Switzerland - The Cities, the Culture, the Alps
Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 11:00 AM - Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 11:00 AM (EDT)
Into the Heart of Europe
A Dynamic Outdoors Custom Itinerary
Experience the historic and vibrant Swiss cities of Zurich, Basel, Lucerne, and the capital Berne.
Hike in Switzerland's most picturesque mountain ranges of the North Jura and the Central Alps.
Explore and relax in the most quaint villages of Zermatt and Interlaken.
Pricing: (Land only)
$1,195 - make deposit by April 6
$1,295 - make deposit by April 20
$1,395 - thereafter - but only 8 spots are available for this trip:
- All Overland Transfers: Van and Rail Tickets
- Hotel Accommodations with Breakfast
- Day Hikes and City Tours
International airline ticket: Feel free to match the dates below and/ or come earlier, leave later:
(We can help you find the best deal and/ or we recommend to see if you can use frequent flyer miles)
Optional Activities, Lunch, and Dinners, etc...
Tipping to cover the week: $45
Friday, May 4 - Take off/ departure from New York
(Feel free to match the dates below and/ or come earlier, leave later)
Saturday, May 5
Arrive in Zurich Airport - Shuttle pick up and one our transfer to Basel City
Quick lunch followed by a short tour and visit to the River Rhine
Rest of evening open to explore the city
Suggested group dinner in town - Overnight Basel
Sunday, May 6
After breakfast, depart from Basel and transfer into the Jura Mountain Range
Entering in part, a section of French speaking Switzerland
Light to intermediate hike over rolling hills
Evening transfer to Berne
Suggested group dinner in town - Overnight Berne
Monday, May 7
In the morning, City Tour of Bern - half day to explore the capital of Switzerland
After lunch, transfer to Interlaken - Sports Adventure Town
Afternoon hike or free time to explore the town
Suggested group dinner in town - Overnight Interlaken
Tuesday, May 8
After breakfast, we depart for a light to intermediate hike into the Berner Oberland
Optional Activities: Paragliding, Rafting, Rock Climbing, etc...
Suggested group dinner at night - Overnight Interlaken
Wednesday, May 9
Morning transfer to Zermatt, into the heart of the Swiss Alps - in search of the famous Matterhorn
Amazing photo opportunities along the way as well as the first views of the amazing mountain - looking for the Alpen Glow: Optional Activities: Rock Climb, Explore town, relax, shop, etc...
Suggested group dinner in town - Overnight Zermatt
Thursday, May 10
After breakfast, we depart for a light to intermediate hike close to the Matterhorn
Optional Activities: Rock Climb, Explore town, relax, shop, etc...
Afternoon transfer to Lucerne via Altdorf (Founding place of Switzerland)
Suggested group dinner in town - Overnight Lucerne
Friday, May 11
After breakfast, explore and tour Lucerne - walk across the oldest covered bridge in Europe
(Originally constructed in 1408, featuring a series of medieval-style 17th Century plague paintings by Kaspar Meglinger titled Dance of Death. It has a small chapel in the middle that was added in 1568)
Afternoon transfer to Zurich. Rest of afternoon open to explore the city; shopping, etc...
Suggested group dinner in town - Party in town - Overnight Zurich
Saturday, May 12 - Last day in Switzerland:
Stock up on the most delicious chocolates and other fine Swiss products for perfect gifts and Mother's Day!
After breakfast, shuttle transfer to Zurich Airport
Sunday, May 13 - Option to extend your stay in Zurich/ Switzerland
Basel City - Basel is Switzerland's third most populous city with about 166,000 inhabitants. Located where the Swiss, French and German borders meet, Basel also has suburbs in France and Germany. With 830,000 inhabitants in the tri-national urban agglomeration as of 2004, Basel is Switzerland's second-largest urban area.
Located in northwest Switzerland on the river Rhine, Basel functions as a major industrial centre for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry. It has the oldest university of the Swiss Confederation (1460). Basel is German-speaking. The city is among the most important cultural centres of Switzerland, comprising a large number of theatres and many museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts, the world's oldest art collection accessible to the public. In addition the Theater Basel was chosen in 1999 as the best stage for German-language performances and in 2009 & 2010 as "Opera of the Year".
The City of Berne - Bern or Berne - In 1983 the historic old town in the centre of Bern became a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Bern is ranked among the world’s top ten cities for the best quality of life (2010).
The structure of Bern's city centre is largely medieval, with the most famous sight, the Zytglogge (Bernese German for "Time Bell"), an elaborate medieval clock tower with moving puppets. It also has an impressive 15th century Gothic cathedral, the Münster, and a 15th century town hall. Thanks to 6 kilometres of arcades, the old town boasts one of the longest covered shopping promenades in Europe.
Since the 16th century, the city has had a bear pit (the Bärengraben). The extended and renewed pit off the far end of the Nydeggbrücke actually contains four bears, including two young. During his visit in Bern in 2009, the Russian president and his wife gave two more young bears as a private present. They are actually in Dählhölzli, Bern's zoo.
The Federal Palace (Bundeshaus), built from 1857 to 1902, which houses the national parliament, government and part of the federal administration, can also be visited.
Albert Einstein lived in an apartment at the Kramgasse 49, the site of the Einsteinhaus, from 1903 to 1905, the year in which the Annus Mirabilis Papers were published.
Interlaken - Interlaken is in the Canton of Bern in Switzerland, a well-known tourist destination in the Bernese Oberland. Interlaken's reputation as international resort started around 1800 due to the landscapes of Franz Niklaus König and other Swiss landscape artists. The success of the Unspunnenfest, a festival of Swiss culture, in 1805 and 1808 brought many tourists to Interlaken. Starting in 1820, they came for mountain air and spa treatments and the large Kursaal opened in 1859 to provide an elegant spa. The many hotels combined with good transportation links made it easy for these early tourists to visit. In 1835 a steam ship route opened from Thun, followed in 1839 by another from Brienz.
Interlaken is a destination for backpackers throughout the year. The town is a base from which to explore the surrounding areas by train or bus. One of the main attractions is the Jungfrau, (4,158 m (13,642 ft)) and the Jungfraujoch railway station (3,450 m (11,320 ft)).
Zermatt / Matterhorn
Zermatt is famed as a mountaineering and ski resort of the Swiss Alps.
The name of Zermatt, as well as that of the Matterhorn itself, derives from the alpine meadows, or matten (in German), in the valley. The name appeared first as Zur Matte ("in the meadow") and became later Zermatt.
eTransport - To prevent air pollution which could obscure the town's view of the Matterhorn, the entire town is a combustion-engine car-free zone. Almost all vehicles in Zermatt are battery driven and almost completely silent.
The Matterhorn (German), Monte Cervino (Italian) or Mont Cervin (French), is a mountain in the Pennine Alps on the border between Switzerland and Italy. Its summit is 4,478 metres (14,690 ft) high, making it one of the highest peaks in the Alps. The four steep faces, rising above the surrounding glaciers, face the four compass points.
The Matterhorn was one of the last great Alpine peaks to be climbed and its first ascent marked the end of the golden age of alpinism. It was made in 1865 by a party led by Edward Whymper.
Lucerne - Due to its location on the shore of Lake Lucerne (der Vierwaldstättersee), within sight of Mount Pilatus and Rigi in the Swiss Alps, Lucerne has long been a destination for tourists. One of the city's famous landmarks is the Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke), a wooden bridge first erected in the 14th century. Lucerne was voted the fifth most popular tourism destination in the world in 2010 by Tripadvisor.
By 1290 Lucerne became a good-sized, self-sufficient city with about 3000 inhabitants. About this time King Rudolph I von Habsburg gained authority over the Monastery of St. Leodegar and its lands, including Lucerne. The populace did not appreciate the increasing Habsburg influence, and Lucerne allied with neighboring towns to seek independence from Habsburg rule. Along with Lucerne, the three other forest cantons of Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden formed the "eternal" Swiss Confederacy, known as the Eidgenossenschaft, on November 7, 1332. Later the cities of Zurich, Zug and Bern joined the alliance. With the help of these additions, the rule of Austria over the area came to an end. The issue was settled by Lucerne’s victory over the Habsburgs in the Battle of Sempach in 1386.
Zurich - Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and the capital of the canton of Zurich. It is located in central Switzerland at the northwestern tip of Lake Zurich
Permanently settled for around 7,000 years, the history of Zurich goes back to its founding by the Romans, who, in 15 BC, called it Turicum. During the Middle Ages Zurich gained the independent and privileged status of imperial immediacy and, in 1519, was the place of origin and centre of the Protestant Reformation in German-speaking Switzerland, led by Ulrich Zwingli.
Zurich is a leading global city and among the world's largest financial centres. The city is home to a large number of financial institutions and banking giants. Also, most of the research and development centres are concentrated in Zurich and the low rate of tax attracts overseas companies to set up their headquarters there. According to several surveys from 2006 to 2008, Zurich was named the city with the best quality of life in the world as well as the wealthiest city in Europe.
An impressive number of museums and art galleries can be found in the city, including the Swiss National Museum and the Kunsthaus. Zurich also hosts one of the most important theatres in the German-speaking world.
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