Switzerland - Touring Holidays
An escorted tour to Switzerland offers a wonderful mixture of scenic landscapes, slick cities and fresh air by the bucketful, making this a stylish tourist destination which offers countless outdoor adventures as well as contemporary urban breaks.
Watches and chocolate
Small, mountainous and wealthy, Switzerland is renowned for its enviable quality of life in a country that ticks along like clockwork. The Swiss – about 8.4 million people call this country home – are respectful and private, which is probably why so many celebrities have homes here, safe in the knowledge that they won’t be bothered as they go about their business. The fact that Switzerland is a tax haven can’t have slipped their minds either! The Swiss are also known for their punctuality, which is probably why Swiss watches are among the most famous in the world. Other products made here are sought after the world over too, from delicious cheeses and deluxe chocolate to the Swiss Army Knife – a must-have in any backpacker’s kit.
The country is divided into 26 cantons, and borders Italy, Germany, France and Austria. Thanks to these influences, it has four national languages, as well as many local dialects. So on a Switzerland holiday you might have to learn how to say ‘good morning’ four different ways depending on the places you visit.
Zermatt and St Moritz
Top winter ski resorts include Zermatt, Verbier and celebrity-studded St Moritz, and these white-capped mountain peaks set against blue skies also make a wonderful backdrop for summertime hiking. The ancient capital Berne provides superb opportunities for sightseeing, shopping and traditional folk entertainment, while Zürich leads the way in arts, design and nightlife - from opera and world-class theatre to stylish bars and nightclubs.
About 20% of the Alps are in Switzerland, with the Eiger, the Jungfrau and the Matterhorn among the most famous. The latter is the peak that gave its shape to the legendary Toblerone chocolate bar, which is another hugely popular export from this sophisticated Alpine nation. Ascend mountains by cable car for unbelievable views, or take a train journey through splendid scenery on board iconic trains. From Davos you can board the Bernina Express for a journey on the UNESCO-listed Bernina line, or perhaps enjoy the relaxed pace on the Glacier Express, the world’s slowest express train.
Wherever your travels take you in Switzerland, you must be sure to try a traditional cheese fondue. Another delicious dish is älplermagronen – a gratin of potatoes, macaroni, cheese, cream and onions, with stewed apple on the side. High in calories, this is the perfect way to round off a thrilling day trekking up mountains.
Every Travelsphere holiday offers exceptional value for money. Included in the price are return scheduled flights/rail travel and internal flights, where applicable, overseas transfers and transportation, carefully chosen hotels, many meals and excursions and the services of a Travelsphere Tour Manager or Local Guide.
Articles about Switzerland
Fondue(s) and don’ts
You probably haven’t dusted off your fondue set for a while – in the UK this dish has largely been confined to memory alongside other remnants of the 1970s like platform shoes, hot pants and the Space hopper. Not so in Switzerland, and if you decide to travel here you’re more than likely to find yourself dipping into a big bubbling bowl of cheese with your dining companions,