Majestic Switzerland by Rail Loyalty Departure & South of France

Romantic settings, delectable cuisine and stunning scenery abound during this 22 day Majestic Switzerland and South of France combined land tour and cruise.

22 Days
Zurich to Lyon
From (AUD)
$ 18,345
Dates & Pricing

2020 Zurich > Lyon

Tour Map
Tour Code:
SZLF
Duration:
22 days
Departure City:
Zurich
Return City:
Lyon

Selected Itinerary

22 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Zurich

    Welcome to Zurich, Switzerland’s largest city, where you’ll start your journey with an overnight stay at your luxurious hotel. Named the city with the best quality of life in the world and the commercial and cultural centre of Switzerland, this afternoon join your local guide for an exploration of the city including the Bahnhofstrasse and the historic Fraumünster Church where you can admire the spectacular Stained Glass windows designed by world renowned artist Marc Chagall. Please book flights to arrive into Zurich by Midday for a 2pm guided city tour.

  2. Day 2 - Zurich > Lugano

    This morning, journey to Lucerne where your Tour Director will take you on an orientation tour of this picturesque city. Cross the medieval Chapel Bridge to the ornate Jesuit Church and wander past numerous fountains, squares and historic buildings before some time at leisure to explore further. This afternoon embark on a Scenic train journey on the Gotthard Panorama Express from Flüelen towards Lugano. From your first class seat enjoy the many magnificent and diverse views, from snow-capped mountains and lush green landscapes to tropical Palm trees.
    This afternoon you will arrive into Lugano, where you will stay two nights. Although in Switzerland, the city offers a unique Italian flair with the culture and language influenced by its nearest neighbour.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Lugano

    Located on the shores of Lake Lugano surrounded by impressive mountains, the city is a sight to behold. Your local guide will escort you through the city's lively squares, lakeside promenades and Old town. Spend the rest of your day at leisure exploring the many highlights of this spectacular region.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  4. Day 4 - Lugano > St. Moritz

    The highlight of your day will be a delightful journey on the Bernina Express towards the mountain village of St. Moritz. Cross the Bernina Pass before arriving into the exclusive resort town of St. Moritz, nestled in the Engadine Valley. Enjoy an overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  5. Day 5 - St. Moritz > Zermatt

    Today a special treat awaits. Board the Glacier Express for possibly the world’s most breath-taking mountain rail journey. Travel in comfort through the unspoilt natural beauty of a landscape rich in ancient mountain forests, peaceful alpine meadows, rushing mountain streams and valleys, soaked in tradition and centuries old culture. Journey through the Albula Pass and over the impressive Landwasser viaduct and enjoy lunch on board bound for the traffic-free ski resort of Zermatt. For the next two nights you will enjoy typical Swiss hospitality at a family run hotel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  6. Day 6 - Zermatt

    Zermatt is located at the north end of a hanging valley with breath-taking views of the surrounding peaks and this morning you will bear witness to some of the most spectacular views as you ascend the Swiss Alps by rail to Gornergrat. A highlight will be the Swiss Icon, the Matterhorn.
    This afternoon take in the fresh mountain air as you wander the winding alleys of this traditional chalet filled village at your own pace.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Zermatt > Lausanne

    Leaving this alpine paradise behind we continue to the equally picturesque city of Lausanne, set on the shores of Lake Geneva. This afternoon you will have time to wander the streets, perhaps stroll the tree lined lake side promenade or venture to the Old Town where buildings dating back to the middle Ages line the streets. Overlooking Lake Geneva, your accommodation is the perfect location for your two night stay in Lausanne.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Lausanne

    Freechoice

    Just outside of Lausanne is the Lavaux wine region and this morning you have the opportunity to discover this region at a delicious wine tasting at a local vineyard. Alternatively, journey to the town of Vevey, home to Charlie Chaplin once he’d fled the United States. Learn about one of the 20th century’s most celebrated artists during a visit to the Chaplin’s World Museum.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  9. Day 9 - Lausanne > Montreux > Interlaken

    This morning take a short journey to Montreux and enjoy some free time to explore the highlights of the city before boarding the Golden Pass train. Pass by lush green rolling hills, crystal blue lakes and soaring mountain peaks bound for the beautiful city of Interlaken. As its name suggests, Interlaken lies between the two lakes, Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the foothills of the Alps and you will have the perfect base to enjoy this region with a two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  10. Day 10 - Interlaken

    Today you will get to enjoy the spectacular views from the Top of Europe. Start your journey on the Bernese Oberland Railway and ascend the mountain toward the Jungfraujoch where a 360 degree panorama will take your breath away. After time to explore all the Jungfraujoch has to offer we will start our descent stopping along the way in the charming alpine village of Grindelwald.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Interlaken > Bern > Zurich

    This morning we will return back to Zurich, stopping along the way in the Swiss capital of Bern. Your Tour Director will give you an orientation tour of this well preserved medieval city that is situated on the banks of the River Aare. Back in Zurich check into your hotel before free time to explore the multitude of cafes, boutique shops and museums on offer.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  12. Day 12 - Zurich > Lyon

    Today join your included flight to Lyon where you will embark your Scenic Space-Ship for your journey along the Rhône and Saône rivers.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Lyon > Tournus

    Relax on board as you cruise the Saône River towards Tournus. Perhaps sharpen your skills on French cookery at a lesson in Scenic Culinaire.

    Freechoice

    Explore Château de Cormatin, boasting beautiful gardens and 17th century architecture. Or, join the highly trained hounds and their owners in a nearby quaint village to locate and sample French truffles – a gastronomic delicacy. Alternatively visit the three star Michelin Chef, Georges Blanc’s Restaurant for a cooking demonstration.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Chalon-sur-Saône

    Freechoice

    Explore Beaune, including a visit to Les Hospices de Beaune. The former hospital is a prime example of traditional 15th century Burgundian architecture and now houses a fascinating museum. Alternatively, visit the estate of Château Meursault and taste some of the acclaimed wines from this premium estate located in the heart of the Burgundy region or, visit the photography museum and learn the history of photography in the town where it was first invented.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Tournon

    Perhaps start your day with a stretching class on board the Sun Deck or simply enjoy a leisurely morning as you take in the picturesque riverside panoramas.

    Freechoice

    Enjoy wine tasting at a local vineyard, or join a guided walk of Tain l’Hermitage, including a tasting at Valrhona Chocolates. You could also enjoy a hike to Heritage Hill for a tasting of the region’s delicious varietals among the vines, or choose to join a guided cycling tour along the Rhône to neighbouring villages.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Avignon

    A Scenic Culinaire cooking class is on offer this morning

    Freechoice

    Take a walking tour of the magnificent city of Avignon including entrance to the Popes’ Palace and the famed St. Benezet Bridge, also known as the Pont d’Avignon. Alternatively, sample the celebrated wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at a Côtes du Rhône vineyard.

    Enrich

    Enjoy a truly unforgettable experience at the prestigious Palais des Papes. After the doors close to the general public, be treated to an exclusive classical concert in one of the grandiose rooms.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Avignon

    Freechoice

    Shop with a Chef at a local food market and cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire with your fresh ingredients. Alternatively, drop into the villages of the Luberon region, including Gordes and Sénanque Abbey, or take an excursion to Uzès and Pont du Gard. The Pont du Gard is an engineering masterpiece dating back to the middle of the first century, designed to carry water to the city of Nimes.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Tarascon

    Freechoice

    Explore the artistic heritage of Arles, and visit the striking Arles Arena, or stop in at the pretty hilltop village of Les Baux before touring a charming family-run olive farm. Alternatively, follow in the footsteps  of Vincent Van Gogh during an excursion to Saint-Rémy and Saint-Paul de Mausole Monastery, or take an active walk through La Camargue National Park.

    This afternoon stay on board for a Provençal Soap Making workshop or enjoy time at leisure to explore the medieval charm of Tarascon. It is the perfect city to cycle around so why not jump on an e-bike and cycle the riverside paths along the Rhône.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Viviers

    Enjoy a walking tour of Viviers including an organ recital in the town’s cathedral.

    Freechoice

    Explore the Ardèche National Park and immerse yourself in the Caverne du Pont-d’Arc Museum, a replica museum depicting the collection of engravings, paintings and drawings found in the nearby Chauvet Cave, or visit the aromatic Lavender Museum and learn how lavender is harvested in this region and how it is used. Alternatively, if you are feeling adventurous, you can kayak through one of Europe’s largest natural canyons, or drop into the beautiful provincial town of Grignan.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Lyon

    Take in the vistas of the Rhône River as you sail towards the gastronomic heart of France, Lyon. Why not visit Scenic Culinaire and pick up a trick or two to add to your culinary prowess.

    Enrich

    Admire the beauty of one of the city’s greatest baroque buildings, Trinity Chapel. Built in the 17th century, the interior is decadently covered in Carrera marble.  As an exclusive experience with Scenic, join your fellow guests for a breathtaking acapella choir performance in this wonderful setting.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - Lyon

    Freechoice

    Discover Lyon’s historic significance by traversing its hidden secret passageways dating back to the 4th century, and visit Notre Dame Basilica for magnificent views across the city. Or, if you’re feeling more active, you can also explore Lyon on foot and explore the city sights along the waterways. Alternatively, walk the cobblestone paths in the medieval hilltop town of Pérouges.

    This afternoon you have time at leisure to further explore this magnificent city. Use your Scenic Tailormade app on your personal device to explore the largest single renaissance quarter in France, Le Vieux Lyon or savour your last opportunity to sample some more of Lyons gastronomic delights.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  22. Day 22 - Lyon

    Depart after a wonderful farewell breakfast. Lyon is the end of your cruise, but it will be the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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