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Journey to Swiss Alps and the Rhine

14 Nights featuring Geneva, Zermatt, Interlaken, Lucerne, Zurich, Strasbourg, Cologne & the Rhine River

Includes: Roundtrip Airfare, Hotel, Tours, Transfers and More!

Start Date: October 4, 2020
(Sailing October 11, 2020)

About This Journey

At the heart of Europe’s Alpine region lies the dramatic landscapes of Switzerland. Around every curve, a pristine lake and snow-capped peak; in every valley, a local village making their finest cheeses and chocolates. A country rich with traditions and a love for the great outdoors, Switzerland offers travelers a variety of experiences. On this Journey we will walk along the cosmopolitan streets of Zurich, cruise along the shores of Lake Geneva and discover the secrets of Switzerland’s culinary delights. At the heart of the Alpine range you will stand in awe of the breathtaking Matterhorn, take a gondola cable car through the mountain peaks and ride the steepest cogwheel train in the world. To add a bit of magic, we will explore the Swiss Alps in autumn, where at every turn is a cornucopia of colors, the pathways crunch under your feet, and the aroma of roasting chestnuts fills the air. We’ll enjoy the crisp, fresh air when the crowds are thin, then gather around a bubbling fondue pot at the end of the day. Then, embark on Uniworld’s luxurious river ship for a 7-night cruise along the Rhine River, enjoying included shore excursions in every port. As the river twists its way from the Alps to the North Sea, you will pass through dramatic gorges, robust vineyards and historic villages. After this grand adventure through Switzerland, Germany, France and the Netherlands, you’re sure to return home both inspired and invigorated!

Visits: Uniworld, SS Antoinette, Amsterdam, Zermatt, Beatenberg, Interlaken, Lucerne, Switzerland, Montreux, Basel, Breisach, Kehl, Strasbourg, Mannheim, Speyer, Boppard, Rudesheim, Koblenz, Cologne, Amsterdam

Journey to Swiss Alps and the Rhine

Itinerary

Start Date: October 4, 2020
(Sailing October 11, 2020)

Day Port Arrival Departure
1 Arrive Geneva – Transfer to Hotel & Welcome Dinner
2 Geneva to Montreux – Tour of Geneva, Montreux and Chateau de Chillon
3 Montreux – Culinary Tour
4 Montreux to Zermatt – Tour of the Matterhorn
5 Zermatt to Beatenberg – Scenic Drive and Tour of Interlaken
6 Beatenberg – Scenic Train to Jungfraujoch and Grindelwald
7 Beatenberg to Lucerne – Tour of Mt. Pilatus and Lucerne
8 Lucerne to Basel – Transfer to Port for Embarkation, with Enroute Tour of Zurich
9 Breisach – Included Shore Excursion: choice of Alsatian Village Tour or Colmar City Tour
10 Kehl (Strasbourg) – Included Shore Excursion: Strasbourg Tour
11 Mannheim (Speyer) – Included Shore Excursion: choice of Walking Tour or Visit a Vinegar Estate
12 Boppard, Rüdesheim – Included Shore Excursion: choice of Boppard Tour or Rheinstein Tour
13 Koblenz – Included Shore Excursion: choice of Koblenz Walking Tour or Marksburg Castle Visit
14 Cologne – Included Shore Excursion: Cologne Walking Tour with Cologne Cathedral
15 Amsterdam – Disembarkation and Transfer to Airport

**Please note that this itinerary is subject to change at anytime, including port of call changes. Please call a Personal Vacation Manager with any questions.

Interested in the land program without the cruise? Call us for a quote.

Land Program

Day 1 – Arrive in Geneva

Geneva-Switzerland

Geneva, Switzerland

Welcome to Switzerland! Upon arrival at the airport, meet your Enrichment Journey guide, who will assist with transferring you to the hotel. After check-in, you’ll have time to get settled in and relax before joining your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D)

Note: if you wish to spend more time in Geneva, ask your Personal Vacation Manager about the optional hotel extension – which will add a night to your Geneva hotel stay.

Day 2 – Geneva to Montreux

Chateau-de-Chillon

Chateau de Chillon

Start the day with a tour of the city. An elegant city center surrounded by natural beauty, Geneva is the perfect blend of history, culture and modern luxury. While walking along the cobblestone streets we will pass outdoor cafés, designer stores, historic monuments and extravagant hotels. Our tour will end at the shore of Lake Geneva, where we will board a vessel for a leisurely cruise along the lake. After some free time for lunch we will board the coach and make our way along the shore to one of Switzerland’s most famous castles, Chateau de Chillon. Built on an island at the edge of the lake, this medieval fortress was once a Roman outpost which guarded the Alpine passes. It later served as a summer home to the House of Savoy, and throughout the centuries has undergone various restorations. After exploring the castle, we will then be escorted to the castle’s wine cellars to enjoy a tasting of their wines. Depart the castle and head to the nearby town of Montreux, our home for the next two nights. After a walk around the town center, we will check in to the hotel and tuck into a well-deserved dinner!  (B, D)

Day 3 – Montreux

Mountains-Montreux-Switzerland

Montreux, Switzerland

Today we will indulge in the culinary delights of Switzerland! Our first stop will be the Gruyere Cheese Factory, where we will observe a demonstration and sample this regional specialty. The master cheese-makers at this factory produce up to 48 wheels of Gruyere a day! The cheese is produced from the milk of 36 local farmers whose cows graze upon the lush grass and fragrant flora of the alpine meadows. After visiting the factory we will proceed to lunch in town. This area is where Charlie Chaplin lived for 25 years, near the town of Vevey along the banks of Lake Geneva.

 

swiss-chocolates

Swiss Chocolates

It was also here in Vevey that milk chocolate was first developed in the nineteenth-century, creating a delicious trend that captured global attention. To celebrate one of Switzerland’s greatest inventions, we will finish our day at a local chocolatier for a demonstration and tasting of some of the finest Swiss chocolates! Enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure. (B, L)

 

Day 4 – Montreux to Zermatt

Matterhorn-Zermatt-Switzerland

Zermatt, Switzerland

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the quaint village of Zermatt. As there are no motorized vehicles in the town, our transfer will include a short train ride. Perhaps one of the most famous destinations in Switzerland, Zermatt is a fairy-tale town set against the backdrop of the jagged Matterhorn. Once we arrive, we will take a cable car from Zermatt to Klein Matterhorn (“Little Matterhorn”), which rests between the Matterhorn and the Monte Rosa massif, which contains the highest mountain peak in the Swiss Alps. You will have some free time to walk along the outdoor platform and indoor panoramic windows, which offer spectacular views of the Matterhorn, the glaciers and the Monte Rosa. Then, travel 50 feet below the surface of the glacier to explore the Glacier Palace, where icy walkways are lined with beautifully illuminated ice sculptures. Today’s lunch will be served at the world’s highest mountain restaurant, where you can further enjoy the views as you dine. Return back to Zermatt where you’ll have the evening at your leisure. (B, L)

Day 5 – Zermatt to Beatenberg

Interlaken-Switzerland

Interlaken, Switzerland

Departing Zermatt we will head north along a scenic route towards Interlaken, a picturesque town that straddles two glacier-fed lakes, surrounded by the Bernese Alps. The drive will take a few hours, but is incredibly beautiful so keep your cameras ready and enjoy the views. Once in Interlaken, you will have a couple hours of free time to go for a stroll, have lunch on your own and do some shopping. Then, your guide will lead a short walking tour around the center of the town. By the late-afternoon we will head to your luxurious hotel overlooking Lake Thun and Interlaken. This mountainside hotel will serve as a welcome respite for you to relax, unwind and enjoy the stunning views. Tonight’s dinner will be at one of the hotel restaurants. (B, D)

Day 6 – Beatenberg

Electric-Train-Switzerland

Electric Train on Bernese Alps

Today we will conquer Jungfraujoch, the “Top of Europe” platform between the peaks of Jungfrau and Monch in the Bernese Alps. This area lies within the UNESCO Natural World Heritage property of “Jungfrau – Aletsch – Bietschhorn.” Our first stop along the way is at Trummelbach Falls, a series of ten glacier-fed waterfalls in a cave-like environment. Then, prepare for an adventure as we embark on a rack railway to the highest railway station in Europe.

 

Grindelwald-Switzerland

Grindelwald, Switzerland

Once at the top, the view is astounding. Icy air streams across your face, snow crunches under your feet, and the view nearly takes your breath away. On one side is the view of the Mittelland up to the Vosges, on the other the Aletsch glacier, bordered by 13,000 foot peaks. You will have free time to take it all in, explore the exhibitions and enjoy lunch. On the way back down the mountain we will go a different route, ending in Grindelwald. Head back to the hotel where we’ll warm back up with a cozy dinner. (B, D)

 

Day 7 – Beatenberg to Lucerne

Lake-Lucerne-Switzerland

Cableway over Lake Lucerne

Today we will depart Beatenberg and travel to the famous Lake Lucerne, taking the long route over a nearby mountain which offers panoramic views of the lake from above. At the town of Alpnachstad we will board the world’s steepest cogwheel train, which will take us up through the rock faces, passing mountain streams and lush meadows. At the summit of Mt. Pilatus you will have free time to admire the panoramic views of Lake Lucerne and surrounding mountains. To get down the mountain we will take an aerial cableway and then switch to gondola, both of which offer different perspectives of the views from their large windows. This afternoon we will discover the town of Lucerne, which rests on the calming banks of the lake. Enjoy a walking tour of the town center and then check in to your hotel for the evening.

Traditional-Swiss-Cowbells

Traditional Swiss Cowbells

On the last night of our tour we will say farewell with a celebration of Swiss culture! Traditional Swiss customs and usages, including alphorns, cowbells, national costumes, flag throwing and yodeling, will be showcased during an unforgettable dinner show experience. The unique combination of good food, homemade beer, music and fun will have you clapping along and smiling all evening. (B, D)

 

Day 8 – Lucerne to Basel via Zurich; Embarkation

Zurich-Switzerland

Zurich, Switzerland

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and travel to Zurich, the largest city in Switzerland. Undoubtedly an important financial hub, Zurich also has an abundance of historical and cultural institutions and is often ranked among the world’s top cities in terms of quality of life. Your guide will lead you on a walking tour of the Altstadt (Old Town) and surrounding area. You will then have some free time to walk around, grab a snack at a local café and do some last-minute shopping. Then, transfer to the port in Basel where you will board the S.S. Antoinette for a 7-night cruise along the Rhine River. (B)

Day 9-14 – Cruising onboard the S.S. Antoinette (see below for cruise highlights)

Day 15 – Amsterdam Disembarkation

Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the S.S. Antoinette and transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Note: if you wish to spend more time in Amsterdam, ask your Personal Vacation Manager about the optional extension

For meals not included in your land programs, all hotels chosen include a restaurant on property where you may relax and enjoy a meal. In addition, your guide is available to make suggestions on nearby dining, shopping or sightseeing.

Port Highlights

Basel, Germany: Arrive at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg. If your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship.

Important Note: Uniworld’s airport services and transfers to the ship will take place on the Switzerland side of the Basel-Mulhouse Airport. Be sure to enter Customs on the Switzerland side, as guests cannot return to the Switzerland side after they have exited the airport from the France side.

Kaysersberg-Alsace-France

Kaysersberg, France

Breisach, Germany: Look up “charming and “picturesque” in the dictionary and it could very well show images of today’s choice of destinations—two of Alsace’s best-known wine villages or a town some have hailed as the prettiest in the world. Is it really? See for yourself from our uniquely Uniworld perspective. A charming town dominated by a 17th-century hilltop cathedral, Breisach is your gateway to the Alsatian wine road. This is your launching point for one of two excursions along the celebrated route des vins, which hugs the foothills of the Vosges mountain range. You can visit Kaysersberg and Riquewihr, two of the most picturesque villages in the region, or take a tour of the larger town of Colmar, considered one of the most beautiful destinations along the wine road and the capital of Alsatian wines. If you’re interested in doing something a bit more physically challenging, you could stay in Breisach and walk or bike through the surrounding vineyards.

Spend the afternoon onboard, simply enjoying the views from the ship’s lounges or decks and sampling some of the ship’s amenities. Sip a cocktail on the Sun Deck or relax with a massage. A special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Strasbourg-France

Strasbourg, France

Kehl (Strasbourg), Germany: Strasbourg is invariably described as quaint, a rather overused word that in this case is perfectly apropos. Whether you see it via a canal boat or on foot with an insightful local expert, this historic town with its cobbled lanes, half-timbered homes, giant stork nests and impossible-to-resist pastry shops will win your heart. Kehl, directly across the river from Strasbourg, will be your ship’s base while you explore the Alsatian capital, which is known as the “Crossroads of Europe” for its strategic location halfway between Paris and Prague. You may choose to see Strasbourg, which would give you an enlightening and relaxing overview of this historically important city. Or you may experience the historic core as the locals do, with a walking tour. If you’re feeling adventurous, take advantage of Uniworld’s bicycles or Nordic walking sticks and explore the banks of the river.

You have the entire afternoon to see more of Strasbourg on your own.

Speyer, Germany

Speyer, Germany

Mannheim (Speyer), Germany: Expect the unexpected in Speyer, where ancient treasures harmoniously co-exist with modern day innovation. For something really unexpected, venture into a spooky, candlelit tasting room to sample flavorful elixirs made from wine vinegars. Utterly unique and surprisingly delicious, and something you’ll experience with no other river cruise line. The ship docks in Mannheim, where you’ll have to choose between boarding a motorcoach to the nearby town of Speyer for a guided walking tour or taking in an exclusive tasting at a local vinegar estate.

 

Niederwald-Monument-Rudesheim-Germany

Niederwald Monument

Boppard, Rüdesheim: Your floating hotel arrives in Rüdesheim, one of the most charming ports of call in the Rhine Valley. This city has a long history going back to Roman times and is famous for the Drosselgasse, a narrow, bustling lane of shops and wine bars, as well as its impressive Niederwald Monument, built to celebrate the re-establishment of the German empire in the late 19th century. Experience Germany’s fabled Rhine River in one of two ways—a tasting of estate-grown Rieslings at Castle Vollards or an invigorating vineyard hike.

Cruising out of Rüdesheim you’ll enter the sublimely beautiful Upper Middle Rhine Valley. Byron described it as “a work divine, a blending of all beauties.” Turner painted it. Wagner used it as inspiration for his opera Götterdämmerung. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this scenic 40-mile (65-kilometer) stretch of the Rhine features a stunning, castle-dotted landscape that many 19th-century composers, painters and poets considered the embodiment of an ideal romantic spirit. Each bend and twist of the river affords new delights: Steep riverbanks are graced with sloping vineyards and picturesque towns, and hilltops are crowned by fairytale castles. Each one of those castles tells a tale: of great families raising fortresses against each other, of warfare and ruin, and rebuilding through the centuries. Some castles have been entirely reconstructed; others tower above the water in majestic ruin, still an inspiration for romantics. You won’t want to miss the scenery as you sail into Boppard. Later, join your Cruise Manager for a village stroll highlighting stately riverfront homes and the lingering traces of Boppard’s fascinating Roman past.

Marksburg-Castle

Marksburg Castle

Koblenz, Germany: No other river valley on earth boasts more castles than the Rhine, and today you’ll have an opportunity to experience real-life “Game of Thrones” ambiance deep within the medieval walls of Marksburg Castle. Not into dungeons and dragons? Get to know Koblenz, a historic town with a colorful past and eclectic architecture and enjoy a scenic bike ride. As you come upon Koblenz, you’ll sail past Deutsches Eck (German Corner) with its historic monument to Kaiser Wilhelm I, at the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine rivers. You have wonderful tours from which to choose today.

 

Cologne-Germany-Cathedral

Cologne Cathedral

Cologne, Germany: You simply cannot visit Cologne without paying homage to its most notorious site, the Gothic masterpiece that serves as the city’s cathedral. A local expert will show you favorite haunts around the Old Town and share some of the cathedral’s most intriguing and Magi-cal secrets with you. Cologne is the largest and oldest city of the Rhineland and a cultural mecca, with more than 30 museums and hundreds of art galleries. A congenial atmosphere and a mix of ancient, modern and reconstructed buildings characterize the heart of the city.

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Included Features

  • Roundtrip international airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • 7-night pre-cruise land program in Switzerland
    • Geneva – 1-night hotel stay
      • Welcome Dinner
      • Half-day city tour with lake cruise
    • Montreux – 2-night hotel stay
      • Half-day tour of Chateau de Chillon and Montreux
      • Full-day culinary tour
    • Zermatt – 1-night hotel stay
      • Half-day tour of the Matterhorn
    • Beatenberg (Interlaken) – 2-night hotel stay
      • Full-day scenic drive and tour of Interlaken
      • Full-day scenic train journey to Grindelwald
    • Lucerne – 1-night hotel stay
      • Full-day tour of Alpnachstad via cogwheel train and cable car
      • Farewell dinner show
      • Half-day tour of Zurich
  • Tour Leader throughout pre-cruise land program and Local Tour Hosts during included tours
  • Most meals while on tour (see itinerary highlights) and all meals while onboard
  • 7-night sailing aboard S.S.Antoinette
    • Amenities included during your Uniworld cruise:
      • All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
      • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
      • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water
      • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
      • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
      • 6 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
      • Guided “Let’s Go,” “Do as the Locals Do” and “Village Day” programs
      • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
      • Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, high thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options
      • Much more! Click to Learn about Uniworld Cruises

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What to Expect on Your Trip

Pacing

Most days during the land portion will include full-day tours. The overall pace is rather quick, as there is much to see in these regions, however, there is a healthy mix of both visits to historical sites and time to enjoy the landscape and scenery. Most days include two meals, allowing the third meal to be at your leisure. All hotels will have a restaurant on property where you may dine, then have the rest of the evening to relax. If you wish to go out, your guide is available to make suggestions for nearby dining. During the cruise you will have a mix of relaxing days at sea and exciting days on land to explore the port cities. You may choose from optional shore excursions, which will allow for cultural immersion, exotic meals and numerous activities.

Physical Activity

Please note much of this Journey is at a significant altitude above sea level; shortness of breath and fatigue may occur. Please see below for elevation levels during the tour. As a comparison, Cusco and Machu Picchu, Peru have an elevation of 11,152 feet and 7,972 respectively. Guests unfamiliar with the effects of high altitude should consult their personal physician.

Location           Elevation          Time Spent in Location

Geneva             1,230 feet         Overnight

Zermatt             5,276 feet         Overnight

Matterhorn        12,740 feet        Several hours

Beatenberg       3,704 feet         Overnight

Jungfraujoch     11,371 feet        Several hours

Grindelwald       3,392 feet         Several hour descent from Jungfraujoch to Grindelwald

Mt. Pilatus         6,982 feet         Several hours

Zurich               1,339 feet         Several hours

The land portion of the trip should be considered active and includes a considerable amount of walking. Enrichment Journeys will do everything in our power to ensure comfort through our third-party providers, including air-conditioned buses and comfortable accommodations where applicable. However, some areas cannot be accessed by coach, so our drivers will get you as close to sites as is legally allowed. Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes are strongly recommended. Historical sites often do not have elevators, escalators or ramps due to the age of the building/structure. Steps can be steep and uneven. Wheelchair access at many sites is limited to extremely limited. Based on crowds and traffic, order of visits may be changed. A fold-up wheelchair may be able to be stored on the bus but requires prior arrangements. Motorized wheelchairs and scooters cannot be accommodated on this group program. Guests must be able to transfer from their chair to the transportation.  Guides/drivers are not allowed to lift or push wheelchairs, so guests requiring physical assistance must travel with a companion who can assist. For the cruise portion of the trip, passengers will board and leave the ship across gangways and other river vessels, and you may have to walk a moderate distance to transfer to train, bus and car stations. Time spent on the road and traveling can be long, so you will need to be prepared for stretches of downtime in between destinations.

Cultural Focus

Nestled within the tallest mountains of Europe, Switzerland has developed its own unique culture. On this Journey you will enjoy an introduction to Swiss folkloric music, dancing and costumes, admire Alpine architecture and experience the culinary delights of the region, included cheeses, wines, chocolates and more. During your cruise you will explore the towns along the Rhine River, including shore excursions in every port. You will encounter dishes and ingredients typical to the region that you may not have encountered before, and you will be introduced to local artistry of the region. Enrichment Journeys encourages an open mind when in unique situations and meeting people abroad.

Unique Factors

Please note much of this Journey is at a significant altitude above sea level; shortness of breath and fatigue may occur. At these altitudes the temperature is significantly lower than that of the valleys, so be sure to pack warm layers. If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check in with your personal vacation manager before booking the trip. The temperature can vary between day and night, so pack accordingly with items that can be layered. Some guests may wish to have a light sweater or windbreaker with them.

Transportation

Included airfare is from select airports only. To inquire about a different airport, please contact your Personal Vacation Manager.

Enrichment Journeys is committed to providing remarkable experiences at extraordinary value. As a result, airlines and routes are selected to maximize that value and may involve multiple stops and extended layovers versus non-stop or direct flights. Passengers wishing to utilize specific carriers, direct/non-stop flights, Business Class upgrades, or to extend their time in any of our beginning or ending destination cities may do so by contacting Enrichment Journeys and inquiring about the Custom Airfare Program. There is a $50 per person charge for this service, however, this charge will be applied toward any flights or upgrades you choose to purchase. The $50 charge must be paid prior to receiving a custom air quote.

Transportation while on tour:

Geneva – Montreux: 1.5 Hour Coach Transfer

Montreux – Zermatt:  2 Hour Coach Transfer plus a 15 Minute Train Ride

Zermatt – Beatenberg:  15 Minute Train Ride plus a 3 Hour Coach Transfer

Beatenberg – Lucerne:  1.5 Hour Coach Transfer

Lucerne – Basel (via Zurich):  2 Hour Coach Transfer

Please note that these times are approximate and only reflect the transportation time. Our trip may be longer due to stops for sightseeing along the way.

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1-night Geneva Extension (pre-cruise)

Want an extra day to adjust to the new time zone? With this optional extension, you will arrive to Geneva a day early and have one extra day to relax at the hotel before the tour starts. Note: tours are not included. Price of $185 per person includes:

  • 1-night hotel accommodations in Geneva with daily breakfast
  • Private transfer from airport to hotel

2-night Amsterdam Extension (post-cruise) – with tours!

Although everyone on the Enrichment Journey will disembark the ship in Amsterdam, the itinerary does not include any time in the city. With this optional extension, you will stay for 2 nights in Amsterdam, provided by Uniworld. Spend time discovering Holland’s best-known city, which is filled with history, art, architecture, canals, cobblestone streets, museums, bicycles, and so much more. Price of $799 per person includes:

  • 2 nights at the Hilton Amsterdam Hotel (or similar)
  • Breakfast daily and all gratuities, service charges, taxes and porterage
  • Amsterdam canals and famous Rijksmuseum
  • English-speaking expert
  • All transfers

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Dates & Prices

October 4, 2020 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
Classic Riverview $9,865 $7,399 $2,466 CALL FOR DETAILS
French Balcony $10,665 $7,999 $2,666 CALL FOR DETAILS
Deluxe Balcony $11,199 $8,399 $2,800 CALL FOR DETAILS
Suite $14,132 $10,599 $3,533 CALL FOR DETAILS

Prices are in USD.

Interested in the land program without the cruise? Call us for a quote.

All prices on our website and e-Journey Travel Guide are subject to change without notice. While we make every effort to provide you the most accurate and up-to-date information, occasionally, a trip or pricing category may be misprinted or unavailable at the time of booking. In the event of an incorrect price due to typographical, photographic, or technical error, or error in pricing information received from our suppliers, we retain the right to correct the price and to refuse or cancel any bookings placed at the incorrect price. In addition, all offers, prices, and conditions of sale may be subject to change without notice including tours, included features, highlights, minimum or maximum stays, itinerary, times in port, and/or other conditions/restrictions.

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The following hotel list is preliminary and subject to change. Although we contract for hotels a year or more in advance, unforeseen circumstances do occasionally require a change of hotel. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality or value will be substituted and you will receive confirmed hotel information with your final itinerary.

Accommodations
Manotel Hotel Royal

Rue de Lausanne 41-43, 1201 Genève

Telephone: +41 22 906 14 14

The luxury 4-star Hotel Royal is located at the heart of the city of Geneva. Step into its elegant universe and you’ll find a welcome luxury alternative inspired by neoclassical architecture, as well as ample space for your stay at a 4-star hotel in Geneva. At Hotel Royal, it’s all about tradition, attention to detail and a relaxed atmosphere. Hotel Royal architect Paul Sartres describes it as a bourgeois manor-house, with its neoclassical furnishings, woodwork, drapes, paintings, and curios – all of which exude well-being and comfort. Just like home away from home, comfort is cared for and your well-being is set as the first priority.

Golf-Hotel René Capt

Rue de Bon-Port 33-35, Montreux 1820 Switzerland

Telephone: +41 (0)21 966 25 25

Montreux, pearl of the Swiss Riviera sits on the shores of Lake Geneva and is known for its incredible location at the foot of 2,000 m tall mountains and its mild, southern climate. The majority of the rooms at Golf Hotel René Capt have lake views and a breathtaking panoramic view of the mountains and surrounding area. You’ll be able to see Lake Geneva, Château Chillon, Montreux and the snow-covered peaks of the Savoy Alps.

Alpen Resort Hotel

Spissstrasse 52 3920 Zermatt, Zermatt 3920 Switzerland

Telephone: +41 (0)27 966 3000

The Alpen Resort is a modern first-class hotel with large and quiet rooms; each room provides a view of the Alps, several also directly at the Matterhorn. All rooms have access to either a garden terrace or a balcony and come with free Wi-Fi. Zermatt is located at the foot of the world-famous Matterhorn. In 1931 the municipality decided to banish the individual private transport in the streets of Zermatt. Today only quiet electric vehicles are allowed to drive in Zermatt and also because of them, Zermatt has clean and dry air.

Dorint Blüemlisalp Beatenberg/Interlaken

Hubel 114, Beatenberg 3803 Switzerland

Telephone: +41 33 8414-111

The 4-Star Hotel, Dorint Bluemlisalp Beatenberg/Interlaken, is situated on what could be called the sun terrace of the Swiss Alps. Allow yourself to be captivated by the special magic that is the natural paradise of Beatenberg, high above the rooftops of Interlaken. Pristine Alpine meadows and the invigorating mountain air offer an almost irresistible allure. The Dorint Bluemlisalp Beatenberg/Interlaken is a true mountain hotel, from which one could almost reach out and touch the 2,000m high Niederhorn, or the legendary Eiger North Face. The village of Beatenberg is settled in the Bernese Oberland region at the very heart of Switzerland, where it lies nestled against the mountain overlooking Lake Thun.

Ameron Luzern Hotel Flora

Seidenhofstrasse 5 6002 Luzern, Lucerne 6003 Switzerland

Telephone: +41 41 2276666

In the center of Lucerne, between Lake Lucerne and the Alps, the Ameron Luzern Hotel Flora welcomes you. The recently extensively renovated 4-star hotel combines Swiss originality with urban flair: natural materials such as wood and leather meet fresh colors and modern, minimalist design. The modernly furnished rooms feature air conditioning, minibars and satellite TV. With all Standard, Deluxe and Comfort rooms you benefit from a complimentary bottle of water as well as a coffee/tea machine.

Uniworld S.S. Antoinette

The luxurious décor of the 443-foot, 152-passenger S.S. Antoinette—Uniworld’s first Super Ship—features fine Brazilian marble on the walls and floors, a 19th-century Venetian glass mirror, a stylish Bar du Leopard with full-service bar and an onboard cinema. The two-story foyer boasts a 10-foot blue Strauss Baccarat chandelier with huge sapphires—a stunning piece that once hung in New York’s famous Tavern on the Green—and a collection of original artwork is displayed throughout the ship. Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England draped in high-thread-count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets along with a menu of pillow options. Uniworld’s meticulously designed ships feature enticing public areas and luxurious amenities, including a lounge with full-service bar, well-equipped fitness center, restaurant, Serenity River Spa and a Sun Deck where you can relax and take in the ever-changing views.

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Before You Go

Money Matters

How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.

ATM Machines

These are often readily available, especially in major cities. Some will charge fees on top of what your hometown bank may charge for using ATMs abroad. Look for well-marked machines that have the Visa or MasterCard symbols.

Foreign Banks

Currency can be exchanged at most banks, if needed. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby bank that is open.

Credit Cards

During your trip, you’ll find that most major credit cards are accepted. Call your specific card issuer ahead of time to find out its limitations and benefits overseas.

Incidentals

Do be aware that some additional charges for mini-bars, laundry and room service will not be included in the tour package. Plan accordingly for these extra charges.

Packing Guidelines

Pack as simply as possible for easy transfers and customs screenings. Check with your domestic and international carriers regarding baggage guidelines, allowances, and check for additional fees. All bags will be screened before boarding flights and the cruise ship.

What to pack

Basics and layers are key to a comfortable Journey. Be sure to check the weather in the destinations you will visit, and pack accordingly. There are always unpredictable variables as well, so make sure you have one sturdy jacket and an outfit for a formal occasion too, just in case.

Here are a few key items to take on your trip:

  • Raincoat/poncho
  • Hooded jacket/fleece pullover
  • Pants with pockets
  • Skirt with pockets
  • Hat with visor & sunscreen/bug spray
  • Warm socks
  • Sturdy sandals
  • Practical shoes for walking/easy hiking
  • Extra pair of prescription sunglasses and/or glasses (if needed)
  • Camera(s)

Have back-ups for everything to avoid disappointment. Charge batteries in advance and bring extra film or digital memory cards. If bringing a high-end camera, consider investing in insurance to protect your asset.

Luggage Screening Process

To pass through screening, have liquids either in small containers and bagged, or in checked luggage. All valuables necessary for the trip should be on your person at all times, if possible. This includes medications and documentation. We recommend one main bag and a carry-on, per airline guidelines for weight and size.

Labeling

Have all your bags labeled with your name and address clearly marked. Add something to you luggage that is recognizable in the event your bags are misplaced. You may also consider marking your bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for efficiency.

Carry-on items

In many countries, including the US, large liquid containers are not allowed in carry-ons. On the way back into The States, food or agriculture items are prohibited. If you have questions about a certain item, visit www.tsa.gov for a list of items that cannot be packed.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers are included as part of your Enrichment Journey. Local representatives will advise you of the departure time from your hotel the night before departure. Generally speaking, arrangements have been made to have you at the airport approximately three hours in advance of departure, though this may vary depending on local circumstances. At the end of the cruise, an airport transfer will also be provided. Please advise your Personal Vacation Manager if you do not require transfer arrangements at the time of booking your Journey.

Cell phones

Some cell phones will work overseas, but incur additional charges for the use. Choose whether you would like to add an international plan by calling your carrier, or consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone overseas. However, in some destinations, many smartphones and tablets can pick up wireless Internet for free.

Protecting the Value of Your Travel Investment

Enrichment Journeys offers a comprehensive travel insurance package you can purchase alongside your trip. It eases the mind and lets you cancel your trip for a covered reason up until the departure date with a full refund of the Journey.

The insurance covers a wide variety of incidents, including travel delay, emergency medical services, and even baggage delay. You will also receive a pre-existing medical conditions waiver if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of your initial deposit. For a full list of coverage provided, visit the FAQ section of the website.

Medical Issues and Handicaps

As with any extensive trip abroad, our excursions with Enrichment Journeys will require some physical capabilities, including transfers from cruise ships, walking on cobblestone streets and navigating through some busy cities with guides. Although we encourage all types of travelers to join us, we do ask you are aware of your own physical limitations. Unfortunately, we cannot provide individual care to those who may have walkers, wheelchairs or other aids. Enrichment Journeys also cannot accommodate pregnant women past their six month gestation period. Please speak with one of our Personal Vacation Managers to see if certain itineraries are suitable for you and your needs. We are happy to suggest other viable options for you that are more accessible.

Per the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, travelers have the right to be reasonably accommodated in terms of tours in public situations. However, the laws do not apply for trips and outside the United States. So you must let Enrichment Journeys know ahead of time of any physical limitations, including information added to our questionnaire that needs to be filled out by all passengers. Failure to inform Enrichment Journeys of these limitations could result in refusal to participate, whether it be at the airport through the airline, on board the ship or at the accommodations booked.

If you have any sort of prescription medication, this should be a number one priority in packing. Bring extra, just in case. A small medical kit is also advisable for quick access to remedy minor aches and pains.

Briefing sessions

A local host or tour manager will be happy to guide you through the trip and answer all of your questions. Upon arrival to your destination, an Enrichment Journeys representative will meet with the group and go over items such as the daily schedule, weather and local customs.

Hotels

All hotels booked by Enrichment Journeys are held to a high standard of comfort and quality, in accordance to international accommodation standards and rating systems. However, each accommodation varies so you may experience various types of properties throughout your excursions.

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Regional Information

Travel Documentation

Have your passport and visas ready and available at all checkpoints. Scan and copy these documents to print out. It is recommended that you e-mail a copy to yourself and someone back home in the event these documents are misplaced. Also, it may be worth bringing an international ID or license.

Passport and Visa

To travel internationally, you must have a passport in good condition, and it must be valid for at least 6 months after the last day of your trip. Visa requirements change frequently and for various reasons. As a result, our Personal Vacation Managers are not always able to provide visa information, and you should not rely on the information provided below to be the most current and accurate. The best way to obtain up-to-date information regarding visa requirements is to visit the official US government website for Americans traveling abroad, Travel.State.Gov, (Canadian citizens should visit https://travel.gc.ca/, for all other countries please visit your government website or local embassy), which details specific information on the countries you would like to visit, including visa requirements.

You may also use a third-party visa service, such as Expedited Travel. These services require an additional service fee but make the process of applying for a visa much simpler.

Note: as of August 2019, U.S. and Canadian passport holders traveling to Europe’s Schengen Zone will NOT have to obtain an electronic travel authorization (ETIAS) until January 1, 2021. Since this program visits Europe prior to this date, you should NOT be required to obtain an ETIAS. However, this is subject to change and Enrichment Journeys recommends all travelers to double-check this information as it gets closer to departure. More information can be found at https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/etias/

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are recommended to protect one’s health from preventable diseases abroad. It is always good to have routine vaccinations up to date when traveling for ailments such as chickenpox, measles, and the flu shot. Use your own discretion when deciding on what vaccinations to have based on your preferences and personal medical history. During your Enrichment Journeys tour, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce.

For a list of recommended vaccinations based on destination, visit https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel or feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention directly at 1-800-232-4636.

Electric Current

You will need an adaptor for some parts of your trip.  To see what the plugs will look like at your destination, visit https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/ and click on each country from the right menu.

You may also need to use a converter. Most countries outside of North and Central America use 220-240 V, whereas the U.S. and Canada use 110 V. However, most chargers these days have a box that will act as a converter so that it can be used in all countries around the world. If your charger box says “Input: 100-240V, 50/60 Hz” then you do NOT need to use a converter (but you may still need an adaptor so that the plugs fit in the socket).

Some hotels may have two and three-pronged outlets to use for various appliances. Ship cabins also have outlets for you to use with their converter. However, we recommend having at least one or two adaptors with you, as we cannot guarantee that all hotels will be able to accommodate this.

Local Currency

France, Germany and the Netherlands use the Euro (€), currency code EUR

Switzerland uses the Switzerland Franc, also known as the Swiss Franc (Fr., CHf or SFr.), currency code CHF

Please visit https://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/  for the current exchange rate.

How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. We suggest having at least some local currency with you during the trip, at least enough to take a taxi if needed. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.

Tipping Guidelines

Tipping is always appreciated but not always required. Expect several instances throughout the hospitality industry that allow for tipping. Have small bills ready for hotel staff, boat crew, restaurant servers, drivers, guides, and baggage handlers. If you have a meal outside the itinerary or hire a resident driver, a few dollars in the local currency is customary.

For more information about when and how much to tip in each country, feel free to speak with your tour guide at the start of your Journey. A good reference for international tipping is https://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2008-11-11/etiquette-101-tipping-guide.

Time Differences

Please be aware that you may be crossing through several time zones throughout your Journey. To view a time zone map, visit https://m.worldtimezone.com/m-index12.php.

Climate

Switzerland in the autumn brings cooler weather, and during our excursions to the mountain peaks it is essential that you wear appropriate clothing to stay warm. With the tour covering various regions, you will most likely come in contact with a wide range of temperatures, occasional rain, wind and/or damp environments. Check the weather online before departing for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations.

Many countries outside of North America use Celsius. Here is a °C to °F quick reference guide:

-5° C = 23° F 5° C = 41° F 15° C = 59° F 25° C = 77° F 35° C = 95° F
0° C = 32° F 10° C = 50° F 20° C = 68° F 30° C = 86° F 40° C = 104° F

High/Low Temperatures in Fahrenheit:

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Basel 41/31 45/32 53/37 60/42 68/49 74/55 78/59 78/58 70/52 60/46 49/38 43/33
Zermatt 34/20 35/19 43/26 51/33 57/38 66/46 69/48 68/48 61/42 53/36 42/28 35/21
Matterhorn 13/4 13/3 15/5 20/10 27/17 33/23 38/28 37/28 33/24 27/19 19/11 16/6
Strasbourg 40/30 44/31 53/36 61/41 68/49 74/55 78/58 78/57 70/51 59/44 48/37 42/32
Cologne 42/33 44/33 51/37 57/40 66/48 71/53 75/57 74/57 68/51 58/45 49/39 43/34
Amsterdam 41/34 42/32 48/37 53/40 61/46 66/52 69/55 70/55 64/51 57/46 48/39 44/36

Practice the Local Language

Knowing a few phrases in the local vernacular can be a wonderful way to connect with people and feel immersed in the culture. Here are some keywords and phrases:

Switzerland and Germany: German (Switzerland has four national languages but most speak German)

  • Hallo (Ha-lo): Hello
  • Auf Wiedersehen (Owf VEE-dur-zane): Goodbye
  • Danke schön (DAN-kuh shurn): Please
  • Danke (DAN-kuh): Thanks
  • Ja (Yah): Yes
  • Nein (Nine): No

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/german/ for more phrases with sound.

France: French

  • Oui (wee): Yes
  • Non (No): No
  • Où sont les toilettes? (Oo soh(n) lay twa-let?): Where are the restrooms
  • Merci (Mare-see): Thank you
  • Je vous en prie (Zhuh vooz ahn pree): You’re welcome
  • S’il vous plaît (Seal voo play): Please
  • Pouvez-vous m’aider? (Poo-vay voo meh – day?): Can you help me?
  • Au revoir (Ah reh-vwarh): Goodbye

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/french/ for more phrases with sound.

Netherlands: Dutch

  • Hallo (HAH-low): Hello
  • Vaarwel: Goodbye
  • Alstublieft (AHL-stuu-BLEEFT): Please
  • Dank je (DAHNK yuh): Thank you
  • Ja (YAH): Yes
  • Nee (NAY): No

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/dutch/ for more phrases with sound.

Facts and Figures

Check out these interesting facts about the destinations you will visit on your Journey.

Switzerland

  • Switzerland has four national languages – including French, German, Italian and Rhaeto-Romantsch.
  • There are over 208 mountains over 3,000m high and over 1,500 lakes in Switzerland.
  • Swiss chocolate makers Daniel Peter and Henri Nestlé invented milk chocolate in 1875.
  • Lac Leman, or Lake Geneva, contains over 40 shipwrecks.
  • Charlie Chaplin was reburied in a concrete grave in Corsier-sur-Vevey, in the hills above Lake Geneva.
  • Switzerland’s capital is Bern, even though Zurich is the largest city in the country.
  • Switzerland has been an independent country since 1499, except for the French and Napoleon’s presence in 1798-1815.

Germany

  • There are about 82 million people in the country of Germany, with each drinking about a pint of beer each day.
  • The longest word published in the German language is Donaudampfschifffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft.
  • The Cologne Cathedral took 632 years to build.

France

  • The French government gives medals to citizens who have “successfully raised several children with dignity.”
  • There’s only one STOP sign in the entire city of Paris.
  • French toast isn’t a French cuisine. Joseph French advertised the modern toast but forgot to add the apostrophe “s.” It should have been advertised as “French’s Toast” not “French Toast.”
  • Louis XIX was King of France for just 20 minutes.

The Netherlands (Holland)

  • The Netherlands is larger than the state of Maryland, but smaller than West Virginia.
  • The Dutch are the world experts on keeping water held back and preventing flooding. The US government turned to the Dutch for help during the Hurricane Katrina disaster, and the Dutch are the current leading experts in preparing coastal cities for sea-level rise.
  • The Dutch are the tallest in the world with an average height of 6 ft. for men and 5 ft. 6 in. for women. Some believe it’s the combined result of DNA and dairy.
  • Tulips, tulip fields and flower bulbs are typically Dutch. Yet, tulips do not originate from the Netherlands. The first tulip bulbs were imported from Turkey to the Netherlands, where they proved to grow extremely well on Dutch soil.

Recommended Reading List

Vacation should be easy, peaceful and, most of all, completely stress-free. Let us handle the details, so you can sit back, relax and curl up with a good book as you count down the days to your next Journey! We’ve compiled the following list of books and movies to introduce you to the destinations you are about to visit.

Books

  • Switzerland: A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  • Switzerland: A Tramp Abroad by Mark Twain
  • Switzerland: Scrambles Amongst the Alps by Edward Whymper
  • Switzerland: Why Switzerland? by Jonathan Steinberg
  • Germany and Switzerland: The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann
  • Germany: Culture Shock! Germany by Richard Lord
  • Germany: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (also a film)
  • Germany: Floating in My Mother’s Palm by Ursula Hegi
  • France: The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  • France: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  • France: The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
  • Netherlands: Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • Netherlands: The Van Gogh File: A Journey of Discovery by Ken Wilkie
  • Netherlands: Amsterdam by Ian McEwan

Travel Guides

Films

  • Switzerland: Goldfinger (1964) and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) – many other 007 movies also include scenes that were filmed in the Swiss alps
  • Switzerland: The Bourne Identity (2002)
  • Switzerland: Five Days One Summer (1982)
  • Switzerland: Heidi (1937, 1968 and 2015)
  • Germany and Switzerland: North Face (2008)
  • Germany and Switzerland: The Miracle of Bern (2008)
  • Germany: There are many historical movies set in Germany during WWII, including Schindler’s List (1993), Cabaret (1972), Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005), Valkyrie (2008) and many others
  • France: Les Miserable (2012)
  • France: Amelie (2001)
  • France: An American in Paris (1951)
  • France: Midnight in Paris (2011)
  • France: A Good Year (2006) – set in Provence region
  • France: for films about D-Day in Normandy, watch Saving Private Ryan (1998), The Longest Day (1962), Where Eagles Dare (1968), Eye of the Needle (1981), The Americanization of Emily (1964) or the television mini-series Band of Brothers
  • Netherlands: Girl With a Pearl Earring (2003)
  • Netherlands: Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

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