Day-by-day itinerary of Switzerland and France Tour (Tour example):
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Day 1: Arrival Zurich airport – Transfer to Lucerne
- Your personal SwissSafari driver/guide will welcome you at the airport.
- The day program will be created according to your arrival time and upon your requests and can be a short term decision. It can include a trip to the Rhine falls and a city tour of Zurich with lunch and shopping in Zurich.
- Direct transfer (1 hr) to Lucerne or scenic transfer along Lake Lucerne. The room will be ready for check-in from 2.00PM.
- Your driver/guide is full day available for sightseeing and transfers and will be flexible.
Accommodation is provided at
4-star superior Hotel Art Deco Montana with lake view or 4-star Hotel Radisson Blu
5-star Grand Hotel Palace Luzern
Double room with lake view if available
Day 2: Lucerne and sightseeing
- Enjoy breakfast and meet your driver/guide (9.30 AM or you pick the time) for a great day in Lucerne.
An hour south of Zurich and Basel, boasting invigorating mountain views, lake cruises and a picturesque old quarter, LUZERN has long been one of Europe’s most heavily touristed towns and five million admirers are passing through each year.
The River Reuss splits the town, flowing rapidly out of the northwestern end of the lake. River banks on both sides are clustered with medieval squares, frescoed houses, ancient guildhalls, churches and chapels, and filled with a liveliness that belies the city’s age. Aside from using Luzern as a base from which to explore the region, it would be easy to spend at least a couple of days taking in some of its quality museums – a Picasso gallery, the impressive Verkehrshaus (Transport Museum) – in between walking on the medieval battlements, and exploring cobbled alleys and hidden garden courtyards.
But Luzern is no museum piece; café culture is treasured by the city’s large population of young people. Whether you’re charmed by Luzern’s sense of history and tradition, or by the misty lake at its doorstep and the snow-capped Pilatus rising above, charmed is what you’ll be.
The surrounds of Lucerne offer scenic landscapes and the natural beauty can be explored by car, by boat, cable car or on scenic mountain trains. And make sure that if you visit Lucerne you don’t miss to go up the “house mountain” of Lucerne – to Mount Pilatus. The Pilatus is accessible by cable car or on an exciting trip on the world‘s steepest cogwheel train. The summit of Pilatus offers to the visitor breathtaking views over Central Switzerland and on clear as far as to the black forest in Germany.
- Start your day with a short drive to Kriens and a trip by cable car to Mount Pilatus. Enjoy the great views from the summit of Pilatus and have some time at leisure, to check out the souvenir shop and for an early lunch. On the worlds’ steepest cog wheel train* you make your way down to Alpnachstad (from May to October) where you have a short walk to the pier. Now, you have a boat cruise on lake Lucerne with a stop at Hergiswil to visit the glass factory which is well known for it’s Art of Glass. You can see the glass blowers at work (closed on Saturday and Sunday) and can shop in the boutique selling finest glass productions of all kinds. Finish your boat cruise and arrive early afternoon at Lucerne pier.
- Followed is a city walking tour to see the highlights of Lucerne. On the plan is a leisurely walk over the 14th century chapel bridge and through the cobble stoned old town. A visit at the famous lions monument and Glacier Garden is also on the plan.
- The remaining afternoon can be created according to your desire and is free for shopping and for leisure.
*train ride in summer only. Out of season and in winter is te trip by cable car only
Overnight stay at Lucerne
– Swiss folks music dinner show (Mai to September)
– Lucerne Festival/Visit of an Opera or Orchestra
– Dinner cruise on lake Lucerne
– Kids program: Rope park and bob sleigh on Pilatus
Day 3: Lucerne – excursion to Jungfrau region
- Have breakfast before you meet with your driver/guide (08.30am) for a 1 hr scenic drive to the Jungfrau region.
The JUNGFRAU REGION is south of Lucerne and the rather uninspiring title foisted on what is perhaps the most dramatic, certainly the most memorable, mountain scenery in the whole of Switzerland. The Matterhorn may be more recognizable, Davos and St Moritz may be flashier, but the quantity and sheer scale of the awesome giants on offer here at close quarters takes your breath away.
The two lakes in the heart of the Bernese Oberland – the Thunersee and the Brienzersee, with the major resort of Interlaken lying between them – form the gateway to the Jungfrau region. Sidelined by more famous lakes such as Geneva and Luzern, the two are often overlooked by visitors in a hurry to get into the mountains, but there’s something very peaceful about them, poised between the big cities of the north and the high Alps further south. In even the most hurried of Oberland tours, you could easily devote a day or two to enjoying the beauty of the lakes, set amidst cliffs and forested hillsides, dotted with quiet villages, and backed by a long chain of dramatic snowy heights.
Stretching east of Interlaken, the Brienzersee (Lake Brienz) is much vaunted as the cleanest lake in Switzerland, deep blue and beautifully set in a bowl amidst forested slopes. BRIENZ, which is nestled at the northern shores of the Lake has a quiet, community feel – not many people come visiting for a longer stay. A pity actually as the shores of the lake would invite the visitor for leisurely promenades.
The town is known as the most accomplished centre for woodcarving in Switzer-land, and has many workshops with high quality hand-tooled busts, figurines and nativity scenes. JOBIN is one of the most famous woodcarver factories in Switzerland.
The area is dominated by the mighty triple crest of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau (Ogre, Monk and Virgin) – three giant peaks rising side-by-side to 4000m and seemingly always mentioned in the same breath. The Jungfrau is the focus, partly because it’s the highest (at 4158m), and partly because the network of mountain trains culminates at the Jungfraujoch, a saddle below the Jungfrau peak that claims the honour of being the site of the highest train station in Europe. The journey to the Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe, at 3454 metres (11’333ft) Europe’s highest altitude railway station, is the highlight of every visit to Switzerland. It offers visitors a high-Alpine wonderworld of ice, snow and rock, which can be marvelled at from vantage terraces, the Aletsch Glacier or in the Ice Palace. On clear days, views extend as far as the Vosges mountains in France and Germany’s Black Forest.
It’s hard to overstate just how stunning the LAUTERBRUNNEN VALLEY is – even hardened Alpinists shrug their shoulders and call it the most beautiful valley in Europe, bar none. An immense U-shaped valley (the world’s deepest) with bluffs on either side rising 1000m sheer, doused by some 72 waterfalls, it is utterly spectacular. Just beyond the southern end of Lauterbrunnen village, the delicate Staubbach falls – at nearly 300m, the highest in Switzerland – gush out of a sheer cliff, like a lacy decoration on the rugged precipice. It’s a scenic 3 minutes drive up the valley to the Trümmelbach falls. These impressively thunderous waterfalls – the runoff from the high mountains – have carved corkscrew channels through the valley walls: a lift and stepped catwalk leads you over and around the enclosed, boiling cauldrons of rushing water (up to 20,000 litres a second), which throw up plenty of spray and have gradually eroded the rock into weird and wonderful shape.
Sightseeing recommendations, some of which can be combined, not all which can be made. Your driver/guide will make best recommendations according to the weather and your interests (tickets included):
- 2 hr cogwheel train ride to the Jungfrau Joch – Top of Europe. Visit the Ice Palace, the look out point and the Sphinx observatory. The sporty ones can make a safe hike on the glacier to an Alpine hut; a real Alpine experience!
- Cable car ride to the Schilthorn and lunch in the rotating restaurant Piz Gloria. From the Schilthorn you have the best view to the imposing mountain trio Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. On your way back to the valley you visit the car free village Mürren.
- Trip to the Lauterbrunnen valley to see the Staubbach waterfalls and the Trümmelbach falls, 10 glacier falls inside the rocks and made accessible by a tunnel lift (a lot of steps). (Open from April to October)
- Trip by steam train to the Brienz Rothorn. Great views over Lake Brienz and to the mountains. See Alpine farms and have lunch in a mountain restaurant. A visit of an Alpine farm can be on the plan. (operates from June to September)
- Boat cruise on Lake Brienz with a stop over at the Giessbach waterfalls. The historic funicular takes you to the historic Grand Hotel Giessbach, offering fantastic views to the falls and over lake Brienz (open from April to October)
- Visit Interlaken for shopping if you stay at Grindelwald
Optional outdoor activities which can be booked at place, some need a reservation:
– Hiking, biking, paragliding, rope park, First zip liner, snow park on Jungfrau
– Gorge climbing, cannyoning, wild water rafting with reservation
– Return drive to Lucerne for another night stay
Day 4: Lucerne – Jura mountains – Colmar
- Breakfast and check-out.
- Meet your driver/guide at 09.00am for a scenic drive through the Midlands of Switzerland.
You cross the Jura mountain range on a scenic highway and have a drive passing by Basel to arrive in the Alsace which is set in France.
Scenic drive along the wine route of the Alsace where mostly white wine is growing. Stops here and there to visit the quaint historic wine maker villages and for lunch and wine tasting.
- Arrive at Colmar, also called “little Venice” early afternoon and check-in.
- Meet your guide again for a city tour and for a sail along the channels of old Colmar.
- The evening is at your leisure to explore the beautiful city on your own and to try some of the regional specialties.
Accommodation is provided at Boutique Hotel La Maison des Têtes, beautifully set in the old town. Or similar
Day 5: Colmar – Dijon – Beaune (Burgundy)
- Breakfast and check-out.
- Leave Colmar in the morning. Today your route will take you south. You have your first stop at Hartmannsweilerkopf, a battle field and military cemetery dating from the 1st World war. You visit the museum with military cemetery.
- Then, you have a scenic drive along the Swiss border to the town which is famous for its mustard and wine, Dijon. Especially striking is the western façade of the cathedral Notre Dame and a stroll through the old part of Dijon is a must.
- Discover the secrets of Dijon mustard and why it is world-renowned by visiting the Fallot mustard production. You will make a sensational Experiences Tour, using a revolutionary staging method, together with highly sophisticated visual, sound and sensory media, at last you will be able to discover for yourself all the steps involved in transforming the wild mustard seed: from the storage silo right up to packaging the end product. Some tastings are offered at the end of the visit, gourmet will be seduced! Except on Sunday you can at the end of the tour visit the new tasting place at the Moutarderie. Discover and Taste the whole world of mustard! Some exclusive flavours such as the truffle mustard from Burgundy, the Safran mustard or the Espelette pepper that will wake your taste buds up! But also the gingerbread mustard, the blackcurrant one and so on.
- Time for lunch at Dijon.
- You leave Dijon after lunch for a drive through the Burgundy wine region. Arrive at Beaune in the afternoon, the world reknowned wine producer village famous for the production of best Burgundy wines.
- Meet again with the guide for a leisurely city walk to see the highlights of Beaune such as the old town with the Maison de Dieu which used to serve as a hospital until the year 1971 and is the most impressive building in Beaune. The colorful pattern of its roof is typical for the region of Burgundy and seen on many other houses, too.
- Free time in Beaune to check out the shops and wine cellars some of which offer free wine tasting.
Accommodation is provided at
4-star Hotel Le Cep, set in the centre of Beaune
5-star Relais & Chateau Hotel Levernois, quietly set in a big park in the wine yards and a 5 minutes drive from Beaune. Transfer is available
Day 6: Burgundy wine tour
The Burgundy wine is one of the most expensive wines in the world and today you will get the chance to taste a good selection of these excellent wines and to learn more about wine tasting.
- Meet your driver/guide in the morning for a short walk to the Ecole des vins de Bourgogne (wine school of Burgundy), founded in 1974 by the Bourgogne Wine Board, which is in charge of promoting Bourgogne wines. You will have a course to learn how to taste and understand Bourgogne wines. The course will begin in a fully-equipped tasting room, than continues out in the vines, in the cellars of the winemakers and Bourgogne wine merchants. Lunch is included.
- In the afternoon you drive back to Beaune and have free time.
Another night stay at Beaune.
Day 7: Beaune – Versailles castle – Paris
- Breakfast and check-out.
- Meet your driver/guide at 09.30 am for your 3,5 hr drive to Paris.
- Before lunch you arrive at Versaille Castle and will meet there with a local guide (your driver will stay with the luggage).
- Your guide will give you a tour of the castles inside and will recommend a restaurant for lunch. After lunch you explore the gardens on your own, or hopp in to the King’s country houses (called Trianon). The visit of Versalles castle takes about 2,5 hrs – 3 hrs.
- Drive to Paris for check-in and to say good by to your SwissSafari driver/guide.
Accommodation is provided at
4-star Design Hotel Elysee Regencia, set at the Champs Elysées
Luxury Hotel Fourseasons George V, located just steps from the Champs-Elysées, with private terraces that command all of Paris, lovingly restored 18th-century tapestries, and a defining spirit of elegance and charm
Evening program – proposal (optional):
- Your guide is available to visit The Louvre with you which is open Friday evening until 10PM. It is a lot less crowded in the museums in the evening!! So you could have an easy dinner and an evening tour.
If you feel like having a relaxed evening after this long day your guide can do the Louvre next morning. There is no need for a reservation for the Louvre and you can be very flexible on this visit!! Your guide is available either way. Guide and tickets included – dinner not included
Day 8: Paris and sightseeing with your guide
- 09:00 am: Meet your guide in the lobby to explore the city’s highlights and some hidden places on foot and by Metro:
- In case you did the Louvre in the evening you start the day with a visit of the Orsay museum (the museum opens at 9h30 and a reservation here is needed, so this visit will depend on the reservation time the guide gets alotted… ).
- A simpel lunch somewhere local.
- The afternoon, you visit the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Islands and the Marais neighburhood, one of the most authentic older districts of Paris. Your guide can also highlight the second WW in this part of town, since it is still one of the Jewish neigborhoods of Paris.
- End of the tour will be at your Hotel at around 5 PM.
- Meet your guide for a short walk to the pier and enjoy a Seine river dinner cruise on the Calif boat (dinner included, beverages not included) (8 – 10PM)
- Back to your Hotel on your own (walking).
Day 9: Paris and sightseeing with your guide
- Meet your guide at 09.00 AM in the Lobby.
- Today there is a gourmet visit* of a tru Parisien Market on the plan which will fill the whole morning. Lunch will be in a typical Parisienne restaurant (lunch not included).
* Market day is on Sundays only. Another program will be recommended should you visit Paris not on a Sunday.
The afternoon program can be a theme walk and can be a short term decision or you can choose one of the below tours at booking:
The Village of Montmartre;
Lovely painters’ village in the North of Paris, that still kept its village feel, with a lovely street market and typical small Parisian Bistro’s and café’s.
So many famous painters lived on this hill, like the Impressionists, Van Gogh and Picasso, just to name a few. Montmartre is very famous for its great Basilica church, the Sacre Coeur, which we will visit, just like the small village square with the street painters, but the walk mostly takes us through the small winding streets and stairs, passing the Vineyards and the real old unknown village of this neighborhood away from the tourist crowds.
Passages of Paris:
From the Louvre all the way to the Old Opera ‘Palais Garnier’ we can walk almost ‘inside’ through the quite unknown passages of Paris. After a long time of neglect these old shopping galeries have now been almost all restored and brought back to their former glory, before the age of departments stores. The most exquisite shops can be found here, from the best perfume maker of France, one of the most delightful wine shops, to designers like Jean-Paul Gaultier. It is an interesting walk through a not so well known part of Paris, with quite some explanation as to the urban development of Paris and many stories about the history of France while discovering yet another not so well known part of Paris.
Père Lachaise Cemetery
Edith Piaf, Oscar Wilde, Jim Morison, Chopin, Gertrude Stein just to name a few, all have one thing in common. They found a place of eternal rest on the most famous Parisian cemetery of all, Père Lachaise. All these people and more, have their story waiting to be told, some funny, some sad but always interesting. It is also one of the biggest green spaces of Paris and an open air statuary museum.
Around the old and partly demolished abbey we find a beautiful neighborhood, little streets full of antique and art stores. Many writers, from Europe and northern Americas found refuge here over time; it was here that Oscar Wilde found last refuge and where he died, just next to the Fine Arts Academy, it was here that Sylvia Beach edited James Joyce’s Ulysses when no other editor worldwide found the artists masterpiece to his liking. It was also the neighborhood of WW II jazz musicians and the revolutionary philosophers like Jean Paul Sartre found to their liking and inspiration.
The liberation of Paris
In this walk we retrace the history of France during the Second World War, not just the military events, but foremost how life was during the occupation, and the days leading to the liberation of Paris. The walk will lead us from the memorial behind the Notre Dame, all the way to the Concorde Square.
The Themewalks can be short term decisions. Your guide is flexible.
Overnigt stay at Paris
Day 10: Paris – backstage Eiffel tower visit and free time
- Meet your guide after breakfast for a short walk to the Eiffeltower.
- You have a private backstage visit of the Eiffeltower and a ride to the second floor where your guide shows you the sights from the Eiffeltower.
- Free for lunch and afternoon for shopping, or taking a drink on a Parisian café terrace, smelling the city, and watching the people, some of the best ways to experience Paris.
- Your guide is not available in the afternoon.
Overnight stay at Paris
Day 11: Paris departure
- Breakfast and check-out.
- Private transfer to the airport for departure.
End of the tour with SwissSafari
The price includes:
- Program as described. The vehicle is a modern van, fully air conditioned, slide doors
- 7 days with a personal English speaking Swiss driver/tour guide – 10 hrs per day
- Accommodation in best located 4-star or 5-star Hotels, double rooms with view
- Buffet breakfasts in the Hotels
- All tickets and admission fees on the sightseeing tours except of optional tours
- All city tours and tours with the SwissSafari driver/guide or local guide
- Local Paris guide for 3 days / 2 x 8 hrs, resp. 2 x 4 hrs per day – admission fees
- Wine tasting course in the Burgundy (approx. 4 hrs) including lunch
- Private backstage visit of the Eiffeltower incl. tickets
- Seine river dinner cruise incl. 3 course dinner, excl. beverages
- Tickets for the Metro in Paris
- Boat cruise in Colmar
- All transfers with the SwissSafari driver/guide incuding airport transfer in Paris
- Porter service
- Soft drinks in the car
- All expenses for the driver/guide
- Mileage, Fuel, road toll in France, parking fees
- Taxes and VAT
- Travel to Switzerland/from France
- Meals others than the ones mentioned at “The price includes”, all beverages
- Tickets on optional tours
- Activities, rental of equipment, etc.
- Extras in the hotels, Hotel/Room upgrades
- Bookable side trips
- Travel insurance
- Deposit payment of CHF 1’000.00 at booking
- Full payment 5 weeks prior departure
- Payment by bank transfer
* The driver/guide is bound to the European law of passenger transportation which does not allow more than 10 working hours or 8 driving hours per day and regulates an 11 hrs night rest.
Bad weather, snow, natural disaster or increased traffic can alter the program. SwissSafari reserves the right to change the program and the rates
Extend your holidays and visit Mickey Mouse at Eurodisneyland:
Day 11: Paris – Eurodisney – Paris
- Private transfer to Eurodisneyland – full day park visit (without guide). Return drive to Paris for overnight stay. –
Day 12 airport transfer and departure
Rate on request