Switzerland

Overview

This is the founder’s home-country so you are in for a treat! Every day, you will be taken on a new adventure, activity or local cultural event/visit so every day you will be given a taste of how diverse Switzerland is!

Itinerary

Day 0: Travel day. Arrive at the Geneva airport and check-in at our hotel for the night. Meet your guide and those who have arrived.

DAY 1: Meet everyone from the group for breakfast and start our program by driving to our Swiss chalet (2hrs) to take possession of our rooms and have lunch before heading out to the town of Broc. There we will visit la Maison Cailler – the oldest existing Swiss chocolate brand and learn how worldwide renowned chocolate is made.. where we will get to splurge on some at the end our visit!

We will utilize the energy gathered from chocolate sampling to go on a stroll in the area. After a full first day, we will drive to the cozy Swiss chalet we are calling home for a few nights.

DAY 2: Open the chalet’s shutters to green rolling hills and the sound of birds chirping away. After breakfast, we are off to the medieval town of Gruyère to walk it’s cobbled streets and visit its prominent castle and cute boutiques with local art.

At 10 AM we will head to La Maison du Gruyère in Pringy (10min walk/3min drive) to visit the cheese factory and see real Swiss cheese in the making. We will stay there for lunch before heading out to Lake Gruyère where we will rent kayaks to paddle on the lake.

DAY 3: After a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast, we are off to go Canyoning in the area with professionals! Discovering where a river flows by rappelling into it and splashing around.. yes please!! After changing back to dry clothes, our afternoon will be spend hiking and discovering the area.

DAY 4: Because we are so close to Montreux, this morning will be dedicated to visit the Chillon Castle, the famous one we see on Swiss calendars, postcards and some advertisement . Its towers, cobbled pathways, inner-courts, defense towers, many rooms serving as a museums all with a grand view on the Lac Léman/Lake Geneva, will not disappoint!

This afternoon we will head up to Mont-Pélerin and/or Les Pleiades to find the May-Snow or Narcissus as there are entire pastures of them in May! This beautiful flower is part of this area’s heritage but as it is in decline since the 60s, you will only be able to take some from local farmers if they offer bouquets for sale.

DAY 5: That morning we are driving to the Thun/Interlaken area in the Swiss German part with a stop in Avenches to see it’s roman theater and amphitheater. Aventicum was the Romans’ first settlement around 15-13 B.C. and also the province’s capital at the time.

An afternoon hike will be offered after arriving at our lodging in Thun/Interlaken but if you wished to be free that is fine as the rest of our trip is packed with more to see and do!

DAY 6: Today we are headed to Ballenberg, a unique open-air museum show-casing over 100 rural houses and farm buildings from all over Switzerland. In the buildings, there are craftspeople who work with traditional tools, while various theme exhibits give you an insight into scenes of rural former days. Moreover, about 250 farm animals, representing the whole gamut of native domestic animals, provide lively and interesting scenes!

DAY 7: will give us the opportunity to get close to the famous Eiger, Moench and Jungfrau! Best if you strap on your comfortable hiking shoes as we might cheat to get high up on the mountain (aka take a gondola) but we will still be on our feet walking through meadows and cow pastures to try get the best views and pictures possible!

DAY 8: Time to get back to the French part and the Neuchatel canton to learn about the Swiss world renowned watch-making! We will start by a visit at the International Clock Museum in La Chaux-de-Fonds to then stretch our legs along the beautiful Jura hills viewing the plains and far-away Alps. We might stop for a fondue along the way as you might be hungry at some point 🙂

DAY 9: will give you a choice of activities in Neuchâtel like strolling along it’s beautiful lake, visit the market place, shops and restaurants, hike up to it’s beautiful medieval Collégiale church from where you can admire the town, lake and Alps spreading at it’s feet. Later that afternoon we are off for a tour on a cruise boat to see Neuchâtel and Jura mountain from a different aspect as well and see the sunset from there.

DAY 10: Today we are headed to the town of Grandson to visit its dominating castle then to Yverdon-les-Bains to stroll along its paved streets, stop at one its many bakeries and sip a drink on the Pestalozzi plazza.

The afternoon will be dedicated to a well deserved stop at the Yverdon Hot Springs or centre Thermal.

That night will our last dinner together so you can be sure we will make it special!

DAY 11: After breakfast, we will say good-bye as today is your Travel day.

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What is included

  • all nights in local accommodation (BnB, mountain hut, 3*hotel)
  • land transportation
  • all meals
  • guided hikes, tours and activities
  • local English speaking guide(s)
  • all trip details planned so you can travel worry-free
  • detailed trip information package (pdf)
  • Swag from Nat’s Adventure Travels

What is extra

  • Flight to and from trip destination
  • Travel insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Any additional tours or souvenirs not offered in the program

Deposit

  • A deposit of USD 400 / CAD 500 / EURO 350 is due at time of registration and is NON-REFUNDABLE.
  • Remaining amount: is due 90 days from trip departure date.

Cancellation policy

We understand that sometimes things happen that make it impossible for you to attend the trip you’ve been looking for so here is our Cancellation and Refund policy:

  • Cancellation requested 180 days (6 months) prior to trip start date = full refund, minus non-refundable deposit.
  • Cancellation requested 90-180 days (3-6 months) prior to trip start date = 50% refund, minus non-refundable deposit. This unless we are able to transfer your registration to another participant or unless you find a person willing to take your registration.
  • Cancellation requested less than 90 days (3 months) prior to trip start date = no refunds given unless you find a person willing to take your registration.

No exceptions will be granted to our Cancellation policy.

We reserve the right to cancel trips with inadequate participant attendance, in which case all money paid to Nat’s Adventure Travels will be fully refunded. Nat’s Adventure Travels CANNOT be held responsible for any personal expenses, such as airline tickets due to changes in itineraries or tour cancellations.

Nat’s Adventure Travels reserves the option to modify trip itineraries at the discretion of your tour director as necessary due to weather, conditions, illness, injury, group dynamics, safety, or other unforeseen incidents.

We strongly encourage participants to purchase Travel Insurance.

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