Top of Switzerland (ZI)

6 Day Tour from Zurich to Zurich

2020 Tour Details

Enjoy six days amid spectacular Alpine beauty on this guided tour of Switzerland. Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions in the vibrant city of Zurich before continuing to the picturesque Emmental Valley. Visit a local cheese farm and enjoy a light lunch before setting off for Interlaken – nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, and surrounded by the magnificence of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau peaks.

Venture to Europe’s highest railway station serving the 13,642-foot summit of the Jungfrau mountain. This Alpine wonderland offers a wealth of activities and experiences for this full day’s trip.

Traveling on to Lucerne, pass through charming mountains to visit picturesque Brienz with its Woodcarving Museum. Then, on to a special highlight: Ballenberg’s open-air museum with its centuries-old Swiss buildings.

The two-night stay in Lucerne includes a walking tour of the many inspirational and historic sites in the city including a visit to the Lion Monument – built in recognition of the Swiss Guards’ sacrifice in protection of the Royal House of France during the French Revolution centuries before.

A sumptuous farewell dinner will conclude this Swiss adventure. With many stories of the stunning natural scenery and the warm and welcoming culture here, you’ll remember your trip to the Top of Switzerland as the height of your travels so far.

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 Destinations & Sightseeing

ZURICH
Welcome dinner; orientation walk of the Old Town
AFFOLTERN
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Visit a cheese farm and enjoy a light lunch
INTERLAKEN
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Excursion to the Jungfrau
BRIENZ
Visit the Woodcarving Museum
BALLENBERG
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Visit the open-air museum
LUCERNE
Walking tour including the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge; farewell dinner at a local restaurant

Headsets throughout the tour.
Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

Notes:

  • Maximum elevation on tour—11,332 ft.
  • Adequate footwear is required for the trip to the Jungfrau.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch

Transportation:

Motorcoach, mountain train.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 light lunch in Affoltern, 2 three-course dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 ARRIVE IN ZURICH, SWITZERLAND

Welcome to Zurich! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

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Day 2 ZURICH–EMMENTAL VALLEY–INTERLAKEN

Discover Zurich’s well-preserved OLD TOWN with its medieval guild houses during your orientation walk, before continuing to the Emmental Valley. Stop at Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite the SCHAUKäSEREI AFFOLTERN to try out the locally produced cheese, and enjoy a light lunch. Then, continue your journey deep into the Alps to arrive in Interlaken. The town’s unique location, nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, and surrounded by the world-famous Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau mountains, guarantees spectacular views.
Today’s Distance: 106 mi / 170 km

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Day 3 INTERLAKEN. EXCURSION TO THE JUNGFRAU

Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite An unforgettable trip to the high Alpine wonderland of ice and snow is the true highlight of a visit to Switzerland. At an amazing 11,332 feet, the JUNGFRAUJOCH is Europe’s highest railway station. Jungfrau’s 13,642-foot summit was first ascended in 1811 and, in 1912, the rack railway was opened. Enjoy the Alpine Sensation, the Panorama 360° Experience, the ICE PALACE, and take the elevator to the Sphinx Observatory. Also receive your Jungfrau Passport as a souvenir to take home with you. Your roundtrip excursion to the “Top of Europe” by MOUNTAIN TRAIN will take up most of the day.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 INTERLAKEN–BRIENZ–BALLENBERG–LUCERNE

A scenic drive through charming mountains brings you to cozy Brienz, where you will visit the interesting WOODCARVING MUSEUM. Also walk through the romantic Brunngasse, once awarded the title “Most Beautiful Street in Europe.” A Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite visit to the fascinating open-air museum of Ballenberg includes marvelous centuries-old buildings from all parts of Switzerland. Arrive in picturebook Lucerne for a 2-night stay. You may wish to join an optional folklore party with cheese fondue, yodeling, and alphorn blowing.
Today’s Distance: 50 mi / 80 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 LUCERNE

Follow your Tour Director for a pleasant walk and admire Thorwaldsen’s LION MONUMENT, dedicated to the Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France during the French Revolution. Walk along ornate patrician houses of the walled Old Town, then cross the famous covered CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit Church, the first large baroque church built in Switzerland on the north side of the Alps. Later, an exciting optional excursion is available to Mount Pilatus, the “Guard of Lucerne.” This evening, a farewell dinner has been prepared to celebrate your vacation as the best way to say auf Wiedersehen.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 6 LUCERNE–ZURICH AIRPORT

Morning transfer to Zurich Airport in time for homebound flights leaving no earlier than 10 am. Extra nights are available in Zurich, not Lucerne.
Today’s Distance: 34 mi / 55 km

Breakfast Breakfast

 Accommodations

Zurich
Interlaken
Lucerne

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Interlaken
Lucerne

Interlaken

Lake Thun Cruise

Lake Thun Cruise

Explore the scenic wonders of sparkling Lake Thun during this memorable 1.5-hour boat cruise and free time in the storybook village of Spiez.

Price Range: $$

Trümmelbach Falls: Treasure in the Mountain

Trümmelbach Falls: Treasure in the Mountain

Experience the thunderous roar of Trümmelbach Falls, Europe's largest subterranean waterfalls, on this active excursion inside a mountain!

Price Range: $

Lucerne

Swiss Folklore

Swiss Folklore

Raise a glass and toast an unforgettable evening of traditional entertainment during this excursion featuring a 3-course feast of local specialties, alphorns, yodeling, and festive Swiss music and dancing.

Price Range: $$

Mount Pilatus

Mount Pilatus

Grab your camera and prepare for indescribable panoramic views on this thrilling ascent up Mount Pilatus.

Price Range: $$

 Private Touring

Private Touring: Globus European Private Touring enables you to experience all of the attractions, sights and highlights of your selected Globus tour as a private experience - delivered just for you and your traveling party. With Private Touring, you'll have your own dedicated Tour Director, your own private transportation and driver, and your own professional local guides. All with greater flexibility in pace and your experience.

For your selected tour, there will be additional per-person cost for the size of your party - from 1 to 24. This additional supplement is reduced with each traveler you add to your party.

Here's a sample of the additional cost:

6 guests in a party: $1,544*
18 guests in a party: $283*

Contact Globus or your preferred travel agent for pricing for your specific party size as well as any other information on Globus Private Touring.

* Supplement pricing is per person (USD) and will be added to the standard published price for your given departure date and is based on availability. Supplement price is valid for 2019 travel year. Occasionally some included and optional activities & excursions may be operated with other guests. Additional restrictions may apply. Not applicable for custom groups. No Group allowances or promotions are available on Private Touring. Published itineraries only. Note that blackout dates may exist where the Private Touring option is not available.

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