Private Tour of Germany & Switzerland - Firebird Tours ®
Zurich, Switzerland
Glacier Express
Frankfurt, Germany
Heidelberg, Germany
Geneva, Switzerland

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Trip Overview

Have an amazing exploring the best attractions in Germany and Switzerland! Begin in Frankfurt and take in the beauty of its old town. 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
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 4-star central hotels
    Standard rooms
    12 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Airport-hotel transfers
    Private drivers
    7 train trips
    1 roundtrip cruise
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 6 sightseeing tours
    Day Trip to Gornegrat
    Trip to Chillon Castle
  • MEALS
  • 12 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 & Train to Heidelberg

Following breakfast, you meet your private guide and embark on a comprehensive city tour around the main sights of Frankfurt - the city which is a motherland of writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, large German metropolis and a major European financial hub.

Frankfurt's city center is best explored on foot, while walking along its cobblestone squares and alleys. You take a stroll in the old town, called Altstadt in German, which is home to the old Römerberg Square, city hall, gothic Old St Nicholas Church, the Goethe House and many other historical sights. You also explore the Zeil, Frankfurt’s premier pedestrian promenade that ranks among Germany’s most profitable shopping streets, as well as a modern banking district.

After the tour you walk to the train station. Then you take a train ride to Mannheim, located within just 30-minute ride to Heidelberg. Your private driver meets you at the train station and transfers you to your hotel in Heidelberg.

Upon arrival to Heidelberg, you check in and have a good rest.

➤ Firebird recommends: Take a cruise along the romantic and quiet Neckar Valley and discover the beauty of the Castle Road.

Day 3
Old Town Walking Tour & Heidelberg Castle

After breakfast at your hotel, meet your private guide in the lobby and enjoy a wonderful 4-hour walking old town or Altstadt tour and explore the university town of Heidelberg, with its historic and romantic appeal.

The old town of Heidelberg has a typical atmosphere of the German old quarters: squares where the locals socialise, cobblestone streets with bar terraces, and of course the marketplace, or the Marktplatz.

You get a chance to step inside the Studentenkarzer, the old Students' Prison, and hear interesting stories of how the students ended up here. You see the Old Bridge and admire the Church of the Holy Spirit, Heidelberg's main church.

After the pleasant walk through the Old Town, you board a historic funicular to reach the top of the hill where you find Schloss Heidelberg, the Heidelberg Castle, which is considered to be one of the most important ruins in Germany. These extraordinary Renaissance ruins, that inspired Germany’s Romantics, used to be the former seat of Heidelberg’s Prince Electors. In the Castle you will also have a chance to visit the German Apothecary Museum and see the Great Tun, the biggest wine barrel in the world, that was able to hold 221,726 liters (or 58,578 gallons) of wine.

After the tour, you take the funicular back down to the Old Town and return to your hotel. You have the afternoon and evening at leisure and can continue exploring Heidelberg on your own, or join one of our optional tours.

Day 4
Train to Stuttgart and City Tour

After breakfast at your hotel and check-out, meet your private driver for a transfer to the station. Board the train to Stuttgart, the capital of southwest Germany’s state called Baden-Württemberg. You driver meets you and head for your centrally-located hotel.

Upon arrival, meet your private guide and embark an entertaining and informative city walk through the historic heart of Stuttgart. In 3 hours your guide shows you all the main attractions such as the Old Castle, Neues Schloss (New Castle) and Schlossplatz, Rathaus or town hall, the ancient gathering place Marktplatz, and many others. This trip through time covers the founding of the city in 950 all the way to the present day.

After the tour you get to your hotel for check-in and have the rest of the day at leisure.

➤ Firebird recommends: Explore modern architecture by visiting Weissenhof Estate which includes buildings designed by 17 architects from more than 5 European countries. Two of the buildings projected by Le Corbusier were inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites as the part of his "Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement".

Day 5
Train to Zurich

Following breakfast and check-out, you have a transfer to the station for a train ride 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 6
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 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: 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.

Day 8
Train to Chur

After breakfast, you check out and head to the railway station for a train ride to Chur. In about an hour and a half, you arrive in 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.

Please note: Glacier Express is not running between October 15 to December 9,2018

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' (you have a train transfer in Visp). In about 2.5 hours your train arrives to the traditional resort town located on the shores of Geneva Lake.

After check-in 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.

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 in 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 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.

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.

Included

12 nights at centrally-located 4-star hotels

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant

Always included:

  • Best location for sightseeing
  • Breakfasts
  • All taxes and fees

What's Included
  • 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 (with a train transfer in Visp) 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
$5,115
Deposit $1,023
Two travelers: double occupancy
$5,915
Deposit $1,183
Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
$5,115
Deposit $1,023
Two travelers: double occupancy
$5,915
Deposit $1,183

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