10-Day Switzerland Itinerary
How To Spend 10 Days In Switzerland
On our ten days in Switzerland itinerary, we’ll take you on a journey through some of the most iconic destinations in Switzerland, from the vibrant cities of Zurich and Lucerne to the majestic Swiss Alps and the charming towns of Interlaken, Zermatt, and Bern.
With our expert guides and carefully crafted itinerary, you’ll have the chance to immerse yourself in Swiss culture, history, and natural beauty and create memories that will last a lifetime. So sit back, relax, and get ready to discover the very best of Switzerland on this 10-day tour.
Destinations on our ten day Switzerland itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Zurich
To start your 10-day tour of Switzerland, you will be greeted at Zurich airport by your private driver, who will take care of your luggage and escort you to a comfortable vehicle waiting outside.
Your driver will be fluent in English, knowledgeable about the city, and happy to answer any questions you may have about Zurich and Switzerland during your journey.
Once you have settled in at your hotel, you can take some time to freshen up, unpack, and get ready for your first day of discovery in Zurich.
Exploring the Old Town
After a refreshing breakfast at your hotel, it’s time to discover Zurich’s charming Old Town, Altstadt. This historic neighborhood is a must-see for anyone visiting Zurich, as it showcases the city’s rich cultural and architectural heritage and its modern vibe.
Your walking tour of the Old Town will be led by an experienced guide who will meet you at your hotel and take you on a journey through time. You will stroll through the narrow cobblestone streets and alleys, admire the colorful facades and picturesque squares, and learn about the stories and legends that have shaped Zurich’s identity.
Some of the highlights of your Old Town walking tour will include:
The Grossmünster: This iconic church is one of Zurich’s landmarks, with its twin towers rising above the city skyline. Your guide will tell you about the legend of the church’s founding and its role in the Swiss Reformation.
The Fraumünster: Another impressive church in the Old Town, the Fraumünster is known for its stunning stained-glass windows by the famous artist Marc Chagall. You will have the chance to admire the colorful hues and intricate patterns of the windows and learn about their symbolism.
St. Peter’s Church: This is the oldest church in Zurich, and its clock tower is the largest in Europe, with a diameter of 8.7 meters. Your guide will explain the church’s history and its unique features, such as the 16th-century Renaissance pulpit and the ornate organ.
Afternoon Lake Zurich Boat Cruise
A boat ride on Lake Zurich is a wonderful way to experience the beauty of Switzerland’s largest city from a different perspective. As you glide across the sparkling waters, you’ll be surrounded by stunning views of the snow-capped Alps, lush hills, and charming waterfront towns.
Lake Zurich has been an important part of Zurich’s history and culture for centuries. It is a glacial lake formed during the last ice age, and it has played a significant role in the region’s economy, transportation, and recreation. Today, it remains a popular destination for locals and tourists alike, who come to enjoy its pristine waters, fresh air, and stunning scenery.
During your boat ride on Lake Zurich, you can relax on the deck, taking in the panoramic views and the gentle breeze. Alternatively, you can learn more about the lake and its surroundings from an expert guide, who can share interesting facts and stories about the region’s history, geography, and ecology.
Day 2: Rhine Falls & Modern Zurich
On the second day of your tour in Zurich, you can embark on a morning excursion to one of Switzerland’s most spectacular natural wonders: the Rhine Falls.
Located just a short drive from Zurich, this impressive waterfall is the largest in Europe, with a height of 23 meters and a width of 150 meters.
Boat ride to the middle of the falls: This is the best way to experience the power and beauty of the falls up close. You’ll board a boat that will take you to a platform in the middle of the falls, where the thundering water and mist surround you. You’ll have the chance to take some fantastic photos and feel the adrenaline rush.
Observation deck: This panoramic viewpoint offers stunning views of the Rhine Falls and the surrounding area. You’ll be able to see the entire waterfall, the green hills that frame it, and some historic castles and towns.
After your morning excursion to the Rhine Falls, you’ll return to Zurich for lunch.
Zurich West Walking Tour
In the afternoon, you’ll have the chance to explore one of Zurich’s most vibrant and trendy neighborhoods: Zurich West.
This former industrial district has been transformed into a hub of creativity, innovation, and fun, with a wide range of shops, restaurants, bars, and art galleries that cater to all tastes.
Your guide will meet you at your hotel and take you on a leisurely stroll around Zurich West, pointing out some of the most interesting places and sharing some insider tips. Some of the highlights of your walk include:
Viadukt: This landmark bridge was built in the 19th century to connect Zurich’s train stations, but it has been repurposed as a bustling market and shopping complex. You can browse the stalls selling fresh produce, gourmet foods, fashion, design, and crafts and soak in the lively atmosphere.
Schiffbau: This former shipbuilding factory has been turned into a cultural center that hosts theater performances, concerts, exhibitions, and events. You’ll have the chance to see the avant-garde architecture of the building, as well as the day’s program.
Frau Gerolds Garten: This popular outdoor bar and restaurant offers stunning views of Zurich’s skyline and a cozy atmosphere. You can sit in one of the colorful containers that serve as private booths and enjoy some refreshing drinks and snacks.
Freitag Tower: This is a tower made of shipping containers that serve as the headquarters of Freitag, a Swiss fashion brand that specializes in bags and accessories made from recycled materials. You’ll be able to see the tower up close and learn about the brand’s philosophy and products.
Overnight in Zurich.
Day 3: Lucerne Walking Tour
Join your private chauffeur in the morning as you travel from Zurich to Lucerne in our luxury air-conditioned vehicle. The journey takes approximately 45 minutes, during which you can sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Swiss countryside.
Lucerne is a uniquely special place to visit in Switzerland because of its stunning location on Lake Lucerne and its charming Old Town, which you will explore on this guided walking tour.
Chapel Bridge and Water Tower
Meet your guide at your hotel or a predetermined location in Lucerne and start the day by walking along the famous Chapel Bridge, the oldest wooden bridge in Europe, and see the Water Tower.
Visit the Lion Monument, a sculpture of a dying lion carved into a sandstone cliff. The monument commemorates the Swiss soldiers who died during the French Revolution.
Visit the Jesuit Church, one of the oldest Baroque churches in Switzerland. Admire the impressive frescoes and ornate decorations.
Mount Rigi or Mount Pilatus
Our travel planner will consult with you if you want to include a manageable trekking experience on Mount Rigi or the cable car journey and viewing platforms of Mount Pilatus. Both are just a stone’s throw away from the center of Lucerne.
Spend the evening in the Old Town of Lucerne
End the day with a stroll through the Old Town of Lucerne, with its narrow cobblestone streets and historic buildings. Your guide can highlight some of the highlights and provide an interesting historical background.
Day 4: Day Tour From Lucerne to Interlaken With A Private Driver
In the morning, your driver will be waiting for you in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle, ready to take you on a scenic journey to Interlaken.
Scenic Drive through the Swiss Countryside
As you leave Lucerne behind, your private driver will take you on a breathtaking drive through the Swiss countryside towards Interlaken. The route will take you through picturesque villages, rolling hills, and along the shores of serene lakes, providing you with a stunning display of Switzerland’s natural beauty.
Your driver will take you on the most scenic route, offering the best vantage points for you to enjoy the gorgeous scenery. You’ll be able to see traditional Swiss chalets, grazing cows, and fields of wildflowers along the way. If you’re interested, your driver can stop at a few selected points to allow you to take pictures or admire the scenery.
Visit Brienz and the Woodcarving Village
Your next stop on the day tour from Lucerne to Interlaken is the charming village of Brienz, situated on Lake Brienz’s eastern shore. The village is known for its beautiful wooden chalets and its history of woodcarving.
Your private driver will take you to the woodcarving village, where you can watch skilled artisans crafting beautiful wooden figurines and other decorative items. In addition, you’ll browse through the unique, handmade crafts in the village stores and buy a souvenir to take home.
After you’ve explored the woodcarving village, your driver can take you on a short walk around the quaint streets of Brienz, which boasts several charming restaurants, cafes, and shops. You can also stroll along the picturesque Lake Brienz and take in the stunning views of the surrounding mountains.
Explore the Stunning Giessbach Waterfalls
After visiting the woodcarving village of Brienz, your private driver will take you to see the stunning Giessbach Waterfalls. These waterfalls are one of the most spectacular natural wonders in the region, cascading down over 500 feet in a series of 14 cascades.
You can take a stroll through the lush forested area around the waterfalls, taking in the tranquil beauty of the surroundings. The Giessbach Falls are incredibly stunning in the summer when the lush greenery and colorful wildflowers create a vibrant backdrop against the cascading water.
As you explore the waterfalls, you’ll hear the soothing sound of the rushing water and feel the cool mist on your face. The Giessbach Waterfalls are a magical and unforgettable sight and an absolute must-see during your day tour to Interlaken.
Lunch Break in Interlaken & Walking Tour
One of the most famous foods from the region is cheese fondue, a delicious melted cheese dish perfect for sharing with a group. Other popular Swiss dishes include raclette, which is melted cheese scraped onto boiled potatoes, and rosti, a crispy potato cake. Swiss chocolate and ice cream are also world-famous and make a great dessert.
Interlaken has several excellent restaurants, from casual cafes to fine dining establishments. Your driver will be happy to recommend local favorites based on your preferences.
After your lunch break, your private guide can stroll through the charming Old Town of Interlaken, where you can admire the traditional Swiss architecture and browse through the quaint shops and boutiques.
The Old Town is also home to several historic landmarks, including the castle-like Interlaken Monastery and the 12th-century church of St. Beatus. With its charming atmosphere and stunning surroundings, Interlaken is the perfect place to experience Swiss culture and cuisine.
Panoramic Views from Harder Kulm
After exploring the Old Town of Interlaken, your private driver will take you to Harder Kulm, a mountain peak just above the town. You’ll travel in a cable car up to the top of Harder Kulm, which offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. The views from the peak are breathtaking, and on a clear day, you can see as far as the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau mountain ranges.
While at the top of Harder Kulm, you can enjoy a refreshing drink or a light snack at the panoramic restaurant or take in the stunning scenery. Your private driver will be available to answer any questions and provide interesting information about the region.
Departure from Interlaken and return to Lucerne
After your visit to Harder Kulm, your private driver will take you back to your vehicle and begin the journey back to Lucerne. During the drive, you can sit back and relax while taking in the stunning scenery of the Swiss countryside.
Day 5: Journey to Grindelwald
Your day tour in Grindelwald will begin with your private driver picking you up from your hotel in Lucerne. You’ll then begin a picturesque journey that will take approximately 1.5 hours, traveling through the Swiss countryside.
Scenic Cable Car Ride to First Mountain
Upon arriving in Grindelwald, your private driver will take you to the bottom of the Grindelwald-First cable car. The cable car will take you on a scenic ride up to First Mountain, providing stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
The cable car ride is a memorable experience, with breathtaking panoramic views of the Bernese Alps. You can take in the stunning scenery, including the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau towering peaks.
As you ascend to the top of First Mountain, you’ll be able to see the charming village of Grindelwald nestled in the valley below. Once you arrive at the top, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the mountain and take in the breathtaking views from various lookout points.
Hiking Adventure at Bachalpsee
Once you arrive at the top of First Mountain, your private guide will take you on a hike to the stunning Bachalpsee, a mountain lake situated at an altitude of 2,265 meters. The hike is approximately 4.5 kilometers round-trip and takes about 1.5 hours, but it’s well worth it for the incredible views and serene surroundings.
The hike to Bachalpsee is a great way to experience the natural beauty of the Bernese Alps up close. As you walk, you’ll be able to take in stunning views of the surrounding peaks and valleys and enjoy the fresh alpine air and peaceful atmosphere.
The hike to Bachalpsee is suitable for all skill levels, and your private guide will be happy to provide assistance and guidance as needed. So whether you’re an avid hiker or enjoy a leisurely walk in nature, the hike to Bachalpsee is an experience you won’t forget.
Explore the Village of Grindelwald
Join us on a magical journey to explore the picturesque village of Grindelwald! Nestled in the heart of the Swiss Alps, this charming alpine village is surrounded by majestic mountain peaks and breathtaking scenery that is sure to take your breath away.
As we approach the village, you’ll be greeted with stunning views of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau peaks – three of the most famous mountains in the Swiss Alps.
Once we arrive in Grindelwald, we’ll take a stroll through the charming streets of the village, where you’ll have the opportunity to explore its quaint shops, cozy cafes, and traditional Swiss chalets. You’ll also have the chance to visit the local church, which dates back to the 12th century and is steeped in history and tradition.
Day 6: Private Tours of Zermatt
In the morning, your private driver will collect you as you make the 2-and-a-half-hour journey to explore the heart of the charming Swiss village of Zermatt, delve into its rich history and culture, and discover some of its best sights and hidden gems. And, of course, we’ll take in the awe-inspiring views of the world-renowned Matterhorn.
Our journey begins with an introduction to Zermatt, where we’ll get acquainted with the village and its unique character. Then, as we walk through the streets, you’ll see how the village seamlessly blends its alpine heritage with modern amenities. You’ll also get to see Zermatt’s famous horse-drawn carriages, a timeless symbol of the village.
Next, we’ll dive into Zermatt’s rich history and culture. We’ll visit some of the village’s historic sites, including the Matterhorn Museum, where you’ll learn about the evolution of Zermatt from a small farming village to a world-famous tourist destination. The museum’s exhibits are interactive and engaging, providing a fascinating glimpse into Zermatt’s past.
We’ll explore Zermatt’s best sights and hidden gems as we continue our tour. We’ll take you to some of the most picturesque spots in the village, including the charming St. Mauritius Church and the lively Bahnhofstrasse shopping street. We’ll also visit some of Zermatt’s best-kept secrets, such as cozy alpine restaurants, artisanal chocolate shops, and local galleries.
Of course, a trip to Zermatt would only be complete with taking in the awe-inspiring views of the Matterhorn. We’ll take you to some of the best vantage points in the village, where you’ll have the opportunity to see the majestic mountain in all its glory. Whether you take a cable car or hike to a viewpoint, the views of the Matterhorn will leave you speechless.
As our tour ends, we’ll sit down for a delicious meal at one of Zermatt’s top restaurants. You’ll have the chance to indulge in some of the village’s best dishes and take in the cozy atmosphere of a traditional Swiss restaurant. After a full day of exploring Zermatt, you’ll return to your accommodation feeling refreshed and inspired, with memories that will last a lifetime.
Overnight in Zermatt
Day 7: Zermatt Glacier Paradise
Enjoy a hike through the stunning scenery of the Swiss Alps, visit Zermatt’s famous Glacier Paradise and Ice Palace, and indulge in some of the village’s top spa and wellness experiences.
We’ll start the day with a hike through the Swiss Alps, where you’ll have the chance to explore the breathtaking natural beauty surrounding Zermatt. We’ll take you on a route tailored to your fitness level and interests, and along the way, you’ll discover the local flora and fauna that make this alpine environment so unique. You’ll also be able to take in some of the most breathtaking views of the Matterhorn and the surrounding mountains.
After the hike, we’ll visit Zermatt’s famous Glacier Paradise, where you’ll have the opportunity to see some of the most impressive views in the region. Then, we’ll take a cable car ride up to the glacier, where you’ll step out onto a platform that gives you a 360-degree view of the surrounding mountains. You’ll feel like you’re on top of the world!
Next, we’ll take you on a tour of the Ice Palace, which is located inside the glacier. You’ll explore an underground world of ice sculptures and tunnels, where you can learn about the natural processes that create glaciers and the history of mountaineering in the region. The Ice Palace is a unique and unforgettable experience you won’t miss.
After the glacier adventure, we’ll take you to one of Zermatt’s top spa and wellness experiences. You’ll be able to relax and unwind after a day of hiking and exploring and indulge in some of the best treatments the village offers. You can choose from a range of services, including massages, facials, and aromatherapy sessions, and soak in various hot tubs and saunas designed to rejuvenate your body and mind.
Overnight in Zermatt.
Day 8: Montreux & Lake Geneva
Make the 1.5-hour journey to Montreux to explore the beautiful Lake Geneva with a private boat tour.
Visitors are treated to stunning views of Lake Geneva and the surrounding Alps as the boat sets sail. The tour guide provides a detailed commentary on the history and culture of the area, pointing out notable landmarks and attractions along the way.
The boat tour takes you to some of the most picturesque spots in Montreux, including the famous Chillon Castle, situated on a small island in the lake and considered one of the best-preserved medieval castles in Europe. The tour also passes by the quaint fishing village of Villeneuve, known for its charming waterfront and picturesque architecture.
Visitors also get to see the famous Freddie Mercury statue, which is located near the Montreux Casino. The statue is a tribute to the late Queen frontman, who used to live in Montreux and recorded many of his hit songs in the town’s recording studios.
The Lake Geneva tour is perfect for couples, families, or groups of friends who want to experience the stunning lakeside scenery of Montreux in an exclusive and personalized way.
Evening Meal in Montreux
One of the most exclusive restaurants in Montreux is the three-Michelin-starred Restaurant de l’Hôtel de Ville. This restaurant is famous for its inventive and exquisite French cuisine, and it has a reputation for being one of the best restaurants in Switzerland. The dining room is elegant and sophisticated, with white linen tablecloths, crystal glassware, and an impressive wine cellar. The restaurant also offers a private dining room for a more intimate dining experience.
Another exclusive restaurant in Montreux is the Le Pont de Brent, which also holds three Michelin stars. The restaurant is set in a beautiful location, with a panoramic view of the mountains and Lake Geneva. The restaurant uses the best local and seasonal ingredients to serve traditional French cuisine with a modern twist. The wine list is extensive, focusing on Swiss and French wines.
For those who prefer a more modern and relaxed dining experience, the Funky Claude’s Bar and Restaurant is a popular choice. This restaurant offers a fusion of Swiss, Italian, and Mediterranean cuisine, with a menu that changes regularly to reflect the season’s best ingredients. The atmosphere is lively and friendly, with a cocktail bar and a spacious terrace overlooking the lake.
Overnight in Montreux.
Day 9: Guided Tours of Bern
Welcome to Bern, Switzerland’s charming capital city in the heart of the country. This one-day tour is the perfect introduction to Bern’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a must-see for any visitor to Switzerland.
We will begin our tour with a transfer from Montreux to Bern, taking in the scenic beauty of Switzerland along the way. Upon arrival, we will be greeted by our knowledgeable guide, who will give us an overview of Bern’s history and culture before leading us on a walking tour of the city’s Old Town.
Our first stop will be the Bern Cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece from the 15th century. With its impressive bell tower and stunning stained glass windows, the cathedral is a sight to behold and offers fantastic views of the city from its terrace.
Next, we’ll visit the Zytglogge Clock Tower, one of Bern’s most iconic landmarks. This ornate clock tower has been keeping time since the 16th century and features an impressive mechanical clock that still functions today.
Our tour will take us to the Einsteinhaus, the former home of the famous physicist Albert Einstein during his time in Bern. The museum houses exhibits and artifacts that glimpse Einstein’s life and work.
We’ll break for lunch at a traditional Swiss restaurant, where you’ll have the opportunity to taste some of the country’s most famous dishes, including cheese fondue and rösti.
After lunch, we’ll visit Bear Park, a spacious and natural habitat for Bern’s beloved bears. Here, we’ll learn about the history of the bears in Bern and observe them in their daily activities.
Next, we’ll take a leisurely walk along the Aare River, which offers stunning views of the city’s skyline and is a popular spot for locals to swim, sunbathe, and enjoy picnics.
Returning to the Old Town, we’ll have the opportunity to shop and stroll through the charming cobblestone streets, taking in the beautiful architecture and unique boutiques.
We’ll end the day with a delicious dinner at a local restaurant, where you’ll have the opportunity to try some of Bern’s famous dishes and soak up the city’s charming ambiance.
Overnight in Bern.
Day 10: Discovering Bern's Surroundings
On the final day of your ten-day Switzerland itinerary, we will explore Bern’s breathtaking surroundings, known for their natural beauty and picturesque landscapes. We’ll begin the day with a private chauffeur, who will drive us to our first destination, the Kambly Experience.
The Kambly Experience is a world-famous biscuit factory in the picturesque town of Trubschachen. Here, we’ll tour the factory, learn about the company’s history, and even have the opportunity to sample some of its delicious biscuits.
After the Kambly Experience, we’ll go to the Emmental Cheese Factory in the heart of Switzerland’s cheese-making country. Here, we’ll learn about the traditional cheese-making process and witness the artistry of crafting this iconic Swiss delicacy.
We’ll break for lunch at a local restaurant, where you’ll have the opportunity to taste some of the region’s famous dishes and savor the unique flavors of Swiss cuisine.
Next, we’ll make our way to the city of Thun, a beautiful and historic town nestled on the shores of Lake Thun. Here, we’ll explore the famous Thun Castle, a medieval fortress that has stood the test of time and offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape.
After the castle, we’ll take a scenic Lake Thun Cruise, which will take us on a journey around the beautiful lake and offer breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps.
Our next stop is the charming town of Spiez, where we’ll take a stroll through the streets and take in the beautiful architecture and stunning scenery. We’ll also have the opportunity to visit the Spiez Castle Vineyard, where we’ll sample some of the region’s famous wines and learn about the history of winemaking in Switzerland.
As the tour ends, we’ll make our way back to Bern, where you’ll have the opportunity to explore the city on your own and soak up the vibrant atmosphere.
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Our 10-day tour of Switzerland has taken you through some of the country’s most iconic destinations, including Zurich, Lucerne, Interlaken, Zermatt, and Bern, and given you a taste of the unique experiences that await you here.
However, this is just a glimpse of all that Switzerland has to offer, and there are countless other destinations, activities, and experiences that you can explore. If you’re looking for a truly bespoke and personalized itinerary, we recommend contacting Switzerland by Luxe, who can help you plan a tailor-made tour that perfectly fits your interests and preferences.
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