DAVOS & SWISS HIGHLIGHTS
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This leisurely-paced stay-put tour will show you most of the natural, historic and Jewish highlights of Switzerland, all while staying in only one Kosher hotel in Davos. For many years Davos has been known as a preferred summer resort by the religious Jews from all over the world and this is the 5th year that Kesher Tours is operating such a program. Truly a scenic spectacular of Alpine splendor, lakes valleys and soaring mountain peaks. We’ll explore elegant Lucerne and Zürich – the big cities, the renowned resort of St Moritz and the breathtaking Rhine Falls. A special visit will be made to the tinny principality of Liechtenstein and its capital – Vaduz. And you’ll get all the time in the world sightsee, shop or just relax.

Day 1: Monday New york
Evening flight from New York to Zürich, the financial capital of continental Europe.

Day 2: Tuesday Davos
Morning arrival in Zürich, to be welcomed by your Tour Escort. Our tour starts in Zürich, famous for being a major centre of finance. Its main attraction is the Bahnhofstrasse shopping mile next to the River Suhl which exudes elegance and style, and is home to many interesting galleries. After a panoramic tour of the city we will drive southeast to the renowned resort of Davos, located in Graubünden (Grison) Canton in the heart of the Swiss Alps. At 1,560 meters it is the highest city in Europe. Davos has a dual claim to fame as the host to the World Economic Forum (WEF), an annual meeting of global political and business elites, and the home of one of the holiday makers’ paradises in Switzerland. The beautiful scenery around Davos is a combination of town and country. The town is a Cosmopolitan destination, while the Swiss Alpine countryside is ideal for a relaxing vacation.
Overnight Gesher Club Hotel Davos

Day 3: Wednesday Lucerne
Depart this morning for the beautiful lakeside city of Lucerne. Boasting invigorating mountain views, lake cruises and a picturesque old quarter, Luzern (Lucerne in English) has long been one of Europe’s most heavily touristed towns. The River Reuss splits the town, flowing rapidly out of the northwestern end of the lake. River banks on both sides are clustered with medieval squares, frescoed houses, ancient guildhalls, churches and chapels, and filled with a liveliness that belies the city’s age. Any tour of Lucerne must begin with a walk over the Medieval covered Kapellbrücke, the oldest road bridge in Europe, angled around the octagonal mid-river Wasserturm. Next, we’ll visit the Löwendenkmal (Lion Memorial) dedicated to the Swiss Guard who died defending Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette in 1792. Balance of the day is free to spend as you wish. There are magnificent shops, galleries and cafes, as well as interesting nooks and alleys to explore. Return to Davos

Overnight Gesher Club Hotel Davos

Day 4: Thursday Davos
A day of leisure. Your Tour Escort will suggest a host of activities for your free time. You may explore on your own the beauty of Davos, and take advantage of the Davos Pass that we will grant you.

Overnight Gesher Club Hotel Davos

Day 5: Friday St. Moritz
A scenic road across the roof of the Alps takes us to one of the best-known holiday resorts in the world - the famous Jet-set resort of St Moritz. Chic, elegant and exclusive, with an extremely cosmopolitan air, the resort is located at an altitude of 1856 meters above sea level and surrounded by the beautiful lake landscape of the Upper Engadine. Visit the Engadine Museum of carved wooden furniture ,the Schiefer Turm (Leaning Tower) of St Moritz - yes, there is one. Balance of the day is at your leisure. A suggestion may be to take an optional 20 minutes cable-car ride to Corviglia and on another 10 minutes to Piz Nair (3050 meter) for magnificent views.
Return to Davos.

Evening services followed by Shabbat dinner

Overnight Gesher Club Hotel Davos

Day 6: Shabbat Davos
After the morning services and Shabbat lunch, enjoy a walking tour in the
Hotel vicinity.

Overnight Gesher Club Hotel Davos

Day 7: Sunday Vaduz
Today we pay a visit to the postage stamp, pocket sized principality of Liechtenstein and its capital, Vaduz, dominated by the Vaduz Castle, the home of the reigning prince of Liechtenstein and the Liechtenstein Princely family. The castle is visible from almost any location in Vaduz, being perched atop a steep hill in the middle of the city. Government House and City Hall are also well-known landmarks, displaying the various styles and periods of architecture that the city is known for. Early afternoon, we continue to the picturesque German town of Lindau on Lake Konstanz (or Bodensee), a former free Imperial City. The historic city of Lindau is located on an island which is connected with the mainland by bridge and railway. We will see the renowned Port entrance with Lighthouse and Bavarian Lion monument, the old Town Hall and do a stroll on the Maximilianstraße, the main shopping street. Return to Davos.

Overnight Gesher Club Hotel Davos

Day 8: Monday Schaffhausen, Basel
This morning we travel north, to the charming town of Schaffhausen, a city with many fine Renaissance Era buildings decorated with exterior frescos and sculptures, as well as the impressive old canton fortress, the Munot. We cross the town to visit the nearby Rhine Falls, Europe’s largest waterfall. They are truly magnificent, not so much for their height (23m) as for their impressive breadth and the sheer drama of the place, with the spray rising in a cloud of rainbows above the forested banks. The best way to see the falls is from one of the daredevil boats which scurry around in the spray. In the early afternoon we continue with a visit of Lengnau, in the canton of Aargau, one of two villages where residence was permitted for Swiss Jews between 1633 and 1874. Lengnau's synagogue is listed as a heritage site of national significance. By the way Meyer Guggenheim (1828-1905) a German Jew who emigrated to US in 1847, patriarch and founder of the extremely wealthy Guggenheim family was born in Lengnau. We continue to Basel, where the First Zionist Congress was held in August 1897. Theodor Herzl wrote, "To summarize the Basel Congress in one sentence careful not to pronounce publicly - it is this: I have founded the Jewish state in Basel.". We will see the famous Hotel Drei Könige (Three Kings Hotel) where the Theodor Herzl stayed . Besides Herzl, the hotel has also been visited by Napoleon, Dickens, Voltaire, and Metternich. We stop by the Stadcasino where the Congress itself was held— a concert hall not officially open to viewing. To the right of the stage there is a plaque that reads: "On Theodor Herzl's initiative and under his guidance, the first Zionist organization was established leading to the foundation of the State of Israel." We will visit Switzerland's only Jewish Museum (if time permits) and the Great Synagogue, a national landmark. The synagogue, first built in 1868, was expanded and renovated several times over the past century-and-a-half, it houses two synagogues, a choir, mikveh, and is beautifully designed. Next door to the synagogue is the community center, library, and day school. We drive pass the Israel Park a grove of 40 trees, presented by Israeli president Chaim Herzog, that were given to Basel by the JNF/KKL and the State of Israel on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the State.
Overnight Basel

Day 9: Tuesday Zurich, New York
Transfer to the Zurich airport for your flight home.

Tour Code Departure Return  

Tour Code Departure date Air + Land * Land only * Air + Land
Single Room**

* Price per person in USD in double or twin room
** Supplement for single room

Price of tour is subject to change due to change in Air Fare.

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Round trip air fare from New York.
  • Glatt Kosher Hotel in Davos (Superior Tourist Class) in Basel First Class.
  • Gourmet Glatt Kosher Meals daily.
  • Transportation by air conditioned coaches.
  • Sightseeing, transfers and entrance fees as per Itinerary.
  • Experienced English speaking Tour Escort.

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NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Airport and security tax.
  • Travel Insurance (For details see General Conditions).
  • Gratuities to local service providers and Tour Escort.
  • Optional tours as per Itinerary.
  • Individual transfers.
  • Any item not mentioned under “included in price”.
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