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Take Me To 05.28.2019

The Ultimate Swiss Escape

Intro Stay Highlights itinerary

Experience the essence of Switzerland through its breathtaking landscapes, culinary delights and access to adventure.

Written By

Barrett Hollo

Duration

7 Nights, 8 Days

We Love It For

Romantic getaway

Trip Style

Tick off the Swiss bucketlist you didn't even know you had

Agent Notes

This itinerary is great for foodies and hotel-lovers who want a dose of nature, too

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Our top Swiss picks

Royal Savoy Hotel & Spa Lausanne

Built in 1909 and impeccably restored to its former grandeur, Royal Savoy Hotel & Spa Lausanne continues to build on its impressive legacy. With a 1,500-sq-ft lavish spa, a SkyLounge with a unique 360-degree panoramic views, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a brasserie overseen by a signature chef, guests have everything they need and more. Accomodations offer impressive views of Lake Geneva and easy access to Lausanne’s many pleasures, all complemented by this world-renowned Swiss landmark's impeccable service.

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Schweizerhof Hotel Bern

This completely renovated hotel in the center of Bern is a fusion of an impressive legacy with contemporary flair, noble design and exclusive service. With its 150-year history, the Schweizerhof radiates an aura of great tradition and grand style, particularly following its refurbishment. The generously sized rooms and suites – all with the very latest technological conveniences – offer a mixture of French charm and understated English style.

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Bürgenstock Hotel & Alpine Spa

Located in the heart of Central Switzerland, 500 meters above Lake Lucerne and set atop the mountains, Bürgenstock Hotel & Alpine Spa offers incomparable views over the lake and the Alps. Since the first Grand Hotel opened in 1873, guests have AA relaxing time, as well as opportunities for active recreation, await: tennis, golf, horseback riding, curling, water sports, hiking and bike trails are all nearby.

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Highlights

  • Take the chocolate train through Gruyères to La Maison Cailler Day 2
  • Take in the views on the scenic route to Bern Day 3
  • Take a day trip to Interlaken Day 4
  • Learn about the art of cheesemaking in the Emmental region Day 5
  • Relax at the legendary Bürgenstock Spa Day 7

ItineraryItinerary

1 Lausanne, Switzerland
Lausanne

Welcome to the land of delectable chocolate, impeccable cheese, fine watches and some of the cleanest streets you’ll ever stumble upon. Your Swiss adventure begins now, with your arrival to Geneva. You’ll be whisked to your private transfer to Lausanne, the home to the Olympic Committee headquarters and Olympic Museum, as well as history that’s rich with art and traditional cuisine. There’s also an option to take the train to the hotel, depending on your preferences.

Arrive to the Royal Savoy Hotel & Spa — a favorite of aristocrats for over a century — and take some time to relax. After enjoying a lunch on property, head to Lavaux, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with your guide. Here, you’ll enjoy wine tasting which is a special treat since Switzerland only exports about ten percent of their wines, so you’ll be able to experience some amazing vintages you can’t find back home. Soak in the views from the vineyards with the lake and mountains all-in-one. It’s truly breathtaking. Finally, end the night with dinner at La Brasserie du Royal.

2 Lausanne, Switzerland
All Abord the Chocolate Train

Today, prepare yourself to experience some of the best culinary treats of Switzerland. Board the “Chocolate Train” of the Golden Pass Services which leads to Gruyères, before your final stop at La Maison Cailler Chocolate Factory. During this journey in the nostalgic panoramic carriages reminiscent of the “Belle-Epoque,” coffee and croissants will be served to accompany the views. After approximately an hour-and-half in your first-class train, you’ll arrive to the Gruyères cheese factory.

Take some time to explore the cheese factory where you’ll learn about the process from start to finish. Of course, you’ll be tasting along the way; even those who don’t consume dairy will be able to participate since the cheeses are lactose-free! After some free time to discover the surrounding the village and its castle, it’s lunchtime. Finish up and continue to Broc, where the chocolate factory is located. After another 90-minutes or so on the train, you’ll arrive to the Cailler-Nestlé chocolate factory for a guided tour and tasting. On the way back to Montreux, enjoy the charming Swiss country side. Settle in for your final night at Royal Savoy Hotel & Spa.

3 Bern, Switzerland
Journey to Bern

This morning, it’s time to make the journey from Lausanne to Bern, Switzerland’s capital city. You have the option to either take the scenic train or enjoy a self-drive in a fun sports car (think: a red Ferrari!) through the stunning landscape. Either way, take advantage of the “Swiss Traveling Bellboy Service” which transfers your luggage from to next hotel to the next, so, you don’t have to worry about lugging your baggage by train or car!

Once you check-in and settle at the Schweizerhof Hotel & Spa, it’s time to acquaint yourself with Bern. While this city is often overshadowed by nearby Interlaken, we love setting up home base in Bern for a more authentic Swiss experience with less crowds. We suggest a walking tour of the city, starting with traversing the Old Town, which extends from the loop of the river Aare, across the “Moränenhügel,” westwards to the site of the medieval fortifications. Continue with a visit to the western city gate and tour the Clock Tower. Here, you will enjoy a unique view over the rooftops and streets of Bern. Discover ancient technology and benefit from the performance of the clockwork figures (which begin four minutes before the top of every hour) and workings of the astronomical clock.

Head back to Schweizerhof Hotel, located directly next to the train, for an evening of relaxation. If you’re up for it, take advantage of the spa for which the hotel has been known for decades. They offer jacuzzi pools, a hammam, sauna and five treatment rooms. The hotel gym is also open 24/7 if you need to squeeze in a workout! End the day with dinner at Jack’s Brasserie, widely considered the star culinary attraction of Bern. The schnitzel here is a must-try, and for those who love a good celebrity connection, check out the plaques across the restaurant noting famous faces who’ve also dined at Jack’s.

4 Bern, Switzerland
Take a Day Trip to Interlaken

Today, you’ll take a day trip to Interlaken, located in the Bernese Oberland on an alluvial plain between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. Overlooked by the three mighty mountains, Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, it’s the starting point for numerous activities.  Nowhere else is the view of the mountains and lakes of the Oberland more beautiful than high above Interlaken. So, if you’re feeling adventurous, consider hangliding! Tandem flights are available with an experienced hang-glider pilot. The hang-gliding season is a bit longer than the paragliding season – lasting from April to November.

Alternatively, if you want to keep your feet on solid ground, head to Jungfraujoch, considered the ‘Top of Europe.’ Located at the highest railway station in Europe, you can visit the Ice Palace and the Sphinx Terraces. The Aletsch Glacier is another sight here worth taking in as it’s the largest river of ice in Europe. Refreshments or a meal can be enjoyed at the Jungfraujoch Restaurant. Return to the mountaineering village of Grindelwald and back to Schweizerhof Hotel & Spa.

5 Lucerne, Switzerland
A Deep Dive into the Art of Cheesemaking

You’re more halfway through your trip, but nowhere near finished eating the incredible Swiss-made goods. Today, again, you’ll focus on the art of cheese! En route to Bürgenstock Resort, you’ll be taking a detour through the Emmental region. Learn more about how cheese is made in the countryside during your stop at Show Dairy in Affoltern. Of course, be sure to leave with lots of souvenirs for friends and family back home.

Once arriving to Bürgenstock, we can bet you won’t want to leave. Today is all about soaking up the incredible views of this recently renovated property. Explore the expansive, car-free resort that includes a 10,000-square-meter spa, a healthy living center, 12 restaurants, numerous boutiques and a 9-hole golf course. After nine years of refurbishments, the hotel is even more grand than ever, despite its fame dating back to 1873! Be sure to check out the legendary Alpine Spa, along with its sweeping views of the mountains and lake below. Settle in for an apéro and dinner at The Oak Grill.

6 Lucerne, Switzerland
Exploring Lake Lucerne

Enjoy breakfast at leisure as you prep for a day of touring. You’ll take the funicular from the hotel down to the lake where you’ll catch a boat to reach the historical city of Lucerne, which has been preserved and carefully developed for centuries. See the Chapel Bridge and take a leisurely walk through a maze of small streets and bridges dominated by countless historical towers, fountains and frescoed buildings. After your walking tour, relax for a lunch in city center. If you’re in need of a pick-me-up, we love Amore Mio for some gelato or hot chocolate!

Once you’ve had your fill of the city, take Bürgenstock’s very own boat back across Lake Lucerne. When you’re back at the resort, you can gear up for another chocolate tasting (is it even possible to get sick of this kind of thing?) or visit the hotel’s very own Swatch store to bring yourself back a fashionable souvenir. This evening, relish in dinner at Spices Kitchen whose Asian fusion is sure to be a highlight.

7 Lucerne, Switzerland
Choose Your Own Adventure (or R+R!)

Today is your final day of exploring Switzerland! Choose to relax at the spa or head out for one last adventure. You can take a cruise on crystal-clear Lake Lucerne to Alpnachstad where you’ll ascend by the steepest rack railway in the world to Pilatus Kulm. Once on top, you’ll have time to walk up to the vista point to admire the breathtaking panorama over the Swiss Alps and Lucerne. Then, descend by aerial cable car to Fraekmuentegg, change to smaller cable cars and sweep over pine forests and mountain meadows to the village of Kriens for your private transfer back to the hotel.

If you’re looking to stay closer to Bürgenstock, take a short hike to the Hammetschwand Elevator, the tallest elevator in Europe. Or, even go for a round of golf while you take in the mountains. Be sure to enjoy Alpine Golf Restaurant right by the links for lunch during the summer season. For a more upscale dinner, we love Salon1903 where celebrity chef Marc Haeberlin will whip up exclusive specialities from Switzerland and the neighboring countries. Be sure to toast to the epic trip you’ve just 

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Departure

After a week of soaking up Swiss paradise, it’s time to go home. Lucky for your loved ones, you’ll be returning with lots of delicacies (and stories!) to share.

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