trace the turbulent history of the city at Checkpoint Charlie and see the fragmented remains of the Berlin Wall, noticing the contrasts between the different sides of the city. See the Forum of Culture and the idyllic Tiergarten Park. Potsdamer Platz shows you a modern side of the city before you spend the remainder of the day at your leisure. It's time for a well-deserved German beer after a day of sightseeing! Overnight stay in Berlin.

Included
Berlin City Tour
10th Day: Berlin

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day exploring Berlin at your leisure. Why not visit the brilliant amazing cultural treasures at Museum Island or spend the day exploring the flower gardens of the Tiergarten. Overnight stay in Berlin.

 

11th Day: Berlin - Prague

Breakfast at the hotel. Self-transfer to the bus station to catch a bus to the Czech capital of Prague, a journey of around 5 hours. Arrive in Prague, known for its fairytale old town, lively nightlife and nicknamed the 'City of a Hundred Spires'. Self-transfer to the hotel and spend the remainder of the day exploring at your leisure. Overnight stay in Prague.

 

12th Day: Prague

Breakfast at the hotel. Set off on a city tour of Prague, nicknamed the 'Golden City'. See the famous Powder Tower and explore the Old Town. Reach Old Town Square home to the famous Astronomical Clock, one of the most popular sights in Prague, and the Church of Our Lady Before Tyn. Finish the tour at the iconic Charles Bridge. The remainder of the day is free at your leisure to explore the sights and sample the local cuisine at your own pace. Overnight stay in Prague.

Included
Prague City Tour
13th Day: Prague - Vienna

After breakfast at the hotel self-transfer to the bus station to catch a bus to Vienna, a journey of around 4.5 hours. Travel through the beautiful landscapes of Bohemia and Moravia towards Austria and its capital, Vienna. Arrive in Vienna, an imperial city famed for its artistic legacy and for being the home town of Mozart and Beethoven. Self-transfer to the hotel and spend the remainder of the day exploring at your leisure. We recommend heading to the historic centre to enjoy the charming atmosphere. During the summer the riverbanks come alive with lively bars and restaurants, so be sure to check this out if the weather is pleasant. Overnight stay in Vienna.

14th Day: Vienna

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day at your leisure, soaking up the cultural sights of Vienna at your leisure. Overnight stay in Vienna

 

15th Day: Vienna - Budapest

Breakfast at the hotel. Catch a bus this morning to travel to Budapest, the capital of Hungary, a journey of around 3 hours. After enjoying the changing landscapes of the Danube Delta arrive in Budapest and self-transfer to the hotel. The city is famously divided in two by the River Danube Buda and Pest, each with its own distinctive atmosphere. Spend the afternoon at your leisure. Overnight stay in Budapest.

16th Day: Budapest

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, set off on an enthralling guided tour of Budapest, beginning with Heroes Square, the largest and most impressive in the city and an emblem of Pest's Golden Era. Next, see the National Opera Theatre and the amazing Parliament building, a true icon of the city on the banks of the Danube. Continue the tour across the river, in the Castle District, where you can enjoy the sweeping views from Castle Hill and the amazing architecture of the Fisherman's Bastion. Cross Margaret Bridge to visit the Király Baths before ending the tour at the oldest and most photographed bridge in the city, the glorious Chain Bridge. Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure. Overnight stay in Budapest.

Included
Budapest City Tour
17th Day: Budapest

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day at your leisure in Budapest. Why not take in the views from Fisherman's Bastion or stroll along the riverside promenade. Overnight stay in Budapest.

 

18th Day: Budapest - UK/Ireland

Breakfast at the hotel.* It's time to bring your journey through Switzerland and Central Europe to an end. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the UK/Ireland. Arrive in UK/Ireland and end your trip. 

* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

Accommodation: 17 Nights

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Included activities

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Included

Included activity for day 2 in Zurich

Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: 09:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

Zurich City Tour

Set off on a 2-hour walking tour of Zurich with a professional guide. Explore the atmospheric Old Town, see the 12th-century Grossmunster cathedral and stroll down bustling Bahnhofstrasse. Discover Paradeplatz and the 11th-century Fraumunster Church.

What's included: professional guide

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Included

Included activity for day 2 in Bern

Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: 14:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

Bern & Thun City Tour

Enjoy a 2-hour guided city tour with a professional guide. Pass through the old town where you can admire the Zytglogge medieval clock tower, the beautiful Rose Garden and Parliament Square. See the Gothic-style Bern Cathedral and visit Bear Park.

What's included: Professional guide

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Included

Included activity for day 5 in St. Moritz

Duration 07:30h Approx.

Physical rating:

Light

Glacier Express

Travel on the famous Glacier Express, one of the most scenic train rides in the world! Journey through the inspiring landscapes of the Alps as you travel from Zermatt to St. Moritz. Three-course meal included. Duration: Approx. 7.5 hours.

What's included: Three-course lunch & Glacier Express Train Ride in 2nd class seats from Zermatt - St. Mortiz. Not included: Drinks not included

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Included

Included activity for day 7 in Lucerne

Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: 09:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

Guided Tour of Lucerne

Take in the views of Lake Lucerne and see St. Peter's Chapel, the Jesuit Church, the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge as you enjoy a 2-hour guided city tour, accompanied by a professional guide.

What's included: Professional guide

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The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. more information
  • Departures from main UK/Ireland airports.
  • International flights: UK/Ireland - Zurich, Zurich - Berlin, Budapest - UK/Ireland.*
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  • Glacier Express Train Ride.
  • 17 nights accommodation in Charm category hotels.
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  • 17 breakfasts and three-course lunch* on the Glacier Express.
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  • Airport transfers in air-conditioned vehicles and regular Bus line Berlin-Prague, Prague-Vienna, Vienna- Budapest.
  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
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  • Air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • ATOL Protection.
  • English speaking driver in Switzerland.
*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Tax, drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

*Drinks at Glacier Express train are not included. 

Please note: Zermatt is a car-free resort. Therefore, on day 4, you will be dropped off at St. Niklaus Station in Zermatt and need to pay 10 CHF in cash per person on arrival for a short transfer in a licensed vehicle to your hotel in Zermatt Village.

* Documentation of the internal flights will either be available in the "My bookings" section in your "Customer Area" 14 days before your trip or delivered to you on arrival at your destination. It is essential to fill in the passport information correctly for each passenger in the given boxes at the end of the reservations process.

Please note: Zermatt is a car-free resort. Therefore, on day 4, you will be dropped off at St. Niklaus Station in Zermatt and need to pay 10 CHF in cash per person on arrival for a short transfer in a licensed vehicle to the entrance of Zermatt village. 

Guide information: To ensure you receive the best local experience and insights, you will have different local driver in each of the destinations visited during this itinerary. You will not be accompanied by the same driver for the whole trip. Please note: This trip is not fully escorted. Although the included excursions are guided, you will not be accompanied by a guide throughout the entire trip.

Please note: hotel city tax is not included and must be paid directly at the hotels during the check-out process.

New entry requirement in Switzerland: All international travelers before arriving in the country must fill the following form if they do not have a certificate from an EU or EFTA country or a third country connected to the EU Gateway: https://covidcertificate-form.admin.ch/foreign

  • Entry requirements
    Valid passport required.
  • Visa
    No visa is required to enter the country.
  • Currency
    Swiss Franc.
  • Language
    German, French and Italian.
  • Electricity
    220 V. No adapter required.
  • Health
    There are no mandatory vaccinations.
  • Time zone
    UTC +1
  • Other useful information
    The Swiss drive on the right-hand side of the road.
  • Tourist Office website
    www.myswitzerland.com/

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or canceled without prior notice.

Children: 2 - 5 years old.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

 

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