Explore Switzerland

Quality not quantity

mostly off the beaten tourist paths


Guided tour
9 days, 8 nights, hotels 3* or 4* - all inc­lusi­ve!
All 4 language regions of Switzerland (D, F, I, RR) small groups, min. 6, maximum 12 participants
  • 3 days with public transport
  • 6 days chauffeur driven minibus
  • 4 UNESCO World Culture Heritage
    • Castles Bellinzona
    • Abbey Library St. Gall
    • Albula Bernina Railways
    • Old Town of Berne
  • 2 Hands on experience
    • Chocolate
    • Cheese
  • 5 privately guided tours
    • Zurich city sightseeing
    • Bellinzona 1 of 3 castles (UNESCO)
    • St. Gall Abbey Library (UNESCO)
    • Gruyere castle
    • Berne city sightseeing (UNESCO)


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


2022 Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 2022
Start - - - - Sat 14th - Sat 09th Sat 13th - Sat 08th - - Start
End - - - - Sun 22nd - Sun 17th Sun 21st - Sun 16th - - End
2 pax/double - - - - 11'160.00 - 11'160.00 11'160.00 - 11'160.00 - - All Costs in CHF
1 pax/single - - - - 6'080.00 - 6'080.00 6'080.00 - 6'080.00 - -

 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


Start / End in Zurich
ZRH Airport or

Central Railway Station



Lake Zurich

Gotthard Base Tunnel

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) Saturday
City sightseeing in downtown Zürich - privately guided - Welcome Dinner Cruise on the Lake Zurich
2) Italian part of Switzerland  Overnight: Zurich (I) Sunday
We travel by train through the longest railroad tunnel in the world 
(57 km / 35.5 miles long), the Gotthard Base Tunnel. In Bellinzona a local guide will explain / show us the site of one of the three castles, the first UNESCO World Heritage Site on this trip. Back to the northern side of the alps we will travel with the "Treno Gottardo" via the old, very beautiful route, through the Gotthard Summit Tunnel, directly to Zurich.
3) Eastern part of Switzerland
 Overnight: Zurich (I) Monday

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, IT)! 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.

Hoher Kasten

Abbey Library St. Gall

Wiesner Viaduct


4) Transfer to St. Moritz, Engadin

Overnight: Engadin (II)

Tuesday
On the way to the Engadin we have the opportunity to make a beautiful, easy mountain hike in the Landwasser valley. In Davos Wiesen Station - in the middle of the hike - lunch awaits us. In the afternoon, we will have the possibility to visit the museum of the Albula - Bernina line - the 3rd UNESCO world cultural heritage.

5) The second day in Engadin


Overnight: Engadin (II)

Wednesday

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.

6) Transfer to the Bernese Oberland


Overnight: Gwatt, Thun (III)

Thursday
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).

Horse carriage, Val Roseg

Oberalp pass - source of the Rhine

Hands On Experience


7) Hands On Experience # 1

Overnight: Gwatt, Thun (III)

Friday
Today's program includes a trip to french-speaking Switzerland and the history of chocolate. For the chocolate is a "Hands On Experience" on the schedule. The picturesque town of Gruyere and the venerable castle will round out the day. There is a special surprise for dinner.

8) Hands On Experience # 2

Overnight: Zurich (I)

Saturday

On the way back to Zurich, we will stop in Berne, our last 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!
After Lunch, you will get introduced to the secrets of cheese making.

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.


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

Berne, Old Town

Cheese making

Rhine falls