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9 days: 1 day travel - 7 days in Switzerland - 1 day travel

Switzerland has, besides the mountains, a lot to be seen in the cities. Explore up to 10 fascinating towns in the german-, french-, italien- and romantsch speaking areas. The charming cities are full of history, some of them date back to the Roman times. This is a perfect way to explore Switzerland, even if you do not want to crest high up into the alps.
With its four language parts, Switzerland includes on a small surface of only 41,285 km2 / 15,940 sq mi four old, major culture of Europe!
No other country in Europe offers you on such a small area so many different and interesting things of all kind to be visited and enjoyed!


Daily schedule
1 Meet & assist at ZRH A/P - Transfer ZRH A/P -> Hotel
Time to get over the jetleg and / or to start to explore Zurich
2 1st day exursion Berne or choos any exursion from the list below (A-G / I, II)
3 2nd day exursion Estern Part or choos any exursion from the list below (A-G / I, II)
4 3rd day exursion French Part or choos any exursion from the list below (A-G / I, II)
5 4th day exursion Jura or choos any exursion from the list below (A-G / I, II)
6 5th day exursion Italien Part or choos any exursion from the list below (A-G / I, II)
7 6th day exursion Romanisch or choos any exursion from the list below (A-G / I, II)
8 7th day exursion Zurich or choos any exursion from the list below (A-G / I, II)
9 Transfer to the A/P - DEP hotel 2:45 hrs before flight departure!


Highlights   Cities to be visited

UNESCO World Heritage


German part

French part
• Bellinzona Castles   • Basel Geneva
• Bergün Railways   • Berne capital city • Lausanne
• Berne Old town   • Schaffhausen • La Chaux-de-Fonds
• La Chaux-de-Fonds Watchmaking   • St. Gallen • Le Locle
• Lavaux Vineyards   • Zurich all overnights  
• St. Gallen Abbey District      
Hands On Experiance   Italien part Romanisch part
• Self made Swiss chocolate   • Bellinzona
• Locarno
• Lugano
• Bergün
• Chur
Entry-fees for over 500 museums - all over Switzerland - is included!


Program dates / booking codes
Code TWL - SC - 2019

Please let us know about:

  • start and end date in Zurich
  • how you travel to Switzerland / Zurich
from Jan 01 2019
till Dez 31 2019


Extras / Specials

Even this is a "City Program", we offer you 3 excursions into the Swiss Mountains / Swiss Alps. Please be aware of the elevations!

 NO extra charges 
1,798 m / 5,897 ft
1,898 m / 6,227 ft
2,970 m / 9,740 ft


Trans­port incl.

Transfer on arrival and departure from airport to hotel and v.v.

All needed transfers for the excurisons as described in the program


Costs per person in CHF  


Our rates are based on current costs. We reserve the right to change the price on published offers due to change of currencies exchange rates or other reasons without prior notice.

Costs incl. 8 x B&B in chosen hotel class, all needed transfers and described excursions, entry fees to museums, documentation, meet and assist at ZRH A/P up on arrival, city tax and VAT.

Standard Hotel
double room, double occupancy 17 m² + B&B 2'320.00
single room (or double room, single use) 15 m² + B&B 2'880.00
Extra night Zurich
incl.  B&B, City tax and VAT
double room, double occupancy from 195.00
single room (or double room, single use) from 157.00
Day card (24 hrs) all public transport and entry fee for 40 museums  27.00


Superior Hotel
double room, double occupancy 28 m² + B&B 2'905.00
single room (or double room, single use) 20 m² + B&B 3'785.00
Extra night Zurich
incl.  B&B, City tax and VAT
double room, double occupancy  B&B 305.00
single room (or double room, single use)  B&B 210.00
Day card (24 hrs) all public transport and entry fee for 40 museums  27.00


Possible upgrade on trains

On most trains you will be riding (long distance) you may travel 1 class. This is less crowded and you have more space (mostly 3 instead of 4 seats abreast).

In order to upgrade ALL possible legs: add CHF 245.00

Mountain trains and all city transportations do not offer 1st class services!


Included are all (8x) breakfasts - all the rest of the meals you cater yourself.


Produce some Swiss Chocolate yourself - at Frey in Buchs (AG)


City Sightseeing
Basel - Berne - Chur - Geneva - Lausanne - Locarno - Lucerne - Lugano - Schaffhausen - St.Gallen - Zurich
We will supplay you with a map and a APP with a tour for each city. It is also possible to book guided tours in most of the cities. If you like to take advantage of this, please contact our headoffice!


Minimum / Maximum size of groupe

Minimum size of group: 1

maximum size of group: 9



Not included

• all lunches and all dinners
• trip from home to Zurich, Switzerland - v.v.
• all personal expenses

• travel insurance

• cost of visa (Schengen area)


Alternative day excursions (at extra cost!)
May be booked for any day - on the spot in Zurich


Extra I - May till September, daily, rest of year 2-3 weekly

CHF 244.00 per adulte pax / CHF 122.00 kids, 6-15

Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe german speaking part

8.30 AM from Zurich-Sihlquai (bus terminal)
The majestic world of the Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe at 3'454 m /11'333 ft. You reach Lauterbrunnen by coach, where you board the cogwheel train for the most interesting trip  to Jungfraujoch - Europe's highest railway station. Enjoy the incredible world of eternal snow and ice. Visit the „Alpine Sensation“ a round-tour subway officially opened to mark the centenary of Jungfrau Railway, the Ice Palace, experience the breathtaking panorama view from the Sphinx Observation Terrace, overlooking the Aletsch Glacier (Europe’s longest glacier). The down hill trip takes you to Grindelwald where your coach awaits you. Arrival in Zurich at approx. 8 pm.


Extra II - daily, all the year round (except November 4 - 15, 2019)

CHF 159.00 per adulte pax / CHF 79.50 kids, 6-15

Mount Titlis - Glacier Paradise german speaking part

10:00 AM from Zurich-Sihlquai (bus terminal)
An excursion to the highest vantage point in Central Switzerland. In Engelberg we board the aerial cableway for a 40 minute trip to the high alpine glacier region. Enjoy a ride in the revolving „ROTAIR” gondola that takes you up to the summit at 3020 m (10’000 ft) overlooking the Swiss Alps. Snow and ice are guaranteed. During 2 hour stay on the mountain visit the Ice Grotto and if the weather allows ride the „Ice Flyer” the modern chairlift offering spectacular views into glacier crevasses and ice falls, walk over Europe’s highest suspension bridge „Titlis Cliff Walk” and sledge on snow, even in summer, on the „Fun Lift”.
Return by coach via Lucerne (1 hour at leisure).

A different way / system to explore Switzerland

Switzerland is, compared to most other countries in Europe, very little (only 41,285 km2 / 15,940 sq mi). From Zurich, traveling into the different directions of the country, you reach most - for touristic interesting - spots with in 1:00 hr, a few of them in 2:00 hrs. For this tour, we have followed this fact and have planned a trip which is much more convenient for you.

You will stay in the same hotel in the Zurich area the whole time!

No packing and unpacking every day!
No luggage haul from one hotel to the other!
Depending on your mood and the weather, you may change your daly destination at any time!
Unlike a "fixed program", we offer you more, additional options / destinations you can choose from!
Even this is a "City-Trip", we offer you 3 marvelous excursions to the mountains / Swiss-alps!
If you like to see something a 2nd time, to be able to explore more details, you may come back at any of the days of the rest of your trip!


Day excursions


Exursion 1)
Berne german speaking part
Switzerlands capital city
• A walk through the old town of Berne - with stops at:

  - the Swiss Parliament

  - the "Zytgloggä" clock tower

  - Albert Einstein house / museum
• the bear park
• Museum Paul Klee

Exursion 2)

Eastern part german speaking part
• Rhine Falls, the largest waterfall of Europe
• Schaffhausen, the town with its facades, oriel windows and alleyways
• St. Gallen, with its picturesque old town and a rich historical heritage
• The Abbey with its baroque cathedral and the world-famous Abbey Library

Exursion 3)
Lac Lemon Lake Geneva, Lausanne
french speaking part
the City next to the vineyards of the Lavaux
• The Olympic Museum presents the cornerstones of olympism sport
• Constructed from 1165 onwards but not consecrated until 1275, Lausanne Cathedral is the biggest in Switzerland. Built in the Gothic style, it has one of the finest stained-glass windows in Europe and the biggest musical instrument in Switzerland.

Exursion 4)
La Chaux-de-Fonds, Le Locle french speaking part
La Chaux-de-Fonds, the birthplace of Le Corbusier, was the world capital of the watch-making industry for over a hundred years. Together with Le Locle
• the International Watch Musuem, La Chaux-de-Fonds
• underground mill, Le Locle

Exursion 5)

Bellinzona + Valle Verzasca italien speaking part

On the way from Zurich to the southern part of Switzerland, you will be  traveling through the longest railway tunnel on the world, the Gotthard base tunnel. On the way back, your train trip will take you through one of the most scenig train trips, the old summit tunnel, opend 1822 a.c.

Visitors can rediscover this historical past of Bellinzona by exploring its narrow streets and squares and visiting its three castles, examples of incomparable power and virile beauty that recount centuries of history written by Romans and Longobards, Swiss and Milanese.
Due to its isolated location, the Verzasca Valley is claimed as one of the valleys that could best keep its originality. The secluded geographical location made it unattractive for conquerors since the Roman period, and even before.

Exursion 6)

Bergün + Chur romanisch speaking part
The Albula Railway Museum is located in Bergün, right next to the UNESCO World Heritage railway line. It explains lots of facts about the history of the railway line’s construction, the economic and social changes that resulted from it, and topical aspects about this most spectacular of Swiss railway lines, showcased through original exhibits and multimedia rooms.
Chur is the oldest town in Switzerland with a settlement history of more than 5,000 years. The historic Old Town is very much worth a visit and completely car-free.

Exursion 7)

Zurich german speaking part

Your Last Day is the day to be spent in Zurich.

am: Private city sightseeing with a local, fluent english speaking guide.
It's the ideal city to do all your shopping, to buy all the souveniers you would like to take home.
As a special "Farwell-Present" you may visit the Chocolate-Factory of "Frey" and produce some Swiss Chocolate your self (not possible on Monday).

Alternative day excursions (at no extra charges)


Extra A)

Basel german speaking part

the town where the river Rhine leaves Switzerland
• A walk through the old town of Basel

• The special thing about Basel, you have to know, is: This town has nearly 40 TOP museums. Here, you will find for every interest something realy outstanding!

Extra B)

Geneva french speaking part

the home of the WEB, UN (United Nations / League of Nations) and the Red Cross
• Geneva, cradle of the Red Cross, runs the only museum which is dedicated the work of Henry Dunant and the Red Cross / Red Halfmoon movment.
• The Patek Philippe Museum, experience a journey through five centuries of watchmaking.

Extra C)

Locarno or Lugano italien speaking part

The southern part of Switzerland is also the sunny, warmer area of Switzerland. If the weather on the north side of the alps is bad, rainy, cold, you might enjoy an extra trip to the south. We have 2 options for this:

Locarno and Ascona

The Lake Maggiore region is an extremely rich tourist destination. From the quiet shores of the lake to the busy riverbanks, not to mention the rich gastronomic and cultural offering. Discovering Lake Maggiore and the surrounding landscapes on board of a boat of the “Navigazione del Lago Maggiore” is a unique experience.


Lugano and Melide

Visiting the city to contemplate a work of art or to attend a concert is always a fabulous experience. If you want to have an overview of Switzerland and spend a pleasant time in a fantastic region, don't miss Swissminiatur in Melide, an exciting place and an attraction for all those who want to visit our country.


Extra D)

Central Switzerland german speaking part

The places, Switzerland was founded
In the center of Switzerland, we have arranged for you some easy hikes to the different places, which have been important when Switzerland was founded, back in 1291 a.c

Extra E)

Rigi Queen of the mountains + Lucerne german speaking part

The Rigi steam train was the first mountain railway in Europe. First day of operation was May 21st, 1871.
Your day will start with a train trip to Arth Goldau, where you change to the "blue" Rigi mountain train. After enjoing the top of the Rigi with its breathtaking lookouts, the "red" train will bring you to Vitznau, from wehre a vessel of the Lake Lucerne fleet is bringing you to Lucerne.

Extra F)

Stanserhorn + Lucerne german speaking part

The ride up to Stanserhorn is also a journey through local history. One witness is the old-time funicular from Stans to Kälti on the first section of the crest to the top. The new CabriO cable car system - a world premiere - on the second section lets guests enjoy fresh air and great views around Mount Stanserhorn on the open air roof platform.

Extra G)

Schilthorn + Interlaken german speaking part

Visit the world's first revolving restaurant, where part of the movie of 007 James Bond, On Her Majesty's Secret Service was produced, on top of the Schilthorn at 3'000 m (9'750 ft) altitude. You may also visit the unique Trümmelbach Falls, the world's only glacier waterfalls that are accessible underground by lift, galleries, tunnels, paths and platforms.
For dinner we suggest the "Spycher" in Interlaken, where you will enjoy beside a typical Swiss dinner a very unique, entertaining Swiss folk show.

non refundable: CHF 500.00 / per pax


Rest payment

If payed with credit card - due 45 days before start of trip!

If payed with wire transfer - due 30 days before start of trip!


Name change
Name change of pax is - at extra costs: CHF 100.00 - possible, till 48 hrs before start of trip


This tour is operated
by Travelwell, est. 1974