Day 1: Lake Luzern (L, D)
Lake Luzern> Rigi Seebodenalp> Brunne
Spend the day exploring around the beautiful Lake Luzern and visiting some stunning local attractions with various opportunities to sample traditional swiss products.
We start by driving up to Rigi Seebodenalp for a small hike and for some breathtaking views of the Lake Luzern. We then continue round the lake to Brunnen to the Victorinox Swiss Army knife shop where Guests can make their own penknife.
We enjoy a leisurely stop for lunch along the way back to Luzern and we finish the day with a tour of Luzern taking in the wooden bridge, the city walls and the old town.
Day 2: Bernese Oberland (B, L, D)
Luzern > Bernese Oberland > Lungern > Aare Gorge > Giessbach Falls > Lauterbrunnen Valley > Isenfluh
Leave Luzern and head off for the Bernese Oberland by traversing over the Brunig Pass stopping for photos at Lungern. We discover the Aare Gorge and stroll along the gorge cut by water eroding the Limestone cliffs.
We then head to Giessbach Falls and take a walk under this stunning waterfall before enjoying lunch at the majestic Giessbach Hotel with views of the Falls and the cobalt blue lake Brienz. Guests then take the funicular and the ferry across the lake to Brienz.
From there we head off through the Lauterbrunnen Valley for stops at the majestic Staubbach and Trummelbach Falls before making our way to Isenfluh for some breath-taking views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau Mountains before heading to your accommodation for the night in Interlaken.
Day 3: Montreux (B, L, D)
Montreux > Lavaux vineyards > Broc and the Cailler Chocolate Factory > Gruyere
We rise early and after breakfast head to Montreux for a lakeside stroll, passing the Freddie Mercury monument on the banks of lake Leman before heading for a spot of wine tasting in the Lavaux Vineyards.
After we motor onto Broc and the Cailler Chocolate Factory for an interactive chocolate experience and then take the short drive to the Gruyere Cheese Visitor centre to see how the other famous swiss delicacy is produced.
Day 4: Bern (B, L)
Bern > Zytclogge > Luzern/Zurich
Again enjoy breakfast at your hotel before heading to the capital Bern for a city tour. Visit the famous bear enclosure and the bears who are the symbol of Bern. Visit the Munster and if you feel fit enough climb over 250 steps for magnificent views of Bern. Walk to the Zytclogge and under the Arcades and have a feel for one of Switzerland`s most charming cities.
Enjoy lunch in this beautiful city before departing for either Luzern or Zurich to end this magical tour.
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The Swiss people are very modest, so avoid wearing clothes that are too short or revealing in public and in particular at religious or culturally significant places.
Ask permission before taking someone’s photo.
Due to the nature of travel in Europe, a backpack can sometimes be more suited to this trip than a suitcase.
In Switzerland, the dress standard can be more conservative than it is back home. When packing, try to choose long, loose, clothing that will keep you comfortable in the season you are travelling in.
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What to Take
What you need to bring depends on the trip you have chosen and the countries or regions you are planning to visit during your entire vacation. We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible.
Most travellers carry a small to medium size backpack or rolling bag or suitcase.
You will also need a day pack or bag to carry water, cameras and other electronics like iPods and mobile phones.
Please note that visas for entry into your Destination are the responsibility of each individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip will vary depending on where you are from, and where you are going. Rules do change. For the most up-to-date information, please check your government’s foreign ministry website or contact your travel agent.
Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others, while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs. Consider your likely spending habits when budgeting for drinks, shopping and tipping.
During your holiday, you will use the Swiss Frank. Because currency exchange rates in Europe do fluctuate quite frequently, we ask that you refer to the following website for the most up to date information on exchange rates: www.xe.com
The best way to access local currency in Switzerland is from an Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) with a debit card. ATMs are readily available throughout Switzerland and will usually accept cards from both the Visa and MasterCard international networks. If possible, travel with both a Visa and a MasterCard to provide backup in case of loss or access problems with one card. Please note, your bank will usually charge a fee for overseas withdrawals.
You should bring some cash with you for emergency situations (please refer to our trip dossier) but not a substantial amount as carrying only cash is high risk. The ideal mix is two or more ATM card/s with some cash as back-up.
Credit cards are accepted at some upmarket hotels and restaurants, and some larger stores if shopping for big items.
Cash advances with your credit card are also possible at some banks. However, the process is time-consuming and tends to attract high fees.
Traveller’s cheques can be tricky, time-consuming and expensive to exchange. While we do not recommend that you bring them as your primary source of funds, you may choose to bring one or two cheques in case of emergency. American Express travellers’ cheques in US currency are the easiest to exchange.
Depending on the service, it is customary in Europe to tip service providers, such as waiters, approximately 10%. Though not compulsory, tipping is expected and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your holiday. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is an opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use.
Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure.
We recommend that you carry a small First Aid kit, hand sanitizers or antibacterial wipes, and any personal medical supplies you might require.
Please be aware that for those Packages that are in remote areas and away from medical facilities. For legal reasons, our Green Cultural Travel representatives are prohibited from administering any drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc. In Europe, pharmacies tend to stock the same western drugs available in your home country, but they are usually locally produced and may have different names. To ensure you can access to the right treatment, ask your doctor for the details of the active components and dosage instructions if you think you might need to purchase prescription medication while here.
When selecting your trip, please read the brochure and itinerary carefully to assess your ability to cope with our style of travel.
Safety and Security
Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government’s advice for their latest travel information before departure.
We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt for keeping your passport, air tickets, travellers’ cheques, cash, and other valuable items safe. Leave your expensive jewellery at home. You won’t need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables while on tour. We recommend a lock for securing your luggage.
During your journey, you will have some free time to pursue your own interests. You can relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your Green Cultural Travel representative can assist you with options available in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary. We, therefore, offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your personal judgment before selecting an activity in your free time.
Although the locations you will visit on your selected Package are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering about at night. We recommend our guests stay in small groups and take taxis for any night time excursions, including restaurant visits.
Protests and Demonstrations- Protests and demonstrations, even those that are well intended, have the potential to turn violent with no warning. Counter protests can also turn violent. Action by security forces to disperse demonstrators and protesters may occur at any time. If you are in an area where demonstrators or protesters are gathering, avoid the temptation of staying for a photo opportunity and leave the area immediately.
As a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their personal luggage. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. These requirements ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to complete their chosen trip comfortably.
While our Representatives work hard to ensure all our traveller’s needs are catered for, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day’s activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information.
A Word of Warning
When exploring on your own carry only the necessary minimum with you and use a well-hidden money belt for cash and credit cards. The majority of your valuables, including your passport, should be left in the hotel safe. You can organise use of the safe at the reception of your accommodation. There is no need to get paranoid, just be cautious.
Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory to participate in any of our packages. Your Green Cultural Travel representative will communicate with you prior to your departure to ensure you have insurance in place and we will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy, please bear in mind that all clients must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance, we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name.
Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage, and emergency contact telephone number.
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As we are owned by Green Cultural Travel Hub Limited UEN 201705140R a Singapore registered “Not for Profit” company our profits allow us to continue our support of community projects in the destinations our guests visit.
Purchasers of our Packages will automatically become members of our Green Cultural Travel Hub and Members of our Hub receive a bi- monthly magazine and access to some great travel specials and follow the progress of the community programs we support. Guests can also take the opportunity when booking a Package to make their own donation to Green Cultural Travel Hub Limited.