After wandering Zermatt’s quaint streets, we enjoy a Swiss fondue dinner in a local restaurant.

Overnight: Zermatt | Meals: B, D Day 7 Today is an exciting mountain adventure we take with a local mountaineering Swiss guide: the “Matterhorn Glacier Paradise” excursion.

We then head south to the Bernese Oberland mountain region.

Our base for the next three nights is an elegant historic hotel on the shore of beautiful Lake Brienz.

Tonight we enjoy our first delicious Northern Italian dinner.

Overnight: Como, Lake Como | Meals: B, D Day 9 We begin our day on Lake Como with a visit to the beautiful Villa Carlotta, with its acres of magnificent gardens.

The village of Gruyères was voted the most beautiful village in western Switzerland in 2014.

After some time to discover this enchanted village, we continue on a spectacular mountain drive, stopping in Montreux on the shore of Lake Geneva to stroll along the promenade.

We take another gondola ride and then visit the idyllic village of Lauterbrunnen, nestled on the floor of the stunning Lauterbrunnen Valley—the deepest U-shaped valley in the world.

From here, our eyes feast on the beauty of this quintessential Swiss alpine scenery, with waterfalls—including the UNESCO Trümmelbach Falls—green meadows dotted with cows and snowy peaks.

Wherever you happen to be in the Bernese Oberland, the dazzling panoramas of the snowy crags and valley surrounding you are absolutely astounding.

Overnight: Brienz | Meals: B, D Day 6 Today we travel to Gruyères and Broc for two delicious tours: one to the Cailler Chocolate factory and then to La Maison du Gruyère, where we have a lesson in the making of the famous Swiss Gruyère cheese.

During our three days here we will explore the most beautiful villages and lakes, and take the “Männlichen excursion”— a fantastic journey combining aerial gondola rides from Grindelwald to Männlichen, 2,230 meters high and a popular winter ski resort.