10 Day Luxury Small Group Zurich to Swiss Alps Tour
Explore remote Alpine valleys and scale mountain slopes by railway on this unforgettable tour of Switzerland. Here you’ll gain an insight into local life and time-honoured traditions, while enjoying some of Europe’s most sublime scenery and peaceful towns and cities.
Our adventure map
Day by day
First Day welcome to Zurich
Arrive into Zurich and enjoy a private transfer to your pre-tour accommodation where the rest of your day is at leisure.
Second Day we tour Stein Am Rhein then Konstanz and dine in Arbon
After setting down in Zurich, we set off to the Schaffhausen region to begin our Alpine adventure in style. It may not come to mind as quickly as Chianti or Bordeaux, but Schaffhausen is fast becoming known for its Pinot Noir grape. Our first stop is Stein am Rhein, where we enjoy a private walking tour through the vineyards, followed by a wine tasting. Later, we follow the Rhine River to Konstanz, a seemingly timeless, medieval university city on Lake Constance. Set off under your own steam to explore the old town, before we all continue on to Arbon for a well-deserved welcome dinner. (B, D)
Hotel: Hotel Seegarten
Third Day we visit the Island of Reichenau then Lindau and back to Arbon
A long, tree-lined boulevard may not be the most usual way to reach an island – but that’s just how we travel to Reichenau, a unique community lapped by the clear waters of Lake Constance. This ambitious construction connected the island to the mainland in the early 19th century, and it’s now a UNESCO World Heritage site. We then step further back in time at Unteruhldingen. This ‘village on stilts’ opens a window into life during the Stone and Bronze ages. Afternoon sees us cruising across the lake to the charming Bavarian town of Lindau before returning to Arbon for an evening at leisure. (B)
Hotel: Hotel Seegarten
Fourth Day we explore Liechtenstein then its onto Chur
Soak up views of soaring, snow-capped peaks and deep, green valleys as we visit Liechtenstein, a historic kingdom tucked away between Switzerland and Austria. We call in at Vaduz to admire its centuries-old castle, still the home of the country’s reigning prince. Then our trail turns towards Chur – Switzerland’s oldest city and our home for the night. Take the rest of the day to explore the cobbled streets and bustling squares of the Old Town at your own pace. (B)
Hotel: Hotel Stern
Fifth Day we sample Lucerne then sail to Weggis
A day of indulgence awaits in Lucerne, where we have an appointment to keep with a local chocolatier. But first, we set the scene with a fascinating walking tour of this enchanting lakeside city, taking in the ornate medieval Chapel Bridge and the Museggmauer city walls. Then it’s time to uncover the secrets of Swiss chocolate making, learning its origins and indulging in a sample or two. Later we swap our mini-coach for a scenic boat ride across Lake Lucerne, setting ashore in Weggis, our base for two nights. (B, D)
Hotel: Hotel Beau Rivage
Sixth Day we climb Mount Rigi then return to Weggis
Today the lake shore shrinks behind us as we climb Mount Rigi aboard the cog railway – Europe’s first ever mountain line. Known locally as the Queen of the Mountains, Rigi’s peak commands a regal position from where we’ll enjoy panoramic views over the Swiss Alps. Then it’s back down to Weggis, where you’ll have the evening to yourself. (B)
Hotel: Hotel Beau Rivage
Seventh Day we drive to Brienz then journey to Wengen
Today we embark on a scenic drive through the Swiss valleys to Brienz, a charming village whose 18th century houses, decorated with wood carvings, add to the lakeside backdrop. Our final destination today is Wengen, after a train journey into the town, enjoy free time to explore the town independently before we meet for a cheese-fondue dinner. (B, D)
Hotel: Hotel Regina
Eighth Day we go up to Jungfraujoch then return to Wengen
Our Swiss adventure wouldn’t be complete without the awe inspiring railway journey to Jungfrau. At 3,454 metres this is Europe’s highest altitude railway station, often referred to as the ‘Top of Europe’. Step down from the platform, and you’re in a fantastical world of ice, snow and sheer rock faces. Visit the impressive Ice Palace and experience soul-stirring views from the Sphinx Observation Terrace, before enjoying an evening at leisure in Wengen. (B)
Hotel: Hotel Regina
Ninth Day its Wengen then Bern and dine in Solothurn
From the mountain tops to underground wonders, our tour takes in an eclectic variety of natural highlights. Today we explore St Beatus Caves, a system of huge caverns and gorges steeped in legend. Then we pay a visit to Switzerland’s peaceful capital, Bern. Soak up the tranquil ambience as we walk the perfectly preserved medieval streets of its UNESCO protected Old Town. Hear tales from the city’s 800-year history as we explore the Gothic Cathedral, Clock Tower and see the 13th century gate. We then make our way to Solothurn, one of Switzerland’s most beautiful Baroque towns, to enjoy a farewell dinner together. (B, D)
Hotel: Hotel Roter Ochsen
Tenth Day we visit Eggiwil then sail to Rhine Falls and back to Zurich
Before we say our goodbyes, we head to Eggiwil for the inside story on a curious Alpine instrument whose call echoed around the valleys: the alphorn. A local artisan shows us how these vast horns are made – and you even have a chance to try coaxing a sound out of one yourself. For a fitting finale, we enjoy an exhilarating boat trip out to the middle of the Rhine Falls, Europe’s largest waterfall. Then it’s back onto dry land for our return to Zurich, where our adventure ends. (B)
- Private transfers to and from the airport
- 9 nights’ accommodation
- Tour leader
- Luxury mini-coach transportation
- European breakfast daily (B)
- 4 x evening meals (D)
- Wine tasting
- Boat cruise to Lindau and Weggis
- Chocolatier in Lucerne
- Cog railway to Mount Rigi
- Train to Jungfraujoch
- Rhine Fallsboat trip
- Included Entrances: Pfahlbaumuseum Unteruhldingen, St Beatus Caves and Alphorn factory.
Uncover hidden gems, such as the island of Reichenau and Chur
Enjoy a private tour of the vineyards in Stein am Rhein
Learn the art of alphorn making in Eggiwil
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