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Swiss Alps Panorama Tour

"René’s trip to Switzerland was so wonderful, Carol  and I want to go back.  His trips are very well organized with planned daily excursions to the most scenic sights.  Yet everyone has options to do their own thing like staying in town, shopping etc. We asked him to present us with something different and that’s why we came up with this three-centered Lucerne, Gstaad, Grindelwald-Jungfrau Region summer 2017 trip.  For those who just wish to join us in Grindelwald we have a special rate for you."
- Darlene, Los Altos Hills, CA

Highlights:

  • You see the famous scenic Alpine vistas; Mt. Rigi in Lucerne, Mt. Diablerets-Glacier 3000 outside Gstaad, Jungfrau Mts. of the Eiger, Mönch, Jungfrau in Grindelwald.
  • Efficient public transportation with trains, cog-wheel trains, cable cars and local buses.
  • Fun daily activities designed to meet each of the groups fitness and interest levels.
  • Easy doable  signposted walking trails  for the average  person.
  • Personable small group so everyone gets on well with another; Max. 10 people.
  • Best combination of knowledgeable Guides;  Swiss born & Swiss-German speaking, René & SFO born, Suzanne so you are guaranteed  an educational, entertaining and overall fun trip.

The Features:

  • First-class train travel and all ground transportation.
  • All hotels in central locations with family run 4 star hotels in Lucerne, Gstaad and Grindelwald.
  • Breakfast & Dinners throughout.
  • Two Guides.
  • Group size limited to 10 people.
  • Ability to just participate in the Grindelwald - Jungfrau Region portion of the trip. Contact René if interested.

Activity Level

ECHO Trails tours are designed for people who are energetic, active, and filled with a spirit of adventure. We rate this tour as easy to moderate. You should be able to walk  2 miles per hour easily and be able to walk 3 to 4 hours per day with hourly stops for taking pictures and breaks. You will be hiking in an elevation range of 3,000ft to 7,000ft with mostly level "mountain trails". On one day we will take the Jungfrau cog wheel train up to the Jungfraujoch to an elevation of 11,340 ft.

Season:

July 31 to August 2017

Rate list:

Price Per Person in a  twin bedded room: Swiss Francs 5,527.- or US $5,527.
  Price  Per Person in a Single room: Swiss Francs 6,127.- or $ 5,527.
  ($ rate based on a CHF rate of 1 to 1. The US $ rate decided on the date of the transaction to get the best CHF exchange rate.)
 

The rates include:

  • Meet & greet at the Zurich airport & transfer to Lucerne via First-Class train travel
  • 3 nights lodging in Lucerne at the Hotel Waldstatterhof or similar
  • Excursion to Mt. Rigi & the Mt. Rigi Mineral Bath spa
  • First-Class train travel to Gstaad
  • 4 nights lodging in Gstaad at the 4-star Gstaaderhof  Swiss Quality Hotel or similar
  • Excursion to Swiss alp farmer outside Gstaad
  • Excursion to Glacier 3000 Swiss alp mountain
  • Full day excursion to Gruyeres, the cheese factory and Cailler Chocolate factory
  • First-Class train travel to Grindelwald
  • 5 nights lodging in Grindelwald’s # 1 Trip Advisor rated Hotel Gletschergarten or similar
  • 5 Day Jungfrau Region pass that includes Jungfraujoch
  • Daily guided programs with René & Suzanne Welti throughout the entire trip
  • Breakfasts & Dinners included throughout
  • First-Class train travel from Grindelwald to the Zurich airport

The rates exclude:

  • Lunches
  • Drinks at Dinner
  • Items of personal nature

Itinerary

Swiss Alps Panorama Tour  - July 30 to August 12, 2017 - Itinerary Overview

July 30 – Depart SFO or your other point of departure to the Zurich airport.

Day 1 – July 31 Arrive Zurich airport and transfer to Lucerne via train.

You will be met at the airport  outside of the customs area, walked to the airport train platforms and transfer with your luggage  in the First-Class section on an 1 hour ride to Lucerne. D - Included Overnight - Waldstatterhof / Hotel Monopol or similar train station hotel http://www.hotel-waldstaetterhof.ch/

Day 2 – Aug 1  – Lucerne – R&R / Swiss National Day.

B- at the hotel
Your Guide, Suzanne  is available to do what the group would like to do; take an easy walk in the old town,  visit museums, shopping,  etc. Afternoon / Evening - There will Swiss National Day activities going on & will look to present the most fun and interesting things to do.  (René will join you in the evening after he drops a group off at the Zürich airport.)
D - Included

Day 3 – Aug 2  – Lucerne – Excursion to  the nearby Mt. Rigi  with 360 degree panoramic views of the Swiss Alps and  visit to  the mineral bath Spa  located on Mt. Rigi  1400 m / 4500 ft . This Spa facility features heated indoor / outdoor pools with sauna, steam and relaxing facilities.. A great way to acclimate and relax.

B - at the hotel
D - Included

Day 4 – Aug 3  – Lucerne to the Gstaad area via train.

B - at the hotel
This Gstaad area called Saanenland is very scenic and prosperous. The farm houses / chalets some of the nicest looking in Switzerland. René’s taken groups to this area and able to organize fun & authentic experiences. The afternoon we orientate ourselves with Gstaad things to do and see.
http://www.gstaad.ch/gstaad/tourismusbuero.html
Will look to reserve a very personable, great tasting food 4-star family run hotels in  Gstaad.
D - Included
Overnight - 4-star http://www.gstaaderhof.ch/or similiar

Day 5 – Aug 4  –

B - at the hotel Morning  - Excursion to a nearby local mountain farmer at 1500m / 4500 ft with an easy sign posted 1 to 2 hour walk where you see and get up close to a glacier waterfall.
  http://www.iffigenalp.ch/seiten/aktuell.html
http://www.myswitzerland.com/en-us/lenk-iffigenalp.html
Afternoon - At leisure and or  explore the Gstaad area.
  http://www.myswitzerland.com/en-us/gstaad-saanenland.html
D - Included

Day 6 – Aug 5  - Full day excursion to visit Gruyeres & the Cailler Chocolate factory via train roundtrip.

B - At the hotel
Day excursion to Gruyeres, one of Switzerland’s most charming medieval villages.
http://www.myswitzerland.com/en-us/gruyere-castle.html
With visit to the Gruyeres Cheese Factory. The best place to try cheese-fondue.
http://www.lamaisondugruyere.ch/visits-discoveries/the-cheese-factory/
https://cailler.ch/fr/maison-cailler/la-chocolaterie-suisse/
D - Included

Day 7 – Aug 6  Day excursion to one of Switzerland’s most scenic Alpine vistas called  Glacier 3000.  This is the Mt. Diablerets area where cable cars take you up  3000m / 9000ft and  you  see this incredible  360 degree view of the surrounding Swiss Alps. On top you can walk on the glacier, there’s indoor and outdoor restaurants for lunch and also a skywalk. Click on the link to see the alpine vistas.
http://www.glacier3000.ch/en

B - at the hotel
D- Included

Day 8 – Aug 07 – Gstaad  to  – The Jungfrau Region -  Grindelwald via train.

B - at the hotel
We train to Grindelwald and stay at the base of the world famous Eiger and spend then next 5 nights in this famous Swiss Alps resort. Both Suzanne & René very familiar with the area and the hotels.
https://grindelwald.ch/en/#landing
Each day René and Suzanne will present the best walk / hike based on the current conditions. This link provides an overview of the many activities we can choose from. http://www.jungfrau.ch/en/tourism/experiences/hiking-nature/
On the clearest  blue sky day we will go up to the 11,000ft, Jungfraujoch, Europe’s largest glacier via the cog-wheel train. This will be one of the trip’s highlight experiences.
René will look to book the friendliest family run hotel in Grindelwald or similar http://www.hotel-gletschergarten.ch/hotel-grindelwald/hotel/
D - Included

Day 9 – Aug 08 – Excursion to the beautiful quaint Mürren area. From this perspective you see the entire Jungfrau mountains range. Plus there’s the option to go up to the Schilthorn at 11,000 ft for a panoramic view of the surrounding alps.

http://www.muerren.ch/en/
B & D included

Day 10 – Aug 09 – Excursion to the  Bachalpsee, beautiful small lake area  area that overlooks the entire Jungfrau mountain range. We can either take the cable car back down or find an easy hike to the middle station and then take the cable car to Grindelwald.

http://www.jungfrau.ch/en/tourism/destinations/grindelwald-first/hiking-trails/
B& D included

Day 11 – Aug 10  For those who would like to explore  outside of Grindelwald here are two excursion possibilities.

Kandersteg Excursion
This aqua-blue  lake outside of Kandersteg is one of Suzanne’s favorite places to walk and see:
http://www.myswitzerland.com/en-us/pages/n48591/sts-4-spalte-elemente/webkarten/pois-von-mys-com/pure-clear-blue-water-lake-oeschinen.html
Bern for the day
For those who may have never have visited this 1000 AD medieval city, a visit to Bern and the shops under the arches always a fun experience. http://www.myswitzerland.com/en-us/bern.html
B& D included

Day 12 – Aug 11  Excursion to the top of the -Jungfrau

The highlight is a visit to the top of the Jungfrau
http://www.jungfrau.ch/en
We can walk on the glacier snow packed path to the highest Swiss alpine hut in Switzerland.
www.moenchsjoch.ch/en
B & D - Included

Day 13 – Aug  12, Sat – Grindelwald train transfer to ZRH airport to flight back to SFO

B - included
Departure times tba - arrive 3 hours in advance of ETD
Arrive SFO same day

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