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A tour of Switzerland will take you to a fascinating country that’s as world famous for its independence and neutrality as it is for its chocolate and cheese, and as renowned for its astonishingly beautiful scenery as for its cleanliness, clockwork efficiency and welcoming, friendly, hospitable people. With four official languages, some of Switzerland’s cities are ranked among the very highest in the world for their quality of life. The country is also the home of many international and highly respected institutions including the Red Cross, the United Nations and the World Trade Organization.
But Switzerland is of course synonymous too with its towering Alps and mighty glaciers – from which major
rivers including the Rhine and Rhône flow through deep valleys and lush meadows into more than 1500 lakes that contain 6% of Europe’s fresh water. And it’s perhaps this sensitive ecology that makes Switzerland so careful and protective of its precious environment, with high scores in public health and virtually carbon-free electricity generation.
Your Switzerland tour will transport you on breathtaking but always comfortable rides on dramatic mountain cog and funicular railways, on scenic bus rides through tranquil, car-free mountain passes, on gentle lake steamers and on spectacular cable car and chair lift journeys. Wherever you go, the scenery is truly magnificent. Iconic mountain slopes give way to gentler valleys. Glistening white glaciers
look down onto green pastures dotted with tiny chalets, where the only sound is the soft tinkling of cow bells. Water torrents plunging down to valley floors turn into winding streams that flow through rich, flower-filled meadows.
The very names of the places that you’ll visit on your unforgettable tour of Switzerland and the Bernese Oberland are legendary – from the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau peaks to the calm waterfronts of Lake Lucerne and Lake Oeschinen, and from Zurich, Grindelwald and Brienz to the Reichenbach Falls where Sherlock Holmes met his sad demise.
Lovely people at Riviera
Another Birthday and to celebrate, another cruise. This was our third river journey with you and our sixth Riviera holiday. We knew we would not be disappointed, .. [Read More]
Roberta Davis and George Matthews
My friend and I have had the most amazing trip to Krakow. Vic, our tour guide, made everything run so smoothly and was so kind and knowledgeable. The lovely local Polish guide, Joanna, who took .. [Read More]
I’m recently home from my first holiday with Riviera and just want to thank everyone involved. The hotels and transport were excellent, comfortable and efficient. But the star .. [Read More]
We have had another wonderful Riviera holiday, which exceeded expectations. In no small part this was because our tour manager John was outstanding. He has a deep and extensive .. [Read More]
Many thanks to Paula who was a brilliant guide. We loved her friendly relaxed style and the care she took to ensure that everyone had the best experience possible. Organisation was faultless and .. [Read More]
Colin and Mary Millett
We have just returned from our wonderful tour of Sorrento, Capri ,Pompeii ,Vesuvius and the Amalfi coast. We stayed at the Villa Maria which was comfortable, great room service and excellent half .. [Read More]
Tony and Jane Richardson
Inspired by our 1st tour with Riviera a couple of year ago, we felt that we could not go wrong with booking this tour. We were not disappointed, everything was so well organized, hotels .. [Read More]
Mike & Tessa Parker
This was the first time that we have travelled with Riviera. We chose this trip as I had family In East Germany and wanted to know more of the history of this region. We were not disappointed. .. [Read More]
We have just returned from the Bruges tour which we thoroughly enjoyed. Our guide, Pete, was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. He gave us a brief 30 minute walk on the evening of .. [Read More]
Peter and Sue Hawes
Just returned from fantastic South Africa Tour. It was we’ll organised from start to finish, our tour manager Janie and guide Ian were superb nothing was too much trouble. There we 41 of us .. [Read More]
Val & Pete Cornish
An excellent well planned tour. We thoroughly enjoyed it. the hotels were comfortable and food was good - masses of choice and lots of fresh fruit and salads. Above all we really appreciated our .. [Read More]
I wish to express our thanks for a most enjoyable holiday to Lake Como and the organised visits which were truly amazing. Our guide, Sev is to be congratulated for making the tour extremely .. [Read More]
My husband and I have just returned from our tour of Sicily ( Manchester 9th to 16th Oct.).It was our first visit to the island and we were not disappointed. This is a lovely tour, our 6th with .. [Read More]
We have just returned from the 5 day tour of Morocco based in Marrakech and wish to say how much we enjoyed it. We have never been to Morocco before and recommend this as an excellent introduction. .. [Read More]
John and Viv Scott and family
Dear Riviera Travel, I have just returned from your Sicily Tour. It was fabulous. The itinerary was perfect. All the major sites far exceeded my expectations - which were already high before I .. [Read More]
We have travelled several times before with Riviera and have always found the tours excellent. This tour to Berlin and Dresden was excellent.
The hotel were very comfortable and in .. [Read More]
Now that we’ve recovered from all the walking around Italy on our wonderful holiday with you I felt that I should e-mail you to say that our tour guide, Vanessa, was amazing! I .. [Read More]
We had a wonderful holiday on this tour and our enjoyment was largely down to the excellent itinerary and our very competent guide and driver. Denise was well informed, always cheerful, and .. [Read More]
Pauline and Michael Fielding