Switzerland – from north to south, between Rhine and Adda
Guided tour, 8 days, not including transportation to Switzerland. Code 0886
Zürich – Rheinfall – Luzern – Engelberg – Titlis – Grimsel Pass – Zermatt – Nufenen Pass – Bellinzona – Lugano – Chur – Tirano – Bernina Pass – St. Moritz – Zürich
Panoramic train ride on the Bernina Express
The steepest funicular railway in Europe
The largest waterfall in Europe
The highest suspension bridge in Europe
The most beautiful mountain in Switzerland – Matterhorn
Alpine cheese factory visit
Ride along Alpine serpentines
Small and friendly groups
Itinerary (in short)
Arrival in Zurich airport and transfer to a hotel in Zurich.
Free time in Zurich city center (old town, lake, shopping).
Accommodation in Zurich.
(the first tour day with our tour guide)
Zurich — Swiss National Museum — local guide.
The Rhine Falls — 2 boat rides.
Accommodation in Lucerne area.
Lucerne — old town — local guide.
Titlis — 3238 m — cable car, Titlis Cliff Walk suspension bridge, ice cave and snow experience.
Accommodation in Lake Brienz area.
Grimsel Pass (2165 m) — Gelmerbahn (funicular)
Gelmer Lake — walk around the lake 2h, normal condition.
Small Alpine cheese factory.
Accommodation in Upper Valais area.
Zermatt — Gornergrat (rack railway) — Matterhorn
Free time in Zermatt.
Accommodation in Upper Valais area.
Nufenen Pass (2,478 m) — the second highest road mountain pass in Switzerland
Castelgrande — the largest castle in Belinzona (UNESCO World Heritage List)
Lugano — San Salvatore, funicular, viewing point (Lugano, Italy, Campione di Italia)
Lugano Lake Promenade.
Accommodation in Chur.
Bernina Express (train; UNESCO World Heritage List) — from Chur to Tirano in Italy.
Transfer to the Valley of Upper Engadin, St. Moritz area, Switzerland.
Muottas Muragl — viewing point, funicular, restaurant.
Accommodation in St. Moritz area.
Transfer to Zurich or Zurich airport. Arrival ca. 12:00 (noon).
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.
Availability: June July August September
Price: CHF 2350 per person
Groups: 5–7 people (1 car — van) / 8–14 people (2 cars — vans)
Minimum number of participants: 5 people
– 7 nights in double rooms, selected 3‑stars hotels and classified private rooms in B&B accommodation facilities
– 7 breakfasts
– all sightseeing, entrance and transportation costs during the tour (trains, museums, local guides etc.)
– transportation in an air-conditioned 8‑passenger minibus (van)
– Zurich airport car transfers
– driver-tour leader care
The price does not include:
– costs of transportation to Switzerland
– food expenses except breakfasts. A lunch/dinner in a self-service restaurant costs around CHF 15–25, in other restaurants CHF 20–45
– insurance against medical costs, personal injury, civil liability and for luggage
Means of transport: minibus (van) VW Caravelle long version (or similar), 7 passengers + driver, space for luggage for all passengers, free water, free access to the internet.
Remarks: The itinerary is subject to changes due to reasons that are beyond the control of the tour operator (weather conditions, stoppage in the operation of mountain railways etc.)
1 piece of luggage (suitcase/backpack/bag) with the maximum weight of 18kg + one small hand/carry-on luggage (small backpack, purse) of up to 2kg is allowed per one tour participant.
Useful information: Bearing in mind trips to high mountainous terrain and changeable weather we advise you to take warm clothes, especially light, thermoactive clothing, headgear, gloves, waterproof and windproof jacket and comfortable trekking/mountains boots. Both hikes are suitable for people of normal fitness and for children.
Bookings: info @ swisstrips.net / Contact
Exclusively small groups — families with children, groups of friends. Prices from 1560 CHF. All tours start in Zurich. We do not sell flight tickets and we do not organise visas.
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