General

Switzerland

Look past the silk-smooth chocolate, cuckoo clocks and yodelling – contemporary Switzerland, land of four languages, is all about epic journeys and sublime experiences.

Urban Chic

The perfect antidote to rural beauty is a surprise set of cities: capital Bern with its medieval old town and world-class modern art, deeply Germanic Basel and its bold architecture, shopping-chic Geneva astraddle Europe’s largest lake, tycoon-magnet Zug and uber-cool Zürich with its rooftop bars and atypical Swiss street grit. Beard cutting or stone throwing, Paul Klee art or hip club gig: what a euphoric journey indeed.

Why I Love Switzerland

By Nicola Williams, Writer
Lake Geneva’s southern shore has been home for a decade and it still tickles me pink that journeys by train or plane begin with a soul-stirring 20-minute boat ride across the water, sometimes aboard a nippy little ‘commuter’ boat at dawn, sometimes on one of the magnificent belle époque steamers that I often see twinkling after dark from my kitchen window. Lakes, mountains, urban chic: Switzerland delivers every weekend with yet another uplifting activity and, being someone who’d rather be outside than in (call me and my kids ski fiends, paddle-board mad, hiking kings and queens), it suits me down to the ground.

Great Outdoors

Switzerland’s hallucinatory landscapes demand immediate action – grab boots, leap on board, toot bike bell and let spirits rip. Skiing and snowboarding in Graubünden, Bernese Oberland and Central Switzerland are winter choices. When pastures turn green, hiking and biking trails abound in glacier-encrusted mountain areas and lower down along lost valleys, glittering lakeshores and pea-green vineyards. View the natural grandeur from a hot-air balloon or parachute, or afloat a white-water raft. Then there’s those must-do-before-death moments like encountering Eiger’s chiselled north face up close or reaching crevassed ice on Jungfraujoch (3454m). Most extraordinary of all, you don’t need to be a mountaineer to do it.

Alpine Tradition

Variety is the spice of rural life in this rich, earthy land where Alpine tradition is rooted in the agricultural calendar and soaring mountains are as common as muck. Travels are mapped by villages with timber granaries built on stilts to keep the rats out and chalet farmsteads brightened with red geranium blossoms. Ancient markets, folkloric fairs, flag waving and alp horn concerts engrave the passing of seasons in every soul. And then there’s the food: a hearty and flavoursome, gastronomic celebration of gooey cheese desperate to be dipped in, along with velvety chocolate, autumnal game and air-dried meats.

Picture Perfect

Switzerland is a harmonious tableau of beautiful images, a slideshow of epic proportions that is easy to step into, and travellers have been seduced ever since the days of the Grand Tour and Alpinism’s Golden Age in the 19th century, and the birth of winter tourism in the Alps in the 1930s. From the intoxicating chink of Verbier glitterati hobnobbing over Champagne to the reassuring bell jangle of silky black Val d’Hérens cattle being mucked out in the Valais, Switzerland mixes rural and urban with astonishing ease, grace and precision. Ride a little red train between peak and pine, soak in mountain spa waters, snowshoe to your igloo or scamper across medieval bridges and know that this small landlocked country will be picture perfect, with not a hair out of place.
Source: Lonely Planet

France

France seduces travellers with its unfalteringly familiar culture, woven around cafe terraces, village-square markets and lace-curtained bistros with their plat du jour chalked on the board.

Gastronomy

Food is of enormous importance to the French and the daily culinary agenda takes no prisoners: breakfasting on warm croissants from the boulangerie, stopping off at Parisian bistros, and market shopping are second nature to the French – and it would be rude to refuse. But French gastronomy goes far deeper than just eating exceedingly well. Its experiential nature means there is always something tasty to observe, learn and try. Be it flipping crêpes in Brittany or chinking champagne flutes in ancient Reims cellars, the culinary opportunities are endless.

Outdoor Action

The terroir (land) of France weaves a varied journey from northern France’s cliffs and sand dunes to the piercing blue sea of the French Riviera and Corsica’s green oak forests. Outdoor action is what France’s lyrical landscape demands – and there’s something for everybody. Whether you end up walking barefoot across wave-rippled sand to Mont St-Michel, riding a cable car to glacial panoramas above Chamonix, or cartwheeling down Europe’s highest sand dune, France does not disappoint. Its great outdoors is thrilling, with endless opportunities and the next adventure begging to be had. Allez!

Why I Love France

By Nicola Williams, Writer
France has been home for two decades yet I still feel on holiday – French art de vivre (art of living) is just too good. From my Haute-Savoie house on Lake Geneva’s southern shore, the Jura’s dark-green hills and un café in the wisteria-draped village bar are my wake-up call. Weekends of endless possibilities punctuate the gentle rhythm of village life: art museums in Lyon and Paris, alpine hiking and skiing, paddle boarding on the glittering lake, road trips to Beaujolais and Burgundy and other regions so different they could be another country. France’s sheer variety is amazing.

Art de Vivre

The rhythm of daily life – dictated by the seasons in the depths of la France profonde (rural France) – exudes an intimacy that gets under your skin. Don’t resist. Rather, live the French lifestyle. Embrace the luxury of simple, everyday rituals being transformed into unforgettable moments, be it a coffee and croissant in the Parisian cafe where Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir met to philosophise, a stroll through the lily-clad gardens Monet painted, or a walk on a beach in Brittany scented with the subtle infusion of language, music and mythology brought by 5th-century Celtic invaders.

Cultural Savoir Faire

France is about world-class art and architecture. It seduces with iconic landmarks known the world over and rising stars yet to be discovered. This country’s cultural repertoire is staggering – in volume and diversity. And this is where the beauty of la belle France lies: when super stars like Mademoiselle Eiffel, royal Versailles and the celebrity-ridden French Riviera have been ticked off, there’s ample more to thrill. France is, after all the world’s top destination with some 85 million visitors each year who flock to the land of the Gauls to feast of its extraordinary wealth of museums, galleries, ateliers (artist workshops) and hands-on cultural experiences.
Source: Lonely Planet

Itinerary Details

Day 1 - Arrival in Paris

Arrival at Paris in the afternoon and after the immigration transfers from Paris CDG Airport to Respective Hotel, Check in as per the Check in time and Evening Free at leisure.

Day 2 - Paris

Breakfast at Hotel and Morning till Afternoon Free at Own Leisure, In the evening Proceed to Paris City vision office for Evening Cruise and Illumination tour of Paris with Entry Tickets for 2nd Level Eiffel Tower.

The first part of this tour will be a stop at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, where we will catch the famous Eiffel Tower lift as far as the 2nd floor to have an unforgettable panoramic view of Paris city. We then continue the tour with our second stop at the Quai de la Bourdonnais and board a "Bateau Parisien" boat for a cruise along the River Seine with multilingual commentaries recorded. The cruise will last 1 hour. After the cruise, we board our coach for a city tour of Paris where we will admire the outstanding buildings and monuments of this very beautiful city. After that we return to the departure meeting point where the tour terminates.

Day 3 - Paris Check Out - Interlaken

Breakfast at Hotel and After the Breakfast Check out and transfers from Accommodation to Paris Station to Board the Train to Switzerland, With the journey of 2hrs and 40 mins, arrival at Switzerland and Then Utilize your 5 Swiss Transfers Card to Move to Interlaken, Check in the Hotel at Interlaken and Day Free at Own Leisure. Overnight stay at Interlaken.

Day 4 - Interlaken

Breakfast at Hotel and Proceed to Interlaken East Train Station for 07 Hrs. OPTIONAL TOUR : Mt. Jungfrau Tour,

The Tour:The Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe is the highest railway station in Europe, located 3,454 metres above sea level. Join us on a round trip through Lauterbrunnen, Wengen, Kleine Scheidegg and Grindelwald and learn about the history, local legends and witness the spectacular views along the way. The added value of having a local guide makes this trip a great day out.

Day 5 - Interlaken Check Out - Lucerne

Breakfast at Hotel and Check out and Board the Train to Lucerne, with the Journey of 1hr and 40mins, Arrival at Lucerne and Check in the Hotel as per the Check in time and day Free at own Leisure.

Day 6 - Lucerne

Breakfast at Hotel and after the breakfast Proceed to Lucerne Tourist Office, the Tour Includes as below.

The Tour:Bus ride to Engelberg, where the breath-taking journey to Mt. Titlis begins. Enjoy the spectacular sight of the glacier's deep crevasses and gigantic ice boulders from the revolving cable car ROTAIR. At the top of Mt. Titlis (10'000 ft. above sea level), a high alpine panorama awaits you. You will have magnificent views of the Alps from the restaurants (lunch excl.) or the sun terrace. Visit the Ice Grotto or take a ride with the chairlift IceFlyer, which brings you close to the crevasses. Enjoy also the FunLift in the snow and the Cliff Walk, Europe's highest suspension bridge. All included, weather permitting! Entire tour with multi-lingual guide.

Day 7 - Lucerne Check out - Zurich Airport

Breakfast at Hotel and Check out and Board the Train to Zurich, with the Journey of 45 Mins arrival at Zurich to Board the Flight to Onwards Destination.