Switzerland Accessible Escorted Tour – Summer 2017

Program
22nd of July : Flight to Zurich – Pick up with wheelchair accessible coach ( four guests can stay in the wheelchair ) and transfer to Zurich City Centre. – Check In in a 4*Hotel for 5 nights. The tour starts with a dinner in the Hotel.

23rd of July : A “Zurich Day ”
Extended panoramic sightseeing tour of Zurich
Dinner in the Hotel

24th of July : A day tour around Eastern Switzerland
Rhine Falls – Europe’s Biggest Waterfall – The Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen fascinates visitors with its great water volume and provides a magnificent spectacle.
After the visit you`ll go along Lake Constance before you arrive in St. Gall.
After a lunch break and a short sighseeing walk you’ll visit St. Gall’s Abbey Library
This Library is one of the oldest and most beautiful in the world. The origins of the library date back to the 8th century, and many of its 160,000 priceless texts are nearly that old.
Return to Zurich and Dinner in the Hotel

25th of July : A cruise on the Lake Zurich
Enjoy a 2 hour cruise from Zurich to Rapperswil – Sunny clear weather is best for a boat trip, but it’s still worth it if it’s cloudy or drizzling. Take along sun glasses and sunscreen and relax and enjoy.
In Rapperswil you will be awaited by your coach and after an hour drive you arrive at Zurich. Enjoy the rest of the day on your own, perhaps for a shopping trip on the Bahnhofstrasse. This street is Zurich’s main downtown street and one of the world’s most expensive and exclusive shopping avenues.
Dinner in the Hotel

26th of July : From Zurich to Lucerne. You are leaving Zurich in the morning and will arrive at Lucerne in the afternoon. Here you will stay in a 3* Hotel for the coming 5 nights.
In the afternoon you’ll finish the day with a sightseeing tour – Lucerne, the gateway to central Switzerland, sited on Lake Lucerne, is embedded within an impressive mountainous panorama. Thanks to its attractions, its souvenir and watch shops, the beautiful lakeside setting and the nearby excursion mountains of the Rigi, Pilatus and Stanserhorn, the town is a destination for many travel guests on their journey through central Switzerland.
Dinner in the Hotel

27th of July : A day tour to Locarno / Ticino
Today you are crossing the Alpes and visit the Italian part of Switzerland. You’ll go over the Gotthard Pass ( 2,106 m / 6,909 ft ) which is connecting northern to southern Switzerland. The pass lies between Andermatt in the german speaking canton of Uri and Airolo in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino. Make a stop on the top and enjoy a breathtaking view.
In Lugano you experience a total different Switzerland. – Ticino and Lugano – this Swiss-Mediterranean mix of cultures is closely related to that of Italy’s northern Lombardy region, and reflected in its architecture and cuisine. The city stands on the northern shore of glacial Lake Lugano, surrounded by mountains. Its main square, Piazza della Riforma, is ringed with pastel-colored, neoclassical palazzi.
Make a stroll along the Promenade and enjoy a Café Latte or Pizza and Pasta.
Return to Lucerne and Dinner in the Hotel

28th of July : A day with a small program. Visit the Swiss Museum of Transportation, called “Verkehrshaus”.
The museum showcases the development of transport and mobility as well as communication methods through a variety of interactive exhibits. Other attractions unique in Switzerland include the film theatre (Imax), planetarium, Swissarena and the Hans Erni Museum.
The Swiss Museum of Transportation, which was opened in 1959, is Switzerland’s most popular museum. The history of mobility and communication is documented in exhibitions and theme parks, with simulations, interactive stations and films.
The rest of the day is at one’s own disposal
Dinner in the Hotel

29th of July : Nature, Biscuits and Cheese.
The day starts with a trip to Entlebuch. Seemingly endless moorlands, craggy karst formations and wild mountain streams make for special experiences and views. Switzerland’s first biosphere reserve offers natural beauty at its finest. Almost no other region in Switzerland has as many natural treasures as the “Wild West” of Lucerne. It is no wonder that Entlebuch was designated by UNESCO as the first biosphere reserve in Switzerland. Within the worldwide network of biosphere reserves, Entlebuch represents pre-Alpine moorland and karst landscapes.
Over an area of 400 square kilometres a mystical world unfolds with its promise of peace, inspiration and relaxation – unspoilt moorlands, idyllic Alpine pastures and the majestically towering Schrattenfluh make for experiences of a very special kind indeed.
Switzerland is also famous for Biscuits and Cheese. You`ll go to Trubschachen. The village of Trubschachen in the Emmental is home of Kambly.
Kambly, the producer of the best-known and most popular fine biscuits in Switzerland, welcomes its visitors to the Kambly Experience. In the Visitor Centre you’ll discover the secrets of the art of biscuit making with every one of your senses, learn about the origin of the company with a history of tradition going back over 100 years and have the opportunity to taste more than 100 different types of biscuit. Look over the shoulders of the Maîtres Confiseurs as they work and spend an enjoyable and relaxing time in the Kambly Café.
From Biscuits to Cheese.
Over the fire or in modern copper vats – this exhibition dairy covering 17,500 m2 gives you an up-close look at how the famous Emmental AOP is manufactured.
The Emmental Show Dairy, with its village character, is an attractive place to learn and discover. The little cheese village is a blend of the past and the present. You’ll experience both traditional and modern production techniques for the world-famous Emmental AOP.
At the end you make your own cheese under the guidance of a professional cheesemaker
The two restaurants serve delicious regional and seasonal specialties and have garden terraces that invite you to linger.

30th of July : A day trip to the Pilatus
Maker of weather, dragon’s lair, home to giants and grave of rulers: Lucerne’s very own mountain, Pilatus, is one of the most legendary places in Central Switzerland. And one of the most beautiful. On a clear day the mountain offers a panoramic view of 73 Alpine peaks.
A dragon rock supposedly fell from the sky in the year 1420. The Roman governor Pontius Pilatus might have been buried in Lake Pilatus. Legend has it that a petrified man stands guard in front of a cave. The mountain massif of Pilatus, which towers above the region with its 2,132 meters in height, indubitably captures the imagination. Even today Pilatus is a source of mystical discoveries and is home to places of natural beauty that are steeped in legend and lore.
The best way to become acquainted with the dragon mountain is with the steepest railway of the world (ascent 48%), or the spectacular aerial tramway and modern soundless panoramic gondolas.
Dinner in the Hotel

31st of July : Today you are leaving the central Switzerland to the Bernese Oberland. Enjoy the tour over the famous Brünig Pass at an altitude of 1,008 m (3,307 ft).
In the afternoon you arrive in Spiez. Nestled between hills and vineyards and dominated by a magnificent castle, Spiez on Lake Thun is an inviting destination indeed. Above the lake the Niederhorn Range stretches as far as the Bernese Alps and forms a magnificent panorama.
With a high quality of life induced by the mild climate and abundance of sunny days, Spiez is an ideal starting point for exploring a wide range of popular destinations in the Bernese Oberland and the Valais.
Here you`ll stay the next four nights in a 4* Hotel.
Dinner in the Hotel

1st of August : A day to celebrate – Founding of the Swiss Confederation in 1291
Since 1891, the first of August has been celebrated as Swiss National Day. The date refers to a historic alliance concluded in 1291 by the three cantons of Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden. This alliance was to become the focal point around which the Switzerland of today was built over the next 500 years. Men from these three cantons “at the beginning of the month of August 1291” swore  eternal allegiance to one another, promising mutual help and assistance.
The alliance was mainly formed against the Habsburgs, who were striving to strengthen their position in the strategic region leading to the Gotthard Pass at the time.
In the afternoon you make a small trip to Interlaken and during your special dinner in a Restaurant you enjoy a firework in a special atmosphere and a special location.

2nd of August : Lauterbrunnen and a train trip to Kleine Scheidegg and Grindelwald
The day starts with a tour to Lauterbrunnen which is situated in one of the most impressive trough valleys in the Alps, between gigantic rock faces and mountain peaks. With its 72 thundering waterfalls, secluded valleys, colourful alpine meadows and lonely mountain inns, the Lauterbrunnen Valley is one of the biggest nature conservation areas in Switzerland.
The name ‘Lauter Brunnen’ (‘many fountains’) suggests the magnificence of this landscape. There are 72 waterfalls in the Lauterbrunnen Valley, the most famous being the Staubbach Falls. Plunging almost 300 metres from an overhanging rock face, they are one of the highest free-falling waterfalls in Europe. In 1779, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe visited the valley, and was inspired by the roaring waters to write his well-known poem ‘Spirit song over the waters’.
After a short stay you board the Wengernalp Railway which connects Lauterbrunnen in the Lütschein valleys with Kleine Scheidegg.
Here at the summit of the pass you will be awaited by your coach and go to Grindelwald for late lunch.
The Eiger village of Grindelwald in the Bernese Oberland lies embedded in a welcoming and green hollow, surrounded by a commanding mountainscape with the Eiger north face and the Wetterhorn.
Return to Spiez in the afternoon and Dinner in the Hotel

3rd of August : Ballenberg – A stroll through the past
Since the 1970s old farmhouses, stables, bakehouses or barns are no longer demolished when they are due to be replaced by modern buildings. Instead, the buildings are dismantled stone by stone, and rebuilt in the Ballenberg Open Air Museum.
What began in 1978 with 16 characteristic Swiss buildings, is today an extensive exhibition with about 100 residential and agricultural buildings from all over Switzerland, on a 66 hectare large area: this is the Ballenberg Open Air Museum. The historic buildings and their kitchens, chambers and living rooms illustrate rural life in Switzerland.
But Ballenberg Museum really comes to life thanks to the original and authentic cultivation of useful plants, the over 250 domestic farm animals and thanks to the craftsmen and farmers who work with traditional tools. Thematic exhibitions and special events about culture and customs complement the offerings.
After your return to Spiez the time in the Bernese Oberland will finish with a tradition dinner – a cheese fondue – take pot luck.

4th of August : From Spiez via Bern back to Zurich
After breakfast you start the trip back to Zurich, but not without visiting Bern, the capital of Switzerland.
Not many cities have managed to retain their historic features quite as successfully as Bern, the capital of Switzerland. The old town of Bern is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and thanks to its 6 kilometres of arcades – the locals refer to them as ‘Lauben’ – boasts on of the longest weather sheltered shopping promenades in Europe.
After lunch you continue your way back to Zurich where you will arrive in the evening an stay in a
4* Hotel in the Airport

5th of August : Flight back home from Zurich Airport

Price for Total 8 guests : € 6.950 p.Person sharing a double / twin room – € 1.490 single supplement

The price includes :
4 x overnight stay in a 4* Hotel, incl. breakfast Zurich, incl. 4 x dinner as described
5 x overnight stay in a 3* Hotel, incl. breakfast Lucerne, incl. 5 x dinner as described
4 x overnight stay in a 3* Hotel, incl. breakfast Spiez, incl. 4 x dinner as described
1 x overnight stay in a 4* Zurich Airport Hotel, incl. breakfast
Four rooms, suitable for single / double use, are wheelchair accessible with walk in shower, grabrails etc.
Wheelchair accessible coach from arrival Zurich – until departure Zurich – four guests can stay in their wheelchair
Tourguide for the whole journey

Entrance fees / tickets:
Rhine Fall incl. boat ride
St. Gall’s Abbey Library
Cruise Lake Zurich
Swiss Museum of Transportation
Biscuit and Cheese Factory
Pilatus train
1st August Celebration
Wengernalp Railway
Ballenberg