About This Trip
See the best of Switzerland on this 8-day tour. Starting in Zurich and ending in Geneva, you will have opportunities to explore the country's old castles, churches, and monuments, plus natural waterfalls and traditional local life. Looking for some leisure time? Enjoy yourself in Bernese Oberland where mighty, snow-capped mountains tumble down into lush, green valleys, and Montreux, a traditional resort town on Lake Geneva, nestled between steep hills and known for its mild microclimate.
- 1 - 2ZurichZurich City Tour, Stein am Rhein Medieval Town, Rhine Falls
- 3Zurich - Bernese OberlandInterlaken City Tour
- 4Bernese OberlandFree at Leisure
- 5Bernese Oberland - MontreuxOld City of Berne, Gruyères Castle
- 6MontreuxFree at Leisure
- 7Montreux - GenevaChillon Castle, Geneva City Tour
Day 1: Arrival in Zurich, Switzerland
Upon your arrival, an airport transfer will take you to your hotel for check-in. After a short break, you will enjoy a 2-hour city tour through Zurich with your tour guide at the side.
Zurich, the largest city in Switzerland, has been a thriving commercial center since the early Middle Ages. Its old town is perfect for strolling, with historic alleys, medieval churches, quiet gardens, and famous streets packed with various characteristic shops. Follow your tour guide to experience the true Zurich atmosphere.
Day 2: Zurich, Excursion to Stein am Rhein and Rhine Falls
Take an excursion to Stein am Rhein and the Rhine Falls this morning.
Stein am Rhein is a small walled medieval town. Walking into her clock tower gate, wandering the ancient streets, and admiring the exquisite frescoes on the house facades along the way, you will feel you have entered a fairy tale world. The clusters of brightly colored flowers on someone's balconies or at the street corners, also, add a lot of charm to this tiny town.
The Rhine Falls, the largest plain waterfall in Europe and a demo of the magical power of nature, offers good opportunities for photography.
The afternoon is free at leisure. Exploring Zurich on your own or taking an optional excursion to the country of Liechtenstein is up to you.
Day 3: Zurich - Region of Bernese Oberland
After breakfast in the hotel, proceed to Interlaken and take in the beauty of this captivating town through a 2-hour walking tour. Stroll around the center lined with plenty of souvenir shops along the way to get a glimpse of the locals' daily life while admiring breathtaking views.
The afternoon is yours to explore further on your own. Or, you may want to take an optional excursion to Harder Kulm for wonderful views of the town and lakes.
- Bernese Oberland
Day 4: Region of Bernese Oberland, Free at Leisure
This is a day free for you to explore this region according to your interests. Thanks to its very diversified landscape with lakes, snow-capped mountains, little mountain villages, cogwheel trains, hiking trails, and much more, this region is very popular and attractive to tourists. You can join one of our optional excursions, such as a scenic trip to Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe, or a leisure boat ride on Lake Brienz combined with a visit to the Reichenbach Falls.
- Bernese Oberland
Day 5: Region of Bernese Oberland - Gruyères - Montreux
This morning, leave your hotel for a scenic drive from Thun to Bern, the capital of Switzerland. During the 2-hour guided tour of its UNESCO-listed historic old town, you may be surprised by an elaborate medieval clock tower with moving puppets, an impressive 15th-century Gothic cathedral, a long shopping promenade shaded by 6 kilometers of arcades, or a gorgeous sculpture in a fountain.
Afterward, head to the picturesque village of Gruyères, home of the famous Swiss Gruyère cheese. Here you will have the chance to visit Gruyères Castle (entrance fee payable on the spot). Before heading to Montreux for the night, you can also take an optional tour to visit the chocolate factory "Maison Callier" in Broc.
Day 6: Montreux, Free at Leisure
Nestled between steep hills and the lakeside, Montreux is known as a traditional resort town on Lake Geneva. So, the best way to experience this area is to explore it on your own.
As it is located on the border between Switzerland and France, it is also a good place to travel to France on a day tour. We can arrange the optional 8-hour France tour visiting Annecy and Yvoire in summer and Annecy and Chamonix in winter.
Day 7: Montreux - Geneva
After breakfast in the hotel, you will first visit the Chillon Castle on Lake Geneva near the town of Montreux. As one of the most visited attractions in Switzerland, the water castle is widely regarded as one of the best-preserved medieval castles in Europe.
Later on, driving along the majestic Swiss Riviera and passing by the terraced vineyards of Lavaux, you will reach Geneva. Here you will spend 2 hours exploring this global city with your tour guide.
Day 8: Departure from Geneva, Switzerland
Time to say goodbye to this beautiful country. An airport transfer will take you to Geneva airport for your departure flight.
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