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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)

    Interested in more information?  Please feel free to call me at 305-814-8184 or send me a note here!


     

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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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Crystal River Cruises announces 4 and 6 night Europe River Cruises

Looking for a shorter river cruise?  Crystal Cruises has you covered!

Explore more, savor more, enjoy more on a collection of luxury 4- or 6-night river cruises in the heart of Europe. All inclusive!

Fares start at just $1,349.

ITINERARIES INCLUDE
– Wachau Valley Getaway for 4 days from Vienna to Passau on March 29
– Danube Getaway for 6 days from Passau to Vienna on April 2
– Wachau Valley Getaway for 4 days from Vienna to Passau on April 30
– Danube Getaway for 6 days from Passau to Vienna on May 4

ALL-INCLUSIVE SIGNATURE HALLMARKS
– Europe’s only all-suite river ships featuring king-sized beds 
and personal butler service in every suite
– Farm-to-table dining featuring Crystal’s innovative 
and acclaimed Michelin-inspired cuisine
– Unlimited fine wines, champagnes, premium spirits and beers
– Unmatched Complimentary Crystal Collection of Destination Experiences in each destination, and a Crystal Signature Event on every full itinerary
– Twice as many staff per guest as the industry average, 
and all staff are Crystal employees
– All gratuities, shipboard and shoreside, included. .

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Tauck will start sailing the Douro River in Portugal come 2020!

There’s a river that river cruisers often overlook when planning their European river cruise.  It’s known as the river of gold.  The river I’m referring to is the Douro River in Portugal! 

Tauck just recently announced that they will be cruising the Douro River starting in 2020! 

Tauck is an award-winning, All Inclusive river cruise line.  Tauck is a premium river cruise line and it’s the best of the best! 

The 8-day river cruise starts and ends in Porto and showcases an authentic taste of daily life in the Douro River Valley. 

Tauck is building a new ship specifically made for cruising the Douro called the ms Andorinha. 

The region is steeped in a legacy of wine making for over 2,000 years.  Enjoy wine tastings hosted by expert wine makers; go hiking and bicycling; visit villages, a museum, a palace and a prehistoric site. 

2020 itineraries are already available to book!  They’re super popular and some are selling out so please feel free to call or email us and we’ll help you plan your dream Tauck Douro River Cruise!

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AmaWaterways adds Istanbul, Nice and much more in 2020 river cruises

AmaWaterways has some super exciting things coming in 2019.  A new itinerary on the Danube.  A new Golf Concierge Program for the golfers that dream of teeing it off in some of Europe’s championship golf courses.   And of course, there are 3 new EXCITING ships joining the fleet: 

  • AmaMagna – sailing on the Danube River 
  • AmaMora – Sailing on the Rhine River 
  • AmaDouro – Sailing on Portugal’s Douro River 

If your 2019 vacation plans are set and 2020 is your year for a river cruise, AmaWaterways has just released their preview brochure for 2020 and you can now book! 

2 new river cruise itineraries for 2020: 

  • Treasures of the Main and Rhine – 3 nights in Prague & 7-night cruise from Nuremburg to Amsterdam. 
  • Vineyards of the Rhine & Moselle – 2 nights in Amsterdam, 7-night cruise from Amsterdam to Luxembourg, 3 nights in Paris. 

New land extensions: 

  • Gems of Southeast Europe adds an option for 3 nights in Istanbul, Turkey.  Tour the fascinating old city of Istanbul as well as a visit to the 16th century museum, Topkapi Palace 
  • Colors of Provence & Spain adds an option with an extension in Nice where guests can explore the French Riviera, including visits to Aix-en-Provence, Monaco and Monte Carlo. 

There is one new ship joining the fleet in 2020, the AmaSiena.  The AmaSiena will sail on the Main, Moselle, and Rhine rivers.  The new ship will sail on both new itineraries for 2020 – Treasures of the Main & Rhine and Vineyards of the Rhine & Moselle. 

The AmaMagna, which will start sailing in May 2019, will add 2 new itineraries in 2020 for a total of 5 different itineraries: 

  • Romantic Danube – 7-night cruise from Vilshofen to Budapest.  Options of 2 nights in Munich or 3 nights in Prague pre-cruise. 
  • Melodies of the Danube – 7-night cruise from Budapest to Vilshofen.  Option to add 2 nights pre-cruise in Budapest and/or 3-nights in Prague post-cruise. 
  • Gems of Southeast Europe – 7-night from Budapest to Giurgiu.  Land extensions available in Budapest, Brasov, Bucharest, Vienna, and Istanbul. 
  • Grand Danube Cruise – 14-night cruise from Vilshofen to Giurgiu.  Land extensions available in Prague, Brasov, and Istanbul. 
  • Christmas Markets on the Danube – 7-night cruise from Budapest to Vilshofen.  Land extension in Budapest and Prague.  

For more on AmaWaterways and to search for cruises, CLICK HERE!

If you’d like to start planning your 2020 river cruise (or 2019 as there’s still good availability), feel free to call us at 305-814-8184 or send us a note!

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