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Switzerland Destinations

Rail, self-drive & cruise experience

Switzerland by Luxury trains:
Achingly beautiful panorama and luxuries galore will be your company while you journey from hauntingly stunning hamlet to another breathtaking hill station as you traverse scores of long tunnels and bridges. Remain witness to the Swiss urban life, pastoral villages, and gently undulating, lush meadows dotted with wild flowers, while the snow peaked Alps play hide-n-seek with you. While you’ll get to view mountains, glaciers, resort towns and sleepy hamlet, your train journeys can be adapted into shorter trips.

Alternatively, you can opt for specialised train journeys. There’s the Chocolate Train especially designed for chocolate aficionado. It runs between Montreux and the Cailler factory in Broc. The itinerary includes a visit to the chocolate factory, chocolate tasting, a visit to an 800 year old castle and a dairy in Gruyère, ensuring a wonderful time for your family and friends. If you are rather fond of cheese, take the Cheese Train, and go for a ride along the Lake Geneva region, from Montreux to Chateau-d’Oex. Enjoy exotic selections of cheese and fine wine on board, relish visits to a cheese farm or opt for a fondue tasting session, for this journey promises to be a gourmand’s delight!

Switzerland while self-driving
There can be no easier or better way of exploring Switzerland than in a self-driven car. Easier because it is, indeed, surprisingly easy to navigate your way around the vales and hills, better because your journeys will become rather flexible with easy breaks and whimsical detours and sojourns. Drive along the endless stretches of picturesque roads lined by the lofty pines and verdant or snowy meadows, depending upon the season. Let every bend, nook and cranny surprise you with its magnificent offerings, where you don’t need to be a professional photographer to take stunning photos! Stop and appreciate nature’s abundance while you stroll along the gurgling streams with the balmy Alpine breeze keeping you comfortable. Switzerland is also a foodie’s heaven. Indulge at the many quaint restaurants that serve authentic local cuisine, including the Rösti, a traditional Swiss dish of roasted shredded potatoes.

Hairpin bends, alluring mountainscape and the sheer soul of the country will truly make for a wonderful journey by car.

Swiss cruises
Cruising through the crystal-clear Swiss waterbodies, surely it’ll be a delight for your refined senses!
Lake Geneva is a cruise lover’s paradise. The biggest Swiss inland lake has some of the most scenic cruises of the region. The cruise boats connect charming hamlets, crisscrossing the lake providing you with ample opportunities to grasp the region’s charms. Enjoy the views of the distant towns, chalets and chateaus from varied perspective from the boat in the backdrop of the setting sun. An unforgettable time awaits you here.

Alternatively, you can opt for a boat ride in Lake Silsersee, another magnificent Alpine lake.  Ride the "Segl-Maria", a modern vessel, as it ploughs across the lake from Sils Maria to Maloja. During this scenic cruise, it stops at the Chastè peninsula, Plaun da Lej and Isola. The Upper Engadine is regarded as a fisherman’s paradise during the summer months when mountain trout, greyling and char are abundantly available in the lake. Experience these and more on your boat rides!

great Switzerland holiday


A great Switzerland holiday would be a well-rounded exploration of all things quintessentially Swiss. Although the list is perceived endless among seasoned travellers, here are a few recommended essentials that should factor in your Swiss holiday, giving it a dream like quality.

1. The Swiss panorama
Although Switzerland’s stunning vistas is ubiquitous in the country, it is still suggested to better your experience and feast your eyes on epic views.

Majestic views of the Matterhorn is one that you just can’t miss from Zermatt. Take this experience a notch higher with a short trek to see the reflection of this grand peak falling on Lake Riffelsee.

St Moritz has fantastic landscape, where each season has something on offer for nature lovers. But then, so does the lakeside views from Lakes Geneva, Silsersee and myriad other lakes that are sprinkled all over the country.

Bernese Oberland, too, has fine views that won’t let your cameras rest. From Jungfraujoch to Lake Thun, the dazzling Alpine atmosphere will definitely inspire you.

2. Swiss Wine, Cheese and Chocolates
Switzerland is widely popular as the land of delicious Cheese and sinful Chocolates. They even have specialised trains dedicated to show aficionados around in Cheese and Chocolate tours respectively. Hop on board and indulge to your heart’s content in the form of Cheese and Chocolate tasting, factory visits, workshops and fondue trails.

Alternately, Lavaux, on the banks of Lake Geneva, is where pretty vineyards run down the hilly terrains. Stroll along these vineyards, go for wine tastings or simply pamper yourself with its delectable offerings.

3. Skiing
Skiing is as symbolic to Switzerland as the Queen is to England. There are options galore to indulge in the activity. From Verbier to Zermatt, St Moritz to Davos-Klosters, enjoy the activity varied amidst terrains, amazing views and the best restaurants that provide an interesting après ski scene.

4. Chalets and Chateaus
Swiss has a plethora of architectural marvels. Chateau de Chillon, Schloss Thun and Castelgrande are few stunning examples of the man-made version of Swiss skyline, definite must-visits when you are in the country.

5. Switzerland by train
Explore the Swiss country on board trains. It’s mythical, and yes, absolutely essential! It’s on our list because the trains pass through multiple tunnels, gently criss-crossing the lush meadows, undulating its way around pastoral settlements with meandering brooks and dancing cascades- our epitomizing fairy tales of our childhood.

6. Food Trail in Switzerland
Swiss cuisine, though not overtly popular around the globe, still demands attention of connoisseurs with its varied tastes influenced by Italian, German and French style of cooking.

If you were to spend a day eating in Switzerland, you would start with a hearty breakfast at Café de Grancy at Lausanne with a view of Lake Geneva. While there, you might want to indulge in cheese tasting as well.

Although, you will find other options for cheese tasting. St Moritz is one such place where you can explore this dairy product for lunch. Restaurant Gondolezza offers plenty of options as far as local cuisine goes in the form fares comprising venison, exotic meat etc. Later, try desserts at Läderach, a chocolate boutique, which provides a delectable array of desserts. Hauser also has a fine chocolate selection. Here, the truffles made with organic Swiss sloe gin is highly recommended. Alternately, you can always opt to go for the Fondue Trail in Gstaad amidst enthralling Alpine vistas.

Spend your evenings bar-hopping in the Flon district that boasts of a vibrant social scene. Cool cafés and eclectic bars are perfect places to sip on apéritifs and fine brews.

Dinner will again bring you back to Muottas Muragl in St Moritz, a panoramic restaurant on the mountain top. Sink your teeth in toothsome delights comprising regional spread of Basel-style roasted flour soup, Raclette, Polenta and braised beef among others, while soaking in the 360 o view of the mountainscape.
Bon appétit!

GSTAAD

Let the Swiss Alpine village enchant you with its charm, exquisiteness and paradisiacal vistas! Popular for its fondue trail and Bollywood Trail, but especially for its opulent lifestyle, this rare beauty is a car-free village and famous for its the wooden architecture, gorgeous facades, some snow at the very top- a perfect mountain idyll, thus justifying Gstaad’s motto, “Come up, slow down”.

SHOPPING
Gstaad’s promenade is the shopping epicenter in the hamlet. From the best of boutiques to housing haute couture names like Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren, Hermès and Prada, Gstaad has developed into the most popular and shortest “shopping mile” in Switzerland!

In Gstaad…
… indulge in Spa treatments. If you are an adventure lover, activities like paragliding, skiing, mountain biking will surely thrill you.

Although, if you prefer the slow life of the village, get on the horse-drawn carriage and bask in the stunning local scenery comprising jaw dropping natural beauty and luxuriant chalets.

If you are fond of Bollywood movies, you might be familiar with the village’s beauty. With a number of iconic movies shot here, enjoy the “Bollywood Trail”- a full day tour to explore the movie locations. This tour also includes a visit to the renowned Swiss Chocolate factory Broc of Maison Cailler.

FOOD
The Fondue Trail- Cheese lovers, binge on fondues in the namesake trail. Enjoy your fondue outdoors with the spectacular mountainscape in the background. Explore the region’s best diners, sample the traditional raclette and other delectable dishes.

SIGHTSEEING
Discover unforgettable trails of the village. Lake Lauenen’s waterfalls and high moors, the narrow streets in the historical village center of Saanen, serene mountain parish of Abländschen are a few must v isit places there.

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ST MORITZ

ST MORITZ
Known for its thriving winter sports and jaw-dropping Alpine beauty, this region in Engadin is a superb holiday resort. Rub shoulders with celebrities and royalty as you ski your way around the snowy trails or when you indulge in a spot of haute couture shopping.

In St Moritz…
… this summer? Partake in hiking, mountain biking, golfing, exciting watersports and perhaps some fishing, followed by a flavourful lakeside barbeques. You can also opt to rest in a mineral bath, with an Alpine herb pack. Deck your stay with a romantic carriage ride around the lake, through the Staz forest or along the grand town. St Moritz houses a number of churches and chapels having stunning architecture and rich history, must visit if you are a history buff. St Moritz’s very own Leaning Tower, a relic of the St Mauritius Church from the 16th century, Heidi’s Hut and the Segantini Museum are also worth visiting for an insight into the past!

During winters, blanketed in glorious snow, this wonderland transforms into a winter sports resorts. Skiers can revel in the 350 kilometres of pistes with a state-of-the-art infrastructure; for cross-country skiers there is a track network of about 200 km. Adventurers can enjoy hiking along the 150 km of winter walking trails.

FOOD
When in St Moritz, dine at the ‘top of the world’. Take your pick from a beguiling mélange of local and international delicacies and enjoy your meals while you luxuriate in the wondrous mountainscape.

What you must try out: Truffle & caviar, Italian cuisine, Swiss cuisine, Fondue & Raclette, Gourmet food & chocolate, regional specialties
Where you should try out: St Moritz Gourmet Festival, La Marmite, Ski Hut El Paradiso, Panorama Restaurant, Restaurant Gondolezza, Ecco on Snow (two-Michelin-starr), Café Hanselmann

SHOPPING

Via Serlas, the shopping mile of St. Moritz, is Europe’s highest shopping avenue and boasts of the highest density of top brands. Here, shoppers can splurge in traditional sports outlets, souvenir and gift shops, and exclusive delicatessens.

LAKE GENEVA

Gently sloping vineyards, crystalline waters, stunning Alps in the distance- these are the some of the element that will enchant you in the Lake Geneva region.

In Lake Geneva
the mesmerising sights, the flourishing art culture, the fresh mountain breeze and the diverse flora and fauna will not fail to impress you. The lake shore is fringed with delightful hamlets, the hillside vineyards and picturesque beaches. Relish the views when you take a cruise around the lake. And while you are at it, how about a fishing lesson in the lake? Let the experts guide you while you do your best hooking in the pike, white fish, perch, char, or lake trout, depending on the season. A rich experience awaits you when you'll opt for a history tour around Lake Geneva. From Chateau de Chillon to the historical sites of the Old City of Vevey, let this fairytale region cast its magic on you!
Alternately, you can also explore this region on a self-drive, hot-air balloon ride or a hiking tour. Visit Lavaux, and drink the stunning vineyard views around you and the Alpine and shimmering lake vistas in the distance.

FOOD
Something is amiss if you haven’t indulged in the Chocolate tour in the Lake Geneva region. Learn how world is best chocolates are made and sample one, two or many of these sinful delicacies.