Private Switzerland tour by Firebird - Firebird Tours ®

Private Switzerland tour by Firebird

Glacier Express
Zurich, Switzerland
Geneva, Switzerland
Zermatt Matterhorn, Switzerland

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Trip Overview

Set off on a journey to Switzerland and discover its top cities in 8 days. Start your exploration in Zurich, enjoy a cruise across Lake Lucerne, rise to Mount Pilatus on the world's steepest cogwheel train. Then on to the oldest city in Switzerland, Chur, followed by a ride on the famous Glacier Express that takes you high into the Swiss Alps to Zermatt. Take in beautiful Alpine scenery as you travel on the Gornergrat Bahn, stay in the Swiss Riviera, Montreux, visit Chillon Castle and see top Geneva sights.

Tour type:
Private tour
Tour rating:
4.89 / 5, Based on
  • HOTELS
  • 4-star central hotels
    Standard rooms
    7 nights
  • TRANSPORT
  • Airport-hotel transfers
    Private drivers
    5 train trips
    1 roundtrip cruise
  • SIGHTSEEING
  • 4 sightseeing tours
    A railway journey on board the Glacier Express
  • MEALS
  • 7 buffet 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, start exploring the nearby attractions or join our carefully planned optional tour.

  • 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 2

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, an 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.

  • 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 3

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 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 4

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 in 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 5

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 in 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 6

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.

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.

  • 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 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.

Day 7

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.

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 8

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

7 nights at centrally-located 4-star hotels

  • Free WiFi
  • Gym
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
4-star accommodation at top hotels

Always included:

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

  • Accommodation at remarkable centrally located 4-star hotels in Zurich, Chur, Zermatt, Montreux, Geneva;
  • Delicious breakfasts at your hotels;
  • Airport transfers with private drivers;
  • Sightseeing tours with private professional English-speaking guides in Lucerne Region, Zurich, Chillon Castle, Montreux and Geneva;
  • 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 - 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

  • Exploration of Lucerne region
  • A sightseeing tour in Zurich
  • A railway journey to Zermatt on board the Glacier Express
  • A day trip to Gornegrat
  • A boat cruise on Lake Geneva & a guided tour around the Chillon Castle and wine tasting
  • 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 use 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
$3,469
Deposit $694
Regular package
based on double occupancy
$3,781
Deposit $757
View all dates
Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
based on double occupancy
$3,469
Deposit $694
Regular package
based on double occupancy
$3,781
Deposit $757

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