Celebrate Fasnacht with the Swiss…and while you are here we will take advantage of the Swiss Alps!! A Unique Winter Vacation (Please note all trips can be fully customized to fit your desires…all you have to do is contact us and let us know what activities you desire)
Don’t miss this truly unique experience. Be a part of one of Switzerlands biggest and oldest carnivals. Every winter throughout Switzerland is the Fasnacht Celebration (the Swiss & German version of Mardi Gras). The festival starts at 5:00am with a big bang from a cannon on Lake Luzern…shortly followed by smaller explosions filling the sky with confetti. This is the beginning of a 5 day carnival that dominates the city!!
The festivities are continuous for 5 days. However, my recommendation is we get there for the big bang and after our morning revere you go back to your apartment for some rest and have breakfast. In the afternoon we will go to the parade to see the various costumes and satirical themes. Each club designs and creates their own costumes. They are an impressive sight to see. The talent and creativity is astonishing.
After the parade we will head back to my apartment for a casual dinner before the evening’s festivities; which consists of local Fasnacth favorites such as *Guugenmusigen, comedic costumes and jubilations, all while imbibing in local favorite drinks:
– Kafi Lutz is a local favorite, with a healthy measure of a clear plum brandy (Zwätschge) made in the Luzern region. It’s mixed with a dash of coffee and topped up with hot water. The Kafi Lutz should only be slightly colored from the coffee – so that you can still read the newspaper through it!
– Holdrio, which is made with rosehip tea and a rosehip infused plum spirit. Watch out where you have this one though, as tradition calls for the teas bag to be thrown in the air, ideally to stick to the ceiling. See photo below 🙂
Before Fasnacht begins on Thursday we will have the opportunity to explore some of the beauty Switzerland has to offer.
Mount Rigi (Queen of the Mountains) – A cog train will take us to the top for a beautiful view of the Swiss Alps. While we are up there we can enjoy lunch, and perhaps Schümli Pflümli (a local favorite alcoholic coffee to fight off the cold). After Lunch we can spend the afternoon sledding. This is not the sledding you are used to. It takes about 20-30 minutes per run. When your ride is done you simply hop onto the cog train to go back up and start all over again. This type of sledding is what you make of it. It can be relaxing, or adrenaline inducing, but either way it is guaranteed to plaster a smile on your face. If sledding isn’t your thing then sightseeing, hiking, snow shoeing or skiing is also available. There is something for everyone.
Engelberg (Titlis) Region – We will drive about 40 minutes to Engelberg to enjoy the Swiss Alps first hand. Available activities are, snow shoeing (we have snow shoes available), winter walking (on groomed paths), Titlis Cliff Walk, Titlis Glacier Cave, Sky Ride (a gondola ride over the glacier) or skiing (ski rentals are extra).
Saturday – Flight from USA to Zurich, Switzerland (**flight not included in the price**)
– Sunday – We will Pick you up from airport and help you get settled into your apartment. After you are rested we can take a walk around Old City. Your apartment will be walking distance to Luzern and Old Town. Traditional Swiss dinner at our place (Fondue)
– Monday – Mount Rigi
– Tuesday – **Free Day
– Wednesday – Engelberg Region
– Thursday – Fasnacht!!!
– Friday – **Free Day – Enjoy some more of the Fasnacht activities or the surrounding areas. Traditional Swiss dinner at our place (Raclette)
– Saturday – Fly Home
**Free Day – I have left some free days in the schedule to allow for easy days if necessary. This also allows us flexibility with the schedule so we get the best weather days possible for our day trips. If you don’t need an easy day we are on the doorstep of the Alps. We are available to help you plan your day and show you around.
Cost $1975 – Includes Fully furnished Apartment (I live within walking distance of your apartment), Airport pick up & drop off, car transportation , gondola’s/cog trains/sledding on Mount Rigi and Titlis, 3 Traditional Swiss Dinners, Use of snowshoes (if desired) and local guide/driver available 24 hours a day during your stay.
Deposit of $975 Due by January 10th
Remaining Balance due by February 1st
FOR FLIGHT INFORMATION AND TRIP INSURANCE (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED) CONTACT DAVID DIAMOND
(484) 483-3272 or DDIAMOND@CRUISESHIPCENTERS.COM
ABOUT YOUR GUIDE – Doug Chapman is the owner of Take It Outdoors Adventures, a recreational company operating in North America and Europe. Doug grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and now resides in Switzerland. All of his life, Doug has had a love of exploring new places and a deep passion for the great outdoors. He founded TIOA in 2010 and started running local kayaking trips in the United States, eventually adding multi-day adventures to the Canadian Outback, Pictured Rocks National Park, Adirondacks and more. In 2013, Doug met his future wife (from Switzerland) on one of TIOA’s ski trips. When she moved back to Switzerland, Doug followed.
Doug has had the fortune of touring and finding the best parts of Switzerland. He also offers guided tours for people, families and groups looking to explore Switzerland in their own way. Whether it is sight-seeing, mountain biking, road cycling, backpacking, skiing, etc., TIOA can cater a trip to anyone’s desires.
TIOA models their tours after trips Doug has personally taken with friends and family. When you are a part of a trip with Take It Outdoors Adventures, you will feel like you are on a trip with friends instead of feeling like a tourist surrounded by strangers.
“When I go on vacation I always have a plan…but part of that plan is being flexible. Every group has its own personality, strengths and desires. And you never know when Mother Nature’s plans won’t cooperate. I always do extensive research on the area, talk to locals and local outfitters. With this information, we have the option to change the itinerary in the best interest of the group. Often times, we discover hidden gems that are less crowded then the hot spots listed in the brochures. I have done the ground work in advance of my trips in order to give everyone a good mix of the ‘must see’ tourist spots and those hidden gems that the locals prefer, with the flexibility to adjust when it is most advantageous.”