Trip Overview

Best of Switzerland

Tour rating: 4.87 / 5, Based on 3 Reviews
Private tour to Switzerland

Explore the highlights of Switzerland in 9-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 Chillon Castle and experience the top sights of Geneva.

Best of Switzerland

9 days3 cities
Switzerland1 country
Private tour to Switzerland
From
$3,956
Tour rating: 4.87 / 5, Based on 3 Reviews

Explore the highlights of Switzerland in 9-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 Chillon Castle and experience the top sights of Geneva.

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Day-By-Day

Zurich

first destination
3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
3 nights in centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival to Zurich
Transfer
Transfer

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.

No meals included.

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Day 2
Zurich City Tour
City tour
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!

Breakfast is included.

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Day 3
Exploring Lucerne Region
Day tour
Day tour
Nature views
Nature views

Following breakfast, you head to the railway station to take a train to Lucerne. In about 50 minutes you meet your guide at the station of Lucerne.

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 2,132 m (6,995 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 a train back to Zurich. The rest of the evening is free.

Breakfast is included.

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Glockenhof Hotel, Zurich
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The beautiful Glockenhof Hotel is set right in the heart of the city next to the central shopping street. It offers top-class service and cozy accommodations. All guestrooms are comfortable and well-equipped.

Welcome to Zurich

Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland, wealthiest in Europe, with the best quality of life in the world. Its history goes back to its founding by the Romans in 15 BC and has a rich medieval background.

train
Zurich
Interlaken
3 hrs 30 min

A train ride is among the best ways to marvel at the beauty of Swiss landscapes and villages. All modern trains provide you with everything you need for a comfortable ride. Sit back, relax, and take in the majestic panoramas passing by outside the train window.

Interlaken

second destination
2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in centrally located hotel
Day 4
Arrival to Interlaken
Transfer
Transfer
Free day
Free day

Following breakfast, you check out from the hotel, and your driver takes you to the station for a train ride to Interlaken.

Upon arrival, you reach your centrally-located hotel on foot for check-in and have 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.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 5
Day Trip to Jungfraujoch
Day tour
Day tour

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.

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
Montreux
3 hrs

First travel on a 1-hour train to Zweisimmen. Then take the panoramic Swiss Golden Pass train from Interlaken to Montreux and experience truly jaw-dropping panoramas of the Bernese Alps, the Pays d'Enhaut mountains, Lake Geneva, and the UNESCO vineyards of Lavaux along the way. (Connection with train changes).

Montreux

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

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.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 7
Day Trip to Chillon Castle and Tour of Montreux
Boat ride
Boat ride
City tour
City tour

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 tour around the most spectacular parts of 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 over the lake and pass by the oldest house in Montreux, dating back to the 16th century. 

While you walk the little streets of this charming town, your guide shares with you the stories of the famous expats in Montreux such as Vladimir Nabokov and Freddie Mercury. You see the statue of Freddie Mercury and have a chance to visit the Queen: The Studio Experience exhibition located in the original Mountain Studios, part of the Montreux Casino. Queen recorded a total of seven albums here at Mountain Studios in Montreux, which the band owned between 1979 and 1996, including the final album Made in Heaven. 

During the tour you also find out how fire at the Montreux Casino inspired Deep Purple's classic "Smoke on the Water." Since then the casino has been beautifully rebuilt, so have a great chance to visit it in the evening. 

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

Breakfast is included.

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Day 8
Day Trip to Geneva
Day tour
Day tour
Nature views
Nature views

Following breakfast, you walk to the train station for a 1-hour train to Geneva.   

Upon arrival, you meet your guide and start exploring the highlights of Geneva, the second most populous city of Switzerland and the capital of Romandy, the French-speaking region. Being the European seat of the UN and headquarters of the Red Cross, Geneva is known as the «capital of peace». 

You start discovering Geneva sights by the lakefront. You take a short water tram ride on lake Geneva and see one of the most famous landmarks, the Jet d'Eau fountain of 140 m (460 ft) and enjoy the view of the mountains.  

Then you proceed to the astonishing Old Town and see St. Peter Cathedral, the English Garden with Flower Clock, Ile Rousseau and Castle Tour-de-l'ile. Here you also see the city council building where the first Geneva Convention was signed, in the Alabama Room, as it is now called, and learn about the beginning of international Geneva. You also visit the grounds of the University of Geneva to see the Reformation Wall that features statues of the four Geneva luminaries and learn about the role Geneva played in the Reformation in the 16th century. 

Finally, you have a short ride by public transport 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 Montreux by train.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 9
Departure

This is the final day of your tour. Following breakfast, you check out from the hotel and have a direct train ride to Geneva airport for your flight back home.

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

Breakfast is included.

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4-star hotel
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Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

Welcome to Montreux

If you have Switzerland on your travel radar, we highly recommend visiting the lovely Swiss Riviera with the capital in Montreux. Stretching along the shores of Lake Geneva, it boasts a mild climate and inspiring landscapes that are worth the ride.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation at remarkable centrally located 4-star hotels in Zurich, Interlaken, Montreux;
  • Delicious breakfasts at your hotels;
  • Airport transfers with private drivers;
  • Breathtaking sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Entrance tickets to Chillon Castle;
  • Tickets for public boat cruise, cogwheel train, cable car and bus for the tour to Mt Pilatus;
  • 1st class train tickets: Zurich - Interlaken, Interlaken - Montreux and Montreux - Geneva Airport;
  • 2nd class train tickets: Zurich - Lucerne - Zurich, Montreux - Geneva - Montreux;
  • 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

  • A sightseeing tour in Zurich
  • Exploration of Lucerne region
  • A train journey to Jungfraujoch
  • A boat cruise on Lake Geneva, a guided tour around the Chillon Castle and 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
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