Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a country situated in the confluence of Western, Central, and Southern Europe. It is a federal republic composed of 26 cantons, with federal authorities seated in Bern. Switzerland is a landlocked country bordered by Italy to the south, France to the west, Germany to the north, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east. It is geographically divided among the Swiss Plateau, the Alps, and the Jura, spanning a total area of 41,285 km², and land area of 39,997 km². While the Alps occupy the greater part of the territory, the Swiss population of approximately 8.5 million is concentrated mostly on the plateau, where the largest cities are located, among them the two global cities and economic centres of Zürich and Geneva.
Take a train to Lucerne (approx. 50 min.), where you check in at your hotel. For the rest of the day you are free to explore the beautiful scenery or to go shopping.
Overnight stay at Lucerne.
Morning excursion to Mount Titlis – at 3020 m/10’000 ft. From Lucerne the train takes you to the mountain monestry village Engelberg where you board a gondola which takes you up to the Trübsee. You continue your trip by another gondola to Stand and finally the first revolving Titlis Rotair cablecar takes you up to Mount Titlis. For a spectacular, close-up insight into a glacier, visit the glacier cave and ride the Ice Flyer chairlift.
Overnight in Lucerne.
The other big mountain that can be (and must be) visited from Lucerne is Mount Rigi – at 1800m above sea level, called “Queen of Mountains”. From Lucerne you take one of the SGV boats to Vitznau. From Vitznau you take the cogwheel trains operated by Mt. Rigi Railways (optional trains are spectacular: 2 steam locomotives from the early 20th century, 2 belle epoque saloon coaches) up to the Rigi Kulm for a view of Lake Lucerne, the Alps and the city of Lucerne. You then descend from Rigi Kaltbad to Weggis with the Panoramic Aerial Cableway.
Overnight in Lucerne.
Today you will travel to Lugano from Lucerne (approx. 2.5 hrs) to explore very much famous site Swiss Miniature. Swiss Miniature shows you the most picturesque sites of Switzerland: towns, villages, monuments, transportation, etc. All 130 models at scale of 1:25. The Swiss Miniature’s Model Railway has a length of 3560 meters. There are 130 models of houses, castles and monuments in the open air, distributed throughout the 14,000 square meter park. The models have been recreated authentically – with great attention to detail – and are surrounded by thousands of plants and flowers. The whole installation is mechanical and centrally controlled. Inside the park, there is one self-service restaurant which offers not only the continental food, but also Chinese and Indian specialty meals. Souvenirs are also available from the Kiosk.
Overnight in Lucerne.
After breakfast & check out from hotel, proceed to Lucerne train station to board your train to Zurich city. On arrival in Zurich complete check-in process. Later proceed to enjoy the Rhine Falls – Europe’s largest waterfall. While the Rhine Falls are not known for their height, their width is spectacular. And on a sunny day, the spray from the falls creates colourful rainbows all around. Visitors can take the 42- minute train to Schaffhausen direct from Zurich. From Neuhausen, the Rhine Falls are just a five minute walk away, and there are plenty of signs posted along the route. If you’re travelling to Zurich on either business or pleasure, this is a perfect day trip into some of Switzerland’s most magnificent natural beauty.
Overnight stay at Zurich.
After breakfast, enjoy an excursion to the Schilthorn (3’000 m/ 10’000 ft/). It takes you just 32 minutes by cable car to reach the summit of the Schilthorn. Enjoy the beautiful view of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau (UNESCO World Heritage) and on more than 200 other summits. On the Schilthorn you will find the world’s first revolving restaurant, Piz Gloria, where you can follow the tracks of James Bond the 007 movie “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” was filmed here. Otherwise simply enjoy the spectacular view from the big terrace!
Overnight stay at Interlaken.
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and travel by train to Zürich (approx. 2.5 hrs). For the rest of the day you are free to go shopping in the famous mall street Bahnhofstrasse, which is situated on the shores of Lake Zürich. Or explore the nightlife in Switzerland’s biggest city. Also you can go to visit the famous Rhine Falls in Schaffausen in Zurich. You might get to the Rhine Falls anyway by taking a intercity train to the city of Schaffhausen and from there a bus to Neuhausen am Rheinfall. Local buses stop in the town, however, and you will have to walk about 15 minutes from a bus stop to the Rhine Falls. Best view is from the platforms (“Känzeli”) on the left shore. Access is through Laufen castle, the entrance fee (1 Euro / 1.50 CHF / 2 US $) is well worth the difference. You can reach the right shore from Laufen castle on a paved footpath alongside the railway bridge. Overnight stay at Zürich.
After breakfast, you either depart to the airport for your onward flight or else continue your stay in Switzerland.
- 04 Night stay in Lucerne with breakfast at Hotel 3* or similar
- 02 Night stay in Interlaken with breakfast at Hotel 3* or similar
- 01 Night stay in Zurich/Basel/Geneva with breakfast at Hotel 3* or similar
- Swiss Saver Travel Pass in 2nd Class (Unlimited travel in Swiss bus, boat & trains)
- Excursion to Mt. Titlis with Ice Flyer and cliff walk
- Excursion to Mt. Rigi – Queen of Mountains
- Visit to Lugano – A taste of Italy
- Visit to The Rhine Falls in Schaffhausen Zurich
- Excursion to Schilthron – 007 James Bond Mountain
- Free Entrance ticket to Swiss Miniature Park
- Flights charges additional
- VISA or Travel Insurance Charges
- Lunch & Dinner are not Included
- Some hotels may charge a local city tax on spot: appx. CHF 2-4 per person / night.