Best of Switzerland

Appenzell, Santis, Luzern, Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, Murren, Lausanne

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Explore Europe Tours LLC
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7 reviews
Jul 1 - 11, 2025
Group size: 25 - 30
Best of Switzerland
Appenzell, Santis, Luzern, Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, Murren, Lausanne

Explore Europe Tours LLC
  • Email address verified
7 reviews

Jul 1 - 11, 2025
Group size: 25 - 30

About this trip

Explore Europe Tours LLC is an international travel company for adults which specializes in small group travel.  It has grown out of many cultural tours we have hosted for years to explore new regions.  You are invited to join us on our 2025 tour to Switzerland.


Let us plan your vacation to one of our favorite countries!  Enjoy a 10-day trip to Switzerland the land of outstanding beauty and extraordinary food and drink. This country has breathtaking scenery and architecture, rich cultures, and impressive mountain walks.  Tour with your friends and meet new people.  In these intimate settings you will meet people from all over the world. On this trip, you will see and taste it all.  

Cancelation Policy

Regardless of reason, cancellations are costly. All cancellations must be in writing, and the date of postmark will determine the amount of refund due. For flight changes or cancellations, revision fees and/or airline cancellation charges will apply. Roommates canceling can result in a single supplement charge for the roommate. The Participant who cancels will be responsible for that charge if a substitute roommate cannot be found. Cancellation and Interruption Insurance is strongly recommended. 

From time of deposit to February 26, 2025: $350 cancellation penalty plus any non-refundable deposits that are incurred from the supplier.

From February 27, 2025 – March 10, 2024: $1,000 cancellation penalty plus any non-refundable deposits that are owed to the supplier.

From March 11-April 15, 2025: $1,350 cancellation penalty plus any non-refundable deposits From April 16, 2025 onwards: No refund is available.


Prices

Athough we do not expect prices to change, they are subject to some changes in fees.

What’s included

  • Transportation
    Private deluxe motor coach
  • Accommodations
    Based on 2 sharing a room in 3.5-4* hotels
  • Meals
    As listed in the itinerary
  • Transfers
    As a group
  • Tips and Taxes
    All services provided
  • Professional Tour Guides
    We use a tour guide who stays with the group and local step-on guides as well
  • Entrances
    All entrance fees as listed in the itinerary

What’s not included

  • Additional Meals
    Not listed in the itinerary
  • Single upgrade
    For those not sharing a room or not finding a roommate
  • Travel Insurance
    We suggest you buy travel insurance.
  • Airfare
    We will arrange for the group, or you may purchase your own
  • Personal Fees
    E.g. passport

Available Packages

Shared Room

Prices are based on a shared room and do not include airfare.

$5,999
Deposit: $200
Single Room Supplement
5 left

An added price of $1269 is for a single supplement.  We might be able to assist with finding a roommate.  Please note that we can only offer a limited amount of single supplement rooms.  

$7,268
Deposit: $200
Sign up Only

You can pay through the deposit and installments on PayPal, Venmo, Zelle, or check. You can also pay just the deposit on Wetravel or pay installments.

$5,999
Deposit: $200


Itinerary

Switzerland 2025
Itinerary

Day 1 :Tuesday, July 1, 2025: Depart


We will gather at the St. Louis airport for overnight flight to Zurich, Switzerland (IF)


Day 2 :Wednesday, July 2, 2025: Arrival, Appenzell


We will meet our local Tour Guide to begin this 10-day tour experiencing the sights and sounds of Switzerland. We will tour the Appenzeller Schaukäserei Cheese Factory. On the guided tour, our host will explain the finer points of the production of tasty Appenzeller® cheese. We will check in to 3-star Accommodation Hotel Hecht Appenzell, then have a group dinner.


Day 3 :Thursday, July 3, 2025: Appenzell to Säntis, Appenzell


Today we have a full day guided tour from Alpensee to Santis by cable car. We will start our scenic journey from tranquil Alpensee moving through the lush landscapes to Schwagalp, and ascending Mount Santis via cable car for panoramic views from the summit, where we can see six countries on a clear day. At the top, we can explore the visitor's centre and observation decks, enjoy a meal at summit restaurant, and optionally hike nearby paths. The return trip includes a descent by cable car back to Schwagalp. Trips are every 30 minutes, with intermediate trips if necessary.


Day 4 :Friday, July 4, 2025: Lake Lucerne


Today we will have a day trip from Alpensee to Lucerne, paired with a lake cruise and a tasty 2-course lunch, which encapsulates a blend of cultural and scenic delights. Starting with a picturesque drive to Lucerne, we'll explore its charming Old Town, featuring landmarks like the Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument. A highlight is the relaxing cruise on placid Lake Lucerne while we view surrounding mountains and cityscapes. Back on land, there is time to wander through Lucerne's vibrant streets. We will continue on to Grindelwald and check in to the 3-star Eiger View Alpine Lodge for 3 nights.


Day 5 :Saturday, July 5: Grindelwald, Pfingstegg


The best way to experience the stunning landscape of the Swiss Alps is to hike through the meadows. Our guide will take us on a gentle walk from Grindelwald to Pfingstegg starting in the charming village of Grindelwald, ascending through flower-filled meadows with panoramic views of notable peaks like the Eiger. The stunning green of the grasslands contrasted against the stark white of the glaciers and the rugged mountain faces creates a spectacular backdrop. The path is well-suited for various fitness levels, offering frequent opportunities to observe local flora and wildlife. Upon reaching Pfingstegg, we are greeted with breathtaking views over the Grindelwald Valley. The guided walk is of an easy level and lasts approximately 1.5 hours.  The afternoon is at Leisure.


Day 6 :Sunday, July 6, 2025: Grindelwald


Today we will take the train from Grindelwald to First Mountain Station, which takes about 25 minutes. We will then do the Grindelwald First Cliff Walk, which takes about 45 minutes. We will enjoy the mountain air and local wildflowers, and might hear the bells on the Swiss cows. A perfect photo opportunity! We will enjoy a 3-course dinner at a local restaurant.


Day 7 :Monday, July 7, 2025: Murren


In Lauterbrunnen, we will have an e-bike tour with a picnic packed for us. Imagine the breath-taking views as we sit in a meadow having our lunch. We will then take a cable car Journey to Murren- the picturesque village with much to explore.


Day 8 :Tuesday, July 8, 2025: Lauterbrunnen Valley


We will visit Trummelbach Falls -the waterfalls inside the mountain and be astonished at the power of these falls as we slowly walk up to each viewing station inside of the mountain. We will check-in to the 3-star Hotel Blumental for 2 nights


Day 9 :Wednesday, July 9, 2025: Free day in Murren


On our free day we have plenty of options. We may want to explore this picturesque village, shop, book a lunch, set up a massage, sign up to para sail off the mountain. Enjoy the local brews and people watch. We also walk or take the cable car down one spot to Grimmelwalt and have lunch and visit the cottages where we can buy local products on the honor system (buy the soap!) Visit with the cows and watch as local farmers harvest the hay with a sicklel as they have been doing for hundreds of years. Hike down to Lauterbrunnen and on the way you will encounter waterfalls and spectacular views of the valley below. Have lunch at the end of the hike at an outdoor cafe and ride the cable car back to Murren.


Day 10 :Thursday, July 10, 2025: Gornergrat


We will take the Scenic Mountain Railway Zermatt to Gornergrat viewpoint, which takes about 33 minutes. We will have free time to enjoy Zermatt, before we continue on to Lausanne. We will check in to the Hotel Des Voyageurs for 1 night. We'll savor memories at our Farewell Meal this evening.


Day 11 :Friday, July 11, 2025: Return


Say good bye to our Swiss adventure with a promise to return. Ade, adje or adieu!

Your Organizer


EE
Explore Europe Tours LLC
7 reviews
Explore Europe Tours LLC is an international travel company which specializes in small group travel

Reviews

My daughter said this was the best trip she’s ever had with classmates and teachers. She lived learning and being hands on! Thank you!
By Olivia H for Belleville East Gettysburg Field Trip on Nov 22, 2023
Olivia, Thank you for sharing your daughter's experience with us.
By Explore Europe Tours LLC on Nov 25, 2023
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This was our second trip with this group. The trips were very different but both were amazing! Each day Becky and Taree planned a couple of different cultural experiences. Whether it was a history museum, an art museum, a bike ride in the country side or city, a canal cruise or a cooking class they made sure there was something for everyone to enjoy. I really like that many of the meals are included as it provides opportunity for the travelers to get to know each other. And the hotels are top notch too. We will definitely be traveling with Explore Europe Tours, LLC again soon!
By Melissa G for Netherlands and England on Sep 06, 2023
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This was my first trip since the outbreak of the pandemic. It was nice to travel with people from my area, especially with a few I knew. Becky and Taree really work hard to deliver a great experience at a reasonable cost, and they really care to ensure folks are able to enjoy their trip. When I suggested we go see the ABBA concert, they made that happen and added it into the trip plans! I enjoyed this "adult only" trip more than the earlier one where we travelled with students--it was nice that everyone was able to take care of themselves and got themselves to where they needed to be so the trip didn't snag. This trip also had a lot of "free time" built into it, and I liked being able to do some things at my own pace...although it could be daunting to narrow down what I wanted to do the most! I also really liked that Becky & Taree took care of the organized tipping--it was wonderful to not be nickle & dimed on the trip!
By ward w for Netherlands and England on Aug 06, 2023
Ward, Thank you for joining us on this tour. It was a joy to travel with you. You can recommend any concert you like in our future travels.
By Explore Europe Tours LLC on Aug 07, 2023
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This was a trip to remember. Holland the land of windmills, art and cheese was a delight. So was our local guide Marike. Our group was a good mix and easy to travel with throughout the tour. The overnight ferry from Holland to England was a favorite part of the tour for me.
By for Netherlands and England on Aug 05, 2023
This trip had a variety of activities, sites and food that I enjoyed tremendously! Not a dull moment. Marike was very generous with her knowledge and was warm and hospitable. What a memory that will last forever. I'm looking forward to the next adventure.
By Evelyn R for Netherlands and England on Aug 04, 2023
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I have traveled extensively with this group and each trip was well planned. All I had to do was show up!
By karen f on 10 Nov, 2022