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Stepping Out in Switzerland
Switzerland has long been a progressive country that champions diversity and individual rights, and it's also very gay friendly. Sophisticated LGBT travelers come for the welcoming atmosphere, glorious lakes, and majestic mountains. John Clifford's itinerary includes the welcoming cities of Zurich, Geneva, and Lausanne, taking in both the region's natural wonders along with its art and architecture highlights. You can read more about John's itinerary below and some of the highlights of his trip in this guide.
  • Cost
    $8250 for two adults
    Package Pricing Includes:
    • Includes accommodations and excursions as described, with daily breakfast and Wifi.
    • At the Widder, travelers will be upgraded to a Jr Suite or Suite when booking a deluxe double room if available or a $50 Food & Beverage/Laundry Service credit. For booking on other room types, travelers will receive a 24-hour Zurich card, offering free transportation and entrance to 43 museums. Early check-in/late check-out subject to availability.
    • At the Mandarin Oriental Geneva, travelers will receive an upgrade, subject to availability, and 100 Swiss franc Food & Beverage credit. Early check-in/late check-out subject to availability. 
  • Itinerary
    7 nights
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    Day 1
    Zurich's Art Scene
    Start your visit to Zurich with an art & architecture tour of the city with an art historian and private docent. Among the stops will be the last work by Switzerland's most famous architect, the Heidi Weber Museum–Center Le Corbusier, as well as the Kunsthaus and the Landesmuseum. After you have had your fill of culture, walk along the Bahnhofstrasse, the city's famous shopping street.
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    Day 2
    Zurich West
    Zurich West was long an industrial area but in recent years it's transformed itself into one of the city's most exciting neighborhoods, home of open air cafés, dining, and clubs—gay, straight, and mixed. Spend a day, and evening, exploring this part of Zurich with our suggestions for the coolest stores and the hottest restaurants.
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    Day 3
    Beyond Zurich
    One of the most appealing aspects of Switzerland is that pristine nature is never far away. We can arrange for a car and driver to take you to sites like the Walensee, seen here, or the historic city of St. Gallen, home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Baroque Abbey of St. Gallen. Both are less than two hours from Zurich.
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    Day 4
    To Winterthur and Back
    Just to the north of Zurich, Winterthur is home to a unique art collection. Oskar Reinhart was born into one of the town's wealthiest families, and he began to collect art when he was just 22, in 1907. Eventually his purchases would form one of the world's most important collections of 19th-century French art, the Museum Oskar Reinhart, which he left to the Swiss people at his death. Your guide will get you to Winterthur and back with time to explore more of Zurich, before you continue on to Geneva on Day 5.
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    Day 5
    To Geneva and Lausanne
    You'll depart today for Geneva and Lausanne, either by car or a more leisurely trip by train. In either case, there will be time to stop and explore some of the historic cities along the way, like Bern, Switzerland's capital—and another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Geneva and Lausanne offer a heady mix of both age-old history and contemporary arts, culture, and a gay scene. And both cities sit on stunning Lake Geneva.
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    Day 6
    In Geneva you'll find a historic city that manages to be both charming and elegant at once. Explore the medieval Old Town, walk along the lakefront with its views of the iconic Jet d'Eau, cross the Mont Blanc bridge, and smell the flowers in the vibrant Jardin Anglais. A fifth of Geneva is public parks, but the Jardin Anglais is the most popular of them all with its outdoor sculptures and meticulous landscaping.
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    Day 7
    A university town and cultural center, Lausanne is a city of students and entrepreneurs as well as the home of a vibrant gay scene. You can visit museums like the unconventional Musée d'Art Brut dedicated to outsider art or attend the Bejart Ballet, though leave some time to see the enormous 13th-century cathedral. When you are ready to check out Lausanne's LGBT scene, start at the Avenue du Tivoli, lined with popular bars and cafes.