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10 Days / 9 Nights Best of Switzerland


  • Discover:
    Appenzell, Stein am Rhein, Engadin Villages, Davos or Albula, Ticino Valley, Zermatt, Leukerbad, Interlaken, Gruyere.
  • Attractions:
    - prettiest small town in Switzerland
    - a very traditional Swiss town whose inhabitants are very proud of their traditions
    - Bernina Express train ride (optional)
    - rodel toboganning on the world's longest toboggan run on rails (optional)
    - lunch picnic at and/or swimming in an alpine lake
    - alpine hiking
    - Top of Switzerland to see the highest ice-packed mountains of the Eastern Alps & glacier (optional)
    - mountain visit for an impressive 360° panoramic view of Swiss Alp / view of 1000 summits (optional)
Day 1
Arrival and pick up at Zürich airport. Proceed to a charming medieval town in the northern part of Switzerland, also known as 'the prettiest small town in Switzerland' situated at the River Rhine.

Appenzell: visit this lovely canton known not only for her wonderful countryside landscapes but also for her specialties like cheese, milk, sausages, beer etc. The town is yours to admire - typical Appenzeller houses that are beautifully painted. (Optional: A gondola ride to the queen of the north-eastern Swiss Alps, for a spectacular view of the Alps in 5 countries or a breath-taking vista of a sea of clouds over the valleys. Or visit another nice nearby mountain. All depending on weather conditions.)

Take a drive to the holiday corner of Switzerland. Drive through the land of 150 valleys, 615 alpine lakes and 937 mountain peaks. Pass the Heidi World, THE Pinot Noir region of Switzerland and the oldest city in Switzerland. Continue to drive through Graubünden, the most diversified and largest but the least densely populated canton of Switzerland, known for her widely untouched landscapes and home to three of the four cultures of Switzerland.
Drive into the valley of castles & ruins before checking into your hotel embedded at the foot of an inner alpine valley, also known as the 'Orchard of Graubünden'.
Day 2
Today we visit the eastern part of Switzerland to see nice Swiss villages which you only get to see in storybook movies and can be found only in this part of Switzerland. Optional: A visit to one of the mountains in the eastern Swiss Alps for a very impressive 360° view of the Alps including a close view of the Bernina range, the highest mountain range in the Eastern Alps. On a clear day, depending on the sun's rays, 7 or 8 layers of mountain ranges can be seen from here! Graubünden has the most number of mountain peaks in the Alps exceeding 3000 m, making it the highest region in the Alps and earning it the name 'the roof of Europe'. Stay a night in a Romansch-speaking quaint village house with rooms made of Swiss stone pine wood which can only be found in the eastern part of Switzerland. Stay a night in a village hotel whose rooms are either partially or fully made of Swiss stone pine wood - a MUST-DO!
Day 3
Visit a town in the Lower Engadin Valley with quaint villages where people go to see typical Engadiner sgraffito-painted houses with huge doors and sunken in funnel-like windows decorated with flowers. Take a stroll in this unique village or take dips in various outdoor & indoor mountain mineral spring thermal pools (optional). Stay a night in an Engadine house (converted to hotel) of a quaint village - the rooms of this house is either partially or fully made of Swiss stone pine wood which can only be found in the eastern part of Switzerland grown at very high elevations. Village stay a MUST-DO!
Day 4
1) Visit the highest city in Europe. This is where 2000 of the world's most elite people (politicians, business leaders, celebraties etc) go to attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) every winter.
2) Drive over an alpine pass which cannot be driven over by coaches. Take a hike around a lake which is said to have a second lake beneath it. If weather permits, have a lunch picnic by the lake.
Then take a drive back to your village embedded in the holiday corner of Switzerland and the rest of the day is yours.
Day 5
Switzerland is not only about wooden chalets. Visit a side valley and see this hidden gems with houses made of slates and special stonesfrom the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland. Walk through the charming village after your lunch at a grotto.


If weather permits, we do an optional tour: a panorama train ride on the Bernina Expresswhich got inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List on 7 July 2008 for being amasterpiece of engineeringamidst panoramic landscapes and cultural diversity. Enjoy riding the most famous train in the Alps on board the Rhaetian Railway panorama coach whose north alpine route is a 145-km stretch that cuts through Graubünden, boasting the most beautiful railway routes in the world. During the trip over the Bernina pass, the train reaches an altitude of 2.253 m (7.390 ft) and masters gradients of 70%. The Bernina Express runs without cogwheels, on the highest long-distance railway transversal in the Alps over up to more then 200-metre long and 90-metre high bridges, through winding tunnels, past raging mountain torrents, glaciers and a rich array of alpine flowers to southerly Valposchiavo, over the spiralling viaduct at Brusio and on to Tirano in Italy.
Day 6

Visit a town known throughout Europe for the largest thermal baths and spa resort in the Alps. Optional: various indoor and outdoor thermal massage pools and one of the best sauna facilities in Switzerland.

Tonight we stay in a hotel whose rooms are made of larch wood.
Day 7

Visit Zermatt. Walk in the town with cobbled streets.  Take a peak into the back alleys to see ancient wooden farmhouses and 'mazot' barns.   If the weather permits, we do an optional tour: take a cog-wheel train up to Gornergrat to have the BEST VIEW of the Matterhorn, close-up.  Otherwise, do some shopping or visit the Matterhorn Museum.

Please note that the Matterhorn, being a high mountain, is not always visible as she can sometimes be hidden behind the clouds. If needed, we will shuffle today's program to a day suitable to view this Swiss icon.
Day 8
Visit a village where they have the BEST wooden chalets in Switzerland. (Available late spring, summer or early autumn.)

Having seen that, we either

1) visit resort town which is situated just below the highest group of mountains on Swiss ground. Very experienced skiers prefer the ski runs here and it's also snowboarders' paradise.

Optional: take a funicular train and visit the BEST glacier cave in Switzerland . Have your lunch at the world's largest revolving restaurant overlooking the valley below and providing a view to the highest group of mountains on Swiss grounds and the glacier world.

2) visit the town of Interlaken, situated between two lakes. Free time to walk in the town. Collect your free souvenir gift (guide will provide coupon).

Optional: a visit to Mount Gloria where the James Bond movie On Her Majesty Secret Service was filmed in 1969. From here, you have the BEST VIEW of the Jungfrau group of mountains, Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, plus a 360° view of the Swiss Alps in the Bernese Highlands.


3) visit Gruyères situated at the foot of the pre-Alps. You will be enchanted by the charm and picturesque architecture of this medieval town which has given its name to the area and to its delicious cheese. Explore the little town that's been unaffected by the passage of time, built in a superb setting. Optional: Visit the Castle of Gruyères or the Giger Museum (if you are a fan of the movie Aliens which starred Sigourney Weaver.)
Day 9

Let's go and see the largest UNDERGROUND LAKE in Europe.

After having done that, we visit the St Bernard dogs that were once used as avalanche rescue dogs, carrying a barrel of brandy around their neck for avalanche victims.

If mother nature permits, we do an optional tour to have a look at Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps. Otherwise, we visit an interesting salt mine. Salt is one of the three natural resources of Switzerland.


Visit this resort town which is situated just below the highest group of mountains on Swiss ground. Very experienced skiers prefer the ski runs here and it's also snowboarders' paradise.

Optional: take a funicular train and visit the BEST glacier cave in Switzerland. Have your lunch at the world's largest revolving restaurant overlooking the valley below and providing a view to the highest group of mountains on Swiss grounds and the glacier world.


If weather permits, the following optional tours are lovely: 1) Visit an alp where you can havethe BEST VIEW of the Aletsch Glacier, the longest glacier in the Alps. A distant view of the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc is also possible from here. 2) Visit the Alpine Garden to see the various alpine flowers and/or the Alp Museum to see how life is on an alp, a place where farmers take their animals to for the animals' three-month summer holidays.
Day 10
Hotel check-out.  Scenic ride to Zürich airport, Zürich main train station or hotel in Zürich.

Please do NOT schedule your flights to depart Zürich airport before 8 pm.
(If your flight is at night, we could do a cheese factory and/or a chocolate factory during the day).


1) As we would very much want our travellers to get the most out of our tours, the sequence and/or parts of the content of the above itinerary are subject to changes depending on weather conditions, forthcoming special events and unforeseen circumstances.

2) Some tours are included as optional tours because travellers MUST have the choice not to choose them in case of bad weather. In Switzerland, views from the summit of mountains are not always visible.  Sometimes there is ZERO visibility due to low or heavy clouds.  If the optionals are included in the tour price, then the mountain visit is a must-do even when the weather is not suitable for a mountain visit.  This would be unfair to the unaware traveller and it would be a wasted trip. We always check the weather one day before and advise our travellers if the scheduled mountain visit would be good or not.  Otherwise, we either shuffle the itinerary and do the mountain visit another day when the weather is good (as per forecast) or advise them not to do it at all when the next days are not suitable for mountain visits. For other optional tours like horse-carriage rides, thermal pools, etc, some travellers might not want to do them for some reason or some may have done them before.

3) If you have been to a few of the above-mentioned places but would like to visit other not-to-be-missed places or experience some interesting activities, we might be able to do some modification. Do write to us.

What's included:

  • Transfer to and fro Zürich airport / hotel in Zürich / Zürich main train station.
  • 9 nights accommodation in countryside.
  • 9 Swiss breakfasts.
  • 4 Swiss dinners.
  • 1 driver-guide.
  • 1 tour guide.
  • 1 touring vehicle.

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