Situated in the heart of Europe lies beautiful Switzerland, a country of fascinating contrasts. Switzerland is also home to Gray Line Zurich, your host on a memorable tour of this remarkable little country. With more than 60 years of experience, we know better than any other what you would like to see. Switzerland is easily reached by air to the international gateways at Zurich and Geneva, or by rail from any major city in Europe. Our Quality escorted tours of Switzerland are thoughtfully designed to show you as much of Switzerland’s diverse regions as possible, yet at a leisurely pace. We have selected not only the most scenic routes and destinations such as Lucerne, Interlaken, Geneva, Zermatt, Berne, St. Moritz and Lugano, which are characteristic of Switzerland’s diversity, but we have also included highlights like a trip in the world’s first ever revolving cable car at Mt. Titlis, offering 360° panoramic views into the Swiss Alps. We're excited to show you the beauty of Switzerland!
Day 1 (Monday): LUCERNE - MT. TITLIS – INTERLAKEN
We leave Lucerne at 11.30 a.m. A short drive takes us to the mountain resort of Engelberg. A cable car ride to the summit of Mount Titlis brings you up into the high alpine region with its glaciers and eternal ice enjoy a magnificent ride in the world's innovative revolving 'ROTAIR' gondola. (Take a warm sweater along). In the afternoon we cross Brunig Pass to the Bernese Oberland and reach the village Brienz, which is famous for their beautiful wood carve. We continue to the holiday resort of Interlaken at the foot of Jungfrau mountain. Overnight at first class hotel - dinner is on your own.
Day 2 (Tuesday): INTERLAKEN - BERNE - GRUYÈRES - GENEVA
We leave Interlaken in the morning and drive along beautiful Lake of Thun to the Swiss capital, Berne. The city is attractively set on a steep-sided curve of the River Aare and backed by the majestic Alps. A city tour to the Old Town includes the Clock Tower, Kramgasse, and the 15th-century Cathedral of St. Vincent. A drive south takes us to the scenic dairy farmlands, to Gruyeres. A beautiful hilltop town, preserved against time, which could be the magical setting for fairytales with its impressive, medieval Castle. An informative visit to a factory of delicious milk product is a further highlight of our day. We continue our drive to the Vaud Riviera and reach Geneva, the most cosmopolitan city of Switzerland. Overnight at superior tourist class hotel – dinner is on your own.
Day 3 (Wednesday): GENEVA - MONTREUX - ZERMATT
We start with a city tour of Geneva this morning. We will show you the beautiful parks along the lake, the old town with its cathedral, the unique town-hall and the European seat of the United Nations. In the late morning, we leave Geneva and drive to Lausanne and Montreux. We pass by Chillon Castle, the 13th-century fortress made famous by Lord Byron's poem. Time for lunch in Montreux. In the afternoon we proceed through the Valais, the valley of the river Rhone with its orchards and vineyards. At Täsch we will board a cogwheel train that takes us to the mountain resort of Zermatt at the foot of the mighty Matterhorn. Dinner and overnight at first class hotel.
Day 4 (Thursday): ZERMATT - NUFENEN PASS - LUGANO
Morning at leisure in Zermatt - admire the quaint old farm houses and barns in their unique style, do some shopping, relax or take an optional cogwheel train up to Gornergrat for a spectacular view of the surrounding snow-covered peaks. In the afternoon, we will board the train to Täsch where our bus is waiting to take us over the breathtaking Nufenen Pass into the Italian speaking part of Switzerland, to the garden city of Lugano. Overnight at first class hotel – dinner is on your own.
Day 5 (Friday): LUGANO - LAKE COMO - MALOJA PASS - ST. MORITZ
We leave Lugano and drive along the scenic road to Gandria where we cross the border into Italy. Along the romantic shores of Lake Como via Menaggio to Chiavenna in the lovely Breggaglia Valley. In Castasegna we re-enter to Switzerland and start our ascent along the thirteen hairpin bends over the Maloja Pass. Passing by crystal blue Lake Sils and Silvaplana we reach the world-renowned alpine resort of St. Moritz. Dinner and overnight at first class hotel. (St. Moritz - Hotel Steffani or similar)
Day 6 (Saturday): ST. MORITZ - CHUR - VADUZ - ZURICH
We leave St. Moritz in the morning and cross the Julier Pass to reach Chur, the oldest town in Switzerland which has a settlement history of over 5000 years. Our next stop will be Vaduz - the capital of Principality of Liechtenstein. You will have time for sightseeing and maybe you wish to get your passport stamped as a memory. This tiny country with the mighty castle, which is the home of the present Prince and his family, attracts visitors from all over the world. In the afternoon we will return to Zurich through the Toggenburg region with its picturesque farmhouses. Arrival in Zurich at approx. 5:00pm.