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Swiss Sampler
Will Kiburz with Coronet Travel has created an itinerary that gives travelers a taste of Switzerland in all its variety. You’ll begin in Francophone Geneva, and ending in Arosa, on the opposite side of the country, not far from the Italian and Austrian borders. Along the way, his itinerary takes you to vineyards, some of Switzerland’s most picturesque cities, and also its pristine alpine resorts. At the end of every day out exploring, you’ll return home to stay at Switzerland’s most authentic and distinct luxury hotels, all members of The Leading Hotels of the World.
  • Day 1
    Lausanne to Vevey
    You’ll start your Swiss adventure when you land in Geneva where a car and driver will meet you and take you along the shores of Lac Leman to Lausanne. Here, Bob will arrange guided visits to the Olympic Museum and the Collection d’Art Brut, one of the world’s most fascinating and comprehensive collections of outsider art. You’ll continue on to Vevey and the Hotel des Trois Couronnes for dinner. If you are traveling in the summer, Chef Lionel Rodriguez’s Mediterranean menu is even more delicious when enjoyed on the terrace overlooking the lake.
  • Day 2
    Stay Famously
    From Vevey, you’ll transfer to Gstaad, one of Switzerland’s most famous alpine resorts. The main draw is more than 100 miles of ski trails, but when you are not on the slopes the car-free village is one of Switzerland’s most elegant shopping districts and also home to a number of gourmet restaurants. Your home in Gstaad will be the Gstaad Palace, a hotel that helped establish Swiss hospitality as the best in the world. Its guest register includes famous figures from Elizabeth Taylor to Marc Chagall, but everyone is treated like members of the Scherz family that has owned and operated the hotel, first opened in 1911, for decades.
  • Day 3
    History and Art
    From Gstaad, a driver will take you to the city of Bern, whose old-town is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Along the way, you’ll see more of the majestic Bernese Alps, before you arrive in Switzerland’s capital for a tour of its well-preserved medieval architecture. After lunch, you’ll continue on to Basel. The city is famous for its annual art fair, but any time of year the Kunstmuseum, Beyeler, and Vitra Design Museum should be on every cultural traveler’s must-see lists. You’ll spend the night in one of Switzerland’s, and the world’s, most historic hotels, the Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois, which dates back to the 17th century.
  • Day 4 and 5
    Swiss City Life
    Your next stop will be Switzerland’s largest city, Zurich. Will will create an itinerary tailored to your interests, whether visiting the Old Town or the lively and trendy Zurich West neighborhood. It’s a city that can boast of having both 50 museums and 2,000 bars and restaurants, so there is sure to be something that will appeal in this singularly elegant and fascinating city. Zurich is also on both Lake Zurich and the banks of the Limmat River—creating an unusually bucolic urban destination. You will spend the night on the shores of that lake, at the incomparable Baur au Lac, which sits in its own park near the world-famous Bahnhofstrasse.
  • Day 6 and 7
    Spa and Sports
    In addition to chocolates and watches, one of Switzerland’s great contributions is its spa culture. You’ll end your trip indulging in that tradition at the Tschuggen Grand Hotel in Arosa. This exceptional hotel originally opened as a sanitarium, but it long ago shed those roots when the town became a center for winter sports enthusiasts. It now has cool, contemporary interiors by designer Carlo Rampazzi and offers guests a contemporary take on luxury. Skiing and hiking are just a quick trip away on the hotel’s own mountain railway, or you can spend the day at the nearly 50,000-square-foot spa located over four floors with an array of sauna, steam baths, and treatment rooms.