28 Aug - Classic Tour review
A wonderful tour very much focused on scenery and the outdoors. Fairly physically demanding with lots stairs. We had amazing weather the entire trip. Warmer than I expected so I slightly over packed on cold weather clothing and could have used a couple more warm weather items.
The hotels were excellent and most gave us rooms with a view. All had full amenities (including bathroom scales – how rude). AC a bit of a rarity but in most like Zermatt and Interlaken, you could open a window. Food was a bit hit or miss. Breakfast buffets still the norm. Great chocolate everywhere – just make sure it’s actually made in Switzerland. Also cheese of course.
Dress code very casual. Per the TD – the dressiest definition was Smart Elegant which meant no sneakers, shorts or jeans. No need for dresses or sport coats. Just dressy enough for dinner in the hotels. No need for hiking boots or poles unless you plan some independent excursion. More important to be able to layer and adjust to different temperatures.
Covid impacts mostly on needing to wear a mask on the bus/trains and indoors. On the bus we were spaced with at least 1 row apart but did have seat rotation as normal. Several hotels provided masks and/or small bottles of hand sanitizer. Larger containers everywhere near doorways. At the time we were there no one in Switzerland asked to see our CDC cards. The only time was for the lunch in Stressa. That may have changed.
If you have any euros bring them. They will come in handy for small purchases in Stressa and Belaggio.
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