Full description of the tour
Day 1 – Zürich
Arrival in Zürich, Switzerland’s biggest city. We will meet you at the airport and take you to a hotel in the city center of Zürich. Free time to rest after your trip to Switzerland, walk around the old town, to the lake or shopping. This day is without our tour guide.
Day 2 – Zürich, Rheinfall
Our tour begins with a visit to the National Swiss Museum. Located in a stylish palace at the convergence of the Limmat and Sihl rivers, this is the most frequently visited historical museum in the country. Here, we will learn a little about the history and culture of the Swiss and the most important processes that ultimately shaped Switzerland into the country it is today. After our museum visit, we will head out for lunch. Along the way, we will see, among other things, a neo-renaissance railway station. The afternoon will be spent away from the hustle and bustle of the city, at the Rheinfall (Rhine Falls), the largest plain waterfall in Europe, in the canton of Schaffhausen, the most northern region of Switzerland. We will make the most of this beautiful natural spectacle, as a boat will take us across to the rocks in the middle of waterfall, and we will also have the opportunity to visit Laufen castle above us. In the castle museum, we will learn about this region’s economic development throughout history. Accommodation in the area of Luzern.
Day 3 – Luzern, Engelberg, Titlis
On the third day, we will head south to visit central Switzerland. We will go sightseeing in Luzern, a cultural hub in the area, on the shores of its eponymous lake. We will experience the 15th century Kapellbrücke – the oldest, and second longest, roofed wooden bridge in Europe – and visit, among other things, the old town and fortifications. After lunch, we will travel to Engelberg, a town known for winter sports and an impressive Benedictine monastery. A unique gondola lift — Titlis Rotair — that spins on its own axis will take us up to Mount Titlis (3,238 m a.s.l.). Covered with snow all year round and boasting the only glacier in this region, Titlis offers not only breathtaking views, but also the chance to take part in typically winter activities at the height of summer. The Ice Flyer chairlift will take us to an ice theme park where endless fun awaits us as we can go snow riding (snow toys, snowtubing), take a walk through a 150 m long cave inside a glacier (temperature ‑1.5°C / 29.3°F) and feel the thrills of walking on the Titlis Cliff Walk, the highest suspension bridge in Europe. After we return to Engelberg, we will go for dinner. Next, we will head further south for an overnight stay near the Lake Brienz. Along the way, we pass through stunningly idyllic scenery, such as the charming Lake Sarnen, the Lake Lungern and the Brünig Pass.
Day 4 – Grimsel Pass
Our journey takes us further south. From the Bernese Oberland, we will travel through the Grimsel Pass (2,164 m a.s.l.) to the canton of Valais. The Grimsel Pass is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful passes in Switzerland. Water dams, shimmering lakes surrounded by mountains, glaciers, a hydro power station and a some excellent tourist attractions make this place a definite must-see on any travel itinerary! As we journey across to the pass, we will visit a small Alpine cheese factory where we will have a chance to taste local specialities and, if we are lucky, we might also get to see the cheese making process in action. From here, we will go through 70 metre long suspension bridge to the Gelmerbahn railway station. The Gelmerbahn is the steepest funicular railway in Europe, with a gradient of up to 106%. Then, we will go up to the Gelmersee dam. Our route to the pass will takes us past two more dams and the marvellous Lake Grimsel. We enjoy a meal on the pass and then have the opportunity to visit a marmot park. In the afternoon, we will arrive at our accommodation in the area of Täsch (the canton of Valais).
Day 5 – Zermatt
We travel by train to Zermatt (ca. 15 minutes), a town that is car free. A rack railway will take us up to Gornergrat (3,089 m a.s.l.), where you can admire the panoramic views of the Matterhorn (4,475 m a.s.l.), considered to be Switzerland’s most beautiful summit, and the Gorner Glacier. This fabulous place is the perfect setting for a restaurant meal. From Gornergrat, a lift will take us down to Rotenboden (2,819 m a.s.l.), from where we will take a walk to the Riffelsee lake. The reflection of the Matterhorn on the surface of the water truly is a wonder to behold. The fifth day of our journey will end with a leisurely stroll through Zermatt.
Day 6 – Nufenen Pass, Bellinzona, Lugano
After a breakfast including an excellent selection of cheeses and dried meats from the Valais canton, we will head towards Bellinzona, a capital city of the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino. Our way will lead along a picturesque Nufenen Pass (2,478 m / 8,129 ft high), the second highest road mountain pass in Switzerland, open for car traffic only in Summer. In Bellinzona we will visit the largest of three castles towering over the city – Castelgrande, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. We will spend the afternoon in Lugano, Ticino’s biggest city. Walking through the city park and the beautiful promenade on the banks of the lake, we will have the chance to marvel at the local landscape – this setting is the perfect photo opportunity! A funicular railway will, then, take us up to Mount San Salvatore (912 m a.s.l.), to a viewing point which boasts magnificent views of the Lugano area, neighbouring Italy and Campione d’Italia, an Italian exclave within Swiss territory. There is a restaurant, a museum and a chapel on the top of the mountain. After leaving Ticino, we will stay overnight in the canton of Grisons, in eastern Switzerland.
Day 7 – Chur, Bernina Express, Tirano, St. Moritz
After breakfast, we will leave for Chur, the regional capital of the canton of Grisons and the oldest city in Switzerland. Here, we will step on to the Bernina Express, a famous panoramic train, and embark on a four-hour journey. This stretch of the Rhaetian Railway connects Chur and the Italian town of Tirano, on the banks of the river Adda. The route is considered to be one of the most spectacular in Switzerland. It is listed on UNESCO World Heritage List which testifies to its value. During the train ride, we will pass through areas with varying altitudes, from 2,253 m above sea level on the Bernina Pass to 429 m above sea level in Tirano. Along the way, not only will we see the breathtaking landscapes that exemplify the Swiss Alps in the best way, but it will also become clear that the bridges, tunnels and viaducts we will see along the way really do show off Swiss engineering at its finest! It will be time for lunch when we get to Tirano, following which we will travel back to Switzerland, via the Bernina Pass. We ride by a funicular to Muottas Muragl 2,454 m above sea level, where there is a viewing terrace providing the views of both Piz Bernina – the highest summit in the canton of Grisons (4,047 m a.s.l.) – and the beautiful valley of Upper Engadine . The perfect place for a dinner. Next there will be time for a leisurely stroll along the banks of one of the lakes in the valley.
After breakfast, we will head back to Zürich / Zürich airport. Then will come our goodbyes to our tour participants.