A view from an alpine hike in the Berner Oberland

See Scenic Switzerland
Through Your Own Lens             

October 6 to 14, 2012

Is a photographic tour of Switzerland on your “One Day I’m Going to...” list? Maybe it should be. You have the opportunity to have your eyes opened to the beauty, history and scenic splendor of Switzerland with an internationally acclaimed, Swiss-born photographer. Travel in a small group of no more than eight culturally savvy travelers and experience total immersion into the Swiss culture.

"Peter takes you to the most scenic places in Switzerland to enjoy the wonder and beauty that surrounds you. You travel in a private van and all your needs are taken care of!"
--Darryl Golden

"Going to Switzerland with Peter twice was one of the most rewarding travel experiences of my life. Both times I got fantastic photos of this beautiful country. One of the benefits of going with Peter, being this is his birthplace, is he speaks the language and knows the country and all the back roads." --Suzanne Nelson

This is truly an insiders view of contemporary Switzerland that embraces the 700 year history and extraordinary physical beauty of a country whose name conjures romantic images of snow-capped mountains, quaint villages, medieval castles, charming farmhouses and vineyards.

Hike through the Alpine region in the shadow of the Eiger North Wall, visit the Chillon Castle nestled in the Swiss Riviera, taste delicious raclette in the town of Gruyere, visit a traditional wood crafting village, dine in hand-selected restaurants and stay in the comfort of deluxe hotels. But, most importantly, have your camera ready for the shots that will keep this amazing journey with you for a lifetime.

The Photographic Tour of Switzerland with Peter Schreyer includes photographic guidance and instruction throughout the trip, and assistance with trip and equipment preparation prior to departure. Also included are eight nights in deluxe hotels, all ground transportation, including private rental van, rail, and boat, daily buffet breakfasts and two group dinners, and all local transfers, excursions and admission fees.
Below are a few images from past tours to give you a feeling for the variety of landscapes you will encounter. Following the images is the planned itinerary for the nine day excursion, details about the the tour and registration information.

Towns, Villages and Castles

The Riverfront in Zurich, Switzerland's largest city

Ballenberg open-air museum near Brienz

Chateau Aigle in the canton of Vaud

2007 tour group in the midieval town of Erlach in canton Bern

Chateau Gruyere in the canton of Freiburg

Doorway at Chillon Castle
View from our hotel in Aarberg

Window in the wine-making town of Erlach, Lake District.
Schloss Lenzburg at night

The City of Luzern
 Landscapes

Enjoying a hike through the vineyards of Lake Biel

Wildflowers in the Berner Oberland
View from photo hike in Grindelwald

Walkway to storage hut, Ballenberg

 Lake Luzern at dawn

Alpine farming

View of Ligerz from Lake Biel
History and Tradition 

Dining room of the cheesemakers home, Ballenberg

Farm scene in the Lake District

Farm scene in the Lake District

Procession of cows returning from the mountain pasture for the winter

Interior of the blacksmith's shop in the town of Aarberg
Reenactors show their weaponry during the medieval festival at Schloss Lenzburg

Vegetable garden and mountain hut near Interlaken

Rural farmhouse in canton Berne

Spinning wheel at Ballenberg

St. Bernard dog at a Swiss mountain festival

Street decorations for the World Cup

Traditional basketmaker at Ballenberg
Dining and Lodging

Our private tour van in front of Hotel Krone, Aarberg

A delightful Swiss-style mixed salad

A light lunch at an outdoor restaurant
Restaurant on the Col Du Pillon   
Enjoying beer and brats at Kleine Scheidegg
View from balcony of Hotel Derby, Grindelwald

An outdoor restaurant in the Lake District

Past tour participant Tom Sharp enjoying an outdoor lunch

Hotel room on Lake Luzern

Restaurant interior in the wine-making town of Eigle

Enjoying a meat fondue


A riverfront cafe in Luzern
View from the hotel room overlooking Lake Geneva
 
Tentative Tour Itinerary

 

Saturday, October 6: 

Mid-morning assembly of group at Zurich Airport. Two hour drive via our private van from eastern Switzerland to the central Lake District. Lunch-time visit to the picturesque city of Lenzburg with its impressive, medieval castle. Afternoon check-in at the historic Hotel Krone (the building dates back to 1233!) in the romantic, walled city of Aarberg, our excursion headquarters for the next two days.

Sunday, October 7:
In the morning, we will get acquainted with our host city and the charming Swiss Lake District. At the edge of the Jura Mountains, the rich farming and wine-making area is dotted with historic villages. Afternoon excursion to the Swiss capital city of Bern. Walking tour of the 800-year-old city on the scenic Aare River.

Monday, October 8: Morning departure from Aarberg for the French-speaking Lake Geneva region of Switzerland. On the way, we will visi the medieval towns of Murten and Gruyeres, famous for its castle and cheese. Enjoy a tranditional Raclette meal at the famous Chalet de Gruyeres Restaurant. Overnight stay at Montreux's most scencially located lakeside hotel, the Eurotel Riviera.

Tuesday, October 9:
Morning exploration of the classic resort town on the Swiss Riviera, including a short boat ride and a visit to the world-famous Chillon Castle. Mid afternoon departure for two hour scenic drive through the lush valley of the Simmen River. Via Gstaad and Interlaken, arrive at the alpine village of Grindelwald.

Wednesday, October 10:
By special mountain rack railway and chairlift, travel into the high elevations of the Bernese Oberland. In the shadow of the Jungfrau Mountain and the imposing Eiger North Wall, hike across green meadows and witness unparalleled Alpine scenery.

Thursday, October 11:
All day excursion to Interlaken and nearby Ballenberg open air museum which showcases over 30 original rural homes and traditional craft demon-strations, representing all major regions of Switzerland—one of the photographic highlights of the trip!

Friday, October 12:
Depart Grindelwald and cross Lake Brienz by steamer, on to the Brunig Pass, and to the City of Luzern. En route lunchtime stop in Brienz, the center of the Swiss wood carving trade. Accommodations for two nights at one of the charming old town hotels. Luzern provides a fantastic opportunity for night photography.

Saturday, October 13:
Enjoy your last day in Switzerland by exploring the city of Luzern with its covered bridges, cobble-stone streets and fountains. Optional afternoon excursion via lake steamer to the nearby Rigi Mountain. Farewell dinner party.

Sunday, October 14:
Finishing our cirlcue Tour of Switzerland, we will drive from Luzern to Zurich Airport. Official end of guided tour. Please arrange for an afternoon return flight to the U.S.

Tuition: Crealdé Members $2,495 Non-Members $2,545


Whats Included…

 All local transfers, excursions and admissions mentioned above.
 Photographic guidance and instruction throughout the trip.
 Native, tri-lingual tour guide.
 Trip and equipment preparation prior to departure.
 Limit of eight participants to ensure maximum personal attention.
 Eight nights of deluxe accommodations. Double occupancy
with private bath or showers.
 Ground transportation by private, air conditioned rental van.
 Rail, boat and other ground transportation as described above.
 Eight full, buffet-style breakfasts, and two special group dinners.

Participants arrange for their own air transportation to Zurich, Switzerland. Several airlines operate convenient overnight flights from Orlando (usually with an easy change in Atlanta, Miami, New York, Philadelphia or Newark). Participants may opt to extend their stay in Europe. For assistance you may call Jim at Trade Winds Travel at 1-800-468-7477. Good rates can also be found at www.orbitz.com and similar websites.

To reserve your space, a deposit in the amount of $750 is due upon registration or no later than June 1, with full balance due by Sept. 1, 2012. Crealdé School of Art is offering this special program in conjunction with Peter Schreyer Photographic Tours . A portion of the proceeds benefits Crealdé’s Scholarship Program.


Register by phone or in person at Crealdé School of Art:


600 St. Andrews Blvd.
Winter Park, FL 32792
(407)671-1886

For more information, please call Peter Schreyer at 407-797-5168 or E-mail to pschreyer@crealde.org