When we talk about Switzerland, we tend to imagine glorious alpine landscapes, lush green hills, laidback and friendly locals. While most of our knowledge of Switzerland comes from the fact that it was the ‘go-to’ foreign destination for Bollywood films for a time, the truth is not very far away from the fiction. Switzerland, a landlocked country in Central Europe, shares borders with France to the West, Italy to the South, Austria and Lichtenstein to the East and Germany to the North. Consequently, the population showcases three distinct European cultures: The clean, correct German-like efficiency in the Northeast, wine-drinking, laidback laissez-faire French culture in the Soutwest while, down Southeast, the sun warms cappuccino sippers in Italian styled Piazzas.
Switzerland’s landscape is mountainous, with the Alps in the South and the Jura mountain range in the northwest. However, it is also known for its central plateau of rolling plains, hills and large lakes. The Matterhorn mountain, known as one of the highest peaks in the alps is famous among mountaineers because of the technically challenging aspects it presents, while other Alpine mountains provide the perfect spot for skiing and other Alpine related sports.
Switzerland’s stable economy means that you get to enjoy scenic natural beauty along with all the modern infrastructure of a first world country. The famed neutrality of the country means that you get to meet warm, friendly locals who are welcoming of all cultures and the culturally diverse population ensures that you are exposed to different aspects of life from different cultures on an almost daily basis.
Switzerland can be a glorious, whirlwind trip whether you’ve packed your hiking boots and snowboard or just a good book and a pair of sunglasses. The 7 Nights/8 Days Born Voyager Switzerland package lets you explore the wonderland of Switzerland and gives you a chance to experience Swiss hospitality, climate and culture at its finest.
Fly in to Zurich or Geneva airports. Post disembarkation formalities and immigration procedures, our representative will meet you and get you on board the train to transfer to Zermatt. Zermatt is a unique, car-free village at the base of the mighty Matterhorn mountain, and as such has become a base for many climbers seeking to summit the peak. Zermatt is known for its tranquil silences, but also for some happening parties and gregarious locals. After checking in to your hotel, spend some time exploring the main street of Zermatt, or hire a cycle and explore the village as the locals do. In addition to being completely car-free (most vehicles are battery driven and completely silent), Zermatt also uses horse-drawn carriages for transportation. Try a ride in a horse-driven cart surrounded by beautiful mountains; you will feel like you have stepped into a land straight out of Disney movies. Overnight stay at Zermatt.
After breakfast at the hotel, you get your first taste of mountain climbing as we take you to the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, the highest sightseeing point at 3,833 metres above sea level, accessible by gondolas or cable cars. The cable cars come equipped with a state of the art audio system which gives you information about the sights you are passing while you are enjoying the panoramic views as you ascend to the glacier. From the viewing platform, you are treated to stunning 360 degree views taking in 38 peaks topping over 4,000 metres and 14 glaciers across the French, Italian and Swiss Alps. Depending on which season you visit Zermatt, you can snow tube (summer) or ski (winter) down the slopes under supervision with state of the art safety equipment. There is also a restaurant and a gift shop near the viewing platform where large windows offer you a lovely mountain view while you sip a cup of Swiss Hot chocolate. You can purchase souvenirs from the gift shop before heading back down to the town of Zermatt. In the evening, spend some time sitting at the city centre and enjoying the peace and tranquility which is associated with the mountains and relax. Overnight stay at Zermatt.
On Day 3, after breakfast, catch the train via Brig and Spiez on your way to Interlaken. Interlaken is a small city in the Bernese Highlands region of central Switzerland and is known as a base camp for outdoor sports and for those who are exploring the surrounding Bernese Oberland Alps. After checking in to your hotel, step out and get exploring. The town of Interlaken is small enough to explore on foot or bike, offering plenty of sights, especially along the banks of the Briez and Thun. Watch the locals and tourists brave the cold waters and swim; join them if you feel adventurous. Take a leisurely sail along the waters and explore the many souvenir shops across the city. Overnight stay at Interlaken.
After breakfast, make the most of your leisure day to explore the surrounding areas around Interlaken. Ride the mountain railways or take a boat trip down the Thunerese. For the adventure lovers, Interlaken has many outdoor sports including sky-diving, river rafting, paragliding, hang-gliding, bungee jumping etc. You can also rent a mountain bike and ride along he biking trails or special biking trips to nearby sights including the Giessbach waterfalls or look inside the Trummelbach waterfalls. A trip to the ‘Jungfrau Winter sport region’ gives you access to both beginner and expert level slopes for skiing and snowboarding, while indoor ski rinks in Matten give you the opportunity to go ice-skating. Come back to your hotel and relax. Overnight stay in Interlaken.
After breakfast at the hotel, head to Interlaken Ost station to board the Golden Pass line train which will take you across breathtaking mountain routes and roaring waterfalls, including the famous Reichenbach Fallson your way to Lucerne. Upon exiting the train, head to your hotel and check in. nce you are checked in, step out and discover the lovely city of Lucerne, with a tourism history from the early 19th Century. Legend has it that Lucerne was the site where William Tell knocked the apple from his son’s head, showcasing his skill with a crossbow. This event is immortalized in several souvenirs which you can purchase at any of the souvenir shops. On your first day, visit the Lion Monument, a sculpture commemorating the Swiss Guard who were massacred during the French Revolution. Explore the Old City Wall, climb the Clock Tower and visit the Chapel Bridge, the oldest woodbridge in all Europe. At night, take in a local meal at one of the cafes and then head back to your hotel to relax. Overnight stay at Lucerne.
After breakfast at the hotel, explore the sights and sounds of the area surrounding Lucerne. Take the cable car from Kriens up to the summit of the famous Mount Pilatus. The 360 degree view of Lucerne and the surrounding area is a must see. There are other activities as well, including sledding, a suspension rope park and a 1,350 m long toboggan ride. You can also take a boat tour of Lucerne or get lost in the maze of streets, passages and squares in the old town. Jazz lovers can visit the Jazzkantine, home to a local jazz school and mingle with the students and watch a few impromptu jam sessions. In the evening, head to one of the many bars and restaurants to take in some delightful Swiss cuisine and interact with locals and tourists from around the world. Overnight stay at Lucerne.
After breakfast at the hotel, take the 50 minute train ride and head to Zurich. Post checking in to your hotel, explore the city. Zurich, located on the banks of Lake Zurich is the financial capital of Switzerland and houses the Stock Exchange and headquarters of several international organizations including FIFA. Zurich combines modern infrastructure with a quaint, 19th century charm, especially in the Oldtown and lakefront districts. Take an Optional trolley tour which explores sites like St. Peter’s Church which has the largest clock face in Europe, the financial and shopping districts of Zurich and some quaint, waterfront cafes. Go up Üetliberg, a hill overlooking Zurich. You can hike up, or take a train from the main station. Enjoy the 360 degree view from a tall viewing tower. This is also the start of the planetenweg (planetary walk), an 8 mile walk along the ridge with models of the planets along the way. These are scaled down in true proportion to the solar system. In the evening, go club hopping across the various pubs and bars in the central district of Zurich and cram in some last minute shopping and fun. After that, head to your hotel and relax. Overnight stay in Zurich.
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Zurich airport to catch your flight home or to your next destination.