7 Days in Switzerland
Touring Switzerland in 7 Days
Welcome to Switzerland, one of the world’s most beautiful and fascinating countries. This 7-day tour itinerary will take you on a journey through some of the top destinations in Switzerland, including Geneva, Zermatt, Lucerne, Interlaken, and Zurich.
Whether it’s a cable car ride to the summit of Mount Pilatus, a boat ride around Lake Lucerne, a visit to the Jungfrau Railway in Interlaken, or a walking tour of Zurich’s Old Town, this tour will provide you with an unforgettable adventure that you will cherish for a lifetime.
Destinations on our one-week Switzerland Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Geneva
Located on the banks of Lake Geneva, surrounded by the majestic Alps and Jura mountains, Geneva is the perfect destination to begin your seven-day itinerary of Switzerland.
Whether you want to explore the city’s landmarks and monuments, indulge in its art and culture scene, or relax and enjoy its breathtaking views, our tour itinerary allows you to enjoy a slice of everything that makes the city such a must-visit destination.
Your private chauffeur will collect you from the airport and deliver you to your hotel in Geneva, ensuring a seamless and stress-free start to your trip.
Geneva Guided Walking Tour
Once you are suitably refreshed, a private walking tour of the city with an officially licensed guide is the perfect way to explore Geneva on the first evening of your seven-day itinerary.
This private walking tour will take you to Geneva’s top landmarks and attractions, offering a comprehensive overview of the city’s rich history and culture.
Your tour will begin with a visit to the Jet d’Eau, one of Geneva’s most iconic landmarks. This massive water fountain shoots up to 140 meters high, creating a breathtaking display that can be seen from across the city. Your guide will provide insights into the history and significance of this impressive structure, and you will have plenty of time to take photos and enjoy the scenery.
Next, your tour will take you to the heart of Geneva’s Old Town. This charming district has narrow cobblestone streets, historical buildings, and bustling squares. You will explore the old town’s hidden alleys and secret courtyards, learning about the city’s past and present as you go.
One of the highlights of the Old Town is the St. Pierre Cathedral, a beautiful Gothic-style church that dates back to the 12th century. Your guide will take you inside the cathedral, where you will marvel at the stunning stained-glass windows and intricate carvings. You will also learn about the important role that the church played in the city’s history, from the time of the Reformation to the present day.
Another must-see attraction on this tour is the Reformation Wall, a tribute to the leaders of the Protestant Reformation. This impressive monument is carved into the side of a hill and features larger-than-life statues of famous figures such as John Calvin and William Farel. Your guide will provide fascinating insights into the history and significance of the Reformation and the creation of this magnificent sculpture.
Finally, your tour will take you to the Palace of Nations, the headquarters of the United Nations in Europe. This impressive building is home to various international organizations and symbolizes Geneva’s role as a global diplomatic center. You will have the opportunity to learn about the vital work at the Palace of Nations and the fascinating history of the United Nations.
Throughout your City Highlights Tour, your officially licensed guide will provide knowledge and insights into Geneva’s history, culture, and landmarks. In addition, you will have the chance to ask questions and explore the city at your own pace, making this private tour an unforgettable experience.
Overnight in Geneva.
Day 2: Geneva Art Culture & Shopping
Join your guide in the morning as you explore Genva’s fabulous wealth of art, culture, and luxury shopping.
The tour begins with a visit to the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, one of Geneva’s most important cultural institutions. The museum has a vast collection of contemporary artworks featuring works by world-renowned artists like Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Pablo Picasso. Your officially licensed guide will provide in-depth knowledge about the artists and their works, helping you appreciate the pieces even more.
Next, the tour will take you to the historic Bâtiment des Forces Motrices, a former hydroelectric power plant that has now been transformed into a cultural center. You will experience various performing arts here, including dance, music, and theater. Your guide will explain the history of the building and its cultural significance while you enjoy a world-class performance in a unique setting.
The third stop on the Art and Culture Tour is the Patek Philippe Museum, which is a must-visit for watch enthusiasts. This museum is home to an extensive collection of timepieces from the 16th century. Your guide will help you explore the museum’s collection, providing insight into the fascinating history of watchmaking.
Lake Geneva Cruise
The Lake Geneva Tour is a fantastic way to experience the stunning beauty of the area around Geneva. This private tour takes visitors on a scenic boat ride around Lake Geneva, where they can soak up the magnificent views and explore picturesque towns and villages.
Your tour will begin with a pick-up from your hotel or pre-arranged meeting point, where you will meet your officially licensed guide and set off on a journey to Lake Geneva. Once you arrive at the port, you will board a boat and embark on a leisurely cruise around the lake.
As you sail, you will be surrounded by breathtaking scenery, including the majestic Alps, the Jura Mountains, and the famous Chillon Castle. Your guide will provide information about the history and significance of the landmarks you pass, ensuring you deeply understand the area’s culture and heritage.
During the tour, you will stop at several picturesque towns and villages, including Nyon, Vevey, and Montreux. These charming places are known for their historical buildings, scenic views, and vibrant local culture. In addition, you will have time to explore each town on foot, taking in the sights and sounds and getting a taste of local life.
At the end of the tour, the boat will dock at Montreux, where you will disembark and meet your private driver. From here, you will travel to your accommodation in Zermatt, which is approximately a 1- and 45-minute journey.
Overnight in Zermatt.
Day 3: Zermatt
In the morning, your guide will collect you from your accommodation as you go to The Matterhorn Glacier Paradise Tour, which takes you on a cable car ride up to the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, one of the highest viewing platforms in Europe.
Once you arrive at the summit, you will be surrounded by a sea of snow and ice, with the majestic Matterhorn looming overhead.
One of the highlights of this tour is the chance to explore the glacier and take a guided tour of the Ice Palace. The Ice Palace is a stunning network of ice tunnels and caves filled with spectacular ice sculptures created by world-renowned artists. Your guide will provide fascinating insights into the history and significance of the region and the creation of the sculptures.
In addition to the Ice Palace, you can explore the other attractions at the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, including the viewing platform and the restaurant. You can soak up the stunning scenery, enjoy a delicious meal, and take in the unique atmosphere of this remarkable location.
The Zermatt Village and Historical Tour
In the afternoon, join your private guide for a walking tour that offers an in-depth exploration of the charming village of Zermatt. An officially licensed guide lets you learn about the village’s rich history and culture and discover hidden gems.
Your tour will begin with a pick-up from your hotel or a pre-arranged meeting point, where you will meet your guide and set off on foot. Your guide will take you to St. Mauritius Church, a historic landmark from the 15th century. You will learn about the history and significance of the church and marvel at its beautiful stained-glass windows and impressive architecture.
Next, your guide will take you to the Hinterdorf, the oldest part of Zermatt, where you can explore its narrow alleys and charming courtyards. You will discover traditional Swiss chalets, barns, and stables and learn about the way of life of the people who lived here in the past.
Walking through the village, your guide will point out landmarks, attractions, local artisan shops, and restaurants. You will have the opportunity to stop and shop for souvenirs, as well as to taste local delicacies, such as cheese and chocolate.
Overnight in Zermatt.
Day 4: The Gornergrat Railway Tour
This private guided tour takes you on a scenic train ride up to the Gornergrat summit, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the Matterhorn and the surrounding mountains. Your guide will provide you with insights into the history and culture of the region, as well as the geological features of the area.
As the train winds up the mountain, you will be treated to breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Your guide will provide information about the area’s geology and the unique flora and fauna that thrive in the alpine environment.
Once you arrive at the summit, you will be surrounded by stunning panoramic views of the Matterhorn and the surrounding mountains. Your guide will provide you with fascinating insights into the history and culture of the region, as well as the significance of the Gornergrat summit in the development of the area.
You will have time to explore the summit on foot, taking in the stunning views and visiting the various attractions, such as the observatory and the Matterhorn Museum. Your guide will be on hand to provide you with information and answer any questions.
Zermatt Guided Hiking Experience
Zermatt is a hiker’s paradise, with many stunning hiking trails offering breathtaking views of the mountains and the valley below. A private guided hiking tour is an excellent option for light to medium-difficulty hikes suitable for all ages. With an officially licensed guide, you can experience the area’s natural beauty while receiving expert guidance and information about flora and fauna.
Your hiking tour will begin with a pick-up from your hotel or a pre-arranged meeting point, where you will meet your guide and set off on foot. Your guide will choose a hiking trail that suits your fitness and experience, ensuring you can enjoy the hike at your own pace and comfort.
As you hike, your guide will provide insights into the area’s natural history and the flora and fauna you encounter along the way. In addition, you will learn about the region’s geology and the unique ecosystems that thrive in the alpine environment.
Throughout the hike, you will be treated to breathtaking views of the mountains, valleys, and forests. Your guide will point out landmarks and attractions along the way and provide information about the history and culture of the area.
Some popular light to medium-difficulty hikes in the Zermatt area includes the Riffelsee Lake trail, which takes you to a beautiful alpine lake with stunning views of the Matterhorn, and the Sunnegga-Blauherd trail, which offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
Overnight in Zermatt.
Day 5: Arrival in Lucerne
Driving to Lucerne from Zermatt with a private driver is a comfortable and scenic way to travel between the two destinations. The journey takes approximately 3 hours, with stunning views of the Swiss Alps. Your private driver will ensure a smooth and stress-free journey, allowing you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery.
Lucerne City Walking Tour
The City Highlights Tour is a private guided tour that covers the top landmarks and attractions in Lucerne, providing an excellent introduction to the city. Then, with an officially licensed guide, you will explore the charming Old Town and discover the cultural and historical significance of the area.
Your tour will begin with a pick-up from your hotel or a pre-arranged meeting point, where you will meet your guide and set off on foot. You will first explore the famous Chapel Bridge, one of the most iconic landmarks of Lucerne. The bridge dates back to the 14th century and is covered in beautiful paintings depicting the city’s history.
Next, you will visit the Lion Monument, a powerful sculpture that honors the Swiss soldiers who died during the French Revolution. The monument was created by Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen and is a must-see attraction in Lucerne.
You will also be able to explore the Musegg Wall, part of the city’s original fortifications. The wall features nine towers, each with a unique design, and provides stunning views of the city and the surrounding mountains.
In addition to the landmarks, you will also explore the charming Old Town, with its narrow streets, colorful buildings, and local artisan shops. Your guide will provide you with information about the history and culture of the area, as well as the unique traditions and customs of the region.
The tour will also include visiting the impressive Lucerne Castle, which dates back to the 13th century. The castle features stunning architecture and a beautiful courtyard and provides a fascinating insight into the history and culture of the city.
Lake Lucerne Cruise Tour
As you cruise around the lake, you will be treated to breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Your guide will provide you with information about the history and culture of the area, as well as the unique flora and fauna that thrive in the alpine environment.
You will also be able to explore charming towns and attractions along the way. The tour typically includes stops at towns such as Weggis, Vitznau, and Brunnen, where you can experience the local culture and traditions and explore the local landmarks and attractions.
In addition to the towns, you will also have the opportunity to visit various attractions along the way, such as the Rigi mountain, the Bürgenstock resort, and the historic town of Schwyz.
Day 6: Mount Pilatus Tour
On day 6 of our itinerary, you will enjoy a thrilling adventure up to the summit of Mount Pilatus, one of the most iconic peaks in the Swiss Alps. With an officially licensed guide, you will embark on a cable car and cogwheel train ride up to the summit, enjoying breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
Your tour will begin with a pick-up from your hotel or a pre-arranged meeting point, where you will meet your guide and set off on your journey. Once you arrive at the foot of Mount Pilatus, you will board a cable car that will take you on a scenic ride up to the Krienseregg station.
From Krienseregg, you will switch to a cogwheel train that will take you on a thrilling ride up to the summit of Mount Pilatus. The train ride is one of the steepest in the world and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
Once you arrive at the summit, you will be treated to breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. In addition, you will have the opportunity to explore the various attractions on the mountain, including the Dragon Path, the Rope Park, and the Pilatus Skyline.
The Dragon Path is a unique adventure trail that takes you on a journey through the history and myths of the mountain. The trail includes various obstacles and challenges and provides a thrilling experience for visitors of all ages.
The Rope Park is a high-altitude adventure park that offers a range of challenging activities, such as rope bridges, zip lines, and balance beams. The park provides a fun and exhilarating experience for visitors who want to push their limits and test their skills.
The Pilatus Skyline is a thrilling aerial cableway that takes you across the mountain, offering stunning views of the surrounding landscape. The cableway is the longest in the world and provides an unforgettable experience for visitors who want to soar above the mountains.
Afternoon Swiss Chocolate and Cheese Tour
Your tour will begin with a pick-up from your hotel or a pre-arranged meeting point, where you will meet your guide and set off on your journey. Once you arrive at the chocolate and cheese factories, you will be treated to a behind-the-scenes production process tour.
At the chocolate factory, you will learn about the art and science of chocolate-making and discover the secrets behind the rich and delicious flavors. In addition, you will have the opportunity to taste various chocolate products, from creamy milk chocolate to intense dark chocolate, and learn about the unique characteristics of each.
At the cheese factory, you will explore the various stages of cheese production, from the milk to the final product. You will learn about the different types of cheese produced in the region, such as Gruyere, Emmental, and Appenzeller, and have the opportunity to taste a variety of delicious cheeses.
Throughout the tour, your guide will provide you with fascinating insights into the history and culture of Swiss cuisine and the unique characteristics of the local products. For example, you will learn about the significance of chocolate and cheese in Swiss culture and discover how they are used in local cuisine.
Day 7: Zurich
You will arrive in Zurich after just 47 minutes from Lucerne with your private driver. With its stunning lake, charming Old Town, and world-class museums and galleries, Zurich is the ideal destination for your last day of the seven-day Switzerland itinerary.
Zurich Walking Tour
The Old Town Walking Tour is a private guided tour that takes you through Zurich’s charming and historic Old Town. With an officially licensed guide, you will explore the various landmarks, attractions, and hidden gems that make up the city’s heart.
The tour typically begins in the heart of the Old Town, at the Bahnhofstrasse, one of the world’s most exclusive shopping streets. From there, your guide will take you on a stroll through the quaint streets and alleyways of the Old Town, pointing out the unique architecture, local shops, and historic landmarks along the way.
As you explore the Old Town, you can visit landmarks such as the Grossmunster, a stunning Romanesque-style church that dates back to the 12th century, and the Fraumunster, a beautiful church that features stunning stained glass windows created by artist Marc Chagall.
In addition to these landmarks, you will also have the opportunity to explore the charming streets and alleyways of the Old Town. You can soak up the unique atmosphere and discover hidden treasures and local shops offering unique and exciting products.
Zurich Art Tour
The Art and Culture Tour is a private guided tour that takes you through Zurich’s vibrant and diverse art and culture scene. With an officially licensed guide, you will explore the various museums, galleries, and performance venues that make up the city’s cultural landscape.
The tour typically begins at one of the city’s top art museums, such as the Kunsthaus Zurich, which features an impressive modern and contemporary art collection. From there, your guide will take you through the various museums and galleries that showcase the best of Zurich’s art scene, including the Museum of Digital Art, the Rietberg Museum, and the Migros Museum of Contemporary Art.
In addition to these museums and galleries, the tour may include a visit to one of the city’s many theaters, concert halls, or performance venues, where you can experience the unique art and culture of the city in action. Whether it’s a performance by the Zurich Opera House, a concert by the Tonhalle Orchestra, or a show at the Theater am Neumarkt, you will surely be impressed by the quality and diversity of the city’s cultural offerings.
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Our 7-day tour of Switzerland through Geneva, Zermatt, Lucerne, Interlaken, and Zurich is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will leave you with unforgettable memories. From the stunning beauty of Lake Geneva to the breathtaking views of the Matterhorn and the Swiss Alps, and from the charm of Lucerne’s Old Town to the vibrant art and culture scene of Zurich, this tour offers a unique and unforgettable journey through the best of Switzerland.
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