16 day Highlights of Switzerland tour with deluxe Greek Islands cruise and flights

Including return flights, all accommodation, deluxe Royal Caribbean cruise, daily breakfast, scenic rail travel aboard Gotthard Panorama Express, Mount Rigi excursion, and more.

Limited time offer - book by midnight Tuesday 24 September to secure this incredible tour with a cheap $99 deposit.

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  • 16 day Highlights of Switzerland tour with deluxe Greek Islands cruise and flights
  • 16 day Highlights of Switzerland tour with deluxe Greek Islands cruise and flights
  • 16 day Highlights of Switzerland tour with deluxe Greek Islands cruise and flights
  • 16 day Highlights of Switzerland tour with deluxe Greek Islands cruise and flights
  • 16 day Highlights of Switzerland tour with deluxe Greek Islands cruise and flights
  • 16 day Highlights of Switzerland tour with deluxe Greek Islands cruise and flights
  • 16 day Highlights of Switzerland tour with deluxe Greek Islands cruise and flights
  • 16 day Highlights of Switzerland tour with deluxe Greek Islands cruise and flights
  • 16 day Highlights of Switzerland tour with deluxe Greek Islands cruise and flights
  • 16 day Highlights of Switzerland tour with deluxe Greek Islands cruise and flights
  • 16 day Highlights of Switzerland tour with deluxe Greek Islands cruise and flights
  • 16 day Highlights of Switzerland tour with deluxe Greek Islands cruise and flights
  • 16 day Highlights of Switzerland tour with deluxe Greek Islands cruise and flights
  • 16 day Highlights of Switzerland tour with deluxe Greek Islands cruise and flights
  • 16 day Highlights of Switzerland tour with deluxe Greek Islands cruise and flights
  • 16 day Highlights of Switzerland tour with deluxe Greek Islands cruise and flights
  • 16 day Highlights of Switzerland tour with deluxe Greek Islands cruise and flights
  • 16 day Highlights of Switzerland tour with deluxe Greek Islands cruise and flights
  • 16 day Highlights of Switzerland tour with deluxe Greek Islands cruise and flights
  • 16 day Highlights of Switzerland tour with deluxe Greek Islands cruise and flights
  • 16 day Highlights of Switzerland tour with deluxe Greek Islands cruise and flights
  • 16 day Highlights of Switzerland tour with deluxe Greek Islands cruise and flights
 

Highlights

 

Take in the iconic beauty of the Swiss countryside before swapping mountains for white-sand beaches on a 16 day Highlights of Switzerland tour with deluxe Greek Islands cruise.

Zurich is a true cosmopolitan city and you have time to see its best sights with a free afternoon upon your arrival in Switzerland. Transfer to Lucerne to begin your exploration of the country’s iconic alpine peaks and lush landscape. Hop aboard the Gotthard Panorama Express – travelling by paddle steamer and train – for the brilliant journey to Bellinzona, the capital of Switzerland’s Italian-speaking Ticino canton. This city is best-known for its trio of medieval castles; all are wonderfully well-preserved and there are particularly incredible views to admire from Castelgrande, the oldest of the castles. You have a full day to uncover the rest of Bellinzona’s bounty and it is then time to cross borders on the train journey from Switzerland into Italy as you travel towards Venice. Stay overnight in the canal-strewn city, commonly called the ‘Queen of the Adriatic’, in anticipation of embarking upon your Greek Islands cruise.

Step foot aboard Royal Caribbean’s Rhapsody of the Seas and become familiar with life at sea. This extraordinary ship is equipped with everything you could want for an unforgettable cruise, from excellent restaurants and bars, to leisure facilities such as swimming pool, spa and live shows. Tear yourself away from your favourite eatery or sunlounger to make the first port in Kotor, a photogenic town in Montenegro sandwiched between the mountains and Adriatic Sea. Continue to Corfu and learn about the influence past Venetian, British and French rule have had over the island. Would-be historians will no doubt make a beeline for the Acropolis when in Athens and will eagerly soak up the centuries-old legacy and lore available to visitors in the Greek capital. Embrace the glitz and glamour of the beach clubs on Mykonos, or find your own peaceful hamlet on this popular Aegean Sea-fringed isle. Make final port in Argostoli on Kefalonia and don’t forget to bring your swimmers ashore on this day trip, so as not to miss out on experiencing one of the island’s pristine beaches.

 
 

Day 1: Australia – airplane-takeoff  Zurich

Make your way to the airport in time to catch your flight to Zurich in Switzerland!

Day 2: Zurich

Touch down on Swiss soil, in the dynamic city of Zurich. Take a transfer from the airport to Zurich HB, the city’s main train station.  Find your way to the hotel and then have the rest of the day to explore Switzerland’s largest city at your leisure. There are excellent museums and galleries to explore, as well as shops, parks and interesting landmarks. 

For those purchasing the Tour Only option, your tour starts today. Please make your own way to the hotel.

Day 3: Zurich – train-icon  Lucerne (B)

You have breakfast at your hotel and then are transferred to Lucerne by rail. This city is a launchpad for your discovery of central Switzerland. Have this afternoon to discover its charms, no matter if you stroll along the banks of Lake Lucerne, wander between boutiques, or check out Chapel Bridge, one of Europe’s oldest wooden bridges. 

Day 4: Lucerne – train-icon  Mount Rigi – train-icon  Lucerne (B)

On today’s agenda is an excursion to Mount Rigi. This peak is frequently called ‘Queen of the Mountains’ and is a key point in the Swiss Alps. This outing departs after breakfast at the hotel and takes travellers to the summit for extraordinary 360-degree views over the surrounding landscape – including some of the 13 nearby lakes and even the Black Forest in Germany. Today’s trip begins with either a paddle-steamer cruise or a motor trip to Vitznau, and also covers travel to Arth-Goldau before a train back to Lucerne. 

Optional: Swiss Dinner and Folklore Show
Enjoy an evening of traditional Swiss culture and customs at Stadtkeller, a local restaurant in Lucerne. This performance showcases alphorns, cowbells, national costumes, flag throwing and yodelling, all while you dine on a hearty dinner – including dessert and one drink. Additional cost applies.

Day 5: Lucerne – train-icon  Bellinzona (B)

Travel aboard the Gotthard Panorama Express from Lucerne to Bellinzona today. The first leg is a trip on a paddle steamer across Lake Lucerne to Flüelen, and then swap water for rail travel as you set out on the world-famous Gotthard train to climb to 1100 metres above sea level! Pass through the Gotthard tunnel – a crucial link between the country’s north and south – and emerge in Ticino, the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland. Tonight is spent in Bellinzona.

Day 6: Bellinzona (B)

Take today to get to know Bellinzona, the capital of this canton. The city is recognised for its trio of well-preserved medieval castles; two of which are perched upon nearby hilltops. Soak up the mix of Swiss-Mediterranean culture and admire the city’s collection of neo-Classical architecture, restored houses and surrounding fortifications. Be sure to visit Castelgrande, the city’s oldest and arguably grandest castle, for sweeping outlooks over the Old Town. 

Day 7: Bellinzona – train-icon  Venice (B)

Depart Bellinzona after breakfast and board a train that whisks you across the Swiss-Italian border towards Venice. Your morning train service (leaving approximately 10.59am) arrives into Venice at about 3.40pm. Make your own way to the Venice hotel and have the rest of the afternoon as free time. You might relax in the hotel, or get out to explore the twists and turns of the laneways and canals for which this city is so famous. 

Please note that train timetables are subject to change. 

Day 8: Venice – Embark on Royal Caribbean Cruise (B, D) cruise-icon

Become acquainted with your sea legs as you depart on your Royal Caribbean cruise today. Make your own way to the port and begin the embarkation process. Your vessel for this cruise is the elegant Rhapsody of the Seas. 

Day 9: Kotor (B, L, D) cruise-icon

The cruise makes its first port of the sailing itinerary as it docks in Kotor in Montenegro. This fortified town is nestled between the limestone cliffs of Mt. Lovcen and the glorious waters of the Adriatic. Your time in Kotor is your own and you can use this opportunity to wander the medieval streets of the Old Town, learn about the historic architecture, or head out to Our Lady of the Rocks to take in this island-perched church. Rest your feet in a café in any of the town’s piazzas, or pick up souvenirs from one of the local boutiques. 

Day 10: Corfu (B, L, D) cruise-icon

The Rhapsody of the Seas arrives in Corfu. This Greek island is fringed by the azure water of the Ionian Sea and has a fascinating history that you can uncover today. As you meander the island, appreciate its smattering of old Venetian fortresses, former palaces, elegant monasteries and stretches of glorious shore and beach. 

Day 11: Athens (B, L, D) cruise-icon

Step foot off the boat and into the ancient Greek capital of Athens today. The legacy of this history is one for the ages, and there is a dazzling number of things to see, do and experience. One favourite is marvelling at the Acropolis and learning about its millennia-old history. Plus the view from its hilltop site is almost unbeatable. Other ancient sites to visit include the Parthenon and Temple of Poseidon. When hunger hits from all this sight-seeing, tuck into local fare such as saganaki, moussaka, spanakopita or pastitsio. 

Day 12: Mykonos (B, L, D) cruise-icon

Sail to Mykonos today, one of the most glittering destinations to make up the iconic Greek isles. Fringed by the Aegean Sea and boasting buzzing beach clubs, white-washed houses and sites housing ancient Greek ruins; Mykonos is understandably one of the most popular go-tos for travellers in Greece. You have the day to explore Mykonos however you like. 

Day 13: Argostoli (B, L, D) cruise-icon

The cruise docks in Argostoli today. This port town is located on Kefalonia and is home to a pretty square, as well as historic churches, museums and a Clock Tower. If you want to explore further afield, you will find quiet beaches and an excellent national park. Remember to pack your swimmers and sunhat into your day bag for your time ashore today!

Day 14: At Sea (B, L, D) cruise-icon

Today is your last full day aboard this deluxe cruise and it is spent at sea. As the Rhapsody of the Seas makes its way back towards Venice, be sure to continue to utilise the ship’s facilities and amenities. Find a seat for one of the live shows; practice laps in the swimming pool; book in for a massage or treatment at the spa; order a favourite dish from one of the restaurants; or spend time on deck sipping refreshing sundowners and committing the passing scenery to memory. 

Day 15: Venice – airplane-takeoff  Australia (B)

Disembark from the Rhapsody of the Seas following breakfast and, at the necessary time, make your own way to the airport to begin the return journey to Australia.

For those purchasing the Tour Only option, at the appropriate time please make your own way from the hotel to your next travel arrangements.

Day 16: Australia 

Arrive in Australia today. 

 

Inclusions

 
  • Limited time offer – book by midnight Tuesday 24 September to secure this incredible tour with a cheap $99 deposit*
  • Return international flights with a full-service carrier
  • Extend the stay fee-free with Flexi Flights
  • 7 nights’ twin share accommodation
  • 7 nights’ deluxe accommodation on-board Royal Caribbean’s Rhapsody of the Seas
  • Delicious breakfast daily, plus all meals while on-board the cruiseTravel on the Gotthard Panorama Express, including seat reservation
  • Mount Rigi excursion with paddle-steamer cruise
  • Lucerne Visitor Card for free transportation on selected local buses
  • Tailor-made Swiss Pass
  • Lucerne Transport Card for free use of local buses
  • Ticino Ticket for free travel on the extensive rail and bus network in Canton Ticino
  • Digital Swiss Coupon voucher booklet with a wide variety of local sightseeing options at half price
  • Cross-border rail journey from Bellinzona to Venice

 

Highlights: 

  • Sightsee around Zurich, admire Chapel Bridge in Lucerne or stroll around the shore of Lake Lucerne 
  • Day trip to Mount Rigi to take in sweeping views across glittering nearby lakes and even the majestic mountains of Central Switzerland
  • Travel on the Gotthard Panorama Express from Lucerne to Bellinzona and use a day in the capital of the Ticino region to learn about its trio of medieval castles
  • Have free time in Venice to wander its canals, alleyways and bridges, before setting sail for the Greek isles aboard the deluxe Rhapsody of the Seas
  • Uncover the treasures of the Old Town in Kotor, and continue to Corfu 
  • Be in awe of the ancient history of Athens, see the white-washed houses and beach clubs of Mykonos, and enjoy a day discovering the sites of Argostoli on Kefalonia 
 

Fine Print

 

How to book:

  • Bookings essential
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Must book minimum 65 days prior to departure
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time

Deposit Information:

  • A deposit of $99 per person is due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date.
  • The second instalment invoice of $300 per person will be emailed to you within 4 business days of making your booking.
  • The second instalment must be paid within 28 days of purchase date      
  • Should the second payment not be received by the due date, your booking will be cancelled and the initial deposit will be forfeited  
  • All peak season surcharges, interstate surcharges (if applicable) and single supplements (if applicable) are also due at the time of purchase and will be reflected at the checkout stage.
  • Final payment is due 120 days prior to travel. If you book within 120 days of travel, you will be sent an invoice within 7 days for final payment.
  • Up to 12 Months Interest Free available: https://exclusives.webjet.com.au/up-to-12-months-interest-free/
  • Invoices will be emailed to you in advance and it is your responsibility to ensure payments are made prior to the due date
  • Final payment is non-refundable and non-transferable. 
  • Should final payment not be received by the due date, your booking will be cancelled and all prior payments will remain strictly non-refundable.
  • Your tour is subject to availability at the time of your booking. We advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.

Tour Excludes: 

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary and inclusions
  • Tipping
  • Shore excursions
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned or “optional” in the itinerary

Group Sizes: This is an independent tour. Accompanying guides are not provided except where mentioned in the tour itinerary. 

Single Supplement:

Inside Cabin: $2,299 per person in addition to 1 x twin share price
Outside Cabin: $2,599 per person in addition to 1 x twin share price
Balcony Cabin: $3,399 per person in addition to 1 x twin share price

Please purchase one twin share voucher and then purchase your single supplement. You can purchase your single supplement by clicking here.

As a single traveller, enjoy the comforts of a private cabin and indulge in the spacious amenities of your own hotel room. Travelling by yourself will ensure your trip is not only memorable but truly exclusive!   

Tour Only: To purchase this tour without the return international flights, navigate to the yellow “Tour Only” button. By selecting this option, international flights and all airport transfers (if applicable) will be forfeited. 

Accommodation: 

The accommodation listed below may be subject to change but will remain of a similar or higher standard.  Any changes remain beyond our control and all efforts are made to communicate these as soon as possible. We endeavour to always book non-smoking rooms however these cannot be guaranteed. Rooms offered are based on a lead in room type and any bedding configuration preferences are on a request basis only.

Zurich: Bristol or similar
Lucerne: Ambassador or similar
Bellinzona: Hotel & Spa Internazionale or similar
Venice: Hesperia or similar
RCL Cruise: Royal Carribean’s Rhapsody of the Seas ® 

Bedding: 1 x double bed or 2 x single beds
Please note, all bedding configurations are on the request basis only and cannot be guaranteed.

Triple Share: Not available

Child policy: Child price is the same as an adult. No minimum age applies.

Cruise: Rhapsody of the Seas®  – The Rhapsody of the Seas has a wide array of features, including a 6,276 square foot casino and a state of the art fitness centre where you can kick into high gear with an aerobics, yoga or kickboxing class. This ship has plenty of fun features for kids too, including a brand new Royal Babies & Tots Nursery where the littlest passengers can play games and explore their world with Fisher-Price toys and programs. Older kids and teens can explore the Rhapsody of the Seas’ rock climbing wall and arcade in the Adventure Ocean Youth Program. 

Passenger Capacity: 2,435

  • Interior Stateroom – Interior facing room with no window/oceanview
  • Oceanview Stateroom – Expansive ocean views through a window or porthole
  • Balcony Stateroom- Private veranda with outdoor seating

Please note, some staterooms will get allocated a stateroom number by the cruise company no earlier than within 30 days of sailing and any stateroom location requests cannot be guaranteed.

Optional Tours:

Swiss Dinner & Folklore Show – $112 per person 

Optional tours are subject to availability, weather conditions and minimum numbers.  
Optional Tours requested within 65 days of travel cannot be accepted.
You can purchase your optional tours by clicking here. For more information see the itinerary.

Itinerary: Please note the tour itinerary is subject to change without prior notice based upon weather, traffic condition and other unforeseen occurrences.

Sightseeing: Please note that guided tours specified in the tour itinerary are based on seat-in-coach shared experiences with a small group of other travellers.

Health: Different levels of travel involve varying degrees of activity and we recommend a good level of fitness and health in order to fully experience the package and optional tours purchased, including site-seeing by foot, climbing of stairs and extended day touring. It remains each passenger’s responsibility to inform Webjet Exclusives of any health or mobility issues that may impact the running of the tour, both for the safety of the passenger concerned and for other travellers in the group.

Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that all customers purchase Travel Insurance as soon as they make a purchase on our website. Help cover yourself for the unexpected with Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote.

Visas: Visas are not included. It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure they meet the visa requirements for the country they are visiting. Webjet Exclusives is unable to provide visa advice.

For Visa assistance, please visit Webjet’s Travel Visa Service page

Passports: All passengers must have a valid passport that is valid for at least six months after the holiday package return date. Passengers must consult with the appropriate consulates to ensure that they have any applicable visas for countries included in the holiday package prior to departure.

Any deposits paid at the time of purchase are non-refundable.

$100 spending money offer valid for any Webjet Exclusives tour or resort booking made at www.exclusives.webjet.com.au. Eligible bookings will receive a unique account application link from Webjet Exclusives via email within 72 hours of making a booking. Any HSBC Everyday Global Account applications not made via this link or if the booking is cancelled, the offer will not be fulfilled/paid. One (1) offer will be paid per booking. The offer is a 100 AUD deposit into the newly opened HSBC Everyday Global Accounts and the activated Visa Debit card. The offer may take up to 6 weeks to be fulfilled/paid. Webjet Exclusives reserves the right to withdraw this promotion at any time. The email address entered at the time of booking will be used as the primary contact. Webjet Exclusives’ standard booking terms and conditions apply. For more information go to www.hsbc.com.au/accounts/offers/everyday-global/webjet/

*$99 Deposit Sale: Offer is valid from 09:00 Wednesday 18 September until otherwise or sold out. Offer is strictly valid per couple on eligible deals. Invoice will be issued 5 days post booking, with remaining deposit amount due 28 days from booking date. Final invoice will then be issued 150 days prior to departure. If the booking is cancelled, the deposit amount will remain non-refundable. Can be used for multiple bookings. Cannot be applied to prior purchases or bookings. Cannot be used in conjunction with other offers. This offer is non-transferrable and cannot be exchanged in any other form. All deals are subject to availability at the time of purchase. Webjet Exclusives standard terms and conditions apply.

 

Travel Dates

 

2020:

23 May
06 June
20 June
18 July
01 August
15 August
29 August
12 September

Surcharges will apply to some dates, please see the availability calendar for more details

Availability on departure dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. Live availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BOOK NOW button

Tour Only option – Navigate to the yellow “Tour Only” button and select “Book Now” to view live availability. Note, Tour Only option commences on Day 2 of the flight-inclusive itinerary.

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure

 

Flight Information

 

Airline Information:

  • Return economy flights departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth with Emirates or Etihad Airways and their codeshare partners
  • Flights include one piece of checked-in baggage per person
  • Once your booking is confirmed, no further changes can be made, and your booking will remain non-refundable, non-changeable and non-transferable

 Flight Conditions:

  • Note that the total length of the package includes time spent in flight as specified in the itinerary
  • Some flights may depart a day before/after, involve up to 3 transits, stopover or a substitute airline
  • Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided at the time of booking. Names cannot be changed once booked
  • One-way flights cannot be accommodated. All flights within the package must be utilised, any flight intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being cancelled
  • All flights have been booked to meet minimum connection times as per airline policy and fare rules
  • Flight itineraries will be provided with final documentation
  • Airline schedule changes can occur and are beyond our control. If you have received your documents an updated itinerary will be provided

Flight Options:

Date/Itinerary Variations:

  • Flights will be ticketed as per the dates and itinerary of the tour unless otherwise advised at the time of completing the booking form
  • If we can accommodate your request at no additional cost flight tickets will be issued as per the request on the booking form and acknowledgement will be sent via email
  • If your flight variation incurs additional airfare and taxes a request for payment will be sent via email. If payment is not received by the date and time advised Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book flights as per the dates of the tour
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport

Cabin/Class Upgrades (where applicable):

  • Please select your preferred cabin class from the drop-down box on the booking form at the time of making your purchase
  • The quote will be sent via email only. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will result in the quote expiring, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book the economy airfare included in your package
  • A flat fee of $350.00 per person for this service, plus any additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to upgrade your flights to another cabin class
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport

Tour Only:

  • Tour only options may be available on selected deals, please refer to the fine print tab of the deal for specifics
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport
  • All tour only bookings remain strictly non-refundable, non-changeable and non-transferable from the time of purchase. Webjet Exclusives will not be able to assist with flight change requests/schedule changes for airfares not booked by Webjet Exclusives

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Limited time offer – book by midnight Tuesday 24 September to secure this incredible tour with a cheap $99 deposit*
  • Return flights with a full-service airline
  • Extend the stay fee-free with Flexi Flights
  • 7 nights’ twin share accommodation
  • 7 nights’ deluxe accommodation on-board Royal Caribbean’s Rhapsody of the Seas
  • Delicious breakfast daily, plus all meals while on-board the cruise
  • Travel on the Gotthard Panorama Express, including seat reservation
  • Mount Rigi excursion with paddle-steamer cruise
  • Lucerne Visitor Card for free transportation on selected local buses
  • Tailor-made Swiss Rail Pass, including local transport cards in Lucerne and Ticino for unlimited use of selected trams and buses
  • Digital Voucher Booklet with a wide variety of local sightseeing options at half price
  • Cross-border rail journey from Bellinzona to Venice

 

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