People from all nations spanning the globe seem to congregate in Switzerland because of the country's surreal beauty and it comes as no surprise when we find out that Geneva is commonly agreed upon as the best place to live in the world.
If a long history of inspirational writers and poets choosing this country as their home doesn't serve as testament to this county's allure then the immortalization the country through their famous works and literature is proof these people had a common muse. See the Chillon Castle that plays a part in Lord Byron's 'The Prisoner of Chillon' and understand how Wordsworth and T.S. Eliot helped build upon the artistic atmosphere of Lausanne, now renowned for its art and entertainment. Although Switzerland serves as the hub for serenity, it also plays host to some of the most important international organizations; with 200 of them stationed in Geneva.
Some of the most influential are the European headquarters of the United Nations, the World Health Organization and the Red Cross. Visit the UN building and see the mosaic of diplomacy that has been one of the crowning achievements of mankind in our time or walk down the halls of the Red Cross Museum.
Note: This tour may require a mandatory single supplement charge of 607 USD if twin-sharing accommodation is unavailable.
Seasonality and Weather
The Alps cause many climatic variations throughout Switzerland. In the higher Alpine regions temperatures tend to be lower on average, while the lower land of the northern area has higher temperatures and warm summers. Temperatures are likely to reach the teens C and 20's C (60s and 70s F) during the day, with cooling breezes and occasional rain. At night the temperature will drop quite a bit, depending on the altitude. Mountain weather is fickle. It can range from blue skies with the temperature in the low 20's C (70s F) to cloudy, wet, cold days on which rain gear and warm garments are necessary.
Transport and Travel Conditions
Local land transport provided by private bus, 16-24 seats depending on ultimate group size (see 'group size'); local bus, taxi, and train. Numerous walking tours on uneven / cobbled surfaces. This tour is not strenuous per se, but you MUST be able to manage with your own luggage at rail stations and from station to hotels nearby.
Mid-range (3*), well-located, air-conditioned, simple hotels and inns throughout. Many are smaller properties (2-3 story) and may not have elevators. All hotels have en suite toilet and bath, though some will have shower only (no tub). Porters may be available (see 'Inclusions'), though you must be prepared to manage your own luggage to and from your hotel room.
Staff and Support
Tour Leader, driver/s, local step-on guides at some locales.
10-21 (plus Tour Leader)