Saturday 25 Juli to Sunday 2 August
Various regions in Switzerland
5* luxury coach with Royal Class seats
High quality 3* & 4* hotels in various cities
Did you always want to visit Switzerland? To really explore the most beautiful corners of the country? Also in 2020, Expat Club organises an epic trip to this beautiful Alpine land. We visit many historic Swiss villages and cities, see Europe’s largest waterfall, drive through the most scenic regions with idyllic houses and typical Swiss cows, sail over the country’s most beautiful lake, and of course enjoy the best panoramic views from the highest mountain tops. This trip is truly unforgettable and one-of-a-kind.
We travel the last week of July when the weather is at its best, and the views are the clearest. Needless to say that we stay in good 3 and 4* hotels (breakfast included) and have several daytrips and special outings for you in mind with our private luxury bus. Below follows a comprehensive description of what you can expect. With this top Expat Club trip you will get an amazing summer holiday, whether you are travelling alone, with a partner or friend(s), or with your family. The atmosphere in our groups are always very positive and respectful, and surely you will enjoy being part of our travel community. Needless to say, there are also moments that you can spend time on your own, either exploring a city or going for a hike in nature.
“I am grateful for all the serious effort you put into planning and leading the trip. After one week of relaxation, I was so used to being guided that I felt strange taking the bus home, since I had to think about which bus to take and where to transfer and all that. 🙂 It was truly a luxury for me to spend a week in complete relaxation and not having to make any plans.” – Participant 2018
“It was perfect!! It was even better than I have expected, really!
I loved all the experiences and all destinations.” – Participant 2018
“Thank you very much for leading us on the stimulating trip to Switzerland.
It was great that we packed in so many things,
and saw a wide variety of landscapes and points of interest.
I really enjoyed getting to know such a beautiful country.” – Participant 2018
- trip by 4* luxury coach with comfort seats
- complimentary on-board drinks and snacks (outbound journey)
- accommodation in a 4* hotel in the Black Forest
- accommodation in a 4* hotel in Zurich
- accommodation in a 3* hotel(s) in Fiesch
- accommodation in a 3* hotel(s) in Zermatt
- accommodation in a 4* hotel in Mulhouse, Alsace
- breakfast buffet every morning
- complimentary welcome dinner on first evening
- complimentary farewell dinner on last evening
- several scenic bus tours in Switzerland (over 1000km of scenery!)
- visit to Rheinfälle in Schaffhausen, Zürich, Appenzell, Ebenalp, Sankt-Gallen, Luzern, Engelberg, Brunnen, Fiesch, Zermatt, Montreux, Gruyère, Berne and Basel
- cable car up the Ebenalp and visit to “cliff restaurant”
- boat ride on the Vierwaldstättersee (time permitted)
- walk through the Aare Canyon Gorge (time permitted)
- drive over Sustenpass (2224m) and Grimselpass (2164m)
- visit to Mürmeltiere on Grimselpass (cuteness alert!)
- transfer by mountain train from Täsch to Zermatt
- fascinating presentation and guided tour at Air Zermatt, the rescue helicopters from Zermatt that have their own TV-show on Redbull TV and Netflix (t.b.c.)
The full trip price will be €1799. However, there will be an early bird fee available if you book early (€1699), as well as a special discount for those who book in the first week after the trip opens up for actual bookings. Also there are special child discounts available, or if you join with 3 or more adults. Contact us in these cases.
NOTE: this year the price price will include MUCH more than in 2019:
– better hotels, including a 4* close to Zurich city (versus airport) and a 4* in Mulhouse centre
– extra visits to Freiburg, Mulhouse and Metz
– a welcome dinner and farewell dinner is included
– a ticket for the Ebenalp cable car
– a walk through the Aare Canyon Gorge is included (Aareschlucht).
In other words, our package is much more complete this year!
During this trip you will be able to visit the most spectacular mountain summits of Switzerland. Except for the Ebenalp (with the little restaurant built onto a steep cliff), we will not pre-book anything. After all, we don’t know what the weather will do. To increase our chances for sunshine we travel in July/August, but decide from day to day if and when we go up. All of these places are highly worth it, cannot be compared to each other, and offer just out-of-this-world views. Trust us, we know how people reacted on our previous trips. Prices are of 2019, for 2020 it will likely be slightly higher.
- Visit to Titlis mountain top (3238m,105 CHF)
- Visit to Gelmersee & hydro dam by steep Gelmerbahn (1850m, 32 CHF)
- Visit to Eggishorn mountain top by cable car with views over largest glacier in Europe (2927m, 45 CHF)
- Visit to Gornergrat by mountain train (3135m, 114 CHF)
- Visit to Klein Matterhorn by cable car (3883, 110 CHF)
- Spectacular 20-minute helicopter ride over glaciers and along Matterhorn (220 CHF)
Coach pick-up & drop-off points
- Place Schuman (bus stop next to KBC bank on roundabout)
- La Chasse (bus stop on Chaussée d’Auderghem, right before intersection)
- Metro Delta (bus stop on Avenue Beaulieu next to Metro exit)
- Metro Hermann-Debroux (long bus stop “under elevated highway” next to Loxam)
- Belair Parc Hotel, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Who can join?
Expat Club is known for welcoming a wide variety of international people on its trips. This creates a special open-minded, safe and friendly environment in which everyone feels comfortable.
- Members & non-members
- Expats & (international) Belgians
- All ages, including children
- Singles / couples / retirees / friends / colleagues / families
Families with children
Expat Club welcomes everyone, including families with children. Please contact us when you are interested so we can ensure you get the right rooms and offer you a child discount (€300 up to 11 years, €200 from 12 to 18 years). These discounts are valid on the early-bird and regular trip fees (no further discounts apply, including pre-reservation discounts).
We have designed an amazing program for you that allows you to discover some of the most beautiful parts of the country. You will be falling in love with this country, that’s a guarantee. We have added one extra day in the program compared to 2018, to make it less busy on the first two days. We’ll be travelling less on the first day and have more time to discover Zürich. The below program is very precise, but may be adapted if required by circumstances and especially weather conditions (to avoid being on a mountain top when there is no visibility).
Day 1 – Saturday 25 July: trip to Switzerland
Today we travel to Switzerland. We may stop in Luxembourg City to pick-up a few expats who also want to join us, but our first real stop is after we’ve driven through France and just arrived in Germany: the beautiful city Frei im Breisgau. We will have some free time to discover this lovely city, before we continue our way through he very scenic Black Forest to the small town of Donauschingen where we will stay in our first hotel.
Day 2 – Sunday 26 July: Rheinfälle & Zürich
We begin our visit to Switzerland where it ends for a great part of the water flowing from the country, namely in Schaffhausen. The scenic and impressive Rheinfälle are Europe’s largest waterfalls. You will be amazed with the amount of water coming down here. Optionally you can make a boat tour along the falls, go to the other side, or even take a boat towards the rock right in the middle of the falls.
In the afternoon we visit Zürich, a city that ranks in the top of cities with the highest quality of living in the world. FYI, it’s also one of the most expensive place to live, but that aside…. We make a bus tour around the city and of course visit the old town itself. It’s great to walk along the river and the beautiful lake shores. It’s a true warm up for the rest of the trip!
Day 3 – Monday 27 July: Sankt-Gallen, Appenzell & Ebenalp
On our third day we visit several unique places in this region of Switzerland, including the historic city of Sankt Gallen, with its highly ranked University, and the picturesque Appenzell region with the famous Swiss cows. You’ll certainly totally fall in love with Switzerland already today.
Day 4 – Tuesday 28 July: Titlis and Zürich
We spend this day South from Zürich in the Vierwaldstätter region. Its stunning lake has four “arms” and many sharp bends, a rather complicated shape compared to most other Swiss lakes. It’s situated between various mountains and on its coastline you will find many lovely cities and smaller villages. Of course we visit the largest city: Lucerne or Luzern in Swiss German (the official name). Like Zürich it is a rather rich town, with many exclusive hotels and shops. No wonder, because the location is amazing at the very end of one of the arms.
In the morning we plan to ascend to one of the most famous Swiss mountain tops, the Titlis. This is an optional visit and you may decide to spend more time around the lake, or you may just go for some hiking in Engelberg, the base station for the Titlis mountain. FYI, last 2 years everybody joined to Titlis and it’s really worth it!
Day 5 – Wednesday 29 July: The best transfer day ever
Today we travel from the Northern part of Switzerland to the Southern Wallis / Valais region, which is half German and half French speaking. But instead of just spending time on the highway, we will travel over the most impressive mountain roads of Europe. We will be crossing 2 mountain passes, the Süstenpass and the Grimselpas before we reach the village of Fiesch, our final destination of the day. We stay in nice 3* hotels at the foot of the mountain.
Time permitted we will make a stop at the Aareschlucht. The what? The Aareschlucht. Aare is the river, and Schlucht means gorge. So, a gorge of the river Aare. The walk takes about 45-60 minutes (slow pace) and takes you via a narrow (but safe) pathway along the river and through several caves. And we can tell you that it’s spectacular!
After our visit to the Gelmerbahn we drive up the Grimselpass. Just below the top we stop at the historic Grimsel Hospiz for a quick late afternoon drink and snack. In fact, we suggest a few slices of the local Flammkuchen, a total delight!
Are you ready for the final stretch to our hotel in Fiesch in the Wallis / Valais region. Well, prepare for one more stop at the top of the Grimselpass. Again a panoramic view on two sides will be waiting for us, just like the cutest animals you have ever seen!
Day 6 – Thursday 30 July: Aletsch Glacier & Zermatt
We begin our day early in the village of Fiesch, at least for those who want, because at 8h25 we go up the Eggishorn (optional). With an altitude 2.975 meters it is certainly a high mountain top, but with many “four-thousanders” around it you are not going up here for the altitude. It’s the views that are so spectacular. From the Eggishorn you will have an awesome panorama over the mega Aletsch glacier that runs all the way from the famous Jungfrau to deep into the valley. This visit is optional, and obviously only worth it if the weather is good, but for those who stay behind, you can stay in the village, or just go up half-way the mountain to Fiescheralp. You can indicate during checkout what you prefer.
In the later morning we travel onward to probably the highlight of our Switzerland trip, the exquisite car-free mountain village of Zermatt. Needless to say that this place is forever connected to the awe-inspiring Matterhorn, one of the worlds steepest, most dangerous and most iconic mountain tops.
In Zermatt we stay in highly rated 3* hotels in the village center, at just a few minutes from the railway station. That’s handy, because the bus has to stay behind in the lower village Täsch, so we won’t have to walk too far with our luggage when we arrive by train. Also it is good as many of us are likely to go up the famous Gornergrat with the Gornergratbahn.
A trip to the Gornergrat (3.089 meters) is unforgettable. Not only is it one of the most scenic train rides in the world, but the views from the top are over-the-top breathtaking. If the weather is good, we advise everyone to take this ride up!
Day 7 – Friday 31 July: Zermatt
Just one day in Zermatt is not enough, so today we spend the entire day in this beautiful mountain village. Depending on the weather conditions we decide what to visit when exactly, but if all looks good we have saved the best for last!
Klein Matterhorn – Zermatt Glacier Paradise
Another amazing ride. In fact, this one leads you to the highest reachable point in Europe by cable car at a whopping 3.833 meters. You can see many “four-thousanders” (mountain tops over 4.000 m high), including the Breithorn (4,164 m), the Gran Paradiso (4.061 m) in Italy, and of course the Mont Blanc (4,810 m) in France, the Alp’s highest mountain. Since you’re here anyway, we very highly recommend going up here as well. This is literally and figuratively the top of our Switzerland trip.
The views from the Klein Matterhorn are just tremendous. On the West side you can see the Matterhorn (upper picture, © Andreas Bohrer), and on the East side the Central Breithorn (lower picture, © gorillaimages) with oftentimes dozens of climbers who want to stand on top of this huge pile of snow and ice. This is the highest reachable point in Europe. Skiing in the summer allowed 🙂
Helicopter ride Zermatt
You thought it doesn’t get any better? What about flying over many glaciers and around the Matterhorn itself? This is truly unforgettable! We propose a 20 or 30 minutes flight. And if you are really up to it, we could even propose to fly from Zermatt all the way to that other Swiss giant on the other side of the Wallis valley, the Jungfrau!
Day 8 – Saturday 1 August: from Zermatt to Bern & Basel
We leave Zermatt in the morning and drive down the mountain into the Rhône valley. Soon we end up in the French speaking part where we drive by Switzerland’s largest Lake, the Lac Leman or Lake of Geneva. The North side of the lake is Swiss and the South side is French.
We make a short stop in the beautiful town of Montreux for a little stroll on the edge of the lake, which is world famous for its Jazz festival. One of its main tourist attractions is the medieval Chillon Castle. We may optionally visit this castle, depending on the time available after our trip from Zermatt.
Day 9 – Sunday 2 August: Why do all good things come to an end?
On our final day we will wake up in a nice 4* hotel in Mulhouse. We won’t depart too early, but since we do have a bit of a drive ahead, we propose one final stop… just to extend our holiday a bit longer. What about Metz? This city is often forgotten as we speed by on the highway, but it is in fact a very high and beautiful town that deserves some exploration. The famous Cathedral alone is totally worth it. With its high panels of glass stained windows it is an absolute masterpiece and one of the most important ones in France.
As with all Expat Club trips, our schedule is carefully designed to ensure you can enjoy this trip through Switzerland optimally. Please note that the above schedule is tentative and may still change for various reasons, such as weather or traffic conditions. Your host, the bus driver, and receiving destinations will always do their best to give a great experience. Thank you for your understanding.
For this trip you will travel with Belgium’s top company, Lauwers reizen. The reclining comfort seats offer extra leg space, as well as foot rests. All seats have a USB port, so you will never have an empty phone or iPad. The bus also an (emergency) toilet and two fridges (the driver can sell some drinks).
We will be staying in 5 lovely hotels during this trip, namely three 4* hotels in the Black Forest, Zürich and Mulhouse, and two 3* hotels in the Fiesch and Zermatt. Breakfast is included already at each hotel, so you can start the day in the best possible way. Please note those who book first will get the best rooms available. In case one of the below hotels is full, we will transfer you to another hotel.
During the reservation process you can select your preferred room. Each one has an ensuite bathroom with toilet and shower / bath and breakfast is included. Please note that the earlier you book, the better room we will assign to you.
- Single rooms (one single bed, or one double bed, a single surcharge from minimum €355 applies)
- Double rooms (one double bed or 2 single beds, for couples).
- Twin rooms (two single beds, for 2 friends sharing and for for 2 solo travellers who want to share the room)
- Triple / family rooms (please contact us if you travel with a family or a group of 3 or more)
Note about the single surcharge
There is a limited availability for single rooms in general, and more so of the more economic ones. Therefore, if you travel alone and would like a single room, it is highly suggested to book early.
Note about rooms in general
Early bookers will get the best possible rooms available. For our hotels in the Black Forest, Fiesch and Zermatt there is a limited availability to begin with. When full, we will only be able to offer you a room in an alternative hotel (still good, but either 1 star less or lower rated).
We offer twin rooms for those who would like to share a room (no surcharge!). This could be for 2 friends or colleagues who already know each other, or for solo travellers who prefer not to spend extra money on a single room. We introduce all solo ladies to each other, and of course also all gentlemen. This means that Expat Club does not assign you to a room, but you can decide mutually with who you would like to share a room. From previous trips we can conclude that many people like this extra service a lot. Note for male solo travellers, we only have 1 shared room available (2 spots).
Families are welcome
This trip is excellent for families. Expat Club very often welcomes parents with their children on board. Our groups are always open-minded and friendly, and the activities are all great fun for young and old. Of course children receive a discount, but it depends on (a) their ages, (b) the size of the family (to ensure you get the right rooms), and the time of booking. Therefore we would like to ask you to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with this information.
Switzerland is just one big open-air museum, and most parts of our program are already included in the price. However, for the most spectacular panoramic viewpoints it will unfortunately cost some money. Expat Club can recommend every optional visit, they are all just amazing and totally worth it. We are not just going up any cable car but only selected the most famous and most special ones. Trust us on this, we know what we’re talking about! Of course we fully understand that you may want to opt out of one or more visits for a variety of reasons (budget, create a resting point, afraid of heights etc). Really no problem at all. There are always good alternatives, such as hiking, visiting a village, or just resting in a nice spot or local restaurant.
As written above, many of these places are only worth it with the right weather conditions. Therefore we will not charge you in advance for any additional visits at the time of booking. During the trip you will receive more information about these places, what you can see, and their costs. You can than indicated which ones you would like to join. Once we’re on the trip you can confirm this and we will organise the tickets for you. Payment of these optional visits follows only at the end of the trip. The current prices are indicated on the checkout page in Swiss Francs.
- The trip will be carried out by our trusted coach partner Lauwers Reizen.
- This trip is carefully planned. Still, all timings and schedules indicative and may change if required by circumstances such as weather conditions.
- The trip is sold as a package. You cannot go with your own transportation or arrange your own accommodation. If there are specific things that you do not want in the package, please let us know and we may consider a discount.
- You are personally responsible for getting a good travel and/or cancellation insurance that covers you for any unforeseen emergencies and medical expenses during the trip.
- You are personally responsible for using the hotel room in an appropriate way. Any missing or broken items will be billed after the trip.
- Expat Club cannot be held liable for long delays that influence the program (e.g. missed guided tours, traffic d-tours and delays), neither can Expat Club be held liable for weather-related cancellations or any other unforeseen events that influence the course of the trip, including, but not limited to technical problems with the coach, strikes, weather etc.
- Expat Club cannot be held liable for personal injuries during the trip, such as, but not limited to, things that happen during mountain walks.
- If you do not find a room partner on your own, we will find one for you (male/male, female/female). We organise at least one get-together before the trip so you can meet the other travellers. Also, during the outbound trip we will connect you with others in the same position. If you decide to take a single room during the trip, then you will have to fully pay for it yourself.
- If you book a double / twin room and your travel partner cancels, you will have to pay the single room supplement.
- The regular cancellation with refund term for this trip is 8 weeks (56 days) instead of 42, in line with our terms & conditions.
- Expat Club may “upgrade” or “downgrade” you to another hotel. In case of a downgrade, you will be refunded the surcharge. However, we have never done so in the past and it is certainly not our policy. For this trip we have the policy that those who book early will get the better rooms (e.g. with a balcony or nicer view).