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Destination – Switzerland! Journey by high class rail

Switzerland is one of the most beautiful countries with it’s shimmering lakes, scenic mountains, medieval villages, and high peaks of the Alps.  With bordering neighbors like France, Germany, Austria, and Italy, Switzerland can often be overlooked.  But it shouldn’t be!

There’s a new itinerary offered by Cox & King, Switzerland & Snow-Capped Alps.  The full itinerary is below.

Highlights of this wonderful itinerary include:

  • High Class rail trip through Switzerland
  • Horse drawn carriage ride in the Val Fex valley
  • Exploring Chillon Castle
  • A medieval fortress on an island in Lake Geneva
  • A private sledding ride crosses alpine meadows and frozen waterfalls ending at a small local restaurant for dinner
  • A chocolate making workshop and tasting traditional fondue
  • Much more!

Switzerland & Snow – Capped Alps

12 DAYS & 11 NIGHTS, PRIVATE JOURNEY 

PRICING FROM: $9,599

Zurich, Sils Maria, Zermatt, Vevey, Interlaken & Lucerne

Enjoy sublime views of mountains and glaciers and take in the local culture as you travel by train through Switzerland on this journey. Begin your journey with a tour of life in Zermatt. Ride into the idyllic Fex Valley on horse-drawn carriage. Rise above 29 peaks on the Gornergrat Railway and revel in the breathtaking views. Learn to make chocolate in the Swiss Alps. In Lucerne, discover hidden valley and town squares. Travel through the country at ease with high class rail.

  • Day 1

    Arrive Zurich

    Welcome to Zurich! This afternoon, meet your private guide and embark on a highlights walking tour of Zurich. During your exploration of old town, you will uncover the secrets of Bahnhofstrasse, find out what a “procession axis” is, and visit a church with a clock that has a minute-hand that jumps a record-breaking half meter every minute.

    Unique Hotel Post

  • Day 2

    Sils-Maria

    Enjoy a scenic first class train ride to St. Moritz. Upon arrival, you will be assisted to your elegant hotel.
    This afternoon, you can choose to book an optional scenic helicopter flight with a culinary stopover, or explore on your own. Spend the night in Sils-Maria.

    Hotel Waldhaus – 2 Nights (B)

  • Day 3

    Sils-Maria

    A trip by horse-drawn carriage into the Val Fex is one of the most romantic experiences far and wide. Enjoy your ride, and then try fondue in the area around the beautiful Fex Valley. Later on relax by taking advantage of the hotel’s spa facilities.

    Hotel Waldhaus (B)

  • Day 4

    Sils-Maria to Zermatt

    After breakfast, meet with your driver who will take you to St. Moritz train station. There, you will board the famous Glacier Express. Enjoy a 3-course meal while taking in the breath-taking sights. Spend the night in your elegant hotel in Zermatt.

    Grand Hotel Zermatterhof – 2 Nights (B, L)

  • Day 5

    Zermatt

    Enjoy a stroll through Zermatt before taking the Gornergrat Railway to an altitude of 10135 above sea level, with a breath-taking mountain panorama overlooking 29 peaks over 4,000m high. This afternoon, take some time to explore Zermatt or relax in the hotel spa.

    Grand Hotel Zermatterhof (B)

  • Day 6

    Zermatt to Vevey

    Take the train from Zermatt to Vevey. Upon arrival, we suggest to either enjoy a private tour of the world famous Charlie Chaplin Museum. Another option is to explore the wine region Laveaux which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

    Grand Hotel Du Lac – 2 Nights (B)

  • Day 7

    Vevey

    Explore Chillon Castle, a medieval fortress on an island in Lake Geneva. Listed as “Switzerland’s most visited historic monument,” this is a stop you cannot miss on your journey through this beautiful and mountainous country.

    Grand Hotel Du Lac (B)

  • Day 8

    Vevey to Interlaken

    Take the train to Interlaken and enjoy the beautiful snow covered mountain resort which is presided over by the three mighty mountains of Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau. Upon arrival, participate in a Chocolate Workshop, in which you will produce your own masterpiece of 400 g chocolate. After the chocolate workshop, you have the option to book a private sledding night in the Swiss Alps.

    Along the way the trail winds through the woods, crosses alpine meadows and passes majestic frozen waterfalls. The sled run finishes at a small local restaurant where you can enjoy a traditional Swiss cheese fondue dinner.

    Victoria Jungfrau – 2 Nights (B)

  • Day 9

    Interlaken

    Visit Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe, on a self-guided tour. Enjoy breath-taking views of the Aletsch Glacier as you travel.

    Victoria Jungfrau (B)

  • Day 10

    Interlaken to Lucerne

    Travel by train over the Brunigpass, towards picturesque Lucerne, on the famous Golden Pass Line. The afternoon is at your leisure, spend it exploring the city, or else enjoying your hotel spa.

    Grand Hotel National – 2 Nights (B)

  • Day 11

    Lucerne

    Lucerne is the gateway of central Switzerland. Situated on Lake Lucerne, it is embedded within an impressive mountainous panorama. Today, enjoy a private walking city tour as well as an excursion to Mount Pilatus. On the tour you will learn important and humorous facts about the history of Lucerne and the everyday life of its residents. You will discover hidden alleys, visit town squares teeming with activity and even catch a glimpse of the city’s “crown,” the Musegg Wall.

    Grand Hotel National (B)

  • Day 12

    Depart

    Travel by train back to Zurich or Geneva for your onward journey or your return flight home.

    (B)

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Seabourn announces two wellness cruises hosted by Dr. Andrew Weil

Seabourn unveils a new wellness cruise for 2019 and 2020 in partnership with physician and best-selling author, Dr. Andrew Weil.

Each journey offers lectures, discussions, classes, and demonstrations led onboard by Dr. Weil and four other experts in integrative medicine as guests can enrich their lives for better mental and physical health.

19-Day Route To Ancient Wellness

Seabourn Ovation
Nov 13 – Dec 2, 2019
Departs : Piraeus (Athens), Greece
Arrives : Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Follow the ancient trading routes from Athens and Mycenae to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, threading Suez to Aqaba on the Red Sea and on to the source of pearls and frankincense in Arabia.

16-Day Wellness In Australia & New Zealand

Seabourn Encore
Feb 21 – Mar 8, 2020
Departs : Auckland, New Zealand
Arrives : Sydney, Australia

Sail from the City of Sails to survey both islands of New Zealand from Tauranga to the Fjordlands. Then sail across to marvelous Melbourne, Geelong and Sydney’s lovely harbor.

“Wellness is a growing phenomenon – and rightly so – as people around the world seek to live better, healthier, and more mindfully for the benefit of their overall wellbeing,” noted Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn. “We have had great success with Spa & Wellness with Dr. Andrew Weil on Seabourn voyages around the world, and we’re excited to follow up our past two wellness cruises with these new opportunities to learn from a group of highly regarded experts.”

There are only 2 family sailings and they will book up quickly!  Call or email us for a quote or if you have questions!

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U by Uniworld back for 2019 PLUS Camping on the Top Deck!

U by Uniworld river cruise line is back for 2019, and expanding!

U by Uniworld’s inaugural 2018 season was a success.  And they have awards to prove it!

They’re back in 2019 on the Seine, Main, Rhine and Danube rivers.  

There’s a new itinerary for 2019 and it’s the “Northern France at a Glance” on the Seine River.

This cruise starts on a Sunday in Paris but returns back to Paris on Friday so that you get Friday and Saturday day and night in the city of lights.  

This itinerary will be in demand as 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day.  Lot’s of river cruise lines have sold out many of their Seine cruises. If not sold out, there’s limited availability.

U by Uniworld visits some amazing iconic cities and small villages.  But they’re also about having fun on board.

So they’re bringing back the Painting & Wine, Silent Disco, Mixology Classes and Yoga on the Top Deck.  They’ll be adding a rooftop BBQ, Karaoke, Giant Board Games, Themed Parties, Romance Packages, and much more!

  

And in my opinion, one of the coolest new things they’re going to be doing is Rooftop Camping.  You’ll spend the night under the stars with a nightcap and a breakfast picnic in the morning for 2!  How awesome is that?

In 2020 they’ll be adding a 3rd ship sailing on the Mekong river.  Stay tuned for information on that.

If any of that sounds fun to you, well then, U by Uniworld is perfect option for you!

If you have any questions about the le laperouse or the cruise line Ponant, please feel free to call us or send us a message here.

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Reservations are open for the all new ultra luxury Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection

Every year there are new cruise lines and new ships entering the cruise industry.  Well, there’s a special one that’s debuting in February 2020… This new cruise line has a history of having some of the most luxurious hotels and resorts around the world.  Superior accommodations, extraordinary service and luxurious amenities are some of the things that make the Ritz Carlton among the most successful and very best in the world.

Ritz Carlton is introducing their brand new Yacht Collection which debuts in February 2020 from Fort Lauderdale.  The debut is not just any ordinary week in February, it’s the weekend of the BIG GAME. Super Bowl LIV (54) will be hosted in Miami and you can catch the big game while on your super luxurious Ritz Carlton cruise.  

Reservations have just recently opened for 2020 and voyages will kick off with a Caribbean cruise from Fort Lauderdale on February 1, 2020 on a 5 night round trip cruise.  The Super Bowl in Miami is being played on February 2. You can get some tickets and head to the big game, watch it somewhere in town, or watch it in the comfort of your luxury yacht.  After the game, the yacht will take off towards the Caribbean.

The inaugural season will include:

  • Caribbean sailings from February 1 till March 21, 2020 (Four 7 night sailings)
  • Mediterranean Sailings starting on March 28, 2020 when it sails the Barbados to Lisbon Transatlantic on a 12 night cruise.  This is followed by 11 Mediterranean sailings ranging from 7 to 11 nights up till July 4, 2020.
  • Northern Europe starting on July 5, 2020 when it sails on a 9 night Bordeaux to London voyage.  This is followed by 8 sailings ranging from 7 to 14 night. On September 12 the 14 night cruise departs Reykjavik to Canada arriving on September 26.
  • Canada & New England – September 26 to Oct 27 for 4 sailings and the 4th one is Boston to Nassau
  • Back to the Caribbean on November 6, 2020 for 7 sailings till end of year.

The Ritz Carlton yacht Collection is all about comfort and luxury:

  • The yacht will accomodate just 298 guests and have the feel of a Ritz Carlton property, spacious and residential.
  • The signature Ritz personalized service that is among the very best in the world.
  • Five unique dining experiences including a restaurant from Sven Elverfeld of Aqua, the three Michelin-starred restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg
  • Spacious ocean view suites with luxury amenities and your own private terrace.  
  • Onboard spa oasis
  • Direct access to the ocean right from the marina style platform at the back of the yacht.
  • Five themed excursion categories for your choice of land tours including options that can be curated just for you.

Cruising with Ritz Carlton is the ultimate in luxury travel.  They have super high standard for service & amenities and there is no doubt that this will translate to their new cruise line.

Reservations are now open and if you have any questions, please feel free to call us or send any questions here.


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Ritz Carlton is bringing their unmatched luxury to the seas

Ritz Carlton, with their super lux hotels and resorts, is bringing their unmatched luxury to the seas.

The Super Yachts will feature all suites for 298 guests. Each with their own private terrace. This is not just luxury sailing. This is the ultimate yachting experience.

 

Ritz Carlton will focus on unique and prominent destinations with visits to ports that the larger ships cannot get to. There will be 7 to 10 night sailings and no 2 will be alike so back to back cruises can be done without visiting the same place twice. Many will have overnight stays so you can really experience the destination.

  

The Yachts will feature:

– The Yachts will be modern in design,
– The Signature Ritz service which is among the very best in the world
– Luxury amenities including the Ritz Carlton spa
– Elevated dining including a restaurant from Sven Elverfeld of Aqua, the three Michelin-starred restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg

 

Ritz Carlton will begin sailing in 2020. Reservations open in May 2018 for Ritz reward members and June to the public.

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