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The Grand Alpine Journey - Self Drive

Overview

5 Alpine passes. 22 lakes. 12 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 1 Electric Tesla. This tour of Switzerland is grand in every sense of the word. Everything you have heard about responsible travel comes true on this E-Grand Tour as your carbon neutral journey offsets all CO2 emissions of the trip.

As you travel through several towns and cities, taking in the fresh air, basking in the view of the Alps,  you can’t help but marvel at Switzerland’s beauty. But, it’s not just scenic beauty that is Switzerland’s claim to fame. Switzerland has a beautiful soul. It is larger-than-life. It holds a very special place in the world due to its ecological diversity, it’s stunning landscapes, the unique mezclar of cultures and it’s contribution to the world of cheese and chocolates.

From Zurich to Zermatt and everything in between, you will experience the true spirit of Switzerland in the Grand Alpine Journey.

 

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Switzerland

Touchdown at Zurich International Airport.  Transfer to the hotel.

Vibrant and alive with activity, Zurich offers a unique mezclar of experiences to the discerning traveller. Music, art, design and fashion – Zurich has it all and it sure knows how to flaunt it.

In  the distance, the magnificent snowcapped Alps overlook the city and its suburbs.

Overnight stay at the luxurious 4-star Hotel Opera in Zurich.

 

Day 02:  Explore Rhine Falls | Appenzell |Drive to St. Gallen

We start the day with a hearty breakfast.

Today, you will embark on your road trip across Switzerland. Throughout the trip, Tesla’s e-car is going to be your constant partner.

Our first stop is the awe-inspiring Rhine Falls, Europe’s largest waterfall. Just the sound of the water gushing is both powerful and soothing at the same time.

Next on the list is Appenzell. Known for its rural customs and traditions such as the ceremonial descent of the cattle in autumn and cultural events such as folk music and rustic dances, the Appenzell region is your window into the rich culture of Switzerland. If you love the mountains, the  Alpstein region has plenty of hiking tours in store.

You will arrive in St. Gallen, a compact metropolis in eastern Switzerland.

Overnight stay at the luxurious 4-star Hotel Einstein, St.Gallen.

 

Day 03: Explore Heidi's Village |Drive to St. Moritz

Today post a hearty breakfast, you hit the road and drive towards St. Moritz.

You will make a stop at a little village that is straight out of a popular story – Heidi’s village, Maienfeld. This town is the inspiration behind  poetess Johanna Spyri’s novel, Heidi. Here you can live Heidi’s journey and be a part of your favourite childhood story.

You then continue your road trip towards St. Moritz.

Overnight stay at the plush 5-star Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains in St.Moritz.

 

Day 04: Journey to Lugano

We start the day with a scrumptious breakfast.

Today, you will head to Lugano, in the southern part of Switzerland. You can bask in the spectacular view of the Alps as you ride on the Bernina Express.

You can even hike up the mighty Mount Muottas Muragl near Pontresina and enjoy the breathtaking view of the Swiss countryside.

You then continue the journey to Lugano.

 Overnight stay at the luxurious 4-star Hotel Dante in Lugano.

 

Day 05: Explore Ascona | Bellinzona | Taschen |Drive to Zermatt

Today, post breakfast, you begin the journey towards Zermatt.

Your first stop is the picturesque city of Ascona known for its pleasant weather, old town and a charming lake promenade.

You then head north and visit the beautiful town of Bellinzona.

Continuing your northward journey, you will cross the breathtaking St. Gotthard Pass and Furka Pass and head into the Valais region.

Your last stop is the spectacular town of Täsch.

You can then hop onto the train to continue our journey towards Zermatt.

Overnight stay at the luxurious 4-star Romantik Hotel Julen in Zermatt.

 

Day 06: Explore Gornegrat | Drive to Lausanne

Today, post breakfast, you will take a trip to the exhilarating open-air Gornergrat railway.

Your journey continues as we drive through the beautiful Valais region. As you drive past gushing rivers and enchanting forests, you will enter the French- speaking region of  Switzerland.

Driving through Martigny, your final leg takes you up through Aigle, along the shores of Lake Geneva to Montreux.

You arrive in Lausanne, a picture-perfect city on Lake Geneva. Overnight stay at the plush 5-star Hotel Lausanne Palace & Spa in Lausanne.

 

Day 07: Explore Freiburg | Drive to Interlaken

We start the day with a scrumptious breakfast.

You kick-start the drive to Interlaken, going through lush valleys, along turquoise rivers with the Alps watching over you.

Your first stop is Freiburg, which is nestled on a rock promontory and surrounded on three sides by River Saane.

On the way you will pass the Greyerzer (Gruyère) region, which is home to the famous Gruyère cheese.

You continue the drive to Interlaken and watch the majestic Mt. Eiger, Mt. Mönch and Mt. Jungfrau welcome you to this little town.

Overnight stay at the plush 5-star Lindner Grand Hotel Beau Rivage in Interlaken.

 

Day 08: Explore Interlaken & Bern | Drive to Lucerne

Today, post a hearty breakfast you can opt for a lake cruise on the Azure Lake Brienz or Lake Thun.

Your next stop is the city of Bern. The old town of Bern is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with beautiful limestone buildings, fountains from the Renaissance era and cathedrals from the medieval era.

Its arcades that stretch over 6 km create one of the longest shopping promenades in Europe. Come rain, wind, sun or snow, you can shop endlessly, thanks to the arcades.

You then continue the journey to Lucerne.

Overnight stay at the luxurious 4-star Continental Park in Lucerne.

 

Day 09: Explore Lucerne | Depart from Zurich

Today, post breakfast, you can explore Lucerne, the gateway to central Switzerland. Lake Lucerne surrounded by the majestic mountains makes for a breathtaking panorama. You can also visit the Chapel Bridge. The covered, wooden pedestrian walkway on the Chapel Bridge was built in the 14th century and has a distinct old-world charm.

You will then head back to Zurich to drop the car off at Hotel Opera.

Catch your flight back home.

 

Package Rates

This tour of Switzerland is as grand as it gets. Your dream road trip across Switzerland comes alive on this Grand Alpine Journey.

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

We offer all of the above at  AED 12,856.

 

Inclusions/Exclusions

Package Rate Inclusions:      

  • Luxurious stays at 4-star/5-star hotels:
    • 4- star Hotel Opera, Zurich for 01 night
    • 4-star Hotel Einstein, St.Gallen for 01 night
    • 5-star Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains, St.Moritz for 01 night
    • 4- star Hotel Dante, Lugano for 01 night
    • 4-star Romantik Hotel Julen, Zermatt for 01 night
    • 5-star Hotel Lausanne Palace & Spa, Lausanne for 01 night
    • 5-star Lindner Grand Hotel Beau Rivage, Interlaken for 01 night
    • 4-star Continental Park, Lucerne for 01 night
  • Tesla Model S for 8 days
  • Airfare
  • Parking at hotels (except in Zermatt/Täsch – public parking)
  • Taxi service Täsch – Zermatt – Täsch
  • Grand Tour of Switzerland Road Map from Hallwag
  • Grand Tour of Switzerland Travel Guide
  • Swiss Coupon

Package Rate Exclusions:

  • Airport taxes
  • Return Airport transfers
  • Passport fees
  • Beverages with meals
  • Baggage and cancellation insurance
  • Personal items such as laundry, room service, telephone, and minibar drinks, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the above itinerary

 

Terms & Conditions

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 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:      

  • Luxurious stays at 4-star/5-star hotels:
    • 4- star Hotel Opera, Zurich for 01 night
    • 4-star Hotel Einstein, St.Gallen for 01 night
    • 5-star Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains, St.Moritz for 01 night
    • 4- star Hotel Dante, Lugano for 01 night
    • 4-star Romantik Hotel Julen, Zermatt for 01 night
    • 5-star Hotel Lausanne Palace & Spa, Lausanne for 01 night
    • 5-star Lindner Grand Hotel Beau Rivage, Interlaken for 01 night
    • 4-star Continental Park, Lucerne for 01 night
  • Tesla Model S for 8 days
  • Airfare
  • Parking at hotels (except in Zermatt/Täsch – public parking)
  • Taxi service Täsch – Zermatt – Täsch
  • Grand Tour of Switzerland Road Map from Hallwag
  • Grand Tour of Switzerland Travel Guide
  • Swiss Coupon

Package Rate Exclusions:

  • Airport taxes
  • Return Airport transfers
  • Passport fees
  • Beverages with meals
  • Baggage and cancellation insurance
  • Personal items such as laundry, room service, telephone, and minibar drinks, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the above itinerary

 

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