Explore Switzerland

Quality not quantity

mostly off the beaten tourist paths



Guided tour
9 days, 8 nights, hotels 4**** - all inc­lusi­ve!
All 4 language regions of Switzerland (D, F, I, RR) small groups, min. 4, maximum 15 participants
  • 3 days with public transport
  • 6 days chauffeur driven minibus
  • 4 UNESCO World Culture Heritage
    • Abbey Library St. Gall
    • Old Town of Berne
    • Albula Bernina Railways
    • Castles Bellinzona
  • 2 Hands on experience
    • Cheese
    • Chocolate
  • 5 privately guided tours
    • Zurich city sightseeing
    • St. Gall Abbey Library (UNESCO)
    • Berne city sightseeing (UNESCO)
    • Gruyere castle and city
    • Bellinzona 1 of 3 castles (UNESCO)


2023 Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec CHF
Start - - - Sat 22nd Sat 27th Sat 24th Sat 22nd Sat 26th Sat 23rd Sat 28th - - Start
End - - - Sun 30th Sun Jun 04th Sun Jul 2nd Sun 30th Sun Sep 3rd Sun Oct 1st Sun Nov 5th - - End
1 pax,double - - - 6'280.00 6'280.00 6'280.00 6'480.00 6'480.00 6'280.00 6'280.00 - - paid separately
2 pax/double - - - 12'360.00 12'360.00 12'360.00 12'560.00 12'560.00 12'360.00 12'360.00 - - paid together
1 pax/single - - - 7'130.00 7'130.00 7'130.00 7'330.00 7'330.00 7'130.00 7'130.00 - -  


Extra nights for early arrival / late departure at the same hotel incl. 24 hrs public transport: CHF 255.00 / B&B double room / double occupancy / per 2 person & night


All tours offered by the Switzerland Travel Shop are conducted by Travelwell, our Destination Management Company, founded in 1974.


                                 

Start / End in Zurich
ZRH Airport or

Central Railway Station


   
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Fahrgastschiff auf Zürichsee
Lake Zurich
Zug kommt aus Gotthard Base Tunnel entgegen gefahren
Gotthard Base Tunnel
Stadtansicht Bellinzona mit Burg und Bergen im Hintergrund
Bellinzona

Extra nights: For early arrival - before start of trip - you may book additional overnights at the same hotel - including public transport in the Zurich area – through Travelwell

1) Welcome to Switzerland Overnight: Zurich (I) incl. D + B&B
Saturday
Your tour will start at 12:00 pm!
AM: Arrival in Switzerland / Zurich (Airport or Main Station) - Transfer to the hotel. Please ensure, that your scheduled arrival time at Zurich is before 11:00 am - our program starts at     12:00 pm (you may arrive a day earlier and book an extra night at the same hotel).
PM: City sightseeing in downtown Zurich - privately guided - Welcome Dinner Cruise on the Lake Zurich

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2) Eastern part of Switzerland
 Overnight: Zurich (I) incl. L + D + B&B Sunday

The first real mountain peak on this trip, is the mount "Hoher Kasten". Lunch is served at the revolving restaurant with views of 4 of the 5 countries surrounding Switzerland 
(FL, AT, DE, FR)! St. Gall, with the Abbey Library, an UNESCO World Culture Heritage, is awaiting the group in the afternoon. A local, very experienced guide will introduce us to exciting history: of the town itself, the monastery and the Abbey Library.

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3) Hands On Experience # 1

Overnight: Bernese Oberland (II)

incl. L + D + B&B Monday

On the way to the "Bernese Oberland" we will stop at a cheese factory and you will get introduced to the secrets of cheese making.

After Lunch, we will visit Berne, our second UNESCO World Heritage on this tour. A local guide will show you around the town, and as a special event, you will be able to visit the world famous Clock Tower - not only from outside - but also see the inside with its medieval clockwork!

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Hoher Kasten
Hoher Kasten
Innenansicht historische Bibliothek Abbey Library St. Gallen
Abbey Library St. Gallen
Viaduct Eisenbahnbrücke hoch über Tal in den Bergen mit Wald
Wiesner Viaduct

4) Hands On Experience # 2

Overnight: Bernese Oberland (II)

incl. L + D + B&B Tuesday
Today's program includes a trip to french-speaking Switzerland and the history of chocolate. The picturesque town of Gruyere and the venerable castle will round out the day. For the chocolate is a "Hands-on Experience" on the schedule in the afternoon.

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5) Transfer to the Engadin

Overnight: St. Moritz (III)

incl. L + D + B&B Wednesday
Depending on the season and snow / road conditions, we drive this transfer over the Oberalp Pass or through Central Switzerland. In order not to sit all day in the minibus, we will visit a museum around noon 
(Sargans or Grimsel).

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6) A day in the Engadin


Overnight: St. Moritz (III)

incl. L + D + B&B Thursday

The horse-drawn omnibus takes us to the Roseg valley, where we can survey the glacier. 
Who would like - and is sporty 
(enough) - can also take the bike as an alternative - or even walk one or both ways. After lunch, we will climb further up, we take the funicular up to the Muottas Muragl. There is probably no better view of the Upper Engadin.

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7) Transfer to Zurich

Overnight: Zurich (IV)

incl. L + D + B&B Friday

On the way to Zurich, we will have the possibility to visit the museum of the Albula - Bernina line - the 3rd UNESCO World Cultural Heritage.

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Horse carriage, Val Roseg
Horse carriage, Val Roseg
Oberalp pass - source of the Rhine
Oberalp pass - source of the Rhine
Hands On Experience Chocolate making
Hands-on Experience

8) Italian part of Switzerland  Overnight: Zurich (IV) incl. L + D + B&B Saturday

We will travel with the "Treno Gottardo" via the old, very beautiful route, through the Gotthard Summit Tunnel.

In Bellinzona a local guide will explain / show us the site of one of the three castles, the last UNESCO World Heritage Site on this trip.

Back to the northern side of the alps, we travel by train through the longest railroad tunnel in the world 
(57 km / 35.5 miles long), the Gotthard Base Tunnel.

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9) Rhine falls

End of tour — travel onward or home

Sunday

With those guests who leave not before 15:00 pm from Zurich, we will visit the Rhine falls, the largest waterfall in Europe, in the morning.


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Extra nights: For late departures - after end of trip - you may book additional overnights at the same hotel - including public transport in the Zurich area - through Travelwell

Street view Berne, Old Town
Berne, Old Town


Demo Swiss Cheese making with people standing around
Swiss Cheese making


Rhine falls Schaffhausen
Rhine falls Schaffhausen