Switzerland is a good holiday destination when travel abroad is allowed says Wittering-based Travel Counsellor
Wittering-based Travel Counsellor Emma Savage is dreaming of a holiday to Switzerland in her latest column.
I recently spotted a fabulous escorted tour to a destination that I quite fancy myself; Switzerland.
Set in the heart of Europe and very easy to reach, with daily flights from several UK airports, Switzerland has a lot to offer for a short break or longer holiday.
Famous for cheese and chocolate (and it would be a shame not to indulge whilst there!), the Swiss are welcoming and friendly. Its fresh mountain air and breath-taking scenery is appealing for outdoor activities both winter and summer, and it offers a blend of cultural activity and living traditions.
The climate is moderate with no excessive heat, although depending on the altitude, the temperature can vary. The Swiss use the Swiss Franc and English is widely spoken throughout the country, making it even more accessible.
So, what could you do there on a holiday? There is plenty of choice. Take a city break to Zurich or Geneva or book a week’s ski holiday at one of the fantastic resorts. For a longer holiday, try a tailormade itinerary designed for exploring by yourself; or if you prefer to explore with like-minded travellers, a fully escorted tour which covers all the highlights - with the benefit of an experienced tour manager, might suit best.
One popular way to get around and explore, whether individually or in a group, is by rail. You’ll see ice blue glaciers, crystal clear lakes and majestic scenery on a transport service that is reliably punctual and clean. Get the best view of the Matterhorn from the Gornergrat Railway; the BBC thriller ‘The Night Manager’ was filmed on the Gornergrat Railway, and you could enjoy the same spectacular view at the viewing platform 3100m above sea level. Hike around the peak before enjoying a meal at the restaurant. Or take a trip on the Schilthorn Cableway to enjoy unique views and finish off with a meal at the revolving restaurant which played host to James Bond film ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’.
Talking of rail, the tour I spotted included rail journeys on the famous Bernina Express, which offers spectacular views of three glittering glaciers, and the Glacier Express, which is one of the most iconic trains in Switzerland. What better way to relax and indulge than with a window seat like that?
Top tip: If you prefer the freedom to travel around as much as you want, purchase a Swiss Travel Pass, which gives access to public transport in more than 90 towns and cities, discounts on mountain excursions and free admission to over 500 museums. Valid for various days from three through to 15 days, they are ideal for independent travellers.
If Switzerland is on your list, do get in touch as I would love to hear from you.
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