|July 27 (Thur): Depart from United States
July 28 (Fri): Upon your arrival into Switzerland we will be there at the airport to ensure you find your way to the hotel. After checking into our hotel in Zurich we will have a brief orientation and then hop on a train headed for the city center. You will see the beautiful city of Zurich which is the largest city in Switzerland. We will start this day with a ferry ride down the River Limmat, the ferry will glide down the river that winds through the city and out onto Lake Zurich. After our ferry ride we walk from the lake into the city where we will see 3 major cathedrals; Grossmunster, Fraumunster, and St.Peters. We will head up to the top of Lindenhof hill where we can take in the views of the city. The quaint back streets of Zurich will offer us a glimpse into the local life of Zurich. We will end our day with a dinner together and the stroll down the famous Bahnhofstrasse. We will do our best to stay awake and beat the ever present, jet lag!
July 29 (Sat): After our morning breakfast we will hop on a train headed for Eastern Switzerland and Konstanz, Germany. Our first stop will be the beautiful Unseco World Heritage city of St.Gallen. Here we will stroll through the amazing city center rich with history. We will visit the famous Abbey Library of Saint Gallus with a treasure of books dating back to the 8th century. After our visit to St.Gallen we will head to the historical city of Konstanz, Germany. This lakeside city gives us a chance to cross the border for the day and take in some real German culture. Konstanz is rich in historic significance for Europe and boasts one of the largest Old Towns considering the size of the city. We will visit several Cathedrals and view the beautiful art that is found throughout the city. After our full day in Germany we will head back to Zurich for dinner.
July 30 (Sun): Today we will say “goodbye” to the big city of Zurich and head into the Alps of the Berner Oberlands. Our first stop will be Zollikofen, Switzerland for church. After Church we will head into the Alps for the rest of the day. We will hop on board the BOB train headed toward the village of Lauterbrunnen in the famous UNESCO World Heritage site of Lauterbrunnen Valley. We will then take a Cable Car ride to the cliff side village of Murren. We will stroll through this village without cars perched atop the Alps to the next Cable Car ride. This will take us down to the village of Gimmelwald! For those who are willing and daring enough can join me on a hike from the top of Murren to the next station of Gimmelwald. Here we will visit a small cheese factory and sample some local Swiss made Alp Cheese. We will enjoy the views of the Alps and the beloved Jungfrau Joch. Our final cable car ride will take us from Gimmelwald down the cliff side to the valley floor into the village of Stechelberg. We will slowly take our time back and enjoy the surrounding scenery. After a tasty dinner together the evening will be left to your own leisure.
July 31 (Mon): We will be busy on this day taking in all the sights of the Capital City of Bern. We will first attend a session at the Temple in Zollikofen and then afterwards take in the sights of the city. From the Parliament building, Kindlifresser Fountain, Switzerland’s largest Cathedral, Zytglock, the Aare river, and the Bear viewing area. For those who would once again like a little adventure we can join the locals and jump into the Aare river that runs directly through the city center. We will board the train and head to the city of Thun. This medieval city nestled between the Alps and Lake Thun will surely take your breathe away! With is covered wooden bridges, flower lined windows, and castle you will be swept back into time. For many who have taken this tour Thun has quickly become a favorite. After visiting Thun we will head back to the hotel for a tasty Swiss dinner.
Aug 1 (Tue): Today is the Swiss National Day and you will see parades, yodelers, alp horns, cows, goats, fireworks, and everything Swiss. It will truly be a day to remember!! We will begin the day by riding the famous Schynige Platte narrow guard cogwheel train all the way up to a spectacular vista that includes a glacial garden. With will also have towering views of the big three Alps Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau. We will then make our way into the city of Interlaken to prepare for the parade. Here there will be delicious street foods along with festivities celebrating the Swiss National Day! In the evening we will enjoy a wonderful dinner after which will be a cultural evening along with fireworks!
Aug 2 (Wed): Village of Zermatt & Matterhorn. We are off to one of the most famous Swiss Alps known world wide, Matterhorn is our place of destination. We will leave early in the morning on a train heading through the beautiful mountain pass south towards Italy. We will arrive in the village of Zermatt, set at the foot of the mighty Matterhorn. We will board the famous cogwheel Gornergrat train that will take us slowly up the mountain side and offers unparalleled views of the Matterhorn. From the top viewing deck we enjoy lunch and try to take in the beautiful surrounding scenery. We will again board the Gornergrat Cogwheel train and head back down into the village of Zermatt. Along the way down will be an option for hiking for those who would like a little added adventure! Once back in the village we will walk through Zermatt and learn more about this old farming village and its rich history of becoming one of the world’s most sought after vacation resorts. We will enjoy a tasty Swiss dinner that night and marvel over what we saw this day!
Aug 3 (Thur): Grindelwald, Switzerland. Here we will stroll through this quaint Alpine village offering views of theEiger and two large glaciers. You can decide to finish up any souvenir shopping you may have or for a little more adventure you can either go down an Alpine Slide, ride a trotti bike, or take a Zip line down a mountain side. We will explore this beautiful valley and all that it has to offer. After a fun day spent together we will head back to the hotel for a scrumptious dinner!
Aug 4 (Fri): Today we say goodbye to the Berner Oberlands as we make our way back to Zurich via the city of Luzern, Switzerland. Considered one of the most beautiful cities in Switzerland, Luzern is certain to take your breath away. This charming Swiss city is found in the heart of Switzerland. We will take the famous Golden Pass Train from Interlaken to Luzern, this two hour train ride will be sure to take your breath away. After arriving in Luzern we will stroll down the Chapel Bridge, visit the Lions monument, enter several Cathedral, and lastly take in the beauty of Lake Luzern. We will end our day with a dinner and prepare ourselves for our last full day together in Switzerland.
Aug 5 (Sat): Say our goodbye to Switzerland as we catch a morning Shuttle bus to the airport. Thanks for the memories and Auf Wiedersehen!!
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Cancellation Policy: Deposit is non-refundable and non-transferrable. Once final has been made, the trip is non-refundable. Travel insurance is available if you’d like to protect your trip investment should you need to cancel.
Final Payment: Final payment is due on April 27, 2017.
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LDS Guide: Jonathan Larsen
My first encounter with the majestic country of Switzerland all started in 1996 as a missionary for the LDS church. I lived all across the German-Speaking parts of Switzerland, Southern Germany, and Western Austria. For two years I lived among the people, learning their language, their beautiful cities, their culture, and of course their breathtaking views! I returned home in 1998 and completed college at PSU only to hear the call of Switzerland to return.
I began taking groups of family and friends on trips to Switzerland, sharing my love of this beautiful country. It was apparent after several of these trips I had found something that I loved to do. Watching large tour operators run their tours through Switzerland I knew there had to be a better way to share such a beautiful country. I wanted to offer a tour that would show Switzerland the way it should be. I knew the only way to do that would be with small group tours.
Small groups offer flexibility, more time for true sight-seeing, and more contact with the tour guide. I also believed transferring from hotels every other day was a waste of precious vacation time which is why Edelweiss Tours only uses two hotels the entire tour. With small groups I could also use the Swiss Rail System instead of a charter bus, creating a unique experience of riding the Swiss rails during the tour. Come join me on an unforgettable tour of Switzerland
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