Day 1: Basel/Zurich - Jura mountains - Emmental - Bern - Grindelwald
Day 1: Basel/Zurich - Jura mountains - Emmental - Bern - Grindelwald The SwissSafari driver/guide will meet you at 09.00AM (or you pick the time) at Basel Pier or Zurich Hotel. Welcome and brief information about the program. Start for a drive through the city Basel/Zurich for a short overview of the old town. Now, your driver/guide will take you on hidden paths through the beautiful Jura Mountains, the mountain range which borders Switzerland and France. On a look out point you have a brief stop to enjoy the view to the Alps and over the Midlands. Followed is a scenic drive through the green and hilly Emmental, passing through small farming villages. The Emmental is the origin of the famous Emmental cheese (Swiss cheese) and home of the typical wooden farm houses. Stop in the Emmental show cheese factory with a short guided tour to learn more about the Swiss tradition and cheese making culture as it was yesterday and as it is today. Then, you may spend some time at your leisure to check out the handcraft shop and the bakery where one can get Swiss specialties. Lunch will be in a rural restaurant serving Swisss specialties and International dishes. In the afternoon a scenic drive takes you to Bern, the capitol city of Switzerland. You have a short guided tour through the beautiful and charming old town, a UNESCO World heritage site. The highlights of this tour will be a walk through the cobble stoned alleys with the colorful fountains, to see the clock tower, the Munster Cathedral and the Capitol. After the Bern tour the drive goes on along lake Thun towards the Alps. Arrival at Grindelwald is at around 5 p.m. The famous mountain resort is set at the foot of the Eiger mountain and surrounded by Alpine meadows. Hotel check-in and remaining time at your leisure. Your guide will be happy to give you restaurant recommendations and will on request make reservations. Overnight stay at Grindelwald
Day 2: Grindelwald and surroundings
You enjoy a hearty breakfast with wonderful mountain views before meeting your driver for a great day program which you may chose depending on the season and weather condition (all tickets included):South of Bern and Luzern lies the grand Alpine heart of Switzerland, a massively impressive region of classic Swiss scenery - high peaks, sheer valleys and cool lakes - that makes for great hiking and gentle walking, not to mention world-class winter sports. The Jungfrau Region is the most accessible and touristed area, and also the most spectacular, best known for a grand triple-peaked ridge of Alpine giants at its core - the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau, cresting 4000m. Grindelwald is a bustling resort in its own valley slightly to the east of Interlaken and at the foot of the Eiger North face. It offers access to one of Switzerland-s top excursions, the amazing rack-railway journey winding up through spectacular mountain scenery to the snow- and ice-bound Jungfrajoch, a windswept col nestling at 3454m (11-333ft) just below the peak of the Jungfrau itself, and the site of the highest train station in Europe. However, the Jungfrau Region takes in a vast tract of territory, and the approaches to the high mountains have their own, less daunting pleasures: the twin lakes of the Thunersee (with the atmospheric old town of Thun at its head) and Lake Brienz with Brienz offer Alpine horizons and beauty enough to merit a stop of their own. Between the two, the bustling town of Interlaken is the main transport hub for the region. Interlaken offers world class hotels, boutiques, souvenir shops and restaurants with great views to the Jungfrau mountain. On a visit to the region, and stunned by the natural drama all around, the composer Felix Mendelssohn wrote: -Anyone who has not seen the Jungfrau region does not know Switzerland.- Once you-ve seen it, you-ll know what he means. Arguably the single most captivating place in the entire Alps lies just a short way south of Grindelwald - the gorgeous Lauterbrunnen valley, with the car free resorts of Wengen and Murren perched on plateaux above providing excellent winter skiing and summer hiking. Sightseeing recommendations, some of which can be combined, not all which can be made (tickets included): Scenic drive to the beautiful Lauterbrunnen Valley, also called the valley of a hundred waterfalls. Visit the Trummelbach Waterfalls which are 10 glacier waterfalls inside the rocks and made accessible by a tunnel lift (a lot of steps!). You enjoy a 2 hour cogwheel train ride through green meadows and the hard rock of the Mountain Eiger to Europe-s highest railway station at 11,333 ft: the famous Jungfrau Joch (top of Europe). You may visit the Glacier Palace with its ice sculptures, the Sphinx (weather station), and lookout platforms providing you with a breathtaking view of the glacier and the snow-covered mountain peaks. For lunch, you have 3 restaurants from which to choose. Cable car ride to the Schilthorn Mountain and lunch in the rotating restaurant, Piz Gloria, at 10,000 ft. You have a fantastic view of the three Mountains Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau. On a very clear day one can see all the way to the French Vosges and to the Black Forest region of Germany! Scenic drive to the historic Grand Hotel Gie-bach which is beautifully situated in front of the Gie-bach Waterfalls high above Lake Brienz offering great views! Visit the open air museum Ballenberg: Switzerland as it used to be. More than one hundred century-old buildings from all over Switzerland, 250 farmyard animals, traditional, old-time gardens and fields, demonstrations of local crafts, and many special events create a vivid impression of rural life in days gone by. Steam train ride to Brienz Rothorn to have lunch in a rural mountain restaurant. Great views! Back to Grindelwald for another night stay
Day 3: Grindelwald - Brunig Pass - Lucerne - Zurich
Breakfast and check-out. An exciting day is about to start! Scenic drive to Lake Brienz and stop in the charming woodcarver village of Brienz situated magnificently at the deep blue Lake Brienz. Walking tour of the old town to admire the lovingly decorated chalet houses which date back to the 17th century. To learn more about this region-s traditions, you have a short visit in the woodcarver factory Jobin and a private guided tour. Now your driver takes you on winding roads over Brunig mountain pass with views to waterfalls and the valley to arrive in Central Switezrland You arrive at Lucerne, beautifully set on lake Lucerne. Have a leisurely tour to see the famous Chapel bridge, the old town and the lions monument. Free time for lunch and to explore the city on your own and for shopping. At around 4.00PM is your transfer to Zurich where you arrive 5.30PM- on request a guided tour of Zurich can be made before you check-in at your Hotel (city or airport Hotel, depending on departure time).
Day 4 :Zurich - departure
Breakfast is included. Departure on your own (Hotel shuttle from airport hotel)