Snow-covered slopes and Materhorn mountain, Zermatt, Switzerland

Swiss Alpine Traverse: Best of Switzerland’s Cities & Alps

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Countries Visited


Places Visited

Montreux, Zermatt, St Moritz, Lucerne...

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Suggested Duration

9 Days

Step into the allure of the Alps, the mystery of the Matterhorn, and the luxuries of Switzerland as waterfalls carve into a glacial gorge and then hide inside limestone cliffs. Medieval towns rise above the turquoise colored lakes as bobsledders utilize a historical luge track shaped by the snow. Castles evokes compelling history and captivating legend on the outskirts of the lakes, as the cities bring an air of grandeur. Your custom tailored tour will take you along the elegance of the Alps and...

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Trip Highlights

  • Embark on a thrilling luge run alongside professional bobsledders as you charge down the historical track
  • Sample the regional wines of the Lavaux wine region for an introductory tour of Switzerland and its cherished flavors
  • Venture into the powerful fortress of Chateau Chillon to explore the grottos, crypts, castle walls, and exemplary towers of the iconic structure
  • Enjoy the charm of the stained glass windows created by the master artist Marc Chagall
  • Relish a scenic excursion along panoramic cable cars and traditional funiculars to reach the top of Rothorn Mountain for a view of the Matterhorn
  • Stroll beneath the preserved art painted on the underside of a wooden bridge ceiling in the charming town of Lucerne
  • Witness the unforgettable image of a subterranean waterfall fed by glacial melt water in the Valley of 72 Waterfalls near the town of Lauterbrunnen 

Detailed Description

Settle into the comforts of Switzerland on your 9-day journey through the charm of the landscape and the enchantment of the villages. Whether it is the chocolate aroma that is drifting out of friendly cafes or the dramatic mountain massifs that overlook the deep valleys, the scenery and the culture bring a unique history along with contemporary luxuries for you to indulge in. Arrive at the Geneva Airport where your private transfer will welcome you and take you along the beautiful lakeshores of Lake Geneva en route to the town of Montreux to visit wineries and vineyards in the often-overlooked Lavaux wine region.

Wake the next morning to visit the medieval castle of Chateau Chillon, located on a small island on the lake. After your time along the ramparts, you will have a scenic train ride along the Rhone Valley to reach the tranquil and inspiring village of Zermatt. Dozens of peaks, including the famous Matterhorn, rise above the village streets and the next morning will bring you into the mountaintops whether by hiking trail, gondola, or train, to discover the unforgettable splendor of a Matterhorn panorama. The next day, you will board the luxurious Glacier Express train ride to the beautiful lakeside town of St. Moritz. Travel through 91 tunnels and over nearly 300 bridges to reach the comforts of the town that overlook the cobalt water. Once there, you can partake in a unique experience of a guided luge run and rush down the mountain on a bobsled track with professional bobsledders.

Travel next to Lucerne to tour one of Switzerland’s most beautiful towns. Cross the wood bridges to see the elegant Lion Monument. In the morning, you can visit Lucerne’s famous farmers market before traveling on the Golden Pass Train into the Berner Oberland region in view of the Jungfrau Massif. The small town of Wengen provides access to the brilliant trails, gondola rides, and scenery of the region, and you can make your way to the top of Schilthorn for a panorama of the valley.

The following day is at your leisure to enjoy the remarkable beauty of Berner Oberland. Visit the nearby villages or follow the many trails across the foothills, or you could even visit the neighboring farms to learn how to make Alpine cheese or follow the paths along the Valley of 72 Waterfalls. Venture next to Zurich and tour the remarkable city as it combines contemporary architecture and luxury with the historical center of town. Your private transfer will meet you at your hotel the next morning and escort you to the airport for your flight home. 

Starting Price

$4,675 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

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  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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