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Surval Swiss Tour

Posted on: 13th October 2016 | Category: Swiss adventures, Trips and excursions

Swiss tour

Whilst Montreux was sleeping in the early dark hours of the morning, Surval girls were bubbling with excitement, ready for their first school trip of the year! Swiss tour here we come! After a coach ride that consisted of sleeping, admiring the beautiful Swiss mountains and of course singing, we arrived at the Parc Miniature for a much needed lunch and the opportunity to explore this mini-wonderland!

This included over 120 open air models of houses, castles and monuments distributed throughout the park! It was interesting to admire the authentic models of well-known sites which included our very own Chateau de Chillon as well as the Cathedral of Milan, the only model that could be viewed from the inside. The girls also enjoyed taking the little train to get a better view of the park as a whole and to admire the beautiful surrounding flora. We then headed on to discover the delights of Lugano, the leading city of the Italian speaking Swiss canton of Ticino and stretching lavishly along the shores of Lake Lugano. A beautiful place with a genuine Mediterranean ambience and unique charm.

During our time in Lugano, we enjoyed a fascinating walking tour which gave the opportunity to discover the local history and culture; including its importance as a centre for international conferences and status as a financial and cultural reference for Switzerland itself. The tour included a visit to the beautiful Church of Santa Maria degli Angioli which was built between 1499 and 1500; we were captivated immediately we entered by the large, vibrant fresco which is believed to be the most famous fresco of that period in Switzerland.

Before departing we took the funicular to the top of Mount San Salvatore and although the day was slightly misty, the view of Ceresio lake and the spectacular chains of the Swiss and Savoy alps surrounding us was breath taking, especially by the little church on the top, with its magical 360-degree view and the opportunity for the girls to indulge in some memorable photoshoots! After a welcome lunch in Lugano, we departed for Zürich and the promise to hit the shops of this bustling Swiss city the next day.  First stop, however, bright and early on the Saturday morning was a guided bus tour of the city.  A leisurely drive took us through all the different districts and with it the opportunity to learn some of the history of this city and take in its main features; a great way to get our bearings too for our afternoon adventure on foot through the streets! 

We also made a few stops along the way for some striking instagrammable photos and the girls enjoyed the excellent opportunity to see Zürich University and its beautiful terrace which overlooks the city.  At the end of our tour, our brilliant coach driver dropped us off right on the bank of the river; the girls were pleased to be given plenty of free time to savour this vibrant city for themselves, including its indulgent shopping malls, numerous local cafes and restaurants, and also Zurich’sfamous Art Gallery. We were able to explore both the old and more modern parts of the city, enjoying the atmosphere of the Zürich Film Festival, which gave the city an even greater buzz than usual. 

For our final evening, we gathered altogether again for a traditional Swiss cheese fondue in a very cosy restaurant in the old town; no better way to escape the rain and warm up than with some delicious bread and melted cheese and a lovely, thoroughly enjoyable evening out together. The final stop of our Swiss Tour was Lucerne, a delightful, traditional Swiss-German town with a unique and highly impressive bridge stretching diagonally across the river. This famous landmark formed the main part of our guided tour, with its fascinating history and beautiful flowers which line either side. 

Despite the rain, the girls were in good spirits…especially after some hot chocolate from our favourite coffee shop (Starbucks of course!), and we continued our tour around the older parts of the City. Final stop, a picturesque restaurant where the girls enjoyed their final and delicious meal of the tour, including some excellent Italian gelato; followed by some free time to stretch the legs around Lucerne before boarding the coach for our return to Surval. Our journey back was very quiet, with both girls and staff resting and reflecting after their whistle-stop multicultural and insightful tour of Switzerland. Vive La Suisse!


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