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  • A winter wonderland

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  • Swiss Alps & Christmas Markets

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  • Basel. Credit: Switzerland Tourism

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10 Day Swiss Alps & Christmas Markets

  • Journey through the Swiss Alps by rail
  • Visit the markets of Bern, Montreux & More
Includes Return International Flights

Nobody does Christmas quite like the Europeans. The scent of fresh gingerbread and mulled wine in the air, cities and towns transformed with twinkling lights and decorations, the alpine landscape blanketed in a glistening layer of pure white snow… it’s enough to make you believe in magic.

Don your favourite coat, pull on your warmest mittens, and unleash your inner child on this magical 10 day journey through Switzerland at Christmas time. Witness the snowy landscape in style as you travel the famous Golden Pass Line by rail; browse the beautiful Christmas markets of Basel and Bern; visit picture-perfect Chillon Castle, on the shores of scenic Lake Geneva; and delve into a Swiss icon with a tour of an Emmental cheese factory. Enjoy spectacular views of the Alps from Rochers-de-Naye mountain; stay in colourful Zurich, known for its eclectic mix of old and new architecture; soak up the lakeside romance of the Montreux Christmas market and more! With return international flights, seven nights hotel accommodation, private luggage transfer from hotel to hotel, and return airport and rail transfers, the only thing missing from this winter wonderland is you.

ITINERARY

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Today depart from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth for Zurich, Switzerland! Fly with Emirates, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines or Virgin Australia to name a few (subject to availability).


Meals included: In-Flight

Upon arrival into Zurich, you will be met and transferred to Basel by train. Check in to your hotel and relax for the remainder of the day in the beautiful cobbled streets of Basel.

Overnight: Hotel Gaia or similar, Basel
Meals included: None

This morning enjoy a guided tour of Basel, a city on the Rhine River. Tour the medieval old town centre of Marktplatz and 12th-century Gothic cathedral, which contains the tomb of the 16th-century Dutch scholar, Erasmus. (entrance not included). The heart of the city beats in Basel’s well-preserved, romantic Old Town: its narrow streets and hidden squares hold more than 300 fountains that are just as charming as its many centuries-old buildings and eye-catching sights. In the afternoon spend some free time at the famous Christmas Markets of Basel.

Basel has three main Christmas markets: the largest is on Barfüsserplatz in the old town, a newer market next to the cathedral on Münsterplatz, and a smaller market on the right bank of the Rhine on Claraplatz. The markets are within easy walking distance of each other and impress with beautifully decorated shop windows and buildings. Marvel through the many stalls that sell Christmas-related crafts and items as well as typical Swiss specialties such as raclette (melted cheese) with potatoes and Flammkuchen (thin pizza) from neighbouring Alsace. Sausages, potato cakes, pancakes, waffles and other baked items are very popular too. 

Overnight: Hotel Gaia or similar, Basel
Meals included: Breakfast

Today travel by train to Bern, the capital of Switzerland. For your convenience, your luggage (one bag per person) will be transported directly from hotel to hotel, allowing you to relax and enjoy the day's scenic train journeys. Bern is built around a crook in the Aare River. It traces its origins back to the 12th century, with medieval architecture preserved in the Altstadt (Old Town). 

Most afternoons the scent of gingerbread, roasted almonds and mulled wine fills Bern’s festively decorated alleyways. Follow your nose and you will find inviting markets and small winter paradises on various squares in the old town of Bern, a unique Christmas experience. The Bern Starsmarket boasts a rich array of traditional craftsmanship, lifestyle items and modern design. Between the designer stands there are small marketplaces with delicacies from all over the world – perfect for presents. The delicacies range from various Swiss specialities to warm Vietnamese pho soups and delicious momos (dumplings) from Tibet.

Overnight: Hotel Sorrel Ador or similar, Bern
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast enjoy some free time at leisure. This afternoon with your Tour Leader make your way by train and local buses to the Emmental region to learn about the famous cheese. The region is mostly devoted to farming, in particular, dairy farming. The popular Emmentaler AOP is produced in a charming village located in the midst of the hilly Emmental region, near Bern. Enjoy a guided tour in a cheese factory, at the Emmentaler Show Dairy. Here is where traditional craft meets the latest technology, an all-encompassing farm experience awaits visitors as they are introduced to what might be the world’s most famous cheese.

Overnight: Hotel Sorrel Ador or similar, Bern
Meals included: Breakfast

Today, continue your journey travelling by rail from Bern to Montreux via Thun. A luggage transfer will be organised from the hotel in Bern to the hotel in Montreux for your convenience. Along the way stop near Lake Thun, in Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland region. See the turreted Thun Castleand and experience sweeping views of the Alps. From Thun, board a local train to Zweisimmen where you will ride the famous Golden Pass panoramic train.

The Golden Pass Panoramic links the German and French speaking regions and allows a piece by piece insight into Switzerland’s diverse cultural heritage. This spectacular train route climbs to the highest point of the entire Golden Pass line, reaching 1279m in altitude. Next up is the upper class town of Gstaad, a favoured holiday spot of many celebrities, featuring luxurious shops and hotels. Soon after you will leave the German speaking area of Switzerland and enter French speaking reigon. Continue through Montreux and descend 578m to unveil spectacular views of Lake Geneva.

Overnight: Hotel Eden Palace or similar, Montreux
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, enjoy an excursion to Rochers-de-Naye, a mountain of the Swiss Alps. A singular panoramic view awaits over the Swiss and French Alps from Eiger to Mont-Blanc and further to Lake Geneva. Towering at an altitude of 2,042m, Rochers-de-Naye has long been a favoured destination for nature lovers. To get to this unique place, ride the charming cog railway from Montreux and ascend more than 1,600m on a magnificent journey through fields, villages and forests. The journey to the summit takes around 55 minutes.

Want to visit Santa Claus’s house? Don't miss the chance to visit Santa Claus in his grotto perched atop the Rochers-de-Naye mountain. Visitors will find themselves walking through a mysterious hall (entrance not included). In the afternoon return back to Montreux and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Montreux is located on Lake Geneva and protected by high mountain peaks. The city celebrates Christmas with one of Switzerland's largest markets. Consisting of more than 160 chalets on the lakeside promenades that sell typical dishes and handcrafted gifts.

Overnight: Hotel Eden Palace or similar, Montreux
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning enjoy a cruise on picturesque Lake Geneva before arriving at the historical Chillon Castle (entrance included). A medieval island castle, this fairytale castle is built on a rock standing off the shore of Lake Geneva and offers visitors a true experience of medieval splendour. The water castle is the most visited historical building in Switzerland. For nearly four centuries Chillon was the residence and profitable toll station of the Counts of Savoy. Afterwards, cruise back to Montreux and continue to Zurich by rail.

For your convenience, your luggage (one bag per person) will be transported directly from hotel to hotel, allowing you to relax and enjoy the scenic train journeys.

Upon arrival, check into your Hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure at in this cosmopolitan city, which combines creative urban life with the freedom of nature. This evening why not head to one of the many fondue restaurants in town for dinner (not included). Cheese, meat or chocolate - Fondue is the national dish of Switzerland and should not be missed!

Overnight: Hotel Montana or similar, Zurich
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning be driven to Zurich airport for your return flight back to Australia.

  Please note: If your flight departs early, breakfast will be arranged for pick up from the hotel reception the night before.


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Please note: Some flights may arrive in Australia +1 day later.

Tour Inclusions

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  • Experience the magic of the Swiss festive season 
  • Visit the famous markets of Basel, Bern and Montreux
  • Stroll medieval squares brimming with market stalls
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Basel on the Rhine River, a city for art-lovers
  • Stay in Bern, known for its UNESCO listed old town
  • Tour a famous Emmental cheese factory near Bern
  • Admire stunning alpine views from the medieval town of Thun
  • Explore the cities and landscapes of Switzerland by rail
  • Journey through the awe-inspiring Swiss Alps
  • Travel along the snowy Golden Pass train route
  • Marvel at the scenic rail journey between lakes and mountains
  • Stay in Montreux on the shores of Lake Geneva
  • Soak up the romance of the lakeside Montreux Christmas market
  • Take in stunning views from Rochers-de-Naye, a mountain of the Swiss Alps
  • Enjoy a cruise on Lake Geneva, overlooked by the Alps
  • Visit picture-perfect Chillon Castle on Lake Geneva
  • Stay in Zurich, known for its eclectic architecture
  • Return international flights (economy class) ex SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL/PER
  • 7 nights quality hotel accommodation
  • Enjoy 7 meals including daily breakfast
  • English-speaking tour leader throughout tour
  • English-speaking tour guide (day 3, 5)
  • Private luggage transfer from hotel to hotel (1 piece per person)
  • Airline taxes and surcharges
  • Parking and toll fees
  • Transportation by A/C vehicles
  • Travel in 2nd Class rail cabins in Switzerland
  • Return airport and rail transfers

Important info

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After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed within 72 hours of purchase.
 
Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
 
On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information. 
 
Please note: all additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant in AUD (unless otherwise stated).



Travel offer is valid for travel on the 27th November 2019.
 
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share.
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement of $770 applies.
 
Departure Dates
27th November 2019
 
Departure Cities
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth



Full Service Airline(s) Used


Etihad Airways, Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways, Emirates, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Virgin Atlantic, Royal Brunei, Lufthansa, Swiss Airways, Austrian Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines, Air France, KLM, Finnair, Virgin Australia, Thai Airways, Korean Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Oman Air, Garuda Indonesia, Vietnam Airlines, Air China, China Airlines, Malindo Airlines plus codeshare partners (subject to availability)

 

Please note: One way flights can not be accommodated. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation. 

 

Arrive early in Zurich, Switzerland
$200 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
- Arrive early is not permitted during and including the following dates:
20th September 2019 - 13th October 2019 
 
Stay behind in Zurich, Switzerland 
Price on request, subject to availability.
Please contact our friendly reservations team if you are interested in this option.
Please note:
- The fee on request does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
 
Stopover Packages
Twin share: $500 per person/one way
Solo Traveller: $750 one way
Locations:
* Singapore 
* Abu Dhabi 
Includes:
- 2 Nights in 4 star accommodation
- Daily breakfast
- Return airport transfers 
Please note: 
- A pre and post-tour stopover may be chosen; however the stopover location must be the same each way, due to the airline used.
- Abu Dhabi stopovers are not available for Perth departures due to Etihad no longer flying out of Perth from October 2018.
- Stopover packages are subject to availability.
 
Flight Class Upgrades
- Premium Economy: Starting From $2,999 per person
- Business Class: Buy Now $7,499 per person
Please note: 
- *Starting from quotes will be processed and returned for your consideration.
- All Premium Economy and Business Class upgrades are subject to availability (if we are not able to fulfill your business class request the upgrade cost will be refunded).
- On any upgrade purchase, short haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed in a Premium or Business cabin; subject to aircraft configuration.
- If Abu Dhabi, Dubai or Doha stopovers are offered, Premium Economy upgrades will not be available



Accommodation Used


3 - 4 Star (self-rated)

Basel: Hotel Gaia or similar

Bern: Hotel Sorrel Ador or similar

Montreux: Hotel Eden Palace or similar

Zurich: Hotel Montana or similar 

Please note: Accommodation/rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.

 

Extra Nights
Not Available.
 
Maximum Room Capacity
2 People 
 
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children/infants 8 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
 
Triple Share
Not Available.
 
Bedding Configuration
Twin or Double Bedding (subject to availability).
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotels discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option.



Minimum group size 30, maximum group size 50 per vehicle.



- Visa fees and requirements (A tourist visa is not required for Europe for stays up to 90 days if travelling on an Australian passport)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary
- Optional gratuities/tipping
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (Mandatory)
Please note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised
 
TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide: 
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group. 
 
Tour Leader: 
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined. 
 
Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 
 
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
Switzerland
- Temperatures plummet in November as the winter season begins to set in. The average temperature for Zurich in November is 5°C. The highest temperature for the month is 7°C while the lowest temperature is 2°C. 
- December is a festive month and, despite the biting cold temperature, there is so much fun guests can have while on holidaying in Zurich. December is winter in Zurich with an average temperature of 2°C. The highest temperature for December is 4°C while the lowest temperature is -1°C.
 
FLIGHTS
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:
At TripADeal we do not arrange seat selection. It is important to highlight that some Airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the Airline directly with seating allocation requirements and or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the Airline once you have your flight information.
 
Passport Validity:
Customers are required to provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase, or no later than 45 days prior to departure date. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of the booking. In this instance customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred.
 
COACH TOUR
Meals:
Daily breakfast is included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify TripADeal of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note; we will do our best to meet your requests/requirements, however cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
 
Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and off-loading of the luggage from the coach.
 
OTHER
Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile. 
Please note: a general level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.
 
Gratuities / Tipping:
Land
- Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. Gratuities are at the customer’s discretion.
- Tipping for all services provided on tour is always a matter of personal discretion, however please be aware that tipping is considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration and they may approach you for payment and there is no need to be intimidated by the request.
 
Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary will be adjusted to ensure you do not miss out on the experience. 
 
Shopping:
Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. 
Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved. If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all of your receipts. 
Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader.
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions in regards to shopping for further information.



A tourist visa is not required for Switzerland for stays up to 90 days if travelling on an Australian passport.
 
Please note: Passengers who are not Australian citizens must check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required. It is also important to note, some areas of employment such as journalism, government authorities and charity organisations may have additional restrictions in applying for Visas. This may in turn affect the type of application required.



We are proud to offer a range of travel insurance products - please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.



Voluntary Changes


This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.

·   1st Change - $100.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·   2nd Change - $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·   Subsequent changes - $250.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·   Changes within 30 days of departure $350.00 person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·   Changes within 14 days of departure $500.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

 

Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
·   If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.