Self-guided Best of Switzerland (Independent Switzerland sightseeing tour)
Length: 8 days, 7 nights
If you only have time for a quick trip to the Alps, and would like to see as much as possible while you're there, our 8-day Best of Switzerland self-guided tour may be just the tour for you! We've put together what I think is the best week-long introduction for independent travel in the Swiss Alps. It combines stays in two of Switzerland's prettiest and most interesting cities - Lucerne and Zürich - along with visits to 2 of the most incredible mountain areas anywhere - the Matterhorn region (Zermatt) and Jungfrau region (your choice of Wengen or Mürren). It's a good balance of seeing as much as you can, without feeling like your whole trip is spent on trains.
Your typical day will start with a buffet breakfast at your inn - delicious fresh baked bread, local cheeses, cereal, fruit, coffee and juice - giving you a good start for a full day of sightseeing. Then you'll be out, seeing the sights such as Lucerne's Chapel Bridge or Mount Pilatus, Switzerland's highest train station - the Jungfraujoch, or breathtaking Gornergrat in Zermatt. Many days will include a scenic train ride between villages. In the mountains you'll finish with a multi-course dinner at your hotel restaurant, while in the cities we've left evenings free for you to explore some of the many restaurants in Lucerne and Zurich.
Choose between a deluxe option with luxurious 4-star hotels and a 1st class railpass (5-star hotels and suite upgrades are also available), or our standard option with more modest inns, 3-star hotels, and a 2nd class railpass. As always, you can count on your hotels being the best in their class - charming, family run inns with perfect locations, great food, and professional service. We'll take care of all the details: get you the most appropriate rail pass, find the best hotels, recommend our favorite sights, and link them together in an itinerary that gets the most out of your week in the Swiss Alps!
Day 1 Arrive in Switzerland, and transfer by train to Zermatt, the atmospheric mountain village nestled up at the foot of the Matterhorn. The Matterhorn is the most powerful and recognizable mountain in the Alps, a massive and distinctive mountain surrounded by dozens of fine, glacier-clad peaks. Ride a cablecar up to stunning viewpoints, or just enjoy the ambiance of the village with great restaurants and hotels, and a lively shopping district. (Zermatt)
Self-guided Best of Switzerland, details:
Our self-guided prices are per person, based on two people sharing a standard double room and include:
Both self-guided tour versions include hiking maps and detailed route descriptions for optional hikes in Murren and Zermatt, rail maps, sightseeing suggestions for each stop, train schedules and lots of useful information to help ensure a successful trip. You'll also have a local contact to call if you have any questions or problems during your trip.
Not included are lunches, drinks with dinners, dinners in Lucerne or Zurich, extras (such as laundry, phone calls from the room, etc), or transportation not covered by your railpass.
We also offer our self-guided 11-day Switzerland's Scenic Trains tour and 13-day Swiss Sampler tours. If you'd like to lengthen or shorten any of these tours, add destinations, or create a customized tour of Switzerland from scratch, let us know. We have extensive experience all over Switzerland, and will be happy to work with you to build the vacation that best suits your needs.
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