3 Weeks in Switzerland Itinerary

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Our Guide on How to Spend 21 Days in Switzerland

With so many incredible destinations to visit in Switzerland, it can be difficult to understand just how much you can see and do in just three weeks. That is why we have prepared this 21-day Switzerland tour itinerary, bringing you as many of our beautiful country’s highlights and hidden treasures as you can comfortably manage in three weeks.

From cosmopolitan Zurich to the majestic peaks of the Alps at Jungfraujoch and the serene waters of Lake Geneva and beyond, each day unveils new wonders, from the snowy summits of Zermatt to the historic walls of Chillon Castle, culminating in the international vibrance of Geneva.

Destinations on Our 3 Weeks Swiss Tour

Day 1: Zurich

Day 2: Rhine Falls

Day 3: Basel

Day 4: Glarus Hidden Gems Day Trip

Day 5: Lucerne

Day 6: Mount Pilatus

Day 7: Canyoning at Chli Schliere

Day 8: Interlaken

Day 9: Jungfraujoch

Day 10: Lauterbrunnen and Aareschlucht Gorge

Day 11: Bern

Day 12: Grindelwald

Day 13: Zermatt

Day 14: Five Lakes Trail

Day 15: Matterhorn Glacier Paradise

Day 16: Glacier 3000

Day 17: Lausanne and Lavaux

Day 18: Lavaux Vineyards

Day 19: Gruyères

Day 20: Chillon Castle and Montreux

Day 21: Geneva

Day 1: Arrival and Exploration of Zurich

Zurich & Lake Zurich, Switzerland

Your Swiss journey begins the moment you land at Zurich Airport, where a private transfer awaits to comfortably escort you to your hotel. Settle into the heart of Switzerland’s largest city, where history and modernity blend seamlessly against a backdrop of stunning natural beauty.

Discover Zurich’s Old Town on a Private Walking Tour

After some rest, you’ll meet your guide for a guided walking tour through Zurich’s enchanting Old Town. 

Stroll along narrow cobblestone streets lined with historic buildings, each telling a story of the city’s rich past. Visit landmarks like the Grossmünster, with its twin towers offering panoramic views, and the Fraumünster, famed for its Marc Chagall stained glass windows. This immersive walk through time reveals Zurich’s medieval roots and evolution into a vibrant cultural hub.

Cruise on Lake Zurich

Conclude your first day with a serene cruise on the shimmering waters of Lake Zurich. 

As you glide across the lake, take in the breathtaking views of the city’s skyline and the surrounding Alps. This tranquil experience provides a perfect end to your day, offering a moment of reflection as you sail past picturesque landscapes and soak in the peaceful ambiance of Zurich’s natural beauty.

Overnight in Zurich, ready to uncover more Swiss wonders ahead.

Day 2: Day Trip to the Rhine Falls

Rhine Falls, Switzerland

In the morning, you’ll be greeted by your personal chauffeur right outside your accommodation in Zurich, ready to whisk you away on a 30-minute journey to the spectacular Rhine Falls, nestled near the idyllic town of Schaffhausen. 

Rhine Falls Guided Experience

Arriving at Rhine Falls, prepare to be swept away by the sheer grandeur of nature’s masterpiece. 

Stand in awe as torrents of water thunderously cascade over ancient rock formations, creating a mesmerizing display of raw power and unbridled beauty. Your guide will lead the way, sharing tales of the falls, which were formed in the last Ice Age, and the historical significance of Europe’s most powerful waterfall.

Set off on a boat ride that carries you to the very foot of the falls, where the mist envelops you in a refreshing embrace and the thunderous roar reverberates through your body, leaving an indelible impression that transcends words.

Guided Tour of Schaffhausen

Before returning to Zurich, your guide will take you on a tour through the picturesque town of Schaffhausen.

Begin at the famed Munot Fortress, a 16th-century stronghold offering panoramic views of the town and the Rhine. Explore the All Saints Abbey, known for its impressive architecture and historical significance in the region.

Your guide will point out the unique oriel windows and intricately frescoed facades that adorn the buildings, telling tales of Schaffhausen’s rich past. Don’t miss the St. Johann Church, where you can admire its stunning Gothic architecture.

The tour will also include a visit to the Fronwagplatz, a vibrant square surrounded by historic buildings and lively cafes, perfect for experiencing the local atmosphere. Your guide will ensure you discover the hidden courtyards and charming alleys that many visitors overlook, each with its own story.

Return to Zurich for the night.

Day 3: Day Trip To Basel

Spalentor Gate, Basel, Switzerland

From your Zurich hotel, your driver guide will collect you for the 1-hour journey to Basel, a city that masterfully blends its rich history with vibrant modern life and is renowned for its stunning architecture, world-class museums, and picturesque Old Town, making it an ideal destination for a day trip from Zurich​​​​.

Basel Minster

Your first destination is the Basel Minster, a striking red sandstone cathedral that dominates the city skyline. Marvel at its Gothic architecture, intricate sculptures, and beautiful stained glass windows. 

Don’t forget to visit the Pfalz, a viewing platform behind the cathedral, for panoramic views of Basel and the Rhine​​.

Town Hall and Spalentor

Next, explore Basel’s Old Town and discover the vibrant Basel Town Hall. This historic building is distinguished by its bold red facade and ornate frescoes. Learn about Basel’s political history and admire the stunning artwork that covers the inner courtyard walls​​.

Continue to the Spalentor, one of the few remaining gates from Basel’s medieval city walls. This impressive structure, with its tiled roof and outer sculptures, offers a glimpse into Basel’s fortified past and is a picturesque spot for photos​​.


After lunch, visit the Kunstmuseum, one of Europe’s most significant modern art museums. The museum houses an extensive collection of artworks by renowned artists such as Van Gogh, Monet, and Picasso, making it a must-visit for art lovers​​.

Return to Zurich in the evening.

Day 4: Glarus Hidden Gems Day Trip

The town of Glarus in Switzerland from an Aerial view
Glarus Town, Switzerland

On day 4 your driver-guide will collect you in the morning to begin the 1 hour transfer for your day trip to the enchanting landscapes and cultural richness of Glarus, which includes a private Swiss luxury chocolate tasting. Here’s a detailed look at what your day will entail:

Historic Town of Glarus

Begin your journey in the historic town center of Glarus, where the past comes alive amidst its charming architecture. 

Explore significant sites including the Glarus Cathedral, renowned for its beautiful frescoes and importance in the textile industry. This picturesque town provides a fascinating introduction to the region’s heritage.


Next, travel to the serene Klöntalersee, a stunning lake cradled by mountain peaks. Here, you can enjoy a peaceful stroll along the water’s edge, capturing the tranquil beauty of the area through your camera lens. 

The lake’s reflective waters and scenic surroundings offer a perfect setting for relaxation and nature photography.


Your adventure continues as you ascend to the car-free village of Braunwald via funicular. Enjoy the panoramic views of the Glarus Alps and take the opportunity to explore the local hiking trails. 

These trails vary in difficulty and provide spectacular vistas of the surrounding alpine landscape, ideal for all hiking enthusiasts.

Swiss Chocolate Tasting at Läderach in Bilten

A highlight of the tour is a luxury chocolate tasting at the Läderach chocolate factory in Bilten. 

Dive into the world of Swiss chocolate craftsmanship and indulge in some of the finest chocolates, crafted with top-tier ingredients. This experience allows you to appreciate the meticulous art of chocolate making and the decadence of fresh gourmet chocolates.

Return to Zurich in the evening.

Day 5: Transfer to Lucerne

The Chapel Bridge, Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne, the gateway to central Switzerland, is embedded within an impressive mountainous panorama and lies just 30 minutes away from Zurich with your private driver guide.

Lucerne Glacier Garden

The Glacier Garden in Lucerne is a fascinating blend of natural history and botanical beauty, making it a standout destination for visitors. 

This site captures the essence of geological wonders, showcasing the imprints left by the Ice Age and the marks of human endeavors in more recent times. It’s a place where time itself seems to crystallize, offering a unique window into the past.

Embarking on a guided exploration of the Glacier Garden, you’re taken on a journey through epochs, uncovering compelling narratives and insights into Earth’s climatic shifts, the glacial epochs, and the garden’s evolution as one of Lucerne’s earliest tourist draws.

From start to finish, Joshua and Rilana our tour guides demonstrated the utmost patience and care for our needs, ensuring that every moment was enjoyable. Their attention to detail and willingness to customize the tour to our interests was unparalleled. Their enthusiasm was palpable, which made the experience truly memorable. Excellent time management and people skills were evident throughout the day. We were thoroughly impressed with the level of service provided throughout our nature-filled tour. They showed us hidden locations and the best spots for pictures, ensuring that we left with unforgettable memories. We can't thank them enough for being patient and caring for our needs all day, and we highly recommend Private Tours Switzerland services to anyone looking for an exceptional tour experience.
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Day 6: Mount Pilatus

Cable Car to Mount Pilatus, Switzerland

Mount Pilatus, Lucerne’s majestic peak, is steeped in myth and splendor, making it an essential visit with your private guide. 

You’re treated to a breathtaking spectacle of 73 Alpine summits from its summit.

The allure of Pilatus extends beyond its myths, offering a treasure trove of natural wonders. Accessible from Lucerne via gondola lift and aerial cableway or through the world’s steepest cogwheel railway from Alpnachstad, it presents a unique journey that can weave through paddle steamer, rail, cable car, and bus rides. 

This adventure can be tailored with various sporting or hiking activities, making Mount Pilatus an unforgettable experience where legend meets natural beauty.

Day 7: Canyoning at Chli Schliere

Chli Schliere, Canyoning, Switzerland

Central Switzerland, and particularly the Ticino region, is renowned for offering some of the most spectacular canyoning experiences, with Chli Schliere standing out as a gem among them.

Located just a 20-minute journey from Lucerne, Chli Schliere is hailed as the pinnacle of canyoning adventures north of the Alps. This breathtaking canyon offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and adrenaline-pumping challenges. As you navigate through its crystal-clear pools, cascading waterfalls, and smooth rock slides, you’ll be surrounded by the stunning scenery that makes this region famous.

The intricate pathways carved by water through the ages serve as your playground, providing an unforgettable adventure that tests your limits and rewards you with unparalleled views.

Day 8: Transfer to Interlaken

Interlaken, Switzerland

Nestled in the heart of the Bernese Oberland, Interlaken is a serene oasis set on a flat stretch of land between the picturesque Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. 

This idyllic destination is framed by the majestic trio of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau mountains, providing a dramatic backdrop for an array of exhilarating activities.

Paragliding Over Interlaken

Soar into the skies with a private paragliding tour over Interlaken, where you’ll experience the thrill of flight with the safety of expert guidance. 

Glide gracefully above the scenic landscape, enjoying unparalleled views of the alpine terrain and the tranquil waters below. This adventure offers a unique perspective on Interlaken’s natural beauty, combining the rush of adrenaline with the serenity of soaring like a bird.

Exploring Harder Kulm and the Interlaken Funicular

Next, your guide will take you on a journey to Harder Kulm, often called Interlaken’s local mountain. 

Your private tour includes a ride on the iconic Interlaken funicular, ascending through lush forests to the panoramic viewing platform at the summit. Here, you’ll be greeted with sweeping views of Interlaken, the twin lakes, and the surrounding peaks.

Day 9: Day Trip to Jungfraujoch from Interlaken

Jungfraujoch, Sphinx Observatory, Switzerland

As your first week in Switzerland comes to a close, you will ascend to the summit of Jungfraujoch, where the crisp mountain air and the crunch of snow underfoot accompany the awe-inspiring views. 

Your adventure begins with a private transfer to Grindelwald, where a 15-minute cable car ride takes you to the Eiger Glacier, a pivotal feature amidst the iconic Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau peaks.

You’ll board the Jungfraujoch train from the Eiger Glacier station, ascending to the “Top of Europe.” Here, you’ll have approximately 2 hours to immerse yourself in the high-alpine wonderland, where ice, snow, and rock converge to create a landscape of ethereal beauty.

Explore the wonders of Jungfraujoch, including the Alpine Sensation, a tribute to the centennial of the Jungfrau Railway, and the Sphinx Observation Terrace and Plateau, offering unparalleled views of the alpine panorama and the vast Aletsch Glacier. Venture into the enchanting tunnels of the Ice Palace, carved deep within the glacier, and consider pausing at one of the on-site restaurants for a bite to eat amidst the splendor of the high Alps.

Your return journey involves a train ride back to Lauterbrunnen, where your driver awaits to escort you back to Interlaken, rounding off a day filled with stunning vistas and high-altitude adventures.

Day 10: Day Trip to Lauterbrunnen Valley & Aareschlucht Gorge

Lauterbrunnen Valley, Switzerland

Today, we plan a day trip to discover the natural wonders of the Lauterbrunnen Valley and the captivating Aareschlucht Gorge. Your journey begins as your private driver and guide collect you from your hotel, ready to introduce you to the awe-inspiring landscapes that define the region.

Lauterbrunnen Valley

Your first destination is the breathtaking Lauterbrunnen Valley, renowned for its collection of 72 waterfalls cascading down sheer cliff faces amidst verdant terraces. 

Here, the roar of water and the serene beauty of nature coalesce, creating a mesmerizing symphony. Marvel at the majesty of the Staubbach, Trümmelbach, and Reichenbach falls, each with its unique allure and story. The valley, with its vertical rock faces and panoramic views framed by snow-capped mountains, is a haven for adventurers, nature lovers, and those with a penchant for gourmet experiences alike.

Aareschlucht Gorge

Venture onward to the Aareschlucht Gorge, where the Aare River has carved a dramatic path through limestone rock over millennia. 

Stroll along the well-maintained walkways that offer safe and intimate views of this geological marvel. The gorge starkly contrasts the open landscapes of Lauterbrunnen, with its narrow passageways, echoing water, and unique rock formations telling the ancient tale of glacial forces and natural resilience.

As your day trip concludes, your private driver will escort you back to Interlaken.

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Day 11: Bern Day Trip

Bern City, Switzerland

Bern, the Capital of Switzerland, stands as a testament to the preservation of history, with its old town being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

This city uniquely blends its medieval past with contemporary living, featuring over 6 kilometers of arcades, known locally as ‘Lauben,’ which form one of Europe’s longest covered shopping promenades.

Discovering Bern’s Medieval Old Town

Bern’s old town is where the city’s medieval character comes to life. The abundance of fountains, sandstone facades, and historic towers gives Bern an unparalleled atmosphere. 

For panoramic views of this architectural marvel, the Rose Garden above the Bear Park and the cathedral’s towering platform offer breathtaking vistas. The city’s ancient bastions and fortifications dramatically descend to the embrace of the River Aare, adding to the scenic beauty.

Cultural Treasures on the City’s Outskirts

  • On the city’s fringes, the Zentrum Paul Klee boasts an extensive collection of works by the renowned artist Paul Klee. 
  • The Albert Einstein House, where the famed physicist once lived, offers a glimpse into his life in Bern and complements a visit to the Einstein Museum. 
  • Bern’s diverse museums, including the History Museum, Art Museum, Swiss Alpine Museum, and Communication Museum, offer a wide array of exhibitions catering to varied interests.
  • As the seat of the Swiss government, the Bundeshaus (Houses of Parliament) looms majestically near the city center, often open to visitors and offering a chance to encounter the political heart of Switzerland up close.

Culinary Journey through Bern

A food tour in Bern is an excellent way to dive into the city’s renowned culinary scene. 

Savor local delights like fondue, raclette, and exquisite Swiss chocolates alongside a selection of international dishes. Your guide will enrich the experience with tales of Swiss culinary traditions and the stories behind Bern’s favorite dishes.

Conclude your day with a scenic ride from Bern back to Interlaken.

Day 12: Grindelwald

Grindelwald, Switzerland

Located in the Bernese Oberland, the picturesque village of Grindelwald is cradled in a lush, welcoming valley. It is framed by the imposing silhouettes of the Eiger North Face and the Wetterhorn, making for an exquisite day trip. 

Grindelwald Winter Tours

When the season rolls around, Grindelwald transforms into a winter wonderland, offering over 160 kilometers of ski slopes across the First and Kleine Scheidegg-Männlichen-Wengen regions, serviced by about 30 lifts and reaching altitudes of up to 2500 meters. 

The Schilthorn near Mürren, within the Jungfrau ski area, ascends to 2971 meters, but the crown jewel is undoubtedly the Lauberhorn slope near Wengen, famed for its World Cup races.

Beyond skiing, Grindelwald offers 80 kilometers of hiking trails with magnificent views of seven towering peaks and expansive glaciers. It also offers 60 kilometers of toboggan runs, including one of the Alps’ longest from Faulhorn into the valley. The village also offers various other winter sports, catering to all tastes.

Alternatively, there are 300 kilometers of walking trails around Grindelwald. One of the region’s most spectacular hikes is the high-altitude trek from Grindelwald-First, passing the serene Bachalpsee to the Faulhorn mountain hotel and onwards to Schynige Platte, offering unparalleled views of the iconic Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau peaks. 

Another accessible route is the panoramic trail from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg, promising easy walks against the backdrop of these world-renowned mountains.

Your driver-guide will deliver you to Interlaken again in the evening.

Day 13: Guided Tour of Zermatt

Old Hinterdorf Quarter, Zermatt Village, Switzerland

Join us on a guided exploration of Zermatt, a charming town nestled at the base of the iconic Matterhorn, the most photographed mountain in the world. 

As a car-free zone, Zermatt retains its traditional allure while offering many excursion opportunities amidst the breathtaking Swiss Alps.

Zermatt Activities

As you orientate yourself in Zermatt, Visit the Matterhorn Museum – Zermatlantis, where you’ll dive into the history of Zermatt, from its humble beginnings to its emergence as a mountaineering mecca. 

Discover artifacts, photographs, and exhibits that tell the tales of the first ascents, the lives of the original inhabitants, and the impact of tourism on this alpine community.

Alpine Cuisine and Culinary Delights

Conclude your day with a taste of authentic Valais cuisine at a traditional Swiss restaurant. 

Savor local specialties such as raclette, rösti, and hearty alpine soups, complemented by regional wines. This culinary experience provides the perfect end to your guided tour, leaving you with a deeper appreciation for Zermatt’s natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant culture.

Overnight in Zermatt.

Day 14: Exploring Zermatt’s Five Lakes Trail

Riffelsee Lake, Matterhorn, Switzerland

Wake early in the morning to continue the Zermatt section of our itinerary with a visit to the captivating Five Lakes Trail (5-Seenweg). This gentle hike weaves past five stunning alpine lakes, each framing the iconic Matterhorn and the vast Swiss Alps in its unique way. 

The lakes you’ll encounter include the reflective Stellisee, tranquil Grindjisee, serene Grünsee, picturesque Moosjisee, and family-friendly Leisee.

What truly sets this hike apart is the constant presence of the Matterhorn, casting its majestic silhouette across the landscape. Three of the lakes offer the mesmerizing sight of the Matterhorn mirrored in their placid waters, creating perfect photo opportunities. The journey from lake to lake unfolds a series of breathtaking alpine panoramas.

Your adventure begins at the Sunnegga Valley Station in Zermatt. You’ll take a funicular ride to Sunnegga, followed by a gondola ascent to the Blauherd Mountain Station. From the onset, you’ll be treated to splendid vistas of the Matterhorn, so be sure to stay glued to the gondola’s windows for those unforgettable views.

Day 15: Ascent to Matterhorn Glacier Paradise

Gornergrat Train Station, Zermatt, Switzerland

The Matterhorn, a symbol of Switzerland, stands as a testament to the awe-inspiring beauty and challenge of the Alps. Renowned as perhaps the most photographed mountain globally, this formidable peak has captivated the hearts and lenses of many.

Matterhorn Express

Your journey to the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise begins with a ride on the Matterhorn Express from Zermatt to Furi, followed by a cable car ascent to Trockener Steg. From there, you’ll board the Matterhorn Glacier Ride, the world’s highest 3S cableway, transporting you to the Glacier Paradise.

Matterhorn Summit

At the summit, you’ll find yourself at Europe’s highest cable car station, offering unparalleled views of the Matterhorn’s pyramid-shaped peak and a panoramic sweep of the Swiss, Italian, and French Alps. Here, amidst a landscape of eternal snow and ice, the beauty and grandeur of the Alps are yours to behold.

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Day 16: Glacier 3000

Glacier 3000, Switzerland

Glacier 3000 is a treasure trove of architectural marvels, picture-perfect vistas, and exhilarating experiences that promise to make your visit unforgettable.

In a swift 15-minute ascent, the cable car elevates you from the valley’s base to the breathtaking heights of 3,000 meters, with no transfers needed. Upon reaching the summit, the architectural prowess of Swiss architect Mario Botta greets you, his design for the summit station blending seamlessly with the alpine majesty.

From the vantage points at Glacier 3000, you’re treated to a 360-degree panorama that showcases a procession of the Alps’ most formidable peaks. The Eiger, Mönch, Jungfrau, and the iconic Matterhorn stand in regal formation, accompanied by the Grand Combin and the distant Mont Blanc, creating a spectacle of alpine grandeur.

Step onto the Peak Walk by Tissot, the world’s inaugural suspension bridge connecting two mountain summits. If you dare to traverse it, the sense of accomplishment and the stories to share will be unparalleled. Then, add a dash of thrill by boarding the Alpine Coaster, whizzing down the mountainside on an open-air track.

For an experience that harks back to the timeless traditions of the Alps, join a team of eager sled dogs ready to whisk you across the glacier’s expanse, offering a unique perspective of this icy wonderland.

The day concludes with a drop-off in Lausanne, leaving you with memories of high-altitude thrills and alpine beauty that will linger long after your visit.

Day 17: Discovering Lausanne

Lausanne, Switzerland

Begin your day in Lausanne, the vibrant Olympic capital nestled on the shores of Lake Geneva. 

Walking Tour of the Old Town

Day 14 begins with a guided walking tour through Lausanne’s picturesque old town, built upon three hills and surrounded by lush vineyards, with the stunning backdrop of Lake Geneva and the French Alps. 

Wander through car-free alleys lined with quaint cafes and boutique shops, with your guide revealing the medieval charm of this historic center.

Lausanne Cathedral

Marvel at the grandeur of Lausanne’s cathedral, a masterpiece of early Gothic architecture and a testament to the city’s rich religious heritage. 

Explore the surrounding architectural gems and the scenic waterfront area of Ouchy, seamlessly connected by Switzerland’s only metro, easing navigation through the town’s inclined streets.

Culinary Delights and Cultural Treasures

Indulge in Lausanne’s culinary scene with a taste of local specialties like “Papet Vaudois.” 

Discover the city’s vibrant cultural offerings, from the unique Art Brut collection at Beaulieu Castle to the contemporary exhibitions at Fondation de l’Hermitage and the Musée de l’Elysée. Don’t miss Aquatis, Europe’s largest freshwater aquarium, and a performance by the world-renowned Béjart Ballet.

Overnight in Lausanne.

Day 18: The Terraced Vineyards of Lavaux

Lavaux Vineyards, Wine Tasting, Switzerland

Your driver guide will collect you in the morning as you get acquainted with the stunning Lavaux terraced vineyards. This UNESCO World Heritage site captivates with its millennia-old history and breathtaking landscapes. 

Learn about the region’s transformation from untamed slopes to a celebrated wine haven by the bishops of Lausanne and Cistercian monks in the 12th century.

Wine Tasting Experience

Conclude your day with a visit to a local winery, where you’ll have the opportunity to taste the exquisite wines produced from the sun-kissed grapes of Lavaux. 

Engage with the winegrowers, whose respect for the land and dedication to their craft echo through the centuries, ensuring the legacy of Lavaux’s vineyards continues to thrive.

Return to Lausanne

As the sun sets over the terraced hills, return to Lausanne, reflecting on a day filled with historical insights, cultural discoveries, and the natural beauty of the Swiss Riviera. 

This guided tour promises a comprehensive and immersive experience of Lausanne and Lavaux’s treasures, leaving you with lasting memories of Switzerland’s diverse heritage.

Day 19: Gruyères

Gruyères Castle, Switzerland

Your day begins with pickup from your accommodation in Lausanne. Settle into our luxury vehicle for the scenic transfer to Gruyères. This journey offers picturesque views of the Swiss countryside, with its rolling hills, verdant fields, and distant mountain peaks.

Arrival in Gruyères

As you approach Gruyères, the medieval charm of this historic town becomes evident. Nestled amidst the stunning backdrop of the Fribourg Pre-Alps, Gruyères captivates with its cobblestone streets, traditional Swiss architecture, and the imposing Gruyères Castle that overlooks the town.

Gruyères Castle Tour

Your first guided tour experience in Gruyères is a visit to the majestic Gruyères Castle. Get ready for a journey through time as you explore the castle’s grand halls adorned with ancient tapestries, exquisite artworks, and historic artifacts that tell the story of the region’s noble past. 

The castle’s gardens offer breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes, making it a perfect spot for photography enthusiasts.

La Maison du Gruyère Cheese Factory

Next, delve into the heart of Swiss culinary tradition with a guided tour of La Maison du Gruyère. 

Witness the art of cheese-making, where the world-renowned Gruyère cheese comes to life. Learn about the meticulous processes involved, from milk collection to aging, and savor the rich flavors of this iconic Swiss delicacy during a tasting session.

HR Giger Museum

Conclude your Gruyères adventure with a visit to the HR Giger Museum. 

This unique museum, dedicated to the Swiss artist H.R. Giger, known for his work on the “Alien” film series, offers an immersive experience into his surreal and otherworldly artistic universe. Explore the extensive collection of paintings, sculptures, and film designs that showcase Giger’s visionary talent.

Return to Lausanne.

Day 20: Chillon Castle and Montreux

Chillon Castle, Switzerland

Your driver will take you from your Lausanne on a guided tour of Chillon Castle, the jewel of Lake Geneva. It is perched on a rocky islet, with the waters lapping at its ancient foundations. 

As Switzerland’s most frequented historical monument, Chillon offers a captivating glimpse into the lives of the Counts of Savoy who called this water castle home for centuries, leveraging its strategic position as a lucrative toll station.

Chillon Castle Tour

Your private guide will lead you through the layers of history that envelop Chillon Castle, from its prehistoric occupation to its pivotal role in controlling maritime and land routes, including the vital passage to the St. Bernard Pass. 

Learn about the castle’s evolution from a Savoy stronghold in the 12th century, through its capture by Bernese forces, to its final claim by the Canton of Vaud.

As you wander through the castle’s 25 interconnected buildings and three courtyards, enveloped by formidable defensive walls, your guide will unveil the mysteries of Chillon. Admire the 14th-century wall paintings, the atmospheric subterranean vaults, and the grand parade halls. Step into the well-preserved bedroom from the Bernese era, offering an intimate look at the daily life of its past inhabitants.

Montreux: A Lakeside Gem

Your day trip will now see you reach Montreux, often hailed as the Swiss Riviera, nestled along the serene shores of Lake Geneva. 

Strolling the Promenade

Begin your journey on the famous Montreux promenade, fringed with exotic flowers, towering palm trees, and artistic sculptures. As you walk alongside the sparkling waters of Lake Geneva, your guide will share tales of the famous artists, writers, and musicians who have been inspired by Montreux’s picturesque setting and tranquil atmosphere.

One of the tour’s highlights is the iconic statue of Freddie Mercury, who found a slice of paradise in Montreux. Learn about his deep connection to the city and how it influenced his music and life, immortalized by the statue overlooking the lake where he composed many of his hits.

Château de Chillon

A stone’s throw from Montreux, explore the enchanting Château de Chillon, an architectural treasure dating back centuries. 

Your guide will lead you through the castle’s captivating history, from its strategic importance to the tales of the personalities who once roamed its halls.

Montreux Jazz Festival Vibes

While in Montreux, immerse yourself in the echoes of the world-famous Montreux Jazz Festival. 

Even outside the festival season, the spirit of music permeates the city, with venues showcasing live performances and celebrating the rich musical heritage that Montreux proudly hosts each year.

Return to Lausanne in the evening.

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Day 21: Geneva

Geneva, Switzerland

Set off on the 1-hour journey from Lausanne to Geneva, the final destination on our 21-day Switzerland itinerary. Geneva is a cosmopolitan city where the Rhône meets Lake Geneva. Known as the “Peace Capital,” Geneva is famous for its breathtaking lakefront, vibrant cultural scene, and as the headquarters of numerous international organizations.

Old Town and St. Peter’s Cathedral

Begin exploring Geneva’s atmospheric Old Town, a maze of narrow cobblestone streets and historic squares. Visit St. Peter’s Cathedral, the heart of the Old Town, and climb its towers for a panoramic view of the city.

Jet d’Eau and Lakeside Promenades

No visit to Geneva is complete without seeing the Jet d’Eau, one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. 

Stroll along the lakeside promenades, lined with lush parks and elegant gardens, and enjoy the serene views of Lake Geneva and the distant Alps.

United Nations and International Geneva

Discover Geneva’s international side with a visit to the United Nations Office in Geneva, the second-largest UN center. 

Learn about the city’s role in global diplomacy and humanitarian efforts, and explore the surrounding international district.

Museum of Art and History

After lunch, delve into Geneva’s rich artistic heritage at the Museum of Art and History. 

Explore collections ranging from archaeology to fine arts, including works by renowned artists like Konrad Witz and Ferdinand Hodler.

Botanical Gardens

Conclude your day in the tranquil Botanical Gardens, an oasis of greenery in the city’s heart. Wander through beautifully landscaped gardens, discover exotic plants in the greenhouses, and relax by the serene ponds.

And that draws to a close 21 incredible days in Switzerland! You can choose to stay in Geneva for the night, or your private driver can transfer you to the airport of your choice for your return flight home.

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Our founders, Marc and Joshua, have been helping our guests realize their dream vacation in Switzerland for over six years. Wherever you wish to explore in Switzerland, contact our local specialists today, and they will start hand-crafting a complimentary bespoke itinerary just for you.