Everything about this snow-capped, Swiss adventure is exciting, exhilarating and breathtakingly beautiful. Two couples will go up, down, across and over the Swiss Alps, experience the prestigious White Turf horse race on a frozen Swiss lake and whoosh along a natural ice bobsled track at up to 84 mph! And that’s just the beginning.
Your adventure begins in the sought-after winter resort of St. Moritz.
Viewing this region from the air is the first spectacular, awe-inspiring activity you’ll experience, combined with a culinary delight in one of the fabulous mountaintop restaurants. A private helicopter sightseeing flight over snow-capped mountain peaks, stunning glaciers and rugged cliffs will give you a unique perspective of the magical Engadine mountain world. “Engadine” refers to the long, high Alpine valley region in the eastern Swiss Alps.
Then on Sunday, White Turf—noble thoroughbreds from all parts of Europe and international jockeys, accompanied by an array of fantastic events will enthrall guests from around the world on the frozen lake of St. Moritz. Every moment of this unique, exclusive, top-class event thrills with exciting horse racing, gourmet catering, lively music and inspiring art exhibitions, all taking place in winter sunshine on the frozen lake among the stunningly beautiful, snow-capped mountains. VIP Access includes entry to the lake and VIP Lounge, Cigar Lounge, a separate dining area with reserved seats at a VIP table, direct access to the VIP terrace at the racetrack, VIP betting counters, VIP bathrooms and VIP wardrobe service.
Things only pick up after this! Are you game for the Olympia Bob Run from St. Moritz to Celerina? Safely nestled between the pilot and brakemen, you will experience fantastic, adrenalin-pumping rides on the mile-long (5,650 feet) natural ice track, also the largest ice sculpture in the world. In 75 seconds, you’ll thunder to the finish in the four-man bobsleigh at speeds of up to 84 mph, not only feeling 4g centrifugal force, but as you ride on the straights, into the curves and around the high walls, you will discover the Olympic spirit and a lasting feeling of elation! You’ll celebrate with a glass of Prosecco and take home a souvenir of the track and a personal “Bobbaptism” certificate.
Getting to Zermatt (your next stop) is definitely half the fun in your First Class cabin aboard the world-famous slowest express train, the Glacier Express, on its magnificent journey over the roof of Europe, from the Bernina Mountains to the Matterhorn in Zermatt. As you cover 170 miles with 291 bridges and 91 tunnels straight across the Alps, you will enjoy guaranteed window seating, comfortable lounge seats, a tablet for onboard entertainment, welcome drinks, snacks throughout the day, apéritif and appetizers, a seasonal, multi-course lunch with regional food and wine and afternoon tea with canapés. Your journey follows the valley carved by the Rhine and the Rhône, past the Rhône Glacier amidst soaring peaks, taking you through untouched nature, through fragrant and unspoiled mountain forests, tranquil alpine pastures, foaming mountain torrents, through mountain valleys steeped in century-old tradition and culture.
Zermatt, the car-free, world-class resort at the foot of the Matterhorn, is situated 5,300 feet above sea level. At Hotel Mont Cervin Palace, you’ll view the Matterhorn through your Suite window—then, experience the peak of excitement in the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. At an airy 12,740 feet of altitude, you will find Europe’s highest aerial cableway and summit station. If you want to go higher still, the summit lift will bring you to the viewing platform with a 360º panoramic view that includes 38 peaks towering over 4,000 meters and 14 glaciers in the French, Italian and Swiss Alps. You may be able to make out Mont Blanc – Europe’s highest mountain – and, further in the distance, the Jungfrau in all her radiant beauty.
A touch of chic mixed with the idyllic atmosphere of a mountain village give Zermatt that special feeling. Excellent cuisine in the village and in the mountain restaurants is an invitation to linger. During your day at leisure, you’ll have the option to go skiing at the Matterhorn with a private guide and skiing instructor. Of course, you may also enjoy a spa day at the hotel.
Transferring to Zurich, you’ll enjoy one last snowy hurrah—a walk around the picturesque, lakeside city, a global center for banking and finance, before a private chocolate making workshop at Lindt Chocolateria to make Champagne truffles and decorate pralines.
Bid high and block out this week of winter excitement on your calendar.
Roundtrip, Business Class Airfare from the United States to Zurich, Switzerland must originate from and return to a major city, such as New York, New York; Chicago, Illinois; Dallas, Texas or Miami, Florida. Trip dates are confirmed for Friday, February 19–Friday, February 26, 2021 to coincide with the White Turf Races. All accommodations with daily breakfast (including service charges and taxes), free access to the spa area in both St. Moritz and Zermatt, Virtuoso amenities at each property, all ground transportation and activities as described are included. Lunch at the mountaintop restaurant following the helicopter flight is not included. Excellence Class aboard the Glacier Express and the Bobsleigh run are both subject to availability. Activities selected during the day at leisure in Zermatt will be at the winning bidders’ expense.
Bucher Travel Switzerland with thanks to Christin McKay, Luxury Travel Advisor with SmartFlyer
Airfare donated by Jeannelle & Brian Brady and Karen & Bob Scott