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Welcome to Switzerland this morning. Upon arrival please make your way to the train station right below the airport and connect to your train taking you to Basel. The capital of art and culture alike. The Rhine is the city's best kept secret and is a great place to hang out in the evenings. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and the rest of the day is free for you to explore and learn more about this lovely and lively city. The hotel will present to you a Basel card which allows you free access to all the public transport systems available. The top must do things we recommend in Basel are
Overnight in Basel.
Meals: BreakfastWake up to breakfast this morning, following which we suggest you enjoy exploring the various aspects the city has to offer. Some of the must see sights are: Solitude Park overlooking the Rhine promenade, crossing the Rhine via the oldest bridges, enjoy the view of the city from the Pfalz - the vantage point behind the cathedral. Finally you could stop to see the Les Trois Rois, a luxury hotel steeped in history and the oldest hotels here. The evening is free for you to relax and indulge in some great bargain shopping here. Overnight in Basel.
Another day in Basel and you have several options today. If you are an art buff, there are several museums and theatres you can visit and spend time at, or you could indulge in a boat cruise that takes you to the confluence point from where you can see a part of Germany and France whilst being in Swiss waters. This is quite a unique excursion and well worth it. However should you have a valid Schengen visa you can also take a day tour into the Black forest of Germany or into the Alsace region of France. Should you however wish to spend more time in Basel itself, you could walk around the city and try lunch at any of the many trendy eateries and spend time browsing around in the local markets. 'Lackerli' (sweet biscuit) is a Basel specialty and a must buy here. Freie Strasse is the shopping street with more than 150 retailers housed here and is a great place to spend some time too. Basel is quite famous for its nightlife, with its wild parties or clubbing until dawn. Overnight in Basel.
Following breakfast this morning its time to check out of the hotel and make your way to the train station to board your train to Montreux. Upon arrival, make your way to the hotel and check in. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this lovely city. Overnight in Montreux.
A very 'sweet' day is in store for you today. Following breakfast this morning you depart on the special Chocolate train departing Montreux train station at 0935 hrs, ascending to Gruyeres home of the famous Gruyere cheese, and eventually to Broc where the chocolate factory is located. (the train runs every Mon, Wed and Thu from June to Oct). This full day excursion terminates back in Montreux in the evening, following which the day is free for you. Overnight in Montreux.
Wake up to breakfast this morning and its time to take the train to the fabulous Glacier 3000. The glacier ski area between Gstaad and Les Diablerets. The destination in eternal snow offers terrific views from snow-covered mountains in the south to the smooth foothills of the northern Alps. Take a train from Interlaken to Gstaad. Take a Postal Bus from Gstaad to Col Du Pillon & from Col Du Pillon take an aerial cable car to Scex Rouge via Cabane.
View Point - The View Point at 3000 metres offers an indescribable view onto the most beautiful alpine 24 peaks over 4000 metres at a glance. Just a short walk from Restaurant Botta, a wonderful view beginning with the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau to the Matterhorn reveals itself. It is hard to get enough of this 360-degree panorama.
Peak Walk By Tissot - There is only one suspension bridge in the world that connects two mountain peaks. And it invites you to an adventure that you will not easily forget. The Peak Walk by Tissot is the highlight of the glacier adventure: It connects the smaller peak (View Point) with the 5 meter higher main peak (Scex Rouge) and takes all guests to incredible heights. The 107 metre long and 80 centimetre wide bridge offers a stunning view onto the Alps: Matterhorn, Mont Blanc, Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau are visible from the bridge and offer grandiose views, far off into the distance.
Ice Express Chairlift - Standing at Scex Rouge brings you as close to eternal ice as you will ever get: The glacier is just a chairlift ride away. And on the glacier there are many activities like the Glacier Walk, Snow Bus Tour, Fun Park and much more. In order to get there, you just need to take a seat on the Ice Express chairlift. Lean back, relax and enjoy the view - and get excited about your trip to the eternal ice.
Schlitteln Fun Park - Fun in the snow is not only possible on boards - but also on plastic plates! Sliding in the Fun Park at the lower end of the Ice Express chairlift is free of charge. It is for all those who do not ski or for families who want to enjoy the snow. Those equipped with plastic plates, and who are confident enough to go down the run, will enjoy a great white experience! It is the ideal winter sport for big and small and that one can enjoy together, in a group, with friends or with the whole family.
Glacier Walk Dog Sled Riding (Chargeable) - On four paws through the snow: The Huskies are at home in the white splendor. The whole pack enjoys moving around in the snow - and this joy is contagious and felt by everyone watching them play in the snow. Even better is a romantic ride on a dogsled through the unique alpine area of Glacier 3000. The Huskies pull you through the beautiful glacier landscape and allow you to have a very special experience.
Alpine Coaster (Chargeable) - 520° circles, 10 somewhat steep curves, 6 waves and 3 jumps promise action-packed speeds of up to 40 km/hour on a one kilometre stretch: The Alpine Coaster will quickly raise your adrenaline level and get your heart beating hard! You will experience weightlessness up to 6 metres above the ground on this high-flying adventure. You determine the speed with the brake lever and how many times you want to go down the toboggan run.
Snow Bus (Chargeable) - Did you ever ride along in a snow cat? No? Then it is high time to do so! The Snow Bus from Glacier 3000 is the best opportunity to do this. It drives like a caterpillar over the crisp snow and has room for up to 20 people. And it is also the most pleasant way to discover the glacier area - from the comfort of your own seat. It is ride of a truly different nature - for young and old! Later in the afternoon its time to make your way back to the train station via the cable car and back to Montreux. Overnight in Montreux.
Post breakfast this morning its time to check out and make your way to the train station and board the train taking you to Zurich. As a 'metropolis of experiences' by the water, with a magnificent view of the snowcapped Alps on the horizon, Zürich Downtown Switzerland offers a unique mixture of attractions - over 50 museums and more than 100 art galleries, international fashion labels and Zürich designs, and the most flamboyant and lively nightlife in Switzerland. Recreational activities range from a visit to the riverside and lakeside bathing areas in the very heart of the city, to a spectacular hike on the Uetliberg mountain. Upon arrival make your way to the hotel and check in. Later in the evening we recommend you take a walk along the Lake, shop at the many malls and stores dotting the promenade or take a half day trip to the Alpamare water park that is open till late. Alpamare is Europe's largest indoor water park offering everything from thrilling slides to soothing thermal springs, saunas and a solarium. Train from Zurich to Pfäffikon/SZ is 30mins and then in 15 minutes on foot or take the bus to the park.
The other places to visit which we recommend especially for families:
Meals: BreakfastWake up to breakfast this morning and we recommend you use the train pass and make a trip to the Chocolate land in St. Gallen (Eastern Switzerland / Liechtenstein), also called Schoggi Land (Chocolate country). This is a paradise for chocolate lovers and those that want to become chocolate lovers. Next to the 80 m-long visitor gallery, the modern video terminals show how the chocolate is produced. Tasting sessions and a factory shop are of course present. Maestrani is a guarantee for the best Swiss chocolate. Overnight in Zurich.
Your Swiss holiday comes to an end today as you pack, check out of your hotel and make your way to the airport.
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