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Essence of Switzerland: Zurich, Lucerne & Interlaken

8 Days
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US$ 4,454

FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Weave your way through the wonders of Switzerland on this all-encompassing getaway that features three Swiss gems: Zurich, Lucerne, and Interlaken. Explore these pictures cities and famous alpine landmarks on a range of organized tours, with plenty of leisure time as well.

This 8-day Swiss vacation takes you to Zurich, Lucerne, and Interlaken. It features first-class accommodations and private tours. 

Your journey begins in Zurich, the largest city in Switzerland and one of the world centres for banking and art galleries. Upon arrival, you'll have the rest of the day at leisure in Zurich to visit some of the museums and stroll along the banks of Lake Zurich. The next day, head on a two-hour private walking tour of the old town, learning stories about famous inhabitants of the city, discovering hidden alleyways and squares, and strolling down famous Bahnhofstrasse.  

From Zurich, connect to Lucerne, located on Lake Lucerne and home to the famous covered bridge, Kapellbrucke. While based in Lucerne, you’ll head on an alpine adventure up the “Dragon Mountain” of Mount Pilatus. Ride the gondola for 30 minutes to Frakmuntegg, then continue up the cableway to the summit of Mount Pilatus to enjoy the stunning views. Enjoy some free time atop the mountain and stroll along the Dragon’s Trail, which skirts the summit. Then take the world’s steepest cogwheel train back down the mountain to Alpnachstad, riding past glistening mountain streams, stark rock walls, and verdant meadows. Cap off your day with a leisurely boat ride on picturesque Lake Lucerne.

Continue to Interlaken, located between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the shadow of Jungfrau. Head on a full-day tour to Jungfraujoch, the “Top of Europe” and the highest railway station in the world, located at 3,454m above sea level. Afterwards, journey through famous mountain villages, including Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald to learn about legends of the area and appreciate the beautiful scenery. The next day is at leisure in Interlaken to further explore the alpine landscape or book a boat ride on one of the lakes. 

At the end of your stay, connect back to Zurich to return home. 


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8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,454

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Day 1

Arrive Zurich

Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and is located in the north-central German-speaking part of the country. It is also located at the northern tip of Lake Zurich.  Zurich is one of the world’s largest financial centres and home to a large number of important banking giants.  However, it is also a city with a long history and boasts many museums (approximately 50) and art galleries (approximately 100) to be enjoyed on Switzerland vacations. Zurich is ideally situated only 30 kilometres/18 miles from the Alps. 

On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel in downtown Zurich.

The balance of the day is at leisure.

Meal Plan Bed and Breakfast
Duration2 Nights

Hotel Glockenhof

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    Hotel Glockenhof

    Bahnhofstrasse shopping street is located within easy walking from the hotel. Hotel also has a tranquil garden terrace. Every client gets a free welcome drink upon check in and one voucher for 20% discount when they have dinner in hotel's restaurant Conrad. The Glockenhof hotel …

    Bahnhofstrasse shopping street is located within easy walking from the hotel. Hotel also has a tranquil garden terrace. Every client gets a free welcome drink upon check in and one voucher for 20% discount when they have dinner in hotel's restaurant Conrad. The Glockenhof hotel is located next to the central Bahnhofstrasse shopping street, 500 metres from Zurich Main Station. Standard rooms have a taste of the Swiss Alps! Bathroom walls are clad in Valser Quartzite and larch wood hangings and oak parquet set the new living areas apart from other business hotels.

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Day 2

Private Guided Walking Tour of Zurich

What do Einstein, James Joyce and Wagner have in common? All three were residents of Zurich. But it's not only great minds who are captivated by this lakeside city with its well-preserved old town - people from all over the world have always flocked to the thriving metropolis. On a two-hour walk through the old town, we go searching for clues to the city's past in its hidden alleyways and picturesque squares. Together, we uncover the secrets of Bahnhofstrasse, find out what a 'procession axis' is, and visit a church with a minute-hand that jumps a record-breaking half meter every minute.

Duration2 Hours
Day 3

Zurich to Lucerne

Duration1 Hour

Radisson Blu Hotel Lucerne

Boasting an idyllic and scenic setting overlooking the spectacular Lake Lucerne, this upscale hotel is perfect place for a short call in the city and a long relaxing stay. Travelers will be impressed by rich and elegant design as well as the myriad of services awaiting visitors on the premises. This convenient property lies in a reachable location, allowing visitors to easily access the local places of interest including easily reach the Culture and Convention Centre as well as the marvellous Glacier Garden. The ample and sumptuously designed rooms and suites afford a truly comfortable and memorable stay. The in-house restaurant serves flavourful Mediterranean specialties accompanied by the best wines. The sophisticated bar is a perfect place to while away sipping a drink and chat with friends in a casual atmosphere. There is also a modern fifth-floor fitness centre, offering views of nearby Mount Pilatus and business people may avail for meeting facilities.

Meal Plan ROOM and ONLY
Duration2 Nights
Day 4

Mount Pilatus - The Dragon Mountain

Enjoy a day of Alpine adventure in Switzerland on this half-day, summer trip to Mount Pilatus from Lucerne. Begin your journey toward the skies with a 30-minute panoramic gondola ride to Frakmuntegg, and then hop aboard the aerial cableway for your ascent to the summit of Mount Pilatus. Relax at your leisure on the peak or take a short hike to make the most of the stunning scenery below. During your free time atop Mount Pilatus, perhaps sit down to a high-altitude lunch among the peaks (own expense) or relax on the expansive sun terrace. Venture down the Dragon's Path and take the short hike around the summit to enjoy the amazing views. Take the world's steepest cogwheel train down to Alpnachstad, descending past trickling mountain streams and sheer rock faces toward the verdant, green meadows below. On arrival, conclude your tour with a picturesque 1-hour boat ride across lovely Lake Lucerne and enjoy the spectacular scenery from an entirely different angle. Your tour finishes at the end of the cruise in Lucerne.

Duration5 Hours
Day 5

Lucerne to Interlaken

Duration1 Hour

Royal St.georges Interlaken

Hotel Royal St Georges Interlaken MGallery Collection is in one of most liked Swiss resorts between Thun and Brienz. The 4-star superior hotel facing Alps with Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau view gives relaxation with historical charm & modern comfort. At Brasserie St. Georges, Ingo Hoendges pleases with every trick in the book. The ballroom near Bar-Lounge Royal is for banquets or meetings for up to 150 people.

Duration3 Nights
Day 6

Jungfraujoch (Private Tour)

The Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe is the highest railway station in Europe, located 3,454 metres above sea level. Join us on a round trip through Lauterbrunnen, Wengen, Kleine Scheidegg and Grindelwald and learn about the history, local legends and witness the spectacular views along the way. With optional stops at famous mountain villages, the added value of having a local guide makes this trip an unforgettable experience.

Duration7 Hours
Day 7

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 8

Interlaken to Zurich

Duration1 Hour

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  • Private arrival and departure transfers

  • 2 nights in first-class accommodation in Zurich

  • 2 nights in deluxe accommodations in Lucerne
  • 3 nights in deluxe accommodations in Interlaken
  • Private-guided walking tour of Zurich
  • Private transfer from Zurich to Lucerne
  • Shared tour of Mount Pilatus (max 40 guests)
  • Private transfer from Lucerne to Interlaken
  • Private-guided Jungfraujoch tour
  • 5 breakfasts


  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees if applicable


Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

11 Sep 2023
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