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Taste of Southern Switzerland

 

Centovalli Railway
  • Overview

    highlights

    • Journey on the Centovalli Railway and Monte San Salvatore funicular
    • Enjoy wine tasting in the Lavaux vineyards
    • Cheese tasting in Gruyeres
    • Discover the art of Swiss chocolatiers
    • Visit interesting Chaplin’s World
    • Explore pretty Lugano

    Soak up the scenery on the shores of Lake Geneva and Lake Lugano, as well as savouring a taste of Switzerland's famous chocolate and cheese. We’ll also take you to some of the region’s interesting attractions, including Chaplin's World and up to the summit of magnificent Monte San Salvatore.

    Great for:

    • Great for - Food & Drink
    • Great for - Nature
    • Great for - Scenery


    Lavaux Vineyards
  • Itinerary

    ITINERARY

    LOCATIONS


  • The Hotels

    YOUR HOTELS


    VIEW ALL HOTELS Hotel de la Paix, Lugano Hotel Astra, Vevey


    Hotel de la Paix, Lugano
    The welcoming Hotel de la Paix is located close to Lake Lugano and within walking distance of the town centre, so there is lots to explore close by, or you can relax and enjoy the hotel’s facilities and scenic location.
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    Hotel de la Paix, Lugano

    The welcoming Hotel de la Paix is located close to Lake Lugano and within walking distance of the town centre, so there is lots to explore close by, or you can relax and enjoy the hotel’s facilities and scenic location.

    • All bedrooms have satellite TV, air-conditioning and hairdryer
    • Restaurant
    • Bar
    • Terrace
    • Outdoor swimming pool (June to September)
    • Official four-star rating
    Hotel Astra, Vevey
    Located centrally in the town and on the beautiful Montreux Riviera, the Astra Hotel is perfect for a relaxing break in southern Switzerland, with fantastic facilities for guests to enjoy, including a rooftop Jacuzzi with panoramic surrounding views.
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    Hotel Astra, Vevey

    • Hotel Astra, Vevey
    • Hotel Astra, Vevey
    • Hotel Astra, Vevey

    Located centrally in the town and on the beautiful Montreux Riviera, the Astra Hotel is perfect for a relaxing break in southern Switzerland, with fantastic facilities for guests to enjoy, including a rooftop Jacuzzi with panoramic surrounding views.

    • All bedrooms have TV, air-conditioning, minibar, safe, hairdryer, bathrobe, Wi-Fi
    • Restaurant
    • Lobby bar
    • Lounge
    • Terrace
    • Spa & Fitness centre (additional charge may apply)
    • Official four-star rating
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  • Excursions & Extras

    INCLUDED EXCURSIONS


    Centovalli Railway
    Centovalli Railway

    We head to Brig, where we join a local train, taking in the views across southern Switzerland and down into northern Italy. We journey to Domodossala in the Val Grand National Park, then join the Centovalli Railway and make our way back into Switzerland to Lucarno. We’ll then rejoin our coach and continue to Lugano.

    Lavaux Vineyards
    Chaplin’s World

    This morning we take the short journey to Corsier-sur-Vevey, where we visit the fabulous Chaplin’s World attraction – a wonderfully interactive museum. Go through the nostalgic film sets, walk through the gardens and inside the home of this family man, who spent his last 25 years here. This afternoon we head to a local, family-run winery, with the opportunity to sample some of the wines. Enjoy the views over Lake Geneva and the surrounding Lavaux terraced vineyards.

    Gruyeres
    Chocolate & Cheese

    Today we enjoy a taste of what Switzerland is famous for – chocolate and cheese. We head first to the Maison du Gruyeres, where we gain an insight into the production of this local speciality cheese and taste some of the different flavours with bread. We’ll then call at the lovely medieval town of Gruyeres itself, for time to enjoy a stroll. Later we'll go on to the Maison Cailler factory in Broc to discover the art of chocolate making by Switzerland’s oldest chocolate brand, then call at the lakeside city of Montreux before returning to our hotel.

    Geneva
    En-route Geneva

    We call at the cosmopolitan city of Geneva. Surrounded by the Alps and Jura mountains, you can also see across to Mont Blanc in France. One of the famous sights here is the Jet d'Eau, a fountain in the lake. Originally built in 1886 to release excess pressure from a hydraulic plant, it is now a symbol of the city.

    Lucerne
    En-route Lucerne

    We call at the lovely city of Lucerne. This pretty city is known for its beautiful medieval architecture and you can admire the historic buildings and wooden Chapel Bridge during your visit.

    Lake trees & buildings
    Monte San Salvatore

    After breakfast we head off to join the funicular railway up to the summit of Monte San Salvatore, referred to as the ‘Top of Lugano’. Enjoy the panoramic views as we ascend, looking over Lake Lugano below and the Alps to the west. Back down in Lugano, we’ll take a boat to reach Grotto San Rocco, where we learn about the local Ticino risotto dish, which we also enjoy for lunch.

    OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS


    Basel
    Basel City Tour

    To learn more about the city of Basel and its heritage, why not choose to join our interesting guided tour.

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What's included

  • Return coach travel
  • Nine nights half board
  • Services of a tour manager
  • Personal audio guide
  • Three included excursions
  • Three en route visits

Hotel de la Paix, Lugano

The welcoming Hotel de la Paix is located close to Lake Lugano and within walking distance of the town centre, so there is lots to explore close by, or you can relax and enjoy the hotel’s facilities and scenic location.

Learn more about the hotel

Hotel de la Paix, Lugano

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The welcoming Hotel de la Paix is located close to Lake Lugano and within walking distance of the town centre, so there is lots to explore close by, or you can relax and enjoy the hotel’s facilities and scenic location.

  • All bedrooms have satellite TV, air-conditioning and hairdryer
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Outdoor swimming pool (June to September)
  • Official four-star rating
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