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From Zurich: Guided Day Trip to Jungfraujoch with Train Ride

1. From Zurich: Guided Day Trip to Jungfraujoch with Train Ride

Explore the snow-capped mountains of Jungfraujoch, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site since 2007 for its stunning High Alps scenery, and as the site of Europe’s largest glacier and highest train station. Take a scenic bus journey along the Brünig Pass and the shores of Lake Brienz to the Bernese Oberland. After a break in Interlaken, board the cable car at the Grindelwald Terminal for a spectacular 15-minute ride to the Eiger Glacier by gondola. Change to a cogwheel train that will take you to the peak of Jungfraujoch. Enjoy stunning views of the triple peaks of Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau as you ride. Immerse yourself in the High-Alpine wonderland of ice, snow, and rock at the top. Experience the adventure tour “Alpine Sensation,” marking the 100-year anniversary of the Jungfrau Railway. Visit the Sphinx Observation Terrace and Plateau for the most breathtaking views of the Aletsch Glacier. Stroll through the tunnels of the Ice Palace in the heart of the glacier for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Descend via the car-free resort of Wengen to Lauterbrunnen, from where the bus takes you back to Zurich.

From Zurich: Day Trip to Grindelwald & Interlaken

2. From Zurich: Day Trip to Grindelwald & Interlaken

Explore the idyllic Bernese Oberland and magnificent Jungfrau mountain region on a full-day tour from Zurich. The day includes free time to explore the famous mountain resorts of Grindelwald and Interlaken, located between 2 lakes. Journey through the countryside to Interlaken in the heart of the Bernese Oberland. After orientation, continue to Grindelwald, also known as “Glacier Village.” Lookout points provide stunning views of the impressive mountainscape, including the triple peaks of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. Take the cable car to the sunny terrace of Mt. First, where you can rent unique and fun Trottibikes to whizz down to town (optional, not included). In the early afternoon, return by train to Interlaken, where you will spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the region’s shopping paradise. Choices on offer include regional produce, precious jewelry, and Swiss watches. If you don’t want to shop, you can visit Interlaken’s Harder Kulm mountain. A funicular will take you to the top for breathtaking views (optional, not included). Breathe in the fresh mountain air before meeting your guide for the return journey to Zurich and the end of the tour.

From Zurich: Lucerne & Mount Pilatus Day Tour

3. From Zurich: Lucerne & Mount Pilatus Day Tour

Discover the beauty of Lucerne and Mt. Pilatus on a day trip from Zurich. Reach the summit via bus, cable car, boat, and cogwheel train. For the return journey, hop on a boat cruise across Lake Lucerne. Leave from Zurich Main Station in the morning and enjoy the bus ride through the countryside along the Lake of the Four Cantons to Lucerne. Make a stop at the Lion Monument of Lake Lucerne (traffic permitting).  Continue to Kriens and take a panoramic gondola and cable car to the summit of Mount Pilatus (2128 m above sea level). Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Swiss Alpine landscape and the surrounding lakes. Then, ride on one of the steepest funiculars down to Alpnachstad. Afterward, relax on a tranquil boat trip across Lake Lucerne back to Lucerne. From there, get on a bus to Zurich.

Queen of the Mountains: Day Trip to Rigi and Lucerne

4. Queen of the Mountains: Day Trip to Rigi and Lucerne

Take in the astonishing Swiss Alps on this partially guided tour. Relax on the bus trip from Zürich before an exciting, enchanting adventure through breathtaking Swiss scenery by cable-car, cogwheel train, and boat. Traveling through the Albispass, your tour will reach the Vierwaldstättersee, the fourth-largest lake in Switzerland, lying on the border between four cantons. Enjoy fantastic views of the lake from its eastern shore, in the small resort-town of Weggis, nestled right at the foot of the Rigi. The view can only get better as you ascend in the cable-car up the Rigi, known as "the Queen of the Mountains," to the perfectly situated baths and spa on its slopes. The sight of the 13 lakes that surround the mountain, and of the scenery of central Switzerland mountains, is sure to enchant you. Take souvenir photographs to treasure forever as you make your leisurely ascent into the mountains. In the summer you can explore the Rigi on foot; in winter there is a chance to uncover its secrets by sleigh. Enjoy a unique journey on the oldest funicular in the world, built-in 1871, to Vitznau. Travel onwards in the picturesque style, by boat over the waters, back to Lucerne. View the Rigi from a new angle while resting in the charming old town before taking the bus back to Zürich.

Zermatt and Mt. Gornergrat: Small Group Tour from Zürich

5. Zermatt and Mt. Gornergrat: Small Group Tour from Zürich

To see the Matterhorn live - it's a must for every Switzerland traveler. Visit the alpine village of Zermatt with its typical chalet-style, surrounded by high alpine peaks, the Matterhorn in the face all the time. Experience the changing landscape and discover the old part of Zermatt and the Gornergrat mountain, from where you'll have all these "postcard" views of the Matterhorn. Be accompanied by a guide along the way who'll answer your questions about the country and its people, and explore a few places away from the tourist flow.

From Zürich: Glacier Express Train Round-Trip Private Tour

6. From Zürich: Glacier Express Train Round-Trip Private Tour

Travel on the worldwide known Glacier-Express-Train with a private guide. Enjoy a round trip by train and spend four hours on the panoramic coach from Chur to Brig, crossing 291 bridges, passing 91 tunnels, and climbing up to approximately 7000 feet (2033m) above sea level by train. Experience travel on the Glacier-Express while passing spectacular valleys and mountains. According to your preferences, a short walk around in Chur or Brig can take place (while transfer times to/from Glacier Express). Your guide will show you the changing landscape, answer your questions about the country and its people, and show you a few places away from the tourist flow.

From Zurich: Funicular to Mt. Bürgenstock & Lake Lucerne

7. From Zurich: Funicular to Mt. Bürgenstock & Lake Lucerne

Starting from Zurich, take a scenic coach journey through the beautiful countryside and along the shores of the Lake of the Four Cantons, making your way to the charming town of Lucerne. Enjoy a short photo stop en route at either Lake Lucerne or the Lion Monument where you can capture the beautiful views on camera. On the way into the Old Town of Lucerne, your guide will point out the most famous landmarks such as the Chapel Bridge, the Jesuit Church, and the Concert & Congress Hall on a brief introductory tour. Once you have arrived in the Old Town, use your free time to wander around the city and explore its sights. In the afternoon, the newly designed Bürgenstock shuttle boat takes you on a scenic cruise to Kehrsiten, before you board the legendary Bürgenstock funicular railway. Then, get a glimpse of the world of luxury at the Bürgenstock resort, which first opened its doors to the public back in 1827. Stroll along the paths where the rich and famous resided back in the day. Not only shopping or restaurant opportunities at the resort will await you at 500 meters above the lake, but also hiking paths and astonishing views over Lucerne and its surrounding landscapes. All active or thrill-seekers can take an alpine hike to the Hammetschwand Lift, the world’s highest exterior elevator (optional).

From Zurich or Lucerne: 2-Day Jungfraujoch Tour

8. From Zurich or Lucerne: 2-Day Jungfraujoch Tour

Discover a paradise of snow and ice in the amazing Bernese Oberland. Ride the cable car and cogwheel train to the top of Europe, and spend the night in your choice of Interlaken or Grindelwald. Day 1: Zurich or Lucerne - Bernese Oberland Relax on the scenic coach journey from Zurich or Lucerne and travel through one of Switzerland's most attractive Alpine destinations. Head to the magnificent Jungfrau region and spend the afternoon and night in Interlaken or Grindelwald on arrival. Option 1: Interlaken: Located between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, Interlaken is the region's shopping paradise. Use your free time to go on a cruise, ride the funicular to Harder Kulm or let off some steam at the Jungfrau Park theme park. Option 2: Grindelwald: Nestled in an impressive Alpine landscape, Grindelwald is a paradise for nature lovers. Hike the well-prepared trails and enjoy stunning views of the triple peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains. Savor authentic local food and folk music in the evening. Day 2: Bernese Oberland - Zurich Board the cable car at the Grindelwald Terminal for a spectacular 15-minute ride to the Eiger Glacier by gondola. From there, exchange to a cogwheel train that will take you to the peak of Jungfraujoch. Arrive at the summit and immerse yourself in a wonderland of ice, snow and rock. Visit the Sphinx Observation Terrace for panoramic views of the snow-capped peaks and Europe’s longest glacier. Stroll through the tunnels of the Ice Palace at the heart of the glacier. Make your way back to Zurich or Lucerne via peaceful resorts such as Wengen.

From Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Tour by Train, Boat, and Cableway

9. From Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Tour by Train, Boat, and Cableway

Travel from Lucerne to Mount Pilatus on a view-laden circuit that includes a lake cruise, cogwheel train, and an aerial cableway. Let your guide show you the changing landscape and answer your questions about the country and its people. Head to the massive multi-peaked Mount Pilatus which looms over Lucerne. Take a lake boat from Lucerne across to Alpnachstad. Next, hop aboard the Pilatus Railway, the world's steepest cogwheel railway which is in operation from May to November. Go back down on the aerial cableways from Kriens which operate all year round. Snap pictures of the panoramic views from the cableways. Return to Lucerne by bus.

Zurich: Mount Eiger Train Day Trip via Kleine Scheidegg Pass

10. Zurich: Mount Eiger Train Day Trip via Kleine Scheidegg Pass

Discover the stunning alpine scenery of the Bernese Oberland on this guided day trip from Zurich. Enjoy a spacious coach ride to the traditional resort town of Interlaken, before heading to Lauterbrunnen to catch a cogwheel train to the Kleine Scheidegg mountain pass.  Enjoy pickup from an area next to the centrally-located Zurich HB train station. Board spacious coach and relax while taking in the views on the way to Interlaken where you can take a short walk where you can see the town's old timber houses before resuming to Lauterbrunnen. Embark on a journey to 2061 meters above sea level on the cogwheel train. Take in breathtaking views of the majestic peaks of the Mönch, and Jungfrau mountains and the spectacular north face of Mount Eiger.  Experience the sensational alpine environment to the fullest during your free time on the pass. Have the option of taking a hike, visiting the Jungfrau Eiger Walk (open late June to October), or find a restaurant where you can purchase some regional alpine dishes. Make your way back town the mountain on a train ride down the northwest slope of mount Eiger to the charming alpine village of Grindelwald. In the late afternoon, meet with your tour guide and travel back to the Zurich HB train station on the bus. 

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We are global travelers and this was one of the best tours we have ever taken. Bus, gondolas, funicular, boat — all excellent modes of transportation in such beautiful places. The only major downside of this excursion for me — and one that will render this tour unforgettable for me in a negative way — was that another member of our tour group (a complete stranger to me) vomited all over me as the second, 40-passenger gondola was reaching the station at the top of Mount Pilatus (which we consequently renamed Mount Pukatus). The tour guides, who were otherwise great at their jobs, did zero to help me in these circumstances. I had to purchase expensive new clothes in the Mount Pilatus gift shop to get through the remaining 5-1/2 hours of the tour.

Overall tour was excellent. Tour guide kept us informed all through the start point till end point. Tour was not at all hectic (as I was worried for such a long tour). Itinerary was very well planned/designed where we get ample time to eat, take loads of photos, go to toilets, buy souvenirs etc. Highly recommend this tour operators

There are some Sihquai. Pls make sure you find the correct Sihquai coach packing. You make call them in advance to make sure about the meeting point.

It was a great experience even though the weather was not so good. Our tour guide Monika was really good.

Great day out. Would definitely recommend this tour. Guide was good and on time. Bus driver good