14 Day Swiss Tour Itinerary

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The Best of Switzerland in 2 Weeks of Private Tours

Welcome to our guide on how to spend 2 weeks in Switzerland with our handcrafted 14-day Swiss itinerary.

From Zurich’s vibrant streets to the Matterhorn’s iconic peaks, you will explore medieval towns, sail on crystal-clear lakes, and marvel at the alpine splendor from scenic railways.

Read on to discover the best way to spend 14 days in Switzerland!

Destinations on Our 2 Weeks in Switzerland Itinerary

Day 1: Zurich

Day 2: Rhine Falls Day Trip

Day 3: Lucerne

Day 4: Mount Pilatus Day Trip

Day 5: Interlaken

Day 6: Jungfraujoch Day Trip

Day 7: Bern 

Day 8: Gruyères Day Trip

Day 9: Lavaux Vineyard Terraces

Day 10: Geneva

Day 11: Annecy (France) – Day Trip

Day 12: Zermatt Town

Day 13: Matterhorn Adventure

Day 14: Airport Transfer

Day 1: Welcome to Zurich

Zurich, Switzerland

Your two-week Switzerland itinerary gets underway with your private driver collecting you from Zurich Airport, ready to whisk you away on an unforgettable Swiss adventure. 

Zurich’s Old Town Charms

After checking into your hotel, your guide will meet you outside your accommodation for a private guided walking tour of Zurich’s Old Town, a veritable treasure trove of historical splendor nestled amidst narrow cobblestone lanes and centuries-old buildings. 

Step back in time as you wander through this medieval enclave, where each winding alleyway unveils hidden gems and storied landmarks. Vibrant cafes and quaint shops line the streets, offering tantalizing glimpses into Zurich’s rich cultural tapestry. 

Private Boat Trip on Lake Zurich

Your first day in the city concludes with a serene boat tour across the glistening waters of Lake Zurich.

As the boat cuts through the calm waters, the bustling cityscape of Zurich forms a stunning backdrop, contrasting with the peaceful surroundings. Take a moment to relish in the gentle lapping of waves against the hull and the interplay of light on the water, creating a tranquil oasis amidst the vibrant city life.

Stay overnight in Zurich.

Day 2: Zurich to Rhine Falls & Stein am Rhein 

Rhine Falls, Switzerland

Rise in the morning of day two on our itinerary as your driver guide collects you for a day trip to the awe-inspiring Rhine Falls, Europe’s largest and most captivating waterfall. 

As the Rhine River plunges over steep cliffs, the thunderous roars and swirling mists fill the air, enveloping you in the raw power of nature’s majesty. Stand in awe on the viewing platforms, where panoramic vistas unfold, offering an immersive experience amidst the cascading waters and verdant surroundings.

Stein am Rhein

After visiting the falls, your next destination is the medieval gem of Stein am Rhein, a picturesque town steeped in history and architectural splendor. Your guide will reveal tales of centuries past as you walk its enchanting streets, which are adorned with meticulously preserved buildings adorned with elaborate frescoes. 

Return to Zurich in the evening with your private driver.

Day 3: Lucerne Highlights

Lake Lucerne, Boat Trip, Switzerland

Bid farewell to Zurich as you journey to the enchanting city of Lucerne. Your tour begins at the iconic Chapel Bridge, a symbol of Lucerne’s medieval heritage adorned with exquisite paintings dating back centuries. 

Your guide will lead you through the covered walkway, pausing to admire the breathtaking vistas of the cityscape and shimmering waters below, a testament to Lucerne’s timeless allure.

Tribute at the Lion Monument

Nearby, the poignant Lion Monument awaits a solemn tribute to Swiss Guards who bravely perished during the tumult of the French Revolution. 

Carved into the rocky facade with exquisite artistry, the sorrowful countenance of the dying lion evokes a profound sense of reverence and remembrance, honoring the sacrifices of the past.

Tranquil Lake Lucerne Cruise

The highlight of your day unfolds aboard a scenic lake cruise on the crystalline waters of Lake Lucerne, surrounded by breathtaking Alpine peaks. 

Relax as you glide across the water, basking in the views that unfold before you. From the shores to the snow-capped summits, each tableau is a masterpiece of natural splendor.

Overnight in Lucerne.

Marc and Joshua were the most amazing tour guides ever! They warmly greeted me with chocolates and a personal letter of our tour. They took me to all the secret hidden spots of the Alps and I got some great photo shots. They were very knowledgeable and shared many interesting facts about the history of Switzerland. I am so pleased with Private Tours Switzerland. Do not even hesitate to book their tour. Don't have any doubts- you will not regret booking them!!!! Thank you Marc and Joshua!
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Day 4: Mount Pilatus Day Trip

Cable Car to Mount Pilatus, Switzerland

Your hotel in Lucerne will be overlooked by the imperious Mount Pilatus, and today, your guide will take you to ascend its peak, beginning with the world’s steepest cogwheel railway.

Arriving at the summit, you’re greeted by crisp mountain air and staggering 360-degree panoramas encapsulating the Swiss Alps’s essence. 

Whether you choose to embark on a scenic hike along rugged paths or simply revel in the tranquility of the peak, Mount Pilatus offers an unparalleled opportunity to commune with nature at its most majestic.

After your summit experience, you will descend via an aerial cableway and gondola. Each turn presents a new perspective of the alpine paradise below as you glide effortlessly through the crisp mountain air.

Day 5: Interlaken

Interlaken, Switzerland

Your journey continues to the captivating town of Interlaken, with the imposing peaks of the Bernese Oberland as its backdrop.

Outdoor Adventures in Interlaken

Dive headfirst into a plethora of outdoor activities that showcase the natural wonders of Interlaken’s surroundings. 

Whether you’re soaring above the landscape on a thrilling paragliding excursion or navigating the crystalline waters of the lakes on a kayaking adventure, Interlaken offers endless opportunities to connect with nature in exhilarating ways. Our tour planning team will consult with you to ensure your experience here is within your comfort zone or matches your thirst for excitement.

Exploring the Town

For those seeking a more leisurely pace, wander through Interlaken’s charming streets, where quaint shops and cozy cafes beckon. Indulge in local flavors and crafts, immersing yourself in the rich tapestry of Swiss culture that permeates every corner of this enchanting town.

Overnight in Interlaken.

Day 6: Jungfraujoch – Ascend to New Heights

Jungfraujoch, Sphinx Observatory, Switzerland

From Interlaken, you will make your way to Jungfraujoch via a 1.5-hour train journey. Prepare for the pinnacle of your Swiss adventure as you encounter Jungfraujoch, aptly known as the “Top of Europe.” 

Jungfraujoch Exploration

Emerging from the highest railway station in Europe, you’re greeted by a vista of unparalleled beauty, where ice, rock, and sky converge in a symphony of natural splendor. 

Explore the ice palace, a frozen wonderland of sculptures and caverns carved from glacial ice, or venture onto the observation decks for panoramic views of the Aletsch Glacier and surrounding peaks.

Return to Interlaken in the evening.

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Day 7: Bern – The Capital of Switzerland

Bern City, Switzerland

We begin day 7 of our itinerary with a 45-minute transfer from Interlaken to Bern, the illustrious Swiss capital steeped in history and brimming with cultural riches.

Zytglogge Clock Tower

The Zytglogge is an iconic medieval clock tower that is a beacon of the city’s timeless allure. 

Marvel at the intricate craftsmanship of this architectural marvel and be captivated by its enchanting hourly astronomical show, a testament to Bern’s ingenuity and craftsmanship.

Journey Through the UNESCO-listed Old Town

Immerse yourself in the soul-stirring ambiance of Bern’s UNESCO-listed Old Town, where every cobblestone tells a story of bygone eras. 

Your guide will lead you through the labyrinthine alleys adorned with Renaissance fountains, sandstone facades, and historic arcades, each step a pilgrimage through centuries of history and culture.

Overnight in Bern.

Day 8: Gruyères – A Taste of Tradition

Gruyères Castle, Switzerland

On day 8, enjoy a day trip to the medieval town of Gruyères, a bastion of tradition and heritage nestled amidst the idyllic Swiss countryside. 

Gruyères Castle

After arriving in the city, your first stop is Gruyères Castle, a magnificent fortress perched atop a hill, offering panoramic vistas of the rolling landscapes below. Step into the hallowed halls where each room whispers tales of knights, nobles, and chivalrous deeds, a testament to Switzerland’s rich medieval heritage.

HR Giger Museum

Immerse yourself in the avant-garde world of the HR Giger Museum, where the visionary works of the Swiss artist famed for his contributions to the “Alien” movie series await. 

Traverse the labyrinthine galleries adorned with Giger’s surreal creations, each piece a testament to the artist’s unique vision and cultural impact.

Swiss Cheese Tour

Before returning to Bern, you will visit a traditional cheese dairy, where the secrets of the world-renowned Gruyère cheese are unveiled. 

Here you will learn about the meticulous process of cheese-making, from the fresh Alpine milk to the final aged product. Taste the various stages of Gruyère cheese, each with its unique flavor profile, and gain insights into why this cheese is a cornerstone of Swiss culinary heritage.

Overnight in Bern.

Day 9: Lavaux Vineyard Terraces – Swiss Wine & Scenery

Lavaux Vineyards, Wine Tasting, Switzerland

Discover the burgeoning world of fine Swiss wines with a visit to the Lavaux Vineyard Terraces. As you step onto this UNESCO World Heritage site, you’ll be greeted by sweeping views over Lake Geneva, framed by rows of sun-kissed vines that cascade down the terraced hillsides.

Guided Swiss Wine Tasting Experience

For this experience, your guide will be a local expert in Swiss wines, and you will learn about the time-honored wine-making techniques passed down through generations and gain insights into the unique terroir that shapes each vintage.

Indulge your senses as you sample a curated selection of the region’s finest wines. With each sip, discern the subtle nuances and flavors that reflect the richness of the land and the dedication of the winemakers. 

Overnight Chateau Stay in the Lavaux Terraces

As the sun sets, the lake and Alps provide a stunning backdrop to your chateau at the Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, while the vineyards invite peaceful evening strolls. 

Waking up to the gentle sunlight over the vineyards and a gourmet breakfast with local flavors completes this exquisite escape.

Our tour with Mark was unforgettable and I am grateful he was our tour guide. He was very knowledgeable of switzerland and showed us hidden gems untouched by tourism. Overall, I will never forget the sights we saw and the natural beauty we discovered. It was simply unforgetable and was the highlight of my summer.
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Day 10: Geneva Highlights Tour

United Nations Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland

Embark on a scenic journey from Montreux/Vevey to Geneva, where international sophistication meets local allure. Your first stop is the iconic Jet d’Eau, a symbol of the city that sends cascades of water soaring into the sky from Lake Geneva, offering a mesmerizing spectacle.

United Nations Office

Gain unique insights into global governance with a visit to the United Nations Office in Geneva. Step behind the scenes of international diplomacy as you explore the headquarters and learn about Geneva’s pivotal role in shaping the world’s affairs.

Geneva’s Old Town

Conclude your day with a leisurely stroll through Geneva’s picturesque Old Town, a labyrinth of winding streets and hidden courtyards steeped in history. 

From medieval cathedrals to quaint cafes, each corner unveils a piece of Geneva’s rich cultural tapestry, inviting you to immerse yourself in its timeless charm.

Day 11: Geneva to Annecy (France) – the “Venice of the Alps”

Saint Francois de Sales in Annecy, France

Cross the border into France and venture to Annecy, affectionately known as the “Venice of the Alps” for its enchanting canals and well-preserved Old Town. 

Follow your guide as they lead you through the flower-lined streets and along the tranquil canals, unveiling the town’s fascinating history and architectural marvels.

Annecy’s Historical Treasures

Take in the beauty of Annecy’s historical buildings, adorned with colorful shutters and blooming flower boxes. 

Explore the local markets, where the scent of freshly baked pastries mingles with the lively chatter of vendors, or simply unwind by the crystal-clear waters of Lake Annecy, framed by the stunning Alpine backdrop.

Annecy Nature Hike

This guided hike around Annecy is perfect for those seeking a blend of adventure and nature. 

The tour begins with a trek through the scenic trails overlooking the lake, offering stunning vistas and encounters with local wildlife. 

Your guide will share insights into the region’s flora and fauna, as well as its conservation efforts. The hike also includes a visit to a nearby waterfall, where you can cool off and enjoy a picnic with local produce. 

Return to Geneva

As the day draws to a close, your private driver will deliver you back to your hotel in Geneva after a brisk 40-minute transfer.

Day 12: Zermatt Town

Zermatt, Matterhorn, Switzerland

Bid farewell to Geneva as you journey deeper into the heart of the Swiss Alps, arriving in the enchanting car-free village of Zermatt at the foot of the majestic Matterhorn Mountain. 

Allow yourself to be captivated by the village’s rustic charm, with its traditional chalets, quaint streets, and bustling boutiques.

Village Life in Zermatt

Embark on a guided exploration of Zermatt, where every corner reveals a piece of the village’s rich history and vibrant culture. From the lively village square to the tranquil pathways that wind through the surrounding countryside, immerse yourself in the timeless allure of mountain life.

Zermatt Gastronomy Experience

Indulge in a culinary journey through Swiss cuisine at one of Zermatt’s finest restaurants. 

Savor traditional dishes such as cheese fondue, raclette, and rosti, accompanied by locally sourced wines or craft beers. 

Retire to your hotel in Zermatt for the evening in advance of ascending the Matterhorn the following day!

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Day 13: Matterhorn Adventure

Matterhorn, Zermatt, Switzerland

Before returning home, your penultimate day in Switzerland will see you take a thrilling cable car ride to Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, Europe’s highest cable car station. 

Step into the Matterhorn Glacier Palace, an enchanting ice palace nestled within the glacier. Explore ice tunnels, marvel at ice sculptures, and even enjoy a drink at the Ice Bar. 

Venture onto the Glacier Plateau for a guided walk amidst towering ice formations and crevasses. Learn about the fascinating glacial landscape and the importance of preserving these natural wonders. 

Bid farewell to the glacier before descending back to Zermatt, concluding your Alpine adventure with unforgettable memories.

Day 14: Farewell to Switzerland

And just like that, your 14 days in Switzerland have come to an end with a private transfer to the airport to bid a fond farewell to Switzerland, its landscapes, and its culture.

Our private driver will escort you back to Zurich or Geneva for your departure, leaving you with a heart full of cherished memories from this unforgettable tour through the Swiss Alps and beyond.

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