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Zermatt Matterhorn, Switzerland
Zurich, Switzerland
Glacier Express
Lucerne, Switzerland
Geneva, Switzerland

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Overview

Discover the top attractions of Switzerland with an all-embracing 11-day private tour. Enjoy the best sights of Zurich and the mountainous region surrounding Lucerne, ride the cogwheel train that takes you across the world's steepest railway and a cable car for the return journey. Take in the attractions of the UNESCO-listed old town of Bern, see the capital of Romandy Geneva, visit Chillon Castle, go on a boat cruise on Lake Geneva and travel on the Glacier Express.

Tour type:
Private tour
Tour rating:
4.86 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 4-star central hotels
    Standard rooms
    10 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Airport-hotel transfers
    Private drivers
    7 train trips
    1 roundtrip cruise
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 6 sightseeing tours
    A railway journey to Chur on board the Glacier Express
  • MEALS
  • 10 breakfasts

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival to Zurich

Welcome to the largest city in Switzerland - Zurich! Upon arrival, your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your remarkable hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is free, so you can relax in your room, have dinner in a local restaurant or start exploring the nearby attractions.

Day 2
Zurich City Tour & Train to Lucerne

Following breakfast, you check out from the hotel and leave your bags in the hotel lobby. Here you meet your private guide and enjoy a perfectly-planned sightseeing tour around the most beautiful landmarks of Zurich.

Immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of the Old Town for the following 3 hours, walking through its narrow cozy streets and exploring its breathtaking medieval houses, churches and town hall.

After the tour, you take your bags and head to the railway station for a train ride to Lucerne, set amid beautiful snow-capped mountains on Lake Lucerne. Upon arrival, you go to your centrally-located hotel (easily accessible on foot) for check-in.

The rest of the day is free, so you can start exploring the nearby attractions of this traditional and picturesque mountain town on your own, dine in a local restaurant or take a rest after your train journey.

Day 3
Exploring Lucerne Region & Train to Bern

Today after breakfast you check out and leave your bags in the hotel lobby. Then you are invited to take an unforgettable trip with your private guide who shows you the magnificent views of Mount Pilatus and the Lucerne region.

The tour starts with a cruise across the Lake Lucerne to Alpnachstad. There you board the famous cogwheel train that takes you across the world's steepest railway passing through lush Alpine meadows, spectacular rocks and sparkling mountain streams to the top of Mt Pilatus, the altitude of which is 2132 m (6995 ft).

For the return journey, you ride a cable car to enjoy the fantastic scenery once again. As the last part of your magnificent tour, you take a 20-minute bus from Kriens to Lucerne. Tickets* for a public boat cruise, cogwheel train, cable car, and bus are included.

  • Please note: boat and cogwheel train are available only from middle of May to September. The rest of the year they are replaced with cable car and bus.

After the tour, you take your bags and go to the railway station. There you take a train to Bern, the capital city of Switzerland. In about an hour you arrive at Bern station, from where you can easily reach your centrally-located hotel on foot.

The rest of the evening is free.

Day 4
Bern Sightseeing & Train to Geneva

After breakfast, you check out and meet your guide in the hotel lobby. Then you start exploring the wonderful 12th-century capital. Today you have a stunning half-day sightseeing tour of Bern with stops at the major sights.

During the guided city-tour you walk through The Old Town of Bern, which is the world-famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. It inspires its visitors with arcade shops, glorious fountains and medieval architecture. You enjoy the view of the late Gothic Cathedral and the Clock Tower (Zytglogge) with its richly-decorated astronomical clock built in 1530. After if time allows you visit the amazing Bear Park, the symbol of the city.

After the tour you return to the hotel, take your bags and proceed to the train station for a 2-hour train ride to Geneva, surrounded by the Alps and Jura mountains. Upon arrival, you check in your centrally-located hotel.

The rest of the day is at your own leisure to relax and start exploring Geneva and its beautiful lake on your own.

Day 5
Geneva Sightseeing & Train to Montreux

Following breakfast, you check out and meet your guide in the hotel storage room. Prepare to explore the highlights of Geneva, the second most populated city of Switzerland and a capital of Romandy, the French-speaking region.

You start discovering Geneva sights by the lakefront. You see one of the most famous landmarks, the Jet d'Eau fountain of 140 m (460 ft) and enjoy the view of the mountains. After you proceed to the astonishing Old Town and see St. Peter Cathedral, Reformation Wall, the English Garden with Flower Clock, Ile Rousseau and Castle Tour-de-l'ile. Finally, you take advantage of your public transport pass to view the international district of Geneva and its heart - United Nations Office located in the Palace of Nations.

After the tour, you return to the hotel to take your bags, go to the station and board a train which takes you to the next destination. Within about an hour you reach Montreux also located on the shores of Geneva Lake and known as 'Swiss Riviera'.

Upon arrival, you go to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free for you to have rest and to spend time enjoying views of Geneva Lake.

Day 6
Day Trip to Chillon Castle and Tour of Montreux

After breakfast you take a public boat cruise on Lake Geneva to reach the most recognizable historic monument in Switzerland - Chillon Castle which dates back to medieval ages. Its charming architectural style and rich history inspired such literary geniuses as Victor Hugo, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Lord Byron. First you admire the exterior of this historical monument from water. Upon disembarkation you have a private guided touring around the most spectacular parts of Chillon Castle.

  • Optional activity: Wine Tasting in Chillon Castle

Following Chillon you head for Montreux where you meet your guide and have a private walking tour. You learn about the history and culture of charming 'Swiss Riviera' strolling along the lake shores where the summer Jazz Festival takes place. On the way up to the old town you enjoy stunning views of the lake and pass by the oldest house in Montreux, dating back to the 16th century.

After the tour you return to your hotel. The rest of the day is free

Day 7
Train to Zermatt

Today following breakfast you check out from your hotel, go to the railway station and board a train to Zermatt, a traffic-free mountain village (you have a train transfer in Visp). You enjoy views of the Pfyn-Finges Nature Park along the way.

Zermatt is famous not only for being a popular ski resort. This lovely village located in the southern canton of Valais which is home to some of the world's most spectacular mountains, including Matterhorn. Upon arrival, you go to your hotel for check-in and have the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 8
Day Trip to Gornegrat

After breakfast, you walk to the railway station, where you board a cogwheel train equipped with large windows which allow you to enjoy a journey across the highest open-air railway in Europe. The Gornergrat Bahn is the cog railway which was the first in the world to be fully electrified. Nowadays regenerative braking system of this eco-friendly railway generates electricity on the descent and so saves energy.

After about 45 minutes you reach the station of Gornergrat which is considered to be the highest open-air railway station in Europe at an altitude of 3, 090 m (10,135 ft). Gornergrat observation platform is accessible all year round and offers one of the finest panoramas in Switzerland. From there you have a glorious view of more than 20 four-thousand m (13,123 ft) peaks, one of which is Matterhorn. A truly unforgettable experience you cannot miss!

  • Please note: It is important to wear something warm and wind/rain protective when going to Gornergrat. The temperature there is usually lower than in the cities even in summer. In case you feel too cold you can always go inside the restaurant which is close to the observation platform. The trains to/from Gornergrat are heated well.

After some free time in Gornergrat you have a train ride back to Zermatt. The rest of the day is free.

Day 9
Glacier Express

Following breakfast, you check out from the hotel. Today you enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime railway journey to Chur on board the iconic Glacier Express that presents you with fantastic views of the picturesque Swiss Alps taking you through lots of tunnels and over several hundred bridges. The so-called 'slowest express train in the world' snakes its way through valleys, mountains and even canyon.

The world-famous red trains are equipped with modern dining cars and large panoramic windows to view the spectacular scenery. This is a journey you will remember for years to come.

After a 5.5-hour train ride, you finally arrive at Chur, Switzerland's oldest city. Upon arrival, you go to your cozy hotel, which is easily accessible on foot, for check-in. The evening is free, so you can explore a lovely Alpine city on your own, stroll through the largely car-free Old Town enjoying its historic buildings, galleries, boutiques, and restaurants.

Please note: Glacier Express is not running between October 15 to December 9,2018

Day 10
Train to Zurich

After breakfast, you check out from the hotel and head to the railway station for a train ride to Zurich.

In about an hour and a half, you arrive at the Zurich railway station. Upon arrival, you can go you to your centrally-located hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free to take a rest after your train journeys or to enjoy an optional tour carefully prepared for you.

  • Optional tour: Zurich Sunset Tour with Fondue Tasting
    This evening join a group to take a trip around the most famous gastronomical places in the Zurich area. At first, visit the chocolate factory Lindt & Sprungli and enjoy a ride on the aerial cable car ride. When you reach the hilltop station Felsenegg, go to a restaurant overlooking Lake Zurich, where you enjoy the great view and taste a glass of wine or Gluhwein, then continue to another traditional restaurant to try a freshly prepared chocolate dessert and natural cheese fondue!Felsenegg, go to a restaurant overlooking Lake Zurich, where you enjoy the great view and taste a glass of wine or Gluhwein, then continue to another traditional restaurant to try a freshly prepared chocolate dessert and natural cheese fondue!
Day 11
Departure from Zurich

This is the final day of your tour. Following breakfast, you check-out from the hotel and your driver takes you to the airport for the departure.

We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future vacations!


Included

10 nights at centrally-located 4-star hotels

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant
4-star accommodation at top hotels

Always included:

  • Best location for sightseeing
  • Breakfasts
  • All taxes and fees

What's included
  • Accommodation at remarkable centrally located 4-star hotels in Zurich, Lucerne, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne, Zermatt, Chur;
  • Delicious breakfasts at your hotels;
  • Airport transfers with private drivers;
  • Sightseeing tours with private professional English-speaking guides in Zurich, Lucerne Region, Bern, Geneva, Chillon Castle and Montreux;
  • Entrance ticket and wine tasting in Chillon Castle;
  • Tickets for public boat cruise, cogwheel train, cable car and bus for the tour to Mt Pilatus;
  • 1st class train tickets: Bern - Geneva, Lausanne - Zermatt, Glacier Express Zermatt - Chur and Chur - Zurich;
  • 2nd class train tickets: Zurich - Lucerne, Lucerne - Bern, Geneva - Lausanne, Chillon - Montreux and Montreux - Lausanne;
  • Cruise from Lausenne to Chillon Castle by public boat;
  • Non-guided tour to Gornergrat by cogweel train; 
  • All tourist fees & taxes, including tourist city taxes;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

Not included: international flights, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses, gratuities.

Tour highlights
  • Exploration of Zurich landmarks
  • Exploration of Lucerne region
  • A tour to major sights of Bern
  • Exploration of the highlights of Geneva
  • A boat cruise on Lake Geneva & a guided tour around the Chillon Castle and wine tasting
  • A day trip to Gornegrat
  • A railway journey to Chur on board the Glacier Express
What to Know
  • Tipping is included in the price of your meal at restaurants in Switzerland. If you liked the service, it is acceptable to round up the bill to the nearest Franc
  • Shops and supermarkets are closed on Sundays. Luckily, there are no free days for the gas stations and they are very well equipped
  • Communication equipment in Switzerland takes 230 volts, you will need an adapter plug (type J) to make your plug fit into the socket
  • You can safely drink tap water, the quality of it is often measured as purer than that of bottled mineral water
  • Switzerland uses the Swiss Franc as currency
  • Don't forget to take a mini umbrella and a light raincoat

Dates & Rates

Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
based on double occupancy
$4,451
Deposit $891
Two travelers: double occupancy
based on double occupancy
$4,991
Deposit $999
Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
based on double occupancy
$4,451
Deposit $891
Two travelers: double occupancy
based on double occupancy
$4,991
Deposit $999

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