Private tour to Alpine Switzerland - Firebird Tours ®

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Interlaken
Lucerne
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Trip Overview

Take in the beauty of Swiss Alps and beautiful lakes in 8 days as you travel from Switzerland's iconic Zurich. Enjoy the major attractions of the Lucerne region, including 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'. As a tour highlight explore beautiful Brienz and Thun Lakes and their surrounding gems.

Tour type:
Private tour
Tour rating:
4.88 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 4-star central hotels
    Standard rooms
    7 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Airport-hotel transfers
    Private drivers
    2 train round trips (1st class)


  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 3 sightseeing tours
    A train journey to Jungfraujoch & a visit to Ice Cave
  • MEALS
  • 7 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 at 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

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 middle of May to September. The rest of the year they are replaced with cable car and bus.
Day 4
Train to Interlaken

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.

 

Day 5
Day Trip to Jungfraujoch

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.

Day 6
Exploring Lake Brienz & Lake Thun Area

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.

Day 7
Train to Zurich

Today following breakfast you check out from your hotel and head to the railway station for your train ride back to Zurich. You take the Lucern-Interlaken Express* to admire the beauty of Swiss Alps once again.

  • Please note: alternatively you may take the train to Zurich via Bern and add an additional overnight to tour the capital of Switzerland. Please contact your travel specialist for the details.

After train transfer in Interlaken you head for Zurich. Upon arrival, you walk to the hotel, check in and have the rest of the day free. 

You can take a rest after your train journey or enjoy an optional tour carefully prepared for you.

Day 8
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

7 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 and Interlaken;
  • Delicious breakfasts at your hotels;
  • Airport transfers with private drivers;
  • Sightseeing tours with private professional English-speaking guides in Zurich, Lucerne Region and Interlaken Region;
  • Tickets for public boat cruise, cogwheel train, cable car and bus for the tour to Mt Pilatus;
  • Tickets for public boat cruises on Lake Brienz and public buses around Lake Brienz and Lake Thun;
  • 1st class train tickets: Zurich - Lucern roundtrip, Lucerne - Internlaken Express and Internlaken - Zurich with train transfer in Lucerne;
  • Non-guided tour to Jungfraujoch with 1st class train tickets Interlaken - Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen - Interlaken and 2nd class train tickets Grindelwald - Kleine Scheidegg, Kleine Scheidegg - Jungfraujoch and Kleine Scheidegg - Lauterbrunnen; 
  • 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 train journey to Jungfraujoch & a visit to Ice Cave
  • 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

Dates & Rates

Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
based on double occupancy
$3,336
Deposit $668
Two travelers: double occupancy
based on double occupancy
$3,751
Deposit $751
Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
based on double occupancy
$3,336
Deposit $668
Two travelers: double occupancy
based on double occupancy
$3,751
Deposit $751

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