Swiss + Black Forest

Thanks to Bollywood and all our Indian woods, we love Swiss scenes and want to go there at least once! Swiss landscape is lovely filled with greenery at the base while the mountains are still covered with snow! Add Rhine Falls and Black Forest to the itinerary – and it is a perfect bargain! Do join in and let us have a fun filled Indian excursion in a tourist bus.

Overview

Package: Transport and sightseeing + accommodation with breakfast + tour leader
Additional options: Indian food, boat rides, cable cars, mild trek, Jungfrau
Mode of transport: Luxury bus with pushback seats.
Tour Start/End: Usually starts Thursday morning and ends Monday morning. Long weekends may be different. For exact ‘Tour Start Dates’ please click the dropdown … :

Plan / Itinerary:

  • Vaccine final dose administered for adult passengers before:
  • Day 1, ( ):
    • – pick-up from Den Haag Centraal
    • – pick-up from Schiphol airport (route 300 city bus stop)
    • – pick-up from Amstelveen (outside bus station, near Cobra museum)
    • – pickup at Eindhoven (opp Flixbus stop; passport will be checked before leaving)
    • – pickup at Dusseldorf Hbf, Germany (Flixbus stop)
    • – pickup at Frankfurt Airport (P36 bus parking)
    • Drive thru Black Forest with a stop at Mummelsee.
    • After dinner, check-in to hotel (Hotel Waldblick, Donaueshingen or similar)
    • Additional paid options for Day 1: Indian breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Day 2, ():
    • check-out from the hotel and depart to Swiss. Enter Swiss, visit Rhinefalls, Zurich (short stop), scenic drive to Lucerne and depending on the season visit either Mt Rigi or Mt Stanserhorn.
    • After dinner check-in to the hotel. (Holiday Inn Express, Luzern or similar)
    • Additional paid options: boat ride at Rhinefalls, either train+cablecar to Mt Stanserhorn OR train to Mt Rigi, Indian dinner.
  • Day 3, ():
    • Scenic drive to Interlaken.
    • Option  1: If you want to plan for Jungfrau on your own, we will drop you at the train station early afternoon and pick you from the train station in the evening (going to Jungfrau is a half day event). Till Nov 1, you also have possibility to go to Aare gorge.
    • Option 2: If you are not going to Jungfrau, our tour leader will guide you thru boating, shopping, paragliding, drive to Grindelwald and either short trek at Aare Gorge in summer OR cable car to Murren village in the winter.
    • After dinner, back to the same hotel as previous day.
    • Additional paid options: boat ride in Interlaken lake, paragliding, trek at Aare Gorge OR cable car to Murren, Indian lunch, dinner.
  • Day 4, ():
    • morning: We go to Engelberg. From there you have the option to go to Mt Titlis by cable car.
    • evening: visit Lucerne town.
    • At 18:15 depart to Netherlands. Dinner stop will be on the way.
    • Additional paid options: cable car to Mount Titlis, Indian lunch, dinner.
  • Day 5, ():
    • 0:10AM – Arrival, Frankfurt Airport
    • 4:00AM – Arrival, Dusseldorf
    • 6:00AM – Arrival, Eindhoven
    • 7:10AM – Arrival, Breukelen train station
    • 7:30AM – Arrival, Amstelveen
    • 8:00AM – Arrival, Schiphol
    • 8:30AM – Arrival Den Haag (if the arrival time is too late for you, you have an option to take a train from Eindhoven to reach earlier (@own cost))

Costs & Terms

Pricing based on 2 adults occupancy per room*:

….For each… individual cost
Adult (12yrs+) € 435
Next generation (6yrs to 11.9yrs)1 2 € 325
Kids (4 to 5.9yrs)1 2 3 € 199
Infants (0 to 3.9yrs)1 2 3 € 125
1 – maximum 1 child per adult (additional children can pay adult fare and join in); 2 – Rate when accompanied by an adult; 3 – when sharing parents bed in a double/twin room
*For single person traveling, see FAQ points 9 and 10.

Additional options:

You can opt for below options during the tour. Once you have confirmed your seats, Skanda Travels will communicate with you separately to know your options.


Breakfast* €6Lunch* €10Dinner* €13
Rhinefall boat €7Stanserhorn €56Dinner €23
Aaregorge €9InterlakenBoating €16Lunch €22Paragliding*/Jungfraujoch €175Dinner €23
Mt Titlis €76Lunch €22Dinner* €16

Total cost per adult:

* = if you choose to order this item for your child, cost is same as adult.

Booking Procedure:

  • Step 1 – book the base package (transport + sightseeing + accommodation with breakfast).
  • Step 2 – 7 days before the tour, we will coordinate with you for the additional options and also send detailed pickup point information
  • Note: Make sure you have valid passport and Visa/RP until the date you are back from the tour.

Terms and conditions:

  1. The rates are based on 2 adults (+ their kids) per hotel room basis. If you are alone and want single rooms OR need more than 2 beds/occupancy, please contact booking@skandatravels.com. Kids above 6yrs get an extra (sofa)bed.
  2. Cancellation (cut off time is midnight CET):
    • Till 4 weeks before the tour: cancellation charges of 15€ per request
    • Till 2 weeks before the tour: 50% of the cost will be refunded
    • Till 12hrs before the tour start time: 25% of the cost will be refunded
    • Payments towards add-on activities (boat ride, cable car etc) fully refunded till 12hrs before departure.
  3. Seat confirmation is subject to availability of seats. Confirmation will normally be done within 24 hrs. If not done in 24 hours, please send an email to booking@skandatravels.com or call/Whatsapp Skanda Travels at (0031) 655 456 091.
  4. When you are particular about seating position in the bus (front/middle etc), it is possible to make confirmed booking by paying a premium of 25€ per seat. Else seating is usually done in the booking confirmation order with minor deviations where required.
  5. When you are a group of 3 people, all seats may not be possible in a single row in the 2+2 seats bus.
  6. Skanda Travels will not be responsible for accidents/medical treatments. It is recommended to have your own travel insurance.

COVID rules

  • All 18yrs+ must be fully vaccinated. [Fully vaccinated: 14days past final dose of your COVID vaccination namely Pfizer/Moderna/Covishield; 22 days past 1st dose of Janassen. Covaxin is not an approved vaccine in Europe].
  • Children from 12.0yrs to 17.9yrs must be fully vaccinated or show negative test result (PCR or Antigen) taken within 24hrs of travel start date.
  • To re-enter Netherlands/Germany after the tour, 12yrs and above who are not fully vaccinated must take a PCR/antigen test on the last day of the tour. Testing can be arranged by Skanda Travels but any costs will have to be paid by the customer (antigen test will typically cost 50€).
  • Each traveler 12yrs and above who was abroad within the last 10 days must be out of the quarantine regulation(s) for the countries visited.
  • No CORONA illness related complaints when boarding.
  • It is a legal requirement to wear mask at all times by everyone 6yrs+ when inside the bus.
  • In Germany and Switzerland, mask is strictly required to be worn when indoors and in closed areas (cable car, train etc)
  • Quarantine is not required on arrival at Switzerland
  • Quarantine is not required on arrival back in The Netherlands
  • If you fall ill with Corona during the tour, you (and family) must immediately quarantine. While Skanda Travels will help with the arrangements, costs will have to be borne by yourself.
  • Seat numbers will be allocated at the start of the tour. Changing seats outside of family/same group is not allowed.
  • Prevailing group travel rules of each country (Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland) will be strictly followed.
  • 100% refund of your money if we cancel the tour
  • 25% refund if you have to cancel due to catching COVID-19 upto 8hrs before the start of the tour.

FAQ

  1. What are the other costs I need to keep in mind?
    • Ans: Pls see ‘Costs and Terms’ tab for the optional costs per adult depending on what you want to do. Children 6yrs to 12yrs is usually half price and children under that is free. Anyone who has been to Swiss will say it is a must go place but also expensive! Even public transport is so expensive! Approximate you can consider 1 CHF = 1 EUR.
  2. Are the tickets to the attractions reserved ahead or do we need to buy on arrival?
    • Ans: Skanda Travels will reserve the tickets in advance for the group and make necessary arrangements so that you do not have to wait in line for the tickets. Once your seats reservation is complete, Skanda Travels will communicate with you on how this will be arranged.
  3. Are food arrangements also made?
    • Ans: Yes. Breakfast (continental) at the hotel is already included it the price. For lunch there will be a break and the tour leader will brief you the options where you can help yourself. Indian dinner will be arranged on most days and you can opt for it. If you do not want to opt for it, you will have other options nearby. Once your seats reservation is complete, Skanda Travels will communicate with you on how this will be arranged.
  4. Is there possibility for vegetarian food in this trip?
    • Ans: Yes. Throughout the tour you have possibility for veg food (Indian in most places). Usually about 50% of the travelers are vegetarians!
  5. I want to send my parents only. Will there be someone to guide them?
    • Ans: The tour leader will accompany the group to all attractions in the tour itinerary. As long as they are physically fit for mild walks to attractions, it is not a problem. Almost every tour will have 15 to 20 elder parents.
  6. Will my child also get a seat in the bus?
    • Ans: Yes. It is also a legal requirement that every person irrespective of age gets a seat.
  7. Will I get to see snow in this tour?
    • Ans: Mt Titlis and Jungfrau will have snow 365 days of the year.
  8. What is the clothing needed?
    • Ans: up Mt Titlis, it could be cold even in summer especially if it is windy. It is better to carry winter jacket and wear it if needed (but no special boots etc needed). For other places, it is better to check the weather a day before start of tour and wear accordingly.
  9. How is the room allocation done?
    • Ans: It is 1 room with private bathroom per family (2 adults + 1 or 2 kids). If you are traveling alone, you will be paired with another person of same gender. If you are alone and you need a room for yourself, it can be arranged at an additional cost of 150€ when requested upfront via email.
  10. What is the group like?
    • Ans: It is mostly Indians – singles, couples, families and elder parents.
  11. I’m alone. I don’t mind a same gender roommate, but not otherwise.
    • Ans: We will make sure you are either alone or with same gender roommate. You need not pay the extra €150.
  12. We are a group of 3 friends. Is it possible that we share the same room with an extra bed in the room?
    • Ans: This depends on availability of triple rooms. Mention this at the time of reservation by email to booking@skandatravels.com so that arrangements can be checked. Please note that the extra bed may not be comfortable for an adult and so this arrangement is not recommended by Skanda Travels.
  13. Do the hotel rooms have a kitchen?
    • Ans: No. These are regular hotel rooms without kitchen. We arrive at the hotel late in the evening after dinner.
  14. At the end of each day, I do not intend to have dinner with the group. Will you drop us to the hotel earlier?
    • Ans: Since our bus driver also has to have dinner, this is not possible. However you are welcome to take a taxi at your own cost to the hotel.
  15. What are the departure points?
    • Ans: Near the bus/train station.
  16. Can I bring along a non-Indian?
    • Ans: You may, but please do set their expectation that the crowd is primarily Indian – the languages, movies, chit chatting could all be in a different language than they can understand!
  17. The return night journey seems long?
    • Ans: True. However it looks longer than it should because we also stop for dinner and 2 toilet breaks thru the return journey. The benefits of returning overnight overweigh the discomfort. If not for this night journey, folks would need to take an extra day off just to be pretty much sitting in the bus on the return + pay extra for the night accommodation. Feedback from the folks from the previous trips has been that it was quite comfortable. We think the net inconvenience from amongst the group is for the working folks who might need to take some time off in the morning.
  18. Will I need to buy Swiss Pass?
    • Ans: No! Swiss Pass (costs CHF 225 per person) is required when you are travelling by yourself using Swiss public transport. In this tour, our tour bus takes us to attraction places. The transport to the places mentioned in the itinerary is already included in the pricing.
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Book

Step 1: Fill the form below and click ‘Send (to booking@skandatravels.com) button.

Step 2: Within couple of minutes you will get seats availability/unavailability email. Upon confirmation of seat availability, transfer the amount to the account of Skanda Travels B.V – IBAN number: NL23 ABNA 0572 7560 46 (ABN AMRO), BIC – ABNANL2A to confirm your booking (if seats are unavailable at the moment, we will check back with you if availability comes up).

Step 3: After payment, send a mail to booking@skandatravels.com. Your seat is now reserved.

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