Private Tour of Germany & Switzerland - Firebird Tours ®

Private Tour of Germany & Switzerland

Zurich, Switzerland
Glacier Express
Frankfurt, Germany
Heidelberg, Germany
Geneva, Switzerland

You are here

Trip Overview

Have an amazing exploring the best attractions in Germany and Switzerland! Begin in Frankfurt and take in the best views of the city from the tallest building. Enjoy the historic atmosphere of Heidelberg and Stuttgart. Then make your way to Switzerland and explore Zurich, the picturesque Lucerne region, and discover the petite Alpine city Chur. Continue with a ride on the iconic Glacier Express to Zermatt and have a memorable journey across the highest open-air railway in Europe. As a grand finale explore Chillon Castle and have fun during a cruise on Lake Geneva!

Tour type:
Private tour
Tour rating:
4.84 / 5, Based on
  • HOTELS
  • 4-star central hotels
    Standard rooms
    12 nights
  • TRANSPORT
  • Airport-hotel transfers
    Private drivers
    7 train trips
    1 roundtrip cruise
  • SIGHTSEEING
  • 6 sightseeing tours
    Day Trip to Gornegrat
    Trip to Chillon Castle
  • MEALS
  • 12 buffet breakfasts

Day-by-Day

Day 1

Arrival to Frankfurt

Welcome to Frankfurt, an international financial and trade fair city, which has a lot to offer its visitors! Upon arrival your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

Day 2

Frankfurt City Tour

Today following breakfast you meet your private guide at the hotel lobby and embark on a comprehensive city tour around the main sights of the city.

Frankfurt's city center is best explored on foot while walking along its cobblestone squares and alleys. On a 3-hour guided city tour you get acquainted with the city's most interesting locations among the Romerberg old town center and the modern banking district. You explore the Zeil, Frankfurt’s premier pedestrian promenade that ranks among Germany’s most profitable shopping streets. As the highlight of the tour you get to see the best view of the city from the observation deck of Frankfurt's tallest building.

After the tour the rest of the day is free. Your hotel is in the city center, so going out for a nice dinner would be highly recommended.

Day 3

Train to Heidelberg

Following breakfast you check out from the hotel and your driver takes you to the rail station. There you take a train and in less than an hour arrive to Heidelberg.

Upon arrival your private driver meets you on the platform and transfers you to the hotel for check in. The rest of the day is free.

Day 4

Heidelberg Sightseeing & Train to Stuttgart

After breakfast you check out and leave your luggage in the hotel storage room. Then you are met by your guide for a comprehensive walking tour of Heidelberg.

Winding alleys and dreamy squares, interesting museums and galleries: Heidelberg’s Old Town is multifaceted. A guided tour around the Old Town brings the past to life. You see the Heiliggeistkirche Church of the Holy Spirit, the Jesuit Quarter, Germany’s oldest University with the historic students’ prison Studentenkarzer. The route also leads through the main street, one of the longest pedestrian zones in Europe. During the tour you also explore the ruins of the famous Heidelberg Castle, which dates back to the 13th century.

After the tour you pick up your luggage and your driver transfers you to the train station for a train ride. In less than an hour you reach Stuttgart station, from where your driver transfers you to your hotel for check in. The rest of the day is free.

Day 5

Free Day or Optional Tour to Black Forest

Today is at your own leisure, so you can relax after your journeys or take our optional day tour carefully prepared for you.

  • Optional Tour: Black Forest

Day 6

Stuttgart City Tour & Train to Zurich

After breakfast you check out. Then meet your guide and go on a 3-hour walking tour of Stuttgart. During the entertaining and informative city tour you take a walk through the historic heart of this lovely German City. This trip through time covers the founding of the city in 950 all the way to the present day.

After the tour you take your bags from lobby and your driver transfers you to the train station, where you take a train to Zurich, the largest city in Switzerland! Upon arrival you go 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 7

Exploring Lucerne Region

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, 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 public boat cruise, cogwheel train, cable car and bus are included.

  • Please note: The boat cruise and the cogwheel train are available only from May to September.

After the tour you take a train back to Zurich. The rest of the evening is free.

Day 8

Zurich City Tour & Train to Chur

After breakfast you check out from the hotel and leave your luggage in the hotel storage room. Then 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 pick up your luggage and head to the railway station for a train ride to Chur. In about an hour and a half you arrive to Switzerland's oldest city. Then you go to your cozy hotel, which is easily accessible on foot, for check-in. The evening is free, so you can explore this lovely Alpine city on your own, stroll through the largely car-free Old Town enjoying its historic buildings, galleries, boutiques and restaurants.

Day 9

Glacier Express

Following breakfast you check out from the hotel. Today you enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime railway journey to Zermatt 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 to Zermatt, a traffic-free mountain village and 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 is 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 10

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 of 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 11

Train to Montreux & Trip to Chillon Castle

In the morning after breakfast you check out from the hotel, go to the railway station and have a train ride to Montreux also known as 'Swiss Riviera'. In about 2.5 hours your train arrives to the traditional resort town located on the shores of Geneva Lake. Then you check in your hotel and embark on a fascinating trip along the shores of Geneva Lake to discover remarkable sights of Vaud of Canton.

Your tour starts with 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.

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.

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

  • Optional tour: Wine Tasting in Chillon Castle

Day 12

Train to Geneva & Geneva Sightseeing

Following breakfast you check out and go to the train station for a 1-hour train ride to Geneva, surrounded by the Alps and Jura mountains. Upon arrival you go to your centrally-located hotel, which is easily accessible on foot, for check-in. Then you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and start exploring the highlights of Geneva, the second most populous city of Switzerland and a capital of Romandy, the French-speaking region.

You start discovering Geneva sights by the lake front. 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.

The rest of the day is at your own leisure to relax, spend time enjoying views of Geneva Lake or continue exploring Geneva on your own.

Day 13

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: If you wish, you may extend your stay in Geneva. Please contact your travel specialist for details.


Hotels

12 nights at centrally-located 4-star hotels

  • Free WiFi
  • Gym
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

Always included:

  • Central location close to major sights
  • Buffet breakfasts
  • Free WiFi
  • Spacious beds

  • Accommodation at remarkable centrally located 4-star hotels in Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Stuttgart, Zurich, Chur, Zermatt, Montreux and Geneva;
  • Delicious breakfasts at your hotels;
  • Airport transfers with private drivers and all transportation arrocding to the itinerary;
  • Sightseeing tours with private professional English-speaking guides in Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Stuttgart, Lucerne Region, Zurich, Chillon Castle, Montreux and Geneva;
  • Entrance tickets to Chillon Castle;
  • Entrance tickets to observation platform in Frankfurt and Heidelberg Castle;
  • Tickets for public boat cruise, cogwheel train, cable car and bus for the tour to Mt Pilatus;
  • 1st class train tickets: Frankfurt - Heidelberg, Hridelberg - Stuttgart, Stuttgart - Zurich, Zurich - Chur, Glacier Express Chur - Zermatt, Zermatt - Montreux and Montreux - Geneva;
  • 2nd class train tickets: Zurich - Lucerne;
  • 2nd class tickets for roundtrip cruise Montreux - 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

  • Enjoying the view of Frankfurt from the observation deck of the city's tallest building
  • Exploring the ruins of the Heidelberg Castle
  • Touring the historic heart of Stuttgart
  • Cruise across the Lake Lucerne & ride on the cogwheel train via Alpine meadows
  • Railway journey on the Glacier Express
  • Cogwheel train journey on the highest open-air railway in Europe, the Gornergrat Bahn
  • A boat cruise on Lake Geneva & a guided tour around the Chillon Castle and wine tasting

What to Know

  • It's always best to bring some cash in local currency for your trip. You will need Euros for your time in Germany and Francs in Switzerland
  • You will be walking quite a bit during your sightseeing tours, so make sure to bring comfortable shoes
  • Communication equipment in Switzerland takes 230 volts, you will need an adapter plug (type J) to make your plug fit into the socket
  • 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
  • You can safely drink tap water in Switzerland, the quality of it is often measured as purer than that of bottled mineral water

Dates & Rates

Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
$5,015
Deposit $1,003
Regular package
$5,715
Deposit $1,143
Single traveler
$8,807
Deposit $1,762
View all dates
Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
$5,015
Deposit $1,003
Regular package
$5,715
Deposit $1,143
Single traveler
$8,807
Deposit $1,762

Map


Reviews

Maggie Dylann

  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull

October 16, 2016

We had a top-notch tour to the UK. Even more than top-notch, "ace" as the locals say!

We had a top-notch tour to the UK in June 2016. Even more than top-notch, "ace" as the locals say! The Treasures of Britain tour my husband and I took was everything we wanted. We really liked the hotels we stayed in, each with its own charm and history. Particularly we would like to note breakfasts in the hotel in ...

Read more

Regina Mayer

  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull

October 16, 2016

Superb tour to Italy! You really deserve a round of applause

I wasn't sure what to expect from our trip to Italy but my mom and I were very surprised with how smoothly everything went. Only a few minor hiccups that were too minor to even mention. We enjoyed the guided tours because all the views were really great and the buildings so old. The sites were a bit crowded but still ...

Read more

George Smart

  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingEmpty

October 16, 2016

London, Brussels, Amsterdam Tour (May 2017)

Overall, very good. The group did not like starting off on a crowded 20-stop subway journey instead of the Heathrow Express. Guides were great. Brussels was 50/50 with the group. If we had more interior visits, it would have been better. We will eliminate the Hague next time, and spend more time in Rotterdam. ...

Read more

More Firebird Tours reviews

Reviews

Maggie Dylann

  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull

October 16, 2016

We had a top-notch tour to the UK. Even more than top-notch, "ace" as the locals say!

We had a top-notch tour to the UK in June 2016. Even more than top-notch, "ace" as the locals say! The Treasures of ...

Read more

Regina Mayer

  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull

October 16, 2016

Superb tour to Italy! You really deserve a round of applause

I wasn't sure what to expect from our trip to Italy but my mom and I were very surprised with how smoothly everything went. ...

Read more

George Smart

  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingEmpty

October 16, 2016

London, Brussels, Amsterdam Tour (May 2017)

Overall, very good. The group did not like starting off on a crowded 20-stop subway journey instead of the Heathrow Express. ...

Read more

More Firebird Tours reviews