Day 1: Train to Lucerne
Welcome to Switzerland ! Upon arrival to Zurich airport, you take a direct train to Lucerne.
Please, note: we recommend you to extend your tour in Zurich and explore its magnificent old town. Contact your travel specialist for details.
Day 1: Arrival
You arrive to Lucerne, set amid beautiful snow-capped mountains on Lake Lucerne. Upon arrival, you walk to your centrally-located hotel (easily accessible on foot) for check-in.
The rest of the day is free, so you can start exploring the nearby attractions of this traditional and picturesque mountain town on your own, dine in a local restaurant or take a rest after your train journey.
Day 2: Exploring Lucerne Region
Today after breakfast you are invited to take an unforgettable trip with your private guide who shows you the magnificent views of Mount Pilatus and the Lucerne region.
The tour starts with a cruise across the Lake Lucerne to Alpnachstad. There you board the famous cogwheel train that takes you across the world's steepest railway passing through lush Alpine meadows, spectacular rocks and sparkling mountain streams to the top of Mt Pilatus, altitude of which is 2132 m (6995 ft).
For the return journey you ride a cable car to enjoy the fantastic scenery once again. As the last part of your magnificent tour you take a 20-minute bus from Kriens to Lucerne. Tickets for public boat cruise, cogwheel train, cable car and bus are included.
After the tour you return to your Lucerne hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 3: Luzern - Interlaken Express
Following breakfast, you check out from the hotel and walk to the station.
Day 3: Arrival
You arrive to the station, from where you can easily reach your centrally-located hotel on foot.
The rest of the day is free, so you can start exploring the nearby attractions on your own, dine in a local restaurant or take a rest after your train journey. Overnight at your hotel in Interlaken.
Day 4: Day Trip to Jungfraujoch
Today after an early breakfast you walk to the railway station to begin an exciting train journey to Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe.
As you make your way to the 'Top of Europe' you experience riding several trains with panoramic windows to view the most of the incredible Alpine area. Your first destination is Grindelwald, where you change trains and depart to Kleine Scheidegg. This section offers the stunning view of Eigerwand (Eiger Wall), one of the Great north faces of the Alps. The last Kleine Scheidegg - Jungfraujoch cogwheel train partly passes through the tunnel, which was built right across the Eiger rocks at an altitude of 3000 m (9,843 ft).
Jungfraujoch is the high-Alpine wonderland of eternal snow and ice. All this beauty could be marveled at from one of the observation decks located both inside and outside of a 3-storey observatory building.
You can take an interesting walk through the Ice Cave where everything around you is made from ice. The area includes several restaurants, cafés and shops as well as place for snow activities to satisfy any taste.
For the ride back you travel first to Kleine Scheidegg and then take a new route: to Interlaken via Lauterbrunnen. This way you see the stunning alpine area from a new perspective. You then return to the hotel and have the rest of the day free.
Please, note: It is important to wear something warm and wind/rain protective when going to Jungfraujoch. The temperature there is usually lower than in the cities even in summer. In case you feel too cold you can always go inside the restaurants which are close to the observation deck.
Day 5: Exploring Lake Brienz & Lake Thun Area
After breakfast, you meet your private guide at the hotel lobby and embark on a fascinating day-tour along the shores of beautiful Brienz and Thun Lakes to discover several of the most remarkable sights of Canton of Bern.
At first, you head for the station from where you start your breathtaking cruise on the Lake Brienz. After about an hour of boating on the crystal clear lake, you reach your first destination for today - Giessbach Falls. The magical waterfall tumbles 500 m (1,640 ft) in height over several tiers.
After enjoying the view of the Falls and nature around, you take a short boat ride and arrive at Iseltwald, a typical Swiss village located at lake Brienz. Iseltwald is nominated to be the most beautiful village in Switzerland. Here you have some time for lunch before the public bus takes you to the Weissenau Ruins located on Thun lake (the duration of the bus ride is about 30 min). Your professional guide tells you the history and legends of this place before you continue your tour through the nature reserve.
You then stop and have some rest on the terrace of a restaurant located on the bank of the Thun lakeshore. Here you enjoy the wonderful view of incredible mountains and an exciting lake of light blue color.
On your way back you take a public bus, and in about 15 minutes you reach Interlaken and return to the hotel. The rest of the evening is free.
Please, note: the boat cruise on Lake Brienz is not available from November to March because the water level is not high enough. The longer cruise on lake Thun during the winter time could be offered instead.
Day 6: Train to Bern
Today after breakfast you check out and walk to the station.
Day 7: Arrival
You arrive to Bern station, from where you can easily reach your centrally-located hotel on foot. The rest of the evening is free to start exploring the wonderful 12th-century capital on your own.
Day 8: Bern Sightseeing & Trip to Gurten Kulm
Today you are invited for a stunning tour of Bern and Bern's closest mountain.
After breakfast you meet your guide and walk through the Old Town, which is the world-famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. It inspires its visitors with arcade shops, glorious fountains and medieval architecture. You enjoy the view of the late Gothic Cathedral and the Clock Tower (Zytglogge) with its richly-decorated astronomical clock built in 1530.
The second part of your tour is dedicated to Gurten Kulm. At first you take 10-minute train ride to Bern-Wabern Station, from where you have a 5-minute ride on the Gurten funicular to the Gurten Park. Located at an altitude of 864 m (2,831 ft) above sea level, Gurten Kulm offers breathtaking views of the capital, the famous Bernese Alps with mountains such as the Jungfrau and Eiger.
After the tour you return to the hotel or continue exploring Bern on your own.
Day 9: Departure from Zurich
This is the final day of your tour. Following breakfast, you check out from the hotel and have a direct train ride to Zurich airport.
We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future vacations!
Please, note: we recommend you to extend your tour to Gstaad to visit wonderful Glacier 3000. Contact your travel specialist for details.
Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.
1. Hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you.
2. We include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.
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