3 Nights Paris, 3 Nights Geneva with Mont Blanc & 2 Nights Lucerne (DFG)

French cheese…many are so special they have official protection from the European Union. Swiss cheese…although it’s still yummy, it’s full of holes and seems to be missing important ingredients—kind of like many vacations you may try to arrange on your own. Unlike Swiss cheese, your Monograms vacation to France and Switzerland will not have holes in it. In fact, on this 9-day vacation, Monograms has diligently handled the vacation details and logistics, so you can spend your time in Paris, Geneva, & Lucerne exploring, relaxing, and enjoying French and Swiss cheese. We’ve arranged your hotel reservations, daily breakfast, sightseeing, transportation between cities, and transfers from/to your hotels to/from the train stations. Plus, we've arranged the services of a Monograms Local Host®. This feature, offered only by Monograms, ensures you’ll have someone in each city to answer questions, give you guidance, and help ensure your vacation runs smoothly.

Your vacation begins the moment you arrive in Paris, as we can pick you up at the airport and seamlessly whisk you to your selected hotel. Here, your Local Host will greet you with a set of materials to familiarize you with the city and to help you get settled. The next morning, after included breakfast, we’ll pick you up at your hotel for guided sightseeing with an expert local guide. You'll hear inside stories around the must-see attractions, such as the Arc de Triomphe and the Place de la Concorde. We’ll take you inside Notre Dame Cathedral, dating back to 1163, and to the Louvre Museum, the world's most well-known and visited art museum, where you’ll see da Vinci's Mona Lisa. And never fear…we've secured VIP access for you, which means you get to skip the line. After all, why waste your time waiting in line when you can be up close and personal with the museum’s amazing treasures? During your full free day in Paris, you may want to explore the artist village of Montmartre; shop at the designer boutiques or at the Galeries Lafayette, where we have secured discounts for you; enjoy a drink or meal on the famous Champs-Elysées; or take an excursion to the Palace of Versailles or to Claude Monet's Giverny.

Then you are off to Switzerland via the high-speed TGV train (first-class). In Geneva, your guided sightseeing with a local expert includes the Jet d' Eau, Europe's tallest water fountain, and the Floral Clock, a masterpiece of technology and floral art. We’ll also take you inside St. Peter's Cathedral, the Romanesque–Gothic church best known for John Calvin's sermons during the mid-16th century. In Lucerne, your guided sightseeing with an expert local guide features the Lion Monument, commemorating the Swiss Guards killed during the French Revolution; a walk through the charming Old Town with its pedestrian-only streets; and a walk across Chapel Bridge, Lucerne's most famous landmark originally built in the 14th century.

A highlight of your vacation is an excursion from Geneva to Chamonix & Mont Blanc. We've included a cable-car ride to the top of Mont Blanc, Western Europe's highest peak, where you’ll see spectacular views of the Chamonix Valley and the Alps. You’ll also have leisure time in Chamonix to explore on your own.

And did we mention your package includes transportation between the cities? You’ll travel first-class on the high-speed TGV train from Paris to Geneva and first-class between Geneva & Lucerne. We’ll even take you to/from the train stations and make sure you get on the correct train! We’ve also arranged coach transportation from Geneva to Chamonix. Between the transportation and transfers we’ve included, the sightseeing and guides we’ve arranged, and the hotels we’ve booked, you just have to show up ready to have fun. We’ve handled the rest—including making sure you have a Local Host throughout your stay—so that unlike Swiss cheese, your vacation has no holes and is all you want it to be!


Always Included:

Your Choice of Hotels

We've carefully screened and selected the right hotels in the heart of the destination and you can choose your accommodations to match your style and budget.

Local Host

& Destination Guides with city maps

Meals Included

Buffet breakfast daily

Sightseeing & Activities

Guided sightseeing; inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE.

Baggage Handling

Monograms has taken care of porterage at your hotel, so feel free to let the bellman help get your luggage to your room with no tipping required.

Day-By-Day 2018

FEATURED HIGHLIGHT

Your Monograms package includes first-class travel via train between Paris, Geneva, & Lucerne—there’s no better way to travel in Europe. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the countryside!

DAY
1
PARIS, FRANCE

Bienvenue—welcome! Your Local Host is available to help you make the most of your time in the magnificent “City of Light.”

DAY
2
PARIS

Morning guided sightseeing takes you to NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL, where Napoleon was crowned emperor in 1804, to admire its amazing 13th-century, stained-glass Rose Window. Pass the Latin Quarter, Les Invalides, the Opéra, Place de la Concorde, and Arc de Triomphe. Drive by the Seine River with its beautiful bridges, and stop to take photos of the iconic Eiffel Tower from one of the best panoramic viewing points. Also enter the world’s most visited museum, THE LOUVRE with its modern glass pyramid, to see Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and other treasures.

DAY
3
PARIS

Today, explore France’s capital at your own pace—perhaps visit Musée d’Orsay with its collection of Impressionist masterpieces. Ask your Local Host for suggestions.

DAY
4
PARIS–GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

Travel to Geneva by HIGH-SPEED TGV TRAIN (first class).

DAY
5
GENEVA

On your morning guided sightseeing, see Geneva’s international sector, with some of the world’s major peace-making organizations. Admire the amazing Jet d’Eau, a large water-jet fountain situated where Lake Geneva empties into the Rhône River and visible throughout the city. See the Flower Clock, a masterpiece of technology and floral art, symbol of the city’s internationally acclaimed watch industry. Visit ST. PETER’S CATHEDRAL, an imposing Romanesque-Gothic church in the Old Town that is best known for Protestant Reformation leader John Calvin’s inspiring sermons during the mid-16th century.

DAY
6
GENEVA. EXCURSION TO CHAMONIX–MONT BLANC

Today, enjoy a special highlight excursion to MONT BLANC. Travel across the Swiss-French border to Chamonix, a famous mountain resort where the first Winter Olympics were held. From the town center, ride a cable car to the Aiguille du Midi (Needle of the South), a rocky, 12,391-foot (3,777m) peak in the Mont Blanc mountain range with year-round snow. Its terraces provide an amazing 360-degree view of the Chamonix Valley and the Alps. A lift takes you to the summit terrace at 12,605 feet (3,842m) for stunning panoramas (if the cable car to Aiguille du Midi is not available due to adverse weather conditions, it will be substituted with a ride on the scenic rack railway to the magnificent Mer de Glace (Sea of Ice) glacier on the northern slopes of Mont Blanc). Leisure time to explore Chamonix’s center and enjoy lunch on your own in one of the many local restaurants before heading back to Geneva.

DAY
7
GENEVA–LUCERNE

Travel to Lucerne by TRAIN (first class). Enjoy guided sightseeing that includes Thorwaldsen’s poignant LION MONUMENT, commemorating the Swiss Guards killed during the French Revolution. Walk through the charming Old Town with its pedestrian-only streets, quaint alleys, cobblestone squares, and frescoed façades. Cross the CHAPEL BRIDGE, Lucerne’s famous landmark spanning the Reuss River, originally built in the 14th century as part of the city’s fortifications. Admire the Water Tower, which also served as a dungeon, an archive, and a treasury vault until the 19th century. On the left bank of the river, arrive at the Jesuit Church, constructed in 1666 and one of the most beautiful baroque churches in the country.

DAY
8
LUCERNE

Your Local Host can suggest wonderful options for your day, like a visit to the Swiss Transport Museum, or where to shop for watches, cuckoo clocks, and delectable chocolate.

DAY
9
LUCERNE

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning (the nearest airport is Zürich).

Transportation

Travel by high-speed TGV train (first class) Paris-Geneva; by coach round-trip Geneva-Chamonix; by train (first class) Geneva-Lucerne; transfers to/from train stations

Included Hotels

Other Hotel

Monograms offers an impressive choice of hotels pre-selected for their location, amenities and service. When booking your package check to see what other hotels are available for your dates. Some hotels may not be available for this package.

Paris
Geneva
Lucerne

Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel

18,Avenue De Suffren
Paris, France

Check-in - 15:00
Check-out - 12:00

Enjoying an unbeatable location next to the iconic Eiffel Tower, this 456-room sleek, modern hotel offers Free Wi-Fi internet access throughout and has a California-inspired Brasserie with open kitchen and stylish wine bar. Other amenities include a large gym on the 9th floor with panoramic rooftop vistas.

Location & Highlights

Located on a quiet side street, just around the corner from the Eiffel Tower & Seine River in the 15th arrondissement of Paris where many bars & restaurants can be found. The nearby Bir-Hakeim metro station offers easy access to the Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Élysées with its high-end shopping and the Tour Eiffel RER station provides trains to attractions such as the Notre Dame Cathedral and Louvre Museum.

Room Amenities

  • Desk
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Pay Movies
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • In-Room Safe
  • Window Opens
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Phone
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Climate Control
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Ice Machine
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Parking/Valet
  • Free WiFi
  • Concierge desk
Smart minimalist guestrooms are all air-conditioned and equipped with coffee/tea-making facilities, bose docking station, iron & ironing board, bathrobes & slippers.

Mercure Paris Centre Tour Eiffel

20, Rue Jean Rey
Paris Cedex, France

Check-in - 12:00
Check-out - 12:00

This elegant 405-room hotel is located close the River Seine and Eiffel Tower. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel. A light and airy restaurant serves up a range of international cuisine which during the summer months can be enjoyed in the tranquil terrace and gardens. There is also a lounge bar for snacks and drinks as well as a fitness room.

Location & Highlights

Located in a quiet, upscale Left Bank neighborhood with good transport links to the rest of the city's sightseeing attractions

Room Amenities

  • Alarm Clock
  • Room Service
  • Climate Control
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • In-Room Safe
  • Phone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee Maker
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Internet Access
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Smoking Rooms

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Concierge desk
  • Gift Shop
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Ice Machine
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Luggage Storage
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
Contemporary air-conditioned guestrooms all feature complimentary tea & coffee making facilities.

Paris Marriott Opéra Ambassador

16 Bld.Haussmann
Paris, France

Check-in - 15:00
Check-out - 12:00

With an exceptional location in the heart of Paris' illustrious Opera District, this stylish 297-room hotel has impressive Haussmann-style architecture and effortlessly combines Art Deco-styling dating back from its original opening in 1927 with state-of-the-art amenities. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel and there is also a fitness room. All-day dining including elegant French cuisine is available in the smart contemporary restaurant and the tranquil lobby bar offers an extensive selection of drinks and light meals.

Location & Highlights

Set directly on Boulevard Haussmann, within walking distance of the Palais Garnier and the Louvre with Upscale shopping at Galeries Lafayette and exquisite dining options all within close proximity.

Room Amenities

  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Alarm Clock
  • Air Conditioning
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Phone
  • Pay Movies
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Television
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Desk
  • Internet Access
  • Voicemail

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Luggage Storage
  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Ice Machine
  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning
The plush guestrooms offer a serene comfortable atmosphere with air-conditioning and include complimentary coffee/tea making facilities, iron & ironing board plus a complimentary bottle of water per person replenished daily.

Hotel l'Echiquier Opera Paris - MGallery Collection by Sofitel

38 rue de l'Echiquier
Paris, France

Check-in - 15:00
Check-out - 12:00

Located in the heart of Paris's vibrant Grands Boulevards theatre district, this unique 88-room boutique style property embodies its Belle Époque heritage with grandiose restored décor. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel, there is a fitness center, and a cozy conservatory bar featuring an original Art Deco stained-glass roof.

Location & Highlights

Near the Opéra Garnier and the Louvre museum, restaurants, bistros, cafés and a Galleries Lafayette department store can all be found in close proximity, while a nearby Metro station provides easy access to this romantic city's famous landmarks including the Arc de Triomphe and Montmartre.

Room Amenities

  • Alarm Clock
  • Phone
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Desk
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Window Opens
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Coffee Maker
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Mini-bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Voicemail
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Wake-Up Calls

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Luggage Storage
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Concierge desk
  • Elevator
Contemporary styled guestrooms exude chic Parisian style and are equipped with air conditioning, bathrobes, slippers, complimentary coffee/tea making facilities and complimentary bottled water.

Activities & Excursions

The following activities & excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Activities and Excursions are available for purchase on our MyMonograms site as soon as initial deposit or payment is received.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)



No excursions exist for this departure

Insider

Paris
Geneva
Lucerne

Paris

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Paris, FranceMonograms provides traveler's access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Paris. Our Local Host will ensure that you feel comfortable and welcomed while on vacation and help you maximize your time so you can enjoy Paris. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Paris and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Paris insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host® in Paris

Hello, my name is Kenia. I am one of the Paris Monograms Local Host® and really enjoy greeting Monograms' guests. I have lived in Paris for over 15 years and it is a pleasure helping people to discover the city for the first time, or to enjoy a return visit. I still remember the first came I came to Paris, its stunning monuments, its elegance and its natural beauty really impressed me. There are fabulous art collections to discover, delightful restaurants, and the romantic Seine. We look forward to meeting you, we are always happy to make new friends.

Montmartre & Sacre Coeur

Try a walking tour of the Montmartre district, where artists such as Picasso and Van Gogh worked. While in Montmartre, visit the Sacré-Coeur (Sacred Heart). This pristine, white-stone church features one of the world's largest mosaics, which depicts Christ with outstretched arms, and a massive 19-ton church bell. Sit on the steps outside the church for wonderful views of the city to absorb the Parisienne joie de vivre (joy of life).

Musée d’Orsay, Pompidou Center, Musée Rodin, Musée de la Vie Romantique

Stroll through centuries of artwork at the Musée d’Orsay (closed on Mondays), which houses an extensive collection of impressionist masterpieces by Monet, Degas, Renoir, and Cezanne, or drop by the Pompidou Center, an architectural wonder and home to the National Museum of Modern Art. Musée Rodin, contains most of the artist's significant sculptures, including The Thinker, The Kiss, and The Gates of Hell and the quaint Musée de la Vie Romantique, located in a private mansion, includes mementos of the romantic literary figure George Sand, as well as paintings by Ary Scheffer.

Place des Vosges/Marais District

A few blocks from the famous Bastille Square, this charming area is full of historical buildings and art and shopping possibilities. Visit the Picasso Museum, or the Victor Hugo House to learn more about the author of Les Misérables, and the Hunchback of Notre Dame.

City Parks

The impeccably formal Garden of the Tuileries offers an unbroken vista towards the Place de la Concorde, the Arc de Triomphe and the Grande Arche. It remains the largest and oldest public garden in Paris today. Jardin du Luxembourg is loved for the greenery and multitude of statues, playgrounds and the famous Guignol puppet show. Opened in 1780, the Parc du Champ-de-Mars extends from the École Militaire to the Eiffel Tower. A hotspot for national events, it can be accessed freely and offers the most beautiful view of the capital’s landmark monument.

Shakespeare and Company Bookstore

In the Roaring 20s, this quirky bookstore on the Bohemian Left Bank was the meeting place for some of literature's greats, like Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Joyce to name a few.

Islands of Paris: Île de la Cité & Île Saint-Louis

The largest is Île de la Cité, with its famous Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. It is also home to Sainte-Chapelle adored for its intricate stained glass windows and La Conciergerie, a prison-turned-museum where Marie Antoinette, Robespierre, and 40,000 other victims of the Reign of Terror were processed before their execution. Its sister island, Ile Saint Louis was developed in the 17th century by King Louis XIII as a retreat for the wealthiest Parisians, and is still largely residential with much of its original village charm. The island is possibly Paris’ most idyllic setting for a day of shopping, dining, and browsing an art gallery.

Seine Bridges

Find your favorite bridge, there are 37 and they are all different, from plain to gilded and from new to over 400 years old. The top 5 are: Pont Neuf si the oldest bridge in Paris dating back to 1578, the time of King Henry III. The Pont Royal, which gets its name from its royal benefactor King Louis XIV is near the Louvre Palace and the Tuileries garden. Pont Alexandre III is immediately recognized for its beautiful decorations of lampposts, cherubs and nymphs and gilt gold. It was built as a symbol of the relationship between the Russians and French and is named after Tsar Alexander the III. The Pont des Arts was the first metal bridge built in Paris. Arts seems to be perfect name since the bridge has been the source of inspiration for numerous painters and artists. The Pont au Double is a single arch bridge made out of cast-iron. Initially built as a bridge to carry patients to the hospital, it collapsed in 1709, and was replaced with the bridge that it seen today.

Markets and Specialties

Ask your Local Host how to get to the flea market for affordable objets d’art, or visit one of the food markets. The French know how to turn food display into an art form. See rainbows of fresh fruit and vegetables, soft palettes of bread and colossal wheels of cheese; France has over 400 varieties of cheese! And when you're ready for dessert, specialty stores abound-from tarts and pastries to crêpes and pain au chocolat. Other specialties to try include onion soup with a fresh baguette, coq au vin (a classic chicken dish), croque-monsieur, quiche Lorraine, escargots, steak-frites and famous French wines and champagne.

Shopping

Shop at haute couture boutiques in the rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré district or the Champs-Elysées, avenue Montaigne. You may want to spend some time browsing the Galeries Lafayette (with weekly fashion shows) and Printemps department stores. Perfumes and scarves are classic gifts, as well as French berets, lace, collection dolls and pottery.

Cafés

When you are ready for a break, join the locals at one of the cafés, sip a glass of wine or a café au lait (hot milk coffee), and watch the world go by in true Parisien style.

Père Lachaise Cemetery

Walk through the world’s most visited cemetery and burial grounds of many famous people including Oscar Wilde, James Morrison and Frédéric Chopin.

Geneva

Meet one of you Local Host in Geneva, SwitzerlandMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Geneva. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Geneva, Switzerland insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host® in Geneva, Switzerland

My name is Olga. I was born in Egypt, as a Swiss citizen, and raised in the city of Alexandria. I feel that I was destined to make a career in the multicultural field of tourism. I have lived in Geneva for over 30 years and have been a local guide and tour escort within Switzerland and nearby countries. I look forward to welcoming you to my lovely city, to show you not only its scenic beauty, but also its cosmopolitan and historical qualities.

THE UN’S PALACE OF NATIONS

On a one-hour tour, learn about the history of the Palais des Nations, and see some of its important rooms including “The Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room”, decorated by famous artist Miquel Barcelò; “The Salle des Pas Perdus”, from which you can see the Armillary Sphere and the monument commemorating the conquest of outer space; and the Council Chamber, where many important historical negotiations have taken place, with murals by José Maria Sert.

CAROUGE

“A village in the city.” This ancient market town that formerly belonged to the kingdom of Sardinia, is a Genevan version of “la dolce vita”. Its streets lined with boutiques, food shops, galleries, and artisan workshops exude a Bohemian atmosphere. Visitors appreciate the lively ambience on its leafy squares.

MUSEUM OF MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART

Also known as MAMCO, located in an old factory building, is a dynamic museum on the cutting edge of modern art in Europe. Supported by a stable of artists from the nearby Centre of Contemporary Art, MAMCO constantly reinvents itself, updating not only its exhibits, but also its interior construction three times per year. The works of Marcel Duchamp, the inspiration for the museum, are on display year round.

INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS AND RED CRESCENT MUSEUM

Emotion, discovery, reflection, this museum offers a unique opportunity to enter into the history of humanitarian action. Three separate areas, each developed by a well-known exhibition architect, allow visitors to explore three major challenges in today’s world: defending human dignity, restoring family links, reducing natural risks.

PATEK PHILIPPE MUSEUM

Trace the evolution of watch-making in Geneva from its humble origins through to its current pinnacle as the world-leader in the industry. The museum presents an evocative collection of timepieces dating back as far as the early 16th century, demonstrating the artistic and engineering prowess of Geneva’s past and present masters. Modern masterpieces from Patek Philippe’s latest collections are also on display, as well as music boxes, pistols and other historic items spread over the museum’s four floors.

SWISS CUISINE

Switzerland was historically a country of farmers, so traditional Swiss dishes tend to be plain and made from simple ingredients, such as potatoes and cheese. Raclette (melted cheese usually served with ham and potatoes), rosti (potatoes traditionally cooked – first boiled, then peeled, grated and fried in butter until golden), cheese fondue, eaten by dipping small pieces of bread or potatoes in melted cheese.

ARIANA MUSEUM (SWISS MUESEUM OF CERAMIC AND GLASS)

This museum is one of the most important in Europe with over 20’000 objects of pottery, stoneware, earthenware, porcelain and china. Built on the initiative of Gustave Revilliod (1817- 1890), its neo-baroque features set it apart from the local architectural style.

PLAINE DE PLAINPALAIS

Plaine de Plainpalais is a huge open space in a rhombus shape located in central-south Geneva. It is most famous for hosting the biggest flea market and farmers market in Geneva. The flea market is open on Saturdays from 6a.m. to 6p.m.

Lucerne

Lucerne, Switzerland Local HostMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Lucerne. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Lucerne, Switzerland insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host® in Lucerne

My name is Trudy; I have been welcoming guests to Lucerne for many years, and love to meet people from other countries and cultures. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, and typical Swiss hobbies such as skiing, walking in the mountains, and taking photos of our beautiful scenery.

Walking in Lucerne

Enjoy a lakeside promenade at sunset and relax over an aperitif or walk up to the city ramparts with their nine towers. The Zytturm tower is well worth a visit, housing the city’s oldest clock, built in 1535 and enjoys the privilege of striking the hour a minute before all the city’s other clocks. Your Local Host will have suggestions for other routes to discover more of this charming town.

Lucerne Architecture

Architecture buffs might enjoy stopping by the Spreuer Bridge completed in 1408, the Renaissance-style Town Hall, the contemporary Railroad Station, and the Concert Hall, by French architect Jean Nouvel, for examples of the town’s architectural styles through the ages.

Dreilinden Park & Castle

Due to its location outside the city center, Dreilinden Park with its fairytale castle is an allure for those looking for relaxation. It is reminiscent of an English park, where artificial ruins have been strategically positioned about the grounds. It is one of Lucerne's largest parks and also features a music conservatory, marble sculptures and fine views.

Swiss Transport Museum, Glacier Museum, Bourbaki Museum

Anyone interested in locomotion through the ages will love the Swiss Transport Museum; it also has an IMAX cinema, and Planetarium. Visit the Glacier Gardens near the Lion Monument, for a fascinating glimpse into history 20 million year’s old, discovered by chance; see Swiss wood carving mastery in the historic villa, and have fun in the amazing labyrinth of mirrors. The Bourbaki Panorama houses one of the world's few panorama paintings still in existence. Inside the round building, you will find the impressive circular painting which Edouard Castres painted in 1881.

Rosengut Collection, Hans Erni Museum, Museum of History

See works of Picasso and Paul Klee in the Rosengut Collection; stroll through the Hans Erni Museum located on the grounds of the Swiss Museum of Transport – standing out in the complex with its transparent hexagonal form; or visit the Museum of History located in the ancient armoury.

Richard Wagner Museum, Lucerne Culture & Congress Center (KKL)

For music lovers, an insight into Wagner’s principal works at his home on Lake Lucerne, with a treasure of instruments and mementos. Or ask your Local Host what’s on at the Culture and Congress Centre (KKL), a multi-functional building with the Museum of Art and concert hall that is esteemed for its high-profile acoustics.

Paddle Wheel Steamer, Pedalo

Take an unforgettable journey on Lake Lucerne in an historic Paddle Wheel Steamer. Or for another fun way to see Lucerne from the lake, try a self-propelled pedalo boat.

Farmers Market, Souvenirs & Local Cuisine

Drop by the Farmers Market “Wochenmarkt” for fruit, vegetables, flowers, meats, dairy, and unique products like fresh pasta, spices, herbs, and ethnic fare. Or stop by the Fish Market “Fischmarkt” to see displays of fresh fish. Typical souvenirs are chocolate, watches, embroidered clothing, household linen, wood carved items, cuckoo clocks and music boxes. Some of Lucerne’s food specialties include the “Lozärner Chügelipastetli”, a puff-pastry shell filled with diced veal and mushrooms in a creamy sauce, “Älpler Magronen", alpine macaroni with apple slices, “À la cheesemaker” contains bread, wine and cheese, and local pear bread for a sweet treat.

* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).