Trip Information

A TYPICAL EIGHT NIGHT LAND PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Typically most will depart Friday night and arrive Saturday morning in Geneva, Zürich, Venice, or Münich and then transfer to your resort from the airport. In Switzerland, it is by 1st or 2nd class rail depending on hotel rating. Austria, France and Italy are by motor-coach. We can arrange private transfers to any resort.

  • A seven night stay at your resort hotel in a standard double room minimally with bath, cable TV, radio, and direct dial telephone. Many also have LCD cable TV, balconies, terry robes, heated towel racks, safes, hair dryers, wifi, and possibly a pool, sauna, fitness, therapeutic spa, etc.

  • Resort dining includes buffet breakfast and minimally three-course dinner daily. These hotels include only breakfast: Chamonix – Grand Hôtel des Alpes & Albert 1er; Courchevel – Chabichou; Kitzbühel – Tenne; Megève – Châlet Zannier; St. Anton/St. Christoph – Dr. Otto Murr’s & Hospiz; Val d’Isère – Les 5 Frères; Verbier – Cordée des Alpes & Châlet d’Adrien; Zermatt – Bellerive.

  • Six day, all area adult ski passes.

  • Second Saturday transfer to gateway city.

  • The eighth overnight is in gateway hotel with buffet breakfast before a Sunday return to the States.

  • All hotel state and local taxes, tips and service.

AIR

  • We have contract fares with Air France/Delta/KLM, United, and Lufthansa/ Swiss possibly affording savings. So if you need air, please call for further information.

  • Swiss continues to be the only airline still allowing ski equipment to fly without charge; that includes a pair of skis, poles, boots (even if in a separate bag) & a helmet. If you are on Swiss luggage can be checked from the US airport through to your Swiss resort for $26.00/bag.

  • Swiss Rail has initiated a new service this year: Now regardless of airline, for a nominal charge, you can ship luggage from a US gateway city to a resort rail station or, for a bit more, door-to-door directly to your hotel. The new service also works for return flights.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Package prices are based on the previous two months’ worth of exchange rates averaged through August. These rates were used for pricing: $ 0.979/CHF and $ 1.124/€. Since last year the dollar’s stronger versus the franc but just about the same versus the Euro so Switzerland hotels are lower than last year. As always, please use them as ballparks and when you call for information, current exchange rates will be used.

  • Paris is an optional gateway for French and some Swiss resorts. If you want to visit the sparkling city on the Seine, call for information.

  • Hotel prices based on a standard double room rate; if a range of rooms is offered, then it is on the lowest listed price.

  • Rates for singles, three-in-a-room, children-with-parents, two-week stays, extended extensions, trip insurance, and other variations are available. If alone you may feel comfortable in all hotels but perhaps more so in the informal three stars.

  • A word to the wise: gym clothes of any sort and running shoes are not welcome in European hotel dining rooms. Four and five star hotels generally prefer a sweater or jacket at dinner.

  • Other wonderful little hotels and inns are available in Arosa, Crans-Montana, La Clusaz, Le Grand Bornand, Flims, Igls, Innsbruck, Les Portes de Soleil, Salzburg, Sölden, Stuben, Val Thorens, and Mürren, the third Jungfrau resort.

  • In recent years, I have found many lovely catered and self catered apartments and châlets. They range in size for families, small groups of friends and family or friends’ reunions. A few have hot tubs (unlike the West, these are quite rare in Europe), private staff with 4x4s and gourmet cuisine; others are self-catered. For example: Zermatt’s only original Swiss châlet accommodates eight to ten with or without catering; Verbier has a romantic châlet just for two; and in Val d’Isère ten can ski-in or out of a staffed châlet with sauna and steam bath.

  • Kitzbühel prices include an eighth night at the trendy, eco-friendly four star, Cortiina, and lovely classic five star Bayerischer Hof, dating from 1841. Each are very central, an easy walk from the rail station, pedestrian areas, and many notable sites.

  • To ease final planning, documents will be Fed Ex-ed to clients a week prior to departure.