Day 1-4 Zurich, Switzerland
In Zurich’s Seefeld district, where art and culture, maritime flair and trendy locations combine to form a unique mix, the Sorell Hotel Seefeld invites you to stay in style with excellent service.
In the most dynamic quarter of the city, it is only a few minutes’ walk from the Sorell Hotel Seefeld to the opera house and the Kunsthaus. The Bahnhofstrasse and Zurich’s old town are also easily accessible on foot.
High-quality materials such as wallpaper by Christian Fischbacher, a chic color concept and an exciting new look inspired by the Art Deco period – you will find all this and more at the Sorell Hotel Seefeld. There is also a 24-hour reception, porter service and hotel parking spaces.
ACTIVITIES in ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
Alongside your private official guide, you will get to know the best of what Zurich has to offer. This tour will focus on the Old Town of Zurich, Altstadt.
During this tour, you will visit the most famous monuments and sites of the city. Walk from the Central Railway Station to Bahnhofstrasse street, Zurich’s main downtown street and one of the world’s most expensive and exclusive shopping avenues. Then continue to the Uranian Observatory, the Paradeplatz, the Fraumünster, and St. Peterskirche, the oldest parish church in Zurich.
From there you will walk to Zurich’s Town Hall, The Grossmünster, the Wasserkirche or Water Church, and one of the most important museums in Europe, the Kunsthaus.
An original, entertaining, and deliciously sweet walking tour around Zürich’s charming old town. You will be shown some of the city’s most irresistible sweet corners, including traditional confectionaries, artisan chocolatiers, and other interesting chocolatey sites.
During the tour you will learn about Swiss chocolate history, find out about each chocolatier’s finest specialties and of course, you will also get to try lots of sweets. The tour will be rounded up by a connoisseur tasting session, where we will explain how to taste and pair chocolate.
Embark on a journey into the world of cacao and handmade Swiss chocolate that will have you re-discover old creations and experience a variety of new and different tastes.
Meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel to begin your journey outside of the city of Zurich.
Today you will head to Lake Lucerne and the surrounding countryside vast with spectacular scenery. Explore the town of Lucerne, take in the views from Burgenstock or Rigi Seebodenalp, stop at a chocolate or cheese factory, or take a workshop to learn a traditional craft.
First stop: Burgenstock
Take a drive to the Burgenstock resort overlooking Lake Luzern. Walk along the famous Cliff walk to the 152m Hammetschwand Lift and experience stunning views of Lake Luzern.
At this amazing local chocolate factory, you will earn about the history of chocolate, see how chocolate is made in the factory, make your chocolate bar, and feast on delicious samples.
Victorinox Factory Store:
Travel around the Lake to the Victorinox store and make your own Victorinox swiss army penknife
Stay in the car and drive along the lake to Kussnacht and start to climb up to Seebodenalp at 1500m for stunning views of Lake Luzern and Mount Pilatus. On the way down, check out the 10th Century Gesslerborg castle.
Spend 2 hours in Luzern and visit the highlights such as the Chapel Bridge, the Water Tower, the Old Town, the Lion Monument, and the Jesuit and Hof Churches. Journey to the Chateau Gutsch above Luzern for breath-taking views of the town.
Drive 15 mins to Hergiswil and visit the 200-year-old Glass factory where all stages of glass production can be seen. Enjoy a drink and a snack in the coffee shop and the more than interesting museum.
Enjoy a 4-hour small-group guided walking tour strolling along with Lake Lucerne’s most panoramic vistas. You’ll observe old wooden chalets, grand villas, and historic castles while learning about their famous residents. Habsburg rulers, Russian bankers, an eccentric heiress, German princes, French textile magnates, and American oil billionaires have called Lake Lucerne home.
Your tour departs and returns to the Lucerne railway station, which is included in the ticket price. There will be a stop for food and refreshments at the customers’ own expense.
Meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel and travel through the unspoiled moorlands and idyllic alpine pastures of the UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch and cross the border to the Emmental valley to the Kambly Experience.
Learn about the origins of Switzerland’s best-known premium biscuit. Then we will continue to Bern for an informative walk through the Old Town. You will marvel at the Gothic Cathedral (Munster), stroll under the characteristic arcades to the clock tower (Zytglogge) and visit the Parliament building. After lunch we will continue through a fascinating rural landscape, viewing typical Emmental farmhouses, and grazing cows on green hills.
Next, stop at the Emmentaler cheese village, and learn more about the history of the most famous cheese in the world during the cheese tasting and the digital “King’s Way” tour.
Bern, SWITZERLAND – The official language of Bern is (the Swiss variety of Standard) German, but the main spoken language is the Alemannic Swiss German dialect called Bernese German. In 1983 the historic old town in the center of Bern became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Bern Minster – A Swiss Reformed cathedral (or minster) in the old city of Bern in Gothic style. Its construction started in 1421 and its tower with a height of 100.6 m was only completed in 1893. It is the tallest cathedral in Switzerland.
The Old City of Bern – This medieval city center has remained unchanged since its construction between the 12th and 15th centuries. It is home to a number of historic buildings, including the tallest cathedral in the country.
Zytglogge – This medieval tower is a major landmark in Bern. Originally built in 1218, it has undergone several renovations to ensure that it remains a central component of the city’s architecture.
Visit the magnificent Rhine Falls and pretty village of Stein am Rhein. With a guide, you’ll travel through northern Switzerland’s rolling wine country to the falls, Europe’s largest. View the roaring waters from clifftop Laufen Castle, and, in summer, choose to ride a boat close up to the cascades (optional). Afterward, take a guided stroll around medieval Stein am Rhein to admire its fresco-painted, half-timber houses and other historical highlights.
End the day with a private visit to a winery with tasting and lunch.
Day 5 Chur, Switzerland
The very centrally situated 4-star Hotel ABC in Chur is furnished with simple but elegant materials and stylish art. 48 rooms, 1 suite and 9 studios – all modern, light, with every convenience and free wi-fi. A stylish breakfast room, hotel bar, spa lounge (steam bath, sauna, fun shower, relaxation room), gym, parking spaces (adjacent to the hotel) and garages with e-car charging station are available to our guests.
An exclusively furnished boardroom for top-notch meetings is a further feature of our hotel infrastructure.
Our elegant and modern hotel bar is the meeting point in the hotel – for an aperitif before your business lunch, before dinner or for a nightcap.
The city of Chur is a railway, cultural, golfing and shopping town and thus the ideal starting point for a diversified stay in the economic centre of the largest canton in Switzerland.
We are looking forward to welcoming you to our modern boutique hotel ABC Chur.
Allegra and beinvegni
Andrea and Jago Leyssens
Activities in CHUR, SWITZERLAND
The most spectacular way to cross the Alps: the Bernina Express from Chur– Tirano links up regions with different languages and cultures. This is not a rack railway and the train winds its way gently through splendid scenery.
On the highest railway across the Alps, the Bernina Express climbs up to the glistening glaciers before descending to the palms of Italy far below. This rail link between Northern and Southern Europe builds bridges between regions with different languages and cultures.
The railway is unique, blending ideally with the alpine landscapes around the Albula and Bernina Passes. The train negotiates the 55 tunnels, 196 bridges, and inclines of up to 70 per mille with ease. At the highest point on the RhB, 2,253 meters above sea level, you will find the Ospizio Bernina. Here, visitors can delight in the cultural and natural surroundings and enjoy the Alps at their most impressive.
The railway line from Thusis – Valposchiavo – Tirano has UNESCO World Heritage status. Thanks to the modern panoramic cars, you will enjoy unrestricted views of the unspoiled Alpine panorama.
Days TBD: Northern Italy
Northern Italy (Italian: Italia settentrionale, Nord Italia, Alta Italia, or just Nord) is a geographical and cultural region in the northern part of Italy. Non-administrative, it consists of eight administrative Regions in northern Italy: Aosta Valley, Piedmont, Liguria, Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Trentino-Alto Adige.
Rhaeto-Romance and Gallo-Italic languages are spoken in the region, as opposed to the Italo-Dalmatian languages spoken in the rest of Italy. The Venetian language is sometimes considered to be part of the Italo-Dalmatian languages, but some major publications such as Ethnologue (to which UNESCO refers on its page about endangered languages) and Glottolog define it as Gallo-Italic.