Switzerland

“Turquoise lakes, spectacular vistas, and alpine villages”

​With glistening turquoise lakes, spectacular vistas, and alpine villages, Switzerland combines natural wonders with centuries of history. Whilst all the quaint stereotypes about Switzerland’s delectable chocolate, sumptuous cheese, and impeccably crafted watches are undoubtedly true, Switzerland as a holiday destination is, and can be so much more. With an illuminating experience travelling through Zurich, Lucerne and the Jungfrau region, you will uncover the sheer variety and diversity that this single country has to offer. From the buzz of Zurich as Switzeland’s financial centre, to the serene beauty of Lucerne, embedded within an impressive mountainous panorama and it’s world famous lake, to the Alpine village of Grindelwald for an authentic adventure in the Swiss Alps. At every point, Switzerland will surpass your expectations as you embark on the journey of a lifetime.

5 nights from £1333 pp

What’s Included?

  • Return flights with Swiss International Airlines
  • 5 nights accommodation at three exclusive 5* hotels (with breakfast)
  • A bespoke itinerary based on you, your interests, and the occasion

Book your bespoke luxury holiday to Switzerland today. Discover lakes, cities and alpine villages. Contact our travel experts for more information on our Swiss luxury holidays.

Hotel Baur au Lac, Zurich

Opened by former Austrian pastry chef turned hotelier Johannes Baur in 1844, the internationally renowned Baur au Lac, has been owned by the same family for six generations. As an institution with an illustrious 174-year history steeped in tradition, the impeccable old world service and charm exist in abundance. Set in its own landscaped park, the hotel enjoys a unique location overlooking Lake Zurich and the Alps, but still within minutes of the Paradeplatz financial district and the Bahnhofstrasse, Zurich’s celebrated high-end shopping street.
Offering the ultimate in comfort and privacy, the 119 rooms and suites at the Baur au Lac have been designed and equipped with discerning luxury travellers in mind. Rooms are decorated in a blend of styles devised by designers Frederic d’Haufayt and Pierre-Yves Rochon. Rooms and suites include contemporary amenities such as an iPad for organising room service, underfloor floor heating and televisions by the bath. The walls are adorned with Miro-esque artworks and the table tops feature elegant Chinese vases and other flourishes from the Far East. Whilst the tables in each room, suite, and throughout the hotel are adorned by flowers arranged by Head Florist Loren Fischer.Despite being situated in the heart of the city’s celebrated old town, two of Zurich’s best restaurants are within the walls of the Baur au Lac.

The Pavillon Restaurant and Head Chef Laurent Eperon have received 1 star by Guide Michelin and 18 Gault&Millau points. This recently refurbished fine dining restaurant, features modern cuisine with innovative interpretations of haute cuisine created with traditional techniques. Almost completely enclosed by glass, the rotunda which houses the restaurant, built by star architect Pierre-Yves Rochon also offers fantastic views on the surrounding park and river. Whilst the Baur au Lacs second restaurant, River Gauche is a more relaxed affair with casual fine dining for a chic evening in the city.

  • Readers Choice Award – Conde Naste Traveller, 2017
  • In the heart of Zurich with views over Lake Zurich and the Alps
  • Within minutes of the Paradeplatz financial district and the Bahnhofstrasse
  • World-class hospitality
  • 1-Star Restaurant Pavillon serving creative and innovative interpretations of haute cuisine ​​
  • Excellent Concierge Service

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Facilities
Perfect For
Board Basis Options
Check-in Time: 15:00
Michelin Star Restaurant
Couples
Breakfast
Check-out Time: 12:00
Range of Luxury Services
Groups
Perfect Location
Fitness Centre and Spa
Families

Grand Hotel National Luzern, Lucerne

This boutique five-star hotel, founded in 1870 blends tradition with modern comfort. Nestled in the centre of Lucerne, the hotel is set on the shores of the glistening Lake Lucerne with magnificent views of Alps. The Grand Hotel exudes culture and art both outside and in. The shimmering corridors are lined with paintings and exquisite objects, primarily due to the influence of architect Umberto Erculiani, the hotels proprietor and renovator. All 41 rooms and suites have been individually furnished and offer either a city view or lake view. Most of the lake side rooms have a balcony looking out over the magnificent Alps and Lake Lucerne, meaning the perfect picture is quite literally on your doorstep. The beautiful throwbacks of 19th century tradition are most evident in each room with fine linens, Italian marble bathrooms, luxurious rugs, and hand-woven Stockwell carpets. The Grand Hotel also offers guests a wide range of dining experiences and possesses a handful of well-appointed facilities perfect for relaxation. With four restaurants to choose from each specialising in a broad range of cuisines, the Grand Hotel National Bar, and the Café César, in addition to a swimming pool, sauna and treatment area, there is truly something for every guest.

  • 41 Rooms and Suites
  • On the shores of Lake Lucerne with magnificent views of the Alps
  • Built in the 1870s by César Ritz and Auguste Escoffier​
  • Italian Marble Bathrooms and Molton Brown personal care products
  • Seven Restaurants, Bars and Cafes
  • Fitness Centre and Spa

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General Information
Facilities
Perfect For
Board Basis Options
Check-in Time: 15:00
7 Restaurants, Bars and Cafes
Couples
Breakfast
Check-out Time: 12:00
Shuttle Service Available
Groups
Shores of Lake Lucerne
Fitness Centre and Spa
Families

Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof, Grindelwald

For a quintessentially Swiss experience, look no further than the enchanting Hotel Schweizerhof. This traditional chalet style hotel in Grindelwald is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the Swiss Alps, with 500km of footpaths and 160km of mountain bike trails to follow. Grindelwal’s location near the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau means that the most mountain railways are just minutes away. Picture-postcard railways wind through the landscape and cable cars take you to higher peaks for spectacular mountain views. For thrill-seekers, from here you can go up to the highest railway station in Europe on the Jungfraujoch (3571 m) and in the winter, the hotel provides a ski bus, which will whisk you to the slopes in just 5 minutes.

Boasting panoramic views, the accommodation at this five-star resort is divided into three. The main Schweizerhof Hotel building, offers accommodation in single, double/twin rooms, junior and family suites. The superior suites of the Residence building come complete with one living either and either one, two or three bedrooms. Whilst the luxury chalets, are exclusive in every sense and are designed to look like charming authentic alpine chalets on the outside, whilst on the inside, the latest luxury design furnishings with LCD Satellite TV’s, fireplaces, and breath-taking Alpine views can be found. You can reserve a complete chalet for large groups, or single floors which are perfect for couples and small parties. All guests can use the facilities across the entire hotel including a spacious spa, herbal bio-sauna, Finnish sauna, Kneipp, as well as two a la carte restaurants serving gourmet cuisine.

  • Ski bus to whisk guests to the slopes in 5 minutes
  • Authentic luxury alpine chalets
  • Ideally situated near the main mountain railways
  • Spacious Spa with a herbal bio-sauna, Finnish sauce, kneipp and swimming pool
  • Three restaurants across the hotel

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General Information
Facilities
Perfect For
Board Basis Options
Check-in Time: 15:00
Chalets, Rooms and Suites
Couples
Breakfast
Check-out Time: 12:00
Ski Bus
Groups
In the heart of Grindelwald
Swimming Pool and  Spa
Families

Sample Switzerland Holiday Itinerary

​​​Prior to departure, you will receive a bespoke itinerary created by a Rich Vein Travel expert filled with advice and recommendations. Read an extract of one of our itineraries for Switzerland below.

Day 1

With glistening turquoise waters, spectacular vistas, and alpine villages, Switzerland combines natural wonders with centuries of history. After checking into the Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich, take a leisurely stroll around the city centre, admiring the boutiques and time piece stores of Bahnhofstrasse. This world famous shopping boulevard lies where city moats were 150 years ago. Stop at 21 Bahnhofftrasse where you’ll find Confiserie Sprüngli. This Swiss Institution, has been indulging customers from around the world with exquisite delights created with Swiss cholocate. If you can, grab a window seat in their first-floor café and enjoy a coffee along with a freshly baked macaroon. Afterwards, walk down Rennweg and Augustinergasse, two of Zurich’s widest and narrowest streets and appreciate the medieval cobbled streets of Rennweg as your reminded of a bygone era that used to exist in this beautiful city. Next it’s time to walk up to Lindenhof, stooped in history and once home to a Roman Fort. This romantic haven is an oasis in the city centre which provides glorious views of the Old Town, Grossmunster Church and Limmat River.

Once you return to the Baur au Lac, take advantage of the onsite hair and beauty salon. After freshening up why not try the elegant, Michellin starred Pavilion for dinner? Almost completely enclosed by glass, the rotunda built by star architect Pierre-Yves Rochon offers fantastic views on the surrounding park and river. Head Chef Laurent Eperon creates an artful combination of flavors with creativity and flair to scintillate your tastebuds in a memorable setting.

Day 2

Check out of Baur au Lac and take the 45 minute train to Lucerne. Located in the heart of Switzerland, and nestled in lush hills on the banks of Lake Lucerne, it offers a unique panorama that stretches from the Righi to Pilatus. To reach your next hotel, simply exit the station and walk along the Seebrucke. Located on the shores of Lake Lucerne, the Grand Hotel National was built in the 1870s by César Ritz and Auguste Escoffier. With spacious rooms, italian marble floors, luxurious silk wallpaper and hand-woven carpets every room epitomises old world luxury. After placing your bags in the room, you’ll have time for a quick Nespresso machine coffee before your first day tour. To truly appreciate the beauty of Lucerne, purchase a ticket for the Golden round trip. The Golden round trip takes you to the most spectacular spots on the Pilatus and and to the summit by boat, cogwheel railway, aerial cableway and Panorama Gondolas.  The breath-taking panorama and views of the Alpine massif and its mountain range do their part to make your stay unforgettable. Once back in the centre of Lucerne, head to the hotel to freshen up and for dinner visit Restaurant Olivo for exceptional food on the waterfront.

Days 3, 4, 5 and 6

Check out is not until 12pm, so spend the morning exploring the picture perfect attractions of Lucern such as the Kappelbrucke, the Albstadt (old town) and any of museums and galleries that make Lucern a bustling hub for culture. Say Auf Wiedersehen to the Grand Hotel National, and make the journey across the Seebrucke for your second train journey. With total travel time of approximately 2 hours you will embark on the Zentralbahn for a scenic journey to Interlaken. This route will take you through central Switzerlands stunning landscape with cystal clear lakes, romantic waterfalls, the magnificent Brünig mountain pass, and through the town of Bern. We recommend downloading the “LiveGuide” App before boarding to give you access to lots of useful information about the regions aurally or through the written word. Once in Interlaken, a short train will take you to Grindelwald in the Jungfrau region where you will be based for the next three nights.  In Grindelwald, you will stay at one of the authentic alpine chalets of Hotel Schweizerhof. With restaurants, heated pools, massage services, a private spa and daily housekeeping this luxury resort can cater for all of your needs and more.

Whilst based in the Jungfrau region, we recommend exploring Grindelwald, and the nearby alpine villages of Muren, Wengen and Lauterbrunnun for hikes and panoramic vistas. One unmissable summer excursion is the trip up to Jungfraujoch – the top of Europe. Standing on the Jungfraujoch 3,454 metres above sea level is a once in a lifetime experience offering visitors a high-Alpine wonderland of ice, snow and rock. On clear days, views extend as far as the Vosges mountains in France and Germany’s Black Forest. In the winter, or if you have a James Bond fan in your party then the Schilthorn is also an unmissable beauty. At 2970 metres, the Schilthorn provides travellers with a magnificent 360-degree panoramic view of the “Swiss skyline” including Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau and a delicious meal in the revolving restaurant Piz Gloria which was featured in the 1969 Bond film “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”. Why winter? You may ask, well, with snow covering every centimetre, the views become particularly dramatic.

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