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Switzerland - The Cities, the Culture, the Alps

Dynamic Outdoors

Friday, September 7, 2012 at 6:00 PM - Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 11:00 AM (EDT)

Switzerland - The Cities, the Culture, the Alps

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Into the Heart of Europe
A Dynamic Outdoors Custom Itinerary

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Highlights:
Hike in Switzerland's most picturesque mountain ranges of the Berner Oberland and the Central Alps. Experience the historic and vibrant Swiss cities of Zurich, Lucerne, and the capital Berne.
Explore and relax in the most quaint villages of Zermatt and Interlaken.

Pricing: (Land only)
$1,195 - make deposit by June 15
$1,295 - make deposit by July 15
$1,395 - thereafter - but please note, there are only 8 spots are available for this trip:


Includes:
- All Overland Transfers in Private Van and Swiss Rail Tickets
- Hotel Accommodations with Breakfast
- Day Hikes and City Tours

Not Included:
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, September 7  - Take off/ departure from New York
(Feel free to match the dates below and/ or come earlier, leave later)

Saturday, September 8 
Arrive in Zurich Airport - Private shuttle pick up and transfer to Berne, hotel check-in
After we grab a quick bite, we start our tour of the city; of course including the famous Berner Bears
At the end of the tour, open evening to explore the city on your own
Suggested group dinner in town - Overnight Berne

The City of Berne - Bern or Berne - In 1983 the historic old town in the center 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 center 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.[21] 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.

Sunday, September 9 
After breakfast, transfer to Interlaken - The Sports Adventure Town 
Hotel check-in and lunch time hike to the famous Giessbach Waterfalls
Suggested group dinner in town - Overnight Interlaken

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)).   

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After breakfast, we will head for Grindelwald, in search of the best views of Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau
From the Grosse Scheidegg, we will have the options for a light to intermediate hike, as well as, an advanced hike to the summit of Schwarzhorn (altitude 2,928m or 9,662ft) 
Suggested group dinner in town - Overnight Interlaken 

Tuesday, September 11
After breakfast, a free morning with lots of optional activities: Take the ride to the Top of Europe, the Jungfraujoch !  Other activities offered: Hang Gliding, White Water Rafting, Rock Climbing, explore town, relax, shop, etc... 

Late afternoon 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...

Suggested group dinner in town - Overnight Zermatt
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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 meters (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.  

Wednesday, September 12 
Today will have the most hiking options of the entire trip:
We will start out very early and head out in direction of the Matterhorn
Intermediate Option: trek from Zermatt to the Schwarzsee (altitude 2,583m or 8,525ft)
Advanced Option: continue trekking to the Hörnlihütte (at  3,260m or 10,760ft), the launching point for one of the Matterhorn climbing routes
An easy option exists by taking the Schwarzsee Gondola
Suggested group dinner in town - Overnight Zermatt 
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Thursday, September 13
After breakfast, we depart for a light to intermediate opposite of 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 

Altdorf - Altdorf is best known as the place where, according to the legend, William Tell shot the apple from his son's head. This act by tradition happened on the market-place.

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.  
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Friday, September 14
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 Niederdorf/ old town - Overnight Zurich

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 center 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 centers. The city is home to a large number of financial institutions and banking giants. Also, most of the research and development centers 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 theaters in the German-speaking world. 

Saturday, September 15 - Last day of itinerary:
Stock up on the most delicious chocolates and other fine Swiss products as perfect gifts to bring home.
After breakfast, time depending on your flight, shuttle transfer to Zurich Airport

Sunday, May 13 - Option to extend your stay in Zurich/ Switzerland

Testimonials/ Comments from prior trips:
We had fantastic time. Ate well, hikes were unforgettable (ahem!!), and Switzerland is a beautiful land and people are all very pleasant. Just landed back at JFK... 
Sara - Switzerland 2012

Cancellation Policy:
If you cancel more than 60 days before the date of travel, you would receive a refund minus $200
If you cancel less than 60 days before the date of travel, you would receive 75% refund
If you cancel less than 45 days before the date of travel, you would receive 50% refund
If you cancel less than 30 days before the date of travel, you would receive 25% refund
If you cancel less than 15 days before the date of travel, there won't be a refund possible unless we find replacement for you !
(We always highly recommend to take out travel insurance: www.travelex.com)
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Friday, September 7, 2012 at 6:00 PM - Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 11:00 AM (EDT)


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