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Overview

The mere thought of Switzerland conjures up images of rolling emerald green hills, snow-capped mountain, quaint little Swiss villages and azure lakes. For the regular traveler, Switzerland is a visual extravaganza.

However, for some travelers, the thought of Switzerland actually conjures up images of the famous Swiss Cow! It’s no wonder that the Swiss cow is so lovingly revered across the world. After all, it is the source of two of Switzerland’s largest industries – chocolate and cheese.

Known all over the world for producing countless varieties of chocolate and cheese with supreme quality and finesse, Switzerland offers a treasure trove of gastronomical experiences to travelers.

The thriving chocolate and cheese industries are constantly evolving as the Swiss experiment with flavours, techniques and ingredients regularly.

On this unique tour, we take you on a journey into the world of Swiss chocolate and cheese. From traditional varieties to new age flavours, you can deep dive into this fascinating world and learn all there is to know about Swiss chocolates and cheese.

Without a doubt, this tour is treat for your taste buds.

 

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Zurich

Touchdown at Zurich International Airport. Transfer to your hotel.

Overnight stay at the 4- star Swissôtel Zurich–International in Zurich.

 

Day 02: Explore Bern| Interlaken

Today, post breakfast, we drive to Bern, the capital of Switzerland.

Bern is constantly thriving with activity across several fields. It’s the political epicentre of the country, the home to headquarters of several international organisations and the centre for scientific research. If that’s not enough, the entire city is UNESCO World Heritage site! On the city tour, we explore the iconic Zytglogge (Clock Tower) that dates back to the 13th century, the Parliament Building and the captivating Gothic Fountains.

We then head to the traditional resort town of Interlaken.

 Overnight stay at the 4-star Hotel Interlaken in Interlaken.

 

Day 03:  Explore Lake Thun | Lake Brienz

We start the day with a hearty breakfast.

Today, we explore the pristine Lakes of Thun and Brienz. If you want to get your adrenaline going, you can pick from a host of adventure activities in and around the lakes.

Overnight stay at the 4-star Hotel Interlaken in Interlaken.

 

Day 4: Explore Interlaken | Jungfraujoch

Today, post breakfast, we head for an excursion to Jungfraujoch*. There is no better feeling than that of being on top of the world and that too, quite literally. Jungfraujoch, the highest point in Switzerland offers an incredible panorama. Once you arrive in Jungfraujoch, you can gaze at the mountains of Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau from the Sphinx terrace. These Alpine peaks and the Aletsch glacier are timeless beauties that will take your breath away.

An interesting site is the Ice Palace, which displays an awesome collection of sculptures made out of ice.

You can even send a postcard to your friends and relatives from Europe’s highest altitude post office with its own special postmark.

Overnight stay at the 4-star Hotel Interlaken in Interlaken.

 

Day 5: Explore Interlaken | Chocolate and Cheese Factory

We start the day with a hearty breakfast.

Today, we explore the world of Swiss chocolate and cheese. Right from understanding the ingredients to the techniques, we take you on an intriguing journey into the world of chocolate and cheese.

You can visit either: Maison Cailler and Gruyère or the Emmental Show Dairy and the Kambly Experience

While you learn about the making of chocolates and cheese, you can even try your hand at making a few varieties. This is a truly immersive Swiss experience.

Overnight stay at the 4-star Hotel Interlaken in Interlaken.

 

Day 06:  Explore Grindelwald

Post a scrumptious breakfast, we take a road trip to the little town of Grindelwald.

Grindelwald is an alpine playground with the largest ski resort in this region. This little hamlet with its picturesque backdrop and serene beauty makes for a perfect excursion. We take a cable car right up to First Mountain and enjoy the breathtaking view of this region.

Overnight stay at the 4-star Hotel Interlaken in Interlaken.

 

Day 7: Explore Lucerne

We start the day with a hearty breakfast.

Today we head to Lucerne located in the heart of Switzerland by Lake Lucerne. We take a tour around this spectacular city as we learn about its history, gaze at the spectacular medieval architecture, beautiful bridges and relaxed promenades. We stop by the famous Lion Monument, ‘Lowendenkmal’, that commemorates the spirit of the Swiss soldiers during the French revolution.

You can spend the evening at leisure, shopping for Swiss specialties like chocolates, Swiss watches, Swiss army knives or souvenirs.

Overnight stay at the 4- star Swissôtel Zurich–International in Zurich.

 

Day 08: Departure from Zurich

It’s time to say goodbye to this spectacular country. Post breakfast, transfer to the international airport to catch your flight back home.

Package Rates

Switzerland has so many facets that are worth exploring. We ensure that you experience the very best of the country.

Our package ensures that you have a wonderful trip right from the start to the end. the stay is luxurious, the experiences are impeccable and the memories are incredible.

We offer all of the above at AED 12,456.

 

Inclusions/Exclusions

Package Rate Inclusions:

  • A luxurious stay at the 4- star Swissôtel Zurich–International in Zurich for 02 nights
  • A comfortable stay 4-star Hotel Interlaken in Interlaken for 05 nights
  • Fly with Emirates Airlines
  • Breakfast
  • 1 rental car cat. C (VW Golf) for 08 days
  • Excursion to Jungfraujoch
  • Excursion to First mountain including First Flyer
  • Excursion to Maison Cailler and Gruyere OR Emmental Show dairy and Kambly Experience
  • 1 Swiss coupon pass per person

 

Package Rate Exclusions:

  • Airport taxes
  • Visa charges
  • Travel insurance
  • Return Airport transfers
  • Passport fees
  • Any sort of personal expenses
  • Beverages with meals
  • Baggage and cancellation insurance
  • Personal items such as laundry, room service, telephone, and minibar drinks, etc.

Please note, upgrade to a higher category of hotel, room upgrade, lunch, dinner, airport transfers, intercity transfers (hotel to train station and vice versa), train passes and excursions can be requested additionally at the time of booking.

 

 

 

Terms & Conditions

Rates valid till September 2018
Rates are in AED currency
Rates are not valid on peak dates EID, NATIONAL DAY, ISLAMIC HOLIDAYS and PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
The packages (rooms and airfare) are subject to availability & any changes will be informed at the time of booking
 

AL MAJID TRAVEL & TOURISM TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The following terms and conditions form the basis of your contract with Al Majid Travel & Tourism LLC.  Please read them carefully as they contain important information.  By asking us to confirm your booking, we assume that you have read these terms and conditions and agree to them. 

As an Agent, Al Majid Travel & Tourism LLC arranges travel experiences and transportation with a large number of suppliers in the United Arab Emirates and around the world. These suppliers provide the following list of services.

·         Scheduled, Low Cost and Charter Airlines

·         Hotels, Villas, Apartments and Guesthouses

·         Package Holidays

·         Self-drive and chauffeur-driven car hire

·         Airport, Port and Resort Transfers

·         Luxury and Standard Rail Transportation

·         Ocean, Fjord and River Cruises plus Shore Excursions

·         Individual and Group Tours

·         Sightseeing and Attractions (including Theme and Water Parks)

·         Live Shows

·         Travel Insurance

·         UAE and International Visas

Each of these suppliers will have their own individual terms and conditions that will be explained to you prior to the booking being made. Copies are also available upon request.

BOOKINGS

A booking will only be made if the lead name in the booking is aged 18 years or older. The lead name assumes full responsibility for ensuring that all members of the travelling party accept the supplier’s terms and conditions. This person is also responsible for ensuring that all requested information is 100% correct. Failure to do so may result in the booking being rejected by any of the suppliers with no refund on any applicable cancellation charges. The information generally required includes the residency for each individual member of the party as well as the correct spelling of names, title, sex and age as per their passports.

PASSPORT, VISA & HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

It is the responsibility of the lead name to provide current copies of all passports for the party and to notify us if any member of the party has a passport (or UAE residence visa if applicable) due to expire with  6 months of the arrival back in the UAE post-travel. You must check visa and health requirements prior to confirming your travel arrangements, including transit visas if your flight in not direct. If a booking is made and confirmed at any time prior to visas being granted, this is done at your own risk. Neither we nor our suppliers accept any responsibility for either denied boarding or denied entry to a country for any reason, not limited to non-compliance of passport, visa and health requirements.

We recommend that you contact your Doctor or Medical Centre for the latest inoculations and malaria medication. We strongly advise pregnant woman and young families to avoid countries where malaria is present.

A booking can only be made once the deposit or full payment has been received. All bookings made within 12 weeks of departure will be subject to full payment. All services are subject to availability at the time of booking, which may differ from the time of quotation. Prices are also subject to change and cannot be guaranteed until payment has been received and the booking confirmed. For air travel, this means tickets issued. For hotel bookings, this means accommodation vouchers issued. It is important that all vouchers are read carefully for additional supplier information.

PRICING

We offer you the flexibility to create your own holiday from the range of accommodation, airlines and other services available. Because of this wide choice, it is not possible to list every price on every date. A ‘from’ price is indicative of the lowest price available for the hotel or itinerary featured but this may vary depending on a number of factors such as your date of travel, number of people sharing a room, choice of accommodation and airline availability.

The rates at some hotels may vary depending on your residency and therefore it is important that you confirm the residency and nationality of everyone travelling at the time of quotation.

All prices are subject to availability and final confirmation from the supplier. Certain airlines permit us as their agent to hold reservations for a certain amount of time without tickets being issued. It is important to note that in these instances, the fares are only guaranteed until 2359 that day and we are not liable in the event of an increase. We, therefore, recommend that tickets are issued on the same day as the reservation. Some airports charge a departure tax, which is payable locally. These charges may not be claimed back from us.

Additional information on our supplier's pricing policy can be found in their booking conditions.

AMENDMENTS & CANCELLATIONS

All flight timings are provisional and subject to change. However you will be advised in advance of any major change as per your supplier's booking conditions. Only in extreme cases will an airline offer a full refund or date change should you not accept the change. On occasions your supplier may find it necessary to alter your any aspect of your holiday. Their policy regarding alterations is set out in their booking conditions.

Should you find it necessary to cancel or amend your holiday, please contact us without delay. Cancellations and amendments require written confirmation by the lead name in the party. Prior to making any changes, please verify any charges bearing in mind that these generally increase the closer you get to departure. In most cases, late cancellation will result in 100% charges.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We strongly recommend Travel Insurance as protection against financial costs or losses in connection with medical treatment and travel inconvenience i.e. cancellation or curtailment and delay, damage or loss of baggage/personal effects.

GOVERNING LAW

Any matters that arise between you and us are governed by the laws applicable in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is also conditional on your agreement that any dispute that arises between you and us will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of Dubai, except that we also we retain the right to bring proceedings against you for breach of these terms and conditions in your country of residence or any other relevant country.

 

 

Cancellation Policy

45 days or more prior to departure – Free cancellation
44 days – 31 days to departure : 25% of the tour cost
30 days – 15 days to departure : 50% of the tour cost
14 days & less –100% of the tour cost
Rates valid till September 2018
Rates are in AED currency
Rates are not valid on peak dates EID, NATIONAL DAY, ISLAMIC HOLIDAYS and PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
The packages (rooms and airfare) are subject to availability & any changes will be informed at the time of booking
 

AL MAJID TRAVEL & TOURISM TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The following terms and conditions form the basis of your contract with Al Majid Travel & Tourism LLC.  Please read them carefully as they contain important information.  By asking us to confirm your booking, we assume that you have read these terms and conditions and agree to them. 

As an Agent, Al Majid Travel & Tourism LLC arranges travel experiences and transportation with a large number of suppliers in the United Arab Emirates and around the world. These suppliers provide the following list of services.

·         Scheduled, Low Cost and Charter Airlines

·         Hotels, Villas, Apartments and Guesthouses

·         Package Holidays

·         Self-drive and chauffeur-driven car hire

·         Airport, Port and Resort Transfers

·         Luxury and Standard Rail Transportation

·         Ocean, Fjord and River Cruises plus Shore Excursions

·         Individual and Group Tours

·         Sightseeing and Attractions (including Theme and Water Parks)

·         Live Shows

·         Travel Insurance

·         UAE and International Visas

Each of these suppliers will have their own individual terms and conditions that will be explained to you prior to the booking being made. Copies are also available upon request.

BOOKINGS

A booking will only be made if the lead name in the booking is aged 18 years or older. The lead name assumes full responsibility for ensuring that all members of the travelling party accept the supplier’s terms and conditions. This person is also responsible for ensuring that all requested information is 100% correct. Failure to do so may result in the booking being rejected by any of the suppliers with no refund on any applicable cancellation charges. The information generally required includes the residency for each individual member of the party as well as the correct spelling of names, title, sex and age as per their passports.

PASSPORT, VISA & HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

It is the responsibility of the lead name to provide current copies of all passports for the party and to notify us if any member of the party has a passport (or UAE residence visa if applicable) due to expire with  6 months of the arrival back in the UAE post-travel. You must check visa and health requirements prior to confirming your travel arrangements, including transit visas if your flight in not direct. If a booking is made and confirmed at any time prior to visas being granted, this is done at your own risk. Neither we nor our suppliers accept any responsibility for either denied boarding or denied entry to a country for any reason, not limited to non-compliance of passport, visa and health requirements.

We recommend that you contact your Doctor or Medical Centre for the latest inoculations and malaria medication. We strongly advise pregnant woman and young families to avoid countries where malaria is present.

A booking can only be made once the deposit or full payment has been received. All bookings made within 12 weeks of departure will be subject to full payment. All services are subject to availability at the time of booking, which may differ from the time of quotation. Prices are also subject to change and cannot be guaranteed until payment has been received and the booking confirmed. For air travel, this means tickets issued. For hotel bookings, this means accommodation vouchers issued. It is important that all vouchers are read carefully for additional supplier information.

PRICING

We offer you the flexibility to create your own holiday from the range of accommodation, airlines and other services available. Because of this wide choice, it is not possible to list every price on every date. A ‘from’ price is indicative of the lowest price available for the hotel or itinerary featured but this may vary depending on a number of factors such as your date of travel, number of people sharing a room, choice of accommodation and airline availability.

The rates at some hotels may vary depending on your residency and therefore it is important that you confirm the residency and nationality of everyone travelling at the time of quotation.

All prices are subject to availability and final confirmation from the supplier. Certain airlines permit us as their agent to hold reservations for a certain amount of time without tickets being issued. It is important to note that in these instances, the fares are only guaranteed until 2359 that day and we are not liable in the event of an increase. We, therefore, recommend that tickets are issued on the same day as the reservation. Some airports charge a departure tax, which is payable locally. These charges may not be claimed back from us.

Additional information on our supplier's pricing policy can be found in their booking conditions.

AMENDMENTS & CANCELLATIONS

All flight timings are provisional and subject to change. However you will be advised in advance of any major change as per your supplier's booking conditions. Only in extreme cases will an airline offer a full refund or date change should you not accept the change. On occasions your supplier may find it necessary to alter your any aspect of your holiday. Their policy regarding alterations is set out in their booking conditions.

Should you find it necessary to cancel or amend your holiday, please contact us without delay. Cancellations and amendments require written confirmation by the lead name in the party. Prior to making any changes, please verify any charges bearing in mind that these generally increase the closer you get to departure. In most cases, late cancellation will result in 100% charges.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We strongly recommend Travel Insurance as protection against financial costs or losses in connection with medical treatment and travel inconvenience i.e. cancellation or curtailment and delay, damage or loss of baggage/personal effects.

GOVERNING LAW

Any matters that arise between you and us are governed by the laws applicable in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is also conditional on your agreement that any dispute that arises between you and us will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of Dubai, except that we also we retain the right to bring proceedings against you for breach of these terms and conditions in your country of residence or any other relevant country.

 

 

Package Rate Inclusions:

  • A luxurious stay at the 4- star Swissôtel Zurich–International in Zurich for 02 nights
  • A comfortable stay 4-star Hotel Interlaken in Interlaken for 05 nights
  • Fly with Emirates Airlines
  • Breakfast
  • 1 rental car cat. C (VW Golf) for 08 days
  • Excursion to Jungfraujoch
  • Excursion to First mountain including First Flyer
  • Excursion to Maison Cailler and Gruyere OR Emmental Show dairy and Kambly Experience
  • 1 Swiss coupon pass per person

 

Package Rate Exclusions:

  • Airport taxes
  • Visa charges
  • Travel insurance
  • Return Airport transfers
  • Passport fees
  • Any sort of personal expenses
  • Beverages with meals
  • Baggage and cancellation insurance
  • Personal items such as laundry, room service, telephone, and minibar drinks, etc.

Please note, upgrade to a higher category of hotel, room upgrade, lunch, dinner, airport transfers, intercity transfers (hotel to train station and vice versa), train passes and excursions can be requested additionally at the time of booking.

 

 

 

45 days or more prior to departure – Free cancellation
44 days – 31 days to departure : 25% of the tour cost
30 days – 15 days to departure : 50% of the tour cost
14 days & less –100% of the tour cost