2024 Switzerland Highlights and Mountain Tops Tour with Wendy Fracchia

Dates September 29-October 7, 2024
Destination Zurich, Switzerland; Lucerne, Switzerland Jungfraujockh Switzerland Zermatt, Switzerland St Moritz, Switzerland
Duration 8 days 7 nights
Price From 3,599
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Ladies and gentlemen, adventurers and seekers of breathtaking beauty, we invite you to join us on an unforgettable tour of Switzerland, a land that encapsulates nature's grandeur, cultural diversity, and architectural marvels hosted by Wendy Fracchia, Director of Group Travel for Morris Columbus Travel. Prepare to be swept away as we embark on a captivating expedition through some of Switzerland's most iconic destinations.

Our adventure begins in the bustling metropolis of Zurich, a city that seamlessly blends modernity with history. As we stroll through the cobblestone streets of the Old Town, we'll be captivated by medieval charm against contemporary art and luxury boutiques along Bahnhofstrasse, one of the world's most exclusive shopping avenues. We’ll take in in all the panoramic views of the city and the majestic Alps beyond.  We’ll venture to the border of Germany and experience the Rhine Falls, Europe's largest waterfall. You’ll be awe-struck as you witness the sheer power of nature, feeling the mist on your face as the pristine waters cascade over the rocks. We'll have the opportunity to walk along the trails, capturing postcard-worthy photos from various vantage points.

Next, our expedition takes us to the picturesque town of Lucerne, nestled amidst snow-capped peaks and tranquil lakes. We’ll see the beauty and charm of medieval architecture, with the iconic Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge) and Water Tower reflecting in the shimmering waters of Lake Lucerne.  From here, prepare to touch the sky as we ascend to the world-renowned Jungfraujoch, the "Top of Europe." A cogwheel train journey through alpine meadows and tunnels will lead us to this icy wonderland. Stand on the observation deck, surrounded by the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau peaks, and breathe in the crisp, pure air of the high Alps.  

We continue to the legendary village of Zermatt, overlooked by the iconic pyramid-shaped Matterhorn. As we wander through car-free streets, a sense of serenity envelops us.  We will visit the crown jewel of the Alps, the Matterhorn! This mountain is best appreciated by taking the Matterhorn Express gondola up to Furi and the cableway all the way to the top and exploring Glacier Palace.  This is a breathtaking adventure like none other!

A for-sure highlight of this tour is the day we'll spend aboard the Glacier Express which is often referred to as the "World's Slowest Express Train." As we traverse through breathtaking landscapes, you'll marvel at the dramatic mountain passes, bridges, lush valleys, and charming villages that unfold outside your window as we travel to the world-renowned resort town of St. Moritz, a playground for the elite and a haven of sophistication. Nestled amidst the towering peaks of the Engadin Valley, St. Moritz exudes an air of exclusivity that has attracted royalty, celebrities, and discerning travelers for generations.   This is our jumping-off point to see the Roseg Valley that welcomes us with its lush meadows, glistening streams, and the majestic Roseg Glacier towering in the distance. We'll embark on a leisurely horse-drawn carriage ride to the base of the glacier where we'll feel a sense of calm and wonder that only nature can provide.

This journey through Switzerland promises to be a sensory feast, a visual spectacle, and an exploration of the heart that the memories you'll collect and the beauty you'll witness will forever remain a part of you.

Highlights of the Tour:

  • 1 tour-bus experience for the whole tour, max of 40 in this group!!
  • Morris Murdock Tour Director for the whole trip along with local guides
  • Licensed, insured, and bonded travel agency with 65 years of experience!! IT MATTERS!

We offer A CASH DISCOUNT of $100.00 on this tour. It applies for all payments made by check or ACH AFTER the deposit, and only the deposit amount is paid by credit card.

To Book This Tour, Contact your favorite Morris Columbus Travel advisor or the Group Tour Manager listed below:

Tour ID - 9224I29

Questions? Contact:

Julie DeMille, Tour Manager
Tel: (801) 483-6172
Email Julie

Days 1 and 2: Sunday and Monday, September 29-30, 2024
Days 1 and 2: Sunday and Monday, September 29-30, 2024

U.S.A. - Transatlantic Flight - Zurich, Switzerland

Depart your home city on Monday traveling to Zurich!  Flying overnight night, you will arrive and a private car with English speaking driver will be waiting for you at the airport and bring you to downtown Zürich to the hotel. After registration, you will have free time to acclimatize, rest from travel, or start exploring the administrative and most touristic Swiss city. Take a walk through the Bahnhofstrasse (Train station Street) and marvel at the magnificent Swiss watches and luxury shops.  Along the way, you will also find many bakery and coffee shops. Don´t miss the possibility of tasting the famous cakes and pastries of the country, they are delicious. Further on this street, you will get to Zurich Lake where you will be able to see also the Alps. Tonight, we will meet for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant and spend time getting to know each other before we return to our hotel for the overnight.


Meals : Dinner, In-flight
Day 3: Tuesday, Oct 1, 2024
Day 3: Tuesday, Oct 1, 2024

Zurich - Rhine Falls - Stein am Rhein

Today we will enjoy our included breakfast at the hotel before we meet our guide who will help us experience all the outstanding things Zurich has to offer in this singular sightseeing tour. Experience the town of this unique city tour with detailed commentaries of a local. Our route leads across the famous Bahnhofstrasse (the shopping street of Zurich) and the Banking Center to the lake with a view of the snowcapped mountains, part of the old town with its magnificent guild houses and the churches St. Peter, Grossmünster, and Fraumünster. After a picture stop at Lake Zürich, we’ll pass by the Opera House and experience a ride uphill by cogwheel train to one of the great viewpoints of the city to take in breath-taking vistas of the city, the lake, and the snow-capped Alps before cruising the University quarter with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH).  We will see also the theatre and the art museum before reaching the charming Old Town and admire the town hall, Zürich's emblematic churches, and the medieval guild houses.  If all that isn’t enough, we will then enjoy an entertaining stroll while heading back along the picturesque Limmatquai.  We will have a short break for lunch and take a scenic coach journey along the route of the "Grand Tour of Switzerland" northwards.  We travel via charming farming villages and beautiful vineyards before we reach the mighty Rhine Falls – Europe’s biggest waterfall. We will enjoy spectacular views from the panoramic trail and feel the spindrift of the rumbling waters on an included boat ride taking us close to the falls. We continue to the medieval town of Stein am Rhein and learn about the well-preserved Old Town on a guided stroll. The half-timbered houses and distinctive historic buildings stun visitors with their exceptional frescoes.  After some time at leisure, we’ll drive back this evening to Zürich. There will be time to do dinner on your own tonight.  

Meals : Breakfast
Day 4: Wednesday, October 2, 2024
Day 4: Wednesday, October 2, 2024

Zurich - Lucerne

Today after breakfast we will check out of our hotel and travel by train to one of the most beautiful cities in Switzerland, Luzern. Upon arrival, our bus vehicle will be waiting to take us to our hotel leave our luggage and start exploring this magical city.  This afternoon we’ll meet our guide and enjoy a walking city tour.  We start along the Reuss River and the Luzern Lake where we see the iconic Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke), a 204 m (669 ft) long wooden covered bridge originally built in 1333, the oldest covered bridge in Europe.  Inside the bridge, we’ll see a series of paintings from the 17th century depicting events from Lucerne's history.  As we continue downriver, between the Kasernenplatz and the Mühlenplatz, the Spreuer Bridge zigzags across the Reuss. It was constructed in 1408 and features a series of medieval-style 17th-century plague paintings by Kaspar Meglinger titled Dance of Death. The bridge has a small chapel in the middle that was added in 1568.  We will enjoy then the twin needle towers of the Church of St. Leodegar, which was named after the city's patron saint, the Bertel Thorvaldsen's famous carving of a dying lion, and the small streets and interesting architecture that is so unique to this town.  You can choose to return to the hotel or stay out in the city and find the perfect restaurant on the river banks for dinner, which is on your own.  


Meals : Breakfast
Day 5: Thursday, October 3, 2024
Day 5: Thursday, October 3, 2024

Jungfraujoch Glacier

Today we will have a thrilling and unforgettable full-day excursion to Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe! Listed by UNESCO as “World Heritage Site of the Swiss Alps” it is home to Europe’s highest train station (3500 m) and many other attractions! We’ll have a scenic coach journey through splendid countryside that takes us to the Bernese Oberland. After a break in Interlaken, a picturesque village nestled idyllically between Lakes Brienz and Thun, we’ll meet your guide and board the cogwheel train in Grindelwald for a spectacular ride via Kleine Scheidegg up to Jungfraujoch.  We’ll see the stunning views of the world-famous triple peaks of Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau as they accompany us along the way and as the imposing Eiger North Face seems to be within one’s grasp. Once on the top, we’ll be immersed in the fascinating high alpine wonderland of eternal ice, snow, and rock.  We’ll experience the adventure tour “Alpine Sensation” marking the 100-year anniversary of the Jungfrau Railway and visit the Sphinx Observation Terrace and Plateau with the most breath-taking panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, the neighboring countries, and Europe’s longest glacier, the Aletsch Glacier.  We won’t forget to stroll through the tunnels of the Ice Palace located in the heart of the glacier – a once-in-a-lifetime experience not to be missed!  Up here are restaurants available for lunch and refreshments.  When it’s time, our descent passes the car-free holiday destination town of Wengen and takes us to Lauterbrunnen, where the coach awaits us for our return trip to Lucerne. Dinner is on our own as we overnight our last night Lucerne. 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 6: Friday, October 4, 2024
Day 6: Friday, October 4, 2024

Lucerne - Zermatt - Matterhorn

After breakfast, we’ll take the train from Lucerne to Zermatt. The train covers this beautiful zone in around 3 hours.  After we arrive you’ll have a little free time for lunch and then we’ll have a half-day excursion to the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise!  The highest sightseeing point in Europe which is accessible only by cableway. The Matterhorn Express gondola will bring us to Furi where we change to the large cableway which takes us via the Trockener Steg to the Klein Matterhorn.  Finally, up here we take a lift to get to the highest sightseeing platform offering a panoramic view of the Alps including the 38 4,000-meter peaks (13,120+ ft) surrounding Zermatt.   At the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, we’ll visit the Glacier Palace - 15 meters under the glacier's surface. Sparkling ice crystals and glittering ice sculptures enchant visitors to the glacier palace. A lift carries guests 15 meters below the surface of the glacier to a fairy-tale palace deep under the perennial snow. An ice tunnel leads through the glacier to sites such as a glacier crevasse and an ice toboggan run. Cozy furs adorn ice benches; ice sculptures evoke the world of the ice fairy tales. Ice sculptors regularly create new artworks. After this visit, we’ll come back to Zermatt with free time for shopping and for an included typical Swiss cheese-fondue restaurant before you come back to the hotel. Overnight Zermatt.  


Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Saturday, October 5, 2024
Day 7: Saturday, October 5, 2024

Zermatt - Glacier Express - St Moritz

After breakfast, we’ll embark on a tour HIGHLIGHT, the Glacier Express Train, and enjoy an amazing ride along the Swiss glacier chain. The journey in what has been dubbed the world’s slowest express train takes its travelers across the Alps within roughly eight hours, passing through 91 tunnels and over 291 bridges. The Glacier Express offers a journey for the senses – starting from the Matterhorn. On its relaxing drive from sophisticated Zermatt to equally dazzling St. Moritz, the Glacier Express delights travelers with scenic attractions and technical state-of-the-art achievements. There are for sure quicker ways of getting there – but none provides more pleasure than our time on the Glacier Express.  Be sure to check out the observation carriages that open up vistas of unique landscapes – for example, the 400-metre-deep Rhine Gorge between Ilanz and Reichenau. Another highlight is the 2033-metre-high Oberalp Pass.  All in a spectacular setting of rugged cliff faces crystal-clear mountain lakes and unspoiled villages. Mentioning all the fascinating sights would take us forever. Upon arrival in St. Moritz, we’ll check in with time for you to enjoy dinner on your own.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 8: Sunday, October 6, 2024
Day 8: Sunday, October 6, 2024

St Mortiz - Roseg Glacier - Zurich

Today after breakfast we’ll depart to the Roseg Valley and enjoy a beautiful ride by horse and carriage to the base of the majestic glacier with time for photos before returning to St. Moritz to enjoy the town before returning to the capital city of Zurich for our final night in Switzerland.  Along the way we’ll have a final stop at the Lintz factory to load up on this favorite treat to ensure you have enough chocolate to bring some home. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9: Monday, October 7, 2024
Day 9: Monday, October 7, 2024

Return to USA

Today will have a group transfer back to the airport at our set time for the flight home, with memories to last a lifetime. 


Meals : Breakfast


  • Deluxe/Air Conditioned motor coach transportation
  • Swiss Rail travel and say on the Glacier Express
  • Experienced Tour Host and City Tour Guides throughout 
  • 7 nights Hotel accommodations in 4 Star deluxe-class European hotels (3 nights in Zurich, 2 nights in Lucerne, 1 night in Zermatt, 1 night in St Moritz)
  • Sightseeing and admissions to all sights and tours as outlined on the itinerary
  • Breakfast daily and 2 group dinner

Not Included:

  • Airfare from your home city round trip to Zurich, Switzerland
  • Any private sightseeing not included on the itinerary
  • Tour gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature (e.g. phone calls, room service, internet, etc.)
  • Travel insurance (plans start at $35)
  • Meals not included in tour outline

Optional Pricing:

  • Single Supplement/Private room $4699.00

Payment Terms:

    • $500.00 pp deposit at the time of booking
    • Final Payment due June 28th, 2024
    • This tour is based on a minimum/max of 30 passengers and a max of 40
    • Terms & Conditions