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Classic Switzerland

Great Value Vacations
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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
8 days
From: $ 2,700 $ 338 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Feel your eyes widen as you visit Lake Lucerne, Lake Zurich, Lake Thun, and many others.
  • Immerse yourself in the old-world feel of vibrant cities like Zurich, Lucerne, and Bern
  • Taste the rich cheeses and chocolates that Switzerland is so widely known for.
  • Enjoy the freedom of having your own car! Drive off the beaten path and roam wherever your heart desires.
  • Visit the Lauterbrunnen Valley and the Trummelbach waterfalls in Bern!

Short Description

Do you dream of mountains that make you feel tiny, piercing blue lakes that look like paintings, and meandering villages that feel like storybook towns? Get ready for all of that and more on this once-in-a-lifetime Swiss adventure! From the vibrant cities of Zurich, Lucerne, and Bern to the tranquil oasis of Interlaken, make your travel dreams a reality.

A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Trip Type Self-guided / Independent Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Zurich
End City Switzerland

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare to Zurich (ZRH)
  • Automatic, economy-sized rental car for 7 nights, including unlimited mileage, air conditioning, & mandatory insurances
  • Pick up and drop off at Zurich Airport
  • 7 nights' accommodation in the following hotels, or similar:
  • 1 night in Zurich at the Hotel Sternen Oerlikon
  • 2 nights in Lucerne at the Altstadthotel Krone
  • 2 nights in Interlaken at the City Hotel Oberland
  • 1 night in Bern at the Hotel Kreuz
  • 1 night in Zurich at the Hotel Sternen Oerlikon
  • Breakfast daily

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Zurich!

Accommodation: Hotel Sternen Oerlikon

Upon arrival in Zurich, pick up your rental car and get ready to explore! Head to your first luxurious accommodation and settle in. Then, head out to the city's Altstadt or "Old Town." Wander through amazing architecture, Gothic treasures, unique shops, and tons of great restaurants. Treat yourself to a delicious first night meal!

Day 2: Zurich – Lucerne

Accommodation: Altstadt Hotel Krone Luzern

Enjoy your first Swiss breakfast, then set out for Lucerne. Along the way, you may want to stop at Rhine Falls, Europe's largest waterfall! Take tons of selfies in front of this amazing natural phenomenon, then continue on your way.

Upon arrival in beautiful Lucerne, check in to your next hotel. Famous for its Chapel Bridge or "Kapellbrucke," this old, colorful, waterside town is as rich in culture as it is in beauty. Spend the evening exploring!

Day 3: Lucerne

What a perfect day to get to know Lucerne! Explore all that the city and its surrounding areas have to offer. Gawk at the impressive mountainous panorama and watch historic steamships glide by on Lake Lucerne.

In the mood to do some hiking? Head to surrounding mountains like Walenpfad, Pitlatus, or Rigi! Don't worry; most of them also have cableways if you'd prefer to do more photo-taking and less hiking.

Day 4: Lucerne – Interlaken

Accommodation: City Oberland Hotel

Recharge with breakfast, then embark on your short journey to Interlaken! On the way, consider stopping at the spectacular Aare River Gorge. This site actually provides a unique natural adventure, where you can walk through the gorge on a safe walkway!

Continue on to Interlaken, one of the most popular destinations in Switzerland. After you check in to your hotel, you may want to take a funicular ride up to the 4,300-foot Harder Kulm viewpoint. Gaze out at this jaw-dropping view, which overlooks dreamlike lakes and mountains.

Day 5: Interlaken

Today, explore the many beautiful gem-like lakes of the Interlaken area! After breakfast, take a drive to Lake Thun, a picture-perfect mountainside lake whose shore is dotted with small towns. From Lake Thun, head to Lake Brienz, a bright turquoise spectacle of greenery, waterfalls, and glaciers!

In the afternoon, walk around the storybook village of Unterseen. Find beautiful wooden chalets, lush gardens, and small traditional restaurants.

Day 6: Interlaken – Bern

Accommodation: Hotel Kreuz Bern

Enjoy a pleasant breakfast, then take a scenic drive to Switzerland's capital city - Bern! Upon arrival, check in to your hotel, then explore the city's charming Old Town. Bern's medieval streets are filled with ornate fountains and statues. Check out the Zytglogge (Clock Tower), the tremendous House of Parliament, and the spectacular Bern Minster.

Come afternoon, take a walk along the Aare River, where you're sure to catch a breathtaking sunset.

Day 7: Bern – Zurich

Accommodation: Hotel Sternen Oerlikon

Spend a relaxing morning in Bern, then head back to where your journey first began: Zurich! What a perfect place to spend your last night in Switzerland.

Walk along Bahnofstasse, Zurich's main downtown street, where you'll find the souvenirs of your dreams. Also, be sure to see Grossmunster and Fraumunster, two of the city's most iconic churches! Treat yourself to a delicious last night dinner of cheese fondue, raclette, alplermagronen, and other local favorites.

Day 8: Depart Switzerland

Enjoy one last Swiss breakfast, then pack your bags and head to the airport. After returning your rental car, board your plane and wave goodbye to Zurich. Until next time!

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When I booked with Great Value I was nervous because it seemed too good to be true. Nope, just a really great deal. I was able to take my dream trip to Ireland and Scotland and it was within my budget. Everything was covered, my lodging, flights, and rental car. There was no hidden fees, or fine print that would nickel and dime me later on, as "good deals" usually have. I also had to change the date of my trip and the customer service was excellent and this change was simple. Thank you Great Value, I'll be using you every time I travel from now on
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Everything on the trip was excellent.

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Everything on the trip was excellent. The only concern with any services from GVV was initial communications ahead of the trip regarding when and how we'd receive all our travel vouchers, as some were available online, and some were to be picked up in country upon arrival. It took no less than 5 phone calls to learn some vouchers would be picked up in country. The trip was outstanding, exhausting, but gloriously beautiful. It was exhausting from the perspective of moving around the country and only a few places were 2 nights. But, we knew that going in, and we wanted to see ALL of Switzerland and this certainly checked those boxes. We saw majestic mountains, we saw countless waterfalls and glaciers. The trains in Switzerland were all clean and we felt safe. The hotels were good with delicious breakfasts each morning. Overall, I would recommend GVV to a friend or family member and I would personally book another vacation with GVV.
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Our trip was amazing!

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This was my first time planning a trip out of the country. I read previous reviews who had a good experience with Great Value Vacation. Our trip was amazing! The booking and reservations were easy to use with the vouchers provided. The staff was helpful. The only downside was I upgraded to have an automatic vehicle and they gave me a stick shift. It took a while to get sorted out but other than that I loved my trip! I will definitely use great value vacations again when I book my next trip. I opted for the additional wine tasting package and I did not regret it! I recommend adding those additional tours to get a more complete experience.
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Great customer service

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My wife and I recently booked our vacation through Great Value Vacations. We were a bit nervous to travel to Europe for the first time, but we are glad we did. Great Value Vacations took care of us. Great customer service. Seamless transactions. They booked the hotels and flights for us. All we had to worry about were the daily activities! I would highly recommended them. The hotels offered through the package were as advertised: nice and in great locations. The flights times were also convenient. The best part was the price. I am thankful for the experiences Great Value Vacation was able to provide for us!
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Really enjoyed both of my trips

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Really enjoyed both of my trips through Great Value Vacations. I went on one family trip to Ireland (Adare villa, rental car with trips out to Dublin, Cliffs of Moher and more) . The villa was very comfortable with a kitchen, three bedrooms, and proximity to the local shops /restaurants. We were able to upgrade to an automatic car and had fun navigating to each location on our itinerary. The trip as planned by the agency still leaves time for exploring on your own and since we picked a trip with our own transportation, we had flexibility on which tours we wanted to do and when.

My second trip was a solo trip to Scotland. I like to go on vacation by myself sometimes, but it can be hard to find ones where you aren’t penalized for being on your own. This train trip to Edinburgh, Inverness, and Glasgow worked out really well for me. The hotels were all near the train stations and in safe areas (good lighting, plenty of people, etc.). I got a good mix of options for sightseeing in each city. The hop-on, hop-off bus circuit was especially useful for getting around Edinburgh. I also added an extra tour on in Glasgow to see nearby castles and a distillery and was very glad to have done so as the views of the countryside were amazing!

Summary: Have enjoyed my previous experiences and would definitely use again
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Above and beyond our expectations

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Just got back from our trip to Italy booked through Great Value Vacations & was our dream come true! We could not have gone if it were not for their unbelievable rates. Each 4 Star Villa we stayed at was above and beyond our expectations...I cried after leaving each part of our journey. I am so glad I took a leap of faith and would HIGHLY RECOMMEND booking with them. Besides the Villas being beautiful, great locations, clean, and great staff; each place we arrived at actually said, "They said to give you a very nice room." (with a rate of just under $1,900 a piece for 9 nights not counting travel days at 4 stars Villas in Rome, Tuscany, & Venice including airfare and rent a car... a few friends told us to expect the worst rooms at the places we were staying ~ NOT the case! Our rooms had the best views...I could go on and on. Every step of the way was smooth with no worries whatsoever. Thanks again GVV! LOVED IT!
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