17 Day Switzerland tour with 7 night Rhine Cruise from $6319pp incl flights.

Includes Flightsreturn economy airfares  from $6319 per person twin share   escorted tourenglish speaking guides Rhine River Cruise Including Flights  – These are the last few cabins being sold at $1000 off per person.
Book with Go West Travel and get super prices, first class accommodation and more included that the usual ‘entry level tours’.  Discover the magic of Europe by land & water. Only river cruising offers the unique opportunity to visit Europe’s historic cities and charming, less-travelled villages as you sail one of the world’s most beautiful waterways.. 

 THIS DEAL EXPIRES at 5PM 19 DEC 18  

 

Departs MEL 27 JUL ’19
flying 
 Final Book By:19 DEC 2018  Deposit: $3399pp
Final Balance: 27 APR 2019

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*WARNING, spots on these tours are almost sold out.  Please ask for available dates so I can hold space for you. I have not shown the cheapest price, I have listed the cheapest price that is available on these sailings. Great value for the last few cabins left.

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Escorted Package Includes
  • Flights Melbourne-Amsterdam, Zurich-Melbourne
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Glacier Express Train Zermatt-St. Moritz
  • 15 nights First Class accommodations in Cabin B or higher
    • 7 nights outside cabin aboard the First Class Monarch Countess
    • 1 night Zurich
    • 2 nights Geneva
    • 2 nights Zermatt
    • 1 night St. Moritz
    • 2 nights Lucerne
Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
River port charges of $190 per person
Cruise & Hotel porterage
All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
32 meals: 15 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 11 dinners
Entrance fees per itinerary
Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring during excursions

Special Features

    • In Amsterdam, board a glass-top boat and cruise the winding canals
    • Sail on the legendary Rhine to Cologne, capital of the Rhineland
    • Discover 2000-year-old Koblenz, with its superb Romanesque architecture
    • Stroll the lanes filled with quaint wine taverns in the lively village of Rüdesheim
    • Visit the Alsace capital of Strasbourg, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site
    • Walk the cobbled streets of tiny Breisach, a city that dates back over 4,000 years
    • During your Geneva tour, view the Jet d’Eau, Flower Clock and Reformation Monument
    • Visit Chillon Castle built in the 9th century to control the main road to the Great St. Bernard pass
    • See the tiny storybook Principality of Liechtenstein nestled between Switzerland and Austria
    • Admire the 14th century medieval Chapel Bridge, forming the centerpiece of Lucerne’s townscape

    See beautiful and historical European cities, breathtaking landscapes and all the sites that travellers dream of visiting.

Note: Gratuities for tour manager and coach driver are included.

Daily Itinerary

 

DAY 1, Saturday – Depart for the Netherlands 
Depart for the Netherlands

Departure Airline Flight #   From To Arrival Total
Duration
27 Jul 2019 03:40PM Swiss Intl Air Lines LTD 9025 Melbourne, Singapore, 27 Jul 2019 09:30PM
25h 20m
Operated By: SQ-Singapore Airlines
27 Jul 2019 11:30PM Swiss Intl Air Lines LTD 177 Singapore, Zurich, 28 Jul 2019 06:10AM
28 Jul 2019 07:20AM Swiss Intl Air Lines LTD 724 Zurich, 28 Jul 2019 09:00AM

DAY 2, Sunday – Arrive in Amsterdam
Welcome to Amsterdam, Holland’s sophisticated and modern capital. After arrival formalities, rest and relax on board, or begin your discovery of the many cultural sites this city has to offer. This evening, the Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Dinner sets the mood for your delightful river cruise
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Monday – Amsterdam City Tour & Afternoon Cruising
Today’s panoramic tour of 700-year-old Amsterdam introduces you to both the old and the new sections of this city. View the Royal Palace on Amsterdam’s Dam Square, the Queen’s official home-away-from-home. On to the Dutch National Monument dedicated by Queen Juliana as a memorial to the victims of WWII and to the unusual Skinny Bridge, once so narrow that pedestrians could not pass each other. Then, board a glass-top boat and cruise the winding canals for an up-close view of the stately historic homes, 16th-century warehouses and charming churches with striking bell towers. This afternoon get acquainted with your fellow passengers as you cruise south for Germany
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Tuesday – Cologne City Tour
Sail on the legendary Rhine to Cologne, one of Germany’s largest cities and capital of the Rhineland, arriving as you enjoy lunch on board. Your walking tour of the city is highlighted by the soaring, twin-steeple Gothic cathedral that is the geographical and spiritual heart of the city. Known for its vibrant art scene, Cologne abounds with cafes, galleries, shops and taverns. After dinner on board, time to explore Cologne’s vibrant night life before setting sail
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Wednesday – Morning in Koblenz & Afternoon Cruising
The ship docks this morning in Koblenz, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Join an orientation walk this morning and free time to explore the Romanesque architecture and imposing defensive towers of this 2000-year old city. Or, join the optional tour to the dramatic Marksburg Castle, the only hill castle on the Rhine that’s never been destroyed and has been continuously occupied for over 700 years. At noon, set sail and enjoy a relaxing afternoon on board, taking in the spectacular vistas as the ship sails past castles perched on lofty cliffs, terraced vineyards and tiny villages. Pass the mighty Lorelei Rock on the eastern bank of the Rhine rising vertically from the waters, named for the siren “Lorelei” who bewitched sailors passing by. This evening, arrive in Rüdesheim, a lively village in the heart of the Rhine. After dinner, perhaps stroll along the lanes filled with quaint wine taverns
Optional: Marksburg Castle (AM)
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday – Morning in Mannheim & Afternoon in Speyer
Today discover Mannheim, meeting point of the Rhine and Neckar Rivers, once the gathering place for classical composers. View the imposing red sandstone Schloss, Germany’s largest baroque palace and the Luisenpark, one of the loveliest parks in Europe. Alternatively, join the optional tour to Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany and inspiration for some of the world’s greatest writers and artists; tour the city and view the ruins of 12th century Heidelberg Castle before returning to the ship as it sails to Speyer. Here, stroll the lanes of this picturesque city founded by the Romans, with its prized red sandstone cathedral named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight, the ship sails for Strasbourg
Optional: Heidelberg City Tour (AM)
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Friday – Strasbourg City Tour
A lovely day awaits you in the Alsace capital of Strasbourg, situated on the border of France and Germany, blending the cultures of both countries. Discover Strasbourg on the tour highlighting the city’s center, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Of special note is the stunning Gothic Cathedral, an exquisite example of late Gothic architecture that houses one of the finest astronomical clocks in existence. See the magical La Petite France district, home to quaint shops and charming bistros, Place Kleber, a large historic square in the center of the city and Place Gutenberg, dedicated to the inventor of the printing press. This evening, return to the ship as you sail toward Breisach in the Rhine Valley
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Saturday – Breisach Walking Tour
Arrive this morning in the small city of Breisach that dates back over 4,000 years. On your walking tour along the cobbled streets lined with pastel-painted houses, it’s hard to believe this town was mostly destroyed in WWII and then totally restored to its original beauty. View the towering Romanesque and Gothic St. Stephansmunster Cathedral, a highlight of the city. Spend free time in town, or, join the optional tour to Colmar in France, known as Alsace’s most beautiful city with its dramatic steep pitched roofs, pastel stucco and distinctive French shutters accented by window boxes filled with colorful geraniums. At the end of your tour, stop by a local wine maker to sample a few of the region’s varietals. Tonight, at the Farewell Dinner, share wonderful memories of your Rhine journey with your new-found friends
Optional: Colmar City Tour (PM)
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Sunday – Depart Basel, Transfer to Zurich
This morning, disembark and transfer to Zurich, Switzerland’s financial center and home to many of the world’s leading banks; transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure to rest and relax. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 6 pm on the day of arrival
Overnight: Zurich
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Monday – Morning Tour of Zurich, Berne, Travel to Geneva
This morning, take an orientation tour of Zurich including the Old Town. View Fraumunster Church, St Peter’s church, with Europe’s largest clock, historic Limmatquai, famous Bahnhofstrasse, and National Museum. The tour concludes with a scenic drive along Lake Zurich. Afterward, travel to Berne, the capital of Switzerland, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a stroll through the old town and marvel at the late Gothic Cathedral, the Muenster, with its stunning portal and its depiction of the Last Judgment. Witness the hourly parade of painted figures at the Clock Tower (Zytglogge) and visit the Bear Park, the symbol of the city. Free time for lunch on your own. Continue to cosmopolitan Geneva. Upon arrival in late afternoon check into your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Geneva
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Tuesday – Geneva City Tour
During your morning orientation tour of Geneva, view the Jet d’Eau, Floral Clock and Reformation Monument. Balance of the day is at leisure to explore this dynamic city, strung along the shores of Europe’s largest Alpine lake. Take a walk along the lively streets in the old town, stroll the mile-long promenade around the lake or just unwind in one of Geneva’s many parks and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Afterward, there is an opportunity to join the optional Lake Geneva Cruise & Yvoire tour. Relax aboard an elegant lake steamer on beautiful Lake Geneva, passing by rolling hillsides. Cross over to the French side of the lake and visit the medieval village of Yvoire. Well known for its fortified center and majestic flower displays during the summer season
Optional: Lake Geneva Cruise & Yvoire (AM)
Overnight: Geneva
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Wednesday – Tour of Chillon Castle
Drive along the shores of Lake Geneva past the towns of Lausanne and Montreux and through the beautiful vineyard region to the landmark castle of Chillon. Originally built in the 9th century to protect one of the main roads to the Great St. Bernard pass to Italy, its rich history, and distinctive appearance has served as an inspiration to such literary greats as Lord Byron and Victor Hugo. Explore the turrets, corridors, and vaulted dungeons on a guided tour. Then continue your journey as you travel through the majestic Alps. Leave the coach behind in Tasch and journey the final stretch by van, right into the heart of the world-renowned mountain resort of Zermatt
Overnight: Zermatt
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Thursday – Full Day in Zermatt
Enjoy at full day at leisure in this traffic free, quaint Swiss village. Situated at the foot of the Matterhorn and in the middle of an enormous hiking and ski region makes Zermatt one of the world’s most attractive alpine all-year destination. Take a leisurely stroll through the traffic-free village and explore the bountiful gift shops and fashionable boutiques. Or take one of the many alpine cars, gondolas or cog railways to further admire the stunning views of glaciers and summits. Don’t forget to visit the English church, built in 1877 and its cemetery, with the graves of many mountaineers who have lost their lives on these majestic mountains
Overnight: Zermatt
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14, Friday – Glacier Express to St. Moritz
This morning, board one of the grandest and most scenic train rides in Europe, the Glacier Express. From Zermatt, the full day leisurely train ride to St Moritz, will transport you past magnificent mountain scenery, waterfalls and rivers, where with each turn, tunnel or bridge a new breathtaking picture is presented. Arrive in world-famous alpine resort town of St Moritz, host of two Winter Olympics and one of the most exclusive ski destinations in the world. Check into your hotel for dinner and overnight
Overnight: St. Moritz
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 15, Saturday – Morning at leisure in St. Moritz, Liechtenstein, Travel to Lucerne
Morning is at leisure to explore glitzy St Moritz on your own. Take a stroll on Via Serlas with its string of famous designer boutiques, or linger in one of the many sidewalk cafes and enjoy the spectacular alpine setting. Perhaps, join the optional Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride. Depart from Pontresina a resort town, located at the entrance to the Val Bernina just 4 miles from St Moritz for a ride through the Val Roseg. Marvel at the views of the impressive Bernina massif and the nearby glaciers. In the late morning, travel to Lucerne. En route stop in Liechtenstein, the tiny storybook Principality and the sixth-smallest country in the world that lies in the heart of the Alps, sandwiched between Switzerland and Austria. Its capital city Vaduz is a proud remnant of feudal Europe, still governed by one of the oldest noble families. Arrive in Lucerne, where the remainder of the day is at leisure to further explore this festive city on your own. Tonight, perhaps join the optional Swiss Folklore Dinner, which offers traditional customs of good food, homemade beer, music and fun
Optional: Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride in the Val Roseg (AM)
Optional: Swiss Folklore Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Lucerne
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 16, Sunday – Lucerne City Tour
A day to explore the heart of central Switzerland. Begin at the inspiring Lion Monument, one of the best-known monuments in the country, created in remembrance of the heroic death of Swiss guard killed in 1792. Continue to the 14th century medieval Chapel Bridge one of the oldest covered wooden bridges in Europe, forming the centerpiece of Lucerne’s townscape. Later, time to shop for chocolate, watches and the famous Swiss and German cuckoo clocks or, sip coffee at an outdoor cafe. Remainder of the day is at leisure or, join the exciting optional tour to Mount Pilatus. Ascend the world’s steepest cogwheel railway which winds up through lush meadows and sparkling mountain streams to the summit of Mt. Pilatus at nearly 7,000 feet. After admiring the splendid panorama, descend by aerial cableway and return to the hotel. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner at your hotel with your newfound friends
Optional: Mount Pilatus Tour (AM)
Overnight: Lucerne
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 17, Monday – Depart Switzerland
Transfer to the airport in Zurich for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

Departure Airline Flight #   From To Arrival Total
Duration
12 Aug 2019 10:45PM Swiss Intl Air Lines LTD 176 Singapore, 13 Aug 2019 04:55PM
24h 40m
13 Aug 2019 10:00PM L Swiss Intl Air Lines LTD 9024 Singapore, Melbourne, 14 Aug 2019 07:25AM
Operated By: SQ-Singapore Airlines

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Visa Info
Australians should check information on the Smarttraveller Website

Most Australians traveling on an Australian passport will not require a visa for this itinerary. . Check for updated information on the Smartraveller Website

Most New Zealanders traveling on a New Zealand passport will not require a visa for this itinerary. Please check the Safetravel Website.

Accomodation
ACCOMODATION

Monarch Countess

The Monarch Countess is a first class river cruise charter vessel. Built in 2010, with a maximum capacity of 136 passengers, the ship features 64 spacious cabins and 4 suites each each fully air conditioned with private bath facilities, shower, telephone and flat screen satellite TV.

Ship Amenities
Bar-Lounge, restaurant, aft lounge, sundeck with jacuzzi, fitness centre, basic wi-fi throughout ship, 24/7 coffee and tea station
Cabins Include
Flat screen TV, direct dial telephone, safe, individual climate control, hairdryer and mini-fridge

Swissotel Zurich, Zurich

This first class hotel is conveniently close to Zurich’s business, shopping, cultural and entertainment venues.

Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva, Geneva

This deluxe hotel features stunning views of Lake Geneva and the Jet d’Eau fountain.

Hotel Alex, Zermatt

This first class hotel is comfortably nestled in the center of Zermatt.

Hotel Ambassador Zermatt, Zermatt

This first class hotel is a short walk from the Zermatt railway station.

Hotel Laudinella, St. Moritz

This tourist class hotel is centrally located 6,000 feet above sea level in St. Moritz and is open all year. It provides 204 non-smoking rooms, up to six restaurants, convention rooms for any event,

Grand Europe Hotel, Lucerne

This first class hotel is situated in a prestigious location just 10 minutes away from the city center.

Optional Tours
Prices are per person and can be booked individually if only one person wishes to go
OPTIONAL TOURS

Marksburg Castle Tour
Join a guided tour of the dramatic Marksburg Castle, the only hill castle on the Rhine that has never been destroyed. The castle has been continuously occupied for over 700 years and houses a host of artifacts that bring the Middle Ages to life.

*This tour will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes.

Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #5 01 Jan 2019 – 31 Dec 2019 AUD$76.00

Heidelberg City Tour
Heidelberg is one of Germany’s most scenic cities. For hundreds of years the city’s medieval splendor has inspired some of the world’s greatest artists and authors. This tour takes you through the city, with views of the historic Old Town, the expansive ruins of Heidelberg Castle, and the Neckar River. Fortunately, the city was spared from destruction during WWII, leaving buildings dating to the Middle Ages completely intact. Today, the city is a bustling, vibrant center for education and the arts, seamlessly blending the modern and the traditional.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #6 01 Jan 2019 – 31 Dec 2019 AUD$90.00

Colmar City Tour
Situated on the Alsatian wine route, Colmar is a picturesque city well known for its half-timbered houses and series of canals, known as “Little Venice.” During your guided walking tour, view the highlights of the city’s architectural heritage, mostly spared during the French Revolution and subsequent wars of the 19th and 20th centuries. Today, Colmar is known as Alsace’s most beautiful city with its dramatic steep pitched roofs, pastel stucco and distinctive French shutters accented by window boxes filled with colorful geraniums. At the end of your tour, stop by a local wine maker to sample a few of the region’s varietals.

Advance purchase is highly recommended for this tour. Tickets are limited to a maximum of 90 passengers per departure and might not be available for purchase locally.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #8 01 Jan 2019 – 31 Dec 2019 AUD$99.00

Lake Geneva Cruise & Yvoire
Relax and watch the magnificent landscapes glide by aboard an elegant lake steamer on beautiful Lake of Geneva. Passing by rolling hillsides and climbing vineyards, cross over to the French shore of the lake and visit the medieval village of Yvoire. Well known for its medieval buildings and majestic flower displays during the summer season, Yvoire is a setting right out of a romantic period novel. Since it can only be visited on foot — the only people that can drive in the medieval village are residents — you will be able to freely stroll through the narrow streets lined with picturesque houses and watch the marina life from one of its port-side cafés. Details to be advised locally.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 6.5 hours.

Day #11 01 Apr 2019 – 31 Oct 2019 AUD$124.00

Swiss Folklore Dinner
Treat yourself to an unforgettable experience within the unique Stadtkeller atmosphere! The restaurant is a historical place dating back to 12th century. Taste local food and homemade beer served in a stein, all while experiencing traditional Swiss customs such as cowbells, national costumes, flag throwing and yodeling. An ideal way to enjoy warm and festive Swiss hospitality.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #15 01 Apr 2019 – 31 Oct 2019 AUD$134.00

Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride in the Val Roseg
Depart St. Moritz for the nearby resort town of Pontresina, located at the entrance to the Bernina mountain range. Board a horse-drawn carriage for a relaxing ride through the idyllic valley of the Val Roseg highlighted by the impressive Bernina massif and the nearby glaciers.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #15 01 Apr 2019 – 31 Oct 2019 AUD$85.00

Mount Pilatus Tour
Ascend the world’s steepest cogwheel railway which winds up through lush meadows carpeted with Alpine flowers, past sparkling mountain streams and fascinating rock faces to Mt. Pilatus. After admiring splendid views of the Bernese Oberland and the snowcapped Swiss peaks from the summit at nearly 7000 feet, descend by aerial cableway and return to Lucerne.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

*From November to May and in the event of adverse weather, the cogwheel will be replaced by the aerial cable car.

Day #16 01 Jan 2019 – 31 Dec 2020 AUD$144.00

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