Embrace the Alps and the picture perfect villages that offer incredible vistas of the undulating summits during your custom tailored tour of Switzerland. Glassy lakes reflect the verdant foothills and colorful historical buildings as flower boxes frame the windows and line the streets. Antique castles watch over the valleys as cows graze on herbs, grass, and wildflowers. Monasteries house cheese factories and storefronts display whimsical chocolate statues. Traverse the countless hiking trails...
Lucerne – Arrive in Switzerland and Settle into the Charming Lucerne
Your flight will ease into the Zurich Airport, and your first highlight will be the lush greenery that surrounds the runway. The plains spread to the tall trees as red-tiled rooftops shine against the verdant scenery and lead to the mountains on the horizon. Your private transfer greets you at baggage claim and escorts you to the city of Lucerne, located approximately 30 miles southwest. The ambiance of Lucerne immediately welcomes you to Switzerland. The stunning historic buildings reflect in the tranquil waters of Lake Lucerne. Encompassing mountains have inspired myth.
The bright colors draped across the building facades will remind you of indulgent candies, from marzipan to chocolate. The city seamlessly blends a nostalgic past with a chic and vibrant present. Your private transfer will lead you to a luxurious hotel located in the heart of the old city. Take the time to freshen up and ease into the charming streets of Lucerne with an introductory guided tour. Your guide will meet you in the lobby and take you through the streets of Old Town, which are filled with the aroma of decadent chocolate and freshly baked pastries.
The traditional alpine architecture contains timber frames that border the streets as lime green shutters accentuate the elaborate designs of the edifices; each building resembles a larger construction of an authentic cuckoo clock. The Altes Rathaus, the Old Town Hall, was built in the early 17th-century, and the Italian Renaissance style contains a typical Swiss hipped roof with slopes that angle downward and point to the water.
Lucerne – Half-Day Tour of the Fabulous Monuments and Sites of Lucerne
Engelberg – Visit the Bunker of Furlgen with a Scenic Drive to Engelberg
Engelberg – Enjoy a Gondola Ride and Traverse the Mountain Trails
Lugano – Explore the Small Villages and Charms before Reaching Lugano
Lugano – Delight in a Day in a Fabulous Day in Lugano at your Leisure
Murren – Relish the Sights of Zermatt and the Views of the Matterhorn
Murren – Half-Day Mountain Walk along Berner Oberland for Terrific Vistas
Lausanne – Visit the Town of Gruyeres before arriving in Lausanne
Lausanne – Tour the Lakeside Town of Lausanne and Cruise Lake Geneva
Bern – See the Roman Village of Avenches and the Town of Murten
Bern – Depart for Home
- Wander through a glacial tunnel that glows blue from the refracted sunlight as it winds deep into the mountain
- Visit dairy farms and cheese makers in the Alps for a brief tour of the process and a tasting of the delicious products made on farms and even in a monastery
- Venture deep into a mountain while visting a former secret military bunker meant to protect the government and army in case of foreign invaders
- Tour a fascinating chocolate factory to learn about the process of making famous Swiss chocolate before sampling the scrumptious treat
- Take a unique ride on a funicular to a mountaintop edging 10,000 feet above sea level for an unforgettable view of the Matterhorn
- Witness three castles from the Middle Ages in the small town of Bellinzona
- Enjoy a cruise along Lake Geneva to explore a small chateau memorialized in a narrative poem by Lord Byron
- Immerse yourself in the sprawling history of Switzerland and the theories of Albert Einstein at the Einstein Museum and Historical Museum of Bern
Switzerland is the land of chocolate and cuckoo clocks, cheese and mountaintops. Your 12-day tour will bring you on an exceptional exploration to find the truth behind their international image. Visit chocolate factories and taste the cheese as you meander along the trails that lead to the hidden vistas and paths. Enter glacial tunnels that glow with sunlight, and then follow the former Roman roads to embrace the combination of natural beauty and rich heritage. Your discovery begins with your arrival at Zurich Airport, and your private transfer will escort you to Lucerne where you will settle into your luxurious hotel situated near the lake. Enjoy an introductory walking tour of the city to gain your bearings.
The next day, your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and to lead you on a fabulous tour of the city, to take in the pedestrian bridges and monuments along the Glacier Garden. Move on to travel up the Alps to visit the Fortress Furlgen before you make your way to the village of Engelberg. Tour the Benedictine monastery for a unique view of the structure’s history, as well as the contemporary cheese factory located inside the old walls. Continue the next day as you go into the mountaintops by trail or by gondola, whichever you prefer. Follow the paths around the foothills and into the summits for great views of Mt. Titlis, or ride the rotation gondola to the station at nearly 10,000 feet above sea level.
Watch the landscape change from the plains of the high altitude to palm trees when you travel to the lakeside town of Lugano. En route to the Lakeshore, visit various villages, including Bellinzona, home to three remarkable castles from the middle ages. The next day is yours to enjoy the beauty of Lugano and its lake at your leisure; take a scenic train ride or stroll through the heart of the historic city center as it is radiant with Italian architecture. The following day, make your way to the village of Zermatt to take a luxurious ride to the high plateau with a view of the Matterhorn.
Venture along the trails or delight in a steep train journey to a summit-top station for an unadulterated view of the Matterhorn that crowns the mountains. Continue with a gondola ride from Lauterbrunnen Valley to the gorgeous village of Murren, located atop a cliff. Visit local farms and take in the breathtaking vistas with a hike around the Berner Oberland region. Venture next to Lake Geneva with a stop in the medieval town of Gruyeres, famous for its chocolate and cheese.
Once in the city of Lausanne, discover the quiet charms and elaborate architecture of the antique streets. Your guide will lead you on an engaging tour of Lausanne and the islands along Lake Geneva that are filled with castles, vineyards, and scenic mountains. Travel next along the Roman route for a glance at ancient history as you visit the Roman ruins at Avenches and the medieval architecture of Murten. Once in Bern, traverse the streets of Switzerland’s capital city for an immersive experience in the culture’s past and present. Your private transfer will meet you at the hotel to escort you to the Zurich airport for your flight home.
$4,795 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.
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