Switzerland – June 10 – 18, 2024

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SWITZERLAND: EUROPE’S CROWN JEWEL

GRAND TOUR FOR 2024 You have the opportunity to visit and explore one of the most stunning countries in the world. You will experience soaring heights as you experience soul-stirring and breathtaking Alpine views from mountaintop idylls steeped in beauty, legends and lore…storied sights abound every day…culinary delights…waterfalls, hidden treasures of an 800 year old city, and scenery that takes your breath away.

TOUR DATE: June 10 18, 2024

1. TOUR BEGINS WITH AN INTERNATIONAL OVERNIGHT FLIGHT TO MUNICH, GERMANY

2. ARRIVE IN MUNICH – Upon arrival at the airport in Munich we will be met by our personal guide who will transfer us to our bus. Germany, Austria, Italy, Principality of Liechtenstein and Switzerland – your primary destination. Today we will drive by Bregenz to the Principality of Liechtenstein to the capital Vaduz where you can stamp your passport! From there we arrive in the afternoon in Lucerne – our great place for the next 3 nights. Tonight enjoy an included Welcome Dinner.

3. FULL DAY Lucerne – This will be our full day in Lucerne, the “Swiss Paradise on the Lake”. Lucerne, known for its preserve medieval architecture, sits amid snowcapped mountains on Lake Lucerne. Its colorful Alstadt (Old Town) is bordered on the north by Museggmauer (Musegg Wall), a 14th century rampart. The covered Kapellbrucke (Chapel Bridge), built in 1333, links the Aldstadt to the Reuss River’s right bank.

We will start the day with a guided tour of the city, exploring hidden treasures of an 800 year old city. We will visit the the covered Chapel Bridge 1333, the famous Water Tower, Renaissance Town Hall, the Barock Jesuit Church and the Lion Monument.

Crossing the River Reuss at an angle is the world’s oldest surviving truss bridge, and Lucerne’s emblem. The covered bridge dates from the 14th century and runs diagonally for 200 metres.

Carved into a former sandstone quarry is a rock relief of a dying lion. The monument was designed by the Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen and hewn in the early 1820’s by Lukas Ahorn.

The lion represents the Swiss Guard, which was massacred while trying to protect Louis XVI at the Tuileries Palace on August 10,1792 during the French Revolution. There’s rich symbolism in the work: The lion rests on top of a broken shield with the fleur-de-lis of the French royalty, and behind him is another intact shield with the Swiss coat of arms.

Jesuit Church was built just a few decades after the Hofkirche, and has an eye-catching Baroque style as a beacon of the Counter Reformation in the face of protestant cities like Geneva and Zurich. The church was designed by architects from Austria and Italy, consecrated in 1677 and completed over the course of the 16th and 17th centuries. Inside, the ornate stuccowork in the side chapel is the earliest example of the influential German Wessobrunner School. The second side chapel is dedicated to the hermit and now saint, Brother Klaus, and you can see his 15th century vestments. In the ceiling pediments are triangular 17th century paintings depicting events from Lucerne’s history.

Standing in Lucerne it’s impossible not to be mesmerized by this 6,983 feet mountain to the south. The peak is steeped in folklore, and has been nicknamed “Dragon Mountain” after a medieval legend claimed it was inhabited by dragons with healing powers. Today we will go up to Mount Pilatus with the steepest cogwheel train in the world and then do a Lake cruise.

This evening we will see a Swiss show with a typical Swiss Dinner included.

4. TRAVEL TO Ticino and Como, Italy – Today we will drive to Lugano into Ticino the most southern Canton of Switzerland. We will also go over to northern Italy to the town of Como. Here we will enjoy Lake Como where George Clooney has his Palazzo. Italian Lunch is included. Also included is Dinner.

5. Leave Lucerne head to Bern Have your bags packed and ready to load on the bus as we transfer to a different area of Switzerland. We leave Lucerne to go to the capital of Switzerland BERN.

We will drive via Interlaken at the foot of Eiger Monch and Jungfrau Mountain. You will get to see the famous waterfalls from Lauterbrunnen. Lauterbrunnen is situated in one of the most beautiful valleys in Europe. It is tucked away in the Bernese Oberland of the Swiss Alps. The German word Lauterbrunnen means “Many Springs” or more accurately: “Loud Springs”. The name is derived from 72 thundering waterfalls that gush down into the valley from the vertical cliff faces, some of which are several hundred feet high. This perfect combo of majestic water wonders, the towering steep rock walls and the Alps’ magical charm is the reason why Lauterbrunnen became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001.

From Lauterbrunnen we continue onto the charming town of Grindelwald, where they have every year the World Cup Ski races.

From Grindelwald we continue on to our destination for the next 3 nights – Bern. Here we will check into our Hotel. Lunch and Dinner included today.

6. BERN– Today will be a full day of touring Bern, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. The capital of Switzerland has many charms. Its quaint old town is framed by the Aare River and offers spectacular views of the Alps.

With its 3 miles of limestone buildings and medieval arcades, its Renaissance fountains with colorful figures, and its beautiful cathedral surrounded by picturesque rooftops, Bern, founded in 1191, is truly a gem of medieval architecture in Europe.

The Bern Munster Cathedral of St. Vincent is the most impressive late-Gothic building in the city and the largest and most important late medieval church in Switzerland. From this highest church tower in Switzerland, you may admire the magnificent view over the city and of the snow-covered mountains of the Bernese Oberland.

This cathedral is the largest religious building in Switzerland. Construction started in 1421 with builders working on this masterpiece over successive generations. The steeple was only completed in 1893.

An outstanding feature is the main portal, where you can admire the depiction of the Last Judgment – the only image that was spared the iconoclasm of the Reformation. What a day this will be! So much to take in and enjoy.

Lunch and Dinner included today.

7. Gruyeres and Montreux – Today we head into the French speaking part of Switzerland to Gruyeres for a cheese making demonstration. Then on to Montreux to visit Chateau de Chillon, an island castle fortress that has inspired writers and painters from Hugo and Byron to Delacroix and Courbet. The castle in its current form is the result of centuries of construction and redevelopment.

Excavations carried out from the end of the 19th century, especially those led by the archaeologist Albert Naef, attest to the occupation of the site from the Bronze Age.

The rocky islet on which the castle is built was both a natural protection and a strategic location to command the passage between northern and southern Europe. The fortress, built on a real island, has adopted its oval shape. It got its name from the rock, from an ancient language, in which the word “Chillon” means rocky platform. The history of the castle is marked by 3 major periods: Savoy, Bernese bailiffs and the State of Vaud.

Dinner included tonight.

8. Munich– We leave Switzerland today and drive to Munich, Germany to enjoy this lifefull city, the capital of Bavaria. An
included farewell dinner in one of the Famous Munich Beer Halls to enjoy local food and fun.

9. TOUR ENDS WITH FLIGHT BACK TO USA

HOTELS DURING THE TRIP:

Lucerne – Hotel Continental Luzern (3 nights)
Bern – Hotel Bern (3 nights)
Munich – Hotel Regent (1 night)

DEPOSIT INFORMATION:

$800 Per Person Due when registering for the tour. $200 of the deposit is non-refundable. If electing to add the travel insurance, please submit the cost of the insurance with your trip deposit. The Insurance costs are $362 for Double and $395 single.

COST INCLUDES:

  • Roundtrip Airfare from Houston
  • Transfers To and From Airport from Silsbee and
    Liberty
  • 8 Nights Lodging
  • Admission to all attractions and events
  • Gratuities to all Guides, Drivers and Meals
  • City Tax for each of our hotels
  • 17 Meals – 7 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 7 Dinners

The price above could change if the exchange rate between the Euro and the dollar makes a big change. Currently the budget for the airfare is $1400 pp. If the airfare is more than that the cost will increase, if it is lower the cost will decrease.

FINAL PAYMENT DUE: April 10, 2024

This Switzerland tour will be restricted to a small group of only 32 participants. Several have already expressed interest in this tour. In order to secure your spot please fill out the Registration Form and send in with your deposit in order to be confirmed for the tour. You will also need to submit a copy of your passport. If you have already submitted a copy of your passport for the Europe River Cruise, you do not need to submit another one.

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TOUR PRICE:

  • $5,395*

    (price is per person based on 2 people sharing room) For Single Rate cost is $5695

  • There are 5 spots remaining for this tour. Updated 9/04/23

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