4 nights from: $795 Single Supplement: FREE
Discover the medieval lanes, alpine allure, and small-town charm of Lucerne during our optional trip extension.
Discover the beauty of Lucerne, Switzerland, set on the shore of Lake Lucerne with stunning views of the Alps. Spend four nights in this center of Swiss culture and wander the narrow cobblestone streets to admire the spires, turrets, covered bridges, and fountains for which the city is famous.
- It's Included:
- Accommodations for 4 nights
- Daily breakfasts
- Included tour: Lucerne
- Dedicated services of a local Program Director
- Gratuities for local guides and motorcoach drivers
- All transfers
Disembark after breakfast, and transfer by private motorcoach to Lucerne. Upon arrival in late morning, enjoy a walking tour of this lovely city.
Set on the shores of sparkling Lake Lucerne and with a backdrop of dramatic mountains, Lucerne is marked by medieval circular walls, watchtowers, and ancient covered bridges. You'll see the Renaissance Town Hall, built from 1602 to 1606, its ornate style influenced by Florentine Renaissance designs, and marvel at Lucerne's 17th-century cathedral as we pass by.
After lunch on your own, you can relax at a cafe near your hotel and watch the city life go by, or set out to explore Lucerne further.
Dinner is on your own tonight.
Take the day to discover Lucerne at your own pace. Perhaps you'll visit the Church of St. Leodegar, named for the city's patron saint, which sits on a small hill just above the lakefront. Originally built in AD 735, the present structure was erected in 1633 in the late Renaissance style. However, the church's towers are surviving remnants of an earlier structure, and the interior is richly decorated.
Or, travel high into the Alps, to the town of Rigi Kaltbad, for our optional Best of Switzerland tour. Begin with a boat trip to tiny Weggis at the base of Mount Rigi, where you'll take to the skies aboard an aerial cable car. Your destination, Rigi Kaltbat, is a car-free resort accessible only via cogwheel train or cable car. The views across the nearby lake are spectacular. Dinner is included in your optional tour price.
Spend today exploring more of Lucerne's highlights on your own—like the city’s Chapel Bridge, a covered wooden footbridge whose 700-year history makes it one of the oldest bridges of its kind in Europe. You may also choose to admire the Lion Monument carved into rock at the park near Lowenplatz and visit the nearby Glacier Garden to discover remnants of the last Ice Age. Your Program Director will also be able to provide suggestions.
Your day is free to explore as your like.
Or, join our full-day optional Kleine Scheidegg excursion to visit the Swiss Alps. You'll enjoy a panoramic 40-minute train ride on the Jungfrau Line Railway to Kleine Scheidegg at an altitude of almost 7,000 feet. Admire the Alpine scenery with dramatic views of the Wetterhorn and the Eiger North Face, successfully climbed for the first time in 1938. You'll savor traditional Swiss fare for lunch and have time to take some great pictures.
No other area of Switzerland offers so much—majestic mountains, waterfalls and lakes, plus scores of charming villages. Long before skiing and hiking became popular pursuits, the aristocrats of France and England flocked here to view the imposing triple peaks of the Jungfrau, Monch, and Eiger in comfort. You then descend to the resort town of Grindelwald before returning to your hotel.
Tonight, gather with your fellow travelers for a Farewell Drink.
Transfer today to Zurich airport for your flight home.
Please note: This extension may not be available for all departures. Additional taxes and fees will apply. Ask our Travel Counselors for details. Call 1-800-221-2610. Lucerne is a post-trip extension on the Antwerp to Basel itinerary and a pre-trip extension on the Basel to Antwerp itinerary.