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An Art-to-Art Journey to Switzerland's Masterpieces
Bob Preston, a resident of Geneva and the founder of the leading travel companies Swiss Panache and Panache.Voyage, has created a tour that highlights both Swiss craftsmanship—its famous watches and knives—as well as its contributions to the worlds of art, architecture and design. You'll see important works by Paul Klee, Le Corbusier, and others. Between all the cultural highlights (some described in more detail in this guide), Bob will make sure you experience the best of Switzerland's hotels and restaurants.
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    Day 1
    After you arrive in Geneva and have lunch, you'll start off your trip with an introduction to the famous world of Swiss watches and other timepieces. During a private workshop, you'll assemble your very own Swiss watch with a pro.
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    Day 2
    This morning you'll travel north to Neuchâtel, where you will go on a VIP watch manufacturer tour at Piaget and Louis Moinet and then have lunch in the area. In the afternoon, you'll visit the city's famous watch museum. You can then enjoy the rest of the day not worrying about the time as you explore Neuchâtel and wander along the banks of the lake.
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    Day 3
    La Chaux-de-Fonds
    After breakfast, you'll travel on to Delémont to visit the Wenger manufacturer, home of the original Swiss army knife. You'll then continue to La Chaux-de-Fonds, the birthplace of Le Corbusier, whose buildings here include La Maison Blanche. Conclude your education about Swiss watches with a grand finale. The city's International Watch Museum has some 4,500 timepieces on display. You'll have an evening to explore Neuchâtel.
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    Day 4
    Next you'll visit a city that has become synonymous with contemporary art, Basel, thanks to its annual fair each summer. Even if you visit at some other time of the year, there are a number of signficant museums and collections that you'll be able to visit on a guided tour—Kunstmuseum, Beyeler, Schaulager, and the Vitra Design Museum.

    AccommodationGrand Hotel Les Trois Rois
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    Day 5
    Schaffhausen to Zurich
    After visiting the IWC factory in Schaffhausen, you'll take a break from your focus on arts and craftsmanship with a boat ride to the Rhine Falls, followed by lunch overlooking Europe's largest waterfall. You'll then continue on to Zurich.
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    Day 6
    You won't be able to visit all of Zurich's museums, galleries, and private collections, but your guide will at least give you a taste based on your interests—the Kunsthaus, Landesmuseum, Le Corbusier-Heidi Weber House, and churches including the Grössmunster and the Fraumunster, with its stained glass windows by Marc Chagall, are options in the morning. After lunch, you'll head to Lucern and the Rosengart Museum and Zytturm Museum.

    AccommodationPalace Luzern
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    Day 7
    A Final Cruise in Zurich
    Your final morning is free, though depending on the time of your onward flight, Bob can arrange a morning cruise for one last look at Zurich before your transfer to the airport.