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Switzerland From East to West

11 Days / 10 Nights

Zurich, Lucerne, Zermatt, Geneva

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Head west, taking in many of the highlights of the German and French-speaking parts of Switzerland. You'll visit prosperous Zurich, and the quiet scenery of lakeside Lucerne. You'll visit the remote village of Zermatt, which is car-free to keep its views of the Matterhorn utterly stunning, then visit Geneva, the "Capital of Peace."

The services we provide as part of our comprehensive packages include accommodations, train tickets, airport and train station transfers, city tours and day trips. In addition to the tours included, we can arrange a number of excursions based on your own interests. All of our tours are custom, and this is just a sample meant to give an idea of what our trips are like, and the opportunities our destinations provide.

One of our team members in the region will be available to you leading up to and during your trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will receive access to your Guest Page, with its information on the best these destinations have to offer, including things to see and do, and other inside tips from restaurant recommendations to tipping advice. Upon arrival, we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to reach your JayWay tour manager throughout your trip. In all of our destinations, we offer a variety of memorable 2-5 star accommodation options, including boutique hotels, charming B&Bs, and spacious apartments. With our firsthand experience, we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable, and centrally located, with local ambience.

Route for Zurich, Lucerne, Zermatt, Geneva tour

2 Nights in Zurich

2 Nights in Zurich

3 days in Zurich
3 days in Zurich

2 Nights in Zurich

Switzerland's largest city and main hub, Zurich is where many of the nation's bankers and scholars bump shoulders. This cosmopolitan city ranks highly in terms of livability, but for all its wealth and global prestige, the Old Town remains charming, if almost spotless. The ridges flanking Zurich's river valley offer romantic views, but the best way to hit the ground running in Zurich is to follow the river itself as it cuts through the Old Town, then meets Lake Zurich. Along the way, indulge in detours, from upscale chocolatiers to low-stress beaches.

Switzerland's largest city and main hub, Zurich is where many of the nation's bankers and scholars bump shoulders. This cosmopolitan city ranks highly in terms of livability, but for all its wealth and global prestige, the Old Town remains charming, if almost spotless. The ridges flanking Zurich's river valley offer romantic views, but the best way to hit the ground running in Zurich is to follow the river itself as it cuts through the Old Town, then meets Lake Zurich. Along the way, indulge in detours, from upscale chocolatiers to low-stress beaches.

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Zurich

Upon your arrival to Zurich Airport, your driver will be waiting to take you to your accommodations.

A Market in a Viaduct

Suggestion to explore on your own

Zurich has plenty of shopping on offer, from luxury design and haut couture through to local goods and vintage finds. For a truly local shopping experience, stroll on down to the "Viaduktstrasse," where you can find the Viaduct Market. This shopping spot has locally designed and produced clothing good for any outdoor activities you may be planning on, as well as a fashion workshop run by a community of designers devoted to supporting young talent. Beyond clothing, you can find excellent local and international cuisine, and plenty of memorable ways to decorate your home.

A Market in a Viaduct

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Zurich

Zurich and Surroundings Private eTukTuk Tour

Zurich and Surroundings Private eTukTuk Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Zurich, with its captivating situation along the Limmat is a city worth discovering on foot, but even better on an e-tuktuk. Get your bearings on the surrounding hills and sights on the small e-vehicle in a smart and faster way so the rest of the day / night will be yours to be filedl with more experiences!


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 90 minutes

Hike the Hill

Suggestion to explore on your own

Zurich has its own hill, the Uetliberg, which offers great views amid green majesty. You can easily reach it by train from Zurich's main station, or by taking a streetcar from the Fifa World Football Museum. Choosing the latter option will let you add an easy 20-minute hike to the top, following the "Planetenweg" ("Planets Path") route, although there are several others to try. As the name implies, the route passes models of the planets (each meter equals one million kilometers), so you can get a feel for the solar system's true size. Once you're above the city, enjoy the hill's panorama, and refreshing air and nature.

Hike the Hill

Day 3

Day 3 - Traveling to Lucerne by Private Transfer

Today a driver will pick you up at your accommodations and take you directly to Lucerne. The drive should take less than an hour.

We also offer the following excursions in Zurich

Bernese Oberland Pick and Mix Private Tour
Moderate9 hours
Bernese Oberland and Jungfrau Private Tour
Moderate9 hours
Chocolate, Mountains, and Medieval Towns Private Tour
Moderate9 hours
Lake Lucerne Private Tour
Moderate9 hours

2 Nights in Lucerne

2 Nights in Lucerne

3 days in Lucerne
3 days in Lucerne

2 Nights in Lucerne

If you only have time for one spot in central Switzerland, make it Lucerne. This charming lakeside town offers a memorable mountain panorama. The town's standout landmark is the 12th century Chapel Bridge (Europe's oldest covered bridge), which runs past the unique octagonal Water Tower. Visitors also tend to make a beeline for the Lion Monument, carved into a cliff, which commemorates the Swiss Guards who sacrificed their lives for the royal family during the French Revolution. Make sure to stop by the lesser-known covered Spreuer Bridge, with its Danse Macabre plaques. If you're fond of classical music, you're more than in luck, as the city offers frequent performances.

If you only have time for one spot in central Switzerland, make it Lucerne. This charming lakeside town offers a memorable mountain panorama. The town's standout landmark is the 12th century Chapel Bridge (Europe's oldest covered bridge), which runs past the unique octagonal Water Tower. Visitors also tend to make a beeline for the Lion Monument, carved into a cliff, which commemorates the Swiss Guards who sacrificed their lives for the royal family during the French Revolution. Make sure to stop by the lesser-known covered Spreuer Bridge, with its Danse Macabre plaques. If you're fond of classical music, you're more than in luck, as the city offers frequent performances.

Day 3

Day 3 - Arrival in Lucerne

Your driver will take you to your accommodations in Lucerne.

Lucerne Private Walking Tour

Lucerne Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Discover the fascinating abundant heritage of Lucerne. Simply being there gives the feeling of being trapped in time, but strolling the streets and hearing true medieval stories from a local guide will definitely take you back to the 14th and 15th centuries. Eager to hear some recent history, art and culture? Your private guide is on top of these topics as well.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours

Day 4

Day 4 - Your First Full Day in Lucerne

Mt. Pilatus Is Golden

Suggestion to explore on your own

Experience five different modes of transport and one amazing mountain, all in one day! Take a boat from Lucerne, then conquer the amazing Mt. Pilatus via the steepest railroad in the world. After the breathtaking ascent, you will be rewarded by equally spectacular views from the top. Excellent leisure facilities await you at the summit, have some refreshments on the panoramic terrace or in one of the cozy restaurants. On your way back, descend with the "Dragon Ride" aerial cableway to Fräkmüntegg and finally take a gondola to Kriens. From Kriens, you can return to Lucerne on the modern trolleybus, thus completing the convenient circular journey.

Mt. Pilatus Is Golden

Day 5

Day 5 - Traveling to Zermatt by Train

Today you're off to Zermatt. Your driver will pick you up from your accommodations and take you to the local train station. As there are no direct trains, you will need to change trains at least once. We have included second class train tickets, but you can upgrade to first class for an extra fee. The journey generally takes about three hours.

You can upgrade your transfer

Upgrade to Zermatt by Private Transfer
Zermatt by Private Transfer

Upgrade for an additional cost
We also offer the following excursions in Lucerne

Bernese Oberland Pick and Mix Private Tour
Moderate9 hours
Bernese Oberland and Jungfrau Private Tour
Moderate9 hours
Chocolate, Mountains, and Medieval Towns Private Tour
Moderate9 hours
City and Fondue Private TukTuk Tour
Easy1 hour 30 minutes

3 Nights in Zermatt

3 Nights in Zermatt

4 days in Zermatt
4 days in Zermatt

3 Nights in Zermatt

The destiny of the obscure village of Zermatt changed in 1865 after the Matterhorn was first summited. Although most of the brave mountaineers who tacked it did not survive, they attracted a wave of copycats, who took a liking to the humble village sitting beneath the mountain. Now you can comfortably get close to the Matterhorn itself, by taking the riding a cable car to the Little Matterhorn, the highest place in Europe reachable by transportation (and thus the continent's highest observation platform). Zermatt itself is car-free, to prevent air pollution from smudging its famed view.

The destiny of the obscure village of Zermatt changed in 1865 after the Matterhorn was first summited. Although most of the brave mountaineers who tacked it did not survive, they attracted a wave of copycats, who took a liking to the humble village sitting beneath the mountain. Now you can comfortably get close to the Matterhorn itself, by taking the riding a cable car to the Little Matterhorn, the highest place in Europe reachable by transportation (and thus the continent's highest observation platform). Zermatt itself is car-free, to prevent air pollution from smudging its famed view.

Day 5

Day 5 - Arrival in Zermatt

As Zermatt is a car-free zone, once you arrive at its train station, your hotel will arrange for you to be picked up by an electric cart and taken to your accommodations.

Day 6

Day 6 - Your First Full Day in Zermatt

Gornergrat by Rack Railroad & Short Hike with a Private Guide

Gornergrat by Rack Railroad & Short Hike with a Private Guide

Ride Europe's second-highest railroad to the Gornergrat, a spectacular ridge overlooking the Gorner Glacier, and 29 mountains, including the Matterhorn. At 3,000 meters (10,100) feet up, the Gornergrat Railway is the continent's highest open-air line, and uses trains with cogs between their wheels to prevent slippage. Enjoy our private tour with an expert guide explain the vista and take you on a short hike.


Activity Level : Strenuous
Duration : 7 hours

Day 7

Day 7 - Your Second Full Day in Zermatt

Matterhorn Paradise Day Trip with a Private Guide

Matterhorn Paradise Day Trip with a Private Guide

Hop into a cable car, and ride up to Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, Europe's highest ski area (one of its lifts is the country's fourth highest structure). This is the world's largest summer ski area, but has plenty of great opportunities for hiking, or even just taking in views from the continent's highest viewing platform (then heading to the Gorner Glacier's ice cave). This tour can also be offered without a guide.


Activity Level : Strenuous
Duration : 7 hours

Day 8

Day 8 - Traveling to Geneva by Train

Today you're off to Geneva. Your hotel will arrange a transfer in an electric car to the train station. As there are no direct trains, you will need to change trains, likely twice. We have included second-class train tickets, but you can upgrade to first-class for an extra fee. The journey generally takes three hours, including at least one stop.

You can upgrade your transfer

Upgrade to Geneva by Private Transfer with Stops in Montreux & Lavaux
Geneva by Private Transfer with Stops in Montreux & Lavaux

Upgrade for an additional cost
We also offer the following excursions in Zermatt

Blauherd & Stellisee Private Hike
Moderate4 hours 30 minutes
Self-Guided Experience around Zermatt - The Peak Pass
Moderate10 hours
Thermal Bath Leukerbad Private Day Trip (self-guided)
Light9 hours
Täschalp and Cheesemaking Private Tour
Moderate4 hours 30 minutes

3 Nights in Geneva

3 Nights in Geneva

4 days in Geneva
4 days in Geneva

3 Nights in Geneva

Switzerland's second city and main French-speaking metropolis, this proud "Protestant Rome" was once John Calvin's capital, but is now famous as the eminently livable "Capital of Peace." A cosmopolitan center of global diplomacy from the Red Cross to much of the UN, Geneva is the scenic spot where the Rhone leaves Lake Geneva. The watchmaker's Mecca, Geneva offers impressive shopping and fine dining, but one of the best activities is free: walking through the Old Town and by the lake. Most of the city is reminiscent of France (which nearly surrounds it) although the more bohemian Carouge district draws plenty of locals thanks to its Mediterranean atmosphere. An hour's drive away, Mont Blanc (the Alps' highest peak) is easy to spot.

Switzerland's second city and main French-speaking metropolis, this proud "Protestant Rome" was once John Calvin's capital, but is now famous as the eminently livable "Capital of Peace." A cosmopolitan center of global diplomacy from the Red Cross to much of the UN, Geneva is the scenic spot where the Rhone leaves Lake Geneva. The watchmaker's Mecca, Geneva offers impressive shopping and fine dining, but one of the best activities is free: walking through the Old Town and by the lake. Most of the city is reminiscent of France (which nearly surrounds it) although the more bohemian Carouge district draws plenty of locals thanks to its Mediterranean atmosphere. An hour's drive away, Mont Blanc (the Alps' highest peak) is easy to spot.

Day 8

Day 8 - Arrival in Geneva

Upon your arrival to Geneva's main train station, we'll arrange for a driver to pick you up and take you to your accommodations.

The French-Italian Touch

Suggestion to explore on your own

Today visit Carouge, part of Geneva modeled after Nice, which was once an independent trading town. Its Old Town, "Le Vieux Carouge" a special blend of French and Italian architecture, and cultural connections to the Mediterranean. The ambience is also unique, as this former trade hub is still home to diverse craftsmen and artisans who make traditional wares by hand. Filled with life, antique shops, bars, restaurants, and cafés, one after the other on streets reminiscent of Sardinia, the hours you spend in this most bohemian part of Geneva will be memorable, especially if you stop by for a dinner, or spend a night at the lively Chat Noir jazz club!

The French-Italian Touch

Day 9

Day 9 - Your First Full Day in Geneva

Geneva Old Town Private Walking Tour

Geneva Old Town Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Once the "Protestant Rome," Geneva has long been known for its leading role in the Protestant Reformation, as marked by its impressive St. Peter's Cathedral. On this tour, you will have the chance to get an insight into Geneva's history and life there today.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 2 hours

Humanitarian Geneva

Suggestion to explore on your own

There's a reason Geneva is associated with human rights. You can find exhibitions devoted to humanitarian efforts at the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, and the Palace of Nations. The former has three modern exhibitions devoted to defending human dignity, reconstructing family links, and reducing natural risks. The Palace of Nations was built to host the League of Nations, and has housed much of the United Nations since 1946, although Switzerland itself didn't become a UN member until 2002. Welcoming more than 25,000 delegates for over 10,000 intergovernmental meetings annually, this important complex is also home to many works of art, including some of the meeting rooms themselves. Explore the palace via its daily guided tours.

Humanitarian Geneva

Day 10

Day 10 - Your Second Full Day in Geneva

Lavaux Half Day Small Group Wine Tour

Wine Terraces, Tastes, and Views

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

Switzerland's UNESCO-protected sights and tastes never seem to end. We invite you to visit the Lavaux wine region, which runs along Lake Geneva. You can explore the area on your own, but it's best enjoyed as part of a guided tour. Stroll along lakeside wine terraces, and taste wines made with local hand-picked varietals.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 4 hours

Chamonix Private Tour

Hike and Bike the Mountain

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

For those who collect stunning views, we recommend to climbing Mont Saleve, on foot or by cable car. Arriving at the summit, you'll find yourself in the middle of an immense playground for sports lovers. You can go paragliding, climbing, mountain biking, and hiking (and naturally cross-country skiing in winter). You will enjoy the fresh air and stunning panorama of Geneva, and can stop at a restaurant for lunch and further views. Geneva's giant Jet d'Eau fountain is just a tiny speck from the Mont Saleve lookout point. On the southeast side, you can enjoy a view of the Alps with the Mont-Blanc massif.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 9 hours

Day 11

Day 11 - Departure Day

Your driver will pick you up from your accommodations and take you to Geneva's airport with plenty of time to catch your departing flight.

We also offer the following excursions in Geneva

An evening off the coast - the Captain's Table Gastronomy Cruise
Easy3 hours
Geneva Group Sightseeing Cruise
Easy1 hour
Gruyere Private Day Trip - Cheese & Chocolate Tour
Moderate9 hours
Lake Annecy Private Tour
Moderate9 hours
What's Included

Here are all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package. See what every JayWay trip includes.
Please let us know if you'd like to upgrade any transfers or add any additional tours or excursions to your itinerary.

Zurich

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Zurich Airport Transfer
Zurich and Surroundings Private eTukTuk Tour
Zurich - Lucerne Private Transfer

Lucerne

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Lucerne Private Walking Tour
Lucerne Train Station Transfer
Lucerne - Zermatt Train

Zermatt

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Zermatt Train Station Transfer with an Electric Car
Zermatt Train Station Transfer with an Electric Car
Zermatt - Geneva Train

Geneva

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Geneva Train Station Transfer
Geneva Old Town Private Walking Tour
Geneva Airport Transfer
The package excludes:

  • Flights to and from Europe.
  • Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
  • Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions, unless explicitly stated otherwise).
  • Parking fees for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
  • Travel Insurance. See the insurance link on our website
Benefits of Traveling with JayWay

A JayWay vacation is more than the sum of its parts. Our team work tirelessly to ensure your experience is memorable for all the right reasons. Your trip is personalized to maximize your enjoyment. You're taken care of every step of the way.

A Travel Advisor who speaks your language
We will make sure that all your requirements and interests are taken into account in preparing your itinerary.
A totally tailored itinerary for your vacation
Your trip is customized for you by  an experienced trip planner and an expert on the region.
A choice of hand-picked hotels and excursions
We've personally inspected and tested all the hotels and local tour providers we work with to ensure quality.
Detailed pre-trip preparation to make the most of every day
Your Europe-based Tour Manager will be in touch by email and phone a month before you arrive to finalize timings.
On-trip Concierge Service to smooth out any bumps in the road
Our local staff are at your service throughout your journey via the local prepaid cellphone which we provide.
Personalized Guest Page to make sure you're not missing out
Packed with detailed information and recommendations curated by locals on the best things to do, see and eat.
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