Embrace Switzerland’s dreamy scenery on an eight-night journey for active travelers! This enchanting land is yours to behold, from its snowcapped summits to winding footpaths and unfettered blue skies. Begin in gorgeous Interlaken, nestled beneath the peaks of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau in the Bernese Oberland. Enjoy visits to Brienz, famed for its traditional wood carvings; Kandersteg, a paradise for nature lovers and Lauterbrunnen with its storybook ambience. Rides on cogwheels, trains, cable cars and gondolas reveal the region’s quintessential beauty — dramatic cliffs, flower-filled meadows, sweeping forests and tumbling waterfalls. Travel on to charming Vevey, tucked along the sundrenched shores of Lake Geneva. Sample local Swiss chocolates and cheeses, and sip crisp vintages at a Lavaux winery, where vineyards climb terraced slopes. Visit lakeside Montreux, stroll ancient castle ramparts and cruise Lake Geneva, shimmering like a jewel. Plus, indulge in decadent cuisine accompanied by a folkloric performance! This program features first-class hotels, plus an extensive meal plan including wine with dinner.
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Day 1 | Depart gateway city
AHI FlexAir passengers depart for Zürich, Switzerland. Please check your luggage from your gateway city to your arrival city. Your claim checks should have the following airport code: ZRH.
Day 2 | Zürich, Switzerland | Interlaken
Arrive at Zürich Airport. Proceed through immigration to the baggage claim area and retrieve your luggage. After completing customs, AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for the group arrival transfer and Land Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer should exit the baggage claim area and proceed to the Arrivals Hall, where an AHI Travel representative will meet you.
Transfer to the Hotel Carlton-Europe. Please note, if you arrive before check-in time, your room may not be immediately available.
Discovery: Welcome to Interlaken! Become acquainted with Interlaken, which sits between lakes Thun and Brienz, as your Travel Director takes you on an orientation walking tour around the town.
Gather for a Welcome Reception and Dinner with your fellow travelers this evening.
Day 3 | Kandersteg | Oeschinensee
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Enrichment: Mountaineering. Switzerland enjoys a long tradition of mountain climbing. Learn about this popular pastime, which draws enthusiasts eager to tackle the challenging peaks of the Swiss Alps.
Discovery: Lake Oeschinen. Begin your discovery of the Bernese Oberland with a train journey to Kandersteg. Here, a gondola whisks you toward Lake Oeschinen nestled nearly 5,200 feet above sea level. Stretch your legs and delight in a gentle hike to the cerulean glacial lake. Along the way, pass meadows bursting with vibrant wildflowers and cows and sheep lazing amid sun-drenched pastures. Pause to breathe in fresh, Alpine air and enjoy the view.
Upon your return to Kandersteg, unwind over a hearty lunch with your group.
After lunch, embark the train for a journey back to Interlaken.
Day 4 | Brienz | Rothorn
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Discovery: Brienz and the Rothorn. Brienz is world-renowned for its enchanting mountainous backdrop and sweet wooden chalets. The village is steeped in centuries of wood-carving tradition and you may encounter some of this storied practice, such as carved road signs and sculptures. At the fairy-tale Brienz Rothorn Railway station, built in 1892, board a steam train for a breathtaking ride. You’ll witness a canvas of abundant forests, meadows and towering rock walls on your way to the top of the Rothorn.
Relax amid the fresh mountain air and take in gorgeous panoramas of glittering lakes and mountains during a tasty meal with your fellow travelers.
Return to Brienz and take a cruise on Lake Brienz to Interlaken.
Enrichment: Swiss Icons. Join a local expert for a deep dive into the essential elements of Swiss culture.
Day 5 | Lauterbrunnen Valley | Mürren
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Discovery: Lauterbrunnen Valley. Hop aboard a train for a ride to the idyllic Lauterbrunnen Valley; then transfer to a cable car and ride to Grütschalp. Hike along a gentle forest path to Winteregg and on to Mürren, a tranquil, car-free town with traditional chalets and a population of only 350 residents. On a clear day, you might witness the imposing north face of the Eiger peak, as well as the peaks of Mönch and Jungfrau. Take a moment to slow down and truly delight in the storybook views before you! If you’re a James Bond fan, you may wish to ride the cable car (at an additional cost) up the Schilthorn, which was featured in “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.” Later, descend from Mürren by aerial cable car, traversing a fanciful mountain scenery with striking cliffs and lush hills.
Discovery: Swiss Culture. Tonight, enjoy a wonderful, culture-steeped dinner. During your meal, a local folkloric singing group entertains you with folk songs and the Alpenhorn.
Day 6 | Gruyères | Vevey
Astra Hotel Vevey
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Begin the day by transiting the high Jaun mountain pass toward Gruyères, one of Switzerland’s most whimsical villages.
Discovery: Gruyere Cheese. Stop at a countryside dairy farm, see a demonstration on making handmade gruyere cheese and enjoy a tasting of this decadent product.
Free Time: Make your own discoveries in Gruyères during time at leisure. The town boasts many intimate souvenir shops and restaurants.
Discovery: Swiss Chocolate. Continue your discovery of local flavors during a visit to a Swiss chocolate factory. During an interactive tour, learn about the history of how chocolate came to Europe and see how the raw ingredients of cocoa beans and cocoa butter become delicious concoctions of milk, dark and white chocolate. Then, indulge in samples of the premium confectionery.
Travel to Vevey, tucked along the shores of Lake Geneva.
Discovery: Welcome to Vevey! Join your Travel Director for a discovery walk around Vevey.
Day 7 | Montreux | Lavaux
Astra Hotel Vevey
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Discovery: Montreux. The stylish lakeside town of Montreux, with its Belle Époque era buildings and laid-back charm, has inspired artists, musicians and literati for centuries. Embark on an idyllic cruise on Lake Geneva, Switzerland’s largest lake, and visit the 13th-century Château de Chillon, a medieval castle located on the eastern end of the lake. Noted as one of the most visited historic buildings in Switzerland, the castle features wall paintings from the 14th century, three courtyards and subterranean vaults.
Discovery and Enrichment: Lavaux. Journey to the fertile, UNESCO-listed Lavaux vineyard region, where stone walls, sun-kissed hills and rolling terraces create a fairy-tale landscape. This region was once heavily wooded until monks of the Benedictine and Cistercian monasteries turned the land into productive vineyards in the 11th century. Nearly all the Swiss wine remains in Switzerland, so it can be difficult to find it outside the country. Learn about the region’s viniculture, visit a winery and enjoy a wine tasting and lunch.
Free Time: Your afternoon is at your leisure.
Day 8 | Zermatt
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Discovery: Zermatt. Begin the day with a scenic drive from Villars to Taesch; then travel via train to Zermatt, an alluring resort town snuggled against a mountain backdrop. This car-free village is a trove of fanciful chalets and appealing shops. Since Zermatt is located at the end of the Matter Valley, you may see the prominent peak of the Matterhorn on a clear day. If you choose, you have the option (at an additional cost) to ride the 30-minute cog railway to the Gornergrat to see glorious panoramas of the mighty Matterhorn and the Monte Rosa massif, including the Dufourspitze, the highest peak in Switzerland.
Day 9 | Vevey
Astra Hotel Vevey
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Free Time: Enjoy a full day at leisure to continue your discovery of Vevey. Your AHI Travel Director will be available to offer suggestions to suit your interests. Perhaps take a day trip to Lausanne or travel by boat into France to visit Évian-les-Bains, a pretty spa town set on the shores of Lake Geneva.
Toast to your Swiss adventure at a Farewell Reception this evening, followed by a Farewell Dinner.
Day 10 | Depart for gateway city
After breakfast, bid farewell to Switzerland. AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for a group transfer and Land Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer depart for Geneva airport for your return flights home. Your Travel Director will provide the details.