Private winter tour of Switzerland - Firebird Tours ®
Swiss Alps, Interlaken region, Switzerland
Winter Bern, Switzerland
Swiss Alps, Lucerne region, Switzerland

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Trip Overview

Immerse yourself in Switzerland's winter fairytale! In 10 days explore 5 cities including a stay in Rigi Kaltbad, a lovely resort in the Swiss Alps. See the top sights of Zurich, take a ride on the cableway 'Dragon Ride' passing through lush Alpine meadows in Lucerne, enjoy travelling on the Luzern-Interlaken Express and make your way to the 'Top of Europe' to Jungfraujoch. As a grand finale experience the highlights of capital-city Bern.

Tour type:
Private tour
Tour rating:
4 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 4-star central hotels
    Standard rooms
    9 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Airport-hotel transfers
    Private drivers
    4 train trips
    1 boat ride
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 3 sightseeing tours
    A train journey to Jungfraujoch
  • MEALS
  • 9 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 on your own.

Day 2
Zurich City Tour & Train to Lucerne

Following breakfast, you check out from the hotel and leave your bags in the hotel lobby. Here 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.

  • Please, note: The period from November, 23 to December, 24 is the perfect time for those who want to visit Christmas fairs in Zurich.

After the tour, you take your bags 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 3
Exploring Lucerne Region

Today after breakfast you check out and leave your luggage in the hotel storage room. 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 20-minute bus ride to Kriens. There you board a cable car that takes you across the famous cableway 'Dragon Ride' 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 again ride a cable car to enjoy the fantastic scenery one more time. As the last part of your magnificent tour, you take a bus from Kriens back to Lucerne.

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

Day 4
Trip to Rigi Kaltbad

Following breakfast, you head to the ferry terminal to start your trip to Rigi Kaltbad, a lovely resort in the Swiss Alps. At first, you have a 1-hour boat ride to reach Vitznau, then a quaint cogwheel train brings you to Rigi Kaltbad-First station. The Vitznau-Rigi-Bahn started operation in 1871 and was the first mountain railway in Europe.

Rigi Kaltbad has a wonderful location on a sunny terrace at a height of 1,433 m (4,701 ft), overlooking Lake Lucerne. The Rigi Kaltbad Hotel you stay in is famous for its spa-zone, which offers its guests a great chance to luxuriate in the mineral waters of the Kaltbad spring while taking in the spectacular view of the mountains from indoor and outdoor pools.

Upon arrival, you check in the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 5
Free Day in Rigi Kaltbad

Today you have a free day to enjoy the mineral waters, the magnificent mountain view and to try some winter activities.

  • Optional tour: Snowshoe dream with Cheese Fondue
    Snowshoes are special footwear which allows walking over snow without sinking completely into it. The snowshoe hiking guided by your qualified guide/instructor leads through the romantic and magical winter landscape of Rigi - Queen of the Mountains. Enjoy your wonderful snowshoe experience followed by fondue tasting in one of the local restaurants.
Day 6
Trip to Lucerne

Today after breakfast you check out from your hotel and head for Lucerne, set amid beautiful snow-capped mountains on Lake Lucerne.

  • Please, let your travel specialist know if you want to extend your stay in Rigi Kaltbad hotel

At first, you experience an amazing cable car ride to reach Weggis from Rigi Kaltbad. After you take a boat and enjoy 40 minutes of a voyage on crystal-clear Lake Lucerne.

Upon arrival to Lucerne Bahnhofquai station, you go to your centrally-located hotel (easily accessible on foot) for check-in.

The rest of the day is free to have a rest or to enjoy an optional tour carefully prepared for you.

  • Optional tour: Lucerne City Tour
    Enjoy a 3-hour walking tour around the most famous sights of the charming town of Lucerne. Together with your private guide you visit the impressive Lion Monument and see the most eminent landmarks like the Chapel Bridge, the Jesuit Church and the Concert & Congress Hall. Spend the following time strolling through Lucerne's beautiful Old Town and exploring its secrets
Day 7
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.

  • Please, note: if you are traveling in the period from December 23rd to April 2nd you may extend your tour and have an unforgettable experience of spending a night in an igloo.

Upon arrival, you check in the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

  • Optional tour:  Overnight in Igloo
    Spend a night in the Engelberg Igloo Village located at Trubsee Lake in the heart of the wonderful Central Swiss Alps. To reach it you first ride a panoramic coach to Engelberg, then a gondola lift takes you up to Trubsee. Stay the whole night in the real igloo, surrounded by ice and snow! But no need to worry about cold: high-quality expedition sleeping bags will keep you warm at night and ensure a cozy, warm sleeping atmosphere in the igloo. Welcome drink, guided tour through the igloo village, fondue for dinner, usage of jacuzzi included.
Day 8
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 uncomfortable 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 the 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 9
Train to Bern & Bern Sightseeing

After breakfast, you check out from your hotel and walk to the railway station. There you take a train to Bern, the beautiful Swiss capital. In about an hour you arrive to the station, from where you can easily reach your centrally-located hotel. Upon arrival you check in and later meet your guide in the hotel lobby. Together you start exploring the wonderful 12th-century capital while making a stunning half-day sightseeing tour with stops at the major sights.

At first, you walk through The Old Town of Bern, which is the world-famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. It inspires its visitors with arcade shops, glorious fountains and medieval architecture. You enjoy the view of the late Gothic Cathedral and the Clock Tower (Zytglogge) with its richly-decorated astronomical clock built in 1530. If time allows you also visit the amazing Bear Park, the symbol of the city.

After the tour, you return to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

 

Day 10
Departure

This is the final day of your tour. Following breakfast, you check-out from the hotel and take a train which brings you straight to Zurich Airport for your departure. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future vacations!


Included

9 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, Bern and in mountain spa hotel in Rigi Kaltbad;
  • Delicious breakfasts at your hotels;
  • Airport arrival transfer with private driver;
  • Sightseeing tours with private professional English-speaking guides in Zurich, Lucerne Region and Bern;
  • Tickets for cable car and bus for the tour to Mt Pilatus;
  • Tickets for boats, cable car and cogwheel trains for the trip to/from Rigi Kaltbad;
  • 1st class train tickets: Lucerne - Interlaken;
  • 2nd class train tickets: Zurich - Lucerne, Interlaken - Bern, Bern - Zurich;
  • 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
  • Exploration of Zurich landmarks
  • Exploration of Lucerne region
  • A boat ride to Vitznau & a tour of Rigi Kaltbad resort
  • A train journey to Jungfraujoch
  • A half-day sightseeing tour in Bern
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
$3,591
Deposit $719
Regular package
based on double occupancy
$3,791
Deposit $759
View all dates
Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
based on double occupancy
$3,591
Deposit $719
Regular package
based on double occupancy
$3,791
Deposit $759

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