frequently asked questions:
the weather in Switzerland too cold for me?
Switzerland ranges from approximately -23°C to 10°C in
and 18°C to 35°C in summer. In winter, it is never too
anyone as long as you wear enough to keep warm. If you are sufficiently
clothed, you can feel the cold a little, especially on your face, but
will not shiver. The cold is usually a dry cold.
do I need to bring along?
wear, sun protection
cream/lotion, sunglasses, cap that covers your ears, swimming costume,
sweater/pullover/fleece jacket, windbreaker/wind jacket, winter gloves,
neck-scarf, binoculars, water bottle/thermos flask, knapsack/haversack,
ski pants and ski jackets. Most important: Camera or video cam for the
picturesque sceneries and personal/individual memoirs. Don’t
forget battery chargers or extra camera batteries and a two-pin adapter!
sunglasses, cap/hat, shorts, t-shirts, swimming costume, hiking
shoes/track shoes, sweater/pullover/fleece jacket, windbreaker/wind
jacket, binoculars, water bottle/thermos flask, mat/cloth for picnic,
knapsack/haversack. Most important: Camera or video cam for the
picturesque sceneries and persoanl/individual memoirs. Don’t
forget battery chargers or extra camera batteries and a two-pin adapter.
here to see
how a pair of Hiking Shoes may look like.)
Please kindly note that for our summer
tours, we advise
you to bring along your warm clothings like sweater/pullover, jeans etc
because the weather can be cooler when we go up to higher grounds or
the temperature may sometimes drop to below 20°C when it rains.
much do I need to bring?
per person would
be comfortable for food and drinks, rental of activity equipments and
optional tours. We advise you to bring along your credit card for
contingency purposes. Currency
I need a travel visa?
Visas may not be
required of citizens of the following countries, for stays up to 90
(a) nationals of EU
countries, Australia, Canada, Japan
(b) nationals of countries in
South and Central America
nationals of Belize, Bolivia, Colombia,
Ecuador and Peru who do need a visa);
(c) nationals of Caribbean
island states (except
nationals of Cuba, Dominican Republic and Haiti who do need a visa);
(d) nationals of Andorra, Brunei,
Czech Republic, Estonia, Fiji, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Kiribati, Korea
(Rep. Of), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malaysia,
Malta, Monaco, New Zealand,
Norway, Poland, San
Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Solomon
Islands, South Africa,
Tuvalu and Vatican City;
(e) nationals of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of
Macedonia, Turkey and Serbia & Montenegro provided they are
resident in Canada, Iceland, Norway, USA or EU countries.
Nationals of countries not appearing above, or those staying longer
than 90 days may require a visa.
do I book for the tour?
check for the Availability
of the tour that you would like to do. If it's available, fill out our Booking Form
and either fax it to +41 81 65
e-mail the scanned form(s) to us at tours @
or post it/them Tour 168
of Switzerland GmbH, Unter Ruvria 9, 7430 Thusis, Switzerland. You
could also call us at +41 81 65 16 168 (zone1511 users pay only 10
cents per minute to this fixed line) / +41 787 168 168 (zone1511 users
pay only 45 cents per minute to this mobile number).
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put in the e-mail address to prevent spammers from using web crawler
softwares to automatically "harvest" e-mail addresses from internet
sites like this one. To e-mail us, please use the e-mail address as
stated above but DELETE THE SPACES.
do I make payment for the tour?
is to be made
to our Swiss bank account with details as follows:
Tour 168 of Switzerland GmbH
Unter Ruvria 9,
- Bank: Raiffeisenbank
Address of bank: 7408
Account number: 34754.11
IBAN: CH52 8106 3000 0034
you do air ticket booking?
we do not. We are a
company that conducts the tour itself. You could do an e-booking of
your air tickets or perhaps book through your travel agent in your
airlines should I take to Switzerland?
Airways, American Airlines, Air India, Singapore Airlines, Air New
Zealand, Malaysia Airlines etc. If you are taking an airline other than
those mentioned here, the flight should arrive at Zürich
not later than 8:30 a.m. because our tour commences latest at 9:30 a.m.
I don't have an airline that arrives before 8:30 a.m. What should I do?
could arrive one day
earlier and rest at the nearby airport hotels which are between 5 to 15
mins' drive from Zürich airport. We will pick you up from your
hotel the next morning.
I can't seem to see some of the images on the site as they appear cut
off, how do I rectify this?
problem is most
likely due to your screen resolution and monitor size. We would
recommend that you follow these steps:
on the Start
button then on the Control
- When the window appears, double
click on the Display
icon to open up the options
- In the Display Properties
window, click on the Settings
should now be able to see an
area labelled Screen
Resolution with a slider
the bar to the right till it
reads 1024 by 768 pixels (or
to confirm the settings. You should be able to see all the images
descriptions now without problem.
When is the best time to go to Switzerland?
is a good time to
come to Switzerland as she looks beautiful all the time in her
different seasonal 'outfit' (landscape). It also depends on what you
would like to see or do as we have different sceneries (blossoms in
spring; lush rich green in summer; autumn colours [yellow, orange,
red]; winter snowscape) & different activities during the
seasons. The question should actually be "What will the weather be like
tomorrow?" when you are here. This is due to the fact that the weather
in ONE day in different parts of this country can vary as Switzerland's
weather is influenced by 4 main European air currents - the Atlantic
North, the Mediterranean South, the SubPolar and the Continental.
Therefore, to be at the right place at the right time or on the right
day is VERY important in order to optimise the view of the panoramic
landscapes and the Swiss Alps i.e. with blue skies, no fog and no rain
to obstruct the great vistas. Good weather is also essential so that
you can enjoy your activities. In this way, wasted trips can be
prevented and your photos will also turn out like postcards. That is
why it is VERY important to check the weather report daily and have the
flexibility to reshuffle your itineraries so that you can manoeuvre the
weather i.e. steer towards the good weather areas, unless the whole
country rains and is covered with grey clouds.
you just want to do
sight-seeing without any activities like snow activities (e.g. skiing,
snowboarding, tobogganing, ice-skating), summer activities (e.g.
swimming in mountain lakes, hiking in the Swiss Alps, rodel
tobogganing), or if seeing snow is not your priority, then anytime of
the year is good. Click
here to see our Year Round Highlights.
spring (approx. from
mid-March) is a time when the snow in the lower valleys melts and early
spring flowers begin to grow. Often in April, mother nature waters her
gardens in this part of the earth to ensure that they produce lovely
spring flowers in later spring which is in May and early June.
Strawberry-picking is possible. Click
here to see our Spring Highlights.
you like picnics, barbeques
or swimming, summer is an ideal time to come experience what it is like
to do these things in Switzerland, in the heart of the Alps! Greenery
reigns at this time of the year as meadows and forests help mother
nature paint the picturesque Swiss sceneries with their rich colours.
Summer flowers bloom to contribute to the scenic landscape. This is
also the blueberry- and raspberry-picking season. Hiking is popular.
Grottos are open for dinner. [Grottos used to be warehouses for the
locals before the refrigerator was invented. They have been converted
to eating places since.] More adventurous travellers might want to try
out rodel tobogganing on the world's longest toboggan run on rails
recognised by the Guiness Book of World Record. Once a year, on 1 Aug,
we take our travellers to an alp to celebrate the Swiss National Day
with the villagers - you get a chance to take brunch cooked and
prepared by the farmers' wives and children. After brunch, we take you
to see a glacier in the process of melting before your eyes -
globa-warming at work! [A glacier is ice that has not melted since the
Ice Age which was about 12,000 years ago.]
here to see our Summer Highlights
nature repaints her
gardens and changes some of her greenery to red, yellow or orange to
add a variety of colours to the landscapes. Hiking is ideal as the view
from the mountain peaks is splendid, enabling your eyes to roll a few
hundred kilometers on a good day. The air is cooler. A unique activity
to witness at this time of the year is to see how approximately eighty
goats walk from their stalls to their grazing grounds, with the older
ones leading the younger ones across the highway to get to the other
side of the road. More adventurous travellers might want to try out
rodel tobogganing on the world's longest toboggan run on rails
recognised by the Guiness Book of World Record.
Click here to see our Autumn Highlights |
you want to see snow, have
snow flakes falling on you, experience a white Christmas season, go to
a Christmas market, or if you are the active or sporty sort, then
winter (end-Dec to end-Feb/beginning March) with its accompanying
activities like skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, ice-skating etc.
would definitely be the time for you. Beautiful winter snowscapes -
snow-covered roofs and pine trees decorated with snow etc is a common
sight. If you like water activities, then taking dips in various
outdoor and indoor thermal pools with fresh mountain spring water would
be an experience if you have not tried them before. Click
here to see our Winter Highlights.
you have further questions
that are not reflected here, do write to us or give us a call.