5 February 2015

Customize a ‘Grand Tour’ of Switzerland with Travel Bound 

Travel Bound's new promotion with Switzerland Tourism invites American and Canadian agents to customize three sample itineraries – 5-days from Basel to Geneva, 7-days from Zurich to Lugano, 9-days from Geneva to Zurich – with different options for destinations, accommodation, sightseeing and experiences. With Switzerland enjoying double digit growth in 2014, http://booktravelbound.net/switzerland/ shows agents how to book these itineraries, which showcase Switzerland’s appeals.

Travel Bound has launched a new promotion with Switzerland Tourism inviting agents to plan five-, seven- and nine-day ‘Grand Tours’ for American and Canadian travelers.

Elizabeth Crabill, President of Travel Bound, says: “Thousands of Americans and Canadians book holidays in Switzerland through their travel agent and Travel Bound and last year we enjoyed another double digit increase in the number of room nights booked there. With this promotion, we offer the best and most comprehensive experience of one of the world’s most historic and beautiful destinations, at the best possible price. The flexibility of Travel Bound’s website means that travel agents can ‘pick and mix’ destination options in the promotion as well as changing accommodation, sightseeing and experiences.”

Together Travel Bound and Switzerland Tourism are showcasing historical and contemporary culture, thousands of years of heritage and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, all set amid the natural beauty of Switzerland’s mountains, lakes and landscapes.

Alex Herrmann, Director Americas for Switzerland Tourism, adds: "We are excited about our partnership with Travel Bound and proud to present the brand new Grand Tour of Switzerland. Encourage your clients to travel like a local and experience the best of Switzerland and hidden gems off the beaten path on one route. The suggested itineraries are perfectly designed to get a taste of real life in Switzerland. Help your clients enjoy local restaurants, farmers markets, wineries, visit watch, cheese or chocolate makers, and explore boutique towns as well as the gorgeous mountain scenery."

Visit http://booktravelbound.net/switzerland/ for suggested itineraries that include:

  • Five days from Basel to Geneva exploring as many as 40 museums in Basel and the international watch museum of Chaux-de-Fonds, tasting chocolate and cheese but also wine among the vineyards of Lausanne, taking a ride on the Golden Express train overlooking Lake Geneva and touring the home of the United Nations.
  • Seven-days from Zurich to Lugano with a ‘Classic Trolley’ tour and cruise on Lake Zurich, taking the gondola and aerial cable car to the peak of Mount Pilatus for magnificent views before returning on the world’s steepest cogwheel railway. Visit the Rhine Falls, largest in Europe, imposing Munot Fortress, the well-preserved medieval Monastery of St. Georgen and St.Gallen’s Baroque cathedral, housing documents dating back a thousand years. Discover local costume, folklore traditions and colorfully decorated houses, a miniature model village of Switzerland’s most picturesque sites and one of the world’s most prestigious ski resorts.
  • Explore Geneva to Zurich over nine days with a mini-train ride through Geneva, discover the parks, promenades and Cathedral of Ouchy, and the fairy-tale grounds of Montreux’s island castle, the Chateau de Chillon. Visit Gruyeres renowned for its chocolate and cheese or the Lavaux Vineyards with terraces that can be traced back to the 11th century. Head to Jungfraujoch, the ‘top of Europe’, to find the continent’s highest train station on the Jungfrau Railway and for breathtaking views over the Aletsch Glacier. Visit the Ice Grotto of Mount Titlis to wonder at crevasses and ice boulders from the revolving ROTAIR cablecar, the IceFlyer chairlift or Europe's highest suspension bridge. Explore the cliff-top, turreted Schloss Laufen and the Renaissance buildings of Schaffhausen with their exterior frescos and sculpture.

Exclusively serving travel agents as the North American retail brand of global travel distributor GTA, Travel Bound benefits from a global network of offices. Each is staffed with expert product negotiators and coordination teams, ensuring agents receive competitive pricing and superior service. This strength of organization has resulted in Travel Bound’s reputation as one of the most respected tour operators in North America. In 2014, it and GTA were recognized by U.S. Travel and Brand USA for its continuing excellence in promoting travel to the United States and for the sheer amount of business it sends to US shores.