Trip Overview

Alpine Switzerland

Tour rating: 4.88 / 5, Based on 3 Reviews
Private tour to Switzerland

Take in the beauty of Swiss Alps and beautiful lakes in 8 days as you travel from Switzerland's iconic Lucerne region. Enjoy a cruise across Lake Lucerne and a journey on the famous cogwheel train on the world's steepest railway. The on to Interlaken, where you have an exciting train experience to Jungfraujoch, often referred to as the 'Top of Europe'. 

Alpine Switzerland

8 days3 cities
Switzerland1 country
Private tour to Switzerland
From
$3,296
Tour rating: 4.88 / 5, Based on 3 Reviews

Take in the beauty of Swiss Alps and beautiful lakes in 8 days as you travel from Switzerland's iconic Lucerne region. Enjoy a cruise across Lake Lucerne and a journey on the famous cogwheel train on the world's steepest railway. The on to Interlaken, where you have an exciting train experience to Jungfraujoch, often referred to as the 'Top of Europe'. 

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Lucerne

first destination
2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival to Zurich & Train to Lucerne
Transfer
Transfer

Welcome to gorgeous Switzerland ! You arrive at Zurich airport and take a direct train to Lucerne.

Upon arrival to Lucerne, you walk 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.

  • Please, note: we recommend you to extend your tour in Zurich and explore its magnificent old town. Contact your travel specialist for details.

No meals included.

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Day 2
Exploring Lucerne Region
Nature views
Nature views
Day tour
Day tour
Boat ride
Boat ride

Today after breakfast 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.

After the tour, you return to your Lucerne hotel and have the rest of the day free.

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

Breakfast is included.

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Continental Park Hotel, Lucerne
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Located right in the city center of Lucerne, the Continental Park Hotel offers guests comfortable rooms with LCD TVs, minibars, free Wi-Fi, and invites guests to enjoy the on-site Italian restaurant with a charming garden terrace.

Welcome to Lucerne

Encircled by Alpine summits reflecting in the emerald waters of Lake Lucerne, the beautiful city of Lucerne is the real pride of Switzerland, impressing with its architectural ensemble and nature.

train
Lucerne
Interlaken
1 hr 50 min

Hop on the Luzern-Interlaken Express and enjoy the fast and comfortable journey across the beautiful Swiss sceneries and delightful towns. 

Interlaken

second destination
3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
3 nights in centrally located hotel
Day 3
Train to Interlaken
Transfer
Transfer

Following breakfast, you check out from the hotel and go to the station on your own. There you take the Luzern-Interlaken Express. In about two hours you arrive at the Lucern railway station, from where you can easily reach your centrally-located hotel on foot.

The rest of the day is free, so you can start exploring the nearby attractions on your own, dine in a local restaurant or take a rest after your train journey. Overnight at your hotel in Interlaken.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 4
Day Trip to Jungfraujoch
Day tour
Day tour
Nature views
Nature views

Today after an early breakfast you walk to the railway station to begin an exciting train journey to Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe.

As you make your way to the 'Top of Europe' you experience riding several trains with panoramic windows to view the most of the incredible Alpine area. Your first destination is Grindelwald, where you change trains and depart to Kleine Scheidegg. This section offers the stunning view of Eigerwand (Eiger Wall), one of the Great north faces of the Alps. The last Kleine Scheidegg - Jungfraujoch cogwheel train partly passes through the tunnel, which was built right across the Eiger rocks at an altitude of 3000 m (9,843 ft).

Jungfraujoch is the high-Alpine wonderland of eternal snow and ice*. All this beauty could be marveled at from one of the observation decks located both inside and outside of a 3-story observatory building.

  • Please, note: It is important to wear something warm and wind/rain protective when going to Jungfraujoch. 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 restaurants which are close to the observation deck.

You can take an interesting walk through the Ice Cave where everything around you is made from ice. The area includes several restaurants, cafés, and shops as well as the place for snow activities to satisfy any taste.

For the ride back you travel first to Kleine Scheidegg and then you take a new route: to Interlaken via Lauterbrunnen. This way you see the stunning alpine area from a new perspective. You then return to the hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 5
Exploring Lake Brienz & Lake Thun Area
Boat ride
Boat ride
Nature views
Nature views
Day tour
Day tour

After breakfast, you meet your private guide at the hotel lobby and embark on a fascinating day-tour along the shores of beautiful Brienz and Thun Lakes to discover several of the most remarkable sights of Canton of Bern.

  • Please, note: The boat cruise on Lake Brienz is not available from November to March because the water level is not high enough. The longer cruise on lake Thun during the winter time could be offered instead.

At first, you head for the station from where you start your breathtaking cruise on the Lake Brienz. After about an hour of boating on the crystal clear lake you reach your first destination for today - Giessbach Falls. The magical waterfall tumbles 500 m (1,640 ft) in height over several tiers. After enjoying the view of the Falls and nature around, you take a short boat ride and arrive at Iseltwald, a typical Swiss village located at lake Brienz. Iseltwald is nominated to be the most beautiful village in Switzerland. Here you have some time for lunch before the public bus takes you to the Weissenau Ruins located on Thun lake (the duration of the bus ride is about 30 min). Your professional guide tells you the history and legends of this place before you continue your tour through the nature reserve.

You then stop and have some rest on the terrace of a restaurant located on the bank of the Thun lakeshore. Here you enjoy the wonderful view of incredible mountains and an exciting lake of light blue color.

On your way back you take a public bus, and in about 15 minutes you reach Interlaken and return to the hotel. The rest of the evening is free.

Breakfast is included.

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Hotel du Nord, Interlaken
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Offering absolutely stunning views over the mountains, the Hotel du Nord is housed in a historic edifice and boasts a top location in the heart of Interlaken. The property offers non-smoking and well-equipped guestrooms, invites to take advantage of the spa zone.

Welcome to Interlaken

The town which has long seduced travelers, nobility and even members of the royal family, charming Interlaken is a Swiss destination that would be unfair to avoid. The city's name is literally translated as the one "between lakes".

train
Interlaken
Bern
50 min

Travel along the Lake Thun and numerous lovely towns in Switzerland while on a train heading towards Bern. The trains all feature the necessary amenities and storage compartments for your belongings, as well as stunning views through the window for sure. 

Bern

third destination
3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in centrally located hotel
Day 6
Arrival to Bern
Transfer
Transfer

Today after breakfast you check out of your hotel in Interlaken and walk to the station to take a train to Bern.

You arrive to Bern station, from where you can easily reach your centrally-located hotel on foot. The rest of the evening is free to start exploring the wonderful 12th-century capital on your own.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 7
Bern Sightseeing & Trip to Gurten Kulm
City tour
City tour
Nature views
Nature views

Today you are invited for a stunning tour of Bern and Bern's closest mountain.  

After breakfast you meet your guide and walk through the Old Town, 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.  

The second part of your tour is dedicated to Gurten Kulm. At first you take 10-minute train ride to Bern-Wabern Station, from where you have a 5-minute ride on the Gurten funicular to the Gurten Park. Located at an altitude of 864 m (2,831 ft) above sea level, Gurten Kulm offers breathtaking views of the capital, the famous Bernese Alps with mountains such as the Jungfrau and Eiger.  

After the tour you return to the hotel or continue exploring Bern on your own.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 8
Departure

This is the final day of your Switzerland exploration. Following breakfast, you check out from the hotel and have a direct train ride to Zurich airport.

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

  • Please, note: we recommend you to extend your tour to Gstaad to visit wonderful Glacier 3000. Contact your travel specialist for details.

Breakfast is included.

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The Bristol, Bern
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Experience charming Bern, staying in a modern 4-star hotel The Bristol. Take advantage of the nice location just in the heart of Bern’s Old Town and enjoy the hotel's top-notch amenities in the guest rooms like cable TV, free WiFi, tea/coffee making facilities as well as private bathrooms with hairdryer. Moreover, the hotel boasts a gym, a bar, and a lounge area.

Welcome to Bern

The world-famous Swiss chocolate and cheese, world-scale resorts, striking nature, and exceptional legacy will satisfy even the most sophisticated travel gourmet in the capital city Bern.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation at remarkable downtown hotels in Lucerne, Interlaken and Bern;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Breathtaking sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides;
  • 1st class train tickets: Zurich Airport - Lucerne, Lucerne - Interlaken, Interlaken - Bern, Bern - Zurich Airport;
  • Tickets for public boat cruise, cogwheel train, cable car and bus for the tour to Mt Pilatus;
  • Tickets for non-guided tour to Jungfraujoch; 
  • Tickets for public boat cruise and bus for the tour around Lake Brienz & Lake Thun;
  • Train and funicular tickets for the trip to Gurten Kulm;
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: Hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you.

Note: We include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

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Tour Highlights

  • Exploration of Lucerne region
  • A train journey to Jungfraujoch
  • A trip to Mount Pilatus
  • Exploration of Lake Brienz & Lake Thun area

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
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