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Helping independent travellers plan their dream trip to Switzerland...In the Holidays to Switzerland travel podcast you'll get practical tips and advice from Swiss travel experts to help you plan your dream trip to Switzerland. Your host, Carolyn Schonafinger, the founder of HolidaysToSwitzerland.com, shares her favourite destinations and experiences along with all the travel tips she has gathered over 30 years for planning a trip to Switzerland. You'll also hear from special guests who offe ...
 
Whether you’re planning your next travel adventure or just taking time out to dream of faraway places, Well-Traveled with AAA features stories and tips from travel experts from around the world. Hear the sound of howler monkeys in the Amazon, learn the secrets of Machu Picchu, or travel down the Danube. Every month you’ll experience a new destination. Well-Traveled with AAA is a production of the Auto Club Group.
 
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August 16, 2022 ~ With all due respect to the full range of travel options, there’s a singular joy to seeing Europe from a river ship. Floating through its villages, vineyards, and valleys, voyagers get to feel as much a part of the scene as an observer of it. Few people know the ins and outs of that experience as well as today’s guest. Joining us …
 
Visiting some of the lesser-known places when you travel is always a highlight. Just because a town is not as well known doesn't mean it isn't as attractive as its more famous neighbours. In this episode of the podcast, Livio Goetz from Switzerland Tourism tells us about eight of his favourite towns and villages that are featured on a new list of 5…
 
With what is probably the world’s most recognisable mountain as its backdrop, it’s not surprising that Zermatt is one of Switzerland’s most popular tourist destinations. Whilst there’s hardly a spot in Zermatt where you can’t see the Matterhorn, to get even better views, there are a number of mountain excursions you can take - each offering a diffe…
 
July 19, 2022 ~ From the largest sub-tropical wilderness in the US, to the one preserve that combines two distinct American deserts, our national parks have made for some of the most stunning and fascinating backdrops of “Samantha Brown’s Places to Love” on PBS. We speak with the Emmy Award-winning host of that program for a look at the seemingly e…
 
Most visitors to Switzerland head to the hot spots of Zurich, Lucerne, the Jungfrau Region and Zermatt, and all are worthy destinations. There are lesser known destinations that are worth a visit, too, and one such place is St. Gallen, Switzerland's eighth largest city. In this episode, I'm joined by Toby Treichler, Deputy Director of St. Gallen Bo…
 
My special guest in this episode is Nansi Martin from New Jersey in the United States, who, along with her husband Rob, rented a car and did a road trip around Switzerland in September 2021. They loved the freedom that having a car gave them as they were able to travel at their own pace and not have to adhere to timetables. In fact, they loved Swit…
 
June 21, 2022 ~ This week’s “Well-Traveled" takes you on a tour of destinations across the great American South. Preview the historic grounds of the famed Biltmore Estate in Asheville, South Carolina, ready your pallet for the spirited tastes being crafted in Kentucky’s bourbon country, and discover new ways to enjoy the storied charm of the pictur…
 
Interlaken in Switzerland's Jungfrau Region is known as the adventure capital of Europe thanks to the many adrenaline-pumping activities that are available for visitors to try. In today’s episode I’m joined by Hannah Robley from Outdoor, an Interlaken-based company that offers a vast selection of outdoor activities including paragliding, skydiving,…
 
If you have only a short amount of time to spend in Switzerland, or just prefer to let someone else do the planning, taking a guided day tour is the perfect solution. In this episode, I chat to Christian Landis, CEO of Best of Switzerland Tours, and Operations Manager Amanda Zurbrügg, to learn about the wide range of day tours from Zurich, Lucerne …
 
One of the many wonderful things to do in Switzerland is to ride a cable car, funicular or mountain railway to the top of a mountain peak. There are tons and tons of choices for mountain excursions right across the country, and nowhere more so than in the Jungfrau Region. But having such a huge choice of excursions can also cause a bit of a dilemma…
 
May 17, 2021 ~ For anyone seeking a little inspiration to get back out there and start exploring the United States, there is no better guide than this month’s guest, the Emmy Award-winning host of PBS’ “Samantha Brown’s Places to Love,” Samantha Brown. Season five of the program has been dedicated exclusively to the US, where vibrant cities, stunni…
 
If you’re a regular listener of the podcast, you’ll be aware of Switzerland’s fantastic public transport network as there have been numerous episodes about the benefits of travelling around Switzerland by train. But there is an alternative way to travel. Renting a car and doing a road trip! So if driving is your preferred mode of transport but you’…
 
In this episode we hear from Andy Nef of Swiss Travel System who is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to Switzerland's public transport network. Andy has lots of info to share about Switzerland’s most popular boat trips as well as a couple of others that are not as well known. And the great thing about all these fantastic boat trips is that almos…
 
April 19, 2022 ~ In the grand literary tradition of adorable animal characters who introduce enthralled kids to fun spots around the world comes one particularly intrepid calico cat that stars in her own picture book series, “KeeKee’s Big Adventures.” KeeKee’s next big adventure finds her leaping from the pages of fiction to star as mascot for a se…
 
Switzerland has a long chocolate-making history and is renowned for producing some of the best - if not THE best - chocolate in the world. So it’s not surprising then, that eating Swiss chocolate is right up there at the top of most people’s must-do lists when they visit Switzerland. Of course you can buy Swiss chocolate at the supermarket and at s…
 
Is it photos of the incredible scenic beauty that have enticed you to visit Switzerland? I’m not surprised. Everywhere you turn in Switzerland you are rewarded with breathtaking views of mountains, lakes, rivers, glaciers, gorges and lush fields - it really is the most beautiful place on Earth. But the magnificent scenery certainly isn’t the only t…
 
March 15, 2022 ~ When you describe a place that’s magical, you’re probably using a figure of speech. One possible exception is Ireland. Towering seaside cliffs, rolling emerald-green landscapes, and evocative ancient architecture are just part of what make this magical land a reality. Ready to experience the luck of the Irish? Join us as we preview…
 
Today’s guests, Brenda Powell and Chelsea Powell, have recently returned from Switzerland where they enjoyed a wonderful vacation with four generations of their family. With 8 adults and 3 children in their traveling party, it was a mighty effort to plan an itinerary that suited every family member from age 3 to 80! In this episode, Brenda and Chel…
 
Today I’m welcoming back Andie Pilot from HelveticKitchen.com. Andie is a pastry chef and cookbook author and she was the special guest on episode 31 where she chatted all things Swiss food. In this episode, Andie gives us the low down on: Her background and her career as a pastry chef and author of books on Swiss food and drinks Swiss wine Swiss s…
 
February 15, 2022 ~ Whether you looking for a romantic escape for two, a long overdue family vacation with the kids, or an opportunity to reconnect with friends you haven’t seen in a while, an all-inclusive resort might be the one-stop worry free destination you’re looking for. But how do you find the right one for you, and what should you be on th…
 
In this episode of the podcast, Natascha Martin from Basel Tourism shares the many wonderful - and sometimes unique - things to do in Basel, the Swiss city located on the borders with both France and Germany. Topics covered in this episode include: Natascha’s background and her career in the tourism industry Important things to do about Basel Why v…
 
In this episode we're joined by a regular guest of the show, Andy Nef, from Swiss Travel System. Andy tells us all about the Swiss Travel System and why travelling by train, bus and boat in Switzerland is the perfect way to travel, and he updates us about changes - and price reductions - for the Swiss Travel Pass in 2022. Andy also tells us about S…
 
January 18, 2021 ~ When you think of Switzerland, soaring Alpine peaks, quaint storybook villages, and ridiculously delicious chocolates are just some of the things that might pop to mind. While any one of these could make for an amazing trip, they’re just the start of what’s on offer in this magical mountainous enclave. Preview the sites and activ…
 
My guests in this episode are Gary and Cathy Martin from Seattle who recently spent a month’s vacation in Switzerland. After a couple of very brief visits in the past, they were longing to return to Switzerland and planned this trip to celebrate Gary’s retirement. Gary and Cathy created a trip that combined some of Switzerland’s most popular destin…
 
If you’re a cheese lover, you’re going to love this episode! I’m joined by Nadia Nadif, the US brand manager for Cheeses from Switzerland, who is going to tell us all about Swiss cheese and what makes it so special. Amongst the things you'll learn are: The history of Swiss cheese and why it still plays an important role in the Swiss diet The amount…
 
December 21, 2021 ~ Bundled up under your coat and scarf, with a cup of hot mulled wine or cocoa for a hand warmer, you find yourself wondering down cobbled lanes lined with twinkle-lit chalets, each overflowing with handmade treats and treasures. By any standard, a Christmas village experience is magical, with destination choices that dot Europe f…
 
After many, many trips to Switzerland, I have a few tried and tested ways to make my vacation dollars stretch further whilst still enjoying all the experiences that make a trip special. In this episode I share 15 ways to make your Switzerland vacation budget go further. Get my tips for saving on airfare, travel insurance, accommodation, transport, …
 
From late November until Christmas Eve, market stalls appear in many cities and towns across Switzerland. These Christmas Markets are a much loved tradition and offer not only a place to purchase gifts and specialty items for Christmas, but also a chance to socialise and catch up with friends. In this episode of the podcast, I chat with three Swiss…
 
In this episode, I chat with Beth who recently returned from a week-long trip to Switzerland. Despite only having seven days in Switzerland, thanks to her careful planning, Beth and her husband were able to maximise their available time and see plenty of highlights. In this episode you'll learn: Beth and Jay's story, where they are from, and why th…
 
November 16, 2021 ~ Time was, the term “independent traveler” conjured up images of overstuffed backpacks, under-stuffed hostel pillows, and a world’s worth of word-of-mouth bargain recommendations. While there will likely always be explorers who roll that way, independent travel has come to mean and include so much more. Hear the joys of independe…
 
In this episode I chat to Diccon Bewes, best selling author of seven books about Switzerland and a confirmed Swiss chocolate lover! Diccon lives in Bern and has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to Switzerland - ask him about Swiss history, chocolate, watches, famous Swiss residents or practically any topic related to Switzerland, and there’s a f…
 
One of the highlights of a visit to a different country is trying the local cuisine and Switzerland is no different. Naturally you’ll want to enjoy some Swiss cheese and chocolate but there are many other dishes - both seasonal and those available year round - that feature on menus across the country. As well as talking about some of the tasty dish…
 
October 19, 2021 ~ The recent global pause showed us many instances of nature re-staking it’s claim. Reduced boating pollution giving way to jellyfish serenely swimming in the canals of Venice. South African lions napping in a road free from its usual bustling traffic. The white peaks of the Himalayas visible for the first time in decades through t…
 
Switzerland is known for its snow capped mountain peaks and for every mountain - regardless of how high it is - there’s usually a mountain railway or a cable car to take you to the top. In fact, Switzerland is home to Europe’s oldest mountain railway, the Rigibahn, and in 2021 the railway is celebrating its 150th anniversary. It’s incredible to thi…
 
September 28, 2021 ~ We all have in our cinematic minds a taste of international rail travel. The intrigue of the Orient Express, the romance of the Budapest to Vienna route in “Before Sunrise,” and the fantasy of the Hogwarts Express over Glenfinnan Viaduct, to name a few. But when your rail journey moves from the realm of the imaginary to real li…
 
In this episode we chat with Margo and Eric, members of the Switzerland Travel Planning Facebook group from Cleveland, Ohio. They recently returned from their honeymoon in Switzerland after it was delayed for twelve months due to the pandemic. Margo and Eric generously shared their tips and the highlights of their trip with the Facebook group membe…
 
September 21, 2021 ~ When most picture rail travel in the states, towering red rock canyons, scenic ocean views, and breathtaking mountain vistas might not immediately pop to mind. These are however in fact just some of the epic experiences that await you alongside the nation’s rail system. Preview these and more with train travel experts Krystle S…
 
Today’s guest is Kristin Reinhard, an Australian who spent her gap year in Switzerland and is still there today, some 20 years later! In this episode, Kristin tells us how her journey to Switzerland began and why she stayed (hint: ❤️), she gives us an insight into life in Switzerland with a family and shares her favourite family-friendly places to …
 
Although it is one of the smaller cantons of Switzerland, the canton of Schaffhausen is quite well known thanks to the Rhine Falls. Many visitors come to the area on a day trip from Zurich and I too am guilty of doing just that. With so much more to see and do in the canton than just the Rhine Falls, I invited Patricia Seif from Schaffhauserland To…
 
August 17, 2021 ~ There’s no one reason people fall in love with cruising. Value and variety are just a few, with options that are right for families, couples, and friends, and a seemingly endless selection of exotic and inspiring destinations. But if you’ve never cruised before, or if it’s been some time since you’ve set sail, then what are the ri…
 
When Australian Jacky and Swiss Bernhard first met in Australia many years ago, they had no idea that they would eventually marry and move to Switzerland to operate a hotel and restaurant. But fate stepped in and they find themselves owning and operating Hotel Gloria in Beatenberg, a small village just 10 kilometres from Interlaken. With the hotel …
 
Join me in this episode of the podcast as I chat to Birgit Weingartner of Switzerland Tourism to get all the latest news from Switzerland. Birgit discusses the re-opening of Switzerland's borders to tourists; the appointment of Roger Federer as an official ambassador for Switzerland Tourism; Swisstainable, Switzerland's approach to sustainable trav…
 
Tanya Deans started hiking in Switzerland on weekends as a way to spend quality outdoor time with her husband and infant son. As an English-speaking American in Switzerland, she found gathering information in English about many of the hikes difficult. With more and more hikes under her belt, and with her passion for hiking growing, she created a bl…
 
St. Moritz is more than just a glitzy ski resort. It's a year-round destination no matter what your interests. In this episode of the Holidays to Switzerland Travel Podcast, special guest Dennis Bordkovych shares his top tips for what to see and do in St. Moritz. You'll learn how St Moritz came to be known as the birthplace of winter tourism, the m…
 
Chocolate and cheese are synonymous with Switzerland and the medieval village of Gruyères is widely regarded as one of the best places in the country to experience the best of these culinary treats. However, the entire canton in which Gruyères is situated, known as Fribourg, is home to a wealth of both gastronomic and scenic delights. In this episo…
 
June 15, 2021 ~ Beaches packed with waddling penguins, bus-sized whales leaping from the waters, and coves filed with other worldly ice are just a few of the sites that await you on Earth’s southernmost continent. Preview these and other Antarctica attractions with American Polar Society Board Member and travel expert Denise Landau.…
 
Do you plan to enjoy one of the famous Swiss mountain excursions when you visit Switzerland? In this episode, Andy Nef joins me to chat about ten of Switzerland's most popular mountain excursions including Mt. Rigi, Mt. Titlis, Jungfraujoch and Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. You'll learn how to choose the mountain excursion that's right for you, how …
 
Graubünden may be the largest canton in Switzerland but it is less well known to many international visitors than some other cantons. Boasting over 600 lakes and 900 mountains, the canton is home to some of Switzerland's most pristine landscapes. In this episode, Thalia Wünsche from Graubünden Tourism joins me to share her top things to do in the c…
 
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 ~ Epic scenery spans the Centennial state, from vibrant red rock canyons to the majestic peeks of the Rocky Mountains. Getting by on natural beauty alone however clearly isn’t Colorado’s style. Join Samantha Brown, Emmy Award-winning host of PBS’ “Places to Love With Samantha Brown,” as she previews for us just some of the cul…
 
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