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Sometimes the best moments come from simple pleasures, like relaxing with a glass of indulgent wine and an accompanying tasty cheese. It comes as no surprise that Switzerland is a country that makes many delicacies, including wines, cheeses, and chocolates. For all lovers of Wine and Cheese, AlpExcursion.com 8-day tour will take you on a journey of discovery through the main cities of Switzerland, giving you a sensational experience and leaving behind unforgettable memories. If you're ready, let’s get going!
Zuri by Fassbind, The Hey Hotel, Tralala Hotel (or similar).
Upon arrival at Zurich Airport, you will be greeted by your local driver to take you to your comfortable hotel to rest after your flight. You will enjoy your ride to the hotel in a business-grade car or a minivan ready to check-in for a little rest and relaxation. Once you’re refreshed and ready to go, you will have the opportunity to discover Zurich city independently and enjoy some of the amazing things to do in Zurich, all detailed in our guide brochure.
The second day starts with a tasty breakfast before you meet your local, friendly guide at 09:00 in the lobby. From there, we will head to explore Zurich city during a 2-hour walking tour while listening to historical facts and admiring the main sights of the Old Town, Grossmunster church, Bahnhofstrasse, Paradeplatz, Fraumuenster church, and the Limmatquai.
We will say farewell to the guide in the center of Zurich to have a meal in a local restaurant. After lunch, we will take the direction to the Swiss-German border to discover Rhine Fall – the biggest waterfall in Europe: enjoy the freshness of the alpine water and take the most amazing photos! After relishing our trip, we will return to the Zurich hotel to rest and prepare for the next day’s experiences.
The 3rd day of our Swiss tour is dedicated to uncovering the most important and well-preserved parts of Switzerland. Starting from the Swiss Capital of Bern, then taking a trip to the historic town of Gruyères and Montreux.
After breakfast, you will greet the driver-guide in the hotel’s lobby and leave Zurich at 09:00. You will enjoy a straight ride to Bern city, where the local guide will be waiting for you. Get immersed in Bern’s tourist attractions and be prepared to be impressed by the city’s landmarks and hidden treasures during a 2-hour walking tour. You will cover the main sights, including the Holy Ghost Church, a stroll through Spitalgasse street and Barenplatz, and witness the Government Palace and the central masterpiece of Bern – the Clock Tower.
Continuing the tour, you will have lunch and head to Gruyères – a medieval picturesque town – the real homeland for Swiss cheese. Discover the flowery town, admire the charming streets of Gruyères and take a stroll up to the castle, dating back to the 13th century. Here you will have a Gruyère cheese tasting in the local cheese factory and have the opportunity to sample the Swiss fondue.
At the end of the journey, the driver-guide will take you to the hotel in Montreux, on the shore of lake Leman – another natural marvel.
After breakfast, we start with discovering the famous Lavaux region, a natural world heritage since 2007. Winemakers have produced Chasselas wine grapes in Lavaux for 800 years, making the site traditional and totally unique. While discovering the region, a local winemaker will organize a wine tasting where you will have an opportunity to learn about the history of the wine types and try several of them. Afterward, you will be driven to Lausanne to have lunch in a local restaurant. We will finalize our tour in Geneva, the world-renowned destination for watches and jewelry making.
Upon reaching Geneva, the local guide will begin a walking tour in the old city through the narrow ancient streets, picturesque squares, and most elegant cafes and restaurants. At the end of the tour, you will visit the awe-inspiring international district, well known for its impressive UN European headquarters.
After some exciting days of new sights and experiences, a relaxing day is ahead of you. After breakfast, you will leave the hotel to reach the train: the Golden Pass Express. From Montreux to Interlaken, the train passes through Prealps offering magnificent views and scenery. Enjoy your day on the train, discovering the beautiful views of the alpine landscape. Snacks and local drinks will be available during your trip. Arriving at Interlaken train station, your driver will welcome you and take you to the hotel, where you will have the chance to drop your luggage and spend your day strolling around the alpine town, taking in one of the local restaurants. Suggested activities are Harder Kulm and Heimwehfluh – mountain train to the top to enjoy the panoramic view of the Alpine lakes and peaks.
Harder Kulm will transfer you to a quiet Alpine landscape in 8-10 minutes. It is a perspective at 1,321 meters in the Berner Oberland region of Switzerland.
Heimwehfluh Interlaken is a nostalgic funicular experience available in the spring and summer seasons, which transfers you to the romantic lookout tower while enjoying the exclusive views of Interlaken, Thun, and Brienz lakes as well as the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau peaks.
Then get ready for the next day's adventure: reaching the Top of Europe – Jungfrau.
The day begins in magical Grindelwald, just a 30-minute ride from Interlaken. Grindelwald is among the most famous Swiss ski destinations, a charming town at the foot of the Eiger and Wetterhorn mountains. Stroll through this beautiful village while inhaling its fresh air and laid-back atmosphere. Afterward, take the Eiger Express tricable gondola from Grindelwald to the Eiger Glacier station. This will take you to the Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe and the slopes 47 minutes faster than the regular train journey. This panoramic cable car ride and train trip take a combined 33 and 18 minutes, allowing you more time to enjoy the top. Jungfraujoch is the highest railway station in Europe, and UNESCO lists it as a "World Heritage Site."
Upon arrival at the top, you will have the choice of numerous activities, including the Alpine sensation Ice Palace, which includes several sculptures, the Sphinx Observation Deck with spectacular mountain views, a Lindt chocolate shop, several restaurants, and other entertainment opportunities.
While journeying back to the valley, you will take the train passing by the car-free village, Wengen, to reach Lauterbrunnen. Here is another small Swiss village with the finest scenery one can expect to see. Lauterbrunnen offers mountain peaks with 72 breathtaking waterfalls and fresh Alpine meadows.
At the end of the journey, you will return to your hotel in Interlaken for a well-earned rest, ready for your next exciting adventure.
After enjoying the hotel's delicious breakfast, you will meet your driver-guide and leave Interlaken to take the Brünig pass – a mountain scenic route. At the top, you will enjoy the view of Lungern lake and the surrounding Alps, a pure wonder in Central Switzerland.
Reaching Lucerne city, your knowledgeable, local guide will welcome you to the beautiful old city and help you to explore its wonders, including the Chapel Bridge and Jesuit Church, the traditional, middle-age painted buildings, the sparkling Lake Lucerne and Reuss River, and finally, the famous Lion Monument.
Your day will end with a drop-off at the hotel in Zurich.
Optional excursion: Mount Pilatus by taking the Dragon Ride cable car up to the mountain. This trip is a genuine slice of adventure!
It's time to get back to reality. Enjoy your breakfast and get ready for a transfer to Zurich Airport. We hope to see you in Switzerland again to explore more hidden gems and enjoy our fabulous culture and beautiful scenery.
Accommodation in 4-star hotels, incl. breakfast
Airport transfers on the day of arrival and departure
Private transportation services during the whole trip
Wi-Fi on board
English-speaking driver-guide services
Local guide services for a walking tour in Zurich, Bern, Geneva, and Lucerne
Rhine Fall waterfall entry ticket
Harder Kulm funicular tickets in Interlaken
Entry tickets to the cheese and chocolate factories in Gruyères
Golden Pass Express train tickets from Montreux to Interlaken
Wine tasting in Lavaux
Eiger Express tricable gondola tickets
Organization and documentation
Customer support service before and during the travel
City Taxes at the hotels
Lunches and Dinners
Optional excursion: Mount Pilatus
Swiss Cheese & Wine Discovery
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