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Perhaps Europe's most diverse country, Switzerland offers everything, from four national languages to Europe's most famous mountain peaks to 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," home to the Red Cross, much of the UN, 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, making it a natural 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. For more of Switzerland's most beloved peaks, visit Interlaken, which naturally 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, is a great base for day trips to Lake Como, or to Lake Lugano's many charming towns and picturesque restaurants.

See the neighbors

The roof of Europe's central location makes it an easy addition to a continental tour, whether taking a train from Austria to Zurich or hopping across the Italian border to Lugano, but Switzerland offers more than enough to be enjoyed by itself. All of our tours are custom and private, and we can provide trips that extend further into neighboring Italy, Austria, and Germany.

Get your customized Swiss trip plan

We’d love to help make your Swiss travel adventure memorable and stress-free. Contact us for a free travel consultation with one of our Swiss travel experts and we’ll start planning the perfect Switzerland custom tour for you. You'll stay at the very best accommodations in town, tailored to your taste. And your days will be packed with fun and interesting experiences, from our vetted offer of private guided tours and shared day tours. Our Switzerland vacation packages cover everything you need to discover the beauties of Switzerland!

Explore Our Destinations in and Around Switzerland

Popular Switzerland Vacation Itineraries

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.

Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Switzerland

What is the best way to get Swiss francs?

It is safe to get local money from ATMs or exchange offices, so you can simply visit the closest machine or office, or ask your hotel receptionist for directions to recommended places.

What are typical opening times in Switzerland?

Stores close on Sundays, while museums generally rest on Mondays. Most restaurants stay open daily, but close earlier than in the US or in most European countries. Grocery stores can often be found open from 6 AM to 11 PM, but close on Sundays.

Is Switzerland safe?

Switzerland is one of the world's safest countries, with Europe's lowest crime rates, even in the largest cities.

When is the best time to visit Switzerland?

Switzerland is a 365-day destination with its rich culture and plentiful mountains and lakes. If you're not into winter sports, we recommend visiting between late spring and early fall.

What is Swiss cuisine like?

Switzerland may be most famous for its cheese-based dishes, like fondue and raclette, but these are just two choices from an overflowing platter. Local specialties vary greatly from region to region, with strong influences from Switzerland's five neighboring countries. With varied terrain comes a variety of meat, fish, and vegetable-based dishes, so visitors are spoiled for choice.

Can I mix private and group excursions and activities in my Switzerland vacation package?

In many locations we offer both options; either private sightseeing tours where you have the guide all to yourselves or small group excursions. Although your overall Switzerland tour will be a private one, based on your dates and preferences, you can enjoy the social aspects of a group tour by opting to take some group excursions. We emphasize small group sizes wherever possible on the shared excursions we offer.

How can I get around Switzerland?

We offer private transfers, which let you visit places between destinations, as many of the country's attractions are rural. However, Switzerland's rail network is very convenient and easy to use and you can choose between private transfers and taking trains between your overnight destinations. There are excellent connections between big cities, vehicles run frequently until late, and in some cities, a local public transport pass is free with your stay. There are very few countries where it's easier to get around by public transport. Indeed, many of Switzerland's main attractions are scenic railroads.

Are dietary restrictions a problem in Switzerland?

Switzerland is much more than cheese and chocolate. From its cosmopolitan cities to villages, it's easy to find vegan, gluten-free, and other foods needed for specialized diets and intolerances. We'll be happy to offer recommendations and guidance.

How expensive is Switzerland?

Switzerland is one of Europe's most expensive countries, but you can still keep your expenses reasonable. The average daily expenditure per person for food and public transportation (if not opting for city cards) is around $55-60. Although credit cards are widely accepted, we recommend having some local cash on you, about half of your planned daily expenses.
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