Overview

There's much more to France than Paris—from the fairy-tale châteaux of the Loire Valley to the lavender fields of Provence, and the French Riviera's celebrity-studded beaches. World-famous gastronomy and fine wines provide the perfect complement to the country's alpine views and architectural masterpieces.

Tiny, multilingual Switzerland packs a lot into its landlocked borders: glittering lakes, sky-high peaks, postcard-perfect villages, world-class museums. Get a taste of it all with the Grand Tour, a 1,000-mile route that takes you to the medieval old city of Bern, towering Jungfraujoch, the iconic Matterhorn, and 42 other must-sees. Or choose your own fondue-fuelled adventure: Ski bunnies and adrenaline junkies can hit the slopes at Graubünden or Verbier; urban explorers can sample Zurich’s burgeoning food scene or take in art at Basel’s Kunstmuseum. Or just sit back, relax, and breathe in the fresh alpine air at one of Switzerland’s luxurious spa resorts.

7 Nights 8 Days 30 Apr
Inclusions/Exclusions
Inclusions/Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • Stay at 4 star Hotels
  • Travel by bus with English speaking guide.
  • Basic travel insurance.
  • Meals: 7 Breakfast
  • Includes arrival transfer
  • City tour in: PARIS
  • Boat: River Seine in Paris, Zurich lake
  • Transfer: Montmartre District in Paris, Versailles Palace in Paris (entrance not included)
  • Ticket admission: 2nd floor Eiffel Tower in Paris
  • Train: Rapperswil / Zurich
  • Funicular: To Montmartre district in Paris, Lyon , Cable Car to Grindelwald First
  • 1 Lunch Included in: LUCERNE

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Entrance Fees/Activities Costs not mentioned
  • Flights that are not mentioned
  • Activities/Sightseeing spot not mentioned 
  • Personal expenses such as snacks & beverages
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Costs arising due to flight cancellations or weather delays
  • Things not mentioned in “Inclusions”  
Highlights
What makes this tour special
  • City tour in: PARIS
  • Boat: River Seine in Paris, Zurich lake
  • Montmartre District in Paris, Versailles Palace in Paris
  • 2nd floor Eiffel Tower in Paris
  • Rapperswil / Zurich
  • Montmartre district in Paris, Lyon , Cable Car to Grindelwald First
  • Lunch in: LUCERNE
Itinerary

Day 1: Today's Highlights - PARIS

Welcome to Paris! On arrival at the airport we shall be waiting to transfer you to the hotel. You can enjoy your free time until the tour starts, information about the meeting place and start time can be found on the information boards in the hotel reception area.

Stay: NOVOTEL EST - BAGNOLET PARIS, or similar

 

Day 2: Today's Highlights - PARIS

Transfer to Versailles Palace. Funicular ride included to Montmartre district. City tour in Paris. Early in the morning, we will leave for Versailles, the immense palace of the kings of France. After that, we will return to Paris at lunch time where we provide a transfer to the Montmartre dis­trict. We will ascend by funicular to the hill and admire the spectacular view of Paris from the top. This neighborhood is known for its painters, artists, and its cab­arets… Sit down for lunch and enjoy a magical atmosphere. Then, a scenic guided tour to discover the history, main boulevards and the breathtaking monuments of Paris will take place. Return to hotel.

Stay: NOVOTEL EST - BAGNOLET PARIS, or similar

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 3: Today's Highlights - PARIS

Eiffel Tower and boat cruise in the City of Lights. We go to the center of Paris, starting by the Eiffel Tower area. You will have the opportunity to go up to the second floor of this remarkable metal monument (ticket included). Then, we enjoy a boat cruise along the River Seine, which divides the north of Paris from the south. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore as you choose.

Stay: NOVOTEL EST - BAGNOLET PARIS, or similar

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 4: Today's Highlights - PARIS - SEMUR EN AUXOIS - BEAUNE - LYON

Vineyards in Beaune and Bourgogne region. Funicular ride in Lyon.Today we travel to the center of France, to the Bourgogne region, famous for its wines. Making a stop in SEMUR EN AUXOIS, a small medieval town listed surrounded by impressive walls. After this we will visit BEAUNE, located in the center of the Bourgogne region, with its streets full of flowers, hospice and wine museum all points of interest. Time for lunch. Continuing on, we will arrive to LYON in the mid-afternoon, the capital of Roman Gallia on the banks of the Rhône (its historic center has been declared a World Heritage site). We include a funicular climb to Notre Dame de Fourvière where we have a great view of the city. Enjoy some leisure time to walk around.Note: Sometimes, due to events or congresses, accommodation may be provided in a city near Lyon (normally Chambery).

Stay: CAMPANILE LYON BRON EUREXPO LYON, or similar 

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 5: Today's Highlights - LYON - GENEVA - ZURICH

Scenic tour around the lakes and vineyards of Switzerland. A beautiful stage awaits us as we set off for Switzerland. Arrival in GENEVA. The guide will take us to the Palais des Nations (the European headquarters of the United Nations), the beautiful “Jardin Anglais” (with its quaint flower clock), and the “Jet d´Eau”, the tallest fountain in Europe.After lunch, we will continue travelling through Switzerland by the beautiful Leman, Neuchatel and Biel lakes. We will drive the scenic road alongside the three large lakes, with their magnificent vineyards overlooking the mountains. We will stop in NEUCHATEL, where you can enjoy a walk by the lake, the historic town center or visit its beautiful, 10th century castle. We will then head to ZURICH. Arrival in the late afternoon.Note: depending on the number of passengers travelling from Geneva to Zürich, this part of the trip might be done by train - in which case, there will be no stop in Neuchatel.

Stay: GRAND HOTEL EUROPE ZURICH, or similar

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 6: Today's Highlights - ZURICH

Boat trip across Zurich lake. Journey by train. We start the day with a stroll in the most populated city of Switzerland, Zurich, the financial and cultural capital of the country. Zurich has twice been declared the city with the best quality of life in the world. After this we will board a boat for a trip on Zurich lake, this will last about two hours. The boat makes brief stops, allowing us to admire the villages along the way. We get off in RAPPERSWIL, a small and highly picturesque village overlooked by its medieval castle. We return to Zurich by train and will see the efficiency and punctuality of the Swiss Railways. Enjoy an evening in the historic center next to the lake, here you can dine at one of the many restaurants offering a wide range of different cuisines

Stay: GRAND HOTEL EUROPE ZURICH, or similar

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 7: Today's Highlights - ZURICH - LUCERNE - ZURICH

Admire the fantastic landscapes. Cable car included to Grindelwald. Lunch included. Today´s journey has beautiful landscapes with high mountains and lakes. Breathtaking scenery in the region of Interlaken. We will stop in GRINDELWALD where we will have time for a coffee before taking the cable car up to mountain. We will walk along the winding path which will lead us to the "footbridge over the empty". Dare to walk along the bridge amongst the fantastic scenery enjoying glaciers all around us. We will take lunch up the mountain (included) before heading back down. We continue to LUCERNE, one of the most beautiful cities in Switzerland. In the evening we have time to stroll around, enjoying the city and taking dinner before we return to the hotel in Zurich.

Stay: GRAND HOTEL EUROPE ZURICH, or similar

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

 

Day 8: Today's Highlights - ZURICH - BERNE - PARIS

Explore Bern, the capital city of Switzerland. We will embark on a scenic journey to BERN, capital city of the confederation built around a bend in the Aare River, with its medieval architecture well preserved in the Old Town. Time to take a stroll. Next, we journey back to France. Enjoy beautiful lake views on our trip to PARIS. We will arrive in the evening. End of our services.

Meals: Breakfast