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ESCORTED TOURS OF SWITZERLAND

Book a holiday to Switzerland and prepare to discover a beautiful land of dramatic snow-capped peaks, shimmering mountain-framed lakes and enchanting towns and villages.

At once romantic, charming, picture-perfect and thoroughly modern, Switzerland a land of four languages with much more to offer than (undeniably delicious) chocolate, cheese and cuckoo-clocks.

A holiday to Switzerland guarantees stunning scenery that has inspired writers from Byron to le Carre (who studied German in Bern), and that offers the energetic a chance to explore the great outdoors at its very best. And while it's the wintertime opportunities to ski at Alpine resorts like Zermatt, St Moritz and Verbier that spring to the forefront of many minds, summer is really the best time to explore. Some 60,000 kilometres of trails criss-cross the country, clearly marked by the yellow "Wangerweg" signs of the Swiss Hiking Association, and attract walkers and cyclists of all levels every year.

With its pretty, medieval houses, great churches and wonderful covered shopping arcades all huddled together above a sweeping meander in the River Aare, the historic Swiss capital, Bern, is a city of great beauty. And it's just one of the country's fascinating and diverse urban centres. Due north of Bern, on the German border, you'll find the unofficial cultural capital Basel, while cosmopolitan, lakeside Geneva lies tucked into a tiny spike of Switzerland that protrudes into the French Alps. Lively Lausanne, Zug (its low tax rates tempting multinational head offices to its streets) and Zurich are all well worth a visit during your Swiss holiday.

From cheese making in Gruyeres to lakeside, jazz-city Montreux to the spectacular sight of the Eiger rising above the Alpine village of Grindelwald, you'll find a country filled with fascination on a Newmarket holiday to Switzerland.

Lake Maggiore, Piedmont & the Matterhorn
  • 3.92 (21 reviews)
  • Italy, Switzerland
  • 3 excursions included
  • 14 meals included
  • Tour Lake Maggiore's exquisite Borromean Isles
  • Cross into Switzerland to stop at the foot of the Matterhorn
  • Visit Verbania’s stunning Villa Taranto gardens
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    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £860pp
  • Was: £955pp
  • 11 airports
  • 15 dates available
  • May 2022 - Oct 2022
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Lake Como, St Moritz & the Bernina Express
  • 3.73 (227 reviews)
  • Italy, Switzerland
  • 3 excursions included
  • 14 meals included
  • Discover Bellagio, "Italy's most beautiful town"
  • Enjoy a cruise on Lake Como
  • Ride the Bernina Express to St Moritz
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    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £959pp
  • Was: £1065pp
  • 11 airports
  • 16 dates available
  • May 2022 - Oct 2022
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  • 11 meals included
  • A Welcome Drink and get-together
  • Celebrate the season in idyllic Château-d'Oex
  • Visit Montreux and its famous Christmas Market
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    • Flights Included
  • 6 days from: £1029pp
  • 9 airports
  • 1 date available
  • 22 December 2021
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Swiss Christmas Markets
  • 3.57 (29 reviews)
  • Switzerland
  • 1 excursion included
  • 6 meals included
  • Shopping for Swiss goodies at Montreux Christmas Market
  • Enjoying views of Lake Geneva
  • Staying in a delightful mountain village
    • Flights Included
  • 4 days from: £515pp
  • 4 airports
  • 3 dates available
  • Nov 2021 - Dec 2021
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Lake Como & Alpine Railways
  • 4.18 (54 reviews)
  • Italy, Switzerland
  • 2 excursions included
  • 10 meals included
  • Enjoy the magic of Italy's romantic lake
  • Ride on the historic Como-Brunate funicular
  • Journey on the Bernina Express from Tirano to St Moritz
    • Flights Included
  • 6 days from: £689pp
  • Was: £765pp
  • 6 airports
  • 5 dates available
  • Feb 2022 - Nov 2022
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Lake Maggiore
  • 4 (19 reviews)
  • Italy, Switzerland
  • 7 meals included
  • Relax and enjoy the amenities at your chosen hotel
  • Stroll along the picturesque lake-shore
  • Lunch in a shore-side cafe or restaurant
    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £707pp
  • Was: £785pp
  • 10 airports
  • 15 dates available
  • May 2022 - Oct 2022
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  • 3 excursions included
  • 10 meals included
  • Enjoy a guided nature walk with the chance to try snow-shoeing
  • An exhilarating horse and carriage ride with a warming fondue lunch
  • Introduction to cross-country skiing and Glacier 3000 on optional excursions
    • Flights Included
  • 6 days from: £815pp
  • Was: £905pp
  • 7 airports
  • 4 dates available
  • Jan 2022 - Apr 2022
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  • 3 excursions included
  • 12 meals included
  • Spend a week in the celebrated resort of Chateau d’Oex
  • Rest and relax in the idyllic surroundings of the Pays d’Enhaut (Upper Country)
  • Discover medieval gem and cheese-making village Gruyères
    • Flights Included
  • 8 days from: £898pp
  • Was: £945pp
  • 6 airports
  • 8 dates available
  • May 2022 - Oct 2022
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New Year on Lake Como
  • 3.93 (7 reviews)
  • Italy, Switzerland
  • 3 excursions included
  • 18 meals included
  • Enjoying the New Year magic of Italy's romantic lake
  • Crossing Lake Como by boat to discover idyllic Bellagio
  • Como Town's Magic Light Festival
    • Flights Included
  • 7 days from: £1059pp
  • 6 airports
  • 1 date available
  • 27 December 2021
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  • 4 excursions included
  • 33 meals included
  • Spend time on the shores of Italy's most romantic lake
  • Discover Bellagio, 'Italy's most beautiful town'
  • Como Town Christmas Market and Magic Light Festival
    • Flights Included
  • 12 days from: £1599pp
  • 6 airports
  • 1 date available
  • 22 December 2021
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THINGS TO SEE IN SWITZERLAND

THINGS TO DO IN SWITZERLAND

Remarkable mountainous scenery and almost limitless opportunities to explore the great outdoors; medieval towns and Alpine villages; tranquil lakes and cities that blend ancient and modern with ease. For such a small country, Switzerland has plenty to offer.

FOOD & DRINK IN SWITZERLAND

There's so much more to Swiss food than fondue and raclette, though both these cheese dishes must be sampled at least once during your holiday in Switzerland.

Swiss cuisine – especially in the French-speaking cantons – is heavily influenced by Gallic flair. But its place as an internationally acclaimed destination means that Switzerland has a range of different dishes to offer, taking influences from a host of different cuisines, and boasts dining options to suit all tastes and pockets.

Despite the country's reputation, dining need not be expensive. Many places offer all-you-can-eat buffets (try the department stores or supermarket restaurants for great value and high standards, for example). Soups are plentiful, as are cold meats (including air-cured beef) and a whole variety of salads. Switzerland is also home to the rösti – grated waxy potatoes pressed together and fried to form a crispy cake. Try this filling dish with a bratwurst or a plain fried egg.

Swiss beers are excellent, and the local wines – from grapes grown on the sun-blessed slopes of the Rhone Valley above Lake Geneva – are one of the country’s best-kept secrets (very little is exported). Dry, fruity Fendant white and full-bodied red Dôle, in particular, deserve to be appreciated. And, in the land which all but invented chocolate, desserts are a passion, perhaps followed by a local Schnapps. Try Gentiane, made from the delicate purple Alpine flower of the same name, or a pear Williamse, another favourite from the Valais wine region.

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