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14 Day Trains of Switzerland

  • Journey through the Swiss Alps by rail
  • Discover Zurich, Zermatt, St Moritz & more
Includes Return International Flights

Switzerland is one of the world's most beautiful countries, and travelling by rail is the best way to immerse yourself in the experience. From vibrant Zurich to the snow-capped peaks of St. Moritz, this 14-day rail odyssey will prove that there’s more to Switzerland than chocolates and cuckoo clocks alone.

Travel in comfort aboard the famous Bernina Express, Glacier Express and Panoramic Express trains while soaking up dramatic views of snowy mountains, cascading waterfalls and picturesque villages. Explore the vibrant city of Zurich, explore the charming alpine hideaway of Chur, feel like a movie star in glamorous St. Moritz, and stay in Montreux on the shores of scenic Lake Geneva. Stroll across the iconic wooden bridge of Lucerne, enjoy a day at leisure in colourful Zermatt, and enjoy free time in beautiful Interlaken - renowned for its rolling meadows, timber houses, and mountains trails.

With return flights, 11 nights quality hotel accommodation, and 11 meals, as well as return airport and rail transfers and ultra-convenient hotel luggage transfers, you’d be cuckoo to miss out on this extraordinary bucket list rail journey.

If one beautiful country isn't enough, why not opt for the 20-day Italy extension package and discover Milan, Venice, Como Lake and more?

ITINERARY

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Itinerary - 1

Today depart from Auckland for Zurich, Switzerland! Fly with Emirates, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines or Virgin Australia to name a few (subject to availability). 


Meals included: In-Flight

Upon arrival into Zurich, you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Relax for the remainder of the day in this cosmopolitan city, which combines creative urban life with the freedom of nature.

Overnight: Hotel Montana or similar, Zurich 
Meals included: None

This morning, take the local train to Chur, a pretty alpine city. Here you will have some free time to stroll the picturesque car free town centre, enjoying views of the snow-capped mountains that surround it. For your convenience, your luggage (one bag per person) will be transported directly from hotel to hotel, allowing you to relax and enjoy the days scenic train journeys. 

  Next you will be transferred to the train station for your journey to St. Moritz - the winter sports capital of Switzerland (approx. 3 hours). St. Moritz was the birthplace of Alpine winter tourism and has twice hosted the Winter Olympics. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel for check in and then enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. St. Moritz is the number one alpine holiday destination - its name is a registered trademark and stands for style, elegance and class. The city first became famous thanks to its mineral springs, which were discovered 3,000 years ago and established the town as a summer spa resort early on.

Overnight: Hotel Laudinella or similar, St Moritz 
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast be transferred to the train station to take the Bernina Express from St. Moritz to Tirano (approx. 4 hours). One of the world’s most famous trains, the Bernina Express allows travellers uninterrupted panoramic views across mountains, lakes and meadows. 

  Crossing the Alps in style, the train climbs to an impressive 2,223m to the Bernina Pass and offers breathtaking vistas as you ride over impressive viaducts and past galleries hewn from sheer rock. There are beautiful views of rushing mountain streams, glaciers and even an alpine garden en route to the terminus in Tirano, which lies just over the Italian border. The line is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. 

  On arrival in Tirano, take the Bernina Express bus from Tirano Station to Lugano Station. This special bus with its large panoramic windows takes you on a journey through scenic countryside and villages. On arrival in Lugano, you will be transferred to the hotel. This welcoming town boasts a historic centre and attractive shops and restaurants to explore.

Overnight: Hotel Delfino or similar, Lugano 
Meals included: Breakfast

Today be transferred to Lugano Station for another inspiring train journey. Take the local train to Göschenen and then on to Andermatt, where you will board the slowest express train in the world: The Glacier Express to Zermatt (total trip approx. 2 hours). The train winds its way up to over 2,000m at the Oberalp Pass, through an unspoilt landscape of glaciers, ancient forests, rushing mountain streams and valleys, passing through 91 tunnels and across 291 impressive bridges. It will be a truly unforgettable journey. 

  Arrive in Zermatt and transfer to the hotel. Zermatt, nestled at the foot of the mighty Matterhorn Glacier, is a charming car free town, where you can relax and enjoy the fresh mountain air and awe-inspiring views of the peak.

Overnight: Hotel Sonne or similar, Zermatt 
Meals included: Breakfast

Today is a free day in beautiful Zermatt, giving you time to explore the town and its surroundings at leisure. Or alternatively you can take an optional full day excursion to the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise Station (not included). 

  Optional Activity: Full Day Tour to Matterhorn Glacier Paradise Station - $105 per person
  Take the cable car to Europe’s highest aerial cableway and Summit Station at 3883m. Enjoy the panoramic views over the largest glaciers of the Alps and 38 impressive mountain giants of the Swiss, French and Italian Alps. Enjoy free time at leisure to explore the mountain and town.

Overnight: Hotel Sonne or similar, Zermatt 
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning, take the local train from Zermatt to Visp and from there the InterRegional mainline train to Montreux (total trip approx. 2.5 hours). Montreux is located on Lake Geneva and protected by high mountain peaks. It’s famous for its mild climate and subtropical vegetation. After checking in, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. 

The town's promenade is lined with flowers, sculptures, Mediterranean trees and grand Belle Époque buildings. Offshore is a medieval island castle, Château de Chillon, this fairytale castle is built on a rock standing off the shore of Lake Geneva and offers visitors a true experience of medieval splendour (entrance not included).

Overnight: Hotel Eden Palace or similar, Montreux 
Meals included: Breakfast

Today journey on the Panoramic Express, part of the famous Golden Pass Line. This spectacular train route travels via Gstaad – a favoured holiday spot of many celebrities – to Zweisimmen. From Zweisimmen, travel on by local train to Interlaken via Spiez (total trip approx. 2.5 hours). As the name suggests, this typical Swiss town is located in between two lakes and offers the best in outdoor sports activities, from rafting to hiking, skiing to paragliding. Upon arrival check in at the hotel and then enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel City Oberland or similar, Interlaken 
Meals included: Breakfast

Today enjoy a free day at leisure in Interlaken. Explore the village and its stunning mountain surroundings, or perhaps take an optional trip by cable car and mountain railway to the Jungfraujoch, also known as the “Top of Europe” (not included). 

  Optional Activity: Cable Car and Mountain Railway to the Jungfraujoch - $240 per person
The summit offers the best views over the Eiger and the Mönch from the Sphinx Terrace. The historic railways of the Jungfrau Mountains are an absolute joy. The network of narrow-gauge railways, cogwheel trains, aerial cable cars and funiculars offer the chance to discover idyllic villages and stunning mountain scenery. You will have plenty of time to explore the fantastic glacial Ice Palace and have lunch at your leisure.

Overnight: Hotel City Oberland or similar, Interlaken 
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast take the local train from Interlaken to the beautiful city of Lucerne (approx. 2 hours), nestled amongst lakes and soaring peaks in the heart of central Switzerland. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore. You could take a romantic walk through the city centre, admire the medieval Chapel Bridge with its gable paintings, or enjoy a delicious lunch (not included) at one of the many traditional restaurants.

Overnight: Hotel Drei Konige or similar, Lucerne 
Meals included: Breakfast

Today is a free day in Lucerne, allowing you time to further explore the historic city and its picture-postcard setting. Alternatively take the opportunity to join an optional full day excursion to Mt Rigi and the special cogwheel train ride up to the summit (not included). 

  Optional Activity: Full Day Tour to Mt Rigi - $130 per person
On arrival at the top of the mountain, enjoy time at leisure in Rigi Kulm, taking in the panoramic views across the Alps, thirteen different lakes and the entire Swiss Mittelland through to Germany and France.

Overnight: Hotel Drei Konige or similar, Lucerne 
Meals included: Breakfast

Today take a local train to Zurich (approx. 1 hour), arriving in the bustling metropolis in time for a leisurely lunch (not included) at one of the city’s many excellent restaurants. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. This evening why not head to one of the many fondue restaurants in town for dinner (not included). Cheese, meat or chocolate - Fondue is the national dish of Switzerland and should not be missed!

Overnight: Hotel Montana or similar, Zurich 
Meals included: Breakfast

Today enjoy the last morning in Zurich, before to take a train to Zurich Airport for your return flight back to New Zealand. For your convenience, your luggage will be transported directly from the hotel to Zurich Airport.


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Please note: Some flights may arrive in New Zealand +1 day later.

Itinerary - 2

Today depart from Auckland for Zurich, Switzerland! Fly with Emirates, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines or Virgin Australia to name a few (subject to availability). 


Meals included: In-Flight

Upon arrival into Zurich, you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Relax for the remainder of the day in this cosmopolitan city, which combines creative urban life with the freedom of nature.

Overnight: Hotel Montana or similar, Zurich 
Meals included: None

This morning, take the local train to Chur, a pretty alpine city. Here you will have some free time to stroll the picturesque car free town centre, enjoying views of the snow-capped mountains that surround it. For your convenience, your luggage (one bag per person) will be transported directly from hotel to hotel, allowing you to relax and enjoy the days scenic train journeys. 

  Next you will be transferred to the train station for your journey to St. Moritz - the winter sports capital of Switzerland (approx. 3 hours). St. Moritz was the birthplace of Alpine winter tourism and has twice hosted the Winter Olympics. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel for check in and then enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. St. Moritz is the number one alpine holiday destination - its name is a registered trademark and stands for style, elegance and class. The city first became famous thanks to its mineral springs, which were discovered 3,000 years ago and established the town as a summer spa resort early on.

Overnight: Hotel Laudinella or similar, St Moritz 
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast be transferred to the train station to take the Bernina Express from St. Moritz to Tirano (approx. 4 hours). One of the world’s most famous trains, the Bernina Express allows travellers uninterrupted panoramic views across mountains, lakes and meadows. 

  Crossing the Alps in style, the train climbs to an impressive 2,223m to the Bernina Pass and offers breathtaking vistas as you ride over impressive viaducts and past galleries hewn from sheer rock. There are beautiful views of rushing mountain streams, glaciers and even an alpine garden en route to the terminus in Tirano, which lies just over the Italian border. The line is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.   

On arrival in Tirano, take the Bernina Express bus from Tirano Station to Lugano Station. This special bus with its large panoramic windows takes you on a journey through scenic countryside and villages. On arrival in Lugano, you will be transferred to the hotel. This welcoming town boasts a historic centre and attractive shops and restaurants to explore.

Overnight: Hotel Delfino or similar, Lugano 
Meals included: Breakfast

Today be transferred to Lugano Station for another inspiring train journey. Take the local train to Göschenen and then on to Andermatt, where you will board the slowest express train in the world: The Glacier Express to Zermatt (total trip approx. 2 hours). The train winds its way up to over 2,000m at the Oberalp Pass, through an unspoilt landscape of glaciers, ancient forests, rushing mountain streams and valleys, passing through 91 tunnels and across 291 impressive bridges. It will be a truly unforgettable journey. 

  Arrive in Zermatt and transfer to the hotel. Zermatt, nestled at the foot of the mighty Matterhorn Glacier, is a charming car free town, where you can relax and enjoy the fresh mountain air and awe-inspiring views of the peak.

Overnight: Hotel Sonne or similar, Zermatt 
Meals included: Breakfast

Today is a free day in beautiful Zermatt, giving you time to explore the town and its surroundings at leisure. Or alternatively you can take an optional full day excursion to the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise Station (not included). 

  Optional Activity: Full Day Tour to Matterhorn Glacier Paradise Station - $105 per person
Take the cable car to Europe’s highest aerial cableway and Summit Station at 3883m. Enjoy the panoramic view over the largest glaciers of the Alps and 38 impressive mountain giants of the Swiss, French and Italian Alps. Enjoy free time at leisure to explore the mountain and town.

Overnight: Hotel Sonne or similar, Zermatt 
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning, take the local train from Zermatt to Visp and from there the InterRegional mainline train to Montreux (total trip approx. 2.5 hours). Montreux is located on Lake Geneva and protected by high mountain peaks. It’s famous for its mild climate and subtropical vegetation. After checking in, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. 

The town's promenade is lined with flowers, sculptures, Mediterranean trees and grand Belle Époque buildings. Offshore is a medieval island castle, Château de Chillon, this fairytale castleis built on a rock standing off the shore of Lake Geneva and offers visitors a true experience of medieval splendour (entrance not included).

Overnight: Hotel Eden Palace or similar, Montreux 
Meals included: Breakfast

Today journey on the Panoramic Express, part of the famous Golden Pass Line. This spectacular train route travels via Gstaad – a favoured holiday spot of many celebrities – to Zweisimmen. From Zweisimmen, travel on by local train to Interlaken via Spiez (total trip approx. 2.5 hours). As the name suggests, this typical Swiss town is located in between two lakes and offers the best in outdoor sports activities, from rafting to hiking, skiing to paragliding. Upon arrival check in at the hotel and then enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel City Oberland or similar, Interlaken 
Meals included: Breakfast

Today enjoy a free day at leisure in Interlaken. Explore the village and its stunning mountain surroundings, or perhaps take an optional trip by cable car and mountain railway to the Jungfraujoch, also known as the “Top of Europe” (not included). 

  Optional Activity: Cable Car and Mountain Railway to the Jungfraujoch - $240 per person
The summit offers the best views over the Eiger and the Mönch from the Sphinx Terrace. The historic railways of the Jungfrau Mountains are an absolute joy. The network of narrow-gauge railways, cogwheel trains, aerial cable cars and funiculars offer the chance to discover idyllic villages and stunning mountain scenery. You will have plenty of time to explore the fantastic glacial Ice Palace and have lunch at your leisure.

Overnight: Hotel City Oberland or similar, Interlaken 
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast take the local train from Interlaken to the beautiful city of Lucerne (approx. 2 hours), nestled amongst lakes and soaring peaks in the heart of central Switzerland. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore. You could take a romantic walk through the city centre, admire the medieval Chapel Bridge with its gable paintings, or enjoy a delicious lunch (not included) at one of the many traditional restaurants.

Overnight: Hotel Drei Konige or similar, Lucerne 
Meals included: Breakfast

Today is a free day in Lucerne, allowing you time to further explore the historic city and its picture-postcard setting. Alternatively take the opportunity to join an optional full day excursion to Mt Rigi and the special cogwheel train ride up to the summit (not included). 

  Optional Activity: Full Day Tourto Mt Rigi - $130 per person  
On arrival at the top of the mountain, enjoy time at leisure in Rigi Kulm, taking in the panoramic views across the Alps, thirteen different lakes and the entire Swiss Mittelland through to Germany and France.

Overnight: Hotel Drei Konige or similar, Lucerne 
Meals included: Breakfast

Today take a local train to Zurich (approx. 1 hour), arriving in the bustling metropolis in time for a leisurely lunch (not included) at one of the city’s many excellent restaurants. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. This evening why not head to one of the many fondue restaurants in town for dinner (not included). Cheese, meat or chocolate - Fondue is the national dish of Switzerland and should not be missed!

Overnight: Hotel Montana or similar, Zurich 
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast begin the drive to Lake Como in Italy. A long the way enjoy the remarkable scenic drive through the Swiss Alps and the travel through the Gotthard Tunnel (16km long). Continue along the breathtaking shores of Lake Lugano until arrival at Lake Como. Lake Como is the most spectacular of the region’s three major lakes and is surrounded by beautiful villages. Upon arrival in Como enjoy time at leisure in this beautiful city known for the Gothic Como Cathedral (entrance not included), a scenic funicular railway and a waterfront promenade.  

Overnight: Just Hotel Lomazzo or similar, Como area 
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning enjoy a funicular ride. A very popular excursion from the city of Como to the village of Brunate. This fun train made its first journey in 1894 and still today, every 30 minutes, it links the city with an extremely atmospheric panoramic point. 

  The village of Brunate is situated approximately 700 metres above sea level and has always been a holiday destination for noble families from the Como and Milan areas who built numerous lovely villas in Art Nouveau style here. Brunate is also the ideal starting point for pleasant walks amidst greenery. From the viewpoint you can see the outline of the historic centre, the ancient Roman castrum and a view over the Alps and the Brianza plain. 

Afterwards return to Como and take a boat excursion to Bellagio, the most famous town of the lake, has narrow and steep lanes and offers unparalleled views of the lake. From Bellagio take another not to Tremezzo an important tourist centre thanks to Villa Carlotta (entrance not included), an imposing neoclassical residence that was built in 1843 as a wedding gift for Charlotte of Prussia.   

In the late afternoon arrive at the hotel in Milan.

Overnight: Hotel Domina Milano Fiera or similar, Milan 
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, enjoy a guided city tour (approx. 3 hours) of Milan. Celebrated as the Italian capital of fashion and design, Milan is a city rich in art, history and culture. The tour begins from Sforza Castle (entrance not included) before walking towards the Duomo (entrance not included). On the way, admire elegant buildings along two of Milan’s iconic streets - the Via Dante and Via Dei Mercanti. Piazza del Duomo is the heart of Milan, and the Duomo - where German influences are softened by the finesse of Italian artists - is one of its most significant Gothic style monuments. From the Piazza Duomo, the tour continues through the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Italy’s oldest active shopping mall and a major landmark of Milan, before arriving at the Piazza Della Scala, home to one of the most famous theatres in the world; La Scala (entrance not included). The remainder for the day is free to enjoy at leisure.

Overnight: Domina Milano Fiera Hotel, Milan or similar 
Meals included: Breakfast

Today depart to Lake Garda, the largest Italian lake which is surrounded by mountains and is well known for its water sports and outdoor activities. It has both old charming villages and modern day towns. Enjoy some of the small resort towns located around Lake Garda like Sirmione and Bardolino. Sirmione is one of the most popular holiday resorts on the shores of Lake Garda. The small historic town is located on the tip of a long peninsula protruding from the southern shore of the lake. It also has thermal springs and was a spa destination even in Roman times. 

  Continue onto Bardolino, and feel the classical Italian style very close. Bardolino is set at the foot of the morainic hills covered with olive groves and vineyards. It is not only known for the production of the famous red wine Bardolino or of the Rosé Chiaretto, but also for the beauties of the old town centre with its alleys, the numerous stores, the typical restaurants and the long promenades along the lakeshore. Here you will enjoy a local wine and olive oil tasting.

Overnight: Hotel Delfino, Mestre, Venice Area or similar 
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Tronchetto Pier in Venice, where you will be able to admire the beautiful buildings and canals of Venice by water bus (ferry). Upon arrival, be met by a local guide at the Piazza San Marco to start a guided tour of Venice (approx. 2 hours). The tour starts at the iconic St Mark’s Square, one of the most beautiful squares in the world, and the hub of Venetian life. Around the square, you will see the famous St Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace, and the Bell Tower. The church was built to house the body of St. Marc, transported from Alexandria in 828AD. Inside the basilica you can admire glittering Byzantine Mosaics (entrance not included). The tour will continue onwards to Rialto Bridge, one of the most beautiful bridges and an icon of the city. Upon conclusion of the tour, enjoy an afternoon at leisure.

Overnight: Delfino Hotel, Mestre, Venice or similar 
Meals included: Breakfast

Today enjoy a free day in this magic Italian city. You may choose to visit one of the famous Venice islands, The island of Murano is renowned for its long tradition of glass-making, or Burano known for its brightly coloured fishermen's houses and its casual eateries serving seafood from the lagoon (not included).

Overnight: Delfino Hotel, Mestre, Venice or similar 
Meals included: Breakfast

Today at the appropriate time make your own way to the airport for the return flight to New Zealand.


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Please note: some flights may arrive in New Zealand +1 day later.

Tour Inclusions

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HIGHLIGHTS
  • Explore the cities and landscapes of Switzerland by rail
  • Journey through the awe-inspiring Swiss Alps
  • Visit the luxury alpine resort town of St. Moritz
  • Visit the charming car-free city centre of Chur
  • Witness the spectacular scenery from the famous Bernina Express Train
  • Discover Lugano, a spectacular lake-view town
  • Travel on the Glacier Express, the slowest express train in the world
  • Witness breathtaking mountains and tranquil lakes
  • Enjoy a free day at leisure in beautiful car-free Zermatt
  • Stay in Montreux on the shores of Lake Geneva
  • Travel the famous Golden Pass
  • Line aboard the Panoramic Express Train
  • Marvel at the scenic rail journey between lakes and mountains
  • Discover the typical Swiss town of Interlaken at leisure
  • Relax in the picture-perfect city of Lucerne
  • Enjoy free time in the cosmopolitan city of Zurich


FLIGHTS
  • Return international flights (economy class) ex AKL


ACCOMMODATION
  • 11 nights quality hotel accommodation


DINING
  • Enjoy 11 meals including daily breakfast


TOUR ESSENTIALS
  • English-speaking tour leader throughout tour
  • Private luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
  • Airline taxes and surcharges
  • Parking and toll fees


TRANSPORT
  • Transportation by A/C vehicles
  • Travel in 2nd Class rail cabins in Switzerland


TRANSFERS
  • Return airport and all rail transfers
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Discover Milan, Venice, Garda Lake and Como Lake
  • Admire the beautiful Italian lakes
  • Enjoy free time in Como city at the edge of the lake
  • Take a boat excursion to Bellagio, the most famous town in Lake Como
  • Enjoy a scenic funicular ride
  • Take a boat excursion to the lakeside town of Tremezzo, an important tourist centre
  • Discover Milan on a half day guided tour
  • Marvel at Lake Garda and its charming villages
  • See the small historic town of Sirmione
  • Experience Bardolino, famous for olive groves and vineyards
  • Enjoy a wine and olive oil tasting
  • Explore Venice on a half-day sightseeing tour
  • Enjoy a day at leisure in magical Venice
  • Explore the cities and landscapes of Switzerland by rail
  • Journey through the awe-inspiring Swiss Alps
  • Visit the luxury alpine resort town of St. Moritz
  • Visit the charming car-free city centre of Chur
  • Witness the spectacular scenery from the famous Bernina Express Train
  • Discover Lugano, a spectacular lake-view town
  • Travel on the Glacier Express, the slowest express train in the world
  • Witness breathtaking mountains and tranquil lakes
  • Enjoy a free day at leisure in beautiful car-free Zermatt
  • Stay in Montreux on the shores of Lake Geneva
  • Travel the famous Golden Pass
  • Line aboard the Panoramic Express Train
  • Marvel at the scenic rail journey between lakes and mountains
  • Discover the typical Swiss town of Interlaken at leisure
  • Relax in the picture-perfect city of Lucerne
  • Enjoy free time in the cosmopolitan city of Zurich


FLIGHTS
  • Return international flights (economy class) ex AKL


ACCOMMODATION
  • 17 nights quality hotel accommodation


DINING
  • Enjoy 17 meals including daily breakfast


TOUR ESSENTIALS
  • English-speaking tour leader throughout tour
  • Private luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
  • Airline taxes and surcharges
  • Parking and toll fees


TRANSPORT
  • Transportation by A/C vehicles
  • Travel in 2nd Class rail cabins in Switzerland


TRANSFERS
  • Return rail transfers
  • Zurich airport to hotel transfer (day 2)

Important info

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After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed within 72 hours of purchase.
  
Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form.
  
Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
   
On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms & Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information.
 
Please note: All additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant in NZD (unless otherwise stated).
  

Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 25th September 2020.
   
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share.
  
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement applies.
   
14 Day Standard Package:
$850 per person
 
20 Day Extension Package:
$1300 per person
  
Departure Dates (2020)
May: 1, 8 
^August: 7, 21 
September: *25
   
Surcharges
Please note: Dates/months with a * incur a flight high season surcharge of $300 per person.
Please note: Dates/months with a ^ incur a flight high season surcharge of $200 per person.
  
Departure Cities
Auckland


Full-Service Airline(s) Used
Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, Emirates, Swiss Airways, British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Virgin Atlantic, Royal Brunei, Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines, Air France, KLM, Finnair, Virgin Australia, Thai Airways, Korean Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Oman Air, Garuda Indonesia, Vietnam Airlines, Air China, China Airlines, Malindo Airlines plus codeshare partners (subject to availability)
  
Please note: One-way flights cannot be accommodated. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation.
  
Arrive early in Zurich, Switzerland
$220 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
- Arrive early is not permitted during and including the following dates:
28th March – 27th April 2020, 
20th June – 19th July 2020 
17th September – 11th October 2020
   
Stay behind in Zurich, Switzerland
$220 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
- Stay behind is not permitted during and including the following dates: 
20th June 2020 – 19th July 2020 
17th September 2020 – 11th October 2020 
10th December 2020 – 20th January 2021
  
Stay behind in Venice, Italy (Extension package only) 
$220 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
- Stay behind is not permitted during and including the following dates: 
20th June 2020 – 19th July 2020 
17th September 2020 – 11th October 2020 
10th December 2020 – 20th January 2021
   
Stopover Packages
Twin share: $500 per person/one way
Solo Traveller: $800 one way
Locations:
*Doha
Includes:
- 2 Nights in 4-star accommodation
- Daily breakfast
- Return airport transfers
Please note:
- A pre or post tour stopover may be chosen; however you cannot choose both
- Stopover packages are subject to availability.
  
Flight Class Upgrades
- Premium Economy: Not available.
- Business Class: Buy Now $5599
Please note:
- All Premium Economy and Business Class upgrades are subject to availability (if we are not able to fulfill your business class request the upgrade cost will be refunded).
- On any upgrade purchase, short-haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed in a Premium or Business cabin; subject to aircraft configuration.
- If Abu Dhabi, Dubai or Doha stopovers are offered, Premium Economy upgrades will not be available



Accommodation Used


3 - 4 Star (self-rated)

- Zurich: Hotel Montana or similar

- St Moritz: Hotel Laudinella, or similar

- Lugano: Hotel Delfino or similar

- Zermatt: Hotel Sonne or similar

- Montreux: Hotel Eden Palace, or similar

- Interlaken: Hotel City Oberland or similar

- Lucerne: Hotel Drei Konige or similar

  

Itinerary 2 (Extension Package)
3 - 4 Star (self-rated)
Como area: Just Hotel, Lomazzo or similar
Milano: Domina Milano Fiera or similar
Mestre (Venice area): Hotel Delfino or similar
 
Please note: Accommodation/rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to
travel. 
  
Extra Nights
- Zurich (Pre/Post Tour): Not available.
- Venice (Post Tour - Extension Package Only): $340 per room.
Please note: Extra nights are based on room only and subject to availability until the time of booking.
Airport transfers are not included if you wish to arrive early or stay behind.
  
Maximum Room Capacity
2 people
  
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children/infants 8 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
  
Triple Share
Not available.
   
Bedding Configuration
Double or Twin bedding (subject to availability).
   
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotel's discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option.


Minimum group size 30, maximum group size 50 per vehicle.
  
Optional Tours / Activities
- Day 6: Full Day Tour to Matterhorn Glacier Paradise Station - $105 per person (includes the journey from Zermatt and back)
- Day 9: Cable Car and Mountain Railway to the Jungfraujoch - $240 per person (Train Interlaken to Jungfraujoch and back)
- Day 11: Full Day Tour to Mt Rigi - $130 per person (Boat Lucerne to Weggis, Train Weggis - Rigi Kulm – Vitznau, Boat Vitznau back to Lucerne)
  
Please note:
- Prices are based on per person, are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions
- The optional tours listed above must be purchased on checkout or over the phone prior to submitting your passenger information form (subject to availability)
- Some tours require minimum numbers to operate.


- Visa fees and requirements (A tourist visa is not required for Europe for stays up to 90 days if travelling on a New Zealand passport)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary
- Optional gratuities/tipping
- Optional activities/tours 
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (Mandatory)
-20 Day Extension Package City Tax: (payable directly to
the hotel at check-in)
Milan: €2.50 per person per night
Mestre, Venice: €3.10 per person per night
- Day 19 transfer Hotel/Airport
 
Please note: A comprehensive travel insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised.


TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide:
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group.
  
Tour Leader:
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication
with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined.
  
Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured.
  
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
Switzerland:
In May summer is knocking on the door with the average temperature for the month at 14°C. The highest temperature for the month is 20°C while the lowest temperature is 7°C. From July to August, the daytime temperature range is 18°C to 28°C. In September, temperatures begin to drop as summer begins to fade away. The average temperature for Zurich in September is 15°C. The highest temperature for the month is 20°C.
   
Italy:
The best time to visit is between March and November, when temperatures are warm and the sun shines the most, with an average of 25°C. The weather in Italy in July and August is the best you can get.
  
FLIGHTS
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:
At TripADeal we do not arrange seat selection. It is important to highlight that some Airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the Airline directly with seating allocation requirements and or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange
your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the Airline once you have your flight information.
  
Passport Validity:
Customers are required to provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase, or no later than 45 days prior to the departure date. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of the booking. In this instance customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred.
 
COACH TOUR
Meals:
Daily breakfast is included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify TripADeal of any dietary requests/requirements.
Please note; we will do our best to meet your requests/requirements, however cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
  
Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and off-loading of the luggage from the coach.
  
OTHER
Fitness Level Required/Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile.
  
Please note: A general level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.
  
Gratuities / Tipping:
Land
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. Gratuities are at the customer's discretion.
   
Tipping for all services provided on tour is always a matter of personal discretion, however please be aware that tipping is considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration and they may approach you for payment and there is no need to be intimidated by the request.
  
Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary will be adjusted to ensure you do not miss out on the experience.
  
Shopping:
Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier.
   
Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved. If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all of your receipts.
   
Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader.
  
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions in regards to shopping for further information.


A tourist visa is not required for Switzerland for stays up to 90 days if travelling on a New Zealand Passport.
Please note: Passengers who are not New Zealand citizens must check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required. It is also important to note, some areas of employment such as journalism, government authorities and charity organisations may have additional restrictions in applying for Visas. This may in turn affect the type of application required.


We are proud to offer a range of travel insurance products - please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.


Post-Purchase Change
This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.
- $50 NZD per change request post-purchase + any additional charges applied by the travel partners associated with the order.