Avanti Destinations: Tips for Independent Travelers in Switzerland

Matterhorn Gotthard train Switzerland
Matterhorn Gotthard train in Switzerland // Photo by Mor65/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

Avanti Destinations has released advice for those planning on going to Switzerland, an ideal spot for independent travelers, according to Avanti’s president Harry Dalgaard.

“The country has the most integrated public transportation network in the world. Clients truly don’t need a car there. But they do need a travel agent to give them advice on where to go and how to connect the destinations. Bookings of our Swiss itineraries have been growing at a double digit rate for the past three years,” Dalgaard explained.

Here are the tips:            

Tip #1: Purchase a Swiss Travel Pass

To Avanti Destinations, a Swiss Travel Pass is essential for those looking to travel in Switzerland. The pass allows tourists to travel on trains, boats, and buses from destination to destination, and gives you access to public transportation in 90 urban areas and free admission to over 500 museums. Plus, starting in 2018, excursions to the Schilthorn and Stanserhorn peaks will be free for holders of the Travel Pass.

With a Travel Pass, exploring Switzerland is a breeze.

Tip #2: Going in the winter? Book the “Swiss Winter Wonderland” Vacation.

The new “Swiss Winter Wonderland” vacation package is a 5-day, 4-night itinerary that takes clients to Lucerne and Interlaken for two nights each and offers them a number of cold-weather activities. It includes night-sledding, a fondue dinner, two mountain peak excursions, a sleigh ride after lunch, first class travel between the two cities and breakfast every day. This itinerary starts at $1,425 per person.

Tip #3: Going in the summer? Book one of these three packages.

In the summer, Avanti recommends choosing from three separate vacation packages, depending on what theme travelers are looking for: food and wine, scenic trains, or luxury.

The packages are:

  • The new “Swiss Food Discovery”: A 6-day, 5-night vacation to Lucerne, Interlaken, and Montreux on the Golden Pass scenic train. It includes dinner in a local home, wine tasting, a fondue dinner, and a trip to Mt. Rigi. It also includes a Swiss Coupon Pass, so you can save on restaurants and attractions.
  • The new “Deluxe Switzerland”: A stay at a 5-star hotel for 7 days and 5 nights. It includes a horse-drawn carriage ride and dinner in Sils Maria, a ride on the Glacier Express scenic train to Zermatt, a spa voucher, a trip to The Matterhorn, and a train and boat ride to Bern, where you can enjoy a massage at the hotel spa. This trip starts at $3,899 per person.
  • The “Grand Train Tour of Switzerland”: An 11-day, 10-night package that puts clients on boats and on four scenic trains (the Golden Pass, Glacier Express, Bernina Express, and Gotthard Route) with trips to three mountain peaks (Jungfraujoch, Gornergrat, and Mt. Pilatus). Clients will spend nights in Zurich, Interlaken, Montreux, Zermatt, St. Moritz, Lugano, and Lucerne. This itinerary starts at $2,299 per person.

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