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SWITZERLAND The Grand Tour of Switzerland 8 nights from £1899 Including optional travel insurance or a reduction of £54 if not required§ Follow in the footsteps of 19th-century travellers and discover Switzerland's breathtaking timeless beauty. On this exhilarating tour you'll see Alpine villages, sparkling glacial lakes, historic cities, wildflower meadows and snow-topped mountains. Rediscover the joy of travel with spectacular journeys by rail, cable car, boat and bus on an über-efficient transport system. Bernese Alps ACTIVITY LEVEL Day 1: UK-Zurich-Davos. After taking Saga's included UK door-to-door travel service to the airport, fly to Zurich and travel by train to Davos for a two-night stay at the locally rated 4-star Hotel Sunstar Davos. D Day 2: Davos. Breathe deep, enjoy the crystal clear air ­ at 1,560 metres Davos is the highest town in the Alps ­ and use your complimentary Davos travel card to explore the resort by local train, bus and cable car. Enjoy an included excursion to the stylish resort of St Moritz to experience the dry sparkling 'champagne climate' ­ the sun shines for 322 days a year on average. Take in superb views of the upper Engadine Valley, browse the designer shops and enjoy the high life. B, D Day 3: Davos-Tirano-Bellinzona. Board the narrow-gauge Bernina Express for one of Switzerland's most scenic railway journeys. Pass snow-covered mountains and glaciers, cross the 2,253-metre high Bernina Pass, snake through tunnels and pass over circular viaducts to reach Tirano in Italy. Explore the old town, then take the bus along the shores of Lake Como to Lugano. Hop aboard a train for the short journey to Bellinzona and a two-night stay at the locally rated 3-star Hotel Internazionale. B, D Day 4: Bellinzona. This historic gateway to Italy is home to three breathtaking, UNESCO-listed medieval castles that loom over its ancient heart and are strikingly Italianate in feel. Perhaps join an optional train excursion to Locarno on Lake Maggiore and explore the narrow lanes on a two-hour walking tour to see the vast Piazza Grande at its heart. The pilgrimage church of Madonna del Sasso commands fabulous views of the town, lake and mountains. B Day 5: Bellinzona-Lucerne-InterlakenWengen. Follow the William Tell Express route for a journey across Central Switzerland, through lovely fertile valleys and past snow-topped mountains. At Flüelen you'll transfer to the William Tell ferry and glide across the lake to Lucerne for a guided tour of this historic city. From here take the train to the Swiss resort of Interlaken, which lies prettily between Lakes Thun and Brienz. Continue to the charming village resort of Wengen where you'll stay three nights at the locally rated 4-star Sunstar Wengen or similar. B, D Day 6: Schilthorn. Today you can look forward to an exhilarating cable car ride to the 2,970-metre high summit of Schilthorn. In the revolving Piz Gloria restaurant where, famously, scenes from the 1969 film On Her Majesty's Secret Service were filmed, you can enjoy views of over 200 mountain peaks. B Day 7: Wengen. The village of Wengen lies at 1,300 metres in the heart of the Bernese Oberland and boasts superb mountain views. From here you can take the cable car into the mountains and perhaps enjoy a walk through pretty countryside along a marked trail. An optional excursion takes you up and through the soaring heights of Jungfraujoch, which at 3,454 metres is home to Europe's highest railway station ­ a marvel of engineering. When the weather is clear there are panoramic views of neighbouring France, Germany and Italy, as well as all manner of wintery attractions. B, D Day 8: Wengen-Interlaken-Bern. Travel to Bern for your final night, staying at the locally rated 4-star Hotel Allegro Bern. Learn more about this beautifully preserved historic city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a fascinating guided tour before returning for a farewell drink and dinner at the hotel. B, D Day 9: Bern-Zurich-UK. Travel to Zurich airport for your return flight and included UK door-to-door travel service home. B Zürich Luzern Bern Interlaken Schilthorn Wengen St Moritz Locarno Lugano Bellinzona Tirano Flüelen Davos Switzerland nights in hotel Italy 160 To book, please visit your Travel Agent