Private tour to Switzerland by Firebird - Firebird Tours ®

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Geneva, Switzerland
Zurich, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland

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Trip Overview

Explore the highlights of Switzerland in 11-days! Begin in atmospheric Zurich and Lucerne, then on to Mt Pilatus to which you rise on the world's steepest cogwheel train. Then explore the traditional resort town Interlaken and make your way to the 'Top of Europe', Jungfraujoch, on a cogwheel train. Continue to Lausanne region where you visit the Chillon Castle and travel on the tasty Chocolade Train. As a grand finale experience the top sights of Geneva.

Tour type:
Private tour
Tour rating:
4.87 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 4-star central hotels
    Standard rooms
    10 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Airport-hotel transfers
    Private drivers
    4 train trips
    1 roundtrip cruise
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 5 sightseeing tours
    A tour by Chocolate train & visits to cheese and chocolate factories
  • 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

After breakfast, you meet your private guide in the hotel lobby 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 return to the hotel and have the rest of the day at your leisure.

  • 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 3
Train to Lucerne

Following breakfast, you check out from the hotel 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 4
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 5
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 Interlaken 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 6
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 a 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 7
Train to Montreux

Today after breakfast you check out, go to the station and board a train which takes you to the next destination (you have 2 train transfers on the way). Within about an hour you reach Montreux 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 8
Chocolade Train

Today prepare for a day of delicious touring! Following breakfast, you board the Chocolate train to start your trip to Gruyeres. Onboard you are treated to chocolate croissant and coffee.

Your first activity today is a tour of the cheese factory La Maison du Gruyere, where you learn about cows, milk, and cheese making process; multilingual headsets are provided for you.

Then you take a short bus trip up to the Gruyeres village. There you have 2.5 hours on your own so you can spend time visiting the Gruyeres Castle dating back to the 13th century (entrance ticket is not included), tasting world-famous Gruyere cheese or just strolling along medieval streets.

Next on your list is the tour of the legendary Maison Cailler Chocolate Factory in Broc where you are transferred by bus. Here you learn about the history of these tasty sweets and discover the secrets of Swiss chocolate production. Your visit is commented in English, and right after the tour, you are invited for chocolate tasting.

After you return to your hotel in Montreux by Chocolate train, the rest of the day is free.

Day 9
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 10
Train to Geneva & Geneva Sightseeing

Today following breakfast you check out from your hotel and proceed to the train station for a train ride to Geneva, surrounded by the Alps and Jura mountains. Geneva is the second most populous city in Switzerland and the capital of the Republic and Canton of Geneva. Upon arrival, you check in to the hotel, leave your luggage and start a 3-hour walking tour.

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 and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 11
Departure from Geneva

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!

  • Optional extension: You may extend your stay in Geneva. Please contact your travel specialist for details.

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, Interlaken, Montreux, Geneva;
  • Delicious breakfasts at your hotels;
  • Airport transfers with private drivers;
  • Sightseeing tours with private professional English-speaking guides in Zurich, Lucerne Region, Chillon Castle, Montreux and Geneva;
  • Tickets for public boat cruise, cogwheel train, cable car and bus for the tour to Mt Pilatus;
  • Tour by Chocolate Train with visits to cheese and chocolate factories;
  • 1st class train tickets: Lucerne - Internlaken Express, Interlaken - Montreux (with 2 train transfers), Montreux - Geneva; 
  • 2 class trains Zurich - Lucerne;
  • Roundtrip tickets for cruise Montreux - Chillon Castle by public boat;
  • Entrance tickets to Chillon Castle;
  • Non-guided tour to Jungfraujoch by 1st class trains Interlaken - Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen - Interlaken and 2nd class 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
  • A sightseeing tour in Zurich
  • Exploration of Lucerne region
  • A train journey to Jungfraujoch
  • A tour by Chocolate train & visits to cheese and chocolate factories
  • A boat cruise on Lake Geneva, a guided tour around the Chillon Castle and wine tasting & a Montreux tour
  • Exploration of the highlights of Geneva
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
$4,224
Deposit $845
Two travelers: double occupancy
based on double occupancy
$4,584
Deposit $917
Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
based on double occupancy
$4,224
Deposit $845
Two travelers: double occupancy
based on double occupancy
$4,584
Deposit $917

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