Day 1 Zürich: welcome to Switzerland
Day 2 Zürich–Biel/Bienne–Neuchâtel–Geneva: Zürich orientation tour; stop in Biel/Bienne, explore the historical center; stop in lakeside Neuchâtel
Day 3 Geneva: guided sightseeing, visit the Reformation Park
Day 4 Geneva–Évian Les Bains–Gruyères–Broc–Charmey: see the Rhône vineyards in Évian-Les-Bains; visit the castle in Gruyères; visit the famous Maison Cailler chocolate factory in Broc
Day 5 Charmey–Gstaad–Grindelwald: orientation tour in Gstaad; travel to Grindelwald
Day 6 Grindelwald. Excursion to the Jungfrau: visit to the Jungfraujoch railway station
Day 7 Grindelwald–Berne–Lucerne: see the Bear Park, the Old Town and enjoy the panoramic view from the Rose Garden in Berne; travel to Lucerne
Day 8 Lucerne: walking tour, see the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge
Day 9 Lucerne–Basel (Embarkation): travel to Basel; onboard welcome reception
Day 10 Breisach. Excursion to Black Forest: choice of excursion to Black Forest, or guided tour in Colmar
Day 11 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral
Day 12 Excursion to Heidelberg. Mainz: guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat; visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz
Day 13 Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge–Koblenz: visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; special treat; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; guided walk in Koblenz
Day 14 Cologne: choice of “Cologne Highlights” walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour
Day 15 Amsterdam: canal cruise
Day 16 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning
In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
This unique vacation gives you a chance to tour stunning Switzerland and enjoy a river cruise on the legendary Rhine River through France, Germany, and Holland.
Begin in spectacular Switzerland, where you'll enjoy the country’s beautiful mountains and lakes—with overnights in Zürich, Geneva, the Gruyère area, Grindelwald, and Lucerne. The highlight of this tour is the time spent in the mountain resort of Grindelwald, in the vicinity of three mighty mountains: Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. Globus has arranged an unforgettable rack railway trip to the "Top of Europe," a high Alpine wonderland of ice and snow. Here, at the amazing Jungfraujoch, Europe's highest railway station at 11,332 feet, you can experience the Alpine Sensation, the Ice Palace, and you can also take the elevator to the Sphinx Observatory. A truly unforgettable experience! Also, visit the magnificent castle in Gruyères and walk through eight centuries of architecture, history, and culture. Geneva, Switzerland's most international and second-largest city, offers a fantastic lakeside setting and breathtaking panoramas of the Alps. Here, you'll have guided sightseeing of the city and a visit to the Reformation Park. Enjoy a chocolate tasting at the famous Maison Cailler in Broc; and stop in Gstaad, one of Switzerland's most famous skiing resorts and a popular destination for international celebrities. In Lucerne, enjoy a guided walking tour that includes the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge.
Embark on your river cruise in Basel, Switzerland, and head for Breisach, Germany. Here, you’ll find the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest, an area of unrivaled natural beauty, and home to Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and the cuckoo clock. In Strasbourg, France, be amazed by the red-sandstone gothic cathedral with ancient murals and the fascinating astronomical clock. Stroll through the lovely La Petite France district with its quaint shops, delightful bistros, and peaceful waterfront promenade. Visit the ruins of Heidelberg’s castle, towering magnificently over the city, and stop in Mainz for a guided walk and a visit to the captivating Gutenberg Museum. Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam, offers world-famous museums and an abundance of restaurants amongst the classic architecture and charming canals. See the treasures of the city on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.” A perfect ending to this once-in-a-lifetime vacation!
- ARRIVE IN ZÜRICH, SWITZERLAND
- GENEVA–ÉVIAN-LES-BAINS, FRANCE–GRUYÈRES–BROC–CHARMEY, SWITZERLAND
- GRINDELWALD. EXCURSION TO THE JUNGFRAU
- LUCERNE–BASEL (EMBARKATION)
- BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO THE BLACK FOREST
- STRASBOURG, FRANCE
- LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG
- RÜDESHEIM—RHINE GORGE
- AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
- AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)
Visited Countries: Switzerland, Netherlands, Germany, France
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