Join Fox World Travel and Insight Vacations Travel Director Gigi Bromage on a journey to see the magnificent views of Switzerland! See cities such as Geneva, Liechtenstein, Lucerne and Zermatt plus enjoy a scenic train ride along part of the Glacier Express route. Prepare yourself for the majesty of Switzerland’s snow-capped mountains and the beauty of the Alps, glaciers, sparkling lakes, flower-filled meadows and rich, green valleys. You will dine in local elegance along the way with an added fondue lunch in Gruyères plus added dinners and special sights. It will be a magnificent journey that will leave you bringing wonderful stories to talk about back home!
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Your journey begins with an overnight flight from Chicago O’Hare to Geneva, Switzerland
Prepare yourself for the majesty of Switzerland's snow-capped mountains, glaciers, sparkling lakes, flower-filled meadows and rich, green valleys. On arrival, take our group transfer from Geneva airport to your hotel. Meet your Travel Director and travel companions for a short stroll to your Welcome Dinner hosted at Au Petit Chalet. The evening is full of Swiss delight, as you enjoy the cozy, chalet-style decor while being served typical Swiss specialties including mouthwatering chocolate fondue for dessert!
Hotel: Hotel d’Angleterre, Geneva (or similar)
Meal: Dinner with Wine
Start your day with the highlights of Geneva, the City of Gardens. See the Jet d’Eau and Floral Clock. Then relax and enjoy the enchanting scenery as we travel through vineyards and alpine meadows to the fortified town of Gruyères, that gives its name to the well-known cheese. Enjoy a fondue lunch at a local restaurant before time on your own to explore the pretty main street and 13th century castle. We continue to the scenic town of Montreux, situated at the foot of the Alps and boasting beautiful lakeside walks. After an orientation, the rest of the day is at leisure.
Hotel: Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic Montreux (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch with Wine
Journey further around the Lake Geneva arc to the medieval Chillon Castle, where a Local Expert will show you through the former home of the Counts of Savoy, which was immortalized by Byron's 'Prisoner of Chillon'. Continue through the Rhone Valley, where high summer temperatures support vines and other fruits. The final stage of your journey is by cogwheel train to the traffic-free Alpine resort of Zermatt. During your orientation with your Travel Director, feast your eyes on the distinctive triangular silhouette of the Matterhorn. At night, enjoy a stroll in the fresh mountain air to your chosen restaurant for your Dine-Around Evening. Perhaps try a delicious cheese fondue?
Hotel: Alex Hotel Zermatt (or similar)
Meal: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
Zermatt in summertime offers many leisure possibilities: try swimming, hiking, or spend a whole day relaxing in the fresh alpine surrounds. Perhaps take an optional ride on Europe’s highest cable car to the snowcapped roof of the world for a magnificent panorama of the highest peaks in Switzerland, Italy and France?
Hotel: Alex Hotel Zermatt (or similar)
Descend to Täsch and rejoin the coach. Follow in Napoleon's footsteps as you ascend the Simplon Pass, taking in magnificent views over the Alps from the 2,000-metre summit. Continue along the gentle shores of Lake Maggiore. A short hop on our private motor launch brings us to the world-renowned hanging gardens of Isola Bella, where white peacocks preen. In the Borromean Palace, a Local Expert reveals the grottoes and masterpieces lovingly nurtured by this wealthy Italian dynasty. Our island hopping continues to the quaint Fisherman’s Island where we are treated to a typically local Italian meal - Buon Appetito!
Hotel: Hotel Simplon Baveno (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
The day is set aside for you to relax and enjoy all the fantastic sights of this beautiful lakeland area. Perhaps take an Optional Experience to Lake Como, the most picturesque of all the great Italian lakes and deeply treasured in the hearts of all Italians. Cruise past magnificent villas of the rich and famous, stopping in Bellagio where there will be time to relax and enjoy this charming “pearl of the Lake”.
Hotel: Hotel Simplon Baveno (or similar)
Head north back into the high mountain country of the Grisons Alps today. Ascend the Julier Pass to arrive in the sparkling Engadine Valley with an invigorating climate characterised by clear skies and its location high in the Alps. On arrival in the cosmopolitan resort of St. Moritz, a brief orientation with your Travel Director will show you the spa quarter and the brilliantly sparkling glacial lake, before there is time to explore further on your own or mingle with the jet set in the elegant boutiques.
Hotel: Hotel Steffani, St Moritz (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
Start the day with a scenic train ride along part of the route of the Glacier Express, through unforgettable scenes of ice-capped mountains, stone-built villages and lush meadows. At Chur, reboard your coach and travel along the valley of the Upper Rhine to spend some time in Vaduz, the tiny capital of the Principality of Liechtenstein, where you explore the area around the castle. Continue to Lucerne alongside the dramatic Walensee and Lake Zurich. On arrival, see the sorrowful sculpture of the wounded lion, commemorating the brave Swiss guards who died defending King Louis XVI during the French Revolution. Your Travel Director will also show you the Jesuit Church and the Chapel Bridge.
Hotel: Renaissance Lucerne Hotel (or similar)
Commence the day with a morning stroll along lakeside promenades or shopping for fine watches while enjoying the scenery. Then, from the town of Stans, embark on a scenic journey by funicular railway and opentop cable car to the summit of the stunning Mount Stanserhorn. Explore Stanserhorn with Insight Choice. Choose between meeting a Swiss ranger for a lecture to learn about the local wildlife, or alternatively, walk through the Stanserhorn marmott park. Later meet local farmers in a typical rural community for a delightful horse-drawn ride. Clip-clop your way through bright green pasture, where the angular spire of a traditional white church shoots skyward and rickety old wooden storehouses still dot the landscape. Call in at a local farm where a wonderful spread of homemade drinks and snacks is served. Tonight, celebrate new friends and enjoy a Celebration Dinner at the foot of Mount Stanserhorn with magnificent views over Lake Lucerne.
Hotel: Renaissance Lucerne Hotel (or similar)
Meal: Breakfast, Celebration Dinner with Wine
Your journey comes to an end after breakfast. Your group is transferred to Zurich airport for your flight home.
Hotels and Itinerary are subject to change.
- Round-trip air from Chicago O’Hare to Geneva, Switzerland and return from Zurich Switzerland including current air taxes and fees
- Round-trip airport/hotel motorcoach transfers including baggage handling when purchasing the air-included package
Nine (9) nights in 4-star hotels accommodations:
- Begin with one night Geneva
- One night Montreux
- Two nights Zermatt
- Two nights Baveno
- One night St Moritz
- Two nights Lucerne
Hotel accommodations include hotel service charges, taxes and luggage handling
- Daily Breakfast
- One local fondue lunch in Gruyères
- Five dinners with wine including the Isola Bella tour with dinner and a group celebration dinner
- Visit to Gruyères with a local fondue lunch
- An added night in Montreux
- An additional night in Baveno
- Tour to Isola Bella with dinner included
- Professional tour manager from Fox World Travel*
- Premium Fox World Travel Gift given with your travel documents
Premium Tour Experiences
- Start your tour in Geneva, Switzerland a city that lies at the southern tip of the Lac Léman (Lake Geneva). Surrounded by the Alps and Jura mountains.
- Take in the sights of Gruyères, a medieval town in the Fribourg canton of Switzerland known for production of the cheese of the same name.
- Montreux is a traditional resort town on Lake Geneva. Nestled between steep hills and the lakeside.
- The town Zermatt in Southern Switzerland at an elevation of around 1600m, lies below the iconic, pyramid-shaped Matterhorn Peak. Main street is lined with boutique shops, hotels and restaurants.
- Acend into Baveno Italy where you will have time to enjoy the gardens of Isola Bella while peacocks preen. Take time to explore this beautiful Italian town or take an optional excursion to Lake Como, the most picturesque of all the great Italian lakes.
- Visit the luxury Alpine resort town of St Moritz who has hosted the Winter Olympics twice and is known for its outdoor Olympic ice rink.
- Enjoy a scenic train ride on the Glacier Express from St Moritz to Chur with unforgettable scenery and ice capped mountains, stone-built villages and lush meadows.
- Take a scenic journey by funicular railway and open top cable car to the summit to the stunning Mount Stanserhorn.
- Professional Insight driver and guide for transfers and included excursions
- Luxury air-conditioned 40 -seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom for transportation and sightseeing
- Headset for guided sightseeing visits and walking tours
- Customized, informative travel documents containing trip details and helpful packing and planning information
Note: Daily Itinerary is subject to change. Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary.
*Minimum of 30 travelers required for the Fox World Travel tour manager to accompany the group. In the event the minimum number is not reached, the tour may still include a professional, local guide in the destination.
Single availability is limited and upon request.
All current air taxes and fees of $399.75 per person are included and subject to change.
Early Booking Discount: Book and deposit by March 1, 2022 and receive a $250.00 discount per person
Insight Past Passenger Discount: Receive $100.00 per Insight past passenger*
*Must have traveled with Insight Vacations, Uniworld, Brendan Vacations, Trafalgar or Contiki within the last five years to qualify.
Discounts are subject to change at any time.
Insight Vacations Travel Director
Gigi Bromage was born in the United States but has lived in Europe for almost 30 years. She’s resided mostly in Paris but has also lived and studied in Florence and Padua, Italy.
She worked as 1992 Opening Crew for Disneyland Paris, before she began working as a Travel Director for Insight in 1997 leading trips all over Europe. She works for the Panoramic European Discovery team and does regional tours for Insight in Italy, France, Croatia, and Spain and met her husband, John who also works for Insight Vacations, 18 years ago in Paris. They were married 2003 and moved from Paris to Normandy.
Gigi is passionate about travel and says it’s “The only thing you buy that makes you richer!”. She also enjoys art, architecture, history, books, fashion, sports, people, food and culture.
Roundtrip flights from Chicago O’Hare
- August 18, 2022: Depart Chicago O’Hare at 7:25pm, arrive Zurich, Switzerland at 10:45am (August 19)
- August 19, 2022: Depart Zurich, Switzerland at 12:45pm, arrive Geneva, Switzerland at 1:35pm
- August 28, 2022: Depart Zurich, Switzerland at 12:55pm, arrive Chicago O’Hare at 3:30pm
Flight schedules are subject to change and FWT has no control over flight changes, seat assignments, delays or cancellations. Tickets will be non-refundable once issued. Changes will be subject to a fee plus any fare difference. Additional restrictions may apply. Checked baggage fees may apply.
Pricing and flight options from other cities available upon request.
Optional Motorcoach Transfer
Group motorcoach transfer to and from Chicago O’Hare from select pick-up points are $45 per person each direction ($90 per person roundtrip) is available to add to the tour package.
Cancellation and travel protection is strongly recommended. Details and rates can be obtained from your Fox World Travel advisor.
- From date of deposit to May 5, 2022: Initial deposit of $200.00 per person
- May 6, 2022 – June 6 2022: 50% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
- June 7, 2022 – July 7, 2022: 75% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
- July 8, 2022 – day of travel: No refunds
Airline tickets are non-refundable once ticketed.
Note: Daily Itinerary is subject to change. Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.
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