Perhaps Europe's most diverse country, Switzerland has everything except the sea. Switzerland is home to Europe's most famous mountain peaks. The country boasts several romantic cities with outsized roles on the world stage. Whether you're looking for adventurous hikes or memorable cable car views, acclaimed vineyards or fusion cuisine, futuristic mountaintop observation decks, or craftsmen using techniques unchanged for centuries, the Swiss have plenty to offer.
From lakeside cities to mountain villages
You're likely to start your customized tour in Switzerland's largest city, Zurich. The spotless Old Town, bisected by a river leading to Lake Zurich, is a real delight. Bern, the compact de facto capital, offers miles of covered arcades, quaint streets, and colorful homes, especially at its peninsula Old Town. Geneva, the "Protestant Rome," is now the "Capital of Peace". The city hosts the headquarters of the Red Cross and much of the UN. Technology old and new is represented by CERN's scientists and many of the country's watchmakers. All this in the shadow of Mont Blanc, the Alps' highest peak, and next to Lake Geneva, beloved by celebrities and wine connoisseurs.
Speaking of famous mountains, the village of Zermatt sits beneath the iconic Matterhorn. Only electric vehicles can visit, to prevent air pollution from smudging its perfect views. Another small town with an outsized impact, St. Moritz is the birthplace of Swiss winter tourism, as well as sports from the luge to the bobsled. All this made it a perfect host for two Winter Olympics. Although it has drawn pilgrims since the Middle Ages, glitzy St. Moritz is now famed for the jet-setting celebrities who make their own annual pilgrimages. Visit Interlaken for more of Switzerland's most beloved peaks. This resort town sits on an isthmus between two beautiful lakes, themselves surrounded by scenery and history. Interlaken is a great base for adventure, whether riding scenic trains up the Jungfrau and Schilthorn mountains, paragliding back down, rafting, canyoning, hiking, or exploring ice caves.
Utterly charming Lucerne offers the kind of memorable mountain panorama you'd expect from a city in the Swiss center. But you'll most remember the Chapel Bridge and Water Tower, located on Lake Lucerne with the backdrop of Mount Pilatus. Lugano, the largest Italian city outside Italy, makes for a great base for day trips. Explore Lake Lugano's many charming towns and picturesque restaurants or visit Lake Como in Italy.
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Our suggested itineraries in Switzerland and neighboring countries allow you to enjoy a multi-destination tour with ease. Our comprehensive tailored trip packages make traveling in Europe hassle-free. We've got Switzerland vacation ideas that allow you to combine the main city destinations with smaller towns surrounded by lakes and mountains. If multi-country trips are more your style, then you will find that Switzerland combines neatly with Austria, Italy, and Germany. Whatever combination you have in mind for your Switzerland private tour, we can adapt any of these suggested itineraries or build a tailored Switzerland itinerary completely from the ground up.