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CIT’S SWITZERLAND

SWITZERLAND MAY BE NEUTRAL BUT IT IS CERTAINLY NOT BLAND. The fusion of language and flavours from neighbouring countries has formed a distinctive Swiss culture known for its financial institutions, cheese, chocolate and watches. With spectacular mountain panoramas, alpine peaks glittering with snow, gushing waterfalls in hidden valleys and crystal clear blue lakes – Switzerland is truly a unique experience. The cosmopolitan centres of Zurich, Geneva, Lucerne and Interlaken are linked by some of the world’s most scenic railway journeys and offer remarkable mountain excursions. The trains and cable cars are a real adventure, transporting you from the bottom of the valley to the top of a mountain into a realm of eternal ice and snow with breathtaking views. We offer a variety of journeys throughout Switzerland covering everything from the must see sights and iconic rail journeys to hiking and cycling experiences. Most of our packages are flexible and can be adjusted to create your own personal program.

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Basel

St. Gallen

Zurich Appenzell

Neuchatel

Lucerne Pilatus

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Brienzer Rothorn

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SWITZERLAND MAP Laufenburg

Choose Your Own Adventure

Mix and match your accommodation style with your preferred mode of transport, then add extras like transfers, day trips and tours. There’s a travel experience for everyone – from independent travellers to groups and families.

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We can tailor the perfect holiday just for you – from budget to luxury to family-friendly, from activity-packed adventure to ‘stay a while’ relaxation.

Travel Styles

Independent Travel Your options are endless - select your accommodation, transport & transfers, day-trips, mountain excursions and tours (that may or may not include other guests). We can create a unique journey to suit your interests and budget. Rail Journeys Public transport works like clockwork and makes travelling around Switzerland a breeze. The Swiss Travel System presents over 26,000 captivating kilometres of public transport and includes rail, lake steamers, postal buses and city transport lines – all synchronised for easy connections. We offer a variety of journeys throughout Switzerland including the iconic scenic trains such as the Glacier Express, Golden Pass Line, Bernina Express, the Gotthard Panorama Express and the Chocolate train. Group Travel Discover Switzerland on an escorted group tour with frequent departures showcasing the highlights of Switzerland and providing great value for money. Or if you would like to explore Switzerland with your own group of friends or family, an association, school or work group, then we can create the perfect customised itinerary for you. CIT Experiences Switzerland has so much to offer whether it is art, history and culture, a walking or cycling adventure, a foodie encounter or a combination of experiences. Our travel experts are committed to tailoring your perfect holiday. Use these helpful icons to work out which style of travel suits you. If you need a recommendation, talk to one of our Switzerland specialists today.

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DEPARTS: Daily 14 Jun – 14 Sep LOW SEASON HIGH SEASON

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EXTENSIONS: 1 extra night at the Waldhaus Sils-Maria with excursion on the Bernina Express to Tirano from $615*

2 extra nights in Montreux with a degustation dinner at Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic & Golden Pass rail journey ThunZweisimmen - Montreux from $621*

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Sils-Maria From champagne breakfasts to gourmet dinners, horse-drawn carriage rides to lake cruises and the exhilarating Glacier Express to relaxing spa experiences, this journey encompasses some of the best Switzerland has to offer. Spoil yourself by travelling on first class rail and staying at exceptional hotels along the way. Enjoy the warm hospitality of the Hotel Waldhaus poised above Sils-Maria like a fairy-tale castle, followed by the upscale and historic Grand Hotel Zermatterhof in Zermatt and finally the refined and heritage rich Hotel Schweizerhof in Bern. ITINERARY

Day 1 Zurich – Sils-Maria Travel by rail to St. Moritz and transfer by private vehicle to the Waldhaus in Sils-Maria. Tonight enjoy a five course dinner at the hotel. (D) Day 2 Sils-Maria Enjoy a day at leisure in the magnificent surroundings of Sils-Maria. Choose from a horse-carriage ride into the Val Fex, guided walks or simply relax and take advantage of the hotel’s spa facilities. (B,D) Day 3 St. Moritz - Zermatt (Glacier Express) Transfer to St. Moritz station and board the world-famous Glacier Express. This iconic journey takes you across the Alps to Zermatt, home of the Matterhorn. Transfer to the Grand Hotel Zermatterhof. This evening enjoy a dine-around dinner at a choice of hotel restaurants. (B,L,D) Day 4 Zermatt Stroll through Zermatt before taking the Gornergrat Railway to an altitude of 3,089m above sea level and enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views of hundreds of peaks with the Matterhorn right in the

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• 1st class rail travel as per itinerary including half fare Swiss card • 6 nights 5-star accommodation • 6 breakfasts including a Schweizerhof signature breakfast with champagne in Bern • 3 dinners (Sils Maria 2 x 5-course dinner & Zermatt 1 dine-around dinner) • Use of spa facilities in all hotels, 50 min massage treatment in Bern & spa voucher in Zermatt • Horse-drawn carriage ride to Val Fex (Sils Maria) • Seat reservation on Glacier Express and 3-course lunch on board • Excursion to the Gornergrat in Zermatt • Lake cruise on Lake Thun, Interlaken to Thun with on board 2-course lunch • Private guided tour of Bern with English speaking local guide • Luggage transport Zermatt-Bern (hotel to hotel)

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centre. Explore the Alpine surroundings in the afternoon on foot. Return to Zermatt with time to relax in the hotel spa. (B) Day 5 Zermatt - Lake Thun - Bern Travel by rail through the Lötschberg-Tunnel from the Valais to the Bernese Oberland. At InterlakenWest take a leisurely lake cruise towards Thun. After a short walk across this cute little town continue by train to the charming Swiss capital, Bern. Enjoy a welcome drink and check-in at the Hotel Schweizerhof. (B) Day 6 Bern After your Schweizerhof signature champagne breakfast, experience a fascinating private tour through Bern’s medieval old town. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the famous “Lauben” along the main streets of the old town with its many little boutiques and shops, or head back to the hotel to enjoy a massage at the hotel spa. (B) Day 7 Bern Extend your journey or transfer by rail to a Swiss airport or border. (B)

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• 2nd class rail travel as per itinerary including half fare Swiss card (upgrade to 1st class available on request) • 10 nights 3-star accommodation (upgrades available on request) • 10 breakfasts • Seat reservations on Glacier Express and Bernina Express • Matterhorn glacier paradise excursion • Arrival transfer from Venice station to nearby hotel • Walking tour of Venice and gondola ride • Free upgrade to first class in Apr, May & Jun on the Glacier Express

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DEPARTS: Daily 16 Apr – 19 Oct

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Uncover the scenic beauty and timeless charm of Switzerland and Italy on this awe-inspiring journey. Experience the Alps in all of their breath-taking glory by travelling on two of Switzerland’s most famous and picturesque rail journeys, the Glacier and Bernina Express. Visit the mountain resorts of Zermatt, with its distinctive Matterhorn back drop, and the cosmopolitan St. Moritz, followed by the stunning lakeside towns of Lugano and Como. Finally soak up the romantic atmosphere of Venice with its legendary canals and gondolas.

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Day 1 Zurich Arrive in Switzerland and transfer by rail to Zurich. The rest of the day is at leisure.

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Day 2 Zurich – Zermatt Travel by train to Zermatt. At the foot of the Matterhorn, the old town of Zermatt has preserved its original character and features. Time at leisure. (B)

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Day 3 Matterhorn Glacier Paradise Get closer to the Matterhorn and enjoy an excursion to Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. A series of gondolas and cable cars will take you up to the summit for a panoramic view of the Italian, French and Swiss alpine giants. (B) Day 4 Zermatt – St. Moritz (Glacier Express) Morning departure on the famous Glacier Express. This fascinating rail journey crosses the Swiss Alps connecting the famous resorts of Zermatt and St. Moritz. (B) Day 5 St. Moritz Day at leisure. Wander around the old town soaking up the atmosphere. Take a stroll around the lake or hike along one of the scenic hiking trails of the

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Day 6 St. Moritz – Lugano (Bernina Express) Board the Bernina Express and enjoy one of the most impressive scenic rail journeys Switzerland has to offer. Enjoy some time in the Italian town of Tirano before boarding the Bernina Express coach to the beautiful lakeside resort of Lugano. (B) Day 7 Lugano – Lake Como Time at leisure in Lugano, before continuing by train to the captivating Lake Como. (B) Day 8 Lake Como Explore the charming lakeside villages at your leisure. (B) Day 9 Lake Como - Venice Travel by train to the enchanting city of Venice and transfer close to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. (B) Day 10 Venice Starting from St. Mark’s Square explore Venice on foot and learn the history of its main monuments. Afterwards, enjoy a classic gondola ride. Rest of the day at leisure. (B) Day 11 Venice The tour ends after breakfast at your hotel. (B)

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• 2nd class rail travel as per itinerary including half fare Swiss card (upgrade to 1st class available on request) • 7 nights 3-star accommodation (upgrades available on request) • 7 breakfasts • Seat reservation on Golden Pass & Chocolate Train • Mountain excursions to Stanserhorn and Jungfraujoch (unescorted) DEPARTS: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 1 May - 30 Jun Daily 1 Jul - 31 Aug Tue, Thu, Fri 1 Sep - 24 Oct

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Experience the very best of Switzerland travelling through some spectacular mountains and past sparkling blue lakes. Follow the famous Golden Pass route to Interlaken and explore the Top of Europe at Jungfraujoch. Continue to Montreux on the ‘Swiss Riviera’ and enjoy the famous Chocolate train and indulge in some cheese and chocolate. ITINERARY Day 1 Lucerne Arrive into Switzerland and transfer by rail to Lucerne.

Day 5 Jungfrau Region Explore at leisure and make the most of your half fare Swiss card valid on most mountain railways in the area. (B)

Day 2 Stanserhorn Enjoy a spectacular excursion to Stanserhorn Mountain, encounter the world’s first open top cable car. (B)

Day 6 Interlaken – Montreux (Golden Pass) Continue the Golden Pass route to Montreux and see the great views of Lake Geneva. (B)

Day 3 Lucerne – Interlaken (Golden Pass) Experience the first section of the Golden Pass route over the Brünig Pass to Interlaken. (B)

Day 7 Chocolate Train Board the ‘Chocolate Train’ and visit a famous cheese factory and the Nestlé/Cailler chocolate factory. (B)

Day 4 Jungfraujoch Enjoy a full day excursion to the Jungfraujoch boasting Europe’s highest altitude railway station. (B)

Day 8 Montreux Transfer by rail to a Swiss airport or border. (B)

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Day 1 Lucerne Arrive into Switzerland and transfer by rail to Lucerne. Day 2 Mount Pilatus Excursion to Mount Pilatus. (B)

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Glacier Express Uncover the highlights of Switzerland on this comprehensive rail tour. Explore the old town of Lucerne and experience the world’s steepest cogwheel railway at Mount Pilatus. Discover the chic resort of St. Moritz and take the famous Glacier Express to Zermatt for unparalleled views of the Matterhorn. Continue to Interlaken and visit Jungfraujoch, Europe’s highest altitude railway station.

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• 2nd class rail travel as per itinerary including half fare Swiss card (upgrade to 1st class available on request) • 7 nights 3-star accommodation (upgrades available on request) • 7 breakfasts • Seat reservation on Glacier Express, panoramic carriage • Mountain excursions to Mount Pilatus, Gornergrat and Jungfraujoch (unescorted) • Free upgrade to first class in Apr, May & Jun on the Glacier Express DEPARTS: Daily 19 Mar - 19 Oct

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Day 3 Lucerne – St. Moritz Take the train from Lucerne to St. Moritz. (B) Day 4 St. Moritz - Zermatt (Glacier Express) Enjoy the renowned Glacier Express for a scenic journey to Zermatt. (B) Day 5 Gornergrat Excursion to Gornergrat

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to see one of the most famous peaks in the world, the Matterhorn! (B) Day 6 Zermatt - Interlaken Continue to Interlaken, the gateway to the Jungfrau Region and the famous three peaks Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. (B) Day 7 Jungfraujoch Enjoy a full day excursion to the Jungfraujoch boasting Europe’s highest altitude railway station. (B) Day 8 Interlaken Transfer by rail to a Swiss airport or border. (B)


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SWISS RAIL JOURNEYS

GRAND TRAIN TOUR OF SWITZERLAND

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• 2nd class rail travel as per itinerary including half fare Swiss card (upgrade to 1st class available on request) • 8 nights 3-star accommodation (upgrades available on request) • 8 breakfasts • Seat reservations on Golden Pass (Interlaken-Montreux), Glacier Express, Bernina Express and Gotthard Panorama Express including boat cruise • Mountain excursions to Jungfraujoch (unescorted) • Free upgrade to first class in May & Jun on the Glacier Express DEPARTS: Daily 1 May – 15 Oct

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Brienz Church, next to Interlaken Experience Switzerland’s most iconic and scenic rail journeys and discover the beauty of the Swiss Alps with their snow-capped mountain peaks, majestic glaciers, gushing waterfalls and crystal clear lakes. Combining the Golden Pass, Glacier Express, Bernina Express and Gotthard Panorama Express journeys with overnight stays in some of the most famous Swiss cities and resorts, this tour is a great way to see the very best of Switzerland. And if you would like a more leisurely paced itinerary we can add extra nights and additional excursions along the way.

from $2068* from $2278*

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Day 1 Zurich Arrive in Switzerland and transfer by rail to Zurich. Day at leisure to explore this modern city.

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Day 2 Zurich – Interlaken Take a quick train ride to Lucerne to board the express train to Interlaken for a journey passing crystal clear lakes and waterfalls and over the breathtaking Brunig Pass. (B) Day 3 Jungfraujoch Today enjoy a full day trip to the world-famous Jungfraujoch and experience the spectacular views from Europe’s highest railway station. (B) Day 4 Interlaken – Montreux (Golden Pass) The Golden Pass line is one of the most picturesque in Switzerland. Split into three distinct sections the ever changing scenery truly reflects Switzerland’s diversity. Travelling along the banks of Lake Thun before heading through traditional villages and alpine forests, the train finally emerges in the vineyards of the Lake Geneva region with beautiful views of the lake. (B) Day 5 Montreux – Zermatt Enjoy a more relaxing day and take a morning stroll along the lakeside in Montreux before the train trip to Zermatt. In the afternoon, explore this famous

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alpine resort or take an excursion to the breathtaking Gornergrat with unrivalled views towards the Matterhorn (extra cost). (B) Day 6 Zermatt – St. Moritz (Glacier Express) Experience the legendary Glacier Express from Zermatt to St. Moritz. This thrilling journey, in a panoramic carriage, takes in some of the most dramatic scenery Switzerland has to offer. Arrive in glamorous St. Moritz in the afternoon. (B) Day 7 St. Moritz – Lugano (Bernina Express) Continue the journey on the Bernina Express through UNESCO protected landscapes with outstandingly beautiful scenery, travelling over the Bernina Pass before heading down to the border of Italy. From Tirano continue by bus along the lakes back to Switzerland and Lugano. (B) Day 8 Lugano – Lucerne (Gotthard Panorama Express) Travel on the Gotthard Panorama Express from the Mediterranean South to the traditional heart of Switzerland. The Gotthard route is truly mesmerising and finishes with a scenic lake cruise from Flüelen to Lucerne. Explore Lucerne on foot on your final evening. (B) Day 9 Lucerne Transfer by rail to a Swiss airport or border. (B)

Paddle steamer ‘Unterwalden’ near Fluelen

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Chateau de Chillon

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Combine the two regions of Central Switzerland and the Lake Geneva Region in one exciting rail holiday on the Golden Pass. Enjoy the leisurely journey past blue lakes and alpine pastures and still have time to explore the pretty lakeside resorts of Lucerne and Montreux. ITINERARY Day 1 Lucerne Arrive into Switzerland and transfer by rail to Lucerne. Explore Lucerne at your leisure or take advantage of your half fare Swiss Card and opt for a visit to Mount Pilatus or Rigi.

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Day 2 Lucerne – Montreux (Golden Pass) The Golden Pass line is one of the most picturesque in Switzerland. Split into three distinct sections, the ever changing scenery truly reflects Switzerland’s diversity. Travelling through picturesque villages and alpine forests,

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the journey finally emerges in the vineyards of the Lake Geneva region with beautiful views of the lake. (B) Day 3 Montreux Day at leisure, perhaps visit the Château de Chillon or enjoy a trip up to the Rochers-de-Naye with your half fare Swiss Card. Transfer by rail to a Swiss airport or border. (B)

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• 2nd class rail travel as per itinerary including half fare Swiss card (upgrade to 1st class available on request) • 4 nights 3-star accommodation (upgrades available on request) • 4 breakfasts • Seat reservation on Glacier Express (St. Moritz - Zermatt) • Free upgrade to first class in Apr, May & Jun on the Glacier Express

Glacier Express

DEPARTS: Daily 2 Jan - 20 Oct LOW SEASON HIGH SEASON

Discover Switzerland on the spectacular Glacier Express classic rail journey, the slowest express train in the world. The Glacier Express route, arguably the most popular in Switzerland, transports you through magnificent scenery connecting the world renowned glamorous resorts of St. Moritz and Zermatt.

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ITINERARY Day 1 St. Moritz Arrive into Switzerland and transfer by rail to St. Moritz. This well-known, elegant and exclusive resort is located 1,856 metres above sea level and surrounded by a beautiful lake landscape. Day 2 St. Moritz Day at leisure to explore the Upper Engadine. Take advantage of the included Swiss Card and enjoy one of the many excursions in the region. (B) Day 3 St. Moritz – Zermatt (Glacier Express) Experience the world famous Glacier

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Express with a ride in the panorama carriage to Zermatt and enjoy some of the most dramatic scenery Switzerland has to offer. (B) Day 4 Zermatt Day at leisure to discover historic Zermatt. For unparalleled views of the Matterhorn peaks, an excursion up the local mountain is highly recommended. (B) Day 5 Zermatt Transfer by rail to a Swiss airport or border. (B)


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• 2nd class rail travel as per itinerary including half fare Swiss card (upgrade to 1st class available on request) • 4 nights 3-star accommodation (upgrades available on request) • 4 breakfasts • St. Moritz travel card • Seat reservation on Bernina Express (Lugano - St. Moritz) in panoramic carriage Zurich

Bernina Express

DEPARTS: Daily 15 Apr - 29 Oct

The spectacular Bernina Express runs from St. Moritz to Tirano in Italy. Take in stunning views of snow covered mountain peaks and glaciers, pass over circular viaducts and through winding tunnels and finish your journey by road travelling along the banks of Lake Como to Lugano.

from $915* from $955*

ITINERARY Day 1 St. Moritz Arrive into Switzerland and transfer by rail to St. Moritz.

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Day 2 St. Moritz Day at leisure to explore St. Moritz, famous for its elegance and cosmopolitan air. With your St. Moritz travel card perhaps take a mountain trip to the Diavolezza or Muottas Muragl. (B) Day 3 St. Moritz – Lugano (Bernina Express) Board the Bernina Express at St. Moritz to Tirano in Italy. From here change to the Bernina Express towards Ticino, through

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Day 4 Lugano Full day at leisure to discover the beautiful lakeside town of Lugano. Explore the historic town centre, modern architecture and beautiful parks. (B) Day 5 Lugano Transfer by rail to a Swiss airport or border. (B)

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• 2nd class rail travel as per itinerary including half fare Swiss card (upgrade to 1st class available on request) • 4 nights 3-star accommodation (upgrades available on request) • 4 breakfasts • Seat reservation (1st class) on Gotthard Panorama Express including boat cruise

DEPARTS: Daily 9 Jan - 27 Dec LOW SEASON HIGH SEASON

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Gotthard Panorama Express The Gotthard Panorama Express links two of Switzerland’s most attractive regions: Central Switzerland and Ticino. It starts with an unforgettable cruise aboard a vintage paddle steamer from Lucerne to Flüelen, then on to the Italian-speaking Lugano with its Mediterranean climate, palm trees and glittering blue lakes. ITINERARY

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Day 1 Lucerne Arrive into Switzerland and transfer by rail to Lucerne. Day 2 Lucerne A full day to explore Lucerne at your leisure or take advantage of your half fare Swiss Card and opt for a visit to Mount Pilatus or Rigi. (B)

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Day 3 Lucerne - Bellinzona (Gotthard Panorama Express) - Lugano From Lucerne cruise to Flüelen, enjoy spectacular views of the mountain peaks and Lake Lucerne. Board the 1st class panorama carriage of the

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Gotthard Panorama Express to Bellinzona. Change trains and continue to Lugano. (B) Day 4 Lugano Day at leisure to explore Lugano or make use of your half fare Swiss card and take a boat cruise to the old fishing village of Gandria or the picturesque village of Mendrisio. (B) Day 5 Lugano Transfer by rail to a Swiss airport or border. (B)

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SWISS ROAD TRIPS

Shorter sections available: 4 days/3 nights Zurich-Lugano • 4 days/3 nights Lugano-Montreux • 4 days/3 nights Montreux-Zurich INCLUDES: • 7 nights 3-star accommodation (upgrades available on request) • 7 breakfasts • 7 days standard car, type ECMR (upgrades available on request) • Parking at hotels, (except Montreux public parking) • Return train ticket Täsch-Zermatt • Road map with description of major sightseeing spots • Grand tour smartphone app • Detailed travel itinerary and documentation

Section 1 Eastern Switzerland 4 days (days 1 to 4) Zurich – Lugano LOW SEASON from $735* HIGH SEASON from $771*

It is possible to participate in some shorter sections of this tour. ITINERARY

Day 1 Zurich – St Gallen (150 km) Collect your rental car from Zürich. The route takes you through historic Winterthur and past the Rhine Falls. Stop here for lunch before continuing to Schaffhausen with its Renaissance era architecture lining the streets. Drive along the banks of Lake Constance to St. Gallen, a historic city known as the gateway to the Appenzell Alps.

Section 2 Southern Switzerland 4 days (days 3 to 6) Lugano – Montreux LOW SEASON from $753* HIGH SEASON from $799* Section 3 Central Switzerland 4 days (days 5 to 8) Montreux – Zurich LOW SEASON from $790* HIGH SEASON from $836*

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The Saentis This tour of discovery combines the best of Switzerland with the freedom of a self-drive holiday. Travelling on an excellent well sign posted road system, this journey will lead you through the country’s most beautiful regions and show the diversity and spectacular sights Switzerland has to offer, and having your own car gives you the flexibility to stop wherever and whenever you want, indulge in a picnic at the top of a mountain pass or take a detour off the beaten track.

GRAND TOUR 8 days Zurich - Zurich LOW SEASON from $1524* HIGH SEASON from $1580*

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Day 2 St Gallen – Davos (160 km) Your day starts with a stunning scenic drive through the rolling hills of the Appenzell region. Take a trip up to Mt. Säntis for views over the whole region! Make your way through the principality of Liechtenstein, one of Europe’s smallest countries, before returning to Switzerland. Stop off in Maienfeld for lunch and discover Heidi’s Village, the inspiration for this famous Swiss novel. In the afternoon continue to Davos, a destination renowned for its mountain holidays and sports activities. (B) Day 3 Davos – Lugano (250 km) Today’s drive takes you through the Fluela Pass of the wild and beautiful Graubünden region. Travel along the National Park border to St. Moritz and stop here for lunch. Continue along the Julier Pass through glorious scenery to the San Bernardino Pass into the Mediterranean influenced Ticino. Stop in Bellinzona in the afternoon and explore the Three Castles. Continue on to Lugano. (B) Day 4 Lugano – Zermatt/Tasch (265 km) Depart Mediterranean Ticino, heading north to cross the St. Gotthard Pass and Furka Pass before moving down to Täsch, last stop for your car before you continue onto the car free village of Zermatt. A quick train journey

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takes you up to Zermatt, dominated by one of the most famous peaks in the Alps, the Matterhorn. (B) Day 5 Zermatt/Tasch – Montreux (145 km) Take time this morning to walk through Zermatt: traditional shops and wooden clad houses creating a charming place to explore. A morning trip up the exhilarating Gornergrat railway is not to be missed. Return to Täsch to collect your car, and enjoy a stunning drive up through the Valais. Enter French speaking Switzerland and arrive in Montreux, one of the most popular holiday resorts in the Lake Geneva region. (B) Day 6 Montreux – Interlaken (145 km) Take a walk along the lakeside in Montreux this morning. Drive up into the golden vineyards of the Lavaux towards Gruyères. Stop in here for lunch and perhaps take a quick detour up to Broc to explore Maison Cailler, the Swiss chocolate factory. Enter the Bernese Oberland along the Jaun Pass, then along Lake Thun you reach Interlaken, the gateway to the Jungfrau region. Take a late afternoon stroll around the town centre. Perhaps add an additional night here to travel up the Jungfraujoch or the Schilthorn. (B) Day 7 Interlaken – Lucerne (215 km) Today you have a choice of routes. Either drive via the Brunig Pass to Lucerne or with a detour via Bern through the charming Emmental region, home to the delicious Emmental cheese. Arrive in Lucerne, a romantic old town perfect for a late afternoon stroll. (B) Day 8 Lucerne – Zurich (120 km) Time permitting, explore the surrounding areas of Lucerne before driving back to Zurich to drop off your car. (B)


8 days / 7 nights

SWISS ROAD TRIPS

TOP SPOTS OF SWITZERLAND

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FULLY ESCORTED BOUTIQUE TOUR

$2042*

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• Transportation with a luxury mini-bus (maximum 16 guests) as per itinerary • 7 nights 4-star accommodation • 7 breakfasts • Airport transfer on arrival and departure days in Zurich and Geneva • English speaking guide • Sightseeing including entrance fees as per itinerary • Swiss coupon pass with “2 for 1” dine and discover offers DEPARTS: Saturdays 1 Jan – 30 Sep GROUP TOUR from $2042* PRIVATE TOUR from $2924* OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS: (may be pre-booked or booked locally) CHF 150 Liechtenstein CHF 220 Jungfraujoch including lunch CHF 150 Basel Reichenbach Falls & Lake Brienz CHF 150 CHF 30 Chocolate factory in Broc CHF 150 Annecy & Yvoire CHF 150 Annecy & Chamonix

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Zurich by night Explore Switzerland’s top spots including Zurich, Lucerne, Bern, Gruyère and Montreux on this eight day tour starting in Zurich and ending in Geneva. Staying in 4-star hotels at popular Swiss destinations and travelling in a small group with up to a maximum of 16 guests, you will enjoy the comfort of being personally guided and chauffeured in a minibus. Optional excursions can be added along the way and if you prefer we can also organise this tour on a private basis. ITINERARY

Day 1 Zurich Arrive and transfer to your hotel in Zurich. Afternoon city tour. Day 2 Zurich After breakfast, enjoy an excursion to Stein am Rhein and the Rhine Falls. In the afternoon choose between exploring Zurich on your own or an optional excursion to Liechtenstein. (B) Day 3 Zurich - Lucerne - Wengen Transfer to Lucerne for a tour of the city, followed by some leisure time. In the afternoon transfer by mini-bus to Interlaken. (B) Day 4 Wengen Today, enjoy a day at leisure or join one of the optional excursions. Choose between a visit to the Top of Europe with lunch on Jungfraujoch, or the Reichenbach Falls, followed by a scenic boat ride on Lake Brienz, or a visit of Basel. (B) Day 5 Wengen - Bern - Gruyères Montreux After breakfast depart on a scenic drive from Thun to Bern for a city tour. After lunch, transfer to the picturesque village of Gruyère – home of the famous Swiss Gruyère cheese. Walk through the village and visit the

Lake Brienz and Giessbach Waterfalls

Reichenbach

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Gruyère castle (entrance fee not included). There will also be the opportunity for an additional excursion to the chocolate factory “Maison Callier” in Broc. Transfer to Montreux. (B) Day 6 Montreux This morning take a walk along the lakeside in Montreux. This picturesque town is nestled on the shores of Lake Geneva, surrounded by vineyards and a breathtaking mountain backdrop. Take a stroll along the beautiful lake promenade. Alternatively, join a full day optional excursion to France - Annecy & Yvoire in the Summer or Annecy & Chamonix in the winter or LaveyLes-Bains in the evening. (B) Day 7 Montreux - Geneva After breakfast, visit the Château de Chillon, before driving along the Swiss Riviera and passing by the Lavaux vineyards – a well-known UNESCO world heritage site. In the afternoon, continue to Geneva for a city tour. (B) Day 8 Geneva After breakfast, transfer to Geneva airport. (B)

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Relish in a culinary exploration of Switzerland combined with the scenic Golden Pass rail journey. Enjoy a leisurely boat cruise from Lausanne to the Chateau de Chillon and discover typical Swiss wines at the Vinorama. Soak up the picture perfect mountain scenery dominated by the Matterhorn and indulge in a gourmet Gornergrat experience in Zermatt. Continue to Lugano on the Centovalli Express and complete your trip by having an authentic Swiss dinner with a local family.

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ITINERARY

Day 1 Lausanne Arrive into Switzerland and transfer by rail to Lausanne. Take a stroll to visit the Olympic Museum, set in stunning grounds on the banks of Lake Geneva, and discover unique displays from the very first Olympic Games to the present day. Rest of the day is at leisure.

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Spiez Lausanne Montreux Locarno Zermatt

Domodossola

Lugano

Day 2 Lausanne Cruise to Montreux, located in the heart of the Swiss Riviera, and explore the medieval Chateau de Chillon. Continue by bus and rail to the Lavaux Vinorama, set among the UNESCO protected vineyards of the Lavaux, for a wine tasting and snacks. Late afternoon return to Lausanne by train. (B) Day 3 Lausanne - Montreux - Gstaad (Zweisimmen) - (Spiez) - Zermatt Today’s journey is on the Golden Pass line, one of the most picturesque in Switzerland. Split into three distinct sections the ever changing scenery truly reflects Switzerland’s diversity. Seats will be reserved in the Belle Epoque carriages and a light lunch will be served. Change trains in Zweisimmen and Spiez and arrive in Zermatt late afternoon. (B,L)

unmistakable peak of the Matterhorn. Enjoy a gourmet experience to the Gornergrat with meal stops en-route. Travel between on the Gornergrat railway or, if you prefer, there will an opportunity to explore the Alpine surroundings on foot and walk on the hiking trails between the stations. Return to Zermatt by train. (B,L) Day 5 Zermatt - (Domodossola) (Locarno) - Lugano Travel by train to Domodossola and board the famous Centovalli Express for a beautiful journey through the diverse landscape of the Centovalli to Locarno. Arrive in Lugano in the afternoon. (B) Day 6 Lugano Day at leisure to explore Lugano. Perhaps visit Lugano’s landmark, the Monte San Salvatore, just a short funicular ride from the town, to see the panoramic views over the lake or explore the piazzas and historic arcades of the centre. This evening experience the hospitality of a typical local family and enjoy a three course dinner including produce and specialities of the Ticino region. (B,D) Day 7 Lugano Transfer by rail to a Swiss airport or border. (B)

Day 4 Zermatt Time today to explore Zermatt, the renowned car free village dominated by the

UNESCO - Lavaux Vinorama

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SWISS EXPERIENCES

7 days / 6 nights

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$1873*

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AUTHENTIC SWITZERLAND

Ballenberg Open Air Museum DEPARTS: Daily 1 May - 26 Oct LOW SEASON HIGH SEASON

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Lucerne

Thun Interlaken

Uncover Switzerland’s fascinating culture and heritage. Immerse yourself in the medieval air of Bern, the capital of Switzerland, and take a glimpse into the life of the brilliant physicist Albert Einstein. Enjoy mountain excursions to Jungfraujoch and Stanserhorn and experience an authentic taste of Swiss life gone by at the Ballenberg Open Air Museum and a Swiss Folklore Show. Top off the tour with a visit to the Transport Museum of Lucerne. ITINERARY

showcasing an astounding collection of ancient Swiss buildings, farmyard animals, gardens and traditions of the various regions. Demonstrations of local crafts and special events create a vivid impression of rural life in days gone by in this vast open air museum. Continue by train over the Brünig Pass to Lucerne. (B)

Day 2 Bern Explore the city on foot with a local guide and see the gothic cathedral (Münster) and the Clock Tower (Zytglogge). In the afternoon visit the Albert Einstein Museum and take a glimpse into the daily life of this brilliant physicist. (B)

Day 6 Stanserhorn Enjoy a full day excursion to the Stanserhorn including a paddle steamer and vintage railway journey dating back to 1830. Then, in extreme contrast, experience the world’s first open top cable car “CabriO”. The open upper deck and large glass front are truly spectacular. Up on the summit there is the opportunity to do a circular hiking trail and learn about the mountain from the volunteer Stanserhorn rangers. This evening enjoy a traditional Swiss folklore show with good food, music and fun. (B,D)

Day 1 Bern Arrive in Switzerland and transfer by rail to Bern, the capital of Switzerland. Despite being Switzerland’s political centre Bern offers a relaxed slower paced lifestyle. Six kilometres of medieval arcades, locally referred to as “Lauben”, give the city a cosy and inviting aspect. Rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 3 Bern - (Thun) - Interlaken Travel by rail to Thun. On the short stroll to the landing quay catch a glimpse of this quaint little town before continuing on a cruise across Lake Thun towards Interlaken. Enjoy lunch on board. (B,L) Day 4 Jungfraujoch Enjoy a full day excursion to the Jungfraujoch boasting Europe’s highest altitude railway station. Admire the breathtaking alpine views from the Sphinx Observation Terrace. (B) Day 5 Interlaken - Lucerne Travel by train and bus to the Ballenberg Open Air Museum

Albert Einstein

Day 7 Lucerne Visit the Swiss Museum of Transportation, Europe’s most comprehensive museum of mobility. Enjoy the Swiss Chocolate Adventure, a new theme world that allows visitors to learn interesting facts about the origin, production and transport of chocolate. Transfer by rail to a Swiss airport or border. (B)

Clock Tower in Bern

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• 7 nights 3-star accommodation • 7 breakfasts • All-Round service including airport meet & greet, arrival & departure transfers and personal tour briefing • 2nd class rail travel as specified • Detailed itinerary and maps • Daily luggage transfer hotel to hotel • Helpline and support throughout the tour

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DEPARTS: Daily 1 Jun - 15 Oct

Albulapass in Graubuenden

From $1543*

The hiking trail along the UNESCO World Heritage section of the Rhaetian Railway runs as near as possible to the Albula and Bernina railway line and offers fascinating views of an over 100-year-old engineering masterpiece combined with stunning Alpine scenery. The trail can be enjoyed on foot or by rail and trips ranging from 4 to 7 nights are available. ITINERARY

Zurich

Day 1 Zurich - Regensdorf Arrive in Zurich and transfer by road to Regensdorf (near Zürich). Tour briefing.

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Tirano

Day 2 Zurich - (Thusis) - Bergün - Preda (Albula Route) Transfer to Bergun the starting point of the hike. The mountain hike follows the banks of the Albula river and crosses the railway line several times. The Bahnerlebnisweg (Railway experience trail) illustrates this 100-year-old railway engineering feat (walk 7 km - 2h 30min). (B) Day 3 Preda - Albulapass - Spinas - St. Moritz Today’s picturesque mountain hike is over the Albulapass to Spinas. The mountain hike leads past the crystal-clear Palpuognasee lake, over Weissenstein Alp or Crap Alv up to the Fuorcla Crap Alv (2,466 m altitude) and steeply down into Val Bever. Continue by train to St. Moritz (walk 12 km - 4h30min). (B) Day 4 St. Moritz Day at leisure to explore St. Moritz. (B) Day 5 St. Moritz - Pontresina - Alp Grüm Transfer by rail to Pontresina. Hike through moorland and Alpine pastures to the Bernina

Church of San Romerio, Poschiavo

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Pass. One highlight follows another - the Stazerwald forest, Pontresina, the Morteratsch glacier world, Lago Bianco-Lej Nair watershed and Graubunden’s highest mountain (walk 18 km - 4h30min). (B) Day 6 Alp Grüm - Poschiavo The hike today leads on the flanks of the valley towards Poschiavo. Worthwhile detour to the glacial mills of Cavaglia. Just like the Rhaetian Railway, the hiking trail winds down the slope to Poschiavo. Explore the centre of Poschiavo with its narrow, picturesque streets and its well-maintained and historically important buildings (walk 10 km – 3h30m). (B) Day 7 Poschiavo - Miralago - Tirano Travel by train to Miralago, the starting point of the hike. Walk through orchards, chestnut groves and vineyards to the Italian town of Tirano. One of the highlights will be the massive curved railway viaduct which provides an excellent overview of the Mediterranean landscape. Return by train to Poschiavo (walk 14 km - 3h50m). (B) Day 8 Poschiavo - Zurich Travel by rail to St. Moritz and minibus to Zürich. (B)


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SELF-GUIDED CYCLING TOUR

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• 7 nights accommodation as specified • 7 breakfasts • All-Round service including airport meet & greet, arrival & departure transfers and personal tour briefing • Bike Rental – standard bike (e-bike available for a supplement) • Detailed itinerary and maps • Daily luggage transfer hotel to hotel • Helpline and support throughout the tour

SWISS EXPERIENCES

8 days / 7 nights

FROM

$1405*

CLING • CY

THE LAKES TRAIL BY BIKE

DEPARTS: Daily 1 May - 31 Oct

TRADITIONAL INNS from $1405* STANDARD HOTELS from $1690* FIRST CLASS HOTELS from $2103* ELECTRIC BIKE supplement from $110*

Lake Thun Switzerland is ideal for cycling with plenty of well-marked and easily accessible trails to follow. This journey skirts 16 lakes from Lake Geneva in the south to Lake Constance in the north and can be a challenge with some steep and some less steep hills and the distance covered each day, but the great thing is that you can always load your bike on to a train for a sector if it gets too tough. ITINERARY

Zurich Rapperswil

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Gruyeres

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Interlaken Zweisimmen Chatel St. Denis

Unterageri

Day 1 Zurich - Regensdorf Meet and greet at Zurich airport and transfer to Regensdorf. Day 2 Chatel St. Denis - Gruyères Collect your bike and receive a full tour briefing. Transfer to the starting point at Chatel St. Denis and embark on the old cheese route to Gruyères, a charming medieval village (cycle 30 km). (B) Day 3 Gruyères - Boltigen - Zweisimmen The clanking of cow bells will be your constant companion as you pass through Saanen and the Simmen valley (cycle 54 km). (B)

Day 6 Horw - Unterägeri A shorter tour today. You will surely want to stroll through Lucerne or perhaps take a cruise on the lake and enjoy the scenery (cycle 45 km). (B) Day 7 Unterägeri - Rapperswil Today is definitely a highlight of the lakes route as you travel through the Rothenturm high moorland and the monastery of Einsiedeln, a world famous place of pilgrimage. From the Sihlsee it‘s downhill to the shores of Lake Zürich (cycle 53 km). (B) Day 8 Rapperswil - Zurich Transfer to the airport. (B)

Day 4 Boltigen/Zweisimmen - Interlaken Lake Thun and Lake Brienz form the spectacular scenery today on the way to Interlaken (cycle 63 km). (B) Day 5 Interlaken - Horw The Brünig Pass can be an exciting challenge for some, and a steep obstacle for others, however, the cable car at Meiringen can whisk you up to Haslibergand from there it is pretty much a downhill ride along Lake Lungern and Lake Sarnen to the shores of Lake Lucerne (cycle 69 km). (B)

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SWISS MINI STAYS ESSENTIAL GENEVA

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$353*

3 days / 2 nights INCLUDES:

• 2nd class arrival rail transfer from Geneva airport to Geneva city centre • Geneva Mobility Card for unlimited travel on the Geneva transport network including a transfer back to the airport • 2 nights accommodation as specified • 2 breakfasts • Geneva city tour and lake cruise with an English speaking guide

Lake Cruise & Jet d’eau The French-speaking city of Geneva is embedded between nearby Alpine peaks and the hilly terrain of the Jura. With its humanitarian tradition and cosmopolitan flair, Geneva is a centre for culture and history. Discover Geneva’s main attractions including the Fountain and the Flower clock and enjoy a mini-train tramway tour and a breathtaking lake cruise.

DEPARTS: Daily Hotel Strasbourg - 3 star LOW SEASON from $353* HIGH SEASON from $366* Manotel Auteuil - 4 star LOW SEASON from $481* HIGH SEASON from $512*

ITINERARY Day 1 Geneva Arrive and transfer by train to the city centre. Day 2 Geneva Discover Geneva on a guided city tour and see the highlights. Enjoy a lake cruise and see the Jet d’eau, the 140-metrehigh ‘landmark’ water jet, and marvel at the castles and magnificent residences set against wonderful landscape and mountain panoramas. Afternoon at leisure. (B)

Mouettes (Seagulls) Taxi

Day 3 Geneva Rail transfer to Geneva airport. (B)

ESSENTIAL ZURICH

Flower clock FROM

$429*

3 days / 2 nights INCLUDES:

• 2nd class return rail transfer from Zurich airport to Zurich city centre • 72 hour Zurich Card including unlimited 2nd class local transport, admission to selected museums, Uetliberg excursion and shopping/restaurant discount vouchers • Zurich city walking tour • 2 nights accommodation as specified • 2 breakfasts

Historic City centre Zürich, Switzerland’s largest city, is well known for its wide range of cultural attractions. Explore Zurich’s spectacular old town on a walking tour and enjoy unlimited travel on the public transport system. The Swiss countryside is not far away, so why not extend your stay and escape the city to visit some of Switzerland’s most breathtaking scenery?

DEPARTS: Daily Hotel Montana - 3 star LOW SEASON from $429* HIGH SEASON from $469* Hotel Marktgasse - 4 star LOW SEASON from $567* HIGH SEASON from $603*

ITINERARY

Day 1 Zurich Arrive and transfer by train to the city centre, followed by a tram connection to your hotel. Day 2 Zurich Morning to explore Zurich at leisure with unlimited travel on the local transport system, followed by a guided walking tour of the old town. After the tour take a river cruise or local tram to Uetliberg for a panoramic view of the city. (B) Museum Rietberg

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Zurich Look-out Tower


SWISS MINI STAYS

LUCERNE UNCOVERED

FROM

$676*

4 days / 3 nights INCLUDES:

• 2nd class rail travel as per itinerary including half fare Swiss card (upgrade to 1st class available on request) • 3 nights accommodation as specified • 3 breakfasts • Lucerne city walking tour • Lucerne transport ticket & guest card • Stanserhorn mountain excursion (unescorted) DEPARTS: Daily Hotel Des Alpes - 3 star LOW SEASON from $676* HIGH SEASON from $812* Hotel Des Balances - 4 star LOW SEASON from $940* HIGH SEASON from $1234*

Lucerne Situated in the heart of Switzerland, Lucerne is surrounded by an impressive mountainous panorama. Highlights of the city include the fully restored Chapel Bridge – one of Europe’s oldest wooden bridges and landmark of Lucerne – and Lake Lucerne itself. Explore Lucerne on a scenic walking tour and enjoy a mountain excursion to the Stanserhorn. ITINERARY Day 1 Zurich/Basel/Geneva - Lucerne Transfer by rail to Lucerne. Day 2 Lucerne This morning explore vibrant Lucerne on a scenic guided walking tour. Afternoon is at leisure. (B) Day 3 Stanserhorn Enjoy a full day excursion to the Stanserhorn. Board a paddle steamer, take a vintage railway with the world’s first open top cable car and explore the summit. (B)

The Lion Monument

Day 4 Lucerne - Zurich/Basel/Geneva Transfer by rail to your next destination. (B)

INTERLAKEN & JUNGFRAUJOCH 4 days / 3 nights

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$733*

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• 2nd class rail travel as per itinerary including half fare Swiss card (upgrade to 1st class available on request) • 3 nights accommodation as specified • 3 breakfasts • Interlaken Card for free local transport & discounts • Jungfraujoch mountain excursion (unescorted) DEPARTS: Daily Hotel Beausite - 3 star LOW SEASON from $733* HIGH SEASON from $970* Hotel Du Nord - 4 star LOW SEASON from $922* HIGH SEASON from $1065*

Faulhorn near Interlaken Interlaken sits in the heart of the Bernese Oberland and the Swiss Alps, nestled between the two beautiful lakes of Thun and Brienz at the foot of the Jungfrau massif and is one of the most popular resorts in Switzerland. ITINERARY

Day 1 Zurich/Basel/Geneva - Interlaken Transfer by rail to Interlaken. Day 2 Jungfraujoch Enjoy a full day excursion to the Jungfraujoch, known as the ‘Top of Europe’ and boasting Europe’s highest altitude railway station. Visit the Sphinx Observation Terrace and admire the breathtaking Alpine panorama of ice, snow and rock. Stroll through the tunnels of the Ice Palace, set in the heart of the glacier. (B) Day 3 Interlaken Day at leisure. (B)

Lake Thun

Day 4 Interlaken - Zurich/Basel/Geneva Transfer by rail to your next destination. (B)

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SWISS MOUNTAIN EXCURSIONS Discover Switzerland’s most iconic Alps and Ranges with our mountain excursions. Take in the panorama from the Jungfrau or Schilthorn, the unrivalled views to the Matterhorn from Gornergrat, the steep climb up Pilatus or the eternal snow on Mt. Titlis. Most of our Swiss packages include a half fare Swiss card which means you may be entitled to a half price mountain excursion. Let us know which journeys you are interested in and we will work out the best options for you.

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SCHILTHORN

PILATUS

Europe’s highest railway station at 3,454m above sea level. From the Sphynx viewing terrace discover pure snow, panoramic views and enjoy a sweet treat at the Lindt Chocolate shop.

Take in the picturesque view from your cable car as you to travel to the summit of Schilthorn, 2,970m above sea level, where the world’s first revolving restaurant offers fine dining with exquisite vistas of the Swiss Alps.

Take off on an adventure as you travel by boat, the world’s steepest cogwheel train and an aerial gondola to Pilatus, 2,132m above sea level. Enjoy relaxing walks and quaint restaurants along your journey.

Departs: Daily, year round, from Interlaken Ost, Lucerne, Bern or Zurich.

Departs: Daily, year round, from Interlaken Ost.

Departs: Daily, year round, from Lucerne or Zurich.

STANSERHORN

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TITLIS

A double-decker with an open upper deck will whisk you up the side of Stanserhorn to the summit, 1,850m above sea level. At the top enjoy picturesque hiking paths through the flower reserve or the Marmot Park.

“Queen of the Mountain”, is Switzerland’s most popular day trip mountain excursion and has been a firm favorite with tourists since the Victorian times. It’s a great location for hiking or merely soaking up the views.

Departs: Daily, 08 Apr - 12 Nov, from Lucerne, Zurich or Bern.

Departs: Daily, year round, from Lucerne.

Ride on the world’s first revolving cable car to the summit where you can enjoy a chairlift ride on the “Ice Flyer” over open glacier crevasses and Titlis Glacier Park or experience the Cliff Walk, the highest suspension footbridge in Europe.

MATTERHORN PARADISE

GORNERGRAT

ROCHERS-DE-NAYE

Europe’s highest cable car will whisk you away over gaping glacial crevasses up to the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise and a breathtakingly beautiful world of eternal ice and snow. Immerse yourself in a Glacier Palace 15m below the surface of the ice.

Marvel at the panoramic vistas as you climb the steep mountain side in an open-air rack railway. Once you have reached the top enjoy the views of 29 peaks with Matterhorn right in the centre. The Gornergrat is a great starting point for some wonderful walks.

In just under 1 hour you can travel from Montreux on Lake Geneva to the summit of Rochers-de-Naye by cogwheel railway. From 2,042m above sea level you have panoramic views sweeping across the Swiss & French Alps.

Departs: Daily, year round (except 02 - 13 May & 30 Oct - 11 Nov) from Zermatt.

Departs: Daily, year round, from Zermatt.

Departs: Daily, 01 Jan - 09 Dec, from Montreux.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION Booking Terms & Conditions In these booking terms and conditions the expressions “CIT Holidays”, “we”, “our” or “us” include CIT Europe Pty Ltd (A.B.N. 29 603 169 204) and entities that assist or participate with CIT Holidays in the provision of the services it agrees to provide. The expressions “you”, “your”, “client” or “passenger” include a person seeking or requiring the services offered by CIT Holidays, all other persons (if any) included with that person in the booking and that person’s or those persons’ travel agent (if any). 1. Validity Prices in this brochure are valid for travel from 01 February 2017 to 31 December 2017, unless superseded or otherwise indicated. Please carefully read and ensure you understand the following terms and conditions. You must not make any booking unless you understand and agree with the following terms and conditions. 2. Travel Services By requesting a quote for or booking any services or products (“Travel Services”), you (if booking directly or through a travel agent) and your travel agent on your behalf (if booking through a travel agent) acknowledge and confirm that you have read our booking terms and conditions, that you accept them without reservation as constituting the entire agreement between you and us which cannot be varied other than by an officer of CIT Holidays in writing. Bookings of all Travel Services we arrange are provided by suppliers we believe to be reputable and to operate in accordance with the standards set down by their own local authorities. Those Travel Services are provided subject to those suppliers’ terms, conditions and limitations (some of which may exclude or limit liability in respect of death, injury, delay, loss or damage to persons and/or effects) and we accept no responsibility for them nor do we make or give any warranty or representation as to their standard, quality or fitness for any particular purpose. Any legal recourse you may have in respect of those Travel Services is against those suppliers and not against us. All Travel Services shown in our brochure may be booked, subject to availability at the time of booking. Considerable care has been taken to compile the information in our brochure but circumstances outside of our control may necessitate changes in itineraries or accommodation. We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule departures and itineraries if required by circumstances beyond our control. Where it is necessary to change a hotel, we will endeavour to substitute accommodation of no lesser standard. 3. Prices In Brochure We endeavour to ensure the accuracy of all prices displayed in the brochure. Prices are: (a)   based on costs and exchange rates as at 15 February 17.   (b) specified in Australian dollars (unless stated otherwise) and are subject to change without notice; (c)    indicative only and subject to change until all of your booking details have been provided to us, we have confirmed your booking and you have paid in full; and (d)   for the number of persons, items or time periods and on the conditions stated on the relevant page of the brochure, and (e) do not include city taxes which are payable at the time of check-out. “From” Prices The expression “from” with respect to a price means the lowest price for the Travel Service we believe is available at the time of publication, based on information we have received from suppliers and exchange rates. 4. HOW TO BOOK Please contact one of our consultants who will work with you to arrange an itinerary customised to your needs. We will provide you with a written quotation for the Travel Services requested. 5. QUOTES All written quotes indicate the price for the Travel Services only, they do not, unless specified, indicate the availability of the Travel Services. A quote for Travel Services is valid for 7 days from the date the quote is sent to you. 6. PAYMENT Upon receiving instruction from you that you wish to acquire Travel Services we will arrange, if available, the quoted Travel Services and provide you with a confirmation of their availability and pricing. Your instructions will constitute confirmation that you have checked the Travel Services being booked and you have read, understood and agreed to these booking terms and conditions and any terms and conditions specified in the quote. You must, pay to us: (a) a non-refundable deposit of at least A$165 (or $1,000 for CIT Experiences and/or tours) within 7 days of us providing you with a confirmation of the Travel Services availability and pricing; and (b) any amount we notify you when confirming availability and pricing or from time to time in respect of the Travel Services you request, within the time we notify you (i.e. certain Travel Services may require a further payment, up to full payment, to confirm the booking).

Full payment is required for any Travel Services which are due to be provided within 21 days of the booking date. Your arrangements will be booked upon our receipt of the deposit or other payment. Only after we receive the deposit or other payment and we issue you or your travel agent with a confirmation invoice is a booking accepted. The balance of the price of your booking must be paid no later than 60 days before (or at any time stated by us) your departure. Once full payment has been received by CIT Holidays, no surcharges will be made in respect to cost or currency fluctuations on Travel Services, except in the case of fares, charges and levies imposed by airlines, and taxes, charges or levies imposed by any government or their agencies. If you fail to make any required payment, we will assume your booking is cancelled. A travel agent who makes a booking at your request is your agent and is not our agent for the purposes of receipt of the deposit or any part of the price. 7. CREDIT CARDS Any payment by credit card attracts a non-refundable service fee, payable at time of payment, based on the total cost of the payment as follows: MasterCard and Visa 1.5% and American Express 3%. 8. AMENDMENTS If you amend your booking after it has been confirmed you must pay to us: (a)   an administration fee of at least A$30, to cover communication and administration costs; and (b)   any cancellation and/or amendment fees imposed by suppliers such as accommodation providers and other suppliers. We will, to the extent possible, advise you of all applicable cancellation and/or amendment fees when confirming your amended booking.  9. CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS All cancellations or amendments for any Travel Services must be made via your travel agent or through CIT Holidays. No responsibility can be taken for any cancellations of Travel Services which are cancelled directly by you or your travel agent, regardless of whether written proof is provided. If you cancel your booking after it has been confirmed, but before you utilise the Travel Services, you must pay to us the cancellation fees specified below in relation to the type of Travel Services booked. (a) Hotel Accommodation and/or Other Travel Services (including transfers, city tours & car hire) - 45 days or more prior to the commencement of the service(s): forfeiture of deposit - 44 – 15 days prior to commencement of the service(s): 30% of the total cost or forfeiture of deposit, whichever is greater - 14 days prior to commencement or less, including day of service(s): 100% of the total cost Failure to check-in at the designated hotel or service will be deemed as a ‘no show’ and 100% of the total cost will be charged. (b) Experiences and / or Tours - 60 days or more prior to departure: forfeiture of deposit - 59 – 49 days prior to departure: 25% of the total cost or forfeiture of deposit, whichever is greater - 48 – 25 days prior to departure: 55% of the total cost - 24 days prior to departure or less, including day of departure: 100% of the total cost Failure to join the experience / tour will be deemed as a ‘no show’ and 100% of the total cost will be charged. Cancellation fees cannot be waived. The cancellation fees outlined above are the minimum fees which will be applied to any cancellations. If specified on the CIT Holidays invoice, further or larger fees will also apply, depending on the suppliers’ booking conditions. If you have paid any amount to us in respect of a booking, we may use it to pay the above costs and fees. Any difference will be refunded to you. Please note that the earlier you cancel your booking the lower the cancellation fees are likely to be. After your travel has commenced, there can be no refund in respect of any Travel Services not utilised whether by choice or because of late arrival or early departure, including failure of a transport to operate according to schedule. Employees of any supplier are not authorised by us to give any undertakings in respect of refunds or other matters. 10. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY We arrange the provision of Travel Services which are provided by third party suppliers. We do not ourselves provide the Travel Services you may receive on your trip. Suppliers Terms and Conditions All travel documents will be provided to you by your travel agent or CIT Holidays prior to departure from Australia. Documents are to be exchanged locally to the relevant supplier. Supply of the Travel Services is made, and all itineraries, coupons and exchange orders (collectively “vouchers”) are issued to you, upon the supplier’s terms and conditions that are then in use, including as to the applicable

laws, requirements and policies of any government authority related to, among others, visas, entry, exit or transfer requirements. Your acceptance of the vouchers constitutes those terms and conditions as the entire agreement between you and the relevant supplier and you bear all costs or losses incurred as a consequence of your failure to comply with them. Exclusion of Liability In the absence of our negligence, we are not liable for any cancellations, diversions, substitution of equipment, variations, postponements or any other act, omission or default (whether negligent or otherwise) of any supplier nor are we liable for any loss or damage to baggage or property, injury, illness or death, or any other loss (including consequential loss) damage or claim whatsoever arising from the act, error, omission, default or negligence of any person not our direct employee or under our exclusive control.  We are not responsible for any criminal conduct of any third party.  Where a motor vehicle seat is fitted with a safety belt, neither we nor any supplier concerned will be liable for death, injury, or any loss or damage whatsoever you suffer from any accident or incident if you are not wearing the safety belt at the time of such accident or incident.  We are not liable for any injury, damage, loss, delay, additional expenses or inconvenience caused by your acts, omissions or defaults, your state of health, medical condition or circumstances or other reasons which are beyond our control, including force majeure events or failure of equipment or machinery. Warranties To the extent permitted by law, all express and implied warranties, guarantees, representations or terms are expressly excluded. Where the law implies any warranty guarantee or condition which cannot be excluded, our liability to you for breach thereof is limited to supplying the services again or payment of the cost of having the services supplied again. Maximum Liability Despite any other provision of these terms and conditions, to the extent permitted by law, our maximum liability to you or any third party is limited to the price you have paid us for the booking. 11. COMPLAINTS We endeavour to ensure that the arrangements we have made for you are implemented as arranged. If a problem occurs, the most practical way to deal with it is to attempt resolution locally with the supplier. If you fail to follow this course, any claim for compensation may be reduced or denied. If you have any unresolved complaint, details should be lodged in writing (with supporting documentation, including efforts made with the supplier to resolve it) with your travel agent or directly with us within 30 days of your trip concluding. 13. INSURANCE We recommend you purchase travel insurance against forfeiture of payment, loss of deposits, cancellation charges, baggage loss, medical expenses, theft and other contingencies. We make no representations as to what you may recover under any insurance. You agree not to hold us responsible for any decision of insurers, and/or any supplier, or the requirements of any foreign government, authority, foreign law or policy. 14. INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL You are responsible for all immigration, passport, visa, health, quarantine and customs laws, regulations, orders, demands or other requirements of countries visited or transited. You should check the requirements of those countries with their embassies or consulates or other authorities. Official travel advice issued by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is available by calling (in Australia) 1300 555 135 or visiting their website www.dfat.gov.au. We recommend that you review this information both prior to making your booking and prior to departure.  We strongly recommend that you also register your upcoming travel plans through the smarttraveller.gov.au site.  16. PRIVACY You consent to our, our agents and related entities collecting, retaining, using and disclosing your personal information in accordance with our Privacy Policy. Our Privacy Policy sets out how we manage your personal information and is available on our website at www.cit.com.au or can be sent to you on request. Your booking of any Travel Product constitutes your representation to us that you have read our Privacy Policy and accept its application to you. 17. LAW AND JURISDICTION The agreement between us and you in respect of the services to be provided is constituted solely by these terms and conditions and is governed by the laws of New South Wales, Australia. We and you submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of New South Wales and the Courts of appeal therefrom.  19. UNDERSTANDING THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS If you do not understand any aspect of these terms and conditions you should seek advice from an appropriately qualified person.

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Travel Agent Reservations Phone: 1300 361 500. Email: cit@cit.com.au All other enquiries Phone: 1300 380 992. Email: retail@cit.com.au www.cit.com.au CIT Europe Pty Ltd Level 3, 309 George Street, Sydney New South Wales 2000 Australia

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