Holidays to spectacular Switzerland

Picture Switzerland, and you would be forgiven for imagining snowy scenes as far as the eye can see, best enjoyed when wrapped up warm clutching a fragrant hot chocolate or slaloming down a mountainside. Or perhaps your imagination takes you to enchanting towns nestled next to perfectly still lakes that mirror every cloud in the sky in high definition. Switzerland is all this and more – and is just as wonderful a holiday destination in the summer as it is in the winter.

Picture perfect from every Alpine turn and medieval tower, Switzerland’s spectacular scenery is a feast for the eyes. The natural world takes centre stage here all year round. In winter the drama of the Swiss Alps comes into its own with soaring mountain peaks, deep blue glaciers and a perfect blanket of twinkling snow.

When summer takes its turn the snows melt to reveal a landscape of gently rolling pastures and wild flower meadows, just the place for grazing those much-appreciated providers of Swiss chocolate and cheese.

The scenery in the Swiss Alps is nothing short of magnificent – from the glinting lakes at Interlaken to the mighty Eiger in Grindelwald, the sights will take your breath away. Sip a hot chocolate in the storybook town of Lucerne, quaff champagne with the glitterati in Verbier or hole up in a remote mountain chalet and let the world go on without you.

Switzerland’s financial centre Zurich has become one cool customer of late. Situated in the north of the country, not far from the German border, it’s a lively place to visit with a thriving cultural scene, a handsome Old Town and of course, this being Switzerland, its own lake.

Geneva sits on the shores of Lake Geneva not far from the French border. It is a sophisticated and cosmopolitan spot where you’ll spot diplomatic representatives from every corner of the world – this is of course the home of the United Nations. Take a lakeside stroll from the grand Palace of Nations to the Jet d’Eau fountain before a spot of window-shopping (or otherwise) in the upmarket chocolate shops of the old town.

Switzerland is in central Europe, bordered by Germany to the north, Liechtenstein and Austria to the east, Italy to the south and France to the west.

The currency in Switzerland is the Swiss franc (CHF).

It takes just one and a half hours to fly between London and Zurich.

Most Swiss restaurants automatically add a service charge to your bill removing any expectation of a tip. If service is especially good you may want to leave a small sum to show your appreciation.

Switzerland is one hour ahead of GMT (two hours ahead during British Summer Time).

Swiss nationals bring a new meaning to the word multi-lingual, confidently maintaining four official languages: French, German, Italian and Romansh. Needless to say, most residents can also speak fluent English when required.

With the widest choice of holidays and travel experiences than ever before, you can now personalise your trip so you are in complete control. All this is backed up by the high-standards and service you’d expect from Saga.

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