Luxury Switzerland Tours & Travel
Luxury Switzerland Tours & Travel
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No matter where you go in Switzerland, you’ll be awed by its stunning beauty. This small country tucked between Italy, France and Austria, is filled with soaring mountains and snow-dusted peaks, sparkling lakes, and charming villages with a good dose of chocolate and the sound of cowbells mixed in. Here you can hike through some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery, paraglide off a cliff, go whitewater rafting on a roaring river or join a cheesemaker in a lush valley to learn how cheese is made.
Winter brings the opportunity for world-class snow sports like skiing and boarding in the Bernese Oberland, Graubunden among many other top picks. Enjoy deeply rooted Alpine traditions and folkloric fairs, as well as a wealth of cosmopolitan delights.
In the capital of Bern, you can discover impressive modern art and bold architecture along with a spectacular medieval Old Town, while chic Geneva, which sits alongside the largest lake in Europe, is a cultural melting pot with a thriving food scene.
Zurich is one of the world’s top financial hubs, known for its high-end shopping, luxurious lifestyles and decadent chocolates, with highly urbanized districts tucked among cultural and historical areas, all right at the foot of the Alps. Then there’s picturesque Lucerne which offers a little bit of everything the country provides, a mini Switzerland itself. Lake Lucerne is simply magnificent, with surrounding mountain peaks glistening under the sun. From nearby Mount Pilatus one can get a panoramic view over it all.
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Trips to Switzerland
Zurich, Lucerne, Interlaken, Zermatt, St. Moritz11 NightsFrom $4,289 PPExperience stunning mountain scenery with visits to Zurich, Lucerne, Interlaken, Zermatt & St. Morit...
Zurich, Lucerne, Zermatt, Matterhorn, Geneva10 NightsFrom $3,892 PPDiscover the highlights of Switzerland from east to west, from storybook medieval Old Towns to soari...
Lucerne, Interlaken, Bern, Zurich7 NightsFrom $2,859 PPThis enchanting 7-nights journey showcases the highlights of German Switzerland from its soaring gre...
Where to visit in Switzerland
Our travel experts have collated their top recommendations of where to visit in Switzerland.
Bern isn’t your typical capital, especially picturesque, from the lush surrounding hills to the red roofs dotted across a spit of land along the turquoise Aare River. Its medieval city center is a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site with picturesque bridges, covered arcades, the country’s tallest bell tower and 16th-century fountains, all backed by the dramatic soaring Alps. It’s remained virtually unchanged since the 15th-century while boasting a surprisingly laid-back atmosphere for a capital city. Visitors can also enjoy a unique bear park, world-class museums, and a thriving drinking scene.
Set alongside Europe’s largest lake, Geneva is a cosmopolitan city home to the European headquarters of the United Nation and the International Red Cross. It’s also filled with interesting attractions and striking beauty. A boat cruise on Lake Geneva brings breathtaking views of the Alps where locals and visitors can enjoy outstanding hiking or skiing, depending on the season. With vineyards and wineries dotted around the lake, it’s ideal for wine enthusiasts year-round. There are many offbeat markets for shoppers and clubs for those who want to experience lively nightlife as well.
Interlaken is tucked between two alpine lakes, a tourist resort that was once most well-known as a watchmaking center. Today, visitors come for its enchanting landscape with snow covered mountain peaks where cascading waterfalls trickle down to sparkling lakes and lush valleys. It also offers jaw-dropping views of some of the country’s most famous mountains, Eiger, Jungfrau and Monch, as well as being popular base for taking part in outdoor adventures, including hiking and paragliding. Visitors can also become immersed in local daily life by taking a class at a woodcarving school.
A popular day trip from Geneva, Lausanne also lies on the banks of Lake Geneva and is known for its outdoor markets as well as being a popular base for skiing some of the world’s top slopes. The city faces the Alps, providing even more dramatic vistas than Geneva, and is surrounded by vineyards, including the UNESCO-listed Lavaux vineyard, making it popular among wine connoisseurs. It’s also one of the greenest cities in Europe in addition to housing unique museums and a Gothic Old Town.
The quintessential Swiss city, lakeside Lucerne is a breathtaking city with a well-preserved Old Town, attractive town squares, painted veneers and narrow cobbled lanes, all highlighted with a dramatic mountain panorama. Discover castles, towers, pretty bridges and a Renaissance town hall. The ideal place for a stroll, one can get lost among its labyrinth of passageways, enjoying the colorful medieval architecture. Head to the top of Mount Pilatus for a dazzling view over it all and experience it from the water on a vintage paddle-wheeler boat cruise across Lake Lucerne, which many call Switzerland’s most picturesque lake.
Bordering Italy along the shores of Lake Lugano, rimmed by mountains in Switzerland’s southern region, the town of Lugano is an attractive city with a maze of steep cobbled streets. They meander down to the edge of the lake and alongside a flower-filled promenade, lined with sidewalk cafes, upscale designer boutiques and buzzing bars. Famous for its enchanting Mediterranean-like scenery, temperate trees grow alongside cypress and citrus trees. It’s also known as the former residence of Nobel Prize winner Herman Hesse. The Herman Hesse Museum in nearby Montagnola houses memorabilia from his time here for more than 40 years up to his death.
St. Moritz has long attracted VIPs from royals to Hollywood celebrities, with jaw-dropping good looks that include a sparkling aquamarine-hued lake, emerald forests and imposing mountains. While it’s famous for its skiing, most visit for its glitz and glamour, with everything from Europe’s highest shopping street to fine dining restaurants for indulging in caviar and truffles. There are plenty of decadent spas with mud and mineral baths ideal for relaxing after a day of play whether hiking the soaring mountains or taking part in popular winter activities.
Switzerland’s wealthiest metropolis and largest city offers everything from impressive architecture, world-class museums and art galleries to thrilling outdoor adventures. It boasts a picturesque well-preserved Old Town with cobblestone streets, winding lanes and medieval buildings. Its top attractions are the Swiss National Museum and Bahnhofstrasse, the main downtown street that’s one of the most exclusive and expensive shopping avenues in the world. It’s also become a hip and trendy destination with old factories converted in creative living spaces and cultural centers, particularly in Zurich West, the hub of nightlife.
The stunning resort town of Zermatt is overlooked by the Alps’ most famous peak, the Matterhorn which soars nearly 14,000 feet high near the Italian border. One of the world’s most photographed mountains, visitors can ride a cable car to the summit to soak up views from the highest scenic outlook platform in Europe and discover an ice palace. It’s also an easy ride or walk to villages that seem lost in time and miles of scenic hikes. In the car-free village itself you’ll find many outstanding restaurants and exciting nightlife options, including swanky lounge bars that attract the style-conscious.
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Things to do in Switzerland
Go Skiing at the Foothills of the Matterhorn
One of the top spots for skiing is the resort town of Zermatt, where one can whiz down some of the world’s most iconic slopes with spectacular views of the world-famous pyramidal-shaped Matterhorn. The legendary peak rises nearly 14,000 feet into the frequent brilliant blue skies with its four steep faces lying in the direction of the compass points.
Take in the Views of GoldenPass
The GoldenPass Line is a scenic rail route traveling through Switzerland, highlighting some of its most impressive scenery. It rolls slow and leisurely for ample time to soak it all in, broken up into three sections, from Lucerne to Interlaken Ost, Interlaken Ost to Zweisimmen and Zweisimmen to Montreux. Marvel at stunning landscapes with valleys dotted with Swiss chalets, cascading falls and lakes.
Go Hiking in the Alps
Hiking in Switzerland is really a must, with some of the world’s most awe-inspiring trails that showcase dramatic mountain views and remote valleys. Even for long distance treks one can hike for days on end without a sleeping bag, tent or even food thanks to the well-linked system of mountain huts which offer comfortable beds, hot showers and tasty meals.
Go Wine Tasting in Vaud
While Switzerland may be more famous for its chocolate and cheese, it’s also a top spot for sampling fine wines, most of which you’d never be able to try anywhere else. The canton of Vaud is one of the best destinations for tasting, with Lavaux vineyards its most famous. The terraced vineyards lie between Montreux and Lausanne, providing a breathtaking setting for sipping.
Learn to Make Gruyere Cheese
Speaking of cheese, not only should you try it here, melted in fondue, in a traditional raclette dinner, or on its own, but you should also learn about the art of cheesemaking. Medieval Gruyeres is a great place to do it, home to the La Maison du Gruyere cheese factor, and enjoy plenty of tastings while strolling the cobbled streets.
Taste the World’s Best Chocolate
Another must-try is Swiss chocolate. Maison Cailler in Broc is one of the world’s oldest factories, offering a sweet adventure through the history of chocolate, from cocoa ceremonies of the Aztecs to the latest innovations as well as a tasting of an incredible variety of flavors. Max Chocolatier in Lucerne offers tours that include the chance to make your own chocolate.
Visit Beautiful Interlaken
One of the most popular mountain resort towns, Interlaken is incredibly scenic tucked between Lake Brienz and Lake Thun, offering breathtaking mountain and lake views along with outdoor adventure. Three of Switzerland’s most famous peaks, Jungfrau, Monch and Eiger soar above it providing breathtaking vistas and outdoor adventures with everything from hiking, climbing, abseiling and paragliding to world-class skiing and boarding.
Take in Lake Geneva
Lake Geneva sits along the Swiss and French border, tucked between dazzling snow-capped peaks. Inside is Jet d’Eau, a fountain and famous landmark that sends water nearly 500 feet into the air. Along the shores of the lake are picturesque gardens, parks, promenades, and vineyards. One of the best views can be enjoyed from Lausanne with the Alps towering in the distance
Visit Chateau de Chillon
Also along the banks of Lake Geneva near Montreaux is the famous Chillon Castle, or Chateau de Chillon, an architectural gem that’s inspired many creative types, including Lord Byron and Victor Hugo who both wrote about this treasure. It dates from the 12th-century as the former stronghold of the Dukes and Counts of Savoy, with highlights like the Chapel with 14th-century paintings.
Explore UNESCO-Listed Bern
Bern is a capital city unlike most others, with its especially picturesque scenery and a UNESCO-listed medieval Old Town. It sits on a peninsula alongside the turquoise-hued River Aare and boasts lovely cobbled streets along with Switzerland’s tallest bell tower which can be climbed for a panoramic vista. Other highlights include its medieval clock tower with moving puppets and 16th-century fountains.
See the Rhine Falls
Central Europe’s largest falls, Rhine Falls on the upper Rhine River just below Schaffhausen is a mesmerizing sight. It can be viewed from platforms on both sides of the river or by taking a boat excursion up the Rhine. Early summer, in June and July, are the best months to visit with the snow melt creating a massive volume of water.
Ride the Bernina Railway Line
The Bernina offers an unforgettable train ride through breathtaking snow-capped mountains while relaxing in bright red carriages. You’ll get a panoramic view over untouched landscapes, including the Eastern Alps highest mountain, Piz Bernina at over 13,120 feet high, along with sparkling glaciers, frozen lakes, and dramatic gorges. It travels over 200 bridges and through more than 50 tunnels, with magical views year-round.
Switzerland Key Facts
- GMT+1 | ET+6
- Swiss Franc
- Families, Culture Vultures, Food & Wine
- Apr - Jun / Sep - Oct
- Montreux, Lucerne. Zurich, Geneva, Bern
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