matterhorn 2021

January 30-February 6, 2021

Magical Switzerland

Featurs include St. Moritz Ski Resort, Geneva, and the Glacier Express through the Swiss Alps.  A bucket list trip!

Booking Deadline: November 18, 2020

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Pricing

Occupancy Rates Per Person
Double $4,319
Single $4,729
Triple $4,259

 

All non-members must add $60 to the above rates.

Rates are subject to availability at time of booking and include taxes, fees and fuel surcharges which are subject to change. All pricing and included features are based on a minimum of 15 passengers.

Included Features

  • Free parking with roundtrip transfers to Washington Dulles International airport
  • Roundtrip airfare to Zurich, Switzerland return from Geneva, Switzerland
  • Roundtrip transfers – airport/hotel
  • Six night hotel accommodations
  • Sightseeing as stated in itinerary by luxury coach with extra legroom
  • Services of Professional Insight Vacations Travel Director and Coach Driver
  • Gratuities for Insight Tour Director and Driver
  • Meals: 6 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinners with Wine
  • Welcome Dinner with Wine
  • Personal radio headsets for comfort and use while touring
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
  • Services of a Discoveries Journey Manager

Highlights

  • Chillon Castle Tour with a Local Expert
  • Covered Bridges and Lion Monument in Lucerne
  • Ski Resort of St. Moritz
  • Glacier Express through the Swiss Alps
  • Cogwheel Train to the Matterhorn
  • Geneva
  • Scenic drives through a winter wonderland

Itinerary

Saturday, January 30: Depart for Zurich, Switzerland

Motorcoach from Central PA to Washington Dulles for overnight flight to Switzerland.

Sunday, January 31: Arrive Switzerland

Welcome to Switzerland! An enchanting winter wonderland full of frozen waterfalls, peaceful cozy villages, snow-laden forests and imposing mountain ranges, crowned by famous peaks awaits. Join your Travel Director and fellow guests this evening for a Welcome Dinner with good food and wine. Hotel: Hotel Astoria, Lucerne (Welcome Dinner with Wine)

Monday, February 1: Lucerne and St. Moritz

Experience Lucerne, a beautiful 14th century city still protected by medieval fortifications. Your Travel Director will reveal the covered wooden bridges, the painted gables and the sorrowful Lion Monument. Then there’s time to enjoy the excellent shops and lakeside walks before heading along the dramatic Walensee, past Chur, to the fashionable ski resort of St. Moritz. Set in the sparkling Engadine Valley, this elegant resort nestles below the awe-inspiring, majestic Grisons Alps. Hotel: Hotel Laudinella, St. Moritz (Breakfast, Dinner with Wine)

Tuesday, February 2: Day on Your Own in St. Moritz

This whole day is completely yours to do as you please. Maybe enjoy a late breakfast to start? Afterwards you may choose to explore the spa quarter of this chic resort, see the houses with their traditional sgraffito facades or indulge in the stylish boutiques? You may even consider joining the Bernina Express for a scenic rail journey of such epic proportions that it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Breakfast)

Wednesday, February 3: Aboard the Glacier Express

Board the world famous Glacier Express for a spectacular ride with lunch included, through the heart of the Swiss Alps. Descend through the tunnels of the Albula Pass and traverse the lofty Landwasser Viaduct. Your train then joins the broad Rhine Gorge and meanders beside rock-strewn rivers before climbing through snowy pastures and woodlands. Picturesque landscapes of ice-capped mountains and stone-built villages with chalet-style houses glide by. After a series of spirals, you will reach the highest point of the route, the icy Oberalp Pass. Modern, panoramic viewing cars ensure that you won’t miss a thing on your descent to Andermatt and down the Rhône Valley. Around mid-afternoon, you will disembark in Brig. Hotel: Hotel Alex, Brig (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine)

Thursday, February 4: Zermatt and Matterhorn Village

Marvel at the dramatic Swiss scenery, as you follow the narrow valley which leads to Täsch. Here, you leave the coach to board the cogwheel train that takes you to the traffic-free haven of Zermatt, at the foot of the Matterhorn. Wander along its cobbled streets to browse among the shops, explore the ancient wooden farmhouses and mazot barns in the back alleys, or visit the Matterhorn Museum to pass through the homes of yesteryear. If you have a head for heights, then you may like to board the cable car up the Klein Matterhorn. From the summit, marvel at the incredible views of the icebound Swiss Alps, should weather permit. Return to your hotel in Brig where the remainder of the day is yours at leisure. (Breakfast)

Friday, February 5: Chillon Castle and Geneva

Journey along the Lower Rhône Valley to the shores of Lake Geneva where the associations with the early European Romantic movement are very strong. With your Local Expert, visit beautiful Chillon Castle, former home to the Counts of Savoy, set on a rocky islet in the lake. In 1816, the castle inspired Lord Byron to write the poem “The Prisoner of Chillon,” following his walk through the dungeons. Look out for his name, which he carved into a pillar. Close by is the sophisticated tiered town of Montreux, where it is delightful to stroll along the lakeside promenade. Enjoy a beautiful journey alongside the lake, passing Vevey and Lausanne, to reach the immaculate town of Geneva. On arrival, your orientation includes the United Nations Building, officially known as the Palais des Nations, the Old Town and the Jet d’Eau. Spend your night in Geneva, rejoicing with your newfound friends at the local restaurant, Le Petit Chalet, as you are treated to a delicious, traditional fondue Celebration Dinner complete with wine. Hotel: Warwick Geneva, Geneva (Breakfast, Dinner with Wine)

Saturday, February 6: Depart Geneva, Switzerland

Your magical journey comes to an end. After breakfast you have a group transfer to the airport. (Breakfast)

Hotels and itinerary are subject to change at any time without notification and/or compensation.

Tour Activity Level: 3
This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs, or on uneven walking surfaces, should be expected.

General Information

Travel Documents

Original, signed passport valid for 6 months beyond stay, and with at least one blank visa page for visa stamp(s).

Payment

Deposit of $200 per person will confirm your reservation. Final Payment is due to AAA by November 18, 2020.

Solo Travelers Rewards Club maximum voucher redemption: $100

Cancellation/Penalties

Deposit date to day of departure $25 per person, plus...

From Deposit date – December 2, 2020 -  $200 per person, plus additional suppliers’ fees
From December 3, 2020 – January 15, 2021 - 30% per person, plus additional suppliers’ fees
From January 16 – 23, 2021 - 50% per person, plus additional suppliers’ fees
From January 24 – 30, 2021 - 90% per person, plus additional suppliers’ fees
After January 30, 2021 - NON-REFUNDABLE

*Airfare is non-refundable after final payment.

Insurance

For your protection AAA recommends travel insurance. Pre-existing medical conditions may be waived with proper coverage if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of initial deposit only. Other conditions may apply; ask your travel agent. AAA recommends Allianz.

Flight

Since air arrangements are handled by the tour operator, seat assignments cannot be confirmed until the tour operator releases names to the airline(s) 30 days prior to departure. Specific seat requests cannot be guaranteed; seats are assigned at the discretion of the airline at airport check-in only. Some flight schedules may contain code share agreements.

Clothing/Climate

Temperatures for Switzerland in January and February average in the mid 30s. Pack for a variety of temperatures. Casual clothes that can be layered work best. Comfortable walking shoes and a small umbrella are recommended.

Baggage

One suitcase per person will be allowed. You may also bring a carry-on bag small enough to fit under your seat. Baggage fees and other charges may be directly assessed by airlines or airport.

Travel Assistance 

For personal comfort, group participants who need assistance are required to have a traveling companion who is capable of and totally responsible for providing the needed assistance.

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