Rhine Highlights with Switzerland12 days & 11 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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Day 1Welcome to Zurich
Start your journey with an overnight stay at the opulent Schweizerhof Hotel.Schweizerhof Hotel - 2 Nights
Day 2Zurich - Lucerne
Repeatedly named the city with the best quality of life, Switzerland's largest city is full of treasures and you'll have the chance to discover them first-hand. After that, you'll get to explore Lucerne, overlooked by the magnificent Swiss Alp peaks of Mounts Pilatus and Rigi, before arriving at one of our majestic hotels, such as the Schweizerhof Hotel.Schweizerhof Hotel (B)
Day 3Lucerne - Montreux
Ascend the Swiss Alps to the charming alpine village of Gstaad. This afternoon you'll get the chance to luxuriate at the Fairmont Montreux Palace, located on the shores of picturesque Lake Geneva, where you'll enjoy a two night stay.Fairmont Montreux Palace - 2 Nights (B)
EnrichFairmont Montreux Palace (B, L, D)
Today you'll board a first class carriage for a panoramic train journey to Chateau-d'Oex. At the Restaurant Le Chalet, watch the cheesemaker transform milk into hard cheese right in front of your eyes. At the end of the demonstration you'll have an opportunity to taste the freshly made cheese.
Day 5Montreux - Basel
Today leave Montreux and journey to neighboring Vevey, home to Charlie Chaplin once he'd fled the United States. Enter the world of Charlie Chaplin as you meet one of the 20th century's most celebrated artists during a visit to the Chaplin's World Museum. From there, it's on to Basel where a warm welcome awaits you from the crew of your luxury Scenic Space-Ship. Your luxury cruise is about to begin and you'll have the chance to raise your glass to the occasion at the evening's welcome reception.Scenic Space-Ship - 7 Nights (B, D)
Freechoice: Visit Strasbourg, where you'll discover La Petite France and stroll through the Old Town, with its half-timbered houses and distinctive Alsatian winstubs. Alternatively, journey to Mittelbergheim in the Alsace and sample some of the best wines the region has to offer. Or you can opt to visit the Black Forest region, and enjoy a guided hike through its majestic vineyards.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Explore the historic university town of Heidelberg, with its fine Renaissance castle, or enjoy the Sweet Tastes of Heidelberg tour, where you'll have an opportunity to sample some of the local chocolates, bon bons and gummy bears. Alternatively, discover the unique Technik Museum in the charming riverside town of Speyer, where you'll see wondrous technological exhibits not to be found anywhere else.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Enjoy a private tour of a fine Baroque palace before experiencing a sublime classical concert. It'll be an evening of grandeur unlike any other, and a chance to create memories that you'll cherish for a lifetime.
Day 8Rudesheim - Koblenz
Arrive in charming Rudesheim and board the 'Winzerexpress' mini-train for a guided visit of Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Then enjoy a cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument. Marvel at the spectacular World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge before arriving in lovely Koblenz.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Take advantage of a guided tour of this historic city, which straddles two of Europe's most beautiful rivers. Alternatively, discover Cochem - a true medieval gem resting on the banks of the Moselle River. Cochem will make you feel as if you're stepping straight into a fairy tale and you'll be able to explore this charming city on a guided tour including a visit to Reichsburg Castle.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Enjoy a scenic ride on the oldest cog railway of Germany and discover splendid Drachenburg Castle, or stroll through Cologne and get up close to the filigree twin towers of the famous cathedral. Either way, it's a great day to see and discover.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Cruise through the iconic canals that have made Amsterdam world famous. Alternatively, discover charming Volendam, with its unusual raised homes and quaint wooden church before heading to the equally charming village of Edam, famous for its round cheese.Scenic Space-Ship (B, L, D)
After a hearty breakfast, you'll be transferred to Amsterdam airport for your onward or homebound flight. You'll be taking a lifetime of wonderful memories back with you.(B)
At Cox & Kings we believe that a good travel experience is not luck but judgment. We have compiled the following advice to outline the nature of travel in Europe and to help you prepare for your trip. Even with the most meticulous planning, however, minor problems can occur and, while our local representatives are always on hand to rectify such occurrences, we do request that you have a patient and broadminded approach to traveling in Europe.
Cruises & Train Tours
The river cruises and train tours in this brochure are offered subject to the conditions of carriage of the individual Train Company. PLEASE NOTE that in exceptional circumstances they may vary their itineraries with little or no notice, if water levels become unsafe, train lines become blocked or to avoid areas of dense traffic. Such changes are rare, but you should check the final itinerary at reception when you embark.
A number of flights within Europe arrive / depart early in the morning, and while we will endeavour to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives / departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in / check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Europe, and hotels in Eastern Europe, Albania, Macedonia and regional Turkey, should not generally be compared to Western European standards. For our tours we have chosen hotels primarily for their location and the facilities available. We will endeavour to supply any extra information that you may require on these hotels. The hotels listed in the tour itineraries may occasionally be unavailable for the required dates. In this event, we will advise you of alternative hotels, which will, where possible, be of the same or of a higher standard than those featured in the itineraries. There are many new hotels being built in Europe and we may upgrade those featured in the brochure if better options in the same category become available. Please note all rooms reserved on your tour are standard; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g. to a lake view or suite etc.), please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in/out time is normally 12 noon, but this does vary between hotels. Early check-ins and late check-outs cannot be pre-booked, but can sometimes be negotiated on site.
Many of the sites in Europe are quite spread out, and our tours consequently involve a reasonable amount of walking. Whilst the walking is normally easy going, a full-day’s sightseeing can be quite tiring and sometimes strenuous.
Although tourism is not a new concept in most parts of Europe, many of the areas visited are still extremely traditional. Therefore kindly respect local customs and dress codes.
Many countries require passports, visas to be presented before entry is permitted. Please ensure that all traveling members, including infants and children, are in possession of a passport, valid for at least 6 months, prior to departure. It is convenient and safe to have the visa process facilitated by Cox & Kings Limited from the concerned Consulates / Authorities on your behalf. Please note that it is totally at the discretion of the concerned Consulates / Authorities to grant / reject your visas. The consulate may require further documentation and / or personal appearance.
Rhine Highlights With Switzerland
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