Switzerland

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September 10 – 20, 2017

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Day 1: Sunday, September 10th, 2017 • Depart U.S.
Our adventure begins as we depart on our transatlantic flight to Zurich, Switzerland.

Day 2: Monday, September 11th, 2017 • Zurich
We meet our guide at the airport and travel north of Zurich to visit the Rhine Falls, the largest waterfall in Europe. We experience the feeling of the roar and the vibrations over our entire body. The Rhine Falls were formed more than 15,000 years ago when Ice Age shifts in the tectonic plates forced the Rhine River into a new riverbed. We enjoy lunch at Park am Rheinfall, a restaurant with large windows providing a fantastic view over the falls. We return to Zurich for a guided walking tour of Zurich’s Old Town. We then check into our hotel and have the evening free for individual interests. L

Day 3: Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 • Appenzell – Vaduz – Lucerne
We check out of our hotel early this morning and drive to the Appenzell district, where we join a Whisky Trek tour. As every mountain inn has a store with a special and unique whisky, there will be plenty to choose from! We make a quick stop at Brauerei Locher AG to buy some Appenzeller Bier. We then move on to the tiny country of Liechtenstein, with a stop in Vaduz to explore on our own. Our last destination today is Lucerne, our home for the next two nights. B/L

Day 4: Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 • Lucerne
We begin our day with a walking tour of Lucerne. We see the famous wooden Chapel Bridge, the sculptured, poignant Lion Monument, and other city highlights. After lunch (on our own) we take a cruise on Lake Lucerne. We have a day pass that allows us to hop on/ hop off. Depending on our whim, we might jump off at Weggins, Vitznau, Beckenried, Rütli, Brunnen and/or Flüelen. Upon our return to Lucerne, we will have more time to wander through this beautiful city. We can shop for chocolate or wood carvings or take a long walk along the lake’s beautiful esplanade. B

Day 5: Thursday, September 14th, 2017 • Lauterbrunnen – Kleine Scheidegg – Grindelwald – Interlaken
Departing lovely Lucerne, we first cross the Brunig Pass and arrive at the international resort town of Interlaken. We then reach Lauterbrunnen, the “village of the waterfalls.” Here a cogwheel train brings us to Kleine Scheidegg for a spectacular panoramic view of Jungfrau mountain peaks and a lunch break before riding down the other side of the mountain to Grindelwald, the “village of the glaciers.” We then transfer back to Interlaken where dinner and a Swiss Folklore Show awaits us. B/D

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Day 6: Friday, September 15th, 2017 • Bern – Montreaux
Today we will make a visit into Bern, the lovely capital of Switzerland. This old university town is built on a sandstone ridge, surrounded on three sides by the Aare River. Some of the interesting sights to note include the Renaissance-style Bundeshaus, the elegant Gerechtigkeitsgasse, and the Bärengraben, the circular bear-pit in which bears, the symbol of Bern, have been kept since 1480. We have time to explore on our own before we transfer to a Gruyère cheese farm La Maison du Gruyère where we enjoy a fondue lunch. Our last destination today is Montreux on the crystal-clear Lake Leman where we visit Chillon Castle, made famous by Byron’s work, “The Prisoner of Chillon.” We overnight in the Montreaux area. B/L

Day 7: Saturday, September 16th, 2017 • Valais – Zermatt
We check out from our hotel and continue our tour to Zermatt. Our first stop will be at Valais winery where we also enjoy our lunch. We then move on to Saas-Fee where we take a gondola to Mittelallalin to visit the ice pavilion. We continue to Zermatt, famous as a mountaineering and ski resort in the Swiss Alps. This mountain town permits no gas driven vehicles…. meaning no cars or vehicles unless electric or pulled by animals. We arrive at our hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure. B/L

Day 8: Sunday, September 17th, 2017 • Zermatt
Early this morning, we may hear the cow bells as the farmers take their cows to pasture. Later we enjoy a delicious Swiss breakfast perhaps with some of the cheese produced by those cows. Our day is entirely free for individual interests. Those who wish to taste local rye bread can do so at the town bakery. Those who fancy air dried meat can do so at a local butchery. B

Day 9: Monday, September 18th, 2017 • Zermatt – St. Moritz
After breakfast this morning, we board the Glacier Express to St. Moritz. This is considered one of the most beautiful train rides in Europe with breathtaking views of snowcapped mountains and waterfalls. We arrive in St. Moritz late this afternoon. We meet our coach and transfer to our hotel for dinner and drinks. B/D

Day 10: Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 • St. Moritz – Sirmione
Twice host of the Winter Olympics, St. Moritz has a world championship bobsled trek made of natural ice and an outdoor Olympic ice rink. However, St. Moritz first became famous thanks to its mineral springs, first discovered 3,000 years ago, that have established the alpine town as a summer spa resort. We have time to relax and explore on our own before we transfer to the airport hotel or Sirmione, Italy for the post tour extension. B

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Day 11: Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 • Return
For some of us our tour comes to an end as we transfer to the airport for a return flight home.

Optional Venice Extension

Day 11: Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 • Sirmione – Padua – Venice
Our Italian adventure continues this morning as we transfer to Padua where we have some time to stretch our legs while viewing the Byzantine basilica dating to the 13th century, the Giotto frescoes, and the 800 year old university. We continue to Venice where dinner awaits us. B/D

Day 12: Thursday, September 21st, 2017 • Venice
We begin our day in Venice with an excursion to St. Mark’s Square and the Doge Palace including a gondola ride along the serpentine Canale Grande. Here we see the Bell Tower and the impressive St. Mark’s Cathedral. There is time in the afternoon to explore and shop in the famous market area around the Rialto Bridge or to enjoy a coffee and some people-watching at St. Mark’s Square. B

Day 13: Friday, September 22nd, 2017 • Venice
Today is free to explore on our own. We get together tonight for our farewell dinner at a local restaurant. B/D

Day 14: Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 • Return to U.S.
Unfortunately, it’s time to transfer to Venice airport for our return flight to the United States. B

Abbreviations for Meals
B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner

TOUR PRICE:
$3,850* per person, land only
*3% surcharge will be added when paying with credit card
Single Supplement = $900
If we have 26-30 participants: $3,650 pp

Venice Extension: $1,159**
Single supplement Venice Extension: $400
*Price is per person based on a minimum of
21 paying participants, double occupancy. If less than 21 travel, we reserve the right to adjust the cost accordingly.
** Venice extension price is based on 16 participants
Group size is limited to 30 passengers

Your Tour Includes:

  • Land Transportation via private deluxe air-conditioned motor coach
  • Accommodations (double occupancy) in superior three and moderate four star hotels
  • Transportation card (3 Day) in Venice
  • Meals per the itinerary
  • Admission to all activities indicated in the itinerary except those listed as optional
  • Services of professional tour manager throughout Switzerland
  • Assistance of a tour guide in Venice to and from hotel
  • Local step-on guides for city tours and major attractions
  • Luggage handling of one piece per person at hotels
  • All taxes and tips for provided services on land tour except for coach driver and tour manager

Your Tour Does Not Include:

  • Roundtrip Airfare plus related taxes, fees and fuel charges
  • Meals other than indicated above
  • Beverages, except with breakfast
  • Items of a personal nature such as passport fees. (Passport must be valid for 6 months beyond return date.)
  • Optional insurance for health, baggage and cancellation. (This insurance is available and recommended.)
  • Tips for Coach Driver and Tour Manager

Payment Schedule:
A deposit of $500 per person plus insurance is due with reservation. Final payment is due 100 days prior to departure date. Invoice will be sent out prior to final payment. Passengers adding after this date subject to air and land availability. Generally airlines do not increase the price of a ticket after it has been contracted. However, prior to the issuance of a ticket, airlines may (and regularly do) impose fuel, tax, or security surcharges. In the event a surcharge is imposed after Ed-Ventures has received a final payment, Ed-Ventures will send an additional invoice for the surcharge amount. Early registration is encouraged.
Currency:
Currency exchange rates fluctuate constantly. In the event of a significant drop in the value of the dollar, we reserve the right to add a currency surcharge to the price of the tour.
Refund/Cancellation Policy:
All cancellations must be in writing. The date of postmark will determine the amount of refund due. Refunds are based on the number of days prior to departure date. Anyone canceling

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